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  • 100 years of IBM: Milestones

    Posted June 16, 2011 - 10:23 am

    IBM holds a mind-boggling array of patents and pioneered advances in a wide range of technologies including punched cards, processors, transistors, storage, word-processing, databases and OSes. But IBM has also been through its share of turbulent times.
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    7 days with the Chevy Volt: Gas-free and fully charged

    Posted June 16, 2011 - 9:38 am

    Dan Tynan likes paying $4 a gallon for gas as much as the next person. Which is to say, not one damned bit. So when the kind folks at GM offered to loan him a 2011 Chevy Volt, he leapt at the chance. His experience with what passes for Green Tech in Detroit wasn't what he expected -- in ways both good and bad (but mostly good).
  • Oracle refused bug fixes for Itanium customers: HP lawsuit

    Posted June 15, 2011 - 10:21 pm

    Oracle refused to provide critical bug fixes for customers who run its software on Hewlett-Packard's Integrity servers, in a bid to coerce them to switch over to Oracle hardware, HP alleged in a lawsuit it filed Wednesday.
  • HP sues Oracle over dropped Itanium support

    Posted June 15, 2011 - 7:41 pm

    Hewlett-Packard sued Oracle on Wednesday over Oracle's decision to stop developing software for Intel's Itanium processor, the chip used by HP in its high-end servers.
  • Wipro manufactures the products it designs for customers

    Posted June 15, 2011 - 8:57 am

    Indian outsourcers have been typically known to develop enterprise software or offer IT services. But India's third largest outsourcer, Wipro, is taking advantage of having once designed and manufactured its own PCs and servers, to design and manufacture hardware products for customers.
  • Data center startups emerging to solve virtualization and cloud problems

    Posted June 14, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    A host of new data center startups are coming on the scene to help IT shops handle the challenges posed by virtualized infrastructures and cloud computing.
  • Lenovo announces single-socket Xeon servers for SMBs

    Posted June 14, 2011 - 3:34 am

    Lenovo on Tuesday announced low-end servers with new Xeon chips and remote management features aimed at cutting maintenance costs.
  • Must-have data center utilities: Picks by IT pros

    Posted June 13, 2011 - 11:47 am

    Not everything is handed to data center managers on a silver platter. Sure, a few administrative tools arrive on freshly produced discs right from the server vendor. But there are some indispensable tools you can get from third parties, open-source providers or even IT colleagues with some extra time to develop apps.
  • Inside HP's prefab data center

    Posted June 13, 2011 - 6:12 am

    Hewlett-Packard had a cutout section of its modular data center on display at its user conference last week in Las Vegas. HP believes it will sell a lot of its EcoPODs as companies look for ways to replenish data center capacity.
  • How Green is my Cloud?

    Posted June 9, 2011 - 9:02 pm

    When it comes to Cloud computing, CIOs are pragmatic, and perhaps cynical enough, to take its Green credentials with a grain of salt. It’s not that sustainability isn’t an issue, but it’s the flexibility and potential savings of Cloud computing that really have everybody excited. It’s probably just as well, because although Cloud companies are quick to play the ‘Green IT’ card, it seems they’re not always so eager to provide information to back up the claims. And as is so often the case when it comes to sustainability, it’s not just a story about energy efficiency — it’s about clean energy.
  • Using deep buffers to avoid traffic spikes in the data center

    Posted June 9, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    Server virtualization is dramatically increasing the number of applications supported in each rack which can result in traffic spikes that overwhelm traditional top-of-rack (ToR) switches, causing dropped packets and processing delays. But a new generation of ToR switches addresses the potential for spikes by incorporating much larger packet buffers.
  • NoSQL: Breaking free of structured data

    Posted June 9, 2011 - 8:30 am

    SQL has been around for so long that it's practically synonymous with "databases." But a new wave of data management tools -- some of them in use by huge Web players -- is changing the landscape.
  • Celebrate IPv6 Day holiday by continuing not to care

    Posted June 8, 2011 - 11:05 am

    IPv6-migration advocates fume because no one cares about the need to upgrade a critical piece of the 'net. They're right that IPv6 is vital, but not that anyone else to follow the details.
  • IPv6 Day: Time to think about security testing for IPv6

    Posted June 8, 2011 - 9:41 am

    Today, on Wednesday June 8th, we celebrate the World IPv6 Day. Although IPv6 itself is a big step towards more secure Internet, the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is bound to also create new security, quality and interoperability challenges. IPv6 is not thoroughly tested because IPv6 has not been widely adapted. Read more to find out what you should do to prepare, or rather what you should have done already.
  • Why your IT department needs data scientists

    Posted June 7, 2011 - 2:10 pm

    What do you get when you combine the roles of software developer, statistician and data analyst? A data scientist, who can derive tangible insights from huge quantities of data.
  • Data center group issues cloud usage guidelines

    Posted June 7, 2011 - 11:57 am

    Users and vendors this week got a framework for implementing virtual data center and cloud computing environments from a group formed eight months ago to define such requirements.
  • Where are all the IT jobs? Here: Fastest-growing skills in the fastest-growing cities

    Posted June 7, 2011 - 7:00 am

    It doesn't seem like it, but IT jobs are recovering faster than almost any other. They don't do it consistently across geography or skill set, though. See below for the hottest areas.
  • How to measure data quality and protect against software audits

    Posted June 6, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    Software asset management (SAM) covers a complex cross section of IT and business and can pose an integration problem between IT, purchasing and finance. For this reason the focal point of license management is transparency. And consistent transparency can only be realized through consistent data quality management.
  • 5 tips on how to optimize your infrastructure

    Posted June 6, 2011 - 11:44 am

    While many enterprises have been able to creatively manage IT demand through the recession without much infrastructure change, exponential data growth is driving the need for infrastructure consolidation and optimization.
  • Fave raves: 22 IT pros name their favorite products

    Posted June 6, 2011 - 8:00 am

    We asked, and IT pros answered. Their favorite IT products keep people productive and enterprise assets safe. Check out the list.
  • Google: Five data center energy saving ideas you can implement

    Posted June 3, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    When it comes to saving data center energy few companies would have the expertise of Google, which has some of the largest data centers in the world. It has or is experimenting with some interesting ideas to cool data centers more efficiently as well - it will soon open a seawater-cooled data center in Finland for example.
  • Apple, Google, Facebook turn N.C. into data center hub

    Posted June 3, 2011 - 6:10 am

    Apple is the latest high-profile tech company to open a data center in western North Carolina to take advantage of relatively low land and power costs.
  • IT workers need green skills

    Posted June 2, 2011 - 10:01 am

    IT professionals need new skills to deliver green IT solutions, according to BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, which has launched a new qualification to satisfy some of these skill requirements.
  • Micron announces its first PCIe SSD for enterprise data centers

    Posted June 2, 2011 - 6:17 am

    Micron today unveiled its first PCIe-based SSD for enterprise-class applications, with up to 700GB capacity and 3GB/sec throughput.
  • Virtualization, 10G Ethernet streamline Cisco user's data center

    Posted June 1, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    It is by no means the largest or most sophisticated Cisco network there is -- yet the infrastructure implemented by Transplace is nonetheless a great example of the target application for Cisco's data center switches.
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