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Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer With only the ‘you may now kiss the bride’ custom to follow, the Oracle/Sun marriage (or dare I say Sun/Oracle) is now finally complete. After months of legal wrangling which has caused nothing but embarrassment and dwindled Sun’s stature within the market sphere, reports also came out that half of Sun's 27,000 staff will be made redundant. Thus initial indications are clear that Oracle, known for its past agnosticism to open source has an eye for the merger being based on maximizing profit. In the meantime Sun’s competitors are probably smiling wryly as the delay of the merger played into their immediate interests but what threats and challenges does this partnership now pose to the once great open source vendor which did so much for developing the tech and e-commerce industry. One thing which Oracle will most probably do is addres... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)

Big Data – Big Help or Big Risk?

By Andy Thurai (Twitter: @AndyThurai) (Original version of this blog appeared on ProgrammableWeb) As promised in my last blog “Big Data, API, and IoT …..Newer technologies protected by older security” here is a deep dive on Big Data security and how to effortlessly secure Big Data effectively. Like many other open source models, Hadoop has followed a path that hasn’t focused much on security.  In order to effectively use Big Data, it needs to be secured properly. However if you try to force fit into an older security model, you might end up compromising more than you think. But if you make it highly secure, it might interfere with performance. In order to effectively secure Big Data, you must mitigate the following security risks that aren’t addressed by prior security models. Issue #1:  Are the keys to the kingdom with you? In a hosted environment, the provider holds ... (more)

API Management – Anyway You Want It

This article originally appeared on Gigaom. Enterprises are building an API First strategy to keep up with their customer needs, and provide resources and services that go beyond the confines of enterprise. With this shift to using APIs as an extension of their enterprise IT, the key challenge still remains choosing the right deployment model. Even with bullet-proof technology from a leading provider, your results could be disastrous if you start off with a wrong deployment model. Consider developer scale, innovation, incurring costs, complexity of API platform management, etc. On the other hand, forcing internal developers to hop out to the cloud to get API metadata when your internal API program is just starting is an exercise leading to inefficiency and inconsistencies. Components of APIs But before we get to deployment models, you need to understand the components ... (more)

NetApp Introduces Unified Scale-Out Storage Systems

With more organizations embracing cloud mandates and moving quickly to flash-accelerated, shared storage infrastructures, NetApp has introduced a new line of enterprise storage systems and enhanced software designed to accelerate the broadest range of virtualized applications. "As they adapt their IT operations to improve service delivery and embrace cloud mandates, CIOs recognize the advantages of shared storage infrastructures," said George Kurian, Executive Vice President, Product Operations, NetApp. "Our new FAS8000 series and enhanced software offerings allow customers to respond quickly to changing business needs, move seamlessly to an era of unbound clouds, and eliminate the overprovisioning of people, time, and money." The new NetApp® FAS8000 series is the first enterprise storage system to unify SAN, NAS and storage virtualization into a single hybrid array... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Sun Releases New Update for Solaris 10 Operating System

Sun Developer Journal Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the availability of the Solaris 10 10/09 Operating System (OS). The Solaris 10 OS has been extended with new performance and power efficiency enhancements, more streamlined management of system installations, updates and fixes, new updates for Solaris(TM) ZFS and advancements to further leverage the functionality of the latest SPARC(R) and x86 based systems. Solaris 10 10/09 provides new features, fixes and hardware support in an easy-to-install manner, preserving full compatibility with over 11,000 third-party products and customer applications, including Oracle database and application software. With over two decades of Sun/Oracle collaboration, there are more Oracle database deployments on the SPARC/Solaris combination than any other OS and Sun is leading the way to bring high-performance solutions for the... (more)

Virtualization Expo New York Call for Papers to Expire January 15, 2010

Virtualization Expo on Ulitzer Virtualization cuts across just about all that you might find in the today's data center: to one degree or another, clients, servers, applications, storage systems, data networks, and security can all now be virtualized. . By compressing multiple workloads onto a single physical server, Virtualization enables data centers to save tremendous amounts of money on hardware, power, cooling and floor space. For small and midsized enterprises, Virtualization can also help data centers tap into levels of fault tolerance previously enjoyed only by huge organizations. And chief executives are discovering that Virtualization has the potential not only to improve the balance sheet, but also to strengthen competitive advantage and put a shine on the corporate brand. Designing and managing IT environments independently from physical limitations is... (more)

Special Report on the Emerging Cloud Computing Trend

Next Inning Technology Research (http://www.nextinning.com), an online investment newsletter focused on semiconductor and technology stocks, announced it has published a special report on the emerging cloud computing trend covering companies including Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO), Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) and Motorola (NYSE: MOT). McWilliams has displayed uncanny accuracy in predicting the ebb and flow of the markets this year. He not only nailed the March bottom to the day, but also predicted the exact catalysts that would start what has been one of the most significant recovery rallies in NASDAQ history. Following his March prediction, McWilliams advised readers to buy the early July dip and predicted that Intel would blow away even the highest estimate of the 36 analysts covering the stock and, in doing so, ignite a huge July ... (more)

Migrating from UNIX / RISC to Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat Enterprise Linux running on Intel processor-based servers helps your customers reduce TCO, while providing a better foundation for growth. This white paper provides a guide to planning and conducting a strategic and successful transition. Click Here to Download This White Paper Now! ... (more)

The FTC Throws the Book at Intel

The Federal Trade Commission Wednesday morning charged Intel with illegally using its dominant market position for the last decade to stifle competition and strengthen its monopoly. The US regulator claims Intel has waged a systematic campaign to shut out AMD’s rival processors by cutting off its access to the market. In the process, it says, consumers have been deprived of choice, potentially superior chips and lower prices. According to the FTC’s administrative complaint, Intel’s anticompetitive tactics were designed to put the brakes on superior competitive products that threatened its monopoly. In a harshly worded statement Richard Feinstein, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition said, “Intel has engaged in a deliberate campaign to hamstring competitive threats to its monopoly. It’s been running roughshod over the principles of fair play and the laws prot... (more)