Content tagged with Hardware & Infrastructure
posted in March 2004
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IBM Opens Up Power Processor Design
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
It's shifting the focus of much of its processor design strategy from the chips to the creation of tightly integrated, high-performance architectures for specific industries and consumer applications.
Report: Massachusetts Tops In High Tech
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
A Milken Institute report says Massachusetts and California are the in the best position to take advantage of the high-tech economy as it bounces back from a downturn.
IBM To Develop Self-Configuring Chips
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
The company's chief technologist says future chips will optimize their performance by altering themselves.
Opportunity Knocks For Voice Over IP
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
Jeff Pulver,who this year convinced the FCC to keep his company's Free World Dialup service free from regulatory constraints, says the industry needs to set its sights higher than merely providing voice services over the Internet.
Intergraph Settles Dispute With Dell And Intel
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
Intel will pay the software maker $225 million to settle a patent dispute that also involves Dell.
Wal-Mart Set For RFID Pilot With Pharmaceutical Suppliers
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
Not all 18 suppliers are ready to go yet, but they will be by the end of June, a spokesman says.
Langa Letter: Virtual Excellence: Microsoft's 'Virtual PC' Is Too Good Not To Check Out
Commentary  |  3/30/2004  | 
In this introduction to the technology, Fred Langa says Microsoft Virtual PC provides a viable alternative to dual booting and should be a solid choice for software testing, evaluation, and support.
Major League Baseball Extends Deal With Sun
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
Under terms of the two-year extension, Sun will remain the technology provider for baseball's Web site and associated services.
RFID's First Real Hurdle: Bar Codes
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
Privacy concerns will create some turmoil, but near-universal investment in bar codes is the bigger hurdle now, according to a panel of tech insiders.
Checkpoint Readies RFID For The Supply Chain
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
It's agreed to buy 100 million EPC-compliant devices from Matrics for integration into client supply-chain applications.
VA Taps HP For Services
News  |  3/29/2004  | 
Unisys Debuts Mainframe Line With Metering Technology
News  |  3/29/2004  | 
The ClearPath Plus Libra 500 line lets users measure usage and pay for extra resources as they're consumed.
Microsoft Seeks To Use Windows Base To Build Online Gaming
News  |  3/29/2004  | 
It's developing software that would let PC gamers play over the Internet against users of its Xbox system.
Better RFID The Goal Of New Joint Venture
News  |  3/29/2004  | 
Its polymer chips could cost less and be more flexible because they are made of carbon, rather than silicon, atoms.
HP Sues Gateway For Patent Infringement
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
Hewlett-Packard alleges that its rival refused to pay licensing fees on six HP patented designs.
Modern Machinery
Features  |  3/25/2004  | 
Decades after IBM introduced the System/360, the company still believes in mainframes
Court Blocks Municipalities From Offering Phone Service
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
The ruling is another victory for regional phone companies and could affect telephony's move to voice over IP.
Sen. Leahy Calls On Congress To Study RFID
News  |  3/25/2004  | 
The Vermont Democrat says a dialogue is needed now to make sure that innovation is encouraged while the public's privacy rights are protected.
HP And Novell Join Forces To Put Linux On The Desktop
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
The deal will bring Novell's SuSE's open-source Linux operating system to some HP desktop and laptop systems in the second half of this year.
Durable Goods Numbers Show Continuing IT Rebound
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
New orders for computers and related products were up 2.1% in February, according to the Commerce Department, and 19.6% over the past 12 months.
IBM To Offer Preloaded SuSE Linux On All Servers
News  |  3/24/2004  | 
The broad deal with Novell comes one day after rival Red Hat said it had reached a deal with IBM to preload its version of Linux on one line of servers.
SmartAdvice: Measuring Business Value Of IT Investments
Commentary  |  3/24/2004  | 
It's hard to quantify the return on IT investments, but it's in IT's best interests to help in the documentation effort, The Advisory Council says. Also, control VPN access from home computers to improve security, and look at what you want from your system before deciding whether to delay server upgrades.
Slow Data Exchange Criticized
News  |  3/22/2004  | 
Defense Taps IBM For RFID
News  |  3/22/2004  | 
Money Systems Melded
News  |  3/22/2004  | 
Casinos Turn To CRM
News  |  3/22/2004  | 
HP Details Its Plans For Small And Midsize Business Market
News  |  3/22/2004  | 
The company aims to increase its presence among potential customers with new products, including an entry-level server and an easy-to-use backup and recovery system.
