Sparc platforms have a new data-center fabric thanks to Oracle, Stephen Lawson writes. The vendor says the technology will help companies connect more servers and applications in a high-speed environment, and offers improved resource use and management.
Premier customer-relationship-management suites, such as from SAP and Oracle, can be too big and complicated for most small and midsized businesses to implement, Eilene Zimmerman writes. Interviews with smaller-business owners revealed successes with CRM software such as Batchbook, Buzzstream, Capsule, Close.io, Infusionsoft, Insightly, Sage ACT, Salesforce.com and Sugar CRM.
Mt. Gox, a Tokyo-based exchange for the bitcoin virtual currency, says it is experiencing distributed-denial-of-service attacks that are disrupting trading on its website. The company says the cyberattacks are an attempt to manipulate the price of bitcoins, which touched a high of $142 per coin in online trading Wednesday.
The House Intelligence Committee will take up cybersecurity next week in a special closed-door meeting where lawmakers will make final tweaks to the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Critics of the bill -- including the Center for Democracy and Technology -- say the current language would open the door for businesses to engage in hacking, but committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., a CISPA co-sponsor, said that is not its intention.
Cisco Systems has agreed to acquire Ubiquisys for $310 million in cash and employee retention incentives, adding more femtocells and small cells to its product line. Cisco expects to close the transaction in the fourth quarter.