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My-Channels, a provider of unified enterprise, web and mobile middleware, today announced support for the HTML5 WebSocket protocol in their Nirvana Enterprise Server and the Nirvana JavaScript client API. My-Channels' Nirvana API for JavaScript has been updated to include underlying support for Web Sockets, an HTML5 technology for full-duplex communication between web browsers and servers. The Nirvana JavaScript API will now use WebSocket communication by default. Browsers yet to adopt this new standard will continue to function using Nirvana's Comet-based streaming implementation. "The benefit of Web Sockets over traditional Comet techniques is primarily reduced overhead", said Tam Freestone-Bayes, VP Internet Engineering at my-Channels. "We feel the WebSocket protocol offers genuine benefits over the current "hand-rolled" JavaScript solutions, and have accordingly... (more)

I Was at the Taping Of Cloud Computing Expo Power Panel in Times Square

I arrived in New York City this morning to attend the Cloud Computing Expo for the next three days. SYS-CON folks invited me on Sunday for the taping of the Cloud Computing Expo Power Panel which was taped at the Reuters Studios in Times Square. The live taping of the show was a blast. I met the panelists at the studio as well while watching the SYS-CON.TV show in the green room. The green room is actually gray and brown. The Cloud Computing Power Panel will be broadcast at the Cloud Computing Expo, March 31 - April 1, 2009, Roosevelt Hotel, in New York City. Two Cloud Computing Expo Power Panels taped today at SYS-CON's Times Square Studios featured rtghe following panelists: Werner Vogels - VP & CTO, Amazon.com; John Engates - CTO, Rackspace; Rod Fontecilla - Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton; Hal Stern - CTO of Sun's Global Sales Force; John Engates - CTO, Rackspace;... (more)

Oracle on Sun Java, MySQL, OpenOffice, and Linux

If you are lucky, and curious enough, Oracle can be the best place to learn the enterprise software market. I have worked at Oracle for about seven years and, in my entire career, it is where I have learned the most about enterprise software. When Oracle announced it was buying Sun, I was actually not that surprised, and I thought it was to be expected after the IBM escape. Oracle is in a self-fulfilling prophecy to consolidate the enterprise software market and, after IBM turned down what could have been a great match for open source and Java, Oracle had to jump in. Larry Ellison and Safra Catz are great market strategists, and Sun should have been on their radar for a long time. Larry has also been good friends with Scott McNealy, and this topic must have come up many times over the years. Anyway, now that this merger is almost done, the big question everybody has... (more)

Oracle-Sun: $7.4BN Deal Will Close Already This Summer

“We estimate that the acquired business will contribute over $1.5 billion to Oracle’s non-GAAP operating profit in the first year, increasing to over $2 billion in the second year,” said Oracle's President Safra Catz (pictured), after the board of both Oracle and Sun unanimously approved the acquisition of Sun by Oracle for $7.4 billion in a deal anticipated to close this summer, subject to Sun stockholder approval, certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. “We expect this acquisition to be accretive to Oracle’s earnings by at least 15 cents on a non-GAAP basis in the first full year after closing,” said Catz in an offiocial statement this morning, before adding that the $1.5BN was a very satisfying aspect of the deal indeed: “This would make the Sun acquisition more profitable in per share contribution in the first year than we had planned for ... (more)

How Did Ellison-McNealy Affect Oracle-Sun?

One question about the Oracle-Sun deal, not scandalous except perhaps in the eyes of IBM executives, concerns the personal relationship between Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy. The deal, to me, shows how little power shareholders (ie, owners) of public companies really have in the face of personal relationships. I believe IBM was ready to pay a max of 9.40 per share for Sun, an offer that was vehemently castigated by Sun Chairman Scott McNealy, according to many reports. Yet Oracle came swooping in to pay $9.50, after only four days of discussion. Of course, Sun shareholders are no doubt ecstatic about the deal, seeing their holdings quadruple from recent lows. Yet Sun's stock was hovering at about $10 before last fall's marketwide meltdown (after a 4-1 reverse split in late 2007). What if IBM had run amok and offered an insane price like $12-13 a share for Sun? Wou... (more)

Federal Cloud Computing Heating Up !

