Notable headlines: IBM to wed game chip with mainframes.David Berlind: Google gets an F for planned weekday disruption to Google Calendar.
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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Speaking at the 2007 MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, CA, MySQL CEO Marten Mickos said the company is working toward an IPO, isn't bleeding cash and did $50 million in revenue last year, compared to an estimated $34 million in 2005 (see Stephen Shankland's full report). That success and growth is also causing frustration among customers, including ZDNet's database guru.
Sun launched some high density iron into the video streaming market with the Sun Streaming System, which the company claimed delivers the highest video streaming capacity to cable and telecom providers in the industry. It supports up to 160,000 simultaneous and unique video streams at 2Mbps for less than $50 per stream, which is about 10 times the streaming capacity of competitive platforms, according to Sandeep Agrawal, group marketing manager, Sun Systems Group.
Updated: Why does the Fred Anderson vs. Apple and Steve Jobs war of words amount to nothing more than a sideshow?
Steve Jobs said. Fred Anderson said. Now the Apple board of directors gets its turn.
The future of computing will feature devices that monitor you, anticipate your actions and chronicle your life. The problem: Privacy concerns.
SAP CEO Henning Kagermann's Sapphire keynote (see ZDNet coverage of the event) didn't reveal any surprises. SAP is riding high after a good quarter and feeling confident in its ability to deliver on its ambitious strategy to establish enterprise SOA across its product line and enter the on demand application with a new business suite aimed at the lower mid-market.
Do you need a traditional information technology department? That question was at the heart of a Gartner debate on the future of the IT departments.
Former Apple CFO Fred Anderson's statement about Steve Jobs and the company's options backdating issue was telling because it's rare that a top exec throws another one under the bus in a statement outside of a courtroom. Shame none of it matters without documentation.
While Amazon delivered a blow-out quarter it remains quiet about detailing how much it is spending on the fast-growing EC2 and S3 Web services. On the first quarter earnings conference call, Bear Stearns analyst Robert Peck tried to pin down Amazon (AMZN) executives on the capital spending issue for 2007, but CEO Jeff Bezos didn't bite.