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.
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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.
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.
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.
With AMD's launch of Barcelona comes a new metric: Average CPU Power. While the Average CPU Power (ACP) