Red Hat Enterprise Linux Becomes 'Greener' OS

Monday, June 30, 2008

Network World's test examining power consumption to determine the 'greener' operating system validates Red Hat's efforts to move toward green computing. Network World ran multiple power consumption tests using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1, SUSE Enterprise Linux 10 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition on servers from Dell, IBM and HP.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux ranked at the top in keeping the power draw in check, pulling as much as 12 per cent less power than Windows 2008 on identical hardware.

"We continue to make green computing a company-wide effort and continuously examine power management features that can be implemented in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. As the saying goes, 'it ain't easy being green'. But at Red Hat, we're putting our best foot forward in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint on the earth."

Red Hat is involved in the development of projects that are focused on saving power.


Dell Takes Lead In Windows/Linux External Storage Market

In the first quarter of calendar year 2008, Dell for the first time has captured a 20.4 per cent of the open systems (Windows/Linux) external worldwide disk array storage market with $422 million in revenue. Its closest competitor claimed 18.5 per cent share and $384 million in revenue.

Dell’s external controller-based storage revenue increased 21 per cent year-over-year, and Dell gained share in iSCSI-based SANs to take the number one position with more than twice the revenue of the next leading vendor. This growth demonstrates strong momentum in all segments of Dell’s worldwide storage business.

“We believe taking the lead in the Windows/Linux external storage market is significant. We have invested heavily in our portfolio across the board,” said Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager, Dell Enterprise Storage. “This is the high-growth segment, and we plan to continue demonstrating leadership throughout our entire family of storage systems, including PowerVault, Dell/EMC and EqualLogic.”

This explains, in part, why Dell shipped over 116 petabytes in external disk storage for Windows/Linux servers in Q1, representing 95 per cent of the total of 122 petabytes of external disk storage Dell ships each quarter.

“That is an astounding amount of storage capacity,” said Thomas. As a comparison, it is estimated by some that the total printed matter contained by all US academic research libraries equals only two petabytes. All told, Dell ships more than an estimated 288 petabytes of total disk storage each week within all of its products – including servers, desktops, laptops and enterprise storage systems – in order to accommodate the demand for storage in the digital universe.


BT Buys German IT Services Companies Stemmer, SND

BT has signed an agreement to acquire Stemmer GmbH and SND GmbH -- German companies constituting the enterprise IT services segment of net AG, listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The acquisitions will strengthen BT’s skills and capabilities in the German market, in line with BT’s strategy to offer networked IT services to its corporate customers in Germany and globally.

Stemmer and SND are headquartered in Olching near Munich. The companies provide their customers with a range of IT services including unified communications, IP telephony, network integration, IT security, storage and backup solutions, data centre services and video surveillance. As at the last audited balance sheet on 30 September 2007, the combined gross assets of Stemmer and SND were €9.7 million.

“This acquisition will add complementary skills and capabilities to our existing portfolio. Stemmer and SND have an excellent reputation in the IT services area. This transaction will complement BT’s strengths in the German market, and we will be able to offer our customers an even broader portfolio of end-to-end networked IT services,” said François Barrault, CEO, BT Global Services.

According to Günther Haag, CEO, Stemmer and SND, “This is great news for our customers, who will continue to receive the same high-quality service that they are accustomed to and who will now have access to BT’s extensive portfolio of products and services. This is also a great opportunity for our employees as we are joining a leading German provider for global network and IT services.”


Invensys Appoints Lawrence Wee As President

Invensys Process Systems (IPS), a technology, software and consulting firm, has appointed Lawrence Wee as president for Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining IPS, Wee served as president, McAfee (Asia Pacific).
"IPS is confident that Lawrence's wealth of experience in growing businesses in Asia Pacific and his experience in senior leadership, sales, e-commerce, and both product and services businesses will serve IPS well as we continue to develop in this rapidly growing region," said Paulett Eberhart, president and chief executive officer, IPS.

Prior to McAfee, he served as senior vice president, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) Asia, and also worked in the Asia Pacific region for Ariba and IBM. He graduated from the University of Singapore with Bachelor of Social Science Honors (Second Class Upper), majoring in Economics, and participated in Columbia Business School's Senior Executive Program.


Ravi Chakravarty On Board Kale Consultants

Kale Consultants Ltd has appointed Ravi Chakravarty as senior vice president and sales head, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Ravi will be responsible for all sales and account management in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India and Asia Pacific. He will also be responsible for company-wide sales processes and sales support. Ravi will be reporting to Vipul Jain, CEO and managing director, Kale Consultants Ltd.

Prior to joining Kale, Ravi was country manager at Transera Communications Pvt Ltd, a contact centre management solutions player. Ravi has also worked with Talisma Corporation Pvt Ltd, IBM India, Digital (DEC) Equipment (India) Ltd in the past.

Ravi is a B.Tech from IIT Chennai and holds a masters degree from Ohio State University, USA.


On the Mark: Is 2008 the Year of the Thin Client?

Sunday, June 29, 2008

2008 is the year that CIOs will finally embrace thin clients. So argues Stephen Yeo, worldwide marketing director at thin-client maker IGEL Technology GmbH in Bremen, Germany. He backs up that assertion with five reasons.

First, virtual PCs can now run all the software users need. Thin clients tethered to terminal services technology are unable to run about 10% of all programs on the market, Yeo estimates. But with virtual PCs, that barrier is eliminated.

Second, compatibility problems with PC peripherals are a thing of thepast, Yeo claims. Thin clients today have industry-standard connectors such as USB.

Third, a thin client, complete with its server and associated components, uses less than half the energy of a PC, according to the Fraunhofer Institute, also in Bremen.

Fourth, unless you're doing video editing on your desktop, anything beyond a quad-core CPU is overkill. But multicore CPUs are great for virtual PCs and thin clients, Yeo asserts.

Finally, IT has plenty of Windows XP licenses that can be moved to virtual environments. CIOs get to keep a beloved operating system and do some software recycling in the process.

Those may be reason enough to explain why Credit Suisse upped its growth projection for thin clients in 2008. And maybe, just maybe, a thin client will be on a desktop near you soon -- perhaps your own.

Persistent PC Goodness
If thin clients don't march onto your companies' desktops this year, you can at least undo all the dumb things users do, from downloading dubious files to changing critical settings, claims Ken Fitzpatrick, chief marketing officer at Persystent Technology Corp. in Tampa, Fla.

The Persystent Enterprise Suite (PES) works during the preboot stage. According to Fitzpatrick, an agent in the boot process takes a quick glance into a partition that's invisible to the end user to see if anything has changed. If something is different from what you had set, PES reverts the PC to the desired state. PES never touches user data. "It guarantees a healthy PC every time you turn it on," boasts Fitzpatrick. And PES works whether a user is online or off.

Next month, Persystent will add support for Windows Vista and offer integration with whole-disk encryption tools. Fitzpatrick says the company plans support for Linux, Macintosh and other operating systems. Pricing starts at $20 per year per device.

On-Demand Integration

Simon Peel acknowledges that "90% of SaaS integration is with on-premises applications," but he still sees a need for an appliance for SaaS-to-SaaS integration.

Peel is senior vice president of marketing and business strategy at Cast Iron Systems Inc., which makes appliances that are preconfigured for app-to-app integration. This month, the Mountain View, Calif., company released one that links your service to your NetSuite on-demand app.

The appliance comes ready with API compatibility between the services. If you've done customization to either, Cast Iron's visual-mapping tool helps link those changes.

Whether you run it in your data center or as a service, it starts at $1,500 per month.


