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New OneConnect OCm14000-OCP Adapters Maximise Application Performance with RDMA, Support Overlay Networks for the Cloud and Enable SDN with Open Programmable APIs INTEROP, LAS VEGAS and COSTA MESA, Calif, 1 April 2014 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management and a proud member of the Open Compute Project (OCP), today announced it has released its next generation of high performance Ethernet connectivity solutions to the open source community. Now, data centres are able to utilise Emulex 10Gb Ethernet and 40Gb Ethernet (10GbE/40GbE) adapters on OCP based hardware platforms that support global cloud platforms running OpenStack or CloudStack. The new Emulex OneConnect® OCm14000-OCP 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet (10/40GbE) Network Adapters and 10GbE Converged Network Adapters (CNAs), enable higher virtual machine (VM) densit... (more)

How Does Big Data Affect Intellectual Property Rights? | @BigDataExpo #BigData #Security

Patents are a good step towards shielding your IP data, but they're not a seamless solution. Legal protection regarding intellectual property isn't definite and has some holes in it. The constant stream of big data has made this problem even worse, obscuring the specifics about original ownership. Data comes in streams from all over the world. Companies have more information about consumers and their closest competitors than ever before. It's an incredible marketing advantage when utilized correctly, and businesses are happy to have it in their arsenal. However, there's a dark side of big data that challenges an organization's brand and even it's reputation. It gives businesses a potential insider perspective on trade secrets, and the lines between intellectual rights become blurred. Suddenly, the hard work you put into creating new ideas and products can be seen by... (more)

AT&T and Equinix Enter Alliance to Speed Adoption of Cloud Services

AT&T* and Equinix are working to speed up the adoption of cloud services. The companies today agreed to embed AT&T NetBond into select Equinix data centers. AT&T NetBond enables customers to connect to their cloud services using their private AT&T VPN networks, which deliver highly secure connections with high reliability and performance capabilities, rather than relying on access via the public Internet.  The alliance will create the opportunity for cloud providers to allow access to their services via AT&T NetBond from Equinix data centers around the world. "The AT&T and Equinix alliance will boost enterprise customers' confidence in the security, reliability and performance of the cloud," said Mike Sapien, Principal Analyst - Enterprise at Ovum.  "The companies are addressing many of customers' concerns about moving applications to the cloud and will ultimatel... (more)

Book Review: Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property

According to Larry Rosen, "One of the challenges to writing about licensing in a book not specifically written for licensing professionals is to make a very dull subject interesting." A Complete and Thorough BookRosen has met that challenge in his exciting guide to the Open Source licensing zoo. As an extra fillip he offers a set of five Open Source Principles so clear and brief that the Open Source Initiative (OSI) would be well advised to adopt them, plus two new licenses intended to solve not only the weaknesses of some of the current Open Source licenses, but resolve the many problems that revolve around the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) GNU General Public License (GPL) and Lesser General Public License (LGPL). This clear book spends 314 pages in detailed discussion of more legal issues than this review can touch on. The author has the advantage of having trai... (more)

Ballmer Calls Red Hat a Patent Infringer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has gotten a lot of people's knickers in a twist by saying that Red Hat users owes Microsoft patent payments. He dropped the nugget during a Q&A last week in England captured on tape and put on the Internet. He was talking about how open source products "have an obligation to participate in the same way in the intellectual property regime" as commercial companies with their hefty R&D budgets and patent licenses. Then - after praising Novell for its open source-scandalizing patent indemnification deal with Microsoft - he uttered the words: "People [who] use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to eventually compensate us." It was the first time Red Hat, the "no-patent-deal-ever" market leader, was publicly singled out like that as a patent infringer, but it's consistent with Microsoft's... (more)

‘Tipper A’ Had Her Fingers in the Intel Cookie Jar Before

Turns out one of the government's key witnesses in its insider trading case against the Galleon Group hedge fund - the one that's brought down a senior IBM executive a heartbeat or two away from IBM's CEO - used to be employed by Intel and was charged in 2001 in a sealed criminal complaint with wire fraud for sending material information about Intel's financials to Galleon according to a story by a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the San Joe Mercury News. Roomy Khan has been identified by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times as the "confidential" informant the SEC calls "Tipper A" in its current suit against billionaire Galleon CEO Raj Rajaratnam and his five confederates, including Robert Moffat, the guy who ran IBM's $19-billion-a-year server and storage unit until last week. It's supposed to be the largest case of insider trading involving a hedge f... (more)

