Social networks aren't just for home users to keep in touch with old acquaintances and to try and increase their friend-count like a top score, they can also be beneficial to IT pros. At least that's what HP is banking on, which will soon unveil its own social network aimed at the enterprise.
HP is calling it 48Upper, and as the manifesto reads, "We have lived with the stereotype of being introverted, pessimistic loners for too long."
Right now HP is getting 48Upper ready for beta testing. It will be delivered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS), giving subscribers the ability to control how technical information is shared, and whether or not to tag information as "public."
According to CPP, a U.K. provider of life assistance products and services, digital crooks sent out some 3.7 billion phishing emails during the past 12 months. A little over half of these -- 55 percent -- are fake bank emails designed to lure potential victims into coughing up their credit card numbers and login passwords.
"It seems that not a day goes by without a new case of online fraud hitting the headlines. But what's concerning is that consumers are still falling victim," said Nicole Sanders, an identity fraud expert at CPP. "Fraudsters are becoming ever more skilled in their techniques and tactics. It can be extremely difficult to spot a legitimate email from a scam, so we advise caution at all times when online."
Lottery hoaxes and Nigerian 419 scams remain ever popular, but social networking scams might be the next big thing. Everything from phony Facebook messages to fake Twitter accounts are being used to dupe users, CPP said.
The U.S. government is taking Oracle to court for alleging overcharging several million of dollars, and perhaps as much as $10 million, according to documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
At issue are what are called "GSA schedules," which are essentially contracts designed to provide discounts that are as good or even better than those given to the vendor's preferred customers.
"The whole idea of GSA schedule discounts is that the government, in the aggregate, is likely to be one of the largest purchasers of a company's products, and is entitled to take advantage of the discounts that its large buying power should command," the complaint states.
Oracle is accused of working on the sly to find ways around the GSA restrictions so that commercial customers get even deeper discounts. According to the complaint, it's the taxpayers who ultimately pay the price for Oracle's alleged misdeeds.
SGi this week announced the release of its InfiniteStorage 5000 RAID storage system. With an advanced feature-set and flexible configuration options, SGI hopes to attract mid-market customers. It's also SGI's first storage system to employ 6Gbps SAS technology, the company said.
"As data volumes in the enterprise continue to grow, increased performance, reduced power consumption and system flexibility are of primary concern to customers," said Rick Chapek, SGI senior vice president of hardware engineering. "By utilizing 6 Gb/s SAS technology, SGI InfiniteStorage 5000 brings performance, reliability and a strong feature set normally seen in high-end Fibre Channel systems to an aggressive entry-level price point."
On the performance front, SGI's swank new device pushes up to 4,000MB/s on sustained reads from disk, which is 4x faster than the company's previous generation product. It also boasts 40,000 IOPS random disk reads, or twice as much as before.
The InfiniteStorage 5000 is available now with pricing provided upon request.
Security firm Symantec this week introduced its new ExSP Licensing Program designed to allow partners the choice of consuming Symantec software via a monthly subscription-based model.
"Our partners are telling us that they’re finding success in offering Symantec software bundled with their services to solve their customers’ information protection challenges," said Randy Cochran, VP, North American Channel Sales, Symantec. "By enhancing our ExSP licensing program to make it accessible to our broader partner base, Symantec is enabling partners of all sizes to accelerate profitability and reduce their upfront investments to support growth. With this subscription-based program, Symantec partners can license our solutions in a way that aligns to how they do business with their customers."
Symantec claims the new pricing model will help companies reduce their upfront costs, while also enabling traditional Symantec partners of all sizes to more easily develop their own managed services offerings.
The ExSP Licensing Program is open to partners enrolled in Symantec's Partner Program who are qualified service providers, the firm said.
Saba, a self-proclaimed "premier global provider of people management software and services," announced its new Saba Collaboration Suite, a real-time collaboration and enterprise business networking solution the company says ties social learning to collaborative performance management.
