Enterprise Computing
'Autonomy Inside' matters at Hewlett Packard

‘Autonomy Inside’ matters at Hewlett Packard

The Hewlett Packard marketing machine was busy last week, assuring the world that the company’s £7.1bn ($11.7bn) acquisition of Autonomy still made sense despite an eye-watering financial write down and unseemly public squabbling with the Cambridge company’s former management. HP CEO Meg Whitman used her keynote at HP Discover in Frankfurt to assert that the...
A guest post on VentureBeat

A guest post on VentureBeat

As part of the work I’m doing to help assemble the programme for this year’s CloudBeat conference (you should come, you’ll love it), I had a guest post published on VentureBeat earlier today. The big vendor extravaganzas – the Dreamforces and OpenWorlds and I/Os of the world – wrap attendees in a warm and fuzzy blanket of...
When did Amazon abandon Main Street for 'the Skyscrapers of Cloud Hosting' ?

When did Amazon abandon Main Street for ‘the Skyscrapers of Cloud Hosting’ ?

In the competitive world of cloud-based computing infrastructure, Amazon remains top dog. It’s highly visible, its footprint is almost global, it incrementally adds features or cuts prices to keep competitors on their toes, and it generally manages to meet most people’s needs, most of the time. It may not always offer the lowest prices, or...
Solar power in the data centre - solution or window dressing?

Solar power in the data centre – solution or window dressing?

Most of us recognise that the Earth is warming and that — despite our planet’s temperatures having dramatically risen and fallen before — we humans must accept some measure of responsibility for the current changes. Already consuming at least 1.1-1.5% of global power, and only forecast to grow ever-more rapacious, the data centres that power our information...

Data Market Chat: Piyush Lumba discusses Microsoft’s Windows Azure Marketplace

As CEO Steve Ballmer has noted more than once, Microsoft’s future plans see the company going “all in” with the cloud. The company’s cloud play, Azure, offers the capabilities that we might expect from a cloud, and includes infrastructure such as virtual machines and storage as well as the capability to host and run software...

TOSCA may prove a prescient name for new cloud standards effort

Last week, open standards body OASIS unveiled yet another shiny new standards effort. The OASIS Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) Technical Committee hopes to make it “easier to deploy cloud applications without vendor lock-in,” and to support moving from one cloud to another. The usual suspects — the likes of IBM, CA, and Cisco...

Top Level Domain for data answers the wrong question

British-born computer scientist Stephen Wolfram sees ongoing efforts to extend the Internet’s top-level domains (TLDs) beyond the familiar .com, .org, .uk etc as an opportunity to raise the profile of machine-readable data. In a blog post published yesterday, he argues that a new .data domain would increase “exposure of data on the internet—and [provide] added impetus for...

Talking with Hewlett Packard in Madrid

I am in Madrid this week, as a guest of Hewlett Packard. The company’s European roadshow, Technology@Work, is in town for two days, showing existing and prospective customers some of the ways in which HP’s Converged Infrastructure can help them meet the growing challenge of continuing to grow IT capacity as data centres fill, power...

The Appliance of Backup Science

With apologies to Zanussi for the corny title, I had an interesting conversation with Axcient CEO Justin Moore and HP’s VP for Channel Strategy & SMB Meaghan Kelly about the issues of helping small and medium businesses cope with backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Yesterday’s conversation was taking place in the context of today’s...

Strata Conference 2010: Real World Applications in the Enterprise and Industry

Notes from a panel session, Real World Applications Panel: Enterprise and Industry, featuring Kenneth Cukier from The Economist, Adam Hurwitz from BIA, Jinesh Varia from Amazon Web Services, and Mario Veiga Pereira from PSR.

Executive Summit kicks of O’Reilly Strata Conference 2010

I’m in Santa Clara this week, attending O’Reilly‘s inaugural Strata Conference. Today, I’m spending the day in the event’s Executive Summit, where I hope to hear some of the ways in which ‘normal’ businesses are approaching the opportunity of making their data work harder. The notes that follow are a rather raw summary of some...

Cirtas knows enterprise customers like to hug tin… goes with the flow to raise more cash

Image via Wikipedia San Jose-based Cirtas emerged from stealth back in September 2010 with a $10 Million (€7.86 Million then) Series A funding round, their novel Bluejet hardware appliance, and the backing of Amazon. Today they’re back, with a new CEO and another $22.5 Million (€16.6 Million) in the bank. The Series A investors — New...