Sunday
Oct092005

Three Take-Aways from GridWorld

I really like Brooklin Gore's second take-away from the GridWorld conference.

Link: Three Take-Aways from GridWorld (gridwire.gridtoday.com).

2. Enterprises must become empowered to crack the Grid standards/standards adoption chicken/egg problem. Speaking of broad enterprise applications, many will come from commercial software suppliers. But, ISVs are in a quandary today. If they want to deliver a Grid-enabled application, they have three options: (1) build proprietary Grid capability into the application; (2) cozy up to existing proprietary Grid software; or 3) wait for a standard interface.

The first approach is bad because the ISV builds in additional development and support costs and are likely incompatible with existing or planned customer Grids. The second approach seems to be the most used today but is also bad. It’s bad for the ISV because they become locked into a single Grid supplier and it’s bad for the customer because it can lead to a proliferation of Grid technologies in the enterprise that don’t interoperate. The third approach is bad because ISVs and customers don’t want to wait for Grid-enabled solutions. It appears that the various standards bodies are working more and more effectively together and specific standards are evolving sufficiently. So, the ISVs need to get over the worry about cannibalizing sales by adopting standards and customers need to demand that ISVs get with the Grid standards program.

Sunday
Oct092005

DataSynapse Announces FabricServer

Grid infrastructure comes in a number of shapes, sizes and flavors.  Data Synapse has identified that in the next phase, grid infrastructure is about provisioning across a pool of shared resources.  In their case, it's in the service of grid-enabling applications which rely on fine-grained transactions.

Link: DataSynapse Announces FabricServer.

DataSynapse Inc. announced at the GridWorld conference in Boston the release of FabricServer, the company's next-generation infrastructure software designed to virtualize transactional applications in a shared Grid environment for improved performance, resiliency and manageability.

DataSynapse solutions provide an adaptive Grid infrastructure that enables organizations to respond to changing business demands, reducing IT spend while dramatically enhancing service levels. DataSynapse software provisions and manages diverse applications across a pool of shared computing resources. By decoupling applications and their associated Web and data services from dedicated systems, business-critical enterprise applications can easily scale on demand. ...

Sunday
Oct092005

Microsoft 2.0

Dan Farber's article on ZDNet, while mentioning the AOL-MSN rumors, seems more to the point of a renovated strategy for Microsoft.  This is, after all, a company that's redefined itself a number of times, in ways that few at the time believed possible.   And for a big company, the ability to move as nimbly assuredly and with purpose as they did when embracing the internet can't be ignored.  It will be interesting to see if it really is Google that becomes the poster child for Web 2.0 and thus the impetus for Microsoft's next redefinition.

Link: � Microsoft 2.0: Combining software and services | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com.

Mehdi added that the recent company reorganization, which combined MSN with the Windows client, server and tools group, was recognition that Web services and parts of MSN are essential to all of Microsoft's software. "Where software meets up with services is a profound thing and it is changing the company," Mehdi said.  So, Microsoft has gotten the message and is now turning its prodigious resources on winning the Web (code for defeating Google and other major players born in the dotcom bubble), as CEO Steve Ballmer said in a BusinessWeek interview. ...

Sunday
Oct092005

AOL & MSN gearing up to merge?

This alledged conversation seem so "2000" to me. The AOL Time Warner merger (announced in 2000 and effected in 2001) seems a distant memory.  My outdated notions of the upstart AOL and the always-a-bridesmaid MSN must be at fault here.  It also brings back memories of the major computer vendors acquiring one another in an attempt to compete with IBM, and finding that growth by acquisition is tough, if not tortured. 

Link: AOL CEO quiet on Microsoft rumors | InfoWorld | News | 2005-10-07 | By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service.

America Online (Profile, Products, Articles) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Miller remained mum, in an appearance at the Web 2.0 Conference, when asked to comment on recent rumors that Microsoft (Profile, Products, Articles) may be talking to AOL about buying it or at least about striking up a partnership with it to boost its MSN Internet division. ...

Sunday
Oct092005

Thinking about "IP Raiders"

Following the seemingly endless court battle between RIM and NTP, I can't help but think about the overplayed Gordon Gecko in the movie Wallstreet.  While he was better remembered for his "Greed is good. Greed works." line, I keep remembering another which (paraphrased) was: I don't work to generate wealth.  I own.

I keep wondering about the impact of companies which acquire intellectual property (IP) for the purpose of buying, selling, and suing.  In conjunction with this country's willingness to patent software, I have this increasingly uneasy feeling that we're going to see more of this behavior in conjunction with the recently re-energized computer technology industry.  It feels like we're about to see a new crop of corporate raiders and traders who wait for a company to make good, only to hit them with the unknown and almost impossible to find proof of IP ownership. Scary.

Link: Court deals another blow to RIM's appeal hopes - Computerworld.

A U.S. appeals court has refused to consider an additional appeal from Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) in the patent-infringement case filed by NTP Inc., Arlington, Va.-based NTP announced today. ...