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IBM, HP Server Sales Hit By Recession

Quarterly server revenue has shrunk at IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Sun Microsystems, as the global economy slows down, according to IDC. The one positive area is blade servers

Cloud services ‘pose legal risks’

Outages are only part of the problem for services on the web, says a City Law firm, warning cloud customers may face lawsuits over performance and data protection

Gmail Failure: Reality Bites for Cloud Computing

Update: Gmail is back, after a two-hour outage. The company has not yet said how many people were affected, but twitter traffic from round the world reveals a major outage. That’s a pain for millions of ordinary users – but it could be a disaster for those planning to sell application services in the cloud.

UK’s VeryPC Launches 12TB Storage Server

UK-based low-energy system maker VeryPC has announced new models, including a storage processor with up to 12TB of storage and dual Intel Xeon processors with up to 48GB or RAM.

Experts Say Dump The NAC Word

Network access control is a useless marketing buzzword; users and vendors should just get on with security management, experts have said.

Mini-Notebooks Power 2008 PC Growth

Figures just released for PC shipments in Q4 2008 reveal the big inroads made by mini-notebooks into the Western European portable market, which drove sales for various leading manufacturers.

What Will It Take To Make IT Go Green?

Whether they act to stave off a global crisis, or a meltdown in their own budgets, IT professionals need to have better information if they are going to clean up their act.

Can Sustainable IT Avoid False Accounting?

Now the word is out: there is money to be made in sustainable IT, we can expect the usual feeding frenzy as vendors try to cash in. This time, we can’t afford to fall for phony greenwash.

Intel Delays ‘Tukwila’ Chip Again

Intel has delayed the four-core “Tukwila” `version of its Itanium processor, originally billed as the first 2 billion transistor chip and scheduled for 2007. 

Intel Plans Eight-Core Nehalem and Smarter SOCs

Intel will give details of a 2.3 billion transistor, eight core processor, and smarter system-on-chip (SOC) modules that include wireless networking and graphics on the die itself, at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, 8-12 February.

Citrix: the Virtual Route to Sustainable IT

Sustainable IT departments will have to weather some big changes. One of the largest is the move to virtual servers. What, we asked Citrix, is so green about virtualization?

New Citrix XenDesktop Release Enhances Desktop Virtualization, User Experience

The new release of Citrix’s XenDesktop product aims to make desktop virtualization cheaper and friendlier for office workers, by increasing the number of desktops that one server can support while improving multimedia and voice delivery. In looking to differentiate its desktop virtualization products from what VMware is offering, Citrix is focusing on providing products for virtualization that offer what the company hopes is an end-to-end solution from the data centre to the server to the individual desktop.

Sun Enhancements to OpenSolaris Take Aim at Linux

Sun Microsystems’ OpenSolaris 2008.11 includes improvements around software package management and incorporating community packaging efforts. The updates to the free Solaris-based OS shows that Sun will not follow IBM and HP in letting Linux take over the platform space once dominated by Unix.

IBM Building Next Generation of BlueGene Supercomputers

IBM and the U. S Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have signed a new contract to build the next generation of IBM’s BlueGene supercomputers at the famed DOE facility. The first IBM BlueGene supercomputer, called “Dawn,” will have a top processing speed of 500 teraflops. The second IBM system, dubbed “Sequoia,” will offer 20 petaflops of performance and surpass the records Big Blue set when it installed the massive Roadrunner system for the DOE in 2008.

CIRBA Virtual Machine Capacity Planning Tool Gets Upgrade0

CIRBA announced Version 5.1 of its virtualization capacity management tool on the 28th January, 2009. I’ll be reviewing CIRBA 5.1, and here’s why. As virtual infrastructure pervades the data centre, capacity planning–along with other management tasks–will rise in importance for maintaining cost-effective operations.

Panasonic Toughbook Laptops Undergo Makeover, Gain Intel Technology

Panasonic is adding new features and functionality to its line of rugged Toughbook laptops, designed for use in more strenuous environments. The Panasonic Toughbook 30 laptop and the Panasonic Toughbook 19 tablet notebook offer improved memory security and battery life.

Layoffs to Continue at IBM, Sources Say

IBM has laid off some 2,800 employees, with more to come, according to the Alliance@IBM organisation. Big Blue has had job cuts in both its Software Group and its sales and distribution group, with more to come in the company’s Systems and Technology Group, sources said.