Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has
announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform
dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services.
Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important
product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the
de facto commerce engine for the cloud.”
With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the
company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on
driving revenue from cloud computing.
It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based
commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given
predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud
computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity
MySQL Journal on Ulitzer
Monty Widenius, the creator of the MySQL open source database – which is
apparently all that stands between Oracle and its acquisition of Sun –
thinks that Oracle shouldn’t have his baby and that the European Commission
– whose investigation into MySQL has put the Oracle-Sun merger in limbo –
should force Oracle to spit it out to another company.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a guy with a collector’s temperament not given to
letting things that belong to him go, has said he wants to keep MySQL and has
claimed to be watching Sun’s revenue plunge by $100 million... (more)
Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer
We hear - well, you know how people talk - that Oracle has been quietly
meeting with the European Commission and is now expecting it to take - what
with the Christmas break and all - until April or May to get clearance for
its acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
That would be a year to 13 months after Oracle agreed to buy the joint.
It took Oracle longer to get its hands on PeopleSoft, a crusade that took
from June of 2003 to January of 2005 plus a federal judge throwing out the
Justice Department's antitrust objections.
However, PeopleSoft wasn't b... (more)
Google might have to fight more than just Microsoft, Yahoo and AskJeeves if a
nascent open source initiative to develop a search engine gains momentum. A
California-based nonprofit outfit called the Nutch Organization has embarked
on the ambitious task of building an open source search engine. It's got
proof-of-concept code. Nutch's mission is to develop search technology in a
public forum and provide free, high-quality search software and its source
code. Unlike the current crop of commercial search engines, which closely
guard their algorithms and ranking formulae, Nutch plans ... (more)
It's dawned on Computer Associates that IBM pays it royalties for the SMP
technology in AIX, IBM's version of Unix, because of the work done long ago
by Unix icon Locus Computing Corporation.
CA says it owns the Locus IP by virtue of its huge $3.5 billion cash purchase
of Platinum technology Inc in 2000. See, Platinum had bought Locus in a stock
swap in, oh, 1995.
Now, of course, the SCO Group has made a big megillah about the SMP
facilities that found their way into Linux. It claims that IBM ripped the
widgetry out of Sequent's Dynix version of Unix, which SCO alleges it had