According to Saba, the new suite will bring to market an integrated solution that combines enterprise-level Web conferencing and real-time communication with networking capabilities. Also part of the package is real-time communication with presence, IMs, video-enabled channels, VoIP-enabled online meetings, and Web conferences.
The suite also contains a new piece of software called Saba Live, which the company says will allow enterprise to use social media in an corporate environment. Some of the features include Unified People Profiles, Saba Live Impressions (described as Twitter-like performance feedback by co-workers), and Saba Live Channels to bring Youtube=-like ease of video sharing to the enterprise.
Saba Collaboration Suite will be available by the end of August 2010.
IBM has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Coremetrics, a privately held company based in San Mateo, CA that specializes in Web analytics software, IBM announced on Tuesday.
"With this acquisition, we are extending our capabilities to give clients greater insight about customer behavior and sentiment about products and services, and give true foresight into their future buying patterns," said Craig Hayman, general manager, IBM WebSphere. "Marketing departments can benefit from these capabilities very quickly because we are delivering this in a Software-as-a-Service model. The combination of IBM and Coremetrics will maximize marketing expenditures and also make the buying experience more convenient, personal and interactive for consumers."
The acquisition comes on the heels of IBM's recently 2010 CEO study, in which Big Blue reported 88 percent of CEOs plan to focus on getting closer to their customers in the next five years, while 82 percent said they want to better understand their customer needs. Some 85 percent of CEOs said they need more visibility into their business, and these are all areas IBM hopes this acquisition will them address.
According to a bulletin from Adobe Labs, Adobe Systems has decided to halt the development of the Labs program of Flash Player 10 software for 64-bit flavors of Linux. Adobe insists this is only temporary, as well as necessary in order to making significant architectural changes and beef up security.
"We are fully committed to bringing native 64-bit Flash Player for the desktop by providing native support for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux 64-bit platforms in an upcoming major release of Flash Player," Adobe added. "We intend to provide more regular update information on our progress as we continue our work on 64-bit versions of Flash Player. Thank you for your continued help and support."
According to InfoWorld, an Adobe representative expressed the same sentiment, saying that the company is not killing development, and instead working to improve the underlying code for this version of the runtime.
You've probably never heard of SeaMicro before, but if the company was looking to make waves in the media, job well done. That's the sort of thing that happens when you manage to cram 512 Intel Atom processors into a 10U rack mount space.
We're talking about the company's new SM10000 server, which comes equipped with said processors slapped onto miniature motherboards the size of credit cards, according to SeaMicro. As company CEO Andrew Feldman describes it, the multitude of Atom chips can be more power-efficient than x86 chips for certain cloud and Web transaction tasks.
"Today's servers are inefficient on small workloads," Feldmen explains. "Atom turns out to be good at ordinary problems and not great at hard problems. The Internet is all about ordinary problems."
Yet there's nothing ordinary about what SeaMicro has done. Each of the 512 Z530 processors run at 1.6GHz and the whole thing needs just one-quarter of the power and space that a traditional "best-in-class" server would need for the same kinds of workloads, Feldman added.
Due for release by the end of the July, the SM10000 will command $139,000.
If you see any IBM execs wearing a sling around their arm, it's probably from patting themselves on the back. And we supposed they earned the right to do so, having been named as a Disaster Recovery Service Providers leader in "The Forrester Wave," the company announced.
"We believe this comprehensive analysis reflects both IBM's strategy and technology strengths complemented by the breadth of our offerings and our geographic coverage," said Joanne Olsen, General Manager of IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services. "We are honored to be recognized for our success and continue to focus on smarter opportunities to help enterprises make their business and IT operations more resilient, secure, and efficient."
IBM has over 154 facilities around the globe and, according to the report, extensive IT, work-area, mobile, and quick-ship recovery services. The report also notes that IBM employs more than 1,600 employees in its business continuity and recovery services sector.