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VMforce Offers Something for Everyone

Last week, VMware and Salesforce.com announced a new partnership around VMforce, a Platform as a Service offering aimed at enterprise Java developers. The companies' CEOs -- VMware's Paul Maritz and Salesforce's Marc Benioff described VMforce as an enterprise cloud designed to serve the needs of m...

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IBM’s Smarter Systems: Getting the Word Out

Many IT analyst events qualify as exercises in ridiculous self-promotion, but IBM's recent Smarter Systems for a Smarter Planet event had a more sublime goal in mind: to qualify the hot topic of workload-optimized systems and quantify their value to business partners and enterprise customers. Along ...

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Intel’s Xeon 7500 Processors Are a Game Changer

For many years, a clear line has separated the capabilities of servers based on Intel's x86 microprocessor architecture and "enterprise class" systems leveraging RISC, EPIC and mainframe technologies. People may argue over the length and width of that line, but the traditional reliability, availabil...

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eMeter and IBM Make Smart Grids a Smart Choice

So-called smart grids are among the first real-world examples of what expansive IT vendor initiatives like IBM's Smarter Planet envision. Just what are smart grids? Designed for deployment by utility companies, smart grids incorporate sensors embedded in electric, gas and water meters to communicate...

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Dell Hits Style, Substance Sweet Spot With Low-Cost Executive Laptops

The "trickling down" of enterprise computing features to smaller businesses has long been a part of life in an IT universe governed by Moore's Law. In many cases, this is largely seen in the data center, where SMBs have access to server and storage performance once exclusively reserved for enterpris...

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New Tech Investments May Slake Thirst of Parched Economy

In a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Intel's Paul Otellini announced the Invest in America Alliance, an effort led by Intel and a slew of venture capital firms, which promises to invest $3.6 billion in U.S.-based technology companies over the next two years. In addition, Int...

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Making the Case for Next-Gen Unix Systems

Recent IT industry events have created a field day for those who think the news tend to come in "threes": Oracle said it would continue investing in Sun's Sparc- and X64-based systems and storage hardware. Intel introduced the Itanium processor 9300 series, which the company said delivers more than ...

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Oracle’s Cloudy Plans to Make Sun Shine

During a five hour event at its Redwood Shores corporate headquarters, Oracle executives, including CEO Larry Ellison and Co-Presidents Safra Catz and Charles Phillips, applauded the completion of Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems and outlined their strategy for the new acquisition for a media a...

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CES 2010: Consumer-Tech Style Meets Business-IT Substance

Not surprisingly, most folks see CES as a watershed event for tracking the latest in current, emerging and future consumer electronics trends. So why did I travel to CES 2010 in search of products related to business IT? Pure contrariness is one reply, but let's also toss in the common, if sometimes...

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The Decade’s Best and Worst Business IT Vendors

The past-decade technology wrap-ups populating the media lately have been entertaining for the most part. Reconsidering the technology deals and products that have arisen since January 1, 2000, is like looking at your high school yearbook. "What was I thinking?" seems the most appropriate response.

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IBM Connect 2009 – Meeting Critical Business Challenges

IBM's recent Connect 2009 analyst conference provided fascinating insights into one of the company's most valuable assets -- its software group organization. IBM has long been recognized as a purveyor of enterprise-class computing systems, but during the past decade, the company's global services or...

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Headed for the Clouds – Cisco, EMC and VMware Launch VCE Coalition

By and large, IT favors grand pronouncements and overheated rhetoric, and the industry abounds with "unprecedented" efforts firmly rooted in precedent and "unique" solutions fashioned from the commonest clay. Is that the case with Cisco, EMC and VMware's new Virtual Computing Environment coalition? ...

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Stylish, High-Performance PCs Suggest a Sea Change for Dell

To fully understand what Dell has accomplished with the Latitude Z and its other new business client offerings, it helps to remember where the company's desktop and notebook solutions began. For years, Dell emphasized substance and notably aggressive pricing over style, delivering products with soli...

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VMworld 2009 – VMware’s Journey to the Cloud

VMworld, VMware's signature annual user and partner event, is kicking off this week in San Francisco, so it seems worth reconsidering the company's recent acquisition of SpringSource. Along with critical human assets, the deal brings a host of tested technologies to VMware, including the Spring Fram...

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IBM Capitalizes the ‘I’ in IT

Last week, IBM announced the new Smart Analytics System, a fine-tuned solution for analyzing both structured information in databases and unstructured, often incompatible data from sources such as blogs, emails, information archives, podcasts, videos, Web sites and wikis. The Smart Analytics System ...

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Thinking Outside the Green IT Box

"Green IT" has been a tech industry cause celebre for the past few years, first arising as the potential effects of global warming were coming increasingly to the fore and then enjoying a significant boost as the global recession compounded the practical value of data center energy efficiency and po...

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EMC World 2009 – Traveling the Cloud’s Byways

The recession's effects on technology budgets, corporate belt-tightening and simple business survival have been well-documented, but less attention has been paid to how IT industry client and developer conferences can help end customers stabilize or even improve their situations. Make no mistake -- ...

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vSphere 4: Forerunner to a Data Center Revolution?

Cloud computing has been a central subject and strategy for IT vendors of every sort, but the actual meaning of "cloud" remains hazy. For Web-based information aggregators like Google and Yahoo, the cloud offers a mechanism for delivering advertising-driven content and services. For Software as a Se...

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Dell’s Timely Push for Efficient Enterprise Computing

Traditionally, IT product marketing emphasizes immediate and short-term technical performance. This week's/month's/year's hot new products are compared side-by-side with those of competitors, benchmark benefits are extolled and shortcomings magnified. However, a confluence of global events is making...

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IBM and HP: Not the Competitors People Think

Industries thrive on competition. The IT industry is a prime example. IT hosts numerous bloody competitions ranging from product-by-product throwdowns, to broader vendor vs. vendor cage matches. Generally, such comparisons -- especially at the product level -- make eminent sense. But often, comparis...

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