Ted Leung points out some parallels between the iPad and Oracle’s new strategy integrating Sun’s hardware:
I spent most of yesterday watching the Oracle/Sun strategy webcast, and a major theme was the way that Oracle plans to tightly integrate Sun’s hardware, and to optimize the entire hardware and software stack. The Oracle Exadata database machine was repeatedly touted as an example of this kind of integration. If the benchmarks and early customer experiences are indicative, this integration has paid off handsomely, as it has also with the Sun Storage 7000.
And the bottom line:
Many of us in the “open” world decry vertical integration because it is almost inevitably closed, but the kind of engineering virtuosity that is on display does impress.
This story is astounding on many levels. Scientists recovered data from a Seagate hard drive found in the wreckage of the space shuttle Columbia. The hard drive was used to record data from a physics experiment conducted on the shuttle mission, and that data has now been processed and the results of the experiment have been published. Follow the link for a photo of the hard drive in the state in which it was found.