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SAP Innovation Day – Setting a Standard for the Next 40 Years

When SAP's five founders launched the company in June 1972, it's unlikely they foresaw where the IT industry would travel in the decades to come. SAP's core business applications, including enterprise resource planning solutions, continue to support tens of thousands of companies globally -- but h...

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Make Way for the Software-Defined Data Center

The messaging in VMware's announcement of its planned acquisition of Nicira offers insight into both the company's view of the deal and the current state of cloud computing. In essence, without virtualization, cloud computing is an amorphous pipe dream. However, virtualization alone -- or of one t...

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Dancing at the Edge of Technological Possibility

Overall, the deal between Intel and ASML is pretty straightforward: Intel agreed to commit about $1.0B to ASML R&D programs to accelerate deployment of new technologies for 450mm microprocessor wafers and extreme ultraviolet lithography by as much as two years. The company also agreed to buy 10 ...

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Dell Moves 1 Step Closer to End-to-End

Dell's announcement of its planned Quest Software acquisition seemed more inevitable than surprising. Quest had been in play since March, when it said investment firm Insight Venture Partners offered $23 per share, or about $2 billion, for the company. The price jumped when an unidentified player en...

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Looking Below Microsoft’s Surface Strategy

From a PR standpoint, Microsoft's launch of its new Surface tablets was executed just about perfectly. The company's pre-event publicity dropped enough minor hints with major outlets, ignored faulty diversions, and insisted on such severe levels of secrecy that it wouldn't have been surprising if th...

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Dell’s Scrappy ‘Copper’ ARM-Based Server Initiatives

Dell's recent launch of its "Copper" initiatives and ecosystem, which aim to develop commercial ARM-based servers, proves one point: IT industry watchers love a fight, especially when it pits a youthful, upstart technology against an established heavyweight vendor. There are numerous others to choos...

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Intel’s New Xeon CPUs: The Next Stage in the x86 Revolution

The x86 data center revolution has been a tale of industry standard upward mobility pressuring and displacing traditional systems. In essence, continually evolving x86-based systems and complementary technologies -- particularly virtualization, memory and I/O -- have provided hardware vendors the me...

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VMware View 5.1 and the Future of End-User Computing

For those familiar with traditional thin-client computing, virtual desktop infrastructure solutions feel virtually like old home week with a couple of notable exceptions. First, rather than depending on dedicated data center-to-desktop hardware resources, VDI leverages server, storage and networking...

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Following Intel’s Ivy Bridge Road

The tech industry loves the concept of new innovation to the point where product launches all too often call to mind infatuated elders showing off photos of their latest grandkids. But practicality tends to drive the manufacturing side of the IT business, with consistency trumping innovation. As a r...

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Thin Clients Alive and Kicking

In the years since thin client computing arrived on the IT scene, it has been pronounced dead, only to arise again more often than Jason in the "Friday the 13th" film franchise. That's not due to any quality of its underlying architecture. In fact, thin client engineering is often elegant in the ext...

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HP’s Realignment: Back to the Future?

Major corporate realignments happen for any number of reasons. First and foremost, they aim to pursue and capture improved leverage of financial and human capital. Second, they can alter inefficient habitual behaviors and deconstruct unwanted corporate fiefdoms. Finally, they provide tangible proof ...

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Sandy Bridge Delivers More Processing Horsepower for Integrated Next-Gen Systems

Intel's launch of its new Xeon processor E5-2600 product family marked numerous firsts for the company and x86 data centers. The new processors deliver leadership performance, best data center performance per watt, and breakthrough I/O innovation features, according to Intel, including the following...

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Dell’s Enterprise Solutions Launch: Business Value Trumps Speeds and Feeds

In the run-up to the launch of any of Intel's newest generation Xeon CPUs, most every server vendor and its extended family starts jockeying for position over who has the bragging rights for the fastest, biggest, baddest x86 systems on the planet. The resulting Power Points tend to be mind-numbing, ...

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Cache as Cache Can: New SSD Options Boost Performance

Last week saw a pair of announcements by major vendors that reflect the degree to which solid state disk or flash caching technologies are moving into the mainstream: 1) IBM announced several key enhancements to its latest XIV Gen3 solutions, including a solid state drive caching option that can inc...

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Can Anything Stop EMC?

A bit over a year ago, the conventional wisdom related to enterprise IT vendors was fairly straightforward: Sheer size and depth of expertise gave end-to-end systems vendors unlimited access to the high ground. As markets recovered from the 2008 recession, enterprise customers would naturally stick ...

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The Dawn of a New Computing Era

Like every other CES I've attended, 2012 was one of the weirder, more ephemeral, and most compelling technology events of the season. Weird because since CES acts as an essentially level playing field for both the ridiculous and sublime, you can literally demo a pricey next-gen OLED TV while a coupl...

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How to Orchestrate a Successful CEO Succession

Say this about 2011 -- along with any number of natural and unnatural disasters, the year featured more than its fair share of technology industry melodrama from the highly public wrangling between Oracle and HP to the passing of singular characters, including Apple's Steve Jobs. Both of these event...

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The Crystal-Clear Vision of Steve Jobs

I got interested in personal computing before I became interested in technology, and I used my Mac SE 20 almost entirely as a word processor. I'd tried using PCs, but the arcane command and file structures seemed more of a hindrance than a help to my writing. In contrast, the Mac was a revelation ...

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Solving IBM’s IT Conundrums: ‘Integration’ Is the Word

If it's late November or early December, I'm usually traveling to or from Westchester County, New York, home of IBM and its Software Group and Systems and Technology Group's annual IT analyst confabs. In practical ways, these events tend to mirror one another; past strategies and solutions are trott...

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EMC’s Atmos Smooths the Path to Cloud-Based Storage as a Service

New enhancements to EMC's Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform are designed to ease the way enterprises and service providers implement and access public and private cloud storage. VMware vApp packaging should simplify installation, and improved visibility and reporting tools provide the means to expand cl...

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