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Savio feeling alone in the dark September 18, 2007

Posted by Sacha in JBoss.

CalimeroI was reading Savio’s recent post on BEAS: essentially he suggests that much like IBM, BEAS should move to a bait-and-switch strategy and adopt Geronimo as their black duck entry level offering.

First, Savio goes onto a car comparison to show how BEAS would benefit from a mediocre entry-level AS offering to better fight Open Source competition. While I am not going to comment on Savio’s car taste (vs. mine), I’d like to thank him for the Toyota comparison as it expresses very well why IBM is very wrong with its Geronimo bait-and-switch strategy. Essentially, he states that offering like WebSphere CE and JBoss AS play a Toyata Yaris role vs. the Toyota Camry camp of the Weblogic and WebSphere.

Truth is that JBoss AS is not the Yaris Savio likes to depict. JBoss AS is a full featured mature EE implementation and the numerous ex-[BEA¦IBM] customers that have migrated complex and critical applications to JBoss AS can attest this. From there, Savio’s demonstration is pretty much broken.

What Savio doesn’t realize is the kind of message the WebSphere CE (as in Children Edition) strategy sends to the market: “we have a baby version based on Geronimo and a strong, performing version for the adults – WebSphere. Now, you have to know that we have no real compatibility between the two, so now is the time to make your choice Mr. Customer: are you developing a useless baby app that will never ever evolve in deployment size or are you a smart person?”. This along with IBM’s declarations that IBM and Open Source are the best buddies, is a cognitive dissonance that most people have a hard time buying into. If IBM was serious about middleware FOSS, they would be basing all of their WebSphere product lines on top of Geronimo (and possibly even leveraging FOSS for this). Truth is that such a solution would not work (at least in the mid term) with IBM’s business model and revenue expectations. Hence the dirty trick. So Savio shouldn’t even try to make us believe that “customers benefit, and that’s why we’re all here“: you are just trying to protect your crown jewels, and that’s very fine, you just have to be clear on your real objectives. (Remember, cognitive dissonance is your worse marketing enemy.)

Savio, I understand that IBM might feel a bit alone with its Geronimo embarrassment, but that’s certainly not a good reason to wish BEAS even more trouble.



PS: I should state: “The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.” 😉


SUNW: Flashback September 14, 2007

Posted by Sacha in IT.
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Le CriI had a flashback.

Hopefully SUNW will not follow SGI’s path too closely.

And I really mean it.

SUNW a better DELL? September 13, 2007

Posted by Sacha in IT.
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Box MoverAs you might have seen, SUNW just striked a deal with MSFT. One topic that didn’t make much noise but that was pretty interesting was the cross-support for virtualized environments (i.e. running Windows VMs on top of Solaris for example). That’s pretty good.

However, the part I found pretty weak was the one around SUNW acting as a Windows OEM on its hardware. That just sounds as an attempt to look like a better DELL. What a mission… I thought it would have been much more interesting to see them support Windows on their briliant Niagara CPU by developing a new Windows’ HAL. But then you would have to recompile applications or provide an emulator… for which market size?…

Nah, you are right SUNW, you’d better stick to the honorable mission of trying to be a better DELL.



Follow-up post here… 

Audi RS6: Info Start Leaking September 5, 2007

Posted by Sacha in Cars.

As a follow-up to my previous post, iInformation about the new RS6 starts leaking, with the audi.com web site showing some basic information and a German web site leaking some pictures of the Avant model. We might still have to wait until the 11th to get complete information such as whether a saloon version will be released (and when? Geneva 2008?), whether it features the new Torque Vectoring Quattro, etc.

In any case, what seems to be official at this point is:

  • 5.0L FSI bi-turbo
  • Dynamic Ride Control
  • 13.9L/100km, 331g/km CO2
  • 4.6s for 0-100km/h (0-62), 14.9s for 0-200km/h

So let’s wait and see…

Audi RS6: 11 days to go… September 2, 2007

Posted by Sacha in Cars.

In the last 12 months, I’ve been closely tracking any bit of news I could find about the yet-to-be-released Audi RS6. My congratulations to Audi for doing such a great job at preserving the mystery: almost no info leaked. For example, originally thought to be released at the Geneva 2007 car show…it didn’t. However, chances to see it released in a few days, at the Frankfurt IAA, are close to certain.

So how much do we think we know about the yet-to-be-released RS6? Well, not much:

  • Engine: this one seems a pretty safe bet. The engine will be a modified version of the S6 (as well as V10 Lamborghini Gallardo): a 5.0L V10 bi-turbo (not a 5.2L like the S6).
  • Power: Audi went as far as officially registering two IDs for the RS6 (AUDI AG 4F 7967 AAJ 21 N31 N30 579 426 5002 for the saloon version and AUDI AG 4F 7967 AAK 21 N31 N30 579 426 5002 for the Avant), which translates into 579 PS/571 HP/426 kW). However, it wouldn’t be the first time a vendor registers fake IDs to play with the competition. Two new rumors have recently surfaced: i) to reduce CO2 emission and remain politically correct, the final number would be slightly lower (560Hp) and ii) real number would be above 600 HP. The first rumor seems more believable.
  • Suspension: it seems it is going to be a next generation of the DRC. DRC III is deemed to be fully adjustable in height and stiffness and quicker than the RS4’s version.
  • Transmission: Quattro, obviously. The big question is whether the RS6 will be the first model to host Torque Vectoring. Split between the front and back wheels is said to have changed to 40/60.
  • Chassis: it seems to be a reworked version of the S6’s chassis.
  • Lights: lights and indicators are supposed to all be LED-based. Mirror wings will feature LED-indicators.

Last but not least, while everybody was expecting to see the saloon version released prior to the Avant, it might change: some say that only the Avant is dubbed to be shown at the Frankfurt IAA: the saloon would only be released in Geneva in 2008, if ever. Also, it isn’t clear yet whether the RS6 will be available in the USA.Well, we won’t have much to wait to see how much of these rumors were true. While the IAA opens on the 13th of September, the Audi press conference is on the 11th of September. I’ll then report here which info was good.



P.S.: you can see some pictures and movies here and there.

P.S. 2: my main source of information is the great RS6.com forum.