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Ulitzer.com announced today "the World's 30 most influential Virtualization bloggers," who collectively generated more than 24 million Ulitzer page views: Udayan Banerjee, Jason Bloomberg, Dave Chappell, Jeremy Chone, Robert Eve, Chris Fleck, Stephen Foskett, Dana Gardner, Jeremy Geelan, Christopher Keene, Irfan Khan, Theresa Lanowitz, Treff LaPlante, Steve Lesem, David Linthicum, Don MacVittie, Miko Matsumura, JP Morgetnthal, Chris Muir, Greg Ness, Maureen O'Gara, Brace Rennels, Greg Schulz, Peter Silva, Roman Stanek, David Strom, Roger Strukhoff, Ian Thain, Kirby Wadsworth,  and Brandon Watson. Detailed information on how to become a Ulitzer blogger can be obtained  here. Ulitzer New Media Power Panel at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, during Cloud Expo 2009 West. Ulitzer's annual "most influential Virtualization bloggers" list was announced at Cloud Exp... (more)

Maritz Goes to EMC, Gelsinger To Run VMware

Paul Maritz, the CEO of EMC subsidiary VMware for the last four years, is stepping down and will be replaced by president and COO of EMC Information Infrastructure Products Pat Gelsinger (pictured below), the 30-year Intel veteran who might have wound up as CEO there if he had stayed and Paul Otellini retired. Gelsinger will start running VMware September 1 for the experience ahead of EMC deciding who’s going to replace CEO Joe Tucci. The news was confirmed late Tuesday after rumors that Maritz had been ousted depressed VMware stock price by 5%. As it turns out Maritz is gonna be some kind of Big Data and cloud-oriented applications strategist at EMC, reporting to Tucci and keeping his seat on the VMware board. EMC CFO Dave Goulden, another candidate to replace Tucci in what is evidently a three-horse race, was named president and chief operating officer of EMC, r... (more)

Sun @ Oracle > Is Hardware Dead?

In case you missed it Oracle announced this morning that it will be acquiring Sun Microsystems. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion. This news means the technology landscape is about to radically change and quite possibly, Sun hardware is now dead. The software aspects of the deal actually makes a lot of sense. It certainly seems like a very obvious fit, Oracle is buying Java. Whether Larry Ellison admits it or not, Java is the key to enterprise focused cloud computing. It's the perfect language and format for the fluid movement between existing enterprise data center's and Sun's enterprise focused cloud offering. Both Oracle and Sun have a strong foot hold in the enterprise market, so this merger makes all the more sense purely from a sales point of view. Something Sun hasn't done very well at lately. Other then making tonnes of money, what Oracle... (more)

Data Domain Comments on Unsolicited Offer from EMC

The Board of Directors of Data Domain (NASDAQ:DDUP) commented on the unsolicited offer it has received from EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Data Domain common stock for $30.00 per share in cash. Consistent with its fiduciary duties and in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, Data Domain’s Board is reviewing EMC’s offer. At this time, the Board is not making a recommendation with respect to the EMC offer. Data Domain requests that its stockholders defer making a determination whether to accept or reject EMC’s offer until Data Domain has communicated to stockholders its position regarding the tender offer from EMC. In accordance with Rule 14d-9 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, on or before June 16, 2009, Data Domain will communicate to stockholders its position regarding the tender offer from EMC. At this ti... (more)

IBM's Social Networking Through Cloud Computing

IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced its newest cloud service -- LotusLive Connections -- which combines business social networking with collaboration tools. Part of IBM's cloud service portfolio, LotusLive (www.lotuslive.com), LotusLive Connections extends IBM's reach further into new markets. As part of the unveiling, LotusLive was voted the winner of The Enterprise 2.0 Cloud Computing Technology Buyers' Choice Award. IBM's cloud services won in a side-by-side comparison with Google Apps, EMC and other vendors' cloud technologies, as voted by the Enterprise 2.0 conference attendees. "IBM is an established leader in two major trends: cloud computing and social networking for business. At the nexus of these trends is LotusLive Connections," said Bob Picciano , general manager, IBM Lotus Software. "LotusLive Connections brings companies of all sizes the ability to build, share i... (more)