Baidu Announces Third Quarter 2009 Results

BEIJING, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Baidu, Inc. ("Baidu" or "the Company") (Nasdaq: BIDU), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009(1). (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081103/BAIDULOGO ) Third Quarter 2009 Highlights -- Total revenues in the third quarter of 2009 were RMB1,278.7 million ($187.3 million), a 39.1% increase from the corresponding period in 2008. -- Operating profit in the third quarter of 2009 was RMB521.4 million ($76.4 million), a 41.6% increase from the corresponding period in 2008. -- Net income in the third quarter of 2009 was RMB492.9 million ($72.2 million), a 41.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2008. Diluted earnings per share ("EPS") for the third quarter of 2009 were RMB14.14 ($2.07); diluted EPS excluding s... (more)

SAP’s Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2009 Results Exceeded Expectations

Economics for Investors SAP AG announced its preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2009. U.S. GAAP software and software-related service revenues were euro 8.20 billion (2008: euro 8.46 billion), a decrease of 3%. Non-GAAP software and software-related service revenues were euro 8.21 billion (2008: euro 8.62 billion), a decrease of 5% (5% at constant currencies). U.S. GAAP total revenues were euro 10.67 billion (2008: euro 11.57 billion), a decrease of 8%. Non-GAAP total revenues were euro 10.68 billion (2008: euro 11.73 billion), a decrease of 9% (9% at constant currencies). U.S. GAAP software revenues were euro 2.61 billion (2008: euro 3.61 billion), a decrease of 28% (27% at constant currencies). Full Year 2009 Non-GAAP revenue figures exclude an acquisition-related deferred support revenue write-down of euro 11 mil... (more)

ActiveState Launches Business Edition

Open Source Journal on Ultizer ActiveState, the dynamic languages experts, today launched ActiveState Business Edition, commercial-grade language distributions for Perl, Python and Tcl, providing organizations open source compliance, commercial support, and cross-platform access. "ActiveState has been a leading contributor in the open source community for years," said Bart Copeland, President and CEO, ActiveState. "With the launch of Business Edition, we can help companies deploying Perl, Python and Tcl in their business-critical applications, ensure open source policy compliance, minimize downtime and accelerate productivity cost-effectively. ActiveState's deep technical expertise is focused on keeping client systems, powered by dynamic languages, running smoothly, and making sure clients are in compliance with their open source policies." ActiveState Business Edi... (more)

Google vs. China, Our First Cyber War

Last week we witnessed the first Cyber War, but it didn’t go down quite as many of us expected. Instead of a group of anonymous hackers trying to take over thousands of infected PCs or trying to cut off access to critical infrastructure, we saw Google declare the first salvo in its war against Chinese censorship by moving its servers to Hong Kong. The more I thought about this, the more I realized that this was war, declared by a private company on a nation state. Just because Google doesn’t have its own army (yet), or that no actual physical weapons were fired doesn’t make it any less of a battle. And it is only going to get worse for all of us as other private firms realize that they need to take control over their servers and intellectual property. What is curious is how few companies signed up for the cyber equivalent of the coalition of the willing – GoDaddy w... (more)

Unplug Everything!

Just kidding…partially.  Have you seen the latest 2011 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report?  It is chock full of data about breaches, vulnerabilities, industry demographics, threats and all the other internet security terms that make the headlines.  It is an interesting view into cybercrime and like last year, there is also information and analysis from the US Secret Service, who arrested more than 1200 cybercrime suspects in 2010.  One very interesting note from the Executive Summary is that while the total number of records compromised has steadily gone down – ‘08: 361 million, ‘09: 144 million, ‘10: 4 million – the case loads for cybercrime is at an all time high – 141 breaches in 2009 to a whopping 760 in 2010.  One reason may be is that the criminals themselves are doing the time-honored ‘risk vs. reward’ scenario when determining their bounty.  Hey, ju... (more)