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You're thinking about the cloud and you're thinking about applications: which ones and how? Think of Google's online applications and you think about documents and spreadsheets, not enterprise line-of-business applications.
So IBM, inventor of the PC, with Tuesday's launch of the eX5 range, has finally decided that it's moving its nominally PC-based servers one more step away from the standard x86 PC architecture. In doing so, it has put clear blue water between it and the rest of the x86 server market, a gap that was narrowing as other players gained share through economies of scale.
It's hard to be a cloud sceptic as it all makes so much sense.For a small to medium-sized business, outsourcing (as we used to call it, back in the day) your IT can save you time and money.
So SGI has bought Copan Systems. Who?Copan was the leader, or at least the initiator, of the MAID storage market, but has found itself acquired for just $2 million.
With the failure of Microsoft Vista and the launch of Windows 7 creating a disruptive moment in the desktop market and opening up opportunities for Linux and Apple, the two main suitors for the desktop, some interesting new research is just out about Linux on the enterprise desktop.The bottom line?
With the recent launch of its new range of Unix-based enterprise-level servers, IBM appears to have broadsided Sun -- oops, sorry: Oracle. IBM's new big iron brings new Power 7 chips which, we're told, are the outcome of $3.
Just spent spent some time talking to Pogoplug, a company that makes a home-based media server. Don't switch off: there is a business angle to this.
If you're a Sun customer, you've probably never been so nervous. Your datacentre is racked up with those nice blue-grey boxes, chewing electricity but cracking through the work at the same time.
Spurred on by recent discussions about whether civil servants should be used IE6 when the world+dog has moved on to newer, more secure platforms, I wondered if there wasn't another way around the problem of getting applications to the end user, a costly process that involves time-consuming and thorough testing in order (as one commentator has already pointed out) to reduce the load on the support desk.