EMC Buys Kazeon

In its second purchase in two days EMC said late Tuesday that it was buying eDiscovery shop Kazeon Systems Inc, whose software is used by corporations, law firms, government agencies and legal service providers. Terms were not disclosed and are too immaterial to impact EMC’s results this year. The transaction is expected to close by the end of September. EMC said Kazeon would enable it to offer end-to-end in-house eDiscovery and litigation readiness solutions as part of its SourceOne family. Kazeon searches electronically stored information that resides anywhere in the enterprise including content on laptops, desktops, content management repositories (like EMC’s Documentum), Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange, Lotus Domino, e-mail archives and file shares. Kazeon is available as an appliance, and can be used for early case assessment to determine a case’s merit and le... (more)

Virtualization Journal "Readers' Choice Awards" Voting Is Now Open

SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal announced today that the voting in its second annual Virtualization Readers' Choice Awards is now open. Voting will end October 23, 2009, and winners will be announced the week of November 2-4, 2009, at the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo. So vote for your favorite Virtualization products and services today - don't put it off, voting takes just a few seconds. Click Here to Cast Your Vote Today ! "The Enterprise IT and Infrastructure professionals and their Managers, who constitute the dedicated readers of Virtualization Journal are personally, professionally, and often passionately involved in the front-line of deploying workloads. Their recognition is hard to win," said Jeremy Geelan, Sr. Vice-President of SYS-CON Media, when the awards were initially announced in the Summer. "That is why we are so excited to be laun... (more)

Cloud Storage Flavors: Platform/Infrastructure and Service/Product

Take a look at the various data storage offerings called "cloud" and your head will start to ache. How can so many things all bear the "cloud storage" name and yet be so totally different? The answer is obvious to long-time industry observers: Each provider has tailored their offering to make it distinct in the market, and each supports different use cases Infrastructure versus Platform Although I am not one to tilt at windmills, especially when it comes to arguing the "rightness" of cloud-based marketing, I sometimes do hit upon a set of terminology that makes sense to me. Wading through the mess of "as-a-service" or "XaaS" names posted by my friend Greg Schulz the other day, it occurred to me that drawing a line between a platform and its underlying infrastructure is quite useful indeed. As Jeff Darcy points out, one can use this distinction to help make sense of t... (more)

Oracle Announces Oracle VM Storage Connect Program

News Facts Continuing its commitment to work closely with partners to deliver complete, open, and integrated solutions to customers, Oracle today announced the Oracle VM Storage Connect Program and a preview of the planned Oracle® VM Storage Connect framework. The Oracle VM Storage Connect framework provides a storage discovery and provisioning Application Programming Interface (API) that is intended to greatly enhance the ease with which storage can be managed and provisioned in an Oracle VM environment. Storage vendors participating in the Oracle VM Storage Connect Program are working closely with Oracle to provide seamless interoperability with their storage platform through the planned integration with the Oracle VM Storage Connect framework. The combined solutions will allow customers to provision and manage participating storage platforms through Oracle VM Ma... (more)

EMC Reports Third-Quarter 2009 Financial Results

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today reported third-quarter 2009 consolidated revenue that exceeded company expectations for the quarter. The company achieved third-quarter revenue of $3.52 billion, an increase of 8% compared with the second quarter of 2009. The results exceeded previous company outlook of 4% to 5% sequential revenue growth. Third-quarter GAAP net income attributable to EMC reached $298.2 million, an increase of 45% sequentially and GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.14, an increase of 40% sequentially. Third-quarter 2009 non-GAAP(1) net income attributable to EMC increased 34% sequentially, reaching $480.3 million or $0.23 per diluted share, an increase of 28% sequentially. Third-quarter consolidated revenue of $3.52 billion declined 5% compared with the year-ago period. Third-quarter 20... (more)

Top 20 Cloud Services Providers That Are Gaining Mind Share

There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I’ve been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference – The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy’s SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20 that are gaining mind share... (more)