The great 32-bit turnoff

Don't say you weren't warned. Your 32-bit Windows applications are going the way of analog television: Unless they're upgraded, in the next few years they'll go dark.

As scares go, this one isn't quite on the same level as Y2k, but one thing is certain: Windows Server 2008 will be the last version to support 32-bit applications. That doesn't mean vendors have to port them over to native 64-bit applications. At a minimum, however, they do need to modify existing 32-bit applications so that they can still function in a 64-bit operating environment.

But so far, many application software vendors have been dragging their feet in getting the Microsoft 64-bit seal of approval, and that has some users worried.

Part of the reason for all the procrastinating is that until now Microsoft hasn't sent a clear signal to vendors, says John Enck, an analyst at Gartner Inc. "Up until Server 2008, there wasn't any program to incent the [software developers] to port their programs. Our clients are very frustrated," he says. Now as part of the WS '08 certification program, all vendors must state whether their applications will run properly in a 64-bit Windows environment.

For most organizations, it's not the broadly used business applications such as SQL Server that are the problem: It's the thousands of niche commercial products and internally developed programs that have so far failed to make the transition.

Bob Yale, information technology principal in the technology operations group at The Vanguard Group Inc., says most of the mainstream applications Vanguard uses are up to snuff. It's the "one-off," niche applications that haven't made the transition. Yale can rewrite internal applications, but the commercial software is out of his control. "We are hoping this declaration by Microsoft starts to drive the vendor community toward [a 64-bit architecture]," he says.

Axium Healthcare Pharmacy Inc. forsees problems with both internally developed code and some of the commercial vertical market applications it uses. "Our code base is Visual Basic 6. That's going to be an issue," says director of IT Norbert Cointepoix. The specialty pharmacy also uses an "ancient" third-party pharmacy application that hasn't kept up with the times.

Although the software is a niche product, the vendor is a "pretty big company" that has stuck with the same code base and flat-file database structure since the 1980s. Over the years, it has merely tacked on a GUI to modernize the front end. It is, he says, "very antiquated."

While migrating to newer software would be expensive and disruptive, Cointepoix and others with similar products may soon have no other choice.


Bill Gates: PC Genius, Internet Fool

Bill Gates, who for years was the richest man in the world, is also one of the smartest. But even he couldn't figure out how to beat the Internet-how to transition his grand old monopoly software company, Microsoft, into a business that thrives on the Net. And so he begins his retirement today from Microsoft as the PC era's biggest winner, and the Web era's most spectacular casualty.

It's pretty well known by now that the Internet, for all its world-flattening glory, is a destroyer of businesses without parallel. How many companies roared along for decades, minting money, only to see the Internet eat their business plans? We live in a media age and the media industry is Exhibit 1 in the murder trial. Newspapers, magazines, music, television, movies — all of the traditional models are dead or dying as bloodied moguls everywhere scramble to survive. But the Net has brutalized old-line business across most industries-retail, tele-com, financial services and the technology industry itself, is, ironically, no exception.

Few companies not born on the Web have figured out how to thrive there. (Apple, with its post-PC iPhone could be the shining exception.) As Gates turns his attention full time to philanthropy, I wonder what will be left of the great company he founded, Microsoft, by the time Gates picks up a Nobel Prize for Peace. Clearly, a business with $26 billion in cash reserves isn't exactly at death's door. And Microsoft continues to be enormously profitable, thanks to its operating system monopoly. Thanks, that is, to Gates's genius.

But big, complicated operating systems such as Microsoft's latest, Vista, aren't necessary in the Web Age, where applications are delivered for free and on demand — often without users even being aware of it. The Net is where the money is, and it's the one place that Gates-like so many others-hasn't left his mark.

He saw the Internet missile coming of course. But by the time he sounded the alarm, it may have been too late. (Read his famous "Internet Tidal Wave" memo, sent to the troops May 26, 1995, over a year after the browser company known as Netscape launched.

Gates was always more accustomed to being a disruptor than being disrupted. At the age of 25, he licensed a primitive operating system, PC-DOS, to IBM for $80,000 rather than sell it outright, a move that's usually ranked as one of the Greatest Business Moves of All Time. Gates figured that many PC makers would copy IBM's open architecture, and make their own PCs; they'd need to license an operating system, too. PC-DOS soon became MS-DOS, an operating system for all IBM clones, and Microsoft was on its way to becoming the one thing that billions of PCs around the world would have in common.

From 1980 until 1994, when Mosaic/Netscape emerged, Gates played a scratch game, parlaying his little "Micro- Soft" company into an empire that defined the PC Era. By opening up Windows to third-party developers, he created a platform that made many developers rich, and built out an eco-system that put a desktop in almost every home.

But there is no greater blinder than success, even for a visionary like Bill Gates. By the time he realized the tech world was quickly shifting from PCs to the Network that connected them, his moves were limited. A fiercely competitive man, he reached for the obvious lever, and attempted to tie the late-starter Internet Explorer browser to the monopoly he created, the Windows operating system. The move was mercilessly effective and beat back rival Netscape, which immediately saw its commanding share of the browser market disappear.

It was also illegal. With Netscape crying foul, the Feds successfully pressed an anti-trust suit against Microsoft. The PR damage-Gates acting insolent on the witness stand, showing a convenient a lack of memory about key business decisions-turned out to be short lived and is all but forgotten as Gates remakes himself as a philanthropist. But the court's decree forced the great general to march cautiously into the future. He may have won the Battle of the Browser but he would start to see major casualties in the Internet War.

Gates built or bought all manner of things to conquer the Net, but few managed to be anything more than also-rans in the innovation game. In 1995, he launched a gated online service, MSN; a Web-based email client, Hotmail was purchased in 1997; a search engine, MSN Search, launched in 1998 using a third-party product as its core; a chat client, Messenger was released in 1999; and last year it bought an online advertising platform, aQuantive and became a significant, though minority investor, in social network Facebook.

While Microsoft is exponentially larger than Google — number 44 on the Fortune 500 list versus Google at 150 — Google's web business (advertising mostly) is growing so fast, it's poised to rival Redmond's operating system revenues by 2010. And that's the problem. As more and more of what Windows does moves up into the cloud-into Google's always-on, give-'em-whatever-they-want-for-free servers-what becomes of the company that Gates built?

The smartest move Gates could make right now is to get out of the way. (Steve Ballmer should, too; pursuing Yahoo is a pretty good hint that his master plan for the Web is, like Gates's was, to try to buy Microsoft's way into the game.) There are many smart and talented people inside Microsoft who know what to do. (Blow up Vista and abandon its next iteration, Windows 7, and start from scratch, is but one excellent idea.

That will probably work. And if not? Maybe we'll see Gates return, a Nobel in his pocket, ready to wrestle with the Web once again.


Nokia's loud and proud Supernova series

Have you ever finished dressing for a night out and realised that your piano-black Nokia phone, which looks great with your business suit, looked drab against your fluoro rainbow-coloured parachute pants?
Nokia's Supernova series is ready to accessorise any outfit with a collection of Xpress-on phone covers. The series features four new handsets — the 7610, 7510, 7310 and 7210 — and each handset will come with at least three to seven covers. That's like 20 new phones!

The four new handsets come in a range of shapes and sizes including a slider, a clamshell and two candybars. Each handset has 2G GSM which will equate to slow Web browsing, and at least a 2-megapixel camera — with the 7610 sporting a 3.2-megapixel shooter.

