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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 and technology. 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)

New EMC Storage Arrays & Software-Defined Storage Speed IT Transformation

EMC Corporation has kicked off a 24-hour, around-the-world live broadcast announcing new products that help give customers the speed they need to lead their IT Transformation. Today's news includes revolutionary technology advances in the EMC VNX line of midrange storage, new capabilities for the world's fastest growing reference architecture - EMC VSPEX, the upcoming general availability of EMC ViPR - a new Software-Defined Storage platform, and finally, a preview of "Project Nile" - which EMC expects to be the world's first commercially-available complete, Web-scale storage i... (more)

Wal-Mart Buys OneOps

@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 operations monitoring. 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 (Iaas) strategies. Wal-Mart will doubtless get cloud applications out of it. It said, "We are innovating on a very la... (more)

Imagine There's No iPhone

The ultimate goal of any software vendor is...to make sure that their software runs on iPhone. The time will come when entire J2EE stack with EJB will run on iPhone. Singing... You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. Imagine there's no iPhone It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there's no iPhone It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will... (more)

The Five Characteristics of Cloud Computing

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 t... (more)

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Will Mature in 2010: Microsoft's David Chou

While acknowledging that lots of work is currently being done to differentiate and integrate private and public cloud solutions, Microsoft Architect David Chou believes that Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is the area of Cloud Computing that will make its impact most noticeably in 2010 - especially for startups, and small-medium sized businesses. In this quickfire mini-interview with SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal, in the run-up to November's Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara, CA, Chou also mentions who he deems to be the Top Five Companies in the Cloud as at Fall 2009. O... (more)