Which Microsoft Monopoly Will Fall First?

Microsoft has several products that are monopolies and hold dominant market share positions: Windows Office Internet Explorer As the Microsoft Empire continues to march on we are beginning to see the chinks in the armor. In the past we have written about The Downfall Of The Microsoft Empire. As we begin seeing increased competition, let … Continue reading “Which Microsoft Monopoly Will Fall First?”

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Microsoft has several products that are monopolies and hold dominant market share positions:

  1. Windows
  2. Office
  3. Internet Explorer

As the Microsoft Empire continues to march on we are beginning to see the chinks in the armor. In the past we have written about The Downfall Of The Microsoft Empire. As we begin seeing increased competition, let us examine which of these products are beginning to show the most wear and which one is mostly likely to fall first. Continue reading “Which Microsoft Monopoly Will Fall First?”

The 7 Services Virtualization Lacks for Utility Computing

by Bert Armijo and Peter Nickolov Utility computing has gained considerable popularity over the past eighteen months as businesses big and small seek to take advantage of the flexibility the new computing model offers. This hasn’t always been the case, though. For a time, utility computing seemed a lackluster space that hadn’t been able to … Continue reading “The 7 Services Virtualization Lacks for Utility Computing”

Sand Castle

by Bert Armijo and Peter Nickolov

Utility computing has gained considerable popularity over the past eighteen months as businesses big and small seek to take advantage of the flexibility the new computing model offers. This hasn’t always been the case, though. For a time, utility computing seemed a lackluster space that hadn’t been able to deliver on its early promise. The renewed interest comes on the heels of rapid market acceptance of server virtualization solutions like VMware and Xen. Continue reading “The 7 Services Virtualization Lacks for Utility Computing”

Facebook Valuation

Facebook is a well-designed social network. However, it is a closed system. This makes it difficult to determine its true worth. Microsoft invested $240 Million for a 1.6% equity stake in Facebook, thus, according to some, it values Facebook at approximately $15 Billion. Is this number a good indication of Facebook’s market capitalization? Let’s look … Continue reading “Facebook Valuation”

Facebook

Facebook is a well-designed social network. However, it is a closed system. This makes it difficult to determine its true worth. Microsoft invested $240 Million for a 1.6% equity stake in Facebook, thus, according to some, it values Facebook at approximately $15 Billion. Is this number a good indication of Facebook’s market capitalization? Let’s look at some numbers and find out. Continue reading “Facebook Valuation”

Interview with 3tera

3tera provides a virtual data center solution. Just like VMWare virtualizes physical computers, 3tera’s AppLogic virtualizes entire data centers. This is incredible technology that provides huge time-savings and simplicity. They have brought utility computing to the masses. Now, administrators can manage thousands of machines in an instant. Here is an exclusive interview with Bert Armijo, … Continue reading “Interview with 3tera”

3Tera logo

3tera provides a virtual data center solution. Just like VMWare virtualizes physical computers, 3tera’s AppLogic virtualizes entire data centers. This is incredible technology that provides huge time-savings and simplicity. They have brought utility computing to the masses. Now, administrators can manage thousands of machines in an instant. Here is an exclusive interview with Bert Armijo, Co-Founder and Senior VP Of Sales and Product Management, at 3tera. Continue reading “Interview with 3tera”

Brittle Machines

by Lauren Nicole Computers are brittle machines. If a single CPU or hard drive dies the entire system dies and productivity grinds to a halt. This can be caused by anything from an electrical surge, a mechanical failure, a virus attack, or any number of issues. This is especially true for many home computers. While … Continue reading “Brittle Machines”

Cracked Egg
by Lauren Nicole

Computers are brittle machines. If a single CPU or hard drive dies the entire system dies and productivity grinds to a halt. This can be caused by anything from an electrical surge, a mechanical failure, a virus attack, or any number of issues. This is especially true for many home computers.

While a lot of people think that this can be a minor setback or inconvenience, they often don’t realize the full impact until an event like this occurs to them. Then, they realize they can’t get to their files! They can’t access their programs, documents, music, movies, and pictures. If the data cannot be salvaged, they lose everything! That is an expensive price to pay for a broken machine.
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Google’s Trading Floor

Google dominates the online space. Google is often our homepage and the first place we go to when we open a web browser. We use Google Web Search when we’re looking for something on the Web. We use GMail to read and write email. We use Google Maps to get directions or find the nearest … Continue reading “Google’s Trading Floor”

Google logo

Google dominates the online space. Google is often our homepage and the first place we go to when we open a web browser. We use Google Web Search when we’re looking for something on the Web. We use GMail to read and write email. We use Google Maps to get directions or find the nearest stores. We use YouTube to find the hottest videos.

Within a relatively, short period of time Google has developed or acquired an unbelievable number of products. Here are some of Google’s more famous products: Continue reading “Google’s Trading Floor”

Virtualization

[Update 8/15/2007: Citrix is in the process of buying XenSource for $500m]. Virtualization is an amazing technology that has been with computing since its infancy. However, in recent years it has reached the mainstream on servers and desktops. Virtualization provides an abstraction of physical computing resources – such as cpu, network, and storage. Hence the … Continue reading “Virtualization”

[Update 8/15/2007: Citrix is in the process of buying XenSource for $500m].

VMWareXenSourceParallels

Virtualization is an amazing technology that has been with computing since its infancy. However, in recent years it has reached the mainstream on servers and desktops. Virtualization provides an abstraction of physical computing resources – such as cpu, network, and storage. Hence the term “virtual machine.” This allows for taking snapshots of running virtual machines as well as move these live systems from phsyical machine-to-machine!

Many data centers are only utilizing a fraction (10-20%) of their computing resources. To maximize workflow we virtualize the resources so they can be used more efficiently across more defined and scheduled processes. Excess resources can be shared with other applications, so they can be utilized. This can save companies millions of dollars in maintenance fees, administration, and computing costs. Continue reading “Virtualization”