As fellow blogger Reuven Cohen mentions in his post, Federal cloud computing is indeed heating up: Vivek Kundra held a US Federal Government Cloud Computing Summit yesterday The Federal CIO Council is officially studying effective uses of cloud computing According to Network World, an INPUT study places Federal spend on cloud services at $277M in 2008 growing to $793M by 2013 Patrick Stingley has been named as the CTO, Federal Cloud for GSA NIST has reveled their draft definition of cloud computing (see below) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Draft NIST Working Definition of Cloud Computing 4-24-09 Peter Mell and Tim Grance - National Institute of Standards and Technology, Information Technology Laboratory Note 1: Cloud computing is still an evolving paradigm. Its definitions, use cases, underlying technologies... (more)

Veryant Helps Businesses Bridge the COBOL to Java Divide

Veryant has announced a new software release to help organizations lower operational costs by modernizing COBOL assets. This latest version of Veryant’s isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS) simplifies COBOL and Java integration, enhances the Eclipse-based development environment, and includes several improvements to make moving to isCOBOL from alternative platforms even easier. “Many businesses rely on a combination of language environments and want greater value from their existing COBOL investments,” said Alfredo Iglesias, vice president of Veryant. “Our newest release makes it easy to expose core applications and data to SOA, Web Services, and other initiatives without sacrificing functionality, retraining staff, or adding complexity.” Organizations have reduced licensing costs by as much as 80 percent and gained important business benefits by moving to Verya... (more)

Sun To Build Clouds

Sun means to go into the cloud building business Monday. It’s supposed to announce a new portfolio of professional services aimed at businesses of all sizes called the Cloud Strategic Planning Service at the CommunityOne West conference in San Francisco. Its consultants are supposed to help clients evaluate, plan and implement advanced cloud strategies – both public and private – that can result in significant cost savings and flexibility. Sun's cloud computing supremo, Dave Douglas, delivered a Keynote at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo recently in New York City The service will evaluate customer cloud readiness and opportunities in four key areas: business, organization/culture, technology and IT environments then deliver a set of recommendations and plans for a solution that meets the organization’s business and IT objectives. VP of services marketing Amy O’Connor... (more)

Book Review: Processing XML Documents with JDeveloper 11g

I was recently asked to write a book review on Processing XML Documents with JDeveloper 11g by Deepak Vohra, among several other bloggers here, here, here and here. The thing about book reviews, like movie reviews, is the interpretation by the reviewer is subjective. The trick is for you the review reader to work out does the reviewer have the same tastes and likes as you. If yes that should mean that the book review will be relevant to you potentially giving a recommendation that suits your needs. If no you might miss a really good book or waste a couple of those hard earned squid. So where do I come from to help you assess if I'm "your" type of reviewer? I'm a both a consultant *and* a trainer. I'm interested in how the story is told as much as what is told. I'm looking for clear examples, a logical A-B-C progression path, and like everyone else something to keep me... (more)

Oracle Issues A Statement

Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) ("Oracle") confirmed today that, after reviewing preliminary results reported by Sun Microsystems, Inc. ("Sun") for Sun's quarter ending June 30, 2009, Oracle expects the Sun acquisition to be accretive to Oracle's earnings by at least 15 cents on a non-GAAP basis in the first full year after closing and estimates that the acquired business will contribute over $1.5 billion to Oracle's non-GAAP operating profit in that year, increasing to over $2 billion in the second year. Oracle's acquisition of Sun remains subject to stockholder and regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. ... (more)

Deputy CIO of the CIA to Keynote 1st Annual GovIT Expo

SYS-CON Events announces that Jill Tummler Singer, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), will be delivering the opening keynote at the 1st Annual Government Conference & Expo (www.GovITExpo.com) on October 6th in Washington DC. Sponsor & Exhibit at 1st Annual Government IT Expo! Register Today and Save! Ms Singer was appointed in November 2006 and is responsible for ensuring CIA has the information, technology, and infrastructure necessary to effectively execute its missions. Prior to her appointment as Deputy CIO, Ms. Singer served as the Director of the Diplomatic Telecommunications Service (DTS), United States Department of State, and was responsible for global network services to US foreign missions. GovITExpo builds on the success of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo, the fastest-growing conference anywhere in the world devoted to... (more)