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Wireless developers get netbook fever; Oracle ups VM ante

Wireless developers focus on netbooks; Oracle sweetens VM pot, but not enough; more headlines.

IT channel news for August 14, 2009

Wireless developers focus on netbooks

One in five wireless developers is writing applications for netbooks and another 24% expect to be doing so within the next year, according to new Evans Data research. Market research firm Evans Data Corp. interviewed more than 400 wireless developers worldwide for its Wireless Development Survey and measured intentions and adoption patterns for wireless-related subjects.

Other statistics from the survey show that support for certain programming languages is a major factor in choosing a wireless platform. AT&T is the top choice for wireless developers and 40% of survey respondents are working on applications that offer online payment.

Oracle sweetens VM pot, but not enough

Oracle is working hard to convince users to move to Oracle VM over VMware but is not doing the one thing observers say it must: changing its virtualization licensing policies. Oracle licenses its applications per physical processor and does not like running its applications inside a virtual machine (VM) because the VM might not use all of the underlying processors.

Until that happens, new goodies like the new Oracle virtual appliances, a free graphical tool for building custom templates and validated configurations won't do much good, Burton Group analyst Chris Wolf told

Hosting providers resist Google, Microsoft siren calls

At HostingCon 2009, Google, Microsoft and execs pushed their respective Platform-as-a-Service offerings upon hosting providers that weren't necessarily buying.

Hosters at the show drew a clear line between Infrastructure as a Service, which lets users run any software they want, and Platform as a Service, which restricts them to the provider's proprietary code and operating system.

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