by Tim Sheedy HP today announced that they plan to acquire EDS for US$13.9 billion. The company plans to integrate HP’s outsourcing capability into EDS — but at this stage no one is certain what will happen for the consulting and systems integration capabilities.
While it is still very early — the deal needs approval —it is expected to go through and should close in H2 2008. What we can predict with absolute confidence is that there will be a lot written about this over the next six months and there are still a lot of uncertainties.
On May 12th, 2008 VMware announced that nine storage replication vendors have tested and certified their technology with VMware’s long awaited Site Recovery Manager (SRM) offering. SRM is an important step forward in DR (DR) preparedness because it automates the process of restarting virtual machines (VM) at an alternate data center. Of course, your data and your VM configuration files must be present at the alternate site, hence the necessary integration with replication vendors. SRM not only automates the restart of VMs at an alternate data center, it can automate other aspects of DR. For example, it can shutdown other VMs before it recovers others. You can also integrate scripts for other tasks and insert checkpoints where a manual procedure is required. This is useful if you are using the redundant infrastructure at the alternate data center for other workloads such as application development and testing (a very common scenario). When you recover an application to an alternate site, especially if your redundant infrastructure supports other workloads, you have to think about how you will repurpose between secondary and production workloads. You also have to think about the entire ecosystem, such as network and storage settings, not just simply recovering a VM.
Essentially, VMware wants you to replace manual DR runbook with the automated recovery plans in SRM. It might not completely replace your DR runbook but it can automate enough of it. So much so that DR service providers such as SunGard are productizing new service offerings based on SRM.
by Lisa Pierce Prior to yesterday’s announcement concerning the formation of the new Clearwire, it was becoming increasingly evident to us from both an opportunity and cost perspective that Sprint’s near term objectives for Xohm’s should be refocused — less initially towards serving the needs of high end mobile consumers — and more towards the needs of enterprises — particularly those with small sites who would like to ‘cut the cord’ on ILEC T1 access. That a number of technical issues would have to be worked out to meet this aim is certain. But demand for such connectivity — especially from a nationwide provider — is sky high. Moreover, Sprint’s share of enterprise networking is small; this type of offer could provide it with an important impetus for growth.
I’ve been following the voluminous press around Sprint’s WiMax partnership
announcement today. I’ve been following the news mostly to see if I’m
missing anything, and it seems I’m not. It looks like a good news/bad news story
for end users of the service. The good news is that there is a solid consortium
around Sprint’s Xohm initiative which, until now, seemed increasingly more
promise than substance. With the most recent dissolution of the agreement with
Clearwire and subsequent deployment delays, I was beginning to think we’d see
LTE before WiMax coverage that Sprint had promised. In short, it looks like a
solid team – albeit with some fluffy marketing language. Intel’s roadmap was
already committed to supplying WiMax chipsets in its devices as a way to drive
up sticker price with a small increase in BOM cost, regardless of the network
Taleo announced a definitive agreement today to acquire Vurv for $128.8 million in cash and stock amidst record financial results. Over the next month Taleo is going to identify how to best integrate the new company and report back to the market, but some initial thoughts are:
Just as Greek philosophers tried to explain the ancient world in terms of the four classical elements of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air - with the fifth element of Aether defining the invisible context in which they exist - software architects in the digital world work in disciplines that are centered around four basic elements - Process, Service,Event, and Information. However, I think we need a "unifying theory" of the digital world that brings these four elements together more closely.
Who's The Boss? Too often, one or another of these four elements is elevated to a dominant position in architecture, often at the expense of sufficient attention to the others. Consider:
Everyone wants to make their data centers more efficient and
gain recognition for their efforts but we’re lacking the benchmarks to shoot
for. Well, here’s your chance to help change that. On March 20th the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) kicked off a data collection process to help create Energy
Star™ ratings for data centers. Energy Star, the best known energy efficiency
identifier, is respected as a mark of credibility for products and services
that deliver superior energy efficiency. While mainly a consumer mark, the EPA
recently published a draft standard for servers,
its first serious foray into providing enterprise product and service guidance.
While extending Energy Star to your corporate data center, consumed only by
your own company, may not have customer impact, it has corporate brand value that
matters to the C-level executives. It will also have differentiating value when
choosing outsourced service providers.