Nokia intends to roll out the new range over the coming months with the 7310 looking to be the first cab off the rank. Prices for this range will begin at 120 Euros (AU$195) but we'll be sure to update you with more specific info as each of these lovelies rolls into stores.


Hacker Fixes MacBook Air SuperDrive to Work With Any Computer

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Did you ever wonder what caused the MacBook Air's external SuperDrive to only play nice with the Air itself? Hacker tnkgrl did, and she embarked on some hardware research to find out just what was going on.

It turns out that it is neither special kernel extensions, nor that the drive requires more power than the standard USB 500 mA. It is in fact a custom IDE to USB bridge that locks other machines out, and that is a part which can be replaced.

Tnkgrl (who, judging by her driver's license, actually does look a bit like the real Tank Girl) ordered the $9 replacement and grafted it inot place. It's not a pretty hack -- the daughter board needs to be tossed to make space, but the SuperDrive now runs on any USB equipped machine.

Which leaves the answer, "why?" Why did Apple bother to lock out PCs and even other Macs? It makes little sense, as this small and stylish bus powered drive could be a big seller. Maybe it's just because other PC makers can manage to get an optical drive into their ultra-slim notebooks when Apple cannot. Sour grapes, perhaps?


Analog Digital Clock Marks Time With Printed Cards

BoingBoing Gadgets' John Brownlee points us to the Digimech Clock, another example of the kind of digital/analog fusion we love so much. The clock, designed and made by Duncan Shotton, features vertical, printed strips which line up with the familiar seven-bar templates seen in digital displays., thus creating numbers. Servo motors tick the seconds and minutes away, using a simple ratchet design.

Brownlee points out that the Digimech is surprisingly big, as you can see in the video below. The most surprising thing, though, is that Brownlee manages to get through an entire blog post without talk of soft, human tissues or precious bodily fluids. One day at a time, John, one day at a time.


BlackBerry makers' shares falter on outlook

Smart phone maker Research In Motion Ltd.'s fiscal first-quarter profit and revenue more than doubled, fueled by strong sales of its BlackBerry devices, but the company's forecast for the current period sent its shares down nearly 8 percent.

The Waterloo, Ontario, company said Wednesday it earned $482.5 million, or 84 cents per share, for the three months that ended May 31, up from $223.2 million, or 39 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.

RIM said its revenue jumped to $2.24 billion from $1.08 billion a year earlier.

"We are pleased to report another record quarter with revenue increasing 107 percent as the popularity of the BlackBerry platform continued to spread in business, government and consumer segments," RIM Co-Chief Executive Jim Balsillie said in a news release.

The company said it had a net gain of 2.3 million BlackBerry subscribers in the quarter, 6 percent higher than in the fourth quarter, to bring the total to subscriber base to more than 16 million. RIM also shipped about 5.4 million devices in the latest quarter.

"Our comprehensive technology and business strategies continue to reap strong results in the market, and RIM is well positioned to build on its momentum throughout the remainder of fiscal 2009," Balsillie said.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial, on average, had expected slightly higher earnings of 85 cents per share on sales of $2.27 billion.

"It was a little light on the quarter on devices and outlook is a little worse than I thought, but the guidance was significantly better than I expected on shipments and on units," said Peter Misek, an analyst with Canaccord Adams.

RIM expects its revenue in the second quarter, which ends Aug. 31, to be in the range of $2.55 billion to $2.65 billion, with a profit of 84 cents to 89 cents per share. Analysts had been expecting earnings of 90 cents per share on sales of $2.44 billion.

RIM shares fell $11.15, or 7.8 percent, in late electronic trading Wednesday after closing at $142.34, up $1.86, or 1.3 percent.

"We believe that the strong product portfolio we have, together with the continued commitment by our carrier partners to promote BlackBerry throughout the summer months, will allow us to post healthy growth in Q2," Balsillie said in a call with analysts.

Misek predicted a "thunderous" second quarter, when the company's Kickstart flip phone is to launch.

RIM's positive outlook for the second quarter is also buoyed by the planned launch in August of the BlackBerry Bold, a touch-screen device that some analysts have suggested RIM developed in response to Apple Inc.'s iPhone.

RBC Dominion Securities Inc. analyst Mike Abramsky issued a note to investors before the earnings were released Wednesday expressing concern over the rollout of the BlackBerry Bold. He said RIM may have to delay the rollout of the new phone in the United States by two or three weeks as it works to mesh the device with its network and that could cut into revenue.

During the call, Balsillie told investors and analysts that RIM's market share around the world and particularly in the U.S., U.K. and Latin America continued to grow.

In first quarter, he said, its share of the U.S. market "increased substantially and was more than double that of our nearest competitor, whose share decreased significantly from the prior quarter."


New CFO for Google

Google announced today that former Bell Canada executive Patrick Pichette will take over as Google’s next CFO. That wouldn’t be a bad gig would it?
"Patrick brings the expertise and track record of a successful CFO, along with the hands-on business experience of a seasoned operations executive. This strong combination of skills and experience will be an important addition to Google's executive management team and will support our ongoing efforts to increase value for our users, advertisers and partners."


91% of Japanese 'Will Not Buy IPhone'

Sunday, June 22, 2008

You know the old joke that 99% of statistics are made up on the spot? The reality is somewhat worse: 100% of statistics can be skewed any way you like.

The buzz today is that 91% of Japanese don't want to buy an iPhone, which makes it look like the WonderBrick is going to flop in Japan. But let's take a look at the survey itself. First, the sample size was just 402. Four hundred people in a country of around 127 million people. 402 "members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service", according to the blog "What Japan Thinks". The distribution of age was skewed to the high side, with the majority of respondents in their 30s (43.5%) and 40s (34.8%).

But the survey was taken on the 5th and 6th of June, several days before the iPhone 3G was even official. So, if these people represented the average Joe, and not the geek crowd, they might not even have known about a Japanese iPhone. Worse, the iPhone question was apparently tacked onto the end of this survey, which was actually about "mobile phone battery changing".

Let me say that again. After a bunch of questions about swapping out batteries, you are then asked if you would buy a phone with no user swappable battery. A phone which, at the time you are asked, doesn't exist. I'd probably say "no" to that, and I plan on buying a 3G iPhone.


Is Touch Screen Ordering The Next Big Thing In Restaurants?

New restaurants are starting to use touch screens for ordering meals, but do we even need them? And even if the convenience is cool enough to fit in the swankiest of foodie digs, will it make you forget about smudged-in germs?

If the managers of new e-ordering digs are to be believed, like the Israeli-based Frame in the video below, only a few thorough wipes are all that's needed. Plus, the screens have become a successful added attraction for customers. Why? Because touch-screen ordering has a few interesting benefits.

First of all, E-ordering touch screens improve the speed and efficiency of a restaurant and give its clients the option to visualize full meals before they even decide what to get. This is the type of system in place at the gravity-powered winding steel rail system at Baggers restaurant in Germany. While this seems like too simple of a thing to make a difference, it's not like you can always go around snooping on a neighbor's table to see what the meals really look like.


Budfits Keep Earbuds Where You Want Them

Budfits are just what we like in an invention. Simple, cheap and solving one single problem, apparently very well. These snap-on earpieces fit Apple's earbuds and stop them from falling out of your ears.

I use my iPod while cycling, and I have enough wax in my ears to keep the candle-maker next door in business. This is a dangerous combo as I am forever jiggling the 'buds into place, whilst careening in and out of busy traffic. The $9 clips will probably safe my life.


