Pardon the interruption in our regular programming for some inside techland. Henry Blodget is suggesting that CNET could acquire my friend Mike Arrington's TechCrunch sites for $100 million on the heels of analyst Douglas McIntyre's post explaining why he thinks TechCrunch and other blog operations will eventually be acquired for serious money by big media.
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Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, is outlining details of "Dynamo," an internal operating system that runs the e-commerce giant's storage system. In a post, Vogels said Dynamo will be detailed at the Operating Systems conference in a paper (PDF).
Google Apps is a collection of Google services like Docs, GMail, Calendar, and GTalk bundled together in a package that allows businesses to use Google's infrastructure behind their own domain. For small businesses, it's a no-brainer.
EDS and Sabre Holdings extended and renegotiated a long running information technology services deal to 2014.Under the extension, EDS said Wednesday that it will garner new revenue of about $630 million.
Zoho is filling out it on demand suite with a database and reporting application. Zoho DB can convert spreadsheets into databases and supports pivot tables.
Micron Technology CFO Mike Sadler says the company is optimistic about flash memory based solid state drives and sees about 5 million to 10 million units being shipped in 2008. By 2011, Micron is hoping for about 50 million to 60 million units.
UBS released its CIO survey this week and illustrated a number of cross currents in enterprise spending and hardware. The short version: HP is being increasingly viewed as a most valuable vendor; Vista has no affect on PC demand and server and storage spending is expected to jump.
Notable headlines:Robin Harris: 100,000 year nanowire storage.Microsoft unveils revamped Zunes.
Peter Zencke, a member of SAP’s Executive Board and head of R&D, spent the last fours years developing Business ByDesign, a new foundation for SAP's ERP software. I caught up with him during SAP TechEd ‘07 and asked about the origins of the product and what will differentiate it in the marketplace.
During his presentation at SAP TechEd '07, Peter Zencke, a member of SAP's Executive Board and head of R&D, made it clear to the 6,000 SAP developers in attendance that the forthcoming Business ByDesign ERP suite for the mid-market is technological milestone for the company. "We put everything into one, NetWeaver end-to-end," he said regarding Business ByDesign.