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Who leads the Java parade?

Who leads the Java parade?
By Mike Loukides
July 13, 2011

Are any of the companies in the Java community willing to exercise technical leadership? Are there organizations willing to bring the features Java needs to fruition? It's time for the real leader to stand up and address these questions.

Feeding the community fuels advances at Red Hat and JBoss

By Andy Oram
May 8, 2011

Red Hat's usual modus operandi is the precise inverse of most companies based on open source. This drives what I heard at Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, solid progress along the lines laid out by Red Hat and JBoss in previous years.

What VMware's Cloud Foundry announcement is about

By Andy Oram
April 13, 2011

By now, the popular APIs for IaaS have been satisfactorily emulated so that you can move your application fairly easily from one vendor to another. But until now, the PaaS situation was much more closed.

Red Hat Overhauls the Enterprise Software Stack

By Andy Oram
June 24, 2010

Red Hat is openly badgering large, IT-driven organizations to move away from comfortable patterns and to adopt what they believe to be the best virtualization platform, the best cloud API, the best data storage mechanism, and so on.

Mårten Mickos discusses the strategy at Eucalyptus Systems

Mårten Mickos discusses the strategy at Eucalyptus Systems
By Andy Oram
June 22, 2010

Mickos responds to such questions as whether private clouds are needed, whether they are too hard to manage, and whether the Amazon API is the best foundation for Eucalyptus.

VMware and partners point to benefits

By Andy Oram
June 4, 2010

At a VMware forum, a sense of expectancy about cloud computing seemed to be expressed more by speakers than by attendees.

Report from HIMMS Health IT conference: building or bypassing infrastructure

By Andy Oram
March 5, 2010

lectronic record systems need all kinds of underlying support. Your patient doesn't want to hear, "You need an antibiotic right away, but we'll order it tomorrow when our IT guy comes in to reboot the system." Your accounts manager would be almost as upset if you told her that billing will be delayed for the same reason.

Cloud API Wars - Where is the security arsenal?

By Subra Kumaraswamy
September 11, 2009

Last week was an exciting week for the Virtualization and Cloud customers and potential adopters. During VMWorld 2009, a handful of announcements by the cloud computing "picks" and "shovel" providers marked the beginning of the "Cloud API War" -...

A peek at VMware Cookbook (recipes on throttling traffic and monitoring usage)

A peek at VMware Cookbook (recipes on throttling traffic and monitoring usage)
By Andy Oram
August 27, 2009

O'Reilly's first book on virtualization gives you ideas about administrative tasks you might not have thought you could do, or could be doing more efficiently. Sample recipes are now online.

Open Cloud Manifesto: about openness, standards, and the vitality of SMTP

Open Cloud Manifesto: about openness, standards, and the vitality of SMTP
By Andy Oram
March 28, 2009

Thanks to George Reese, I learned about the bruhaha over an Open Cloud Manifesto. Let's put the debate in the context of some basic and perennial issues about openness and standards.

Using Windows 7 Beta on a Mac with VMware Fusion

By Todd Ogasawara
January 14, 2009

Windows 7 Beta runs surprisingly well on Mac with only 512MB virtual RAM allocated to Windows 7 by VMware Fusion. VirtualBox also works but has more quirks. If you need Windows on a Mac for a specific app, read on...

vCloud: VMware adapts to cloud computing

By Andy Oram
October 7, 2008

Virtualization has been the hottest trend in computer administration for the past decade. But what happens to any administrative software provider, including VMware, if large numbers of major companies move to the cloud? The recent vCloud announcement, coinciding with VMWorld conference, shows why VMware manages to keep its top place.

VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2: Almost There But Not Quite

By Todd Ogasawara
August 6, 2008

VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 looks good when used with Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. I ran into problems when testing it with Fedora 8 though. It is a Beta release, however. So, I'm not passing judgement on it until I see the Release Candidate and production release.


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