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Technology company QuantCell Research has announced the Beta Release of its main product QuantCell 1.3. QuantCell is a simple to use big data spreadsheet and end-user programming environment for doing large-scale analytics. It can be downloaded from the QuantCell web site at: http://ww...
VMware announced the release of the latest generation of its flagship product, VMware vSphere 5.5. Enhancements include support for larger storage systems, support for management and deployment of big data environments, and support for Flash Memory performance improvements. VMware vSph...
One of our competitors, NetApp, got me thinking. One of my favorite sketches on Saturday Night Live is "Really!?! With Seth And Amy" (now with only Seth). In it, head SNL writer Seth Meyers calls some public figure to tasks for outlandish statements. Consider this small episode related...
One thing you can say about RSA is that they have some serious people for their keynotes. Last year, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano spoke. Earlier this week, Deputy Secretary of Defense, William J Lynn III gave a talk on the his view of the evolution ...
On Monday at the 2011 RSA Conference, Qualys announced that they were creating an open source Web Application Firewall (WAF) project. Companies create open source projects for a variety of reasons. Those reasons include attempts to commoditize a market, build a community, or dump a fai...
In a nearly full conference hall, the Tuesday morning RSA 2011 keynotes included talks from EMC, VMWare and Symantec, and an all-star cryptography panel. During the panel, an impassioned plea was made for National Security Agency openness. The panel included Martin Hellman and Whitefi...
The major theme of this year’s RSA Conference is, guess what, security. This is the largest security show of the year, and its clearly a big deal, since it covers both sides of the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As of 10 a.m. on Monday, preparations are still being made. The show off...
I recently had a chance to play with the new version of the CloudPlug 200 from CTERA. I reviewed the first edition back in October 2009. The latest edition is a marked improvement on an already good product. I’ll discuss the product and my experience with it, as well as a few suggestio...
In a recent LogLogic survey, 60% of respondents expressed some reservations about moving to cloud computing technology. 34% of respondents said that cloud was not strategic for their companies, while another 26% said that they were concerned about the risks relating to the technology,...
Thanks to tough economic times and a generous dollop of fear-mongering from the media and opportunistic profiteers, we've all become myopically obsessed with cyber-crime. This is not entirely a bad thing. Unless you've been living under a rock, everyone knows that technology has creat...
Computer Associates announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to buy Virtual Data Center provider 3Tera. Chris O'Malley, EVP, Cloud Products for Computer Associates announced the acquisition at an investors conference in San Francisco today. “CIOs can use cloud computing to...
In an announcement on its web site, epic.org, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has sued the US Government over the use of "devices that capture images of individuals stripped naked." The Transportation Security Agency has confirmed that the Body Imaging devices, which are part...
In the High-Tech industry, the machinations of the US Supreme Court are, at best, fodder for dinner party trivia questions. There is one case on the Supreme Court docket this year that has the potential to change the way intellectual property protected in the United States, and have a ...
The most anticipated talk of the day, at the Cloud Computing Conference and Expo yesterday, was by the deputy CIO of the CIA, Jill Singer. Her talk was entitled, Enterprise Cloud Computing, the Infrastructure’s Final Revenge. She acknowledged the problem with defining Cloud Computing, ...
BlackBerry recently pushed out another update of the OS for the BlackbBrry Bold, and it appears that wireless upgrades are still a problem. BlackBerry maker RIM has just posted another update for the phone, 4.6.0.297, that appears to be a set up patches on top of the previous upgrade.
A review of the CTERA CloudPlug device, which was released October 6th, 2009.
I recently wrote about the notion of Location as the new element of identity. I have since started playing with Google Latitude. It is a more formal version of the MoosTrax app I wrote about, but it is also harder to use.Don't get me wrong, the Mobile App I used on my Blackberry Bold i...
For people who travel a lot, or people whose business is not fixed in one location, the question "Where are you?" can take on added significance. There are a spate of new tools and web sites that can help the mobile professional answer this question. In fact, location becomes a new di...
Alfred Chuang started out by talking about his core believe that we are on the cusp of fundamental change, with the advent of iPods, Web 2.0, and social networks. He started with a discussion of Mashups, and talked about how most of them are consumer facing. He then said 'The era of in...
One of the more annoying aspects of Web 2.0, etc., is the injection of neologisms, protologisms, or just plan made up words. In fact, I do not think that I have heard a talk from my friends Jay Simons or David Meyer in the last year that has not included a protologism. (I like the word...
