Content tagged with Hardware & Infrastructure
posted in December 2004
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IBM Reveals PC Operation Was Unprofitable For Three Years
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
A Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory filing by IBM revealed that the firm continued to lose money in its PC operation in the past three years.
Storage Proves A Seasonal Gift To Overstock.com
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Overstock.com credits a changeout to EMC gear with pages that load 77 percent faster, a boon to customers and retailer alike during the busiest shopping season of the year.
CES 2005 Kicks Off A New Year Filled With High Tech
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
The annual convention, held in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9, will showcase new gaming and telematics products, mobile and wireless technologies, home networking, innovative electronics, and more.
Samsung Sets Aside $100 Million In DRAM Investigation
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Samsung Electronics Co. said it would set aside $100 million for costs in connection with a U.S. Justice Department investigation into alleged DRAM memory-chip price-fixing.
RFID: The Plot Thickens
Features  |  12/30/2004  | 
The first big deadline from Wal-Mart passes this month, but the real challenges are just starting to unfold.
PC Priority: Security Drives Move To Thin Clients And Macs
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
IT security is ranked as a top priority by 82% of the business-technology managers InformationWeek Research surveyed, more than any other key business concern.
Commodore Brand Comes Home
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
The venerable and once-proud Commodore computer brand has been sold by its Dutch owners to a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based digital content distributor.
Changes Coming For Homeland Security IT
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
CIO Cooper unsure he'll stay, and recent report calls for more-centralized controls
Report: Apple To Launch $499 Mac
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Apple enthusiasts say that in January Apple will unveil a sub-$500 Mac designed to entice Windows users who own iPods to make the computer switch.
PlanView Links Up With BMC
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Connections between the vendors' software will give managers improved visibility into IT operational data.
HP-Intel Itanium Design Team Is Breaking Up
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
Hewlett-Packard is easing out of its partnership with Intel in the design of the Itanium processor. Details of the breakup are scheduled to be spelled out soon.
From Good To Great (Maybe)
Features  |  12/28/2004  | 
Companies need to step up their business-continuity planning to deal with everything from emergencies to virus attacks
The Real-Time Imperative
Features  |  12/28/2004  | 
IT organizations are changing business processes to wring the most value from their information
Intel Strikes Up The 'Out-Of-Band'
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
Intel is developing technology to provide more ways to leverage out-of-band system controls.
Cancer Center Adopts Leading-Edge Data-Archiving Technology
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
Nonprofit facility plans to transform its medical record-keeping system to electronic records this spring.
Q&A: The Role Of Printing Technology In IT
News  |  12/27/2004  | 
A Hewlett-Packard executive sees printing as one of the keys to overall IT infrastructure management.
New Law Aims At Counterfeit Computer Products
News  |  12/23/2004  | 
Microsoft quickly endorses the amendment after taking its own steps to stem the problem.
Computer Orders Rise In November
News  |  12/23/2004  | 
The value of new orders for computers and related products expected to stay in use at least three years rose a seasonally adjusted 4.1% in November, following a 9.8% falloff in October and a 17.4% gain in September.
Cattlemen's Beef Association Readies RFID Program
News  |  12/23/2004  | 
The industry group wants to use RFID tags to track livestock throughout the country, in part to protect against mad cow disease.
Chill Out Hot Lap(top)s
News  |  12/22/2004  | 
The "Chill Pak" is a reusable freezable plastic mat designed to be placed under a laptop to cool both the hardware and the lap.
IT Investments Grew Strongly In Third Quarter
News  |  12/22/2004  | 
The Commerce Department calculated the value of those IT investments at a seasonally adjusted $575.6 billion.
Feds Investigate Collapse Of Pilot IT System At Florida VA Hospital
News  |  12/22/2004  | 
Veterans Affairs shut down the financial and logistics system, intended for use by VA hospitals nationwide, after it failed a nine-month trial this summer. Taxpayers paid about $278 million for the system.
SmartAdvice: ThinkPad Quality Should Continue Under Lenovo
Commentary  |  12/21/2004  | 
Lenovo bought the IBM brand, so it should maintain features, The Advisory Council says. Also, RFID and Internet-based collaboration will help soft-goods companies develop nimble supply chains.
EMC Acquiring Systems-Management Vendor Smarts For $260 Million
News  |  12/21/2004  | 
Storage leader continues its strategy to use acquisitions to diversify beyond storage gear, this time eyeing the convergence of LANs, WANs, and storage networks.
