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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)

Virtual Instruments CEO John W.Thompson Talks to InformationWeek

Taken from the interview with Charles Babcock, InformationWeek Oct. 14, 2010  URL: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=227701234 www.virtualinstruments.com Over 40 years, John Thompson, former CEO of Symantec, has watched basic changes periodically sweep the computer industry in repeated cycles. "Client server was an inflection point. We've reached another inflection point in the march of democratization (in use of computer power)," he said during a recent visit to InformationWeek in San Francisco. By that, of course, he means cloud computing, a sweep... (more)

The Unspoken Challenge of Cloud Silos

On a recent excursion to a tech event I had the pleasure of meeting a well-known ‘VM Guru', (who shall remain nameless). Having read some of this individual's material I was excited and intrigued to know his thoughts on how he was tackling the Storage challenges related to VMware especially with Fibre Channel SANs. "Storage, that's nothing to do with me, I'm a VirtGuy", he proudly announced. To which I retorted, "yes but if there are physical layer issues in your SAN fabric, or poorly configured Storage etc. it will affect the performance of your Virtual Machines and their applic... (more)

Understanding IOPS

IOPS is commonly recognized as a standard measurement of performance whether to measure the Storage Array’s backend drives or the performance of the SAN. In its most basic terms IOPS are the number of operations issued per second, whether, read, writes or other and admins will typically use their Storage Array tools or applications such as Iometer to monitor IOPS. IOPS will vary on a number of factors that include a system’s balance of read and write operations, whether the traffic is sequential, random or mixed, the storage drivers the OS background operations or even the I/O Bloc... (more)

Internal Clouds and Marketing the Non-Existent

I was recently asked my opinion on what were the main considerations for Cloud Computing with specific emphasis on Internal Clouds. Eager to assist I quickly gave a rundown of issues which included SLAs, distinguishing charge rates, security etc, etc. Pleased with the response received our conversation then veered off into another direction but then it struck me - I had just fallen victim to the marketing jargon. Internal Cloud? What on earth was he asking me and what on earth had I just answered with? I thought back and reassessed my understanding of the Cloud to what I original... (more)