I've stated the "case" for both Microsoft and Newscorp. The latter moving into a strong favourite's position in my 'market' after the news - [News Corp Looking To Sell Fox Audience Network, But How? | paidContent]
...The Tech site [Sigalon's IT Soup] reports that Accenture has joined an Intel $2.5 billion “Invest in America Alliance” and tells us that it's second objective is to create 10,500 new jobs for college graduates in the next year.
The article tells of '17 companies have joined Intel in this goal, including Accenture, Adobe, Autodesk, Broadcom, CDW, Cisco, Dell, eBay, EMC, GE, Google, HP, Liberty Mutual, Marvell Semiconductor, Microsoft, and Yahoo.- (The new alliance is a recognition of two things: that the U.S. is in fact losing its once-dominant technology edge, and that something has to be done to reverse that trend.')
The hardware and software will be used in the Co’s new data center being relocated to facilities maintained by RagingWire Enterprise Solutions Inc.">
In my own Instablog Omniture 'standardising' Analytics - 'Line in the sand' clearly drawn I had pointed out that Looksmart (in particular), are working closely with Omniture.
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He was Chief Executive Officer of the US operations of The Sage Group, plc. responsible for operations and acquisitions until 1999.
http://blog.tmcnet.com/telecom-crm/2009/01/15/sagecrm-v62-wheaton-college-and-webgui-alterian-and-jaguar-accenture-r.asp - Like Accenture, the Sage Group website does show it to be a huge Co with influence.
Only thoughts. DYOR as always.
ps; How 'ironic' would it be if recently 'sacked' Ted West was to come back as the 'new' CEO under a SAGE 'buy-in'? Ha!
pps; In relation to the Looksmart - Cisco "deal", Looksmart clearly state that:
<As previously announced on December 14, 2009, LookSmart, Ltd. (the "Company") and Cisco Systems Capital Corporation ("Cisco") entered into an Agreement to Lease Equipment whereby the Company would lease from Cisco certain hardware, software and maintenance services (the "Lease Agreement") for a total of approximately $1.1 million. The Company has decided to cancel this agreement and pay the vendor directly, and Cisco has agreed to this cancellation at no additional cost to the Company. The cancellation of the Lease Agreement shall be effective as of March 18, 2010.>
LOOKSMART LTD Files SEC form 8-K, Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement - EDGAR Online (Thu, Mar 18)
Yet, this is typical, as to how it's being reported.
6 days ago -- Interactive Investor
BRIEF-LookSmart cancels agreement to lease equipment with Cisco Systems Capital Corp March 18 (Reuters) - LookSmart Ltd: SAYS CANCELLED AGREEMENT TO LEASE EQUIPMENT WITH CISCO SYSTEMS CAPITAL Corp - SEC filing SAYS CISCO HAS AGREED TO THIS CANCELLATION AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO THE company SAYS ... Read More
I had wondered as to why they have (and, once again Looksmart) "over-killed" what was the original (simple) announcement (and that they maybe were trying to "hide" something) and then to have had "confusion" reign (spread confusion?), when it appeared (on the surface) to be no big deal at all. A simple 'cost saving' measure.
And the "Company stooge" (Mikey) was just too quick with this one:
Re: Guidance will be the disaster |
Why did they cancel the Cisco servers? What happen ed?
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So (it made me think), perhaps there IS more to it? From the Q3 - Form 10-Q
LOOKSMART LTD - FORM 10-Q - November 3, 2009
(Without reading it, what's that about "change of control/severance"?)
Cisco also has to assure potential buyers that Unified Computing is not a whim. "It takes a long time to switch," the IT manager said."Most IT shops will at least look at it [the new server] but it takes two to three years for big companies to evaluate these things."Test-driving the Unified Computing System
Bryan Doerr, the CTO of Savvis Inc., which provides Infrastructure as a Service, has beta-tested the system for about three weeks and is pleased so far.
Cisco's networking focus distinguishes it from other hardware players, he said. "Rather than having server nodes with network connections, Cisco has … worked through networking issues that arise with virtualization, so the platform is designed to better support VMs [virtual machines]," Doerr said. "They embedded control features so as you move servers you can allocate bandwidth granularly. You have more bandwidth but also more finesse with it."
Doerr runs Red Hat, Linux and Windows Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems with VMware VMs using Intel Nehalem processors, which have yet to be released. Since Savvis hosts applications for multiple customers, Doerr is testing the system's ability to scale and how well the networking features support multiple, segregated customers.
So far Savvis has performed only basic commands and is running VMware VMs on the system. "We should see a significant impact on the VM capacity, and estimate 50% to 100% more room for VMs compared to traditional x86 systems," he said.