Now for the obvious question. Why is all this abstruse research relevant to business? To answer that, you have to go back to first principles. What is enterprise software all about? Automation. Taking people out of the loop. Improving cycle time. Improving responsiveness. So what good ...
TheServerSide and BEA have come together to offer TSS readers BEA Workshop Studio 3.3, normally $899 USD, for $99 USD until May 31, 2007. This is part of what will become integrated with Workshop for WebLogic 10 (announced yesterday on TSS), and contains many of the same features. The...
JavaOne never ceases to amaze me. Year after year, I expect the show to be a flop. This year is no exception. I am wrong again this year. In my cab ride from my hotel in the Theatre District, I can see hundreds of attendees (obviously developers) trekking their way through the Tenderlo...
Last year, I took a stab at predictions as to what Sun would announce at the 11th annual JavaOne. This year, for JavaOne 2007, I'll take a stab at what Sun and some of the other major vendors will announce. It will be fairly easy to predict the major themes from the vendors. Most of th...
We need your help. My team is trying to understand the demand for AJAX, in all its forms. Could you take a few minutes and answer a short survey? We're also offering an incentive. By taking the survey, you will have a chance to receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate. (BEA employees are...
In this post, I will be recounting my experience with Ubuntu server 6.10, WebLogic Workshop 9.2, and REST. Note: This in no way implies support of any kind from me or BEA. This is just the personal experiences of someone who can not keep his hands off the keyboard. This also gave me an...
Day one of BEA World started out with the usual fanfare at a packed hall, and our Liquid Thinking video in Chinese. The master of ceremonies was Sichen Yu, one of the key technical people in China. Marcus Tsoi, the General Manager of our China business then kicked the day off by welcom...
Java 6 is has been announced on Monday. While not really a blockbuster release, it has some useful features. First, XML processing, via JAXP and JAXB are now standard. I believe that Sun is also removing some APIs for the first time. In addition, the inclusion of JSR 269 standardizes t...
A week ago, I attempted some predictions on what Oracle would announce at OOW. I would like to review how I did. But first a few general comments. First off, what a boring conference! Not a log of news, except for Linux, and everyone including me knew it was coming. Also, from what I h...
Latest update I have is that Oracle will make its Linux announcement on Wednesday in Larry's Keynote. He'll call it 'Unbreakable Linux'. Now how they will position it as non-competitive when it takes revenue away from RH remains to be seen.
Oracle OpenWorld is this week, so expect an avalanche of announcements by the company about their various efforts. OK, so the title is misleading. I admit I do not *actually* know what Oracle is going to announce, but it is not hard to figure out what's coming. Here's my top 10 list of...
It is the day before BEA World Prague, and it seems like a good time to revisit what BEA's position on open source is. As I travel across the globe, I have been describing our position to developers, and they instinctively understand it. I wanted to write it down, in order to be able t...
BEA has a broad ranging AJAX strategy. It extends across our tooling, server and portal product lines. In general, BEA views AJAX as a nascent technology, but are keen to deliver users the ability to build and use applications with AJAX attributes.
I work in Building 2 on the 4th floor of BEA's Corporate offices. I had moved into a new office, when I noticed a box of CDs on the filing cabinet near my office...
It's Day Two of JavaOne and I am covering the Oracle Keynote to see how they spin their Fusion vision today. Preparations for our Keynote are going well and we're getting good visibility . The keynote started out with an obilgatory corporate video, with the tag line 'Start in the Middl...
John Gage did his usual MC, routine. Then Jonathan Schwartz came on stage, and started off by somewhat inexplicably offered a download of hardware, the new Niagra boxes. He then brought Ed Zander on stage, who was in town for the Gartner symposium. Ed was the former COO of Sun, and cur...
Back in the day, the real decision on what to announce during JavaOne didn't really happen until the week before the show. (They could use it as a forum to announce their new CEO, but I will stay away from that one.) However, if I had to bet on what Sun will announce, I would put my mo...
It is rumored on a couple of news sites that Oracle is buying JBoss. If this is true, it is an exciting opportunity for BEA. Oracle would, IMHO, kill JBoss, whether through malice or benign neglect. Not many people realize that with the acquisition of M7, BEA now has a development tool...
The concept of a service-oriented architecture is a powerful tool for simplifying enterprise integration. Following the three principles of modularity, encapsulation and loose coupling will achieve some amount of improvement for an individual service. It is insufficient to have a loose...
'With the advent of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Induce act, the technical community can no longer be uninvolved,' says Jeff 'Hemos' Bates, vice president of editorial operations and executive editor of Slashdot.org. 'Part of the reasons that the DMCA was passed is that...