VMware launched a new program to enlist service providers to deliver virtualized server infrastructure as a hosted service. It's a natural step for companies that want to move to a utility computing, capacity on demand model, which can provide improved levels of reliability, scalability and cost efficiency.
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Preceded by flashing colored lights and a brief video about the business Web, salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff took the stage during a luncheon press conference to announce the alliance with Google around AdWord integrations, which I covered in this post.
If you've ever joined a talkback discussion on ZDNet blogs, you've probably encountered Mike Cox. On the subject of Microsoft, the ubiquitous and presumably pseudonymous Mr. Cox is rarely at a loss for words.
A Nucleus Research report about how Oracle and SAP fare among small and mid-sized enterprises has sparked a dust-up between the two--again. In a survey, Nucleus Research finds that customers at smaller companies generally favor Oracle.
On today's podcast:Ask.com revamps its search engine with Ask3D.
Perusing the revamped Ask.com a few thoughts quickly come to the fore: Nice interface, like the icons, the results aren't bad and it'll never catch Google.
Six Apart is revamping its leading Movable Type blogging software and turning it into a componentized platform with new enterprise and social media capabilities. I talked to Chris Alden, executive vice president and general manager of Movable Type, about the new version, MT 4, which is being rolled out in beta this week as a free download and is expected to go into general release in Q3.
Notable headlines:Intel readies new chipsets. AMD hopes Barcelona demos whet IT's appetite.
The salesforce.com and Google partnership turned out to be not a grand alliance or acquisition pitting the two companies against Microsoft, but a refinement of the AdWords campaign management software that salesforce.
Ask has breathed some new life into search with a major site overhaul. Dubbed Ask3D, the revamped site combines search suggestions, results and related structured data on a single page.