L&T bags high tech equipment orders worth INR 10,000 million

The Heavy Engineering Division of Larsen & Toubro Limited has crossed INR 10,000 million of order booking for high tech equipment & systems within 2 months of Q1 2008-09.

Major local contracts include a large order for power plant equipment from Coastal Gujarat Power Limited, a subsidiary of TATA Power Company Limited, for the first ultra mega power plant and another large contract from HPCL Mittal Energy Limited for critical reactors.

The export orders include supply of coke drums for Kuwait National Petroleum Company, high pressure heat exchangers from Petroleo Brasileiro, ammonia converters from UHDE and reactors from PTT Asahi Chem Company Limited of Thailand. The orders have been won against stiff international competition from Italian, Japanese & Chinese manufacturers and will be executed by L&T’s heavy engineering division.

Coastal Gujarat Power Limited contract includes supply of surface condensers, feed water heaters & deaerators for 5 units each of 800 MW for the UMPP being set up at Mundra in Gujarat. This would be the first UMPP being set up in India with state of the art supercritical technology for this 800 MW configuration. The equipment to be supplied by L&T forms a critical portion of the regenerative cycle of the balance of plant of this UMPP.

The HMEL contract is for 3 critical reactors required for their Punjab Refinery Project at Bathinda. Each of these reactors weigh about 700 tonnes and will be manufactured from advanced technology steels containing chromium, molybdenum and vanadium, with plate thickness up to 165 mm. L&T’s Heavy Engineering Division is amongst a select group of companies qualified for manufacture of such critical equipment.

Mr MV Kotwal member of the board & senior executive VP of heavy engineering division said that the demand for such critical hi tech equipment in India as well as abroad is on the rise. He added that "We are expanding our manufacturing facilities at Hazira in Gujarat and setting up a new facility at Oman, to cater to the rising demand."


Google's Cutts: Good directions drive traffic to your website

Are you puzzled why your website is not showing up at top of Google's Rankings.More and more businesses are turning to the Web to find customers: $5.8 billion was spent on advertising in the first quarter alone, up 18.2% from the prior year, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Google's share of Internet searches continues to rise as well — to a record 61.8% in May, according to measurement service ComScore Media Metrix.
If you haven't "optimized" your site, here's how:
1. Spotlight your search term on the page.
"Think about what people are going to type in to try and find you," Cutts says. He tells of meeting a chiropractor from San Diego who complained that his site couldn't be found easily using Google search. The words "San Diego chiropractor" were listed nowhere on his site. "You have to make sure the keywords are on the page," Cutts says. If you're a San Diego doctor, Des Moines architect or Portland ad agency, best to let people know so immediately, at the top of your page.
2. Fill in your "tags."
When creating websites, Internet coding language includes two key tags: title and description. Even if you don't know code, which is used to create pages, software programs such as Adobe's Dreamweaver have tools that let you fill them in in plain English . Tags are crucial, Cutts says, because what's shown in search results most often are the title and description tags.
If Cutts' chiropractor had properly tagged his Web page, a search would have returned something like this: "San Diego chiropractor. Local doctor serves San Diego community."
There's also a third tag, to add keywords, or search terms, but Cutts says Google doesn't put much weight in its rankings on that one.
3. Get other sites to "link" back to you.
Google says it looks at more than 100 pieces of data to determine a site's ranking. But links are where it's at, once your search terms are clearly visible on your site and the title and description tags correctly marked.
In a nutshell: Google ranks sites based on popularity. If authoritative sites link to you, you must be good, and therefore you get to the top of the list. If you can't get top sites such as or The New York Times to link to you, try your friends. And what if they don't have a site? They probably do. Read on.
4. Create a blog and post often.
Cutts says blogging is a great way to add links and start a conversation with customers and friends. It will cost you only time: Google's Blogger, WordPress and others offer free blogging tools. With a blog, you can link back to your site and offer links to others. It's also a great way to start building content, Cutts says.

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By Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY
You have a website and can't figure out why it's not showing up at the top of Google's search rankings. You go to for some guidance but get lost trying to find answers.
Certainly, achieving visibility in Google's search rankings can be a mystery. To help solve the riddle, USA TODAY sat down with Google's Matt Cutts, an engineer and active blogger, who has five easy tips on how to "optimize" your site so Google (GOOG) and the rest of the world can find it.
More and more businesses are turning to the Web to find customers: $5.8 billion was spent on advertising in the first quarter alone, up 18.2% from the prior year, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Google's share of Internet searches continues to rise as well — to a record 61.8% in May, according to measurement service ComScore Media Metrix.
If you haven't "optimized" your site, here's how:
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1. Spotlight your search term on the page.
"Think about what people are going to type in to try and find you," Cutts says. He tells of meeting a chiropractor from San Diego who complained that his site couldn't be found easily using Google search. The words "San Diego chiropractor" were listed nowhere on his site. "You have to make sure the keywords are on the page," Cutts says. If you're a San Diego doctor, Des Moines architect or Portland ad agency, best to let people know so immediately, at the top of your page.
2. Fill in your "tags."
When creating websites, Internet coding language includes two key tags: title and description. Even if you don't know code, which is used to create pages, software programs such as Adobe's Dreamweaver have tools that let you fill them in in plain English . Tags are crucial, Cutts says, because what's shown in search results most often are the title and description tags.
If Cutts' chiropractor had properly tagged his Web page, a search would have returned something like this: "San Diego chiropractor. Local doctor serves San Diego community."
There's also a third tag, to add keywords, or search terms, but Cutts says Google doesn't put much weight in its rankings on that one.
3. Get other sites to "link" back to you.
Google says it looks at more than 100 pieces of data to determine a site's ranking. But links are where it's at, once your search terms are clearly visible on your site and the title and description tags correctly marked.
In a nutshell: Google ranks sites based on popularity. If authoritative sites link to you, you must be good, and therefore you get to the top of the list. If you can't get top sites such as or The New York Times to link to you, try your friends. And what if they don't have a site? They probably do. Read on.
4. Create a blog and post often.
Cutts says blogging is a great way to add links and start a conversation with customers and friends. It will cost you only time: Google's Blogger, WordPress and others offer free blogging tools. With a blog, you can link back to your site and offer links to others. It's also a great way to start building content, Cutts says.
5. Register for free tools
Google's offers freebies to help get your site found. You can upload a text-based site map, which shows Google the pages of your site (create it at Once that's done, you'll be registered with Google, where you can learn vital statistics — in
cluding who is linking to your site and how often Google "crawls" your site for updates.
Google's Local Business center ( is the place for business owners to submit a site so it shows up in local searches, with a map attached. Savvy consumers who use Google for searches know that the first 10 non-advertising results often are from Google Maps, so if you have a business and haven't submitted it, you're losing out on potential customers.


Flickr Founders Quit Yahoo!

Yahoo!, the much loved company, is trying every bit to come out of troubled waters. After the exit of Yahoo! executive vice presidents, Jeff Weiner and Usama Fayyad, now its time for Flickr co-founders Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake (Stewart's wife) to bid goodbye to the company. Stewart and Catherina joined Yahoo! after the acquisition of Flickr by Yahoo! at some reported $35 million in 2005. It is yet to be seen whether the troubles Yahoo! is going through had some hand in Flickr creator's exit from the company.


Dell on XP Stopage.....

Dell is no longer selling the computers with the windows operating system xp.The New Vostra machines will have windows vista business edition and will charge if customers want to downgrade to a factory install of previous Operating system.This move comes after microsoft announces that it's going to stop selling XP software after 30th june.Dell is stopping to install XP on their machines, but have taked advantage of windows vista's downgrade capability in an effort to gain money from the service. The downgrade capability is rumoured to last until next year, when Dell will no longer offer the XP software.


