Colin Barker

Colin has been a computer journalist for some 30 years having started in the business the same year that the IBM PC was launched, although the first piece he wrote was about computer audit. He was at one time editor of Computing magazine in London and prior to that held a number of editing jobs, including time spent at the late DEC Computing and was also the London editor for Byte magazine. Colin is pleased to report that apart from ZDNet at least two other sites/magazines he has worked for are still in business. Colin did also live for five years in Boston, Mass.,and as a result became a dedicated Red Sox fan.

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IBM could buy Sun Microsystems

IBM could buy Sun Microsystems

Talks are possibly underway for the systems giant IBM to buy Sun Microsystems, according a report in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in what could be a grab for market share.However, the WSJ did say that, "it is unclear whether the negotiations will result in a transaction".

published March 18, 2009 by

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Juniper offers scalable network options

Juniper offers scalable network options

Juniper Networks on Monday, extended its range of network firewalls with two more options for scaling networks from the mid-range to the largest networks.Aimed at the data centre but for use in networks from medium scale to high-end, Juniper Networks are intended to keep it ahead of its much bigger rival, Cisco, the company said.

published March 12, 2009 by

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Virtual Iron virtually sold perhaps

Virtual Iron virtually sold perhaps

The rumours are building around the virtualisation company Virtual Iron and if they are not quite at fever pitch, they are somewhere close. I normally avoid writing about rumours but this one is so strong and in so many news outllets that I think if it does not actually go through, more than a few people will be wondering, why not?

published March 12, 2009 by

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Microsoft says it's a SaaS mistake

Microsoft says it's a SaaS mistake

A Microsoft speaker at a conference on Monday came out with some interesting news that I reported on ZDNet UK. The news was that after it appeared that Microsoft wanted to cut resellers out of the relationship it had with its resellers, it then had apparently had a change of heart and was keen to include resellers in this relationship after all.

published March 11, 2009 by

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Microsoft opens SaaS to others

Microsoft opens SaaS to others

On Sunday, Microsoft said it was moving towards the idea of opening up its online business applications so that its partners can directly bill their customers. Up to now, Microsoft has sought to retain some control over any transactions taking place between customers and resellers.

published March 9, 2009 by

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Microsoft rethinks SQL Server strategy

Microsoft rethinks SQL Server strategy

Microsoft is having a re-think about its SQL Server strategy and in particular about what it wants to do with SQL Data Services.Part of the company’s Azure services platform, SQL Data Services, it appeared was going to produce a fairly straightforward, if not even perhaps cut-down databases services platform.

published February 27, 2009 by

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Efficiency is key at Data Centre World

Efficiency is key at Data Centre World

Power and energy savings and green IT in its own right are all by products of saving money, according to those running the biggest energy users in IT, data centre managers.At least that was a key message to take away from the Data Centre World conference held in London on Monday and Tuesday.

published February 24, 2009 by

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EMC offers storage de-dupe and flash

EMC offers storage de-dupe and flash

On Monday the leader in the data storage market, EMC launched four new arrays that will include de-duplication features and flash storage.Three of the Celerra arrays are straightforward storage devices and the fourth is a network gateway for clustering storage systems, All are blade arrays offering support for from one to eight blades on he high-end models.

published February 23, 2009 by

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350,000 Linux deployment planned for Brazil

350,000 Linux deployment planned for Brazil

The Brazilian Government has ordered 350,000 low-cost PCs that should, if deployment proceeds as planned, be one of the largest thin-client roll-outs of Linux systems ever carried out.Two companies, Canada-based Useful and the Brazilian company, ThinNetworks announced on Wednesday that they planned to deploy the systems to Brazilian schoolchildren using shared hardware.

published February 20, 2009 by

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Intel plots the dynamic, scalable datacentre

Intel plots the dynamic, scalable datacentre

Intel’s upcoming new chip architecture, code-named Nehalem had a design based on a straightforward principle of modern system design. To run a computer you need a microprocessor and to run a very powerful computer, you need a lot of microprocessors stuck together.

published February 20, 2009 by

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Intel to remove up to 300 jobs in Ireland

Intel to remove up to 300 jobs in Ireland

Intel is going to cut its workforce in Ireland by between 200 and 300 jobs despite assuring workers there that their jobs were safe.The company confirmed to the Press Association on Wednesday that it was intending to make the cuts despite the fact that it had earlier said that no more redundancies were planned.

published February 19, 2009 by

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Citrix will offer free XenServer, reports say

Citrix will offer free XenServer, reports say

On Wednesday it appeared that Citrix was about to declare that it was offering its flagship virtualisation software, XenServer, for free, a move that might immediately revitalise the company’s presence in the virtualisation market.Citrix said on Thursday that they would be making an announcement about XensServer but would not give any details.

published February 19, 2009 by

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ZManda puts SME backup in the cloud

ZManda puts SME backup in the cloud

ZManda on Monday launched cloud computing-based backup and recovery software for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).ZMands Cloud Backup (ZCB) is designed to be easy to configure and use, the company said, and will provide backup and recovery for Microsoft Exchange and SQL Servers, based applications.

published February 17, 2009 by

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