Content tagged with Hardware & Infrastructure
posted in July 2006
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Linksys Releases Wireless-N For Small Businesses
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
The local area network product line uses the 802.11n wireless draft specification, designed to better handle bandwidth-hungry apps like video and VoIP. Still, there's no assurance they'll work with other products using that spec.
New Cisco Suite Takes On Complicated Regulatory Issues
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
One product in the Cisco PACE suite, Network Compliance Manager, provides reports on compliance and changes and allows administrators to make bulk configuration and password changes.
AMD's Opteron Gains Ground Against Intel
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Advanced Micro Devices keeps momentum going for its Opteron processor, growing its share of the x86 server processor market in 2Q.
Price War Makes Intel, AMD Chip Industry's Biggest Losers
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
While most chip suppliers grew revenue in the second quarter, the fierce competitors saw declines.
Credit Suisse Disruptive Technology Portfolio Mover Of The Week: ATI Technologies
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
And index of companies shaking up traditional business models.
Sun Plus Greenplum Produces Instant Data Warehouse
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Sun in effect has found a vertical application for its "Thumper" server by teaming it with a data warehousing package.
New Intel Chips Fuel Price War
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Intel slashed prices on its older chips when it introduced its new dual-core processors for desktop and notebook PCs, so buyers should be looking for bargain computers.
In Depth: Software Vendors Try New Pricing Schemes For A Virtualized World
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
As data centers become multicore and virtualized, software vendors are looking for new ways to charge for their products. Keep your hands on your wallets.
Brief: Sun Has Some Things Going Its Way
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Last week brought an intriguing new product, and a sales jump
Disrupt-O-Meter
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
A look at emerging technology that's Disruptive--and that isn't.
More Precise National Clock Can Improve Applications
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
An experimental clock based on a mercury ion won't gain or lose a second in 400 years, researchers say.
Thin Phones Aren't Enough; Motorola Pursues Mobile App Market
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
A slew of new announcements demonstrates Motorola's efforts to position itself as the go-to vendor for businesses deploying wireless applications and services.
AMD Hopes ATI Acquisition Will Juice Up Future Chips
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
ATI acquisition is designed to enable AMD to expand its position in commercial desktop and mobile computing applications.
Personal Tech: Samsung's New Q1 Ultra Mobile PC, The Size Of A Large Paperback Book, Replaces Your PDA, MP3 Player, Media Player, Portable Game Device, Notebook Computer, And Even Your Phone
Features  |  7/28/2006  | 
Casio's new EX-Z1000 is a 10.1-megapixel pocket camera that's easy to use, and it looks cool, too; Yahoo's Trip Planner lets you document your travels with photos, journals, ratings, reviews, and interactive maps; the Archos 104 is a 4-Gbyte digital audio player with a crisp, 1.5-inch color display.
In Depth: Chambers Is Changing Cisco's Pricing. How Far Will He Go?
Features  |  7/28/2006  | 
You're already paying more for Cisco gear. Will unbundling hardware and software increase your bill?
Intel Fills Out Core 2 Duo Processor Line
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
"Core 2 Duo will be the growth engine for the next 500 million new Internet users," predicts Intel CEO Paul Otellini.
Five Questions For Guy Hoffman, CEO of Metallect
Features  |  7/27/2006  | 
Hoffman's been at the helm of Metallect for four years. The company's software helps businesses understand the impact that changes to apps will have on their IT environments. When he gets restless, he goes wake surfing in one of the "pregnant puddles" that Texans like to call lakes.
HP To Acquire Mercury Interactive For $4.5 Billion
News  |  7/25/2006  | 
The deal would push HP's software business to over $2 billion a year. HP CEO Hurd says he is confident Mercury's stock option problems are fully disclosed.
Chip Price War Helps Customers, Hurts Intel And AMD
News  |  7/25/2006  | 
Both chipmakers hope back-to-school sales in the third quarter and holiday purchases in the fourth quarter will improve their bottom lines.
IBM Changes Its Server Software Pricing For The Dual-Core Era
News  |  7/25/2006  | 
Per-processor pricing isn't going to cut it as companies adopt multicore systems and virtualization.
Power.org Creates Standard Specifications
News  |  7/25/2006  | 
The goal is to create a single instruction set for all Power-based processors.
Vyatta Takes On Cisco With New Open-Source Router
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
But an open-source product is no better than those working on its code, and that number is much larger for a company like Cisco than it is for Vyatta and the small open-source routing community.
Brief: Apple Makes Clean Transition To Intel Chips, Sales Show
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Mac sales are growing faster than PC sales overall.
AMD Takes Graphics Chipset Plunge With ATI Acquisition
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
The buy should also expand AMD's manufacturing capability, as well as integrate microprocessors and graphics engines in a single chip. The acquisition is set to be wrapped up by year's end.
Intel Core 2 Duo Launch Set For Thursday
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
The desktop Core 2 Duo processors, also known as "Conroe," will mark the debut of Intel's cleanest dual-core design to date. Two distinct cores communicate with each other over a front-side bus.