Intel, IBM jump into solar ventures

As the profit potential of solar energy continues to draw big-name players, Intel and IBM did not waste time in jumping into solar ventures, sources at the companies said on Sunday. Intel has spun off a new company called Spectra Watt to make photovoltaic cells for solar modules. The company will be based in Hillsboro, Oregan, and will make 60 megawatts worth of solar cells a year, according to the company's Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson.
Wilson had been general manager of the Intel New Business Initiatives group.
The company received 50 million dollars from Intel Capital, the company's investment arm; Cogentrix Energy, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs; the PCG Clean Energy and Technology Fund; and Solon, a German solar company, according to Wilson.
The deal will close in the next few weeks; the company expects manufacturing to begin by mid-2009.
"This market is going to grow so rapidly for so long that there are going to be lots of players," said Wilson. "Competition is good."
Experts say the solar industry will continue to see a 30 to 40 percent annual growth rate for the next several years.
Wilson wouldn't announce the names of Spectra Watt customers, but he said the company has secured its silicon supply "for a very meaningful period of time."
Solar today costs about twice as much as utility-generated power, but within four to five years, it'll reach parity, which Wilson called "the magic crossover point." Then, he said, "the demand is virtually unlimited."
Meanwhile, IBM said it would work with a Advertisement Japanese semiconductor and flat-panel manufacturer, Tokyo Ohka Kogyo, to make cheaper solar cells. Its research focuses on thin-film solar, which costs half as much as cells made from silicon wafers, IBM's spokesman Supratik Guha said.
IBM said its technology might be able to produce solar cells that cost less than one dollar a watt with a 15-percent efficiency rate, which would "make solar energy affordable on a mass scale," Guha said.
The company intends to license its technology rather than make solar cells itself.
Worldwide sales of solar cells reached 20 billion dollars in 2007, according Clean Edge, a clean-technology research and consulting firm.


HowTo: Breadcrumb Navigation Coding

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Breadcrumbs are the site navigation of choice for a lot of sites. It helps visitors know where they are on your site and allow them to easily find the homepage and the upper layer of the current page. Breadcrumbs are also great for those sites with tons of links within the content pages.
Breadcrumbs are also great as a secondary site navigation. I love having both the site structure and breadcrumb. It helps the user easily find what they are looking for, fast, throughout the entire site.
Not only this, but breadcrumbs are great spider food.
The downside of breadcrumbs is the lengthy amount of time typing in every single link back to the homepage and every layer above it. This is why PHP along with other scripting languages are great. You can automate the entire process by just adding a simple tag to each page.

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Five Things the Boss Should Know About Microsoft's LINQ

Monday, June 16, 2008

You may not have heard about Microsoft's new brainchild, Language Integrated Query (LINQ). If you did hear about it, you may have yawned and put it down as yet another new technology searching for a requirement.
However, LINQ is different from most new technologies because it really can do everything it says it can. LINQ is incredibly easy to use and quite reliable. The fact that I'm not alone in that sentiment is attested to by the large number of third-party add-ons created by other developers who feel the way I do about LINQ.
If you haven't encountered LINQ before, here's the straight-up definition. LINQ is a kind of query language, sort of the same as SQL, but the syntax is a little different. The basic idea is that you ask a question (or rather, your application does) and LINQ provides the answer from the data source you specify. That data source may not be a straight-up database. For example, if you ask LINQ which employees are in the accounting department and you supply Active Directory as the data source, the LINQ gets the answer for you from Active Directory.
Plenty has been written to explain LINQ to software developers. Here, I explain the important points for IT managers to understand.

1. Developers Can Access New Technologies Without Knowing Much About Them
A primary LINQ benefit is in reusability. A complex query you create to access objects also works with Active Directory, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, or a Web service; developers don't have to keep learning new techniques to use LINQ.
The basic LINQ setup comes with access for all of the data sources you might expect: data objects, SQL Server databases, XML and DataSets. However, if you stop there, you're missing LINQ's big picture. You can access a wealth of other data sources by obtaining a third-party provider—that is, LINQ add-ons, written by someone who isn't affiliated with Microsoft (and there are a ton of them). You can find common data sources, such as Active Directory, and uncommon data sources, such as Resource Description Framework (RDF).
To access data sources other than those the programming environment natively supports with most technologies, you have to jump through hoops or work through odd programming scenarios. If you make a change, a whole bunch of code usually has to change. With LINQ, you use the same query all the time. That simplifies the development process considerably, particularly for a programmer who's new to a project and hasn't made friends with the team's DBAs yet. Need a slightly techie example? Let's say, for the sake of simplicity, that you start with a C# string array like this:
String[] QueryString = { "One", "Two", "Three", "Four", "Five" };
To find all the strings that are more than three characters in length, you use a query like this:
var ThisQuery = from StringValue
in QueryString
where StringValue.Length > 3
select StringValue;
In this case, ThisQuery is the output from the query process. You don't define an actual type because LINQ takes care of that for you; instead, you use var as the data type. The code uses StringValue to hold the individual data values from QueryString that match the where condition StringValue.Length > 3. The select portion of the query merely tells what to choose from the data source. Now, here's the really neat part. You can use that same query to retrieve data from an RDF or from Active Directory. If you have a provider for the data source, you can get to the data, using the same code. How cool is that?
Don't think that LINQ is limited to safe open-source projects or to Microsoft-specific data sources, either. LINQ works just fine with MySQL, as well as with a whole world of additional LINQ data sources.
You might assume that LINQ queries can't handle complex situations. The example in this section gives you a good idea where someone discovering LINQ will begin. However, LINQ queries, just like SQL queries, can become somewhat complex as you add data sources and output requirements. The learning curve to those complex queries is a gentle one, but even so, LINQ can become complex (like any other technology) as you ask it to do more work.
2. Developers Can Create Complete Applications With Less Code
Initially, I was leery of Microsoft's claim that LINQ would produce applications using fewer lines of code. I have seen way too many solutions that failed to fulfill that promise. I didn't change my mind until I started creating SQL Server queries with LINQ. But lo and behold, it took a single line of code for the query with LINQ, when previous programming used to require eight lines to accomplish the same thing.
You do have to add two more lines of code to create a data source object to use in the LINQ query, but you have to do that when working with .Net applications anyway, so you aren't losing anything.
You may be thinking that you don't get something for nothing. You're right. LINQ requires that the developer supply a provider, just as when accessing a database in Visual Studio. The provider acts as an intermediary between the data source and LINQ. Consequently, LINQ reuses code to achieve a result. The point is: Unless you need to access a custom data source, the developers don't write the provider code. That means that your development staff writes less code overall because the provider contains much of the code you used to write by hand. Fewer lines of code means fewer opportunities for errors to creep in. And that's less work for your QA department.
3. Developers Can Develop Applications in Less Time and With Fewer Errors
LINQ makes code easier to understand. (At least, it's easier for programmers to understand. Nontechnical managers may not find it quite as transparent!) It relies on a SQL-like syntax that many developers already understand quite well. As with SQL, you specify only what you want as output—LINQ takes care of determining how to get that output for you based on the provider you specify. When you combine writing less code with a simpler coding environment, you get an application that requires less time to create.
The LINQ applications you create also should contain fewer errors. The developer who created the data source provider has already debugged and optimized it for use with LINQ. Because the developers write fewer lines of code and because each line of that code relies on basically the same structure, it's easy to produce applications with fewer errors at the outset.
The LINQ debugging functionality from Microsoft also makes the debugging process exceptionally easy. You can watch each query grab every bit of information in the result if you like. Microsoft really did do something right this time.
That doesn't mean everything is always perfect. One potential time sink with third-party providers is that some don't embrace all of the LINQ features. If there is a potential for errors today, it's because the third-party provider you use isn't quite complete.
LINQ has a number of methods to help a developer create a complex query. If a third-party provider doesn't support all these methods, the developer has to find ways around the omissions. Microsoft needs to create a program for authenticating these third-party providers, ensuring that the provider is complete, and giving the vendor a seal or other recognition when it passes. Even so, the worst third-party provider that I've used has enough functionality to create any query that most developers need.
4. Combine Data Sources Without Resorting to Odd Programming Tricks
Developers will love LINQ's ability to combine data from multiple data sources in the same query. So will the managers who wish that developers could finish projects faster, particularly when those projects interact with other Microsoft products and services.
For example, say you want to locate all the employees who work in a particular building on the office campus, and then look for those employees in a payroll database. Using LINQ, you can create a single query that takes the output from Active Directory and applies it to a SQL Server database query. Likewise, it's possible to combine a SQL Server query with a MySQL query or to add a Web service query to a product search in RDF. The possibilities are endless.

