“Five Companies that came to Win this Week” and “Five Companies that Dropped the Ball this Week” -Kevin McLaughlin, CRN

“Five Companies that came to Win this Week” and “Five Companies that Dropped the Ball this Week” -Kevin McLaughlin, CRN

In his articles, Kevin McLaughlin lays out 5 companies that made great advancements and 5 companies that weren’t quite up to par this week.

These are Kevin McLaughlin’s “Five Companies that came to Win this Week”:

Rackspace Brings Its Openstack Product Lineup To Public Cloud

Rackspace, in a bid to bring OpenStack cloud services to a wider audience, moved its OpenStack products out of private beta and into general availability. What this means is that customers now have the ability to build public clouds using Rackspace’s infrastructure.

Included in the move are Rackspace’s Cloud Databases and Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack, as well as its updated Control Panel.

“This is the culmination of a couple of years’ work to get it ready for prime time, and get ready for large-scale or small-scale public or private clouds,” John Engates, Rackspace CTO, told CRN. “This is the first time customers can take advantage of a true OpenStack cloud to deploy a private or public cloud.”

Fujitsu Spearheading Smartphone Chip Development Project

Fujitsu, Fujitsu Semiconductor, NTT DoCoMo and NEC are teaming up on a joint venture to build smartphone chips in an effort to take a bite out of Qualcomm and Texas Instruments’ market share.

The joint venture, called Access Network Technology Limited, is set to begin operations this month. It will blend a range of communications technologies and result in “highly competitive” mobile products, the companies said in a statement.

“The technologies individually held by the companies, as well as the results of their joint development work, offer a huge competitive advantage in the smartphone market, which is expected to experience an even greater global expansion,” read the companies’ joint statement.

HP Wins Latest Itanium Court Decision Against Oracle

A California Superior Court judge ruled that Oracle is contractually committed to develop software for Hewlett-Packard’s Itanium-based servers. Oracle immediately vowed to appeal the decision, and to continue its quest to prove that HP misled its partners and customers. The decision by Judge James Kleinberg of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, ensures that the acrimonious dispute between the former close partners will not only continue, but could potentially intensify.

Box Scores $125 Million Round Of Venture Capital Funding

Cloud storage provider Box landed $125 million in venture capital funding and said it plans to use the money to further its expansion into the enterprise storage market.

“The investment will fund continued support of Box’s growing enterprise customer base — building tools that will make Box more appealing to large enterprises, international growth and expansion and [investing] aggressively in talent,” Whitney Tidmarsh Bouck, general manager of enterprise at Box, wrote in an email to CRN.

AT&T Ponies Up $650 Million To Acquire NextWave Wireless

AT&T is paying $650 million to acquire wireless spectrum license specialist NextWave Wireless, a move that could help AT&T open up more wireless spectrum for mobile data usage.

NextWave manages and maintains wireless spectrum licenses in the 2.3GHz Wireless Communication Services (WCS) and Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) bands.

AT&T has been lobbying regulators to allow the use of the WCS spectrum for mobile Internet service, which AT&T described as “much-needed new spectrum capacity.”



Now Kevin McLaughlin’s “Five Companies that Dropped the Ball this Week”:

Apple Security Researchers Make Quick Exit From Black Hat

Apple’s first-ever appearance at the Black Hat security conference was more memorable for the speed with which its security team bolted after their presentation on iOS security than for the content it included.

It’s not as if anyone expected Apple to suddenly start sharing its security secrets. And it’s true that Apple has put together a rock-solid security model for its mobile OS. But in the security research community, which is all about back-and-forth and sharing of ideas, Apple’s reticence stood out like a neon sign.


SAP Pays $306 Million To Settle Oracle Download Lawsuit

SAP agreed to pay Oracle $306 million in damages to settle a seven-year-old copyright infringement lawsuit.

But Oracle isn’t giving up its appeal to have a jury’s $1.3 billion award in the case reinstated, meaning that the bitter dispute will continue.

SAP had sought an entirely new trial in the case. By agreeing to pay the $306 million, SAP is dropping that effort, clearing the way for the case to move on to Oracle’s appeal.


Dropbox Users Hit With Spam Attack After Email Breach

Dropbox said a stolen password led to the theft of hundreds of customers’ email addresses, which the thieves then used in a spam campaign for online gambling venues.

IT departments around the world nodded sagely at the incident, which is something that security experts have been predicting would happen to companies that let employees use the popular Web site.

Dropbox is planning to add two-factor authentication to its service in the form of temporary code sent to users’ mobile phones, but in this case, it seems that the outcome could have been a lot worse for the company.


Glitch Takes Down Microsoft’s Windows Azure Cloud Service

Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud computing service went down in Western Europe for about two and a half hours, and the software giant apologized and attributed it to a misconfigured network device.

“The interruption impacted our Compute Service and resulted in connectivity issues from some of our customers in the sub-region,” Mike Neil, general manager of Windows Azure, said in a blog post.

“The service interruption was triggered by a misconfigured network device that disrupted traffic to one cluster in our West Europe sub-region,” Neil said. “Once a set device limit for external connections was reached, it triggered previously unknown issues in another network device within that cluster, which further complicated network management and recovery.”


Arrow Electronics Misses Sales, Earnings Targets In Q2

Arrow Electronics missed Wall Street’s expectations during its fiscal second quarter, and the distributor said it plans to trim some $20 million in costs as a result. Excluding one-time items, Arrow earned $1.11 per share, while Wall Street analysts were expecting $1.13 per share.

Arrow CEO Mike Long (left) chalked up the weakness to a “challenging macroeconomic environment that weakened throughout the quarter.”

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