Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO)
have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire
Yahoo's operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject
to customary closing adjustments.
Yahoo informs, connects and entertains a global audience of more than 1
billion monthly active users** -- including 600 million monthly active mobile
users*** through its search, communications and digital content products.
Yahoo also connects advertisers with target audiences through a streamlined
advertising technology stack that combines the power of their data, content
Lowell McAdam, Verizon Chairman and CEO, said: "Just over a year ago we
acquired AOL to enhance our strategy of providing a cross-screen connection
for consumers, creators and advertisers. The acquisition of Yahoo will put ... (more)
Ever wish you saved a blog title for that ‘perfect’ eye-catcher? Well,
I do. Last week I wrote about some cloud surveys talking about how
financial institutions are using cloud services titled: CloudFucius’ Money:
Trickles to the Cloud. I get to this week’s weekly entry and Ka-Chow
(with apologies to Lightning McQueen) that would have been the perfect title
to this entry. Oh well, as to not be included in the Department of
Redundancy Department Hall of Fame, I had to be a little creative with
something slightly different. And for all of you looking at the title and
wondering, ‘Did this guy just copy his last blog entry?’ I can assure
you, this is all new material so let’s get to it.
Have you seen the news? Cloud Computing Ranks High on Fujitsu’s M&A
Shopping List; HP, Dell in Bidding War for Cloud Computing Provider; 6fusion
is hiring after raising $3 millio... (more)
On April 18, 2005, as we all know, Adobe Systems Incorporated announced a
definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia in an all-stock transaction valued
at approximately $3.4 billion. This is a look back, sideways, and forwards,
based on what's been happening since then.
After the inevitable wave of early name speculation subsided...would the
company be renamed Adobomedia? Macrodobedia? AcroMacrobe?...both Macromedia's
Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch and Adobe's CEO Bruce Chizen made it
clear to MXDJ (http://mxdj.sys-con.com/read/49240.htm) and the San Francisco
Chronicle respectively that the name of the combined company after Adobe had
purchased Macromedia was going to be Adobe pure and simple. Or, as the FAQ
promptly displayed on the web phrased it
What Will Be The Name of the Combined C... (more)
In the previous article Cloud Equals SaaS, Grid, Utility Computing,
Hosting...? I made the following statement:
"SaaS is one of the three possible Cloud Computing delivery modes; however,
to be considered Cloud Computing, any of those delivery modes must have
certain specific characteristics"
So, in this article we will look at those specific characteristics that
define exactly what is Cloud Computing, so that next time you will be able to
evaluate if a specific offer is truly Cloud Computing, or simply a
pre-existing offering that has the Cloud label slapped on it.
We can state that Cloud Computing allows business to increase IT capacity (or
add capabilities) on the fly and in real time (Internet-enabled), without
investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel or licensing new
software, and as a pay-per-use service.
However, the above definition is not comple... (more)
Well, well, well, a little bird points to IBM as gumming up the works with
the European Commission so Oracle and Sun can’t close their deal.
Oracle of course picked up Sun after IBM’s negotiations with Sun failed and
Oracle made IBM the intended target of the proposed acquisition in an ad on
the front page of the Wall Street Journal last week so the idea that IBM is
whispering in the EC’s ear makes perfect sense.
And IBM has plenty of practice using the European Commission to attack its
enemies. Just ask Microsoft.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison claims the European Commission’s prolonged
investigation of Oracle’s proposed acquisition of Sun, which isn’t
expected to finish much before the agency’s mid-January deadline, is
costing Sun $100 million a month in revenues and a weakened revenue stream
will impact how many employees Sun gets to keep if and when the acquisition
MySQL Journal on Ulitzer
Oracle's ownership of MySQL could run off some open source and MySQL users
according to a poll the 451 Group took among its CAOS user community, CAOS
standing for Commercial Adoption of Open Source. There were 347 respondents,
the researcher says, and from their answers it calculates that:
The use of MySQL will drop from 82.1% to 78.7% in 2011 and 72.3% 2014. An
Oracle acquisition could run off 15% of all open source users and 14.4% of
current MySQL users. At least they told 451 that they would be less likely to
use MySQL if Oracle acquires it. Of course that has probably been said by
users of every company Oracle has ever acquired. On the other hand, 6.3% of
all open source users and 5.6% of MySQL users are more likely to use MySQL if
it's acquired by Oracle. Use of MariaDB, the Monty Widenius fork that the
European Commission appears to be... (more)
COSTA MESA, Calif, May 8, 2012 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today
announced the introduction of a family of new OneConnect® Network
Xceleration™ solutions for the High Performance Networking (HPN) market.
Emulex is bringing its new family of OneConnect (OC)e12000 10Gb Ethernet
(10GbE) Network Xceleration solutions to market in partnership with Myricom,
an industry leader in delivering high performance, latency optimised Ethernet
solutions for vertical market applications. This multi-generational marketing
and development partnership leverages Myricom's deep expertise in HPN,
specifically low latency, high packet-rate, vertical application
optimisations, and Emulex's broad enterprise reach, high volume,
enterprise-hardened hardware roadmap, and global go-to-market channels.
"By partnering with Myricom, Emulex is offering I/O connectivity solutions
that broaden our... (more)
@Walmart Labs, the Silicon Valley-based technology arm of Wal-Mart global
e-commerce, has bought OneOps, which automates and accelerates processes
related to environment management, application deployment and data center
It's supposed to have re-imagined application management in the era of cloud
computing and comes with a Platform-as-a-Service capability that should
accelerate Wal-Mart's PaaS and private cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service
Wal-Mart will doubtless get cloud applications out of it. It said, "We are
innovating on a very large scale, and OneOps brings us tools that will allow
us to move even faster toward a global platform."
@WalMart Labs also picked up three-year-old Mozilla spin-off Tasty Labs, a
social software connection start-up that might lead customers to the right
It was started by Joshua Scha... (more)
IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony today announced a new company, Open
Invention Network (OIN) that will "ensure the continued growth of Linux and
related software," according to a statement from IBM.
IBM says the network plans to acquire patents and license them royalty-free
to others who agree to not assert their patents against Linux. IBM also says
that "the dispersed nature of Linux means there is no single entity to
collect patents and make them generally available. Patents encourage
businesses to invest and innovate because their creations can be protected."
Patents owned by Open Invention Network will be available on a royalty-free
basis to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its
patents against others who have signed a license with OIN, for their use or
distribution of Linux-related software.
IBM says it believes that "open colla... (more)
DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine.
I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix
overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base
through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have
always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against
VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event.
I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make
that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other
words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical
play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that.
Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization
products to compete with VMware.
As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)
Yahoo! and Microsoft announced an agreement that will improve the Web search
experience for users and advertisers, and deliver sustained innovation to the
industry. In simple terms, Microsoft will now power Yahoo! search while
Yahoo! will become the exclusive worldwide relationship sales force for both
companies’ premium search advertisers.
For Web users and advertisers, this deal will accelerate the pace and breadth
of innovation by combining both companies’ complementary strengths and
search platforms into a market competitor with the scale to fuel sustained
development in search and search advertising. Users will find what they care
about faster and with more personal relevance. Microsoft’s competitive
search platforms will lead to more value for advertisers, better results for
Web publishers, and increased innovation and efficiency across the Internet.
Under t... (more)