5. Get New Developers Working Faster
One problem for new developers is that technology has evolved in a big way over the years. When I started writing code, all I needed to do something interesting was write a few easily understood BASIC statements. Five or six lines of code could at least display a set of lines on the screen. Today, a new developer has to jump through all kinds of terrifying hoops to build even a simple application. If the new developer doesn't know the innermost secrets of objects, forget it; trying to create any kind of application is a lost cause. Even if the developer has plenty of experience, bringing a new person on board requires a fair amount of time invested in learning every nuance of her new environment. LINQ won't solve every problem in that steep ramp-time, but it certainly can help.
LINQ helps you take a step back and get the new developer working faster. A new developer who can do something interesting and useful within a day or two of reporting for work is significantly happier and more productive. Productive developers spell great applications in less time. There isn't any secret here. LINQ simply removes some of the complexity of programming by relying on a provider to do all the heavy lifting. All the developer needs to know is what should appear as output, not how to get it.


Mozilla starts planning on Firefox 3.1

Like we said last week, the final Firefox 3.0 release is scheduled to hit the web tomorrow. However, Ars Technica reports that Mozilla has already began planning out the next major update to its popular browser: Firefox 3.1.
This next release is still said to be in the "early stages of planning," but a Firefox 3.1 planning page is already up on the Mozilla wiki, and developers have begun laying out a feature list. Among the features expected in the next release, we see tab previews, a revamped tagging user interface, an "advanced" search interface, and bulk tagging support. Firefox 3.1 will also feature the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering engine, which Ars says will bring support for HTML 5 video and a CSS text shadow setting.
Judging by the schedule in the Mozilla wiki, the first Firefox 3.1 alpha release should materialize in mid-July.


Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Market On A High

Monday, June 9, 2008

Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues posted 10.8 per cent year-over-year growth in the first quarter of 2008 (1Q08), totalling $4.9 billion, according to the IDC Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker. For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market grew to $6.7 billion in revenues, up 8.4 per cent from the prior year's first quarter. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reached 1,642 petabytes, growing 51.8 per cent year over year.
"After a very healthy 2007, the disk storage systems market is carrying that momentum into 2008, with most product segments seeing solid growth in the first quarter," said Brad Nisbet, research manager, IDC. "It's clear that while organisations may be feeling squeezed in their overall IT budgets, the investments being made to store growing volumes of critical business data adequately are increasing. We see a long road of positive drivers fueling the opportunities for disk storage systems in the form of increased retention requirements and long-term data protection goals."
For the first quarter, EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 21.4 per cent revenue share, followed by HP and IBM with 12.4 per cent and 11.5 per cent revenue share, respectively. Dell, NetApp and Hitachi ended the quarter in a statistical tie to round out the top 5 with 9.3 per cent, 9.0 per cent and 8.9 per cent revenue share, respectively. Amongst the top 5 suppliers, Hitachi and Dell posted the strongest year-over-year revenue growth during 1Q08, with 19.1 per cent and 17.5 per cent, respectively.

The total network disk storage market (NAS Combined with Open SAN) posted 14.9 per cent year-over-year growth in the first quarter to more than $3.6 billion in revenues. EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total network storage market with 26.4 per cent revenue share, followed by NetApp and HP in a statistical tie with each holding 12.0 per cent revenue share.

"The storage systems market was shining in the first quarter. Even segments that have been declining for quarters, including external direct-attach storage and JBOD, showed positive performance to start the year," said Natalya Yezhkova, research manager, storage systems, IDC. "This break in trends is attributable to the growing diversity of storage customers, including small and medium-sized businesses and content-centric customers, whose storage needs differ from those of the traditional customer base."
In the Open SAN market, which grew 14.7 per cent year over year, EMC lead with 23.6 per cent revenue share, followed by HP with 14.1 per cent. The NAS market grew 15.5 per cent year over year, led by EMC with 36.0 per cent revenue share and followed by NetApp with 31.6 per cent share. The iSCSI SAN market continues to show strong momentum, posting 67.6 per cent revenue growth compared to the prior year's quarter. Dell, through its acquisition of EqualLogic, led the market with 27.7 per cent revenue share, followed by NetApp with 20.5 per cent share.


Microsoft India MD Quits

Microsoft India has lost its managing director Neelam Dhawan to Hewlett-Packard (HP) India. In March 2005, Microsoft Corporation India saw a change of guard with Neelam Dhawan taking over as its managing director, when Rajiv Kaul was promoted as the senior director of Windows Client Emerging Markets Group. The interesting thing here is Neelam Dhawan joined Microsoft India from HP where she worked as the vice president of customer solutions group; now after working with Microsoft India for three and a half years, she is moving back to HP India.

At Microsoft India, Neelam was in-charge of the sales and marketing efforts in India. She was also responsible for growing Microsoft's products and services businesses and played a key role in driving the company's partnerships and strategic alliances. Her last working day at Microsoft India will be 30 June 2008.

Making the announcement, Ravi Venkatesan, chairman, Microsoft India, said, “I am sorry to announce that Neelam Dhawan will be leaving Microsoft to join HP as the managing director of HP India. While I hope that this will only strengthen our relationship with one of our most important partners, we are losing a strong leader who has, over the past three years, helped position Microsoft very strongly in the Indian market. We wish her continued success in all her endeavours.”
Commenting on her decision, Neelam said, “Being a part of the leadership team at Microsoft India has been one of the most rewarding roles of my professional life and the decision to leave was a difficult one to make. I am, of course, excited about my new role at HP and the opportunity it gives me to further strengthen the partnership between the two companies.”