Will Linux Hold The High-Performance Ground?
Features  |  12/20/2004  | 
Can Linux hold its lead in the high-performance computing market, even as new opportunities and new competitors come onto the scene?
Wal-Mart, Linspire Team On Low-Budget Laptop
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
Wal-Mart and Linspire have broken the $500 price barrier with their $498 Balance laptop.
Cisco Continues Security Buying Binge With $65M Acquisition
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
Networking leader buys Protego Networks, which makes a line of security-monitoring and threat-management appliances.
Starting Off On The Right Foot
Features  |  12/17/2004  | 
Optimism colors some key perceptions of IT managers.
Anything But Microsoft Retail Store Pushes Linux, Open Source
News  |  12/17/2004  | 
The Linux and open source software movement has an ambitious retail store, and it is offering a low-cost, lightweight laptop that is devoid of Microsoft software.
RFID Spec approved
News  |  12/17/2004  | 
EPCglobal's next-generation standard boosts read rate of RFID tags
Symantec To Acquire Veritas For $13.5B
News  |  12/17/2004  | 
Deal gives Symantec product offerings that reach from PCs to company data centers
RFID Helps Enterprises Increase Return On Assets Through Tracking
Commentary  |  12/17/2004  | 
Beginning next year, more and more enterprises will look to RFID to get the most mileage and value out of assets that can't easily be tracked with bar codes. Over time, their efforts will yield operating-cost reductions and process improvements.
Overrated Underrated
Features  |  12/16/2004  | 
To sum up the year, InformationWeek's editors present their list of the most overrated and underrated technologies, ideas, people, and trends.
UPDATE: Symantec To Acquire Veritas For $13.5 Billion
News  |  12/16/2004  | 
Deal will combine Symantec's security products with Veritas' storage software, resulting in reach from PCs to data centers.
IBM Accelerates Grid-Computing Efforts For ISVs
News  |  12/16/2004  | 
IBM says grid computing already drives nearly $1 billion in annual sales.
Oracle Chooses VMware's Virtualization As Its Standard
News  |  12/15/2004  | 
In a joint-development agreement, Oracle has picked VMware's virtualization development platform its server technologies. The two will also jointly market end-user products.
Penguin Blade Server Takes A Stab At Entry-Level Clustering
News  |  12/15/2004  | 
Penguin Computing unveils its BladeRunner blade server, designed to provide a low-cost departmental clustering solution.
Utility Computing Will Eliminate IT Jobs, Study Says
News  |  12/14/2004  | 
The number of IT jobs lost to automation will be double the number of jobs lost to outsourcing, Gartner analyst Neil MacDonald says.
SD Too Large? Smaller Flash-Memory Cards Are On The Way!
News  |  12/14/2004  | 
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced a line of flash-memory cards that are smaller than a thumbnail, as the firm said it had defeated the nagging problem of high power consumption.
Sun Unveils Upgrade Of Thin-Client Platform
News  |  12/13/2004  | 
Sun Microsystems unveils an upgrade of its thin-client platform.
Gadget Shoppers Search Online, Buy Offline
News  |  12/13/2004  | 
The vast majority of consumers who search online for electronics and computers end up buying the products offline.
New Technology From AMD And IBM Boosts Chip Performance
News  |  12/13/2004  | 
The manufacturing technology can result in faster chips without increasing power requirements, the companies say.
Utilities Industry To Spend Less On IT
News  |  12/13/2004  | 
Spending will be down 4% this year, versus a 4% to 5% increase in IT spending in other industries.
Secure Storage Must Be A Higher Priority
News  |  12/10/2004  | 
Few vendors have tackled the issue of data encryption on IP storage systems
RFID Makes Its Way Into Microsoft Supply Chain
News  |  12/10/2004  | 
The vendor must meet Wal-Mart's January deadline on consumer products its sells
IBM Seeks To Minimize Disruption With PC Sale
News  |  12/10/2004  | 
Lenovo jumps to No. 3 worldwide; IBM moves into China market
Taking Stock: IBM PC-Unit Deal: It's All In The Numbers
Commentary  |  12/10/2004  | 
Deal emphasizes IBM's growing services and software orientation.
Team Of The Year
Features  |  12/10/2004  | 
At Wal-Mart, business technology is a team effort--the retailer's far-reaching RFID project would be impossible to achieve if it weren't. This year, InformationWeek recognizes CIO Linda Dillman and her IT staff--some 2,400 strong--as our business-technology team of the year.
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