Doerr likes the system features and interface but more generally views the Unified Computing approach as a "good step, in that vendors are now exploring nontraditional platforms."Others blazed Unified Computing trail
While Cisco CEO John Chambers and others position this Unified Computing architecture as a building block for the cloudy data center of the future because it links resources together, others have made similar plays. Some observers say the offering will do much of what Egenera Inc.'s BladeFrame servers, software and infrastructure orchestration have done for several years now.
Like Cisco's new system, Egenera's Processor Area Network (PAN) Manager pools physical and virtual resources into a blade platform. The company now works with OEMs to integrate PAN Manager software onto additional hardware platforms, including Dell PowerEdge M600 servers.
At its event Monday, Cisco trotted out a bevy of partners including Intel, Microsoft, VMware, BMC Software and EMC to bless its plans. Server partners like Dell and HP were conspicuous in their absence, although both issued comments beforehand.
The New York-based IT manager said Cisco's move will have a big impact on server partners especially HP, which is strong in large accounts, and on Dell, which has gained traction at the low end.________________________________
< Accenture Japan, Cisco Systems step up collaboration in Japan
Saturday 02nd January, 03:51 AM JST
Accenture Japan and Cisco Systems have extended the scope of their strategic alliance by expanding a virtual group to include a team focused on the Japanese market.
The Accenture & Cisco Business Group will provide customers with design, configuration and operation services that integrate unified communications and collaboration tools into multiple applications across companies’ information technology infrastructures.
The virtual group will target customers in all sectors, ranging from communications, manufacturing, health care, financial services, and resources and energy to government and social infrastructure. The services focus on data center, infrastructure and network, unified communications, and collaboration and customer contact transformation services.
The virtual group will provide consulting services for data center optimization that support ERP platforms and cloud computing. The services are based on the Cisco Unified Computing System.
Don't forget: January 27, 2010 - Expansion into E-Commerce Business in China under a JV between Rakuten and Baidu
And (howz this for a translation?) "The deployment of the UCS, Intel and Accenture, BMC, EMC, Microsoft, VMware, RedHat, SAP, Oracle, Unisys, NetApp, Novel has been involved as a partner and global scale, expand cooperation with the Japanese subsidiary companies in the country do." .
Howz this for "take-up"?
HMm? There doesn't appear to be any reference to Savvis on this page now?
looksmart.com is a domain controlled by six nameservers . Some of them are on the same IP ... savvis-external-network.looksmart.com · search.looksmart.com ...
robtex.com/dns/looksmart.com.html - Cached
looksmart.com ("LookSmart") is a domain controlled by six nameservers. Two of them are on the same IP network. Incoming mail for looksmart.com is handled by one mailserver at looksmart.com themselves. looksmart.com has one IP number , but the reverse is wwwv2.looksmart.com. www.looksmart.com cnames to this hostname. wwwv2.looksmart.com, search.looksmart.com and aboutus.looksmart.com point to the same IP. frizap.net, teenja.net, gobelle.net, spryfly.net, looksmart.net and at least seven other hosts share both nameservers and mailservers with this domain. prw.com, flip.com, awin.com, ace.info, lksm.net and at least 32 other hosts share nameservers with this domain. teenja.com, zinkle.net, zinkle.com, frizap.com, gobelle.com and looksmart.com ("LookSmart") is a domain controlled by six nameservers. Two of them are on the same IP network. Incoming mail for looksmart.com is handled by one mailserver at looksmart.com themselves. looksmart.com has one IP number , but the reverse is wwwv2.looksmart.com. www.looksmart.com cnames to this hostname. wwwv2.looksmart.com, search.looksmart.com and aboutus.looksmart.com point to the same IP. frizap.net, teenja.net, gobelle.net, spryfly.net, looksmart.net and at least seven other hosts share both nameservers and mailservers with this domain. prw.com, flip.com, awin.com, ace.info, lksm.net and at least 32 other hosts share nameservers with this domain. teenja.com, zinkle.net, zinkle.com, frizap.com, gobelle.com and at least 100 other hosts share mailservers with this domain. sf.looksmart.com, ns2.looksmart.com, ns0.looksmart.com, ns3.looksmart.com, ftp2.looksmart.com and at least 100 other hosts are subdomains to this hostname. looksmart.com is ranked #17319 world wide and is hosted on a server in United States. Trustworthiness of this site is good. Vendor reliability, privacy and child safety is unsatisfactory. (more on reputation).It is blacklisted in two lists. It has 116 organic keywords. It has gained 6113 inlinks over a period of 13 years.
Is it any wonder that the ASK (IACI) "Hosted" deal extension wasn't such a priority to let the shareholders know, within the CC? (The call)