Intel Overhauls Chip Lineup, Shuffles Executive Ranks
News  |  7/21/2006  | 
With financial and market share numbers sliding, Intel looks to a new chip lineup to turn things around.
Disrupt-O-Meter
News  |  7/21/2006  | 
A look at emerging technology that's Disruptive -- and that isn't.
New Approach Could Lead To Self-Powered Silicon Laser Chip
News  |  7/21/2006  | 
A UCLA scientist applies solar cells to remove heat and electrons from optical computing systems.
New Disk-Lubricating Process Could Bring 1-Terabyte Laptops
News  |  7/21/2006  | 
Researchers at Seagate Technology acknowledge such levels of storage on small, commercial products are still between five years and a decade into the future, but they feel confident they've hit on a way to overcome a major limitation in disk manufacturing and capacity.
New Ion Trap Could Push Quantum Computing To Next Level
News  |  7/21/2006  | 
An advance from NIST could help researchers overcome one of the biggest obstacles in creating a quantum computer: scaling components and processes that have already been successfully demonstrated in the lab.
Five Questions For Jerrold Grochow, VP Of Information Services And Technology At MIT
Features  |  7/21/2006  | 
Jerrold Grochow spent decades tackling technology challenges for the financial services industry before returning to his alma mater in 2003, this time as an IT executive.
Systems Management Vendors Add Features To IT Toolbox
Features  |  7/21/2006  | 
BMC and IBM enhance systems management suites with more automation.
In Depth: In Slaying Legacy IT Costs, The Data Center Is A Good Place To Start
Features  |  7/21/2006  | 
Companies typically spend 80% of IT budgets on maintenance. Attacking data center costs can let companies shift more of that spending to new projects. You know the drill--you're spending way too much on maintenance, not enough on what really matters. Here's one way to get on the innovation stick.
Hands On: New VMware Releases Present Upgrade Dilemma
News  |  7/21/2006  | 
VMware's virtual machine technology lets users run multiple operating environments without running multiple hardware systems. Our columnist describes the configuration that worked for him, the options he tried getting there, and what's coming up from VMware.
Cancer Project Using Supercomputer Grid Drastically Cuts Research Time
News  |  7/20/2006  | 
World Community Grid cancer project reduces to only one day the analysis of cancer specimens that would've taken 130 years with traditional computers
Intel Scraps Co-Manager Roles In Executive Shake-Up
News  |  7/20/2006  | 
The moves will speed decision making and give CEO Paul Otellini more time to focus on strategic issues.
Intel Will Beat AMD To Market With Quad-Core Processors
News  |  7/19/2006  | 
Intel plans to ship quad-core chips for the x86 market later this year.
Texas AG: Laptop Computers Not Equivalent To Textbooks
News  |  7/19/2006  | 
Money set aside for books can't be used to buy hardware or other equipment, the state attorney general ruled.
Despite Setbacks, Intel Says Itanium Is Here To Stay
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
Five years after Intel delivered its first Itanium chips to high expectations, initially poor reviews, and large sunk costs, the company is still working to recoup its research and development investment.
IBM Second-Quarter Sales Flat, But Profits Jump
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
The company's biggest challenge is finding a way to kick-start its services business, which accounts for about one-half of its total sales.
Open Source, Carrier-Grade Telco Switch Ready To Roll
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
Next month, developers will release what they claim to be the first open-source, carrier-grade telco switch. If it's even marginally successful, it could shake an industry that routinely charges tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for similar products down to its foundations.
New HP Wireless Chip Connects The Digital And Real Worlds
News  |  7/17/2006  | 
The tiny chips can be attached to objects from photos to prescription bottles.
Intel Cans 1,000 Managers
News  |  7/17/2006  | 
IBM To Support Xen Virtualization Software For Suse 10 Linux
News  |  7/14/2006  | 
IBM will also allow management of Xen virtual machines under IBM's Virtualization Engine, allowing IT managers to use familiar IBM management software to provision and manage multiple Xen virtual machines.
Sun's Speedy New Servers Challenge Its Legacy
News  |  7/14/2006  | 
Sun's new Opteron-based Sun Fire servers are speed demons. But will they threaten the company's existing Sparc-based line?
Magnetic-Based Memory Chip Holds Data Without Electric Power
News  |  7/14/2006  | 
MRAM combines magnetic technology with standard silicon-based microelectronics, depending on so-called magnetic tunnel junctions that act like transistors.
Sun's New Servers Are Tops In Benchmark Tests
News  |  7/14/2006  | 
Opteron-based systems are approaching RISC systems in raw performance
Review: Samsung SyncMaster 940BF Monitor
Features  |  7/14/2006  | 
This low-cost monitor gives you your money's worth
Four Paths To Acceleration
Features  |  7/14/2006  | 
In Depth: Supercomputers Get A Speed Boost From Specialized Chips
Features  |  7/14/2006  | 
Computer engineers are increasingly using hardware accelerators to break through the limitations of all-purpose microprocessors.
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