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BLM to Hold First Online Auction for Colorado Oil & Gas Leases

The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold the agency’s first-ever online auction of oil and gas leases under a pilot program. The quarterly lease sale will begin at 9:00 am Sept. 9 and continue for several days, with leases on 38 Colorado parcels up for auction. The lease areas are within BLM’s Royal Gorge, Little Snake and White River field office areas. Details are at the BLM Oil and Gas Lease Internet Auction Pilot website, which also includes training videos on how to register for and bid in the online auction. There is also information on the auction at BLM Colorado’s lease-sale website.

BLM is conducting the Colorado online auction as a one-time test authorized by Congress to assess its feasibility. The 38 parcels will be split into two groups and auctioned on a staggered basis over several days. The first 19 parcels will be offered Sept. 9-16. The remaining 19 will be offered Sept. 10-17.

Bidders can submit one-time set bids on parcels as well as proxy bids, allowing a bidder to automatically increase a bid in increments up to a pre-set amount. Bidders must register in advance. BLM encourages bidders to sign up as early as possible in order to get familiar with the process.

The process for filing protests over lease parcels offered in the auction is unchanged, BLM said. Written protests are due by 4:00 pm Aug. 25 at BLM’s Colorado office, 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215, or by fax (303-239-3799). BLM is not accepting protests online or by e-mail.


July 15, 2009 at 3:35 am Leave a comment

GigaSpaces Releases XAP 7.0 for Deploying and Scaling Apps

GigaSpaces Technologies, provider of application middleware platforms for Java and .NET environments, announced the launch of eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) 7.0, an enterprise-grade application server for deploying and scaling distributed applications. XAP 7.0 is the only product that provides all middleware functions for the entire application stack within a single platform.

“XAP 7.0 is based on a unique architecture designed to manage the most complex environments as experienced by our Fortune 100 customers,” said GigaSpaces CTO Nati Shalom. “With this new release, scalability is made so transparent and easy that organizations can leverage existing skill sets and historic investments to develop highly scalable applications that can meet fluctuating, unpredictable demand, with guaranteed performance and no downtime.”

GigaSpaces XAP 7.0 enables organizations to do more with less while meeting and exceeding the most demanding business requirements. XAP is the only product that offers all of the following:

  • Single Platform – One middleware platform provides data, messaging, processing, high availability and deployment, resulting in reduced complexity, no middleware integration, and fewer license fees.
  • High Performance – Proven in mission-critical applications with the highest throughputs, largest data volumes and millisecond-level latency.
  • Scalable On Demand – Unlimited, linear scalability with predictable consumption of resources, performing real-time capacity planning by re-assigning unutilized resources to applications experiencing high loads.
  • Always On – Eliminates unplanned downtime under extreme, unpredictable load by reacting to loads in real time and automatically provisioning more resources to meet service levels.
  • Open – Minimizes vendor lock-in by supporting major open frameworks and standards, providing native support for Java, .NET and C++, and running on any existing infrastructure and public and private cloud environments.

“Extreme transaction processing is making its way into mainstream adoption because of the exponential growth of Web-based transactions, even within the ‘traditional’ business environment,” said Massimo Pezzini, VP and Fellow at Gartner. “Companies are seeking tools to help them cost-effectively manage variability between times of high and low demand; therefore, they are considering technologies that support both in-house and cloud-based processing.”

Additional enhancements include:

  • 40X faster data access for extreme speed;
  • Increased utilization of multi-core machines by up to 300%;
  • Revamped Management Center GUI for improved development productivity;
  • Administration API for fine-grained control of the entire deployment environment from within applications;
  • Simpler APIs for writing easily maintainable code;
  • Improved packaging for effortless deployment of Web applications;
  • Updated security model; and
  • Improved logging and troubleshooting for product robustness.

Now, potential clients can evaluate XAP online, observing real enterprise applications running within a production-ready environment, without having to download the actual software.

July 15, 2009 at 3:32 am Leave a comment

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