Industry News Desk
Virtualization, Going Green, Google and SaaS
Dell Tries to Cut Energy Consumption While Novell Gets a New Chairman and Google Buys Into Solar Power Start-up
May. 20, 2008 02:30 PM
Littler & Littler
Start-up Signs Big SaaS Deal
VIA, the other x86 player, has produced a 10cm-by-7.2cm
board fitted with one its one-watt 500MHz Eden ULV chips, its contribution to
the MIDs race. The fan-less widget includes both LVDS/DVI and VGA support,
integrated 5.1 channel audio, fast 100/10 Ethernet, both IDE and SATA drive
support, a COM port and up to six USB ports. It supports up to 1GB of DDR2 system
memory and there’s 3D/2D graphics with MPEG-2/4 and WMV9 hardware decoding
acceleration. It supports a PS/2 keyboard and mouse.
Workday, PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield’s new start-up,
has in hand what is believed to be the one of the largest SaaS deals to date, a
200,000-seat contract from contract manufacturer Flextronics to replace a reported
80 different legacy HR systems in 30 countries. Meanwhile, Salesforce, the CRM
on-demand pioneer, went live the other day with Workday as its system of record
Google Passes Yahoo
Among Yahoo’s other problems, Google has just shot past it
to become the most trafficked web site in the US, according to comScore. Still
Google is only ahead by a nose – 466,000 unique monthly visitors. In April
Google’s traffic was up 18% to 141.1 million, comScore says, versus Yahoo’s
140.6 million, up 7%. Microsoft was third with 121 million. Yahoo’s still ahead
in page views, meaning its visitors tarry, while Google’s are a quick in and
out for a search. Yahoo had 33.6 billion page views to Google’s 28.7 billion.
Another Dell Exec Goes
Martin Garvin, the head of procurement at Dell – on which
much of the company’s earlier success rested – has retired. Dell of course is
cutting jobs and Garvin hasn’t been a top dog since Michael Dell brought in
Michael Cannon last year as operations chief running both manufacturing and
More Barcelonas Out
AMD Monday started selling five low-power 55W versions of
its quad-core Barcelona
chips. They are for two-, four- and eight-way rack and blade servers,
especially ones with virtualization in mind.
CBS To Buy CNet
CBS is buying CNet Networks for $1.8 billion, or $11.50 a
share, a 45% premium and a number CNet’s never seen before. The deal gets CNet
out of a proxy fight for its board with the Jana Partners hedge fund, which
owns, oh, upwards of 10% of its stock, over the direction of the company and
its slowdown in growth. Jana faulted CNet for not adapting to the “changing
industry environment” and said it needed “comprehensive change.”
Novell To Repurchase
Novell, whose stock price remains in the proverbial commode,
says its board has authorized it to repurchase up to $100 million shares.
Inks Another Patent Cross-License
Microsoft has signed another one of those patent
cross-licenses that so annoy some people. This one’s with Hoya’s Pentax Imaging
Systems Division and covers its digital cameras and a “broad range” of each
other’s consumer products but Microsoft is making the money. One can only
assume it includes Microsoft’s Linux pretensions.
Novell gets New
Novell has switched chairmen. VC Rick Crandell, the founding
managing director of Arbor Partners, will now ramrod its board instead of
ex-Pan Am CEO Thomas Plaskett, who remains a director. Crandall started
Comshare way back when.
XP SP3 Bewitched
Apparently installing the new XP SP3 sends some PCs – AMD
ones, it looks like – into an endless reboot loop. The delayed service pack was
just released the other day after being held up by a late-appearing
incompatibility with Microsoft’s Dynamic Retail Management System. Microsoft
blames OEMs for using the same OS image for AMD boxes as for Intel and says it
told them not to do that.
First Sight of
Novell has released the source code for Moonlight, the Linux
implementation of Microsoft’s Silverlight RIA widgetry for developers to try
I’m Greener. No,
Dell is going to try to cut the energy consumption of its
laptops and desktops by up to 25% between now and 2010 to avoid millions of
tons of CO2 emissions, comparing its pledge to HP’s, which is supposed to cut
relative its 2005 levels. It says Dell OptiPlex desktop are down nearly 50%
since 2005 and Latitude laptops are down 16% since 2006.
Buys into Solar Power Start-up
Google.org is one of a clutch of new and existing investors
including BP and Chevron putting a $115 million C round into solar power
start-up BrightSource, which uses heat from the sun to create steam for
generating electricity. The new round brings total investment to $160 million.
BrightSource has a 900 megawatt power-purchase agreement with PG&E but
first the start-up has to build a plant.