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IBM runs over Platform Solutions

IBM has dropped a patent infringement suit on upstart mainframe house Platform Solutions accusing it of a raft of IP-related transgressions. IBM has not commented on the suit. In a statement on its website, California-based Platform Solutions said Big Blue had accused it of infringing on five patents, and of breaching a …
Joe Fay, 07 Dec 2006
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Thanks, Amazon – we'll take it from here: SAP muscles in on cloud subscriptions

SAP is putting its entire business applications suite online and selling the lot through subscription. The on-premise giant last week announced SAP Business Suite via the SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud service. Underpinning the service is Hana, SAP’s in-memory database technology. Subscriptions are a huge deal for SAP. The world's …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2014
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Juniper unrolls MetaFabric, new switch

Juniper Networks has rolled out a fabric architecture and switch, along with other swag. To get a handle on it all, Vulture South spent some time talking with Dhritiman Dasgupta, Juniper's director of platform solutions, to get a handle on key aspects of the release. Taking the fabric architecture first: MetaFabric is starting …
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Mnet shares mobile smarts with LA

Adelaide-founded mobile development company Mnet has opened its first US office in Los Angeles to build on its existing mobile advertising business with Yahoo! and work on new mobile and multi-channel solutions. The move marks a significant evolution for the company which was launched in 2001 as a hybrid project between carriers …
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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

IBM's System 360 mainframe, celebrating its 50th anniversary on Monday, was more than a just another computer. The S/360 changed IBM just as it changed computing and the technology industry. The digital computers that were to become known as mainframes were already being sold by companies during the 1950s and 1960s - so the S/ …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Apr 2014
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AutoCAD LT arrives on the Mac

AutoCAD LT is now available for the Mac. On Tuesday, Autodesk announced that it has ported AutoCAD LT to the Mac, selling this "lite" version of its venerable design tool through the Mac App Store at a price of $899. Alongside AutoCAD LT in the Mac App Store, Autodesk will also offer a Mac incarnation of the free AutoCAD WS – a …
Cade Metz, 16 Aug 2011
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Mainframers drop EU antitrust complaints against IBM

IBM's iron grip on its big iron business just got a little tighter. Three small companies that have been trying for years to carve out little niches in the System z mainframe market have all withdrawn their complaints with the European Union's antitrust authorities. The most interesting of the dropped complaints against Big Blue …
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KIT buys ioko for $79.4m

Video technology company KIT Digital has capped off a tech acquisition frenzy with the purchase of cloud based video provider ioko365 for US$79.4 million. Marking KIT’s sixth acquisition this year after buying KickApps, Kewego, Kyte, Polymedia and WWB, the company states it will be moving from its shopping spree phase to one …
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Microsoft pumps cash into IBM bete noire

Microsoft has pumped an undisclosed sum into TurboHercules, a French outfit that seeks to undercut IBM's mainframe business. The cash infusion, which happened last week, comes hot on the heels of Microsoft's orchestration of a $450m purchase of 882 patents from Novell as part of Attachmate's acquisition of that software maker. …
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Novell recovery continues

Novell increased its estimates for full year revenue yesterday to between $940 and $980m, and said margins for the year were also improving. Reporting third quarter results, Novell said it brought in revenues of $245m, compared to $237m for the third quarter of 2007. Income from operations was $1m compared to a loss of $10m for …
John Oates, 29 Aug 2008
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Attachmate's Brauckmann takes control of SUSE Linux

Legacy software lover Attachmate has put one of its own long-time executives in charge of what was formerly Novell's SUSE Linux operation and will focus that unit on serving Linux customers and growing Linux business. Attachmate has tapped Nils Brauckman, formerly vice president of sales and marketing for the company's EMEA …
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Cross platform development for Windows and Mac OS X

I’ve been fascinated by cross-platform programming for more years than I care to remember, and my interest has recently been sharpened by the acquisition of a number of Apple Macs – both Intel and PPC (PowerPC). This article focuses primarily on some technical aspects of Qt, Trolltech’s cross-platform C++ toolkit which, as you …
Dave Jewell, 19 Nov 2006
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EC launches formal probes into IBM's mainframe biz

