Ingres Chairman and CEO Terry Garnett looks at the estimated $18 billion spent on databases annually and sees a market ripe for disruption. In fact, he thinks Ingres can carve out 5- to 10-percent of that market, including a good chunk for Oracle's multibillion dollar enterprise database business.
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Sun formally launched its Sun Grid service (which I blogged about here), with 5,000 sockets, a year after first announcing it. If 70 percent of the current computing pool were used on a daily basis, Sun would rake in about $84,000 per day.
According Dave Winer, wikis could use a bit of OPML (Outline Processing Markup Language). Now that I've had my hand at running a public facing wiki for three months (see the Web site for Mashup Camp) to which many other people have contributed, I'm in agreement with Dave that integrating OPML with wikis makes sense.
Enough said: Anne Broache reports that the FBI squandered $10.1 million on questionable contractor costs, including $50,000 in custom-made ink pens and highlighters.
In a podcast recorded this afternoon, Mark Anderson, founder and publisher of the Strategic News Service (SNS) and the Future in Review conference talks with me about the Inkwell Project, the forthcoming FIRe conference, Google and China and the debate about Net Neutrality.
From news.com's Ina Fried: Microsoft said Tuesday that Windows Vista won't show up on new PCs until January 2007, though Microsoft will make it available to business customers in November.
IDC has come up with a top ten list of predictions for software-as-a-service (SaaS) in 2006. The full report is available from IDC for a price--$3,500 for ten pages of predictions and some guidance.
The Wall Street Journal has a story about Samsung developing low power, 32-gigabyte NAND flash memory chipsets that will sell for $200 to $250 in 2008. That's far more expensive the hard drives, but the idea of not having to wait while disks spin and draining less battery on a PC system is enough of a reason to spend the money.
Ben Worthen of CIO has an interesting post about who in the context of the Net Neutrality debate. He worked with Lumeta's chief scientist Bill Cheswick to create a map of the North American Internet backbone, including 134,855 routers, colored by telecom company (Verizon, AT&T, Qwest, Level 3, Sprint Nextel, cable companies, smaller players).
Michael Crichton is breaking the law. He says: • The Earth revolves around the Sun.