Sify Technologies Posts $150.59 Million Revenues

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The company invested substantially during the year on network expansion and data centre space.
Sify Technologies Limited has reported revenues of $150.59 million for the year ended 31 March 2008, 11.0 per cent higher than the previous year. The enterprise and international segments of the business registered strong growth at 27 per cent and 36 per cent respectively, while the consumer segment dropped 20 per cent over the previous year.
Net profit for the year was $0.12 million compared to a net profit of $6.25 million in the previous fiscal year. Net profit for the current year included one-time benefit of $3.1 million on account of a change in the depreciation policy. Net profit for the year was under pressure due to lower margins due the sales mix, as well as a notional loss incurred on account of the strong rupee against dollar.
Exceptional items during the year amounted $3.97 million on account of legal fees. Net profit excluding this amount was $4.09 million. Sify ended the quarter with a cash balance of $22.21 million after capital expenditures of $20.58 million during the year. This will be augmented with the infusion of $57 million dollars, which is currently under process.
On the occasion, Raju Vegesna, board chairman, CEO and MD, Sify Technologies, said, “The turnaround of the enterprise and international segments has resulted in robust growth in these businesses. We expect the results of our restructuring of the consumer businesses to be felt in the current financial year after the second quarter. Preparations are already underway for the re-launch of our chain of retail outlets offering online services with a new brand name, as well as our broadband services.”
“The portal will follow towards the middle of this financial year. During the year, we have expanded our network aggressively and now have one of the largest MPLS data networks in the country. We will also have 200,000 sq. ft of data centre space with the launch of the second data center in Mumbai in the near future, in addition to our three existing data centres. Our planned progress towards a complete turnaround of the company is moving forward with the build out of world-class infrastructure to make us highly competitive both nationally and internationally,” added Vegesna.
Added CVS Suri, chief operating officer, Sify, “The results of our restructuring the enterprise side of the business are clearly evident. We are now ready to re-launch the consumer side of the business during the course of 08/09 with new brands, new formats, new technologies and new alliances. Our aim will be to make the Internet the personal productivity tool for Indians with access both from home and from public spaces. We are confident that with the re-launch and awareness of these services, we will be able to see a turn-around in consumer revenues as well. At the same time, we will monitor and rationalise our offerings, locations and relationships on an ongoing basis to ensure the success of our partners.”
“We have moved to reporting our financials as per IFRS as our businesses are increasingly becoming global. Indian GAAP is also converging with IFRS in future so this is a timely move for us. We have invested substantially during the year on network expansion and data center space. We will continue to invest in both this coming year, as well as in building Sify’s headquarters in Chennai with sophisticated network command centres and additional data centre space. This will entail an investment of about $125 million, including the current expansion. These investments are being made on the back of robust demand for enterprise services across both connectivity and hosting services. We will also invest in re-launching our consumer businesses during the year to set them on a growth trajectory,” stated Vijay Kumar, CFO, Sify.


HP ProCurve Growth Quadruples The Industry's Growth Rate

HP ProCurve experienced year-over-year port growth for the first calendar quarter of 2008 at nearly four times the growth rate of the networking industry, according to data from a quarterly report by Dell'Oro Group.
According to the analyst firm's data, ProCurve, the world's second largest enterprise LAN networking vendor, grew worldwide port shipments by 28.4 per cent in the first calendar quarter of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007. The industry growth rate for this same period was 7.82 per cent.
"In the face of a challenging global economy, ProCurve's impressive growth is based on the ability to provide customers with choice to handle their most difficult deployments, from small offices to global enterprises," said Mark Thompson, global director, sales and marketing, HP ProCurve. "This growth reflects a dramatic increase in the number of customers who are reconsidering their alternatives and looking to ProCurve for flexibility to quickly meet the changing needs of users, applications and organisations."
Comparing quarter-over-quarter regional port growth in total switched Layer 2 through Layer 7, ProCurve's port shipments in Asia Pacific grew by 52.4 per cent versus an Asian market that declined 5.1 per cent. In North America, ProCurve shipments grew at 10.4 per cent in a market that declined by 11.8 per cent. ProCurve port shipments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa grew at 14.0 per cent in a market that declined 1.0 per cent.
In addition, according to Dell'Oro Group data, ProCurve's Power over Ethernet (PoE) worldwide shipments grew 68.4 per cent year over year compared to market growth of 26.0 per cent. This data sustains ProCurve in the no. 2 industry position in PoE.In Layer 2 and Layer 3 total Gigabit port shipments, ProCurve quarter-over-quarter growth was 20.8 per cent in a market that declined 2.0 per cent.
Dell'Oro Group data places ProCurve as the no. 2 overall Gigabit networking vendor.In the Web managed Gigabit segment category, ProCurve grew at a 60.6 per cent rate, in contrast with quarter over quarter industry growth of 12.7 per cent, boosting ProCurve small business networking switches to the no. 2 position in this segment with a 21.5 market share.


Deepak Patel Resigns As MphasiS MD, COO

MphasiS Ltd, an EDS company and an IT solutions, services and BPO provider, has announced the resignation of Deepak J Patel, effective 3 June 2008. Deepak, the managing director and chief operating officer of the company, played a key role in leading MphasiS post the merger of EDS - India and MphasiS.
Deepak was also instrumental in ensuring that the combined operations of both entities along with close to 15,000 professionals, realise their full potential that in turn led to an upward growth trajectory for the organisation. Previously, Patel was vice president, best shore strategic investments and business development at EDS.Recently, HP and EDS entered a definitive agreement for HP to buy EDS at approximately $13.9 billion. HP also announced its plans to establish a new business group, to be branded EDS – an HP company, which will be headquartered at EDS's existing executive offices in Plano, Texas. However, it is still not clear whether HP will be required to make an open offer for shares of MphasiS Ltd.


Hexaware Ropes In New CEO, CFO

Hexaware Technologies, a global provider of IT and BPO services and consulting, has named P. R. Chandrasekar as chief executive officer and vice chairman, on June 02. Chandrasekar, who succeeds Rusi Brij at Hexaware, comes from Wipro where he was president, Americas and Europe. Brij will continue with the company as a board member and serve as vice chairman.

Effective today, Hexaware also appointed Prateek Aggarwal as chief financial officer succeeding P.K. Sridharan, acting CFO, who will continue in the company as chief mentor and executive director. In his previous role, Aggarwal was finance head of the software division of HCL Technologies.
Chandrasekar and Aggarwal will be based out of Hexaware’s offices in New Jersey and Mumbai (Mahape), respectively.According to Atul Nishar, founder and executive chairman, Hexaware, “Both these appointments strengthen our executive management team and bring leadership skills directly relevant to the stage at which Hexaware is today. Sekar’s successful track record of driving revenue growth including experience in mergers and acquisitions and business development and Prateek’s solid financial background will be critical as we build Hexaware to the billion dollar goal we have set for ourselves.”
Commenting on his new role, Chandrasekar said, “I am looking forward to working with Atul, Rusi and the company’s talented management team to build on the company’s broad capabilities and service offerings, and capture the very attractive growth opportunities we see ahead.”


