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Red Hat Monday announced an Early Adopter Program for its enterprise Red Hat OpenStack widgetry and the availability of what it calls RDO, a freely available community-supported distribution of OpenStack that runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora and their derivatives. It also ann...
Rackspace said Monday that it’s going to build and run a global cloud network for service providers like telcos. It blogged that “This cloud network will run the Rackspace public cloud – the largest OpenStack-based public cloud in the world – at global scale, creating a networked clo...
Google has reportedly offered to make minor changes to its web search engine to resolve its antitrust troubles with the European Commission and avoid a fine for allegedly manipulating its search results. The details of the concessions package it’s proposing are being kept a deep dark...
Intel has been rethinking the rack and rather than converge all the parts of a server in a system it figures they should be disaggregated so all the compute is together, and all the shared storage is together and all the shared power and cooling is together, all the shared memory is to...
Having decided that mobile is the place to be, Rackspace is offering developers free purpose-built mobile cloud stacks based on OpenStack to help them “design, build, test, deploy and scale mobile apps” on its cloud. The stacks are supposed to reduce complexity and save deployment ti...
Intel has started talking up its prospective new second-generation 64-bit Atom, a low-power x86 SoC called Avoton that’s sampling now with OEMs, like HP apparently, and should be out and about in the second half. Intel’s been showing off the thing at the Intel Developers Forum in Bei...
Google has finally submitted a formal concession offer to the European Commission, which is now going to test-market them with complainants and competitors such as Microsoft. Google could emerge from the two-year antitrust investigation of its search practices without paying a fine. ...
Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs will be stepping down sometime later this year he told employees Thursday. Mozilla will be looking for a new chief executive and Kovacs will stay there until that person is found. He wants “something more commercial” to entertain him and will stay on the boa...
Space Monkey, the Google-backed P2P start-up that intends to compete against Box and Dropbox not to mention the likes of Google Drive and SkyDrive, seems to be slowly pumping up publicity for its widget so maybe it’s getting close to its promised public beta if it can get the Kickstart...
AppMesh, a year-old start-up begun by Salesforce veterans, says it’s the first mobile-only CRM app built for sales reps. The company has no interest in managers – well, at least not yet – only the under-served sales pro. AppMesh claims to have what it calls a “post-cloud architectu...
Global PC shipments dropped 13.9% in the first quarter according to IDC, which said it was the worse contraction in the market since it started keeping records back in 1994. The drop was worse than the 8% decline IDC had forecast. It blamed cannibalization by tablets and smartphone...
SugarCRM is launching a turnkey Private Cloud, a dedicated SugarCRM-managed private instance of its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications using Amazon for its cloud. It claims “exceptional” service levels of between 99.5% and 99.95%. It’ll be available in the US, Irela...
Microsoft, Google, Nokia and the 14 other members of FairSearch.org have made an antitrust complaint against Google to the European Commission, hoping the regulator will quickly open an official investigation. The companies accuse Google of using the Android operating system, install...
A few weeks ago Cisco, the king of networking, figured out a way out to control the current move to this newfangled software-defined networking (SDN) business. So it put in train an effort to create an open standards SDN consortium code-named Daylight. The non-disclosure agreement it i...
Hewlett-Packard Monday distracted the press and the market from its executive suite dramas by putting out its promised Project Moonshot, the energy-sipping Atom-based microserver it expects to change its flagging server fortunes and be altogether disruptive. The widgetry, cast as a n...
Told ya so. Told ya so. Told ya Ron Johnson, who designed Apple's retail stores, wouldn't make it as CEO of JC Penney's. Coming up with clever retail store designs and finding chi-chi locations is a lot different than running a 111-year-old department store chain as JC Penney's discov...
GreenBytes, a transcontinental virtual desktop start-up with feet planted in both England and the US, has raised a $7 million C round from existing investors Generation Investment Management LLP and Battery Ventures. That makes $31.5 million altogether. The company says it will use t...
The OpenStack movement is about to release Grizzly, the seventh and latest release of the open source infrastructure cloud platform for building public, private and hybrid clouds. Among other things it was on time. The widgetry is on an every six-month release schedule. The changes ...
Carl Icahn, the billionaire activist investor, has refused to drop his threat of setting off a proxy fight for control of Dell’s board unless the company pays out a whopping big dividend as he originally proposed. Dell’s board wants him to make a formal bid for the company. Bef...
The great and powerful California Public Employees’ Retirement System, commonly known as CalPERS, the largest public pension fund in America with around $256 billion in assets and a significant stake in Hewlett- Packard, is looking to the company’s new interim chairman and activist ...
