Quest Nabs Vintela, Pushes Multiplatform
Quest Software this week said it is buying Vintela, a Utah-based company that
lets Active Directory and Windows management tools handle Unix, Linux, the Mac
and Java. Quest will spend some $56 million for all the outstanding shares of
Vintela—a pretty nice payday for Vintela founders who started the company
just a few short years ago.
Of course, our profile of Vintela as an independent company ran pretty much
the day the deal was announced. Blimey! Read our suddenly out-of-date story.
Take That Unix, and That, and That!
Windows Server execs must be dancing round their dual-cores over the news
that Windows' market share has now caught up with Unix and seems poised to pass
the old server standby for good.
According to International Data Corp., in the first quarter of ‘05, Windows
and Unix each had some 34.4 percent server market share. There was more good
news for Microsoft: Linux still only has 10.3 percent, about a third of Windows’
share. The bad news? Linux grew more than 35 percent year-to-year.
Even Better News
I always thought Microsoft's biggest weakness was Web servers—but not
according to a new survey
by Port80 Software. Microsoft kicks proverbial application serving butt, as
IIS, ASP and ASP.NET hold over 43 percent market share amongst Fortune 1000
Here’s how the rest of the application server and scripting deployment
technology field fared:
- Java platforms (J2EE, JSP, WebLogic, WebSphere, Tomcat): 12.2 percent
- PHP: 5.2 percent
- ColdFusion: 2.7 percent
- Perl: 2.3 percent
- Python (Zope): 0.1 percent
Dang, all those Python classes gone to waste.
AMD Copies Intel Again
AMD late last week wrapped up its new 64-bit
virtualization spec, which when implemented will make it easier and more
reliable to run multiple operating systems on a single server. Intel beat AMD
by over two months with its own 64-bit spec.
No matter who does it, virtual 64-bit servers are very, very cool. Think how
many lame old 32-bit PowerEdges you can replace with just one of these puppies.
New York Times Breaking News—Not!
On Sunday the New York Times busted a story wide open! It seems that after making
millions at Microsoft, some former executives go on to do other things—and
sometimes those things are actually interesting.
led with Chris Peters, who for years ran Office development, left Microsoft,
and bought the PBA bowling league. Peters was one of 10 ex-Microsofties profiled
in our December issue.
The Times went on to mention a woman that started a local political action
group; a venture capitalist; and a fellow that sells coffee. Someone give me
a sedative—this is way too exciting. Meanwhile, Redmond
magazine talked about a woman that gives away billions for Bill, a guy with
a $10 million house with a heliport, a Ferrari collector and a dinosaur bone
hunter. Oh, and we tossed in a venture capitalist, too!
Fighting Spam—One Self-Indulgent Inch at a Time
Microsoft is going after spam with a fierceness not seen since Roberto Duran
said, "No mas."
Does Microsoft have a new, foolproof blocker or some other fancy technology?
No. They have a new
Web site to teach bulk e-mailers how to send, and not send, mail to Hotmail
users. I'm sure all the spammers in Romania are lining up, ready to follow Redmond's
advice and only send what is appropriate. Right.
On the other hand, Microsoft is releasing a beta tool to help ISPs filter out
spam that is heading towards Hotmail. Hmm. I'm sensing a trend here.
To be honest, I use Hotmail, set my filter on moderate and get almost no junk
mail. Maybe that's because Microsoft has been using its Bayesian filter and
supporting Sender ID, and for that I am grateful.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.