AMD Poised To Launch 6-Core Istanbul
AMD will take Opteron to the next level on June 1, when it formally unveils its 6-core Istanbul processor. The exciting angle for users of high-powered servers (and also viewed from a data-center consolidation perspective) is that Istanbul in 4-socket servers will deliver 24 physical cores. (And you can add virtualization on top of that.) When you add the AMD launch to Intel news last week about its 8-core Nehalem-EX, I'd say we have a have a processing-power revolution on our hands comparable t
Kraft's BPO Guru Says Global Mega Deals Do Not Work
A deep debate over outsourcing dogma could be in the works following a statement by Kraft's SVP of shared services that "there is very little truly global scale advantage" in BPO deals and that the best approach is regional best-of-breeds involving regional pairs, such as North America and Asia-Pacific. The interview with AMR's Phil Fersht is a must-read for anyone involved in outsourcing strategy.
bMighty News Flash: Friday May 29, 2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: The most dangerous search terms, HP, IBM top server vendors, mobile payment users will double by 2012, and more. . .
Users Want Virtual Desktops That Match Their Physical PCs
Over the last two years, Intel commissioned a study on how companies were delivering virtualization to end users. It's one of the few indicators of where this confused segment is headed. Several approaches are still on the table, but the fastest growing one is where the virtual machine resides on the end user's PC.
Cool-er Kindle Competitor Stokes Ebook Mania
I'm not a big fan of David Pogue (this video is one reason, though mainly it's because he has a larger audience than I), but I took notice when he reviewed the latest Kindle alternative. What does it all mean? Ebooks are real, and they'll eventually replace print, but for now I'm ticked there are no good portable PDF readers for smartphones.
Apple, Dell, And P&G Head AMR's Supply Chain Top 25 List
AMR Research released its list of the top 25 supply chains in the manufacturing and retail sectors and said a distinguishing characteristic of all 25 is that they place an intensely customer-centric focus on everything from operations to innovation.
bMighty News Flash: Thursday May 28, 2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: More than half of SMBs own a laptop and prefer Dell, SortPrice offers merchants free application for building virtual stores on Facebook platform, and more. . .
From Layoffs To Ripoffs: Wicked New Threats From Ex-Employees
Most companies are "ill-prepared for an onslaught which could prove calamitous" and face "the greatest security threat of our times" from laid-off workers who are "extremely dangerous," say members of a global security-response team. In these dark days, stealing data's old hat; the new threats include tampering with billing systems, changing customer orders, and altering design documents.
Greylock Headquarters Moving To California
The company's decision to shift its venture capital headquarters from Boston to Silicon Valley is calling into question the Boston/Cambridge area's entrepreneurial spirit.
bMighty News Flash: Wednesday May 27, 2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: SBA report finds small business loans of $1 million or less fell 4% from 2007 rates, Windows 7 RC has an impressive enterprise ecosystem, but misses opportunities, and more. . .
Salesforce Says New-Business Signings Dropped In Q1
Salesforce.com's first-quarter new-business signings came in slightly below last year's as customers took longer to sign, opted for smaller deals, and pulled back on add-ons and upgrades. And while Salesforce is still growing nicely, CEO Marc Benioff was more restrained in the comments he made to analysts than he had been after the previous two quarters.
Intel Nehalem-EX Launch Raises Multicore Ante
Forget four cores -- even though it's the sweet spot of the market. I write that only half in jest, because with announcements from Intel (an 8-core Nehalem) and AMD (6-core Istanbul), the lid has been ripped off the supposed upper limit on cores and threads. Consider that a Nehalem-EX with 8 physical cores and 2 threads per core for 16 total logical threads. In a four-socket server configuration, this can deliver 64 logical cores. [Update: This number has been corrected to 64 logical cor
New Amazon Cloud Service Says Forget Internet, Go Snail-Mail
If it's true that everyone likes newspapers and sausages but no one wants to see either one being made, then perhaps we'll have to add Amazon Web Services into that mix: for uploading very large data files, a new AWS service lets clients bypass the Internet and transfer the data to AWS the old-fashioned way: a physical package moving through the physical world. Who knew?
bMighty News Flash: Tuesday May 26, 2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Monthly small business confidence index slides 10 points, Microsoft rumored to be renaming Kumo search engine "Bing," and more. . .
Meet 50 Of The Top CIOs In The World: The Global CIO 50
Who are the very best at this daunting profession? What are their priorities, and their achievements? What companies are they from, and which industries? Come check out our list - the Global CIO 50 - featuring profiles of some of the world's top CIOs, including 10 from India, eight from China, five from Brazil, and top IT execs from many other countries.
Interop Raises CIO-Level Interest In Cloud, Virtualization: Video
While last week's Interop event in Las Vegas showcased a wide range of innovative enterprise technologies including mobility, WAN optimization, security, storage, smartphones, data center infrastructure, servers, and more, the biggest CIO-level activity was centered around cloud computing, whose acceptance and potential are growing rapidly, and virtualization, which has already become a cornerstone in 21st-century enterprise IT strategy.
bMighty News Flash: Friday May 22, 2009
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: Bill Gates says tech will lift U.S. out of recession, Google accelerates Chrome 2 for Windows, Facebook users hit with another phishing attack, and more. . .
Remembering And Honoring Our Heroes On Memorial Day
As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day in honor of America's warriors who have sacrificed so much to keep the rest of us safe, I wanted to share a story about a small American city building a small but lovely memorial to three of its sons who gave their lives in military service to America and in so doing won this country's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.