“Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is taking on the suppliers of integrated IT stacks by offering its own unified compute platform, comprising servers, storage, networking and orchestration software. The unified compute platform offering will be available to order as single 19-inch rack entities, and use Hitachi server blades, USP-V high-end storage arrays, VMware and Hyper-V hypervisors, and Fibre Channel and Ethernet technologies. The SKUs include ‘an intelligent orchestration layer for automated dynamic management of servers, storage, network and applications as a collective unit.’”
“A Securities & Exchange Commission filing from Palm detailed incentives of up to $250,000 for key executives, if they choose to stick with Palm, which should be a significant incentive to hang around and get to know the new owners, whoever they turn out to be. Palm needs a suitor, with Huawei and ZTE being in the frame as well as some of the more-familiar brands. But when companies change hands there’s a tendency for the key talent to disappear. Thus the golden handcuffs, used to ensure that the staff remain on the premises during the change of ownership, which, in turn, makes the company a more attractive acquisition.”
One big thing Microsoft, Apple, and all CTOs can learn from Ubuntu
Jason Hiner shares what chief technology officers can learn from Ubuntu.
“What Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) does really well is to methodically produce incremental upgrades to its OS. It is transparent about its goals and plans, and it releases its software on schedule. In fact, this incremental approach is Ubuntu’s most potent competitive weapon against rivals Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It is also an approach that CTOs and other IT leaders who produce software, Web sites, and other product-based Web services can learn from.”