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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No welcome for Oracle from Ingres

Database supplier Ingres, an Oracle competitor, has not exactly welcomed the news that its rival has just grown even bigger with the acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Ingres is, like MySQL, an open source database and the company has close ties with other open source suppliers like Red Hat.

April 23, 2009 by


HP surprised by Oracle's Sun purchase

In a time when the modern IT executive stays almost locked to a Blackberry it is hard to catch them by a surprising bit of news. All the more gratifying then to catch out a few of them at the Technology@Work event in Berlin on Monday, with the news that Oracle was buying Sun.

April 21, 2009 by


HP launches all-in-one data system Matrix

HP has launched data BladeSystem Matrix as a converged system that offers software, server, storage and networking in one package intended to make it easy to install a complete data centre solution, the company said.Using a single interface, the aim behind Blade System Matrix is that users have a one-stop shop to build a complete data centre solution as quickly and easily as possible.

April 20, 2009 by


Avaya gets new boss for UK and Ireland

The telecommunications company, Avaya, on Wednesday said it had appointed a new managing director for the UK and Ireland, Lee Shorten.The company said in a statement that Buddie Ceronie, current vice president, UK, Ireland and Southern Africa, is leaving the company "to pursue other professional opportunities".

April 15, 2009 by


HP will appeal Cornell University decision

HP on Friday said it had filed an appeal in a patent dispute with Cornell University and the Cornell Research Foundation.Last month, the US District Court cut the amount that a jury had earlier imposed on the company from $184 million to $53 million in favour of the university.

April 15, 2009 by


Samsung plans three phones with Android

This year Samsung is planning to launch at least three mobile phones that will be able to run the Android operating system, it has emerged.According to a report in Forbes magazine on Thursday, Dr Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president at Samsung, has said the company's first Android phone is scheduled to launch in June.

April 6, 2009 by


Intel passes Moblin on to the Linux Foundation

On Thursday, the non-profit Linux Foundation (LF) announced that it was going to host the Moblin project which aims to develop mobile Linux-based applications.Moblin was a project under development by Intel which has effectively handed control over to the Linux Foundation.

April 3, 2009 by