In IBM's case, $1.4m-worth of server really did fall off the back of a lorry.
Barker Bites Back
A look at some newsy stuff and interesting bits as well as those hopefully amusing byways of technology.
Colin Barker is based in London and is Senior Reporter for ZDNet. He has been writing about the IT business for some 30-plus years. He still enjoys it.
XenSource/Citrix deal could upset the open source community, according to a Gartner analyst. Writing in Computerworld, analyst George Weiss said that the XenSource chief Peter Levine has "to make a concerted effort in order to retain the loyalty of the open-source Xen developers".
If there was a prize for a piece of research that throws up a blindingly obvious conclusion, that could be won by the latest research from Vanson Bourne, produced for the web hosting specialists, Hostway. One of the key nuggets is that 94 percent of IT managers "invest in more storage than they need".
Headlines this week loudly claimed that IDE drives were dead, and died sometime round about Monday this week, or Tuesday, depending on which site you checked. They were sort of right.
No chance of falling asleep at the VMware conference thanks to Capita's Shaymus Kennedy. He works out of the financial services side of Capita in Dublin and proved a good spokesman for VMware.
On Tuesday, the irony of the day prize went to VMware and Intel. Remember that it had only just emerged that Intel had decided to invest a six figure sum in VMware.
IT people don't care about the environment apparently, at least according to the annual survey by the Chartered Management Institute.Only 12 percent of managers in the sector intend to offset the carbon footprint created by long-haul flights, apparently.
IBM's time dominating the top of the supercomputing pile has ended for now.Although the Armonk giant may still hold the number one spot in the latest supercomputer Top 500 still it no longer holds the top five spots as it did last year .
Mark Hurd went from running NCR to running what is now, arguably, the largest IT company in the world, HP. He must be doing something right so here are some collected thoughts of the great man taken from two sessions held this week at HP's gathering in Las Vegas (see story).
What is wrong with IBM? On Wednesday the company sort of announced that it had a blade server for SMEs.