Sun Microsystems Creates Emerging Markets Sales Region

Sun Microsystems, Inc. has formed a new Emerging Markets sales geography to drive accelerated expansion and sales coverage across growing markets in South and Eastern Europe, Latin America, India and Greater China. Sun has also roped in Peter Ryan as executive vice president of its global sales and services organisation, reporting to Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's president and chief executive officer. The new Emerging Markets region will be led by Denis Heraud, Sun's senior vice president of Asia Pacific.
Heraud will take on an expanded charter to lead the united Emerging Markets territory, reporting to Ryan. As part of Sun's most recent third quarter fiscal 2008 results, the company reported 20 per cent year-over-year growth in Brazil, 30 per cent year-over-year growth in India and 18 per cent growth in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe region."Rapidly developing and emerging economies have been some of the most assertive in embracing Sun's approach to sustainable network computing, via open source software and open document formats, along with power sensitive datacenter infrastructure," said Schwartz. "Establishing an Emerging Markets geography as a peer to North America, Europe and Asia, will focus our resources, attention and leadership to accelerate that growth, while opening yet more indigenous opportunity for the governments, businesses and the developers looking to the network for opportunity. With today's leadership announcements of both Peter and Denis complemented by an updated organisational structure, we are positioned to capture the tremendous opportunity found in these key emerging markets and communities around the world."
In conjunction with the formation of the Emerging Markets region, Sun also announced a series of organisational leadership changes to accommodate the new sales geographic coverage model. Effective 1 July 2008 - the beginning of the company's fiscal year 2009 - Lionel Lim will be promoted to senior vice president, taking over leadership of the Asia Pacific sales region from Heraud; Cheryl Cook will be promoted to senior vice president of the North America sales region, taking over from Ryan; the European region will remain under Alain Andreoli, senior vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Today's announcement follows the recent promotion of Lin Lee to vice president of Global Communities, based in China and also reporting directly to Schwartz. Lee's new role expands on Sun's emerging markets focus, with particular emphasis on managing relationships with governments, universities and NGOs across the world, specifically amongst the emerging economies. Her globally dispersed team promotes Sun's long-term view on sustainable network infrastructures - ranging from open file formats and open source software to power-efficient network computing infrastructure.
Lastly, following Sun's integration of its storage development and marketing organisations into the systems business unit, Sun's global sales and services organisation will follow suit, combining its systems and storage product sales forces into one unified team to better align resources and address the growing market opportunity. This integration will also take effect on 1 July 2008, consolidating the global sales and services organisation into three key practice areas including systems, software and services.


Ramco Delivers OnDemand ERP Via AT&T

Ramco Systems has selected AT&T to deliver its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) — Ramco OnDemand ERP. AT&T's utility computing infrastructure is said to provide Ramco a way to enter the SaaS market without incurring major infrastructure costs.
"We are excited to expand our OnDemand SaaS model to a truly global orientation with the introduction of our OnDemand ERP to North America. We sought a service provider who could support easy-to-use, yet highly secure, delivery of a robust ERP system designed for the midmarket, and we ultimately chose AT&T because of its experience in delivering Software-as-a-Service applications and its comprehensive support model," said Richard Sides, senior vice president, global services, Ramco Systems.
"We are pleased to add Ramco OnDemand ERP to the portfolio of applications we deliver as a service. Ramco Systems recognises that its core focus is developing leading ERP software, not delivering it," said Rich Froble, director, product management, TopLineISV programme, AT&T. "Counting on us to manage software delivery allows Ramco Systems to focus its attention on developing and selling great software."
Ramco Systems has entered AT&T's TopLineISV programme, delivered via AT&T's wholly owned subsidiary, USi. Based on AT&T's infrastructure, which is designed for optimum automation, repeatability and scalability, the company takes advantage of cost efficiencies and a utility computing platform that provides computing power, networking capabilities and storage on-demand.
For independent software vendors, TopLineISV also includes a series of services designed to help them grow, including business strategy consulting, marketing assistance, sales support and technical operations support. Plus, like all of AT&T's applications services clients, Ramco Systems will benefit from custom application monitors, which track availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week and automatically alert trained team members to any unplanned outages. Ramco Systems can access these monitors at any time via a secure Web portal.


Google Goes To NASA

NASA and Google Inc. are planning to develop a new high-technology campus at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. The search major and the space agency have inked a 40-year agreement under which Google will lease 42.2 acres of unimproved land in NASA Research Park at Ames to construct up to 1.2 million square feet of offices and research and development (R&D) facilities in a campus-style setting.
Google will pay NASA an initial base rent of $3.66 million per year. This rate is based on appraisals establishing fair market value of the land. NASA will use the proceeds to cover the full cost of the lease and the balance for maintenance, capital revitalisation and improvements of the real property assets at Ames.
"With this new campus, we will establish a new era of expanded collaboration with Google that will further enhance our Silicon Valley connections," said S. Pete Worden, Ames director, NASA. "This major expansion of NASA Research Park supports NASA's mission to lead the nation in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.

"The construction of the site will proceed in three phases. The first phase is planned to begin by the end of September 2013, the second phase by 2018 and the third by 2022. While the majority of the development will consist of office and R&D space, Google also plans to construct company housing and amenities such as dining, sports, fitness, child care, conference and parking facilities for its employees, as well as recreation and parking facilities and infrastructure improvements for NASA's use.
"This long-term lease agreement is a key component of Google's strategy for continued growth in Silicon Valley," said David Radcliffe, vice president, real estate and workplace services, Google. "We believe this collaboration between Google, NASA and the city of Mountain View is emblematic of the mutually beneficial partnerships that can be created between the public and private sectors."


Nanotech process produces plastics that are 10 times more stretchable

Scientists report development of a plastic that is 10 times more stretchable than that of the original material. Above is a micrograph of the electrospun nano-sized fibers. Credit: Courtesy of the American Chemical Society

In the new study, Zhao-Xia Guo and colleagues point out that the original plastic, called polyoxymethylene (POM), is an engineering staple known for its metal-like hardness, light weight, and resistance to chemicals. However, the material is relatively brittle, limiting its applications. Although many different types of plastics have been electrospun into fibers with extended uses and properties, researchers have been unable to spin POM into fibers until now, the researchers say. They report that POM could be turned into nano-sized fibers — thousands of times thinner than the width of a single hair — after first dissolving it in a solution called HFIP and then undergoing electrospinning. The process resulted in POM mats with improved stretchability, or ductility, high porosity, and high surface area. Such features could extend the plastic’s uses to a wide range of industrial, electronic and medical applications, the researchers say.


Warning: Dangerous Web surfing ahead

When surfing the Internet for safe Web sites, not all domains are equal.
Companies that assign addresses for Web sites appear to be cutting corners on security more when they assign names in certain domains than in others, according to a report to be released Wednesday by antivirus software vendor McAfee Inc.
McAfee found the most dangerous domains to navigate to are ".hk" (Hong Kong), ".cn" (China) and ".info" (information).
Of all ".hk" sites McAfee tested, it flagged 19.2 percent as dangerous or potentially dangerous to visitors; it flagged 11.8 percent of ".cn" sites and 11.7 percent of ".info" sites that way.
A little more than 5 percent of the sites under the ".com" domain — the world's most popular — were identified as dangerous.


Yahoo turned down US$40 per share offer from Microsoft

Documents unsealed in a court case have shown that Yahoo turned down an offer from Microsoft in 2007 valuing the company's shares at US$40 each..
The papers came to light after a case filed by the Police & Fire Retirement System of the City of Detroit and the General Retirement System of the City of Detroit.The documents (PDF) reveal that Microsoft offered US$40 per share in January 2007, and that the Yahoo board cleared the rejection of the offer.

But the documents also purport to show attempts by Yahoo co-founder and chief executive Jerry Yang to stifle any possible deal with Microsoft.
These include promising generous benefits to key staff who would leave in the event of a takeover, and his general negative attitude to Microsoft."Yang's defensive and self-interested conduct was grossly disproportionate to any threat arguably presented by Microsoft's proposal for a friendly merger," the papers read.
"There is no question of Microsoft's ability to finance the transaction, or its sincerity in seeking a negotiated position.
Yahoo's poison pill precluded a hostile bid."Yahoo opposed the release of the documents, and they will come as a deep embarrassment to the board since the company's share price is currently averaging around US$26.
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is in the middle of a hostile fight for boardroom control of Yahoo, and has already said that he aims to expel several board members for what he describes as mismanagement.



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