After a spate of recent acquisition announcements from IBM like DemandTec
Inc., Emptoris Inc. and Curam Software Ltd, the IT services giant continues
to stay in mode with yet another one. IBM has just said that it is acquiring
software quality improvement and cloud testing company Green Hat, which is
headquartered in London, England, and Wilmington, Delaware, for an
Green Hat's application virtualization technology helps developers conduct
testing on a software application by leveraging the cloud as a virtual test
environment instead of the traditional method of running simulation testing
by physically constructing a full-blown testing lab composed of both hardware
and software. This becomes more relevant in the context of the current
explosion in the mobile applications market for smartphones and tablets.
These applications require shorter deve... (more)
Responding to user demand, Amazon has expanded its on-demand computing EC2
offerings. It is auctioning off unused EC2 capacity through Spot Instances
which enable you to make a bid for computing time.
Bidders provide info on the instance family, size and region, number of Spot
Instances they want and the maximum price they're willing to pay per
You can view the EC2 API and AWS Management Console to see prior Spot
Instance prices to give you an idea of how much to bid. The spot price is
dynamic and varies depending on supply and demand fluctuations.
Just like in any reg... (more)
Oracle reported its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2010
ended in February, and sales of Oracle's products sans Sun rose by 7 percent.
Including one month of sales attributable to Sun, Oracle's revenues were up
17 percent, to $6.4 billion. Sun has brought in $273 million in hardware
systems sales since the acquisition, and another $185 million is attributed
to hardware support. It also touted its Exadata Storage Server introduced
over a year ago as "the fastest growing product in Oracle's history".
Oracle's history of strategic acquisitions have always compensate... (more)
Citrix Systems, Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter of
fiscal 2010 ended March 31, 2010. In the first quarter of fiscal 2010, Citrix
amassed revenue of $414 million, compared to $369 million in the first
quarter of fiscal 2009. This translates to 12 percent revenue growth.
"I'm pleased with our results for the first quarter," said Mark Templeton,
president and chief executive officer for Citrix. "We saw strong traction
across our strategic markets - virtualization, networking and collaboration -
and showed good discipline in our operations, leading to solid incre... (more)
Cisco and Red Hat are collaborating on virtualization efforts by integrating
Cisco's Virtual Network Link technology with Red Hat Enterprise
Virtualization. The companies say that joining the Cisco Unified Computing
System Virtual Interface Card with the Kernel-based Virtual Machine
hypervisor would be advantageous for datacenter deployments as it enables a
network infrastructure better armed to take on virtualization for linux
platforms resulting in higher performance and lower costs. VN-Link automates
the movement of network and storage services so they can track virtual