Defense Taps IBM
News  |  3/19/2004  | 
Vendor will help the department determine RFID policies and assist in deployments
Bigger & Better
Features  |  3/19/2004  | 
Just a few years ago, a data warehouse or transactional database that approached a terabyte was considered big. Today, "big" means tens of terabytes. Here's the story behind four of the largest data systems in the world, plus a government database project expected to reach up to 5 petabytes (or 5,000 terabytes) within several years and up to 50 petabytes in 20 years. All are examples of organizations pushing the edge of what's possible with database technologies.
IBM Touts Chip Breakthrough
News  |  3/19/2004  | 
It says it's found a way to apply semiconducting material in thin layers to surfaces larger than conventional silicon wafers at lower cost and with better performance.
Tadpole's Linux Laptops Come Ready To Work, Wirelessly
News  |  3/18/2004  | 
Tadpole's Talin line of laptops comes preinstalled with Linux and Sun's Java Desktop System, which includes the Sun's StarOffice 7 productivity software. The icing on the cake? They're ready for wireless.
A Better Foundation
Features  |  3/18/2004  | 
Construction company upgrades infrastructure and apps to deliver data to employees in real time.
Intel Joins Liberty Alliance
News  |  3/18/2004  | 
Adding the chipmaker gives the alliance broader coverage within electronic manufacturing.
Langa Letter: Cool and Quiet, Part III
Commentary  |  3/17/2004  | 
Fred Langa wraps up his exploration of the causes--and cures--of noisy PCs. His step-by-step process, including successes and failures, ensures you won't make mistakes as you work to make your PC cool and quiet.
IBM Lands Two University Grid Projects
News  |  3/17/2004  | 
Both the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Oregon will implement the company's grid technologies on their campuses.
U.S. And Canadian Cell-Phone Users Think Practical
News  |  3/16/2004  | 
Market-research firm In-Stat says a new survey shows much more interest in being able to check E-mail and use location services than in sending pictures and playing games.
IBM Unwraps Opteron-Based Workstation
News  |  3/16/2004  | 
The IntelliStation A Pro, scheduled to ship in May, will be based on AMD's Opteron 244, 246, and 248 processors.
HP To Introduce Linux-Based PCs In Asia
News  |  3/16/2004  | 
The move could be a threat to Microsoft's dominance of operating systems for the desktop.
Production Of IT Equipment Grows Faster Than Overall Industrial Production
News  |  3/15/2004  | 
The Federal Reserve says production of computer and office equipment rose a seasonally adjusted 2.1% in February, compared with 0.7% for overall industrial production.
Long-term Support For Compliance Laws
News  |  3/14/2004  | 
Industry-standard hardware might make the most sense for financial-services firms
Dell's Virtual Strategy
News  |  3/14/2004  | 
Vendor equips servers with virtualization software to compete with HP and IBM
EMC And Fujitsu Siemens Extend Strategic Alliance
News  |  3/12/2004  | 
They're working to increase jointly developed solutions for North America and European markets.
Cisco Steps Up Networking Security
Features  |  3/12/2004  | 
Vendor enhances router operating system and beefs up protection against E-mail attacks
Up And Running In A Disaster
Features  |  3/12/2004  | 
Health First upgrades its data and image storage systems to provide faster recovery should disaster knock out its technology infrastructure
Lexmark's Goal: Solve The Nagging Problems
Features  |  3/11/2004  | 
CEO Paul Curlander sees services that help customers solve "the nagging problems no one gets around to" driving the printer maker's future.
Researchers Are Split On Nanotechnology's Future
News  |  3/11/2004  | 
Some continue to tout progress, but others want to know how technologies such as artificiial intelligence and virtual reality will yield real profits.
Blade Servers Gain Traction At Networks' Edge
News  |  3/10/2004  | 
Vendors are unveiling an array of devices ranging from standaline units to large clustered configurations.
FCC Head Calls For Negotiations Between Local Phone Companies
News  |  3/10/2004  | 
Chairman Michael Powell's suggestion came one week after a panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down rules designed to foster competition for local phone service
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