Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo
Cloud Computing News - Oracle co-president Charles Phillips was supposed to
become CEO of CA - for all its muddied skirts still one of the world's
largest software companies - and then those "soul mates forever" billboards
popped up in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco, exposing his near
decade-long bi-coastal double life with wife and son in the East and a
live-in girlfriend in the West.
Six days after Phillips was forced to admit that a picture of him and his
ex-girlfriend canoodling was hanging over Times Square, CA named board member
and executive chairman Bill McCracken CEO. He's the guy who's been running
the company since John Swainson's reportedly forced retirement was announced
in September. An ex-IBMer and an ex-Swainson pal, it was no secret he really
wanted the job.
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The Zürich-based Myriad Group, which is already being sued by Oracle for
ceasing to pay what Myriad claims are excessive Java licensing fees, appears
to be daring Oracle to find new grounds to take it to court.
On Tuesday Myriad announced that it was going to try to get between Oracle
and its God-given right to collect Java taxes - just like Google has with
Android - and launch a thing called Alien Dalvik that will let Android apps
run on non-Android platforms.
It means to begin, oddly enough, with the not-very-promising MeeGo Linux
operating system and show off what it's got so ... (more)
Security Session at Cloud Expo
Rumor has it that SAP wants CA to give it more toys.
Now CA's got a market cap of $11 billion and SAP's got $1.8 billion in the
bank. So it appears that if such a thing were to happen it would be what they
call an MOE, a merger of equals.
There's this odd chemistry between SAP and CA. Twice now CA has gotten close
to raiding SAP for a CEO and twice the guy it was thinking of poaching became
CEO of SAP instead.
Related Story: Chuck Phillips Was CA-Bound And Then Those Billboards Happened
The first was SAP sales chief Leo Apotheke, who was reportedly ... (more)
Sun, Oracle’s sometimes best friend, turned into an Oracle competitor this
morning when it said it was buying MySQL, the open source database that’s
part of the famous LAMP stack. It’s paying a billion dollars. MySQL was
supposed to go public this year but picked the easier monetization route.
Sanford C. Bernstein estimates MySQL’s financial position at breakeven on
$60 million-$80 million on trailing 12-month revenues although over 100
million copies of the database have been downloaded. Sun is paying $800
million cash for MySQL’s stock and assuming about $200 million in options... (more)
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... (more)