Here's a fun fact - since 2003, the IBM Software Group has made over 50 acquisitions, which so far works out to about 7 per year. The latest of those was announced on Tuesday when IBM said it had scooped up Intelliden Inc., a privately held firm specializing in intelligent network automation software.
"Networks have become a critical part of the overall IT fabric, and organizations are demanding tighter integration and management of the entire infrastructure including applications, storage, servers and networks," said Alan Black, president and CEO of Intelliden. "Intelliden provides leading open, scalable and comprehensive network automation solutions, and this acquisition opens a world of new opportunities for our customers, partners and employees."
According to IBM, some 60 percent of network outages are caused by manual configuration errors. The company hopes its latest acquisition will help its customers avoid becoming one of those statistics, as well as improve staff efficiency.
IBM plans to integrate Intelliden's technology into its Tivoli Software.
Bill Watkins, the ex-Seagate CEO who served 12 years with the hard drive maker, jumps out of the unemployment line to serve as CEO of LED lighting company Bridgelux. Not by accident, Watkins has been researching green technologies ever since cutting ties with Seagate and became fascinated with the LED sector.
"There's a $100 billion opportunity, a whole new disruptive technology with LEDs, and an installed base that owns the market but doesn't have good solutions. You don't see that very often, but that's how new technology can make an impact," Watkins said this week.
Watkins is thinking on a global scale with his new position and said he plans to help his company grow by developing its manufacturing and expanding internationally, CNet reports.
"The whole world is basically going to embrace this technology," Watkins added.
Google Wave has become an object of desire for many ever since its unveiling back in May. And, while a majority of us will have to wait to use it, Google will open up a preview for some schools and businesses starting this fall.
Since May, Google has been hard at work developing Wave. Having enlisted the help of many developers, they hope to tweak the product before they release it to the public. “While the product, platform and protocols are still being developed, we're extending access to some of the highly collaborative people and communities we hope to benefit in the future – businesses and schools,” wrote Matthew Glotzbach and Stephanie Hannon on the Google Enterprise blog.
If you’re someone that’s hoping to get your school or business involved with the open preview, be sure to sign up here.
Someone cue up Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" and don't stop playing until the memory chip market has been fully weeded out. It was only a week ago that Germany-based chip maker Qimonda became the first major memory chip maker to file for bankruptcy, and now Spansion Japan appears to be on the chopping block as well.
Originally spun off by AMD in 2005 to create flash memory, Spansion now owes just shy of $810 million, making it the biggest bankruptcy filing in Japan's manufacturing sector this year. However, the company maintains that its operations will continue on as normal.
"Spansion Inc. does not expect the filing in Japan to materially affect its global operations," the company said Monday. "Spansion Japan Ltd. will continue its operations and intends to pay, in a timely manner, for all goods and services that it obtains after the date of filing."
How the bankruptcy court decides to proceed remains to be seen, but it would have a number of options available, from letting Spansion continue to operate as it restructures, to full-scale liquidation.