In a time when the modern IT executive stays almost locked to a Blackberry it is hard to catch them by a surprising bit of news. All the more gratifying then to catch out a few of them at the Technology@Work event in Berlin on Monday, with the news that Oracle was buying Sun.
Barker Bites Back
A look at some newsy stuff and interesting bits as well as those hopefully amusing byways of technology.
Colin Barker is based in London and is Senior Reporter for ZDNet. He has been writing about the IT business for some 30-plus years. He still enjoys it.
HP has launched data BladeSystem Matrix as a converged system that offers software, server, storage and networking in one package intended to make it easy to install a complete data centre solution, the company said.Using a single interface, the aim behind Blade System Matrix is that users have a one-stop shop to build a complete data centre solution as quickly and easily as possible.
Using technology from Wave Systems, Samsung on Thursday launched a solid state disk (SSD) with a capacity of up to 256GB and full-disk encryption.Available in a 1.
The telecommunications company, Avaya, on Wednesday said it had appointed a new managing director for the UK and Ireland, Lee Shorten.The company said in a statement that Buddie Ceronie, current vice president, UK, Ireland and Southern Africa, is leaving the company "to pursue other professional opportunities".
HP on Friday said it had filed an appeal in a patent dispute with Cornell University and the Cornell Research Foundation.Last month, the US District Court cut the amount that a jury had earlier imposed on the company from $184 million to $53 million in favour of the university.
This year Samsung is planning to launch at least three mobile phones that will be able to run the Android operating system, it has emerged.According to a report in Forbes magazine on Thursday, Dr Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president at Samsung, has said the company's first Android phone is scheduled to launch in June.
On Thursday, the non-profit Linux Foundation (LF) announced that it was going to host the Moblin project which aims to develop mobile Linux-based applications.Moblin was a project under development by Intel which has effectively handed control over to the Linux Foundation.
The virtualisation software supplier, VKernel announced the free tool last week. It can help in the documentation and inventory recording of virtual machines (VMs), the company said.
On Wednesday, the storage supplier Rackable Systems surprised many people with the announcement that it wanted to buy the assets of Silicon Graphics International (SGI) for $25m (£17.3m).
Just about everybody is agreed that software-as-a-service (SaaS) is being adopted quickly but, according to the analysts Gartner, some are decidedly quicker than others.In a survey conducted recently, Gartner looked at three European countries, the UK, Germany and France and looked at different applications running SaaS, including CRM and ERP which, appears to have made little headway in the field.