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Intel released an update to its VTune Performance Analyzer tool for Linux, which identifies lines of code in an application that consume excessive processor resources so that developers can remove potential performance bottlenecks. Release 2 of the thing adds native support for Itanium and graphical viewers that let developers tune their apps for more performance directly in a Linux environment. It also features Java support, a user guide and "flow of control" analysis previously only available for Windows applications. It includes a "Pack and Go" option so results from a Linux server can be transferred back to a Windows system with remote support for Linux. The upgrade costs $700. Intel also introduced version 2.0 of the VTune Performance Analyzer Driver Kit, which offers open source drivers for the analyzer so developers to use it with unsupported Linux distribut... (more)

Quick, Darl, Duck. Rotten Tomatoes at 12 O'Clock

SCO CEO Darl McBride claims that the discovery that IBM has turned over so far - the stuff that nobody outside the two companies has seen yet - is proving out SCO's contention that IBM played fast and loose with SCO code, which makes him wonder about the caliber of the smoking gun IBM's hiding in the discovery it's trying to keep from SCO. That being said, we assume he's taking his bodyguard with him to SCO Forum in Las Vegas next week. ... (more)

RightScale Follows Amazon EC2 to Europe

In keeping with its multi-cloud manifesto, RightScale, the cloud manager, has added support for Amazon's weeks-old EC2 Europe cloud. Amazon Web Services global and European Amazon EC2 customers can now access RightScale's automated cloud management platform to manage and scale cloud deployments as well as facilitate application migration and management back and forth between Amazon's US and EU clouds. In December, Amazon gave European businesses the option of running their EC2 applications on a local cloud. It's a way to reduce latency and help with EU regulatory requirements on ... (more)

Virtualization Wars: Citrix Makes Bomb Run on VMware

Citrix is making an all-out strategic strike on VMware. It’s going to stop selling XenServer 5 – the open source virtual infrastructure that it’s added a bunch of proprietary features to since it acquired XenSource last year – and offer it to all comers for free. It says VMware sells the equivalent technology for $50,000 for a 10-server environment. Citrix is obviously trying to rot out VMware’s revenue base; and for maximum effect it unleashed the announcement the day before VMware Europe opened in Cannes; Citrix will be there so it can gauge the impact. XenServer includes a 64... (more)

Cloud Computing - IBM Creates Cloud Box

IBM claims to have created new species of custom-built, industry-standard, Linux-based rack server for Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing companies with massive data centers and tens of thousands of servers, like online gaming, social networks, search and Internet firms. A relatively limited marketplace of maybe a thousand companies with fat wallets capable of shelling out tens of millions for such system. IBM means to replace the white boxes they use now or build themselves like Google does. It says it’s got a few hundred early adopters and potential customers in China, Germany, ... (more)