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September 25, 2008 by

From Chapter Two: The appliance computing culture

When you look at the iSeries what you see is business computing as it should have been about 1976 - it's the path not taken, the thing that works for business but not IT - and today's costs (although the data is actually from 2004/5) reflect that.

September 17, 2008 by

An open response to a Jonathan Schwartz blog

Just recently Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz blogged about his company's new xVM product and its relationship to what some big system operators want. Great, but to put my response to xVM in terms that don't refer to places where the sun don't shine, he's been hanging out with the wrong people - and missing an enormous market opportunity because of it.

March 7, 2006 by

Word of the day: Orthogonal

or·thog·o·nal:Adj.[from mathematics] Mutually independent; well separated; sometimes, irrelevantto. Used in a generalization of its mathematical meaning to describe setsof primitives or capabilities that, like a vector basis in geometry, spanthe entire `capability space' of the system and are in some sense non-overlappingor mutually independent. For example, in architectures such as the PDP-11or VAX where all or nearly all registers can be used interchangeably inany role with respect to any instruction, the register set is said to beorthogonal.Ah, the PDP-11 or VAX, such memories of room-sizedcomputers with monstorous gigabyte hard drives.  Anyway.I used the word "orthogonal" today to describe the "innovationpack" planned for Lotus Notes and Domino in mid-2006.  This isthe set of capabilites including a blog template, RSS feeds, and Noteson a USB key that were announced at Lotusphere.  They're "orthogonal"because they are not a 7.1 or 7.5 fact, no core code is disturbedat all.  This is critical to those organizations who have testingrequirements in order to deploy a "new" piece of software.  The"innovation pack" is separate from the core Notes/Domino codestream.  Apparently, the "orthogonal"nature of this deliverable taught several people in the room a new SATword.Other notes from today's Lotusphere Comes to You in Chicago:- About 120 customers and partners attended.  Speakers included KevinCavanaugh, Rob Ingram, David Marshak (demonstrating Sametime 7.5 live!),and Joe Linehan. - In my session on Notes/Domino directions, all of the attendees were onND6.x or 7.  A number of Linux and iSeries customers represented,as well as some pSeries and Solaris.  Oh yeah, there were Windowsusers, too. - Today was my first visit to the IBM offices at 71 S. Wacker, Chicago. This is the address that has been on my business card since August,but until today, I had never been there.  Nice place, very sleek. The A/V equipment is first rate (except the wireless microphone setup). But now I can no longer point out that as a telecommuter, I've neverbeen to my own office.  Though I still didn't go looking for wheremy snail mail is stored.

February 21, 2006 by

Nigel Fortlage´s Weblog: What´s the importance of an instance?

JamesGovernor alerted me to thiscase study of a customer migrating from using ICQ for business instantmessaging over to Lotus Sametime running on iSeries:Firstthing most users are saying the interface is very MSN Messenger Like sothey are adopting it without training or question. I am shocked...Best corporate win, further simplification of IT environment by leveragingexisting technologies to do 1 more thing, while adding corporate compliancewith an enterprise level, server side, IM offering...Ok it doesn't roll of the tongue... This is the very first time we have taken an application run off a Linuxmachine and move it to a commercial offering. I see this as an evolutionof a mature offering that made sense to play with and use in an open sourcespace, but in addressing our desire to simplify, we leveraged an existinginvestment in technology to move us forward.Link:Nigel Fortlage's Weblog: What's the importance of an instance?>

January 20, 2006 by

Case Studies

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October 28, 2005 by

Use of Solaris for Domino servers

As I travel around to user groups and Notes/Domino7 launch events, I often ask the attendees at these events different profilequestions about Notes deployments.  I ask about versions in use, Iask about use of instant mesaging, and I ask about server platforms.One interesting thing I've noticed inasking about server platforms in the last two or three months is that I'mnot drawing many hands for Sun Solaris.  Among my (mostly American)audiences, Windows continues to be the server platform I see most frequently. iSeries and Linux tend to be the next two.  And while I seethe other platforms with some frequency, I haven't seen a hand for Dominoon Sun Solaris at any meeting I've done in the last two or three months.Now, market watchers shouldn't necessarilyread anything into this.  But I am kind of curious whether there isa reason for this lack of show.  Since IBM sells a platform-agnosticlicense, it's sometimes hard to track how servers are deployed in the realworld.  I know of a customer in the Netherlands that consolidated110 Windows servers down to two Sun Solaris boxes, so it's definitely deployed. I'm just wondering why I am not seeing more of it.


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