Organisations that hope to prosper despite any recession, need to implement a formal IT strategy. And if they haven’t started on one already, they need to move fast.
Barker Bites Back
A look at some newsy stuff and interesting bits as well as those hopefully amusing byways of technology.
I have been a computer journalist for most of my working life although I did start in the wonderful world of accountancy. I have been editor of Compting magazine in London and prior to that held a number of editing jobs, including time spend at the late, lamented DEC Computing and was at one time London editor for Byte magazine. Outside of work, my main interests are travelling, football and baseball. I lived for some years in Boston, Mass, and became an incurable Boston Red Sox fan as a result. I have no particular qualifications for being a journalist other than a university degree and a lifelong curiosity about people.
The analysts at Gartner gathered together some of the IT industry’s finest brains for a keynote on Tuesday at the Gartner Symposium and IT Expo in Las Vegas to look into some of the future innovations we should look out for. In a wide ranging session, researchers from Sun Microsystems, HP, Cisco and Xerox talked about the projects their labs are working on.
The Gartner Symposium and IT Expo for Spring 2008 kicked off on Monday. Held in the home of US trade shows, Las Vegas, around 2,000 delegates sat down on Monday to four days of analysis and future predictions along with perhaps a little gambling thrown in.
Is HP getting too big for the footware?HP proudly boasts now of being the largest IT company in the world and that thrilling breakthrough as inspired HP execs to come out with bigger and more grandiose claims.
Fujitsu Siemens has launched a BladeEngine for its PRIMERGY Blade Servers that offers virtualisation features along with unified network communications and a combined 10 Gbit Ethernet and iSCSI SAN Mezzanine card, according to the company.Designed for use in data centres, the card has a dual capability with its 10 Gbit Ethernet and iSCSI SAN controller for virtualised operations so that an individual machine can operate in, say, VMware and Xen environments.
Microsoft have billed today’s triple UK launch of Windows Server 2008 along with SQL Server and Visual Studio at the Wellcome Centre in central London. Microsoft is demanding the full attention of a lot of journalists (possible as many as 60 all told) to outline the new products.
If there was a reason why HP should fly a bunch of journalists off to Cannes in France it was revealed on Monday when the two companies joined up for a press conference to announce the latest step in their pact, that HP would be carrying VMware’s ESX 3i virtualisation product.The two companies have had a joint agreement for some time (“six or seven years” was one HP insider’s estimate) and this agreement broadens it significantly.
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.
Small applause to HP for its use of re-cycled plastics as it has claimed something of a breakthrough. Instead of using pristine, new plastic in its print cartridges it has been using re-cycled plastic instead.
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.