Jan 31

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Google, which does not give guidance, missed both Wall Street’s top and bottom expectations for its December quarter by a hair and the punters turned vicious pounding it down around 50 bucks after-hours. Consensus demanded non-GAAP earnings of $4.44 on revenues of $3.45 billion. Google came in with $4.43 on revenues $3.39 billion. Those revenues figures are net of what’s called TAC, Google’s traffic acquisition costs, the money it pays its partners, which it this case amounted $1.44 billion or 30% of its ad revenues.

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philetus writes “New Scientist has up a story on Posey, a hub-and-strut construction kit that senses its configuration and communicates it wirelessly to a computer. From the article: ‘If you gave Lego brains, you might get something like Posey, a new hands-on way of interacting with computers developed at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, US. When Posey’s plastic pieces are snapped together, an exact copy of the construction appears on a computer screen. Every twist of, say, a stick figure’s arm is mirrored in 3D modelling software … Each piece’s plastic shell is stuffed with chips and devices for processing these signals. They are sent wirelessly to a computer using a low-power protocol called ZigBee. This means, bending Posey’s pieces can make objects on-screen respond in real time. Right now, each custom-made piece has about US$50 (£25) worth of parts, Weller estimates. But if mass produced, it could be much cheaper.’”

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As computer grids are becoming more wide spread in commercial data centers, the bottlenecks in application performance move from raw processing to searching, storing and retrieving the data. In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG) technology solve this fundamental problem by acting as super-efficient application accelerator, taking advantage of unused resources readily available on the grid - disk, memory, IO - to put the data in memory of the same computer that performs the calculations. The talk will explore how IMDG can be easily integrated with existing enterprise grids to create data-aware grid applications and provide application performance acceleration while improving application scalability and reliability.

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Key opinion-formers in the field of infrastructure and pioneers of virtualization technologies of all types have already begun submitting speaking proposals to Virtualization Conference & Expo 2008 East, being held in New York City, 23-24 June, 2008. Topics covered will range from Application Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, Network Virtualization, Server Virtualization, and Storage Virtualization, to Virtual Machine Automation, Physical to Virtual (P2V) Migration, Management Applications, Tools and Utilities, and Virtualization Scripts and Procedures.

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VirtenSys announced it has received $US12M in its Series B funding round, all from its original investor syndicate. The syndicate comprises Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), Celtic House Venture Partners (CHVP), and GIMV. The investment will be used to expand its market, to grow its operations in the U.K. and the U.S., and, shortly, to launch its products and begin revenue generation.

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Xsigo Systems announced the management integration of the Xsigo VP780 I/O Director with VMware Infrastructure 3, the virtual infrastructure software suite. The solution is available immediately as a plug-in for VMware VirtualCenter 2.5, the central management console for VMware Infrastructure environments, allowing users to manage VMware virtual machines and virtual I/O resources from a single console. The combined solution enables virtual machine I/O performance optimization, accelerates failover and reduces I/O hardware requirements.

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In the midst of its Wall Street meltdown VMware went gold with its new Virtual Desktop Manager 2, the connection broker widgetry based on its acquisition of UK-based Propero. The thing’s been in beta for the last few months. Desktops didn’t feature in the confusing and unsettling conservative guidance that VMware gave Monday that contributed to its stock’s death spiral although it claims ‘customers are deploying VMware desktop virtualization solutions in greater and greater numbers’ and it’s got Dell, HP, IBM, NEC and Wyse behind it. Go figure.

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IBM, which invented virtualization back in ‘ye ole mainframe days,’ has waded into the current discussion with entry-level virtualization for its Power6-based, usually Unix-run, System p servers and BladeCenter blades called PowerVM Express. Now, PowerVM, you should know, used to be known as Advanced Power Virtualization (APV) and has been available from IBM on Unix since 2004. What’s new here is that PowerVM lets p servers run x86 Linux binaries unmodified without recompilation. It’s a facility now dubbed Lx86 that IBM got from Transitive and beta’d as the Application Virtual Environment.

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This is the kind of stuff IBM, EMC, Google and even the poverty-stricken Xerox want to be able to do but HP figures it’s gotten a jump on the so-called Semantic document. The Kentucky-based Exstream will become part of HP’s Web Services and software business in its Imaging and Printing Group. Currently banks - other than those making use of its credit rating skills - use it for printing statements, utilities for printing bills and government for printing whatever it is government prints. It brags that it makes communications as much as 85% faster, reduces the cost of document production as much as 80% and possibly triples customer response, but that ain’t the half of it. The deal is supposed to close sometime between February and the end of April.

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