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Open Source Journal on Ulitzer It is interesting to see how Open source rivals Red Hat and Novell have transferred their Linux warfare to the cloud. As both companies seek to use their open source history to advantage on the web platform by spouting standard mantras about avoiding vendor lock-ins and low cost, they have also taken different approaches on other counts when taking their cloud services to market. Red Hat is full of idealistic enthusiasm about innovation, progress and being open through and through. It has always been a vociferous proponent of open standards and Open content that is hundred percent free from licensing or royalty payments and has been singing along the same tunes on cloud. It has been up in arms with Microsoft on many issues including opposing the approval of Microsoft Office Open XML by the International Organization for Standardizatio... (more)

Citrix's Desktop Virtualization Strategy Pays Off

Citrix Systems, Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 ended March 31, 2010. In the first quarter of fiscal 2010, Citrix amassed revenue of $414 million, compared to $369 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. This translates to 12 percent revenue growth. "I'm pleased with our results for the first quarter," said Mark Templeton, president and chief executive officer for Citrix. "We saw strong traction across our strategic markets - virtualization, networking and collaboration - and showed good discipline in our operations, leading to solid incre... (more)

Oracle Bolsters Desktop Virtualization Portfolio

Oracle Corp has updated the Sun Ray Client product line geared for displaying server-hosted Windows, Linux and Oracle Solaris desktops with a new version Oracle Sun Ray 3 Plus Client that operates on its Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure software. They all stack up nicely with with Oracle’s other desktop virtualization wares like Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle VM VirtualBox. The new release comes with enhancements including support for Windows 7 virtual desktops, larger displays with native support for up to two 30-inch displays with 2560 x 1600 resolution each enab... (more)

Microsoft Boosts Virtualization Stack with Opalis Acquisition

Toronto-based Opalis Software which provides IT process automation tools for data centers has been acquired by Microsoft. Microsoft will be integrating the acquisition into its System Center product line. As Microsoft ventures into cloud adventures and invests more and more in gigantic mega virtualized data centers, Opalis’s scalable, computing software that includes prepackaged workflows and integration solutions will according to Opalis CEO Todd DeLaughter enable Microsoft “to have the most complete virtualization stack available from any single vendor.” The acquisition seems ... (more)

Amazon EC2 Adopts eBay Like Cloud Auction Model

Responding to user demand, Amazon has expanded its on-demand computing EC2 offerings. It is auctioning off unused EC2 capacity through Spot Instances which enable you to make a bid for computing time. Bidders provide info on the instance family, size and region, number of Spot Instances they want and the maximum price they're willing to pay per instance. You can view the EC2 API and AWS Management Console to see prior Spot Instance prices to give you an idea of how much to bid. The spot price is dynamic and varies depending on supply and demand fluctuations. Just like in any reg... (more)