The favorite subject of the news press and bloggers these days seems to be Oracle so these are the assorted news:
Mark Hurd leaves HP, joins Oracle.
Sam Palmisano comments on Oracle.
Does Oracle plan to buy Netapp?
Details on Oracle's Exalogic storage.
If you have not heard about the upcoming v4.1 NFS (network file system) here's an excellent summary of why this will be important.
On the networking side, both -Brocade and CISCO- announced new steps towards a converged network for the datacenter:
CISCO announces an advanced data center strategy inlcuding new Nexus converged switches featuring unified ports which support traditional Ethernet as well as Fibre Channel (FC) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).
Brocade releases a network monitoring product ("Network Advisor") built to enable control and management for converged networks (IP, Ethernet, Fibre Channel) with one single tool.
IDC adds the tab for us and finds out, that during the first half of 2010 the storage industry returned to a healthy growth in terms of revenue and capacity growth (compared to a weak first half of 2009 of course).
Read the details and rankings here.
Looking into the distant future of storage, IBM Research issued a press release around studies done in their labs about "how long a single atom can hold information". Possible implications of this amazing research are outlined here.
And lastly here's a very funny clip about the daily routine of doing conference calls in a global economy!