Obviously Storage-as-a-Utility will never work unless people use it that way. Cloudian, a Goldman Sachs-backed cloud storage software start-up whose technological roots go back a decade or so, means to see that they do, especially the chi-chi telecom ones and the Fortune 5000, despit...
Facebook Thursday addressed the mobile crisis that erupted when it went public 11 months ago and the two-year-old trend it’s among its users who are increasingly tuning into its site from mobile devices rather than PCs. It commandeered Google’s Android operating system and overlaid it...
Amazon has cut the prices on its S3 cloud storage. Presumably it’s seeing the competition bearing down on it in the rear-view mirror. Anyway, it says that it’s reducing S3 request prices in all nine of its regions. It’s lowering the prices for GET requests by 60% and the prices for...
Samsung rushed in to tell District Court Judge Lucy Koh the other day that the US Patent and Trademark Office had found a major claim in Apple’s so-called Rubber-banding patent invalid (US Patent No. 7,469,381). The PTO said it wasn’t novel based on prior art. The decision is a so-...
Autonomy has sent another shudder through HP and its famously dysfunctional board, which is now going through still another surprise upheaval. Ray Lane, HP’s powerful chairman, has stepped down although he means to keep a board seat, and two other directors are off the board complete...
Xyratex, the UK data storage house that spun out of IBM in a management buy-out 20 years ago, is now a strategic supplier to AMD, which picked the Brit’s OneStor Modular Enclosure as a building block for its Big Data and storage-intensive solutions. The Xyratex widgetry has been opti...
The head of HP’s software business Ajei Gopal has left for Silver Lake Partners, the private equity house teamed with Michael Dell to try to buy Dell. Gopal is reportedly going to be an operating partner, based in New York, and part of Silver Lake’s Value Creation team, working acros...
MuleSoft and its integration platform Wednesday got a $37 million investment led by NEA, bringing the company’s total financing to $81 million. Other investors include Salesforce.com, as well as existing backers Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, Lightspeed Ventu...
Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s many denials and his public repudiation of such a strategy, if rumors published lately in the very nicest places are true, we are on the verge of an optimized Android-based Facebook phone that boots directly to Facebook when it’s turned on.
Go ahead try saying Ubiquisys 10 times fast. Surely that little tongue-twister will disappear now that Cisco has decided to buy the place. Surely $310 million in cash and retention bonuses will fetch it rechristening rights and make the receptionist happy. The mighty switch hou...
Tableau Software, the 10-year-old Seattle data visualization concern that turns complex databases and spreadsheets into interactive graphics, charts and maps thanks to the VizQL programming language and some patents it holds, filed its S-1 papers with the SEC last Tuesday to go publ...
The next two generations of iPhones were designed before Steve Jobs died in October of 2011, according to San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, who reportedly gleaned this little tidbit during a rambling conversation with Apple’s government liaison, Michael Foulkes. The San ...
Red Hat has hired Radhesh Balakrishnan out of Microsoft’s Asia-Pac region where he was responsible for the Windows Azure cloud platform business, to lead its virtualization technologies and solutions worldwide, which includes Red Hat OpenStack and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Tech...
Midokura, the Japanese start-up focused on network virtualization and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), has gotten a $17.5 million A round from a stellar collection of backers headed by Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), the Japanese government-backed sovereign fund. Ot...
Google has made an Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open source software over specified patents unless it’s sued first. It’s starting with 10 patents all relating to MapReduce, the computing model for processing large data se...
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has made CloudStack, which it took in as an incubator project a year ago, a Top-Level Program (TLP). That’s supposed to mean that Citrix, which donated the IaaS OpenStack rival to Apache after acquiring it from Cloud.com in 2011, doesn’t have much...
Larry Ellison’s latest scheme for proving his multibillion-dollar investment in Sun was a brilliant scheme will be to move features from the Oracle database like accelerated queries and Java middleware into Sun silicon. “Software in silicon is redefining enterprise computing,” he sai...
Big Switch Networks figures it’s going to touch off a revolution in open software-defined networking (SDN) when it introduces what it expects will be the industry’s first thin switching software platform, called Switch Light, later this year. The revolution is aimed at breaking the l...
After Judge Lucy Koh cut $450.5 million off the original stunning $1.05 billion in damages a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple for infringing its patents, Apple checked the judge’s arithmetic and wants to file a conditional motion to reconsider. It complains it’s been gypped of $85 m...
TechCrunch noticed a want ad indicating that Amazon Web Services aims to apply its model to mobile to get deeper into enterprise by creating “what looks to be a whole new arm of its cloud division.” The ad plainly says that “The Amazon Web Services (AWS) team is launching a new busin...