Hewlett-Packard has named former SAP CEO Leo Apotheker to be its new president and chief executive, replacing Mark Hurd, who resigned abruptly last month in the midst of a scandal.
HP’s announcement was a surprise, since the company had reportedly been focusing on internal candidates. Apotheker’s name had not been raised by industry pundits as a likely successor.
It also means that HP overlooked two internal candidates for the position — Ann Livermore, the head of HP’s enterprise business, and Todd Bradley, who runs its giant PC division.
Robert Beauchamp told ZDNet Asia in an interview that the company is focused on providing its customers with "dynamic, integrated business service management" tools to better handle the complexities of straddling between private and public cloud networks. The executive was in town recently for a short stopover to meet up with local business partners.
There are "large and importance" differences between software-as-a-service and Application Service Provider (ASP) models.
This is according to TNooz columnist Glenn Gruber, who compared the merits of both methods of accessing software applications on the internet.
He said that software-as-a-service’s advantage is that it has a consumption-based model, which allows companies to only pay for the services they use.
ASP instead offers a hosted single instance of the software and database for each user, Mr Gruber explained.
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) today introduced a new platform that Hitachi says provides organizations with more intelligent, scalable storage and also prepares them for the next-generation data centers leveraging virtualization and cloud computing. HDS unveiled a new upgrade to its management software that, among other things, can manage more volume of objects and capacity via one management server and offers visibility and correlation of applications, virtual machines and servers and logical storage devices for traditional and virtualized VMware and Microsoft Hyper V environments.
Ed Bugnion, CTO for the Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit at Cisco, certainly got it right when he predicted that the adoption of cloud computing within the enterprise could well be led by the government and not the corporate sector.
"Complex, process-driven environments like government have been used to inflexible IT infrastructures," he said. "The cloud’s flexibility is so appealing that it will drive the creation of a private government cloud."
That statement was made a year ago at EMC World. Today, many government entities are leading the way in cloud adoption.
As someone who writes about technology rather than actually deploying it, I admit I sometimes succumb to vendor-fueled hype. The good news is, it rarely takes long for someone to set me straight. Before I interviewed vendors, analysts and other experts for a story on cloud computing in 2009, I had the idea that virtually any enterprise application could run in the cloud, though some certainly might be better candidates than others.
Much of the discussion with cloud integration focuses on integrating with on-premise, even legacy, applications. But with more companies moving into SaaS, there’s another integration question worth considering: How do you integrate between these cloud-based companies so you avoid SaaS silos?
According to the PC Games Digital Downloads Analyst Report, during the first six months of 2010, more video games were purchased online and downloaded digitally than were bought at retail stores.
This marks the first time that digital downloads comprised the majority of total PC game sales. And although retails sales still make up a greater share of dollar revenue, it was simply because games that come with a CD or DVD in a box sell for a higher price…
HP, Intel and Yahoo have announced that four organisations are to join the existing group already participating in Open Cirrus, the global open-source test bed organised to fuel advancements in cloud computing research.
Cloud computing test bed
These four organisations – Georgia Tech University’s Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS), China Telecom Corporation, the China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), and the Supercomputing Center of Galicia (CESGA) – have brought the number of locations participating in Open Cirrus to 14, thus making Open Cirrus the most widespread and diverse cloud computing test bed.