Two years ago, NetApp filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Sun, alleging its rival violated seven of its patents with its ZFS file system--a key element to its Solaris operating system. NetApp demanded Sun remove its ZFS file system from the open-source community and storage products, and limit its use to computing devices.
VMware has come up with a tool that lets users access the virtualized machines in their data center from a mobile phone.
According to VMware, the VCenter Mobile Access tool will also allow system managers to migrate virtual machines from one virtual host to another, using their phones.
The software was introduced on Friday on VMware's VMTN blog by Srinivas Krishnamurti, the director of product management for the company. In addition to its search-and-migration capabilities, VCMA could also be used to remotely execute recovery plans, access scheduled tasks, and respond to alarms and events, Krishnamurti said in the blog. … Read more
Cisco Systems' Unified Computing System announcement last week seemed to lift the whole industry out of its recession gloom.
All of a sudden, it seemed like massive virtual data centers and cloud computing were just around the corner. Cisco even talked about the fact that its new server platform supports massive amounts of memory so that large organizations can host hundreds of virtual machines on each physical server.
No one I know is more visionary about server virtualization than Mark Bowker, my colleague and Enterprise Strategy Group's virtualization guru, so I asked him what I should make of all … Read more
Customers who lost data after it had failed to be backed up properly by service provider Carbonite in 2007 may have few legal remedies, a lawyer said on Monday. Meanwhile, Carbonite is suing the hardware manufacturer and reseller for charges including breach of warranty, breach of contract, fraud, and unfair and deceptive practices.
Carbonite filed a lawsuit last week against hardware maker Promise Technology and reseller Interactive Digital Systems, alleging it was sold $3 million worth of defective equipment, which affected backups of 7,500 customers.
In its lawsuit, filed in Massachusetts' Suffolk County Superior Court, Carbonite claims it lost … Read more
Editors' note: This is a guest post.
Every time that I see an article touting how great cloud computing is, I always chuckle and think to myself, "been there, done that."
Those who remember the emergence of the Internet era as a mainstream venue (circa 1995 to 2000) may also recall a company called Loudcloud, founded by Netscape pioneer Marc Andreessen. It is my opinion that you can trace the road that led to the current cloud-computing era back to Loudcloud's founding.
Shares of Sun Microsystems took a hit in Monday morning trading, falling at least 7 percent while the broader markets advance.
Sun fell as low as $7.53 a share, following reports Friday in The Wall Street Journal that IBM is currently engaged in combing through Sun's contracts, as part of the evaluation process on whether to move forward with an acquisition.
Sun's shares had been on a rocket ride, after reports surfaced last week in the Journal that IBM was in negotiations to acquire the company for roughly $6.5 billion.
After the reports surfaced, Sun's … Read more
IBM is reportedly wading through Sun Microsystems' contracts and documents for potential conflicts or problems, as it works its way through the due diligence process toward a merger, according to a report Friday in The Wall Street Journal.
IBM's attorneys have been poring over Sun's documents for at least the past several days, if not longer, according to the Journal.
And while the due diligence process is not anticipated to lead to any nixing of a deal, IBM is seeking a clear understanding of where Sun stands with its complex cross-licensing agreements and other contracts, according to sources … Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--At its annual meeting of shareholders, Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Mark Hurd assured attendees that despite the economy, the company would be well-positioned against the competition.
"The market is getting tougher; all the hard work we've done up to this point has put us in a favorable position," he told the roughly 90 people in attendance.
There were just two items of business on this year's agenda--10 nominees to the board, all of whom were elected or re-elected, and selection of a new accounting firm--but neither were as contentious as the pointed question-and-answer period … Read more
Sun Microsystems shares soared Wednesday, as reports surfaced that the struggling hardware maker was in merger talks with IBM.
Sun ended the day up 78.9 percent to close at $8.89 a share. The last time Sun traded at such levels was back in September.
Although Sun's stock got a jolt as reports circulated that the workstation and storage company was in merger talks with IBM, it did not return it to its 52-week high levels of $16.72 a share.
Some analysts issued support for such a deal.
Jeff Goldberg, a senior analyst with financial research and … Read more
Stranger things have happened, but there are several reasons why IBM buying Sun Microsystems could, to borrow a phrase from former Sun Chief Executive Scott McNealy, be like two garbage trucks colliding in slow motion.
The Wall Street Journal reported that IBM is in talks to buy Sun for at least $6.5 billion in cash, which would amount to about $4 billion once Sun's cash and marketable securities are taken into account. On paper, the deal could make some sense: adding Sun's server market share would give IBM more clout in its competition with Hewlett-Packard, IBM would … Read more