Bull denies HP acquisition rumors, Sun makes money, and more

In today's enterprise HPC news summary Bull's CEO denies the company is in acquisition talks with HP and posts net profit for the quarter just ended, Sun announced that it made money in 2007, and Evergrid enters beta with its new application migration product.

Here’s a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from the recent enterprise HPC news stream as reported at insideHPC.com.

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Sun turns 2006 $864M loss into $500M profit

Sun has announced results for its fiscal 2007 year, and they look good. The company grew annual revenues by 6.2%, and increased its profit margin for the year by 2.1% over fiscal 2006. The company made $473M for the year, compared with a loss of $864M last year. (More on this enterprise HPC news item)

Bull makes money, denies takeover speculation

Groupe Bull, the French HPC hardware manufacturer, announced today that they made money in the second quarter of the year: about $6M to be exact, up 15% over the same quarter last year (details).

Bull’s CEO also denied speculation today that they have been in acquisition talks with HP. According to Reuters

“There are no ongoing negotiations, and we have not received a formal offer,” Bull Chief Executive Didier Lamouche told a conference call when asked about Hewlett-Packard.”

Lamouche’s remarks pushed Bull’s stock down 8% by mid-morning GMT.

Evergrid’s application migration app in beta

Evergrid has announced the beta of its Data Center Resource Manager

The software will feature server power management coupled with load balancing and live migration of multi-tier online applications from one server to another, without interruptions to in-flight transactions and without breaking client or file connections. This level of functionality has not been commercially available until now.

I think Evergrid has a lot of potential; for more details on this story and a summary of recent news about Evergrid and its products, check out the related news section of this post at insideHPC.com.

John West summarizes the HPC news headlines every day at insideHPC.com, and writes on leadership and career issues for technology professionals at InfoWorld. You can contact him at john@insidehpc.com.