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IBM has created a microprocessor that has components the same size as a strand of DNA. While IBM makes smaller chips, EMC has become a smaller company by selling off Syncplicity (a file sharing company).
Reports are coming out that Oracle is bullying customers with usage breach notices due to their missed performance goals last quarter. Speaking of performance goals, looks like cloud costs are going up (Microsoft and IBM are raising prices in certain areas) – is the race to the bottom over?
- IBM Just Created the World’s Smallest, Most Powerful Chip; Here’s Why You Should Care
At the most basic level, IBM’s processor, which it worked on with GlobalFoundries, Samsung, and the State University of New York (SUNY), has far smaller transistors than any other processor on the planet. That means that when the chip eventually appears in future smartphones, computers, and other pieces of technology, those gadgets will be faster and more energy-efficient.
- There are ALOT of articles about this chip. For instance:
The Best Thing About IBM’s Super-Chip? It’s Not From Intel
- IBM prepares software to better read an ‘intelligent grid’
Enter Opus, which is meant to merge IBM’s long history of expertise in analytics with utility know-how into a single picture meant to project supply and demand — all with the goal of wasting less energy and helping to realize a more distributed reality that does not impair reliability or undermine industry profits.
- IBM Rolls Out Docker-Based Container Services
This is a follow-up to a post from a few weeks back:
Containers give developers the flexibility to build once and move applications without the need to rewrite or redeploy their code. IBM Containers, based on Docker and built on Bluemix, IBM’s platform-as-a-service, are intended to provide a more efficient environment that enables faster integration and access to analytics, big data and security services. Enterprises will now be able to use the combination of IBM, Docker, Cloud Foundry, and OpenStack to create a new generation of portable distributed applications.
- IBM Named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays
This inclusion comes a month after IBM was identified as the number one worldwide solid-state array vendor in unit shipments and petabytes of data delivered for 2014 in Gartner’s Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays Worldwide Report for 2014, by Joseph Unsworth and John Monroe, published May 1, 2015.2 In 2014 IBM sold more than 2,100 FlashSystems, totaling more than 62 petabytes (PB) of storage capacity, according to IBM.
- Oracle ‘breach notice’ bullies enterprise clients into cloud service, consultant claims
If Oracle thinks the customer is really abusing the terms, it whips out the “breach notice,” which warns a customer that they are in violation and must stop using all Oracle software in 30 days. That’s risky, because it allows the customer to walk away from its Oracle contracts.
- Oracle Pursuing ‘Generational’ Change In IT, Cantor Says
Oracle conceives this “push of IT resources into the cloud as a ‘generational change’ that only comes along once every 20–25 years,” the analysts at Cantor explain. This is why management is working hard in expanding the cloud business. However, the experts believe this change will be particularly complicated for Oracle, given that it “continues to offer on-premise solutions,” and holds a broad portfolio of solutions across a wide array of product categories. Therefore, the company “does not want to provide a particular timeframe for when the headwind from the transition is over,” the analysts explain, but management is “unrelenting in its view that the shift to the cloud is positive for the long-term economics of Oracle’s business model.”
- PC Shipment Declines 9.5% in Q2: Worst Decline in 2 Years
According to the preliminary data released by Gartner, PC shipments in the second quarter fell 9.5% year over year to 68.4 million units, marking the worst slump since third-quarter 2013. The research firm highlighted three main reasons — strong dollar, phase out of Windows XP refresh or upgrade cycle, and launch of Windows 10 — behind the decline.
- HP Split Partner Update: No Orders To Ship Aug. 1-6
Hewlett-Packard is warning solution providers that no orders will be shipped for six days, Aug. 1 to 6, as a result of a system cutover precipitated by an operational split into two companies effective Aug. 1.
- Follow-up: SurveyMonkey names Bill Veghte as CEO
So that’s where he landed…
- EMC offloads file-sharing business
EMC has sold off its file-sharing arm Syncplicity just three years after it snapped the business up, claiming the technology is no longer core to its portfolio. Private investment firm Skyview Capital has bought the business from EMC, although the latter will retain “a financial interest” in the company, although it did not disclose exactly what that would be.
- Surprise! The cost of cloud is about to rise
However, one change could cost some customers big time. In the past, a customer using an entry-level Virtual Server Instance in SoftLayer paid $35 per 5TB of outbound bandwidth. That rate is now $35 per 250GB. The charge for 5TB of outbound bandwidth now $615. That’s a hefty raise, which a source close to IBM confirmed, adding that most SoftLayer customers will likely see their costs decline. SoftLayer, unlike its rivals, does not charge for data transfer within its own private network even between zones.
- Why Salesforce.com Keeps Picking on SAP
Long-term, these German ambitions look like an effort to properly diversify. Roughly 68% of Salesforce revenue is sourced in the United States versus 18.3% from all of Europe. By contrast, no territory accounts for more than a third of SAP revenue. Oracle is not quite as diversified, but it still gets less than half of its revenue from the U.S. market.
- The worst CRM in the word is… not salesforce.
IT IS EXCEL. People need to stop using excel for contact management lists.
- Drought of data scientists hurting business
Alec Gardner said, “Organisations that consider appointing a data scientist or a team of data analysts may find that they can derive much deeper and more varied insights from their data. This will let them recommend improvements in areas of the business such as supply chain and logistics, product or service development, or customer acquisition.
- Jim Whitehurst – Red Hat Summit 2015 – Keynote:
- Is OpenStack ready for primetime?
OpenStack was introduced in 2010 as a project of NASA, who dropped out in 2013, and Rackspace. In 2011 Ubuntu adopted OpenStack and became the first “vendor” to integrate with the platform. In 2012 Red Hat began a project to integrate with OpenStack and introduced commercial support by July 2013. Over time many other organisations have joined the foundation as sponsors and contributors. Recently released OpenStack Kilo (version 11) has approximately 400 new features and was the product of almost 1500 contributors. However, there is a downside to the open source model: lots of developers with lots of ideas about what should be included breeds complexity.
- Splunk Buys Security Startup Caspida For $190M
Like everyone, Splunk has watched the growing number of breaches over the last year, and its customers have been asking for better security detection tools to help battle these threats, many of which use with compromised credentials. This kind of attack is difficult to detect with conventional security techniques looking for signatures or rules. If someone comes in through the front door using valid credentials, there are no rules or patterns. They look like a valid user, Song explained.