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.

Latest Posts

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


Fly me and hang the environment

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.

July 3, 2007 by


Cray comes fighting back

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 .

June 27, 2007 by


The collected thoughts of Mark Hurd

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).

June 20, 2007 by


Gates in space?

Bill Gates is considering a possible flight into space according to the French news agency, AFP. A Russian cosmonaut revealed the news while orbiting the planet on the International Space Station on Wednesday.

April 12, 2007 by