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
Intel has evidently had to make some kind of undisclosed "commitments" to get
the European Commission, which fined Intel a whopping $1.45 billion 18 month
ago for abusing its market dominance, to consider approving its giant $7.68
billion acquisition of McAfee.
The regulator has extended the deadline on its review of the acquisition by
two weeks from January 12 to January 26.
The EC is reportedly concerned that if Intel puts McAfee security in its
chips the rest of the security industry will suffer.
Intel says it expects to close the deal, already approved by the US, this
half a... (more)
After joining with Southeastern Asset Management in signing an open letter to
Dell’s special board committee – which is wrestling with Michael Dell’s
offer to pay $13.75 a share, 10 cents more a share, to change how the
stockholders vote on his leverage buy-out offer is counted – telling the
special committee he expected them to tell Michael Dell “no” – activist
investor Carl Icahn wrote another open letter to Dell shareholders
characterizing Michael Dell as a “whining” “sore loser” and major
corporate “liability” and castigating the Dell board for “making a
mockery of what lit... (more)
This is an excerpt from Chapter 13 of Linux System Administration: A User's
Guide written by Marcel Gagne, published by Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0201719347.
No part of this excerpt may be reproduced, in any form or by any means
without the prior written permission of the publisher. (c) 2002
Alternative Print Systems
You'll get very little argument from the Linux community regarding the need
for better and easier printing systems. While the lp /lpd printing system is
good, works well, and has worked well for decades, a little simplification
wouldn't hurt. Luckily, you ... (more)
Red Hat has released a technology preview of its 64-bit Opteron code for the
Linux community to play with. The real product, due later this year
hopefully, will be a version of what used to be called Advanced Server 3. The
preview, called GinGin64, is a rendition of Red Hat Linux 9. It's a 64-bit
kernel and can't at this point access Opteron's 32-bit side without
installing 32-bit shared libraries. Red Hat intends to ship full run-time
libraries for 32-bit application support with the official code.
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