Antitrust authorities at the European Commission have been listening to clone mainframe seller T3 Technologies' cries after IBM ate and killed clone mainframe maker Platform Solutions a few years back. Complaints from TurboHercules, a supplier of a mainframe hardware emulator for x64 servers that IBM refuses to license software …
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EU may be lubricating IBM anti-trust probe

European Union regulators may be preparing for an anti-trust review of IBM, following on the complaints of start-up mainframe challenger, Platform Solutions (PSI). Bloomberg reports today that the EU is gathering information on IBM's mainframe business, citing two anonymous sources close to the case. The request for such data …
Austin Modine, 22 Apr 2008
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Novell rejigs self, waves bye to CTO

NetWare and Linux operating system seller Novell has been trying to expand into other markets since the late 1980s, and it has reorganized so many times it is hard to keep track. Today, the company did it again, saying that effective January 1, it would be consolidating from four different business units down to two. With today' …
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Novell profits even as sales slide

Commercial Linux distro and NetWare seller Novell has managed to stay profitable in its third quarter of fiscal 2009 even as sales slide thanks to the economic meltdown. In the quarter ended July 31, Novell's revenues slid by 11.9 per cent to $216.1m, but thanks to radically reduced sales, marketing, and development costs, the …
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Hitachi launches Blu-Ray-SSD hybrid drive

Hitachi is launching HyDrive, a Blu-ray drive with an embedded solid state drive (SSD), and working with AMD and ASUS to deliver notebooks using it. The part of Hitachi doing this is Hitachi LG Data Storage (HLDS) and the idea is to use the 32GB or 64GB as a place to store Windows and system applications and get the SSD benefits …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2010
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Much ado about IBM's mainframe monopoly

The business and trade press has been abuzz with the news that the US Department of Justice had opened up an investigation of IBM's monopolistic practices with regard to the mainframe market. While it is always a welcome sight to see the DoJ at least interested in making sure monopoly power is not abused, it is a little late for …
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PSI takes a bigger swing at IBM's mainframe biz

Upstart mainframe house Platform Solutions is adding a bigger box to its lineup of Itanium-based servers that have been such a burr under IBM's saddle. PSI specializes in open server boxes that can run concurrent versions of z/OS, VSE, Windows Server and Linux. That ability to run mainframe software has put the startup under the …
Austin Modine, 27 Feb 2008

Mainframe hopeful PSI sends lawyers at IBM in Europe

Platform Solutions Inc. (PSI) has opened up a European front in its war against IBM. The start-up, which makes Itanium-based servers capable of running mainframe software, has lobbed a complaint at the European Commission, charging IBM with abusing a mainframe monopoly, according to media reports. The complaint was apparently …
Ashlee Vance, 19 Dec 2007
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T3 girds loins for IBM legal fight

Clone mainframe maker T3 Technologies - one of the last few non-IBM alternatives for running Big Blue's mainframe software - says that it doesn't anticipate settling its IBM lawsuits in Europe and in the United States. In other words, it won't pull a Platform Solutions. Platform settled its IBM litigation after being acquired by …
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Mainframe emulator goes commercial

Roger Bowler - the creator of the open source Hercules mainframe emulator - has put together a company called TurboHercules to try to commercialize the decade-old program that he created as a "programmer's plaything." Rather than go straight at the IBM mainframe base, which many a company has tried to do and ended up in court, …
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Novell carbon copies another quarter

Operating system maker Novell had about as good - or bad - a recent quarter as everyone else in the IT racket. For its quarter ended April 30, Novell sales fell by 8.5 per cent to $215.6m. But because it has been tightening the belt and it had a pretty bad corresponding quarter last fiscal year, bringing $15m to the bottom line …
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IBM: Mainframe emulator part of a conspiracy

Let's start with the obvious: there was never a poor bald geek's chance with a supermodel that IBM was ever going to willingly license its z/OS and related systems software so it could run on the commercialized version of the open source Hercules mainframe hardware emulator for x64 iron. So the launch of the TurboHercules …
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EU still greasing IBM antitrust probe despite PSI withdrawal

IBM may have corked the wails of antitrust outrage coming from the diminutive mainframe vendor Platform Solutions (PSI) by purchasing the upstart, but the European regulator genie has already slipped out the bottle. The rival firm's legal fight in both the US and Europe over Big Blue's mainframe monopoly came to an abrupt close …
Austin Modine, 03 Jul 2008
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IBM rids world of mainframe up-start PSI, inherits Itanium server biz

Platform Solutions Inc. (PSI), the upstart mainframe house that's been leading international anti-trust charges against IBM, has today been bought by, er, IBM. IBM refuses to disclose how much it paid for the start-up at this time. It did, however, confirm that the two companies have dropped their legal charges against each …
Austin Modine, 02 Jul 2008
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IBM faces EU monopoly probe

IBM is likely to face a full European Union investigation into its mainframe business as a rival firm formally complains to the Competition Commission. t3 Technologies alleges IBM abused its dominant market position by tying sales of its operating system to sales of its hardware. The company, which dubs itself "the other …
John Oates, 20 Jan 2009

Linux helps dampen Novell's losses

Novell narrowed losses in the third quarter, bolstered by the SUSE Linux business beginning to pull more weight. For the quarter ended July 31, Novell reports a net loss of $3.42m, a 48 per cent difference compared with a loss of $6.5m in the same quarter the previous year. Excluding one-time items, Novell's income from …
Austin Modine, 30 Aug 2007
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Novell lands full-time staff on openSUSE

The openSUSE project, which creates the development version of Novell's SUSE Linux, is getting a handful of full-time Novell developers. You might find it hard to believe that there were not already full-time staffers dedicated to openSUSE, given the importance of Linux to Novell's future. But apparently, this has been the case …
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Linux: this year's silver lining?

With the new year under way and all of the problems in the old year still largely unsolved, people in the IT sector are looking around for a little good news and some prospects for growth. There are a lot of clouds out there right now, and Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, thinks the rain is going to be …
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Paymaster migration an object lesson

The trouble with some legacy applications is that businesses dare not get rid of them. That is fine as long as the platforms on which they run continue to be at least supported - and ideally updated - by the manufacturers. For many reasons, that cannot always be the case, which can leave users with a problem: can they find an …
Martin Banks, 11 Apr 2007
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Neon updates zPrime mainframe accelerator

Neon Enterprise Software, the cheeky provider of the zPrime systems software that allows production work normally running on IBM z/OS mainframe engines to be dispatched to cheaper zIIP and zAAP co-processors on those mainframes, has tweaked the tool so it can now offload even more work to those cheaper engines. The zPrime tool …
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Novell rearranges the brass after Q1 bomb

A mini tornado of re-organization has again blown through Novell, shaking up the open source business, marketing and regional operations in the wake of poor quarterly results. The general manager for Novell's open platform solutions business unit David Patrick is being replaced after less than two years in the post by 27-year …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Mar 2006
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Novell kicks out SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

Commercial Linux distributor Novell today takes the wraps off SUSE Linux 11, its riff on Linux for servers and desktops that now sports a commercially supported extension for the Mono runtime environment and a variant that provides high availability clustering of servers. The Mono Extension to SUSE Linux is the first time that …
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PSI sues IBM in mainframe emulator spat

Platform Solutions Inc (PSI) the mainframe emulator maker, has come out fighting in its legal battle with IBM, alleging all manner of anti-trust abuses in a suit announced today. IBM last month filed a patent infringement suit against the Sunnyvale, Calif. upstart. It sought a "judicial declaration that its refusal to license …
Drew Cullen, 22 Jan 2007
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Microsoft bankrolls Novell to tune of $348m

Microsoft is spending less than $500m on its ground-breaking deal with Novell to promote SuSE Linux and shut Red Hat out of Windows accounts. Microsoft is to pay Novell $240m for 350,000 subscription coupons of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES, to be released in annual batches of 70,000, according to a Novell regulatory …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2006
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SUSE CTO exits Novell

Juergen Geck, chief technology officer of SUSE Linux at Novell, will leave the firm at the end of the week, CRN reports. His departure is the latest of a string of departures by senior executives as SUSE since Novell acquired the open source software distributor two years ago. Geck worked with SUSE for more than 10 years, …
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2006
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IBM/PSI legal wrangle may give Itanium new life

Leaving aside the arm-wrestling practice IBM's legal department is currently getting with Platform Solutions Inc (PSI) and its ability to run IBM mainframe applications on any reasonably spec'd Itanium-based server, the availability of such software tools marks a development that could interest developers. But first, a bit of …
Martin Banks, 21 Feb 2007
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VIA enters mobo market

VIA has begun offering motherboards based on its own controversial P4X266 chipset and has formed an independent subsidiary to handle the sales - and, we presume, any legal action the move provokes Intel into launching. Said subsidiary is the VIA Platform Solutions Division, which the company announced today. Superficially, it …
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2001

Small mainframe vendors huddle against IBM

Another upstart mainframe house wants to join the legal fracas between IBM and PSI. Florida-based T3 Technologies accuses IBM of dirty tricks, which have undermined its sales efforts. T3 Technologies says it was the #2 mainframe vendor prior to IBM's alleged anti-competitive angling. But recent stirrings at IBM have made the …
Austin Modine, 29 Nov 2007
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Palm axes 250 jobs

Palm last night said it will rid itself of 250 staff, part of the fallout of the Be acquisition, but sought to sugar the pill for its remaining employees by stressing that its Q2 revenue is on course to fall between $250 million and $280 million. That's not much to crow about, however, since that range is simply within the …
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2001
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SUSE 11 takes off faster than 10

Novell kicked out its SUSE Linux 11 release at the end of March, so it's now time to ask how it's doing. The answer: better than SUSE Linux 10. But still not enough to close the substantial installed base and revenue gap that exists between number one Red Hat Enterprise Linux and number two SUSE Linux Enterprise Server in the …
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VIA ‘to sell off’ mobo division

VIA is to pull out of the motherboard business now that its legal dispute with Intel is over, unnamed sources cited in DigiTimes claim. And it will sell its motherboard division, VIA Platform Solutions Division (VPSD), to FIC, the sources also say. If the claims are accurate, we can't say we're surprised. VIA got into the mobo …
Tony Smith, 24 Jun 2003
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Adobe beats the Street

Adobe posted good results for the third quarter ended 3 September 2004, beating expectations, and predicts an even better fourth quarter. Revenue grew 27 per cent to $403.7m, up from $319m for the third quarter of 2003. This beats estimates of revenue between $380m and $400m. Net income for the period was $104.5m, compared to $ …
John Oates, 21 Sep 2004

Microsoft funds object of IBM's mainframe fury

Microsoft has put its loaded name behind PSI - a Silicon Valley-based start-up currently at war with IBM in the mainframe market. PSI (Platform Solutions Inc.) this week revealed Microsoft as a new investor participating in its fresh $37m Series C funding round. Redmond joins companies such as Intel, Goldman Sachs and InterWest …
Ashlee Vance, 28 Nov 2007
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Microsoft too busy to name Linux patents

First you get everyone riled claiming open source and Linux infringe on your patents, then you won't detail those patents. Why? The paperwork. Yes, Microsoft cited administrative overhead for not detailing the 235 Microsoft patents its chief legal counsel recently told Fortune exist in Linux and open source. Microsoft patents …
Gavin Clarke, 24 May 2007
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IBM and Sun dangle their blades at telcos

It's wooing time for IBM and Sun Microsystems here in Chicago as the server vendors this week did their best to tempt telco customers with their latest wares. The Supercomm conference tends to bring out the finest NEBS-compliant, SIP-ready, xSP gear. And this year is no different, IBM has prepped a new blade system for telco …
Ashlee Vance, 07 Jun 2005
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Microsoft makes claim on Linux code

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that every user of the open source Linux system could owe his company money for using its intellectual property. The statement will confirm the worst fears of the open source community. Microsoft recently signed a deal for SUSE Linux, a Novell-owned distribution of the Linux operating system …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Nov 2006
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AMD shows Hammer outside Intel show

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Advanced Micro Devices Inc showed off prototypes of its x86-64 Hammer technology yesterday even as Intel Corp failed to dampen speculation that it is developing a similar hybrid technology,Joe Fay writes. AMD's Hammer technology is designed to support both 32-bit and 64-bit operating …
ComputerWire, 27 Feb 2002
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Start-up throws Liberty, Integrity and HP at IBM's lawyers

A quick stroll through Platform Solutions Inc.'s (PSI) data center reveals why IBM has sued the start-up. There's a hulking HP Superdome system with a tiny PSI label on it, and this box promises to do much of a mainframe's work for a fraction of the cost. IBM and PSI have spent most of their public facing time pointing to IBM's …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Feb 2007