Virtualization the Marathon Way
Marathon Technologies came by the other day to check out some local seafood and talk about their new product that uses virtualization to ensure high server and application availability. The tool works with Windows servers and is not application specific.
The availability comes from lashing two standard x86 servers together as one. When one physical server has a problem, processing shifts to the other live server with no manual intervention, reboot or downtime. Check out all the deets in this PDF.
And yes, the company did announce the product on the same day as the Boston Marathon.
Colligo Pumps Up SharePoint Mobility
Colligo Networks also came by recently to check out some local seafood and talk about their new product that makes it easier to access SharePoint remotely and get actual work done when the Internet ain't available. The free Colligo reader lets clients view SharePoint apps, and Colligo Contributor lets remote users change content -- all while offline.
Oracle on the Linux Move
Oracle apparently wants to build its own version of Linux, in part because it can provide a fuller suite of apps and OS with one source of support, and perhaps more importantly, because Larry Ellison wants to give the increasingly powerful Red Hat a little poke in the eye. Oracle shouldn't be too worried about Red Hat. Last time I checked Red Hat had revenues of $278.3 million (give or take a few thousand). Oracle's last quarter profits were nearly triple Red Hat's sales.
Hey Larry, why don't you pick on someone your own size?
Like Santa, Bush and AT&T Know If You've Been Bad or Good
I've been scratching my head over all the hullabaloo about the Patriot Act and warrantless searches. I'm no national security expert, but I had long thought that our massive spy networks, like Echelon, could pretty see and hear everything that went over the phone or the Internet. (if you have expertise in this area, let us all know at email@example.com ). So the thought of eavesdropping and wiretapping doesn't seem terribly new.
Maybe that's why the news that AT&T is working with the Bush Administration, and can see our e-mail, listen to our phones, and track our every Internet move (I went to pamanderson.com by accident, I swear!) isn't that surprising to me.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation isn't terribly happy, and filed suit to stop all the surveillance. How would you rule? Send your verdict to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.