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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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.

February 19, 2009 by


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.

February 17, 2009 by


The British Library needs you

From Monday to Wednesday this week, the British Library in St Pancras is host to a conference on the Digital Lives Research Project.The project has been, and continues, under the auspices of some mainstream cultural and educational institutions and is intended as a major piece of research about our own history and the way in which we record it and store it, digitally.

February 10, 2009 by


VMware opens client virtualisation

EMC's virtualisation company, VMware has launched an open source virtual desktop client, VMware View Open Client. It is intended for use by EMC/VMware partner companies who want to give their clients the benefit of open source software running virtual machines and the company believes that a marriage of open source and virtualisation could be attractive to many companies.

February 5, 2009 by


Dell sponsors small business again

Dell has called for entries to this year's Dell Small Business Excellence Awards, an international competition to find technology innovations which is now in its sixth year.The competition is open to innovators from any country and is sponsored by the US National Federation for Independent Business and globally by the International Council for Small Business and Endeavour, a global non-profit organisation "supporting emerging market entrepreneurs".

February 3, 2009 by


NEC announced 20,000 job cuts

NEC announced on Friday that it will cut 20,000 jobs amongst the largest lost by companies blaming the economic slowdown and poor exchange rates for job losses.Half of the jobs losses will be in Japan and the other half around the world at the company’s various subsidiaries.

February 2, 2009 by


Novell confirms 100 layoffs

The open source vendor Novell on Saturday confirmed that the company was trimming its workforce by less than 100 people, considerably fewer than had been anticipated.Various sources had claimed that the company wanted to cuts its 4,200 worldwide employees by as much as 1,000.

February 2, 2009 by


Amazon lowers cloud costs

From the first of February users of Amazon’s CloudFront will find the cost of the cloud computing application has dropped.On Friday, Amazon said that the cost of transferring data around the cloud has come down from $0.

January 30, 2009 by