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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 undisclosed amount. 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)

Amazon EC2 Adopts eBay Like Cloud Auction Model

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 instance. 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 Reports Growth; Talks up Sun’s Contributions

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's Desktop Virtualization Strategy Pays Off

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 Strike Virtualization Deal

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 mach... (more)