Fresh off a visit with Sun execs, Forrester Research CEO George Colony thinks he has handle on the company's comeback strategy as well as the potholes that might trip it up. In addition to Sun's continued fixation on technology (an obsession that Colony warns could leave Sun vulnerable to Dell), the eight point plan is more about Red Hat than it is anything else.
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The Yankee Group has published its findings that desktop Linux is expected to make steady gains over the next few years, primarily in small business.
With a mea culpa (over failure to deliver what customers wanted for the last few years) as his backdrop, Sun COO Jonathan Schwartz today announced $1 per processor per hour pricing on a Sun provided grid of servers based on the company's N1 Grid technology.
Last week, ZDNet contributing editor Dave Rosenberg asked if Sun may have sold out OpenOffice.org -- one of the open source projects that Sun stewards -- when a recently disclosed portion of the company's sweeping agreement with Microsoft revealed that Sun would not intervene should Microsoft choose to sue OpenOffice licensees for patent infringement.
Dust Networks launched the sale of its first product today, the SmartMesh wireless mesh networking platform for enterprise-class monitoring and control solutions. The dust is in the form of motes--compact, ultra low-power wireless network devices that provide modular connections to a wide range of sensors and actuators.
Many household names of the IT industry, including Dell and Microsoft, have been able to capture lasting feelings of customer loyalty, according to Walker Information's annual Loyalty Report for Information Technology. However, of 13,000 corporate IT buyers interviewed for the report, only 44 percent said they feel loyal to a majority of their suppliers, 30 percent feel "trapped" by at least some of their vendors, and almost 25 percent are looking to swap their IT providers for somebody else.
Tech analyst Robin Bloor wasn't short on sarcastic remarks in response to the latest in the legal circus between The SCO Group and IBM, in which Big Blue was accused of not handing over millions of lines of code for SCO to analyze.
VoIP is ushering in a new era for the telecommunications industry, but just where it is headed and why it is important is open to widespread speculation. In what Om Malik calls "the best and most definitive essay you will ever ready on this technology," Daniel Berninger's analysis can leave you convinced that VoIP has what it takes to ignite a communications renaissance.
MIT scientists isolated the spinach proteins that produce energy when exposed to light, and figured out how to use peptites (broken pieces of protein) to bond the photosynthetic spinach matter with an electrical circuit. Spinach solar cells could be applied like a layer of paint to a phone or other electronic device.
When PeopleSoft's CEO Craig Conway speaks to thousands of customers tomorrow at the company's annual customer event, he will try to convince them that the barbarians are not at the gate. Following a federal judge's ruling in favor of Oracle's proposed $7.