Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo
Cloud Computing News - Oracle co-president Charles Phillips was supposed to
become CEO of CA - for all its muddied skirts still one of the world's
largest software companies - and then those "soul mates forever" billboards
popped up in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco, exposing his near
decade-long bi-coastal double life with wife and son in the East and a
live-in girlfriend in the West.
Six days after Phillips was forced to admit that a picture of him and his
ex-girlfriend canoodling was hanging over Times Square, CA named board member
and executive chairman Bill McCracken CEO. He's the guy who's been running
the company since John Swainson's reportedly forced retirement was announced
in September. An ex-IBMer and an ex-Swainson pal, it was no secret he really
wanted the job.
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A piece of juicy compromising e-mail written by a SCO consultant to SCOsource
VP Chris Sontag and SCO CFO Bob Bench last October suggesting that Microsoft
had quietly funneled $86 million to SCO and that it was good for at least
$106 million before tapping all possibilities happened to turn up on open
source philosopher Eric Raymond's web site Thursday.
Eric made it part of his Microsoft-embarrassing internal documents collection
and dubbed it Halloween X. (See www.opensource.org.)
He says he got it from an "anonymous whistleblower inside SCO," which is odd
because, given the tim... (more)
Netscape wunderkind Marc Andreessen, now about to turn a demographically
middle-aged 38, has officially turned venture capitalist, a counter-culture
move since the dot.com bust trashed the sport.
Andreessen and fellow Netscape veteran Ben Horowitz have raised a relatively
modest $300 million – which seems to be considered a goodly sum in these
dire times – and have set up Andreessen Horowitz as they’ve been publicly
threatening to do since February.
Andreessen told the Financial Times they could have raised $500 million or
$600 million but felt a twosome couldn’t handle that kind... (more)
HP is reportedly getting ready to trade in its more sophisticated Oracle
Siebel customer relationship management (CRM) system for a subscription to
35,000 or 40,000 seats worth of Salesforce.com's simpler high-flying CRM
cloud widgetry, a major victory for salesforce.
At least that's what Global Equities Research analyst Trip Crowdry is telling
people citing industry contacts and HP insiders suggest it's true.
The move is supposed to save HP 40%-50% off what it's paying Oracle, which is
reportedly fit to be tied although it can hardly expect better treatment
after weeks of callin... (more)
When Cisco recruited IBM, HP and NEC for its hush-hush software-defined
networking (SDN) consortium code-named Daylight sources say it talked them
into signing a non-disclosure agreement forbidding them to join any other
similarly minded consortia.
Then Cisco twice missed the deadline set to give them the proprietary code it
said it intended to open source as part of the SDN standard it was proposing
- and it still hasn't turned the code over to them.
They got scared that Cisco was pulling a bait and switch and that even if the
proprietary code was open sourced it was still goin... (more)