Sunday
Oct232005

IBM acquires DataPower

While I was away, IBM announced the acquisition of Datapower.  This is the beginning of a spate of acquisitions in the XML-security realm that will make a number of VCs I know very happy.  There are probably two, possibly three more of these that will take place in the next nine months.   After that, the companies left unacquired will be putting together a new twist on their XML strategies in hopes of finding a different exit.

Link: IBM acquires DataPower.

Privately held DataPower makes integration and security appliances for processing XML and Web services traffic -- a portfolio IBM says will help its customers with their efforts to deploy service-oriented architectures (SOA).

DataPower's current products include the XI50 Integration Device, which streamlines SOA infrastructures; the XA35 XML Accelerator, which offloads XML processing; and the XS40 XML Security Gateway, which helps provide message-level Web services security.

... IBM is acquiring the sales leader in the application-oriented networking market -- and a company that already has a solid relationship with IBM's software, hardware and services groups, he says.

DataPower is among a handful of companies to focus on processing high volumes of XML traffic with requisite connectivity, security, integration and acceleration features built into its wares. ...

Sunday
Oct232005

Volver, volver, volver ...

I took a week to turn off telephones and stay away from e-mail.  I did this by going to Mexico and one of those places that allow me to "dial it back" almost instantly.  Rancho la Puerta does more for me in a week than most would in a month.  Thanks... I needed that.

Oh, and about the title of this post:  One of my favorite songs is Volver, Volver by F. Z. Maldonado, the last line of which is "Quiero volver, volver, volver." (
I want to return, return, return.)

Friday
Oct142005

The importance of interaction data

Jon Udell's column this morning does a great job of talking to the value of interaction data.  This paragraph seemed to be particularly noteworthy.

I've always liked businesses that made their bones on the basis of "data exhaust", and this speaks precisely to the value of that data in the context of Software as a Service and thin-client applications.

Link: The importance of interaction data | InfoWorld | Column | 2005-10-12 | By Jon Udell.

Discussions of software as a service tend to focus on its obvious benefits: zero-footprint deployment and seamless incremental upgrades. Less noticed, but equally valuable, is the constant flow of interaction data. The back-and-forth chatter between an application and its host environment can be a drag when connectivity is marginal and it precludes offline use. But when this communication flows freely, it paints a moving picture that shows how individuals and groups are using the software. As they watch that movie, developers become intimate observers of their users. They can't help but think of ways to optimize the patterns they discover, and, as a result, the software improves gradually and continuously.

Friday
Oct142005

Top 25 on-demand providers of S-a-a-S

In a post on this morning's ZDNet, Phil Wainewright provides his list of the top 25 companies which make their bones by providing software as service.  It's an interesting list, given that some of the biggest entries are not companies one usually hears when pundits discuss S-a-a-S.  And, there are others of which I was certainly unaware.  Worth a look.

Link: Top 25 on-demand providers | Software as services | ZDNet.com.

Tuesday
Oct112005

Cisco Releases Grid Computing Controlware

Cisco has what appear to be two distinct initiatives that are of interest to the data center technology crowd.  The first is AON and now VFrame.  I'm trying to find someone who can explain to me the overlap and the differences.

Link: Cisco Releases Grid Computing Controlware.

VFrame serves as the connecting layer between server hardware and the grid (or utility) computing deployment. It is an intelligent data center control system that provisions data center computing, I/O, switching, load balancing, security and storage resources on-demand across a programmable high-performance network fabric or grid.

Cisco said it will eventually become the foundation for a new virtualization software suite that will deliver end-to-end manageability, control and virtualization across the data center network. ...