Colin Barker

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.

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Luminex ties with COPAN's MAID

COPAN Systems the MAID storage supplier (MAID stands for Massive Arrays of Idle Disks) is partnering with Luminex Channel Gateway with the aim of Luminex making the most of COPAN’s clever storage.Luminex Software develops mainframe connectivity and virtual tape products and is hoping to take advantage of some of the features of MAID.

February 26, 2008 by


Bill Gates says farewell in London

Bill Gates has often courted controversy in the past but these days he avoids it whenever possible. But, wherever he goes in the world, it is likely that relics of his misspent youth, making as much money for his company as he reasonably or unreasonably can, will continue to haunt him.

January 30, 2008 by


The battle for digital mapping starts

Tele Atlas is not a particularly large company working in a somewhat specialist field, but its upcoming sale has prompted a bidding war. A leader in the in-car navigation field, TomTom, has come in with a bid to buy the company believed to be around $2.

November 6, 2007 by


SNW offers the frights...

And so to Frankfurt and Storage Networking World 2007 by way a visiting HP and so the week starts. The storage industry is enjoying a boom currently thanks to the requirement for IT managers to keep everything.

October 30, 2007 by

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Fun with Dell and HP

There is some rivalry between these two systems giant, which was apparent this week.The fun started last week when HP invited the press to a meeting about a new system targeted at SMEs to take place last Wednesday.

September 14, 2007 by


Gartner warns about XenSource

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".

August 21, 2007 by


Shocking waste of storage. No surprise

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".

August 21, 2007 by