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CIO's fourth quarter IT hiring outlook steady

Fourteen percent of chief information officers plan to hire technology staff in the fourth quarter, according to a hiring survey by staffing firm Robert Half.That hiring rate makes for a 12 percent differential in hiring plans since 2 percent anticipate cutbacks, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report.

September 11, 2007 by

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AMD's Hector Ruiz facing down the unmentionable

Prior to AMD's Barcelona/Quad-Core Opteron processor launch event this evening in San Francisco, I lunched, along with fellow journalists, with company Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz and Randy Allen, corporate vice president of AMD’s Server and Workstation division.What stood out for me was AMD's psychic battle--living in Intel's shadow, a self-acknowledged David trying to slay, or compete against, a Goliath ten times bigger.

September 10, 2007 by Dan Farber


Michael Dell's new focus

As the New York Times' Steve Lohr reported recently, Dell has suffered a series of setbacks in recent months, from HP overtaking the company as the largest PC seller to an SEC investigation involving falsified quarterly results. In the article, Dell said, “We’re moving the needle in terms of getting focused on the right long-term issues.

September 10, 2007 by Dan Farber


VMware revs up for VMworld; launches new software

VMware announced Monday a new lineup of products that will be showcased this week. VMware launched VMware ESX Server 3i, a "thin hypervisor" that's integrated in server hardware sans an operating system; Virtual Desktop Manager, a connection broker for virtual desktops; and Site Recovery Manager, an automation system for recovering from data center outages.

September 10, 2007 by


Michael Dell: Changing the economics of SMB storage

Company founder and CEO Michael Dell was in San Francisco today, conducting a global Webcast "town hall meeting" focused on how his company is removing cost and complexity from storage solutions for the "under-served" market of small- and medium-sized businesses.He warned that SMBs, with a large IT budget or in-house expertise, will start losing their data if something isn't done to bring down the cost and complexity of storage.

September 10, 2007 by Dan Farber