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Range Wars The settling of the American West brought many battles between ranchers and farmers over access to water. The farmers claimed land near the water and fenced it to protect their crops. But the farmers' fences blocked the ranchers' cattle from reaching the water. Fences were cut; shots were fired; it got ugly. About a century later, with the first tech land rush of the late1980s and early '90s - before the Web - came battles between those who wanted software and data to be centrally controlled on corporate servers and those who wanted it to be distributed to workers' desktops. Oracle and IBM versus Microsoft and Lotus. Database versus Spreadsheet. Now, with the advent of SoMoClo (Social, Mobile, Cloud) technologies and the Big Data they create, have come battles between groups on different sides of the "Data Lake" over how it should be controlled, managed,... (more)

Here It Is, Your Moment of zEnterprise

One of the most exciting acts in the technology rodeo for the past several years has been IBM - thundering around the ring astride its z/OS Clydesdale and AIX/Linux Crossbred, waving its Smarter Planet 10-gallon hat with one hand, roping dozens of ISVs with the other, and hollering, "Yippie yi yo kayah!" at the top of its lungs all the while.  What a spectacle!  What do they do for an encore? zEnterprise 196, that's what.  Announced in July and now ready to ship in about a week, it's a  super server, a really super server.  The zEnterprise 196 is the biggest commercial system th... (more)

JNBridge Debuts "Project Lightning" To Enable Cloud Interoperability

The religious war between Java and .NET is heating up again, and it has little to do with deathless zealotry for their similar, yet incompatible core programming languages.  Nor is it because Oracle, the new owner - caretaker, really - of Java, is even more antagonistic than the previous one, Sun was to .NET's keeper, Microsoft.  It has everything to do with cloud computing, and today, at the JavaOne confab, Colorado-based JNBridge announced "Project Lightning", a new technology initiative with a goal that will be hard for any reasonable techie to refudiate: interoperability bet... (more)

Brocade Wants to Kill Your Cloud Buzz

Providing a remarkable contrast to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's exuberant "I got your big honkin' cloud right here" demonstration of his new vertically-integrated Exalogic Elastic Cloud server at OpenWorld, Brocade CMO John McHugh, speaking  at the NetEvents 2010 EMEA Press Summit in Istanbul, took a different, decidedly downbeat view of cloud computing, calling it "overhyped" and predicting that it "is going to get adopted and embraced much more slowly than people believe." In his talk, which was subtitles, an industry visionary seeks gold amongst the chaos of change, McHugh, rat... (more)

They Don't Sell The Chips Larry Wants At Fry's

Larry Ellison is one of the most misunderstood guys in Silicon Valley, and his extemporaneous pronouncements often only serve to make him more so. Sometimes his remarks are explosive and expository, like his now-famous Churchill Club cloud computing rant, and other times they are compact and cryptic, like his recent remarks about buying some chip companies. Either way, the pattern is familiar: he says something that prompts a lot of misguided chatter, and then he does something that only deepens the confusion. After his Churchill Club diatribe, he was roundly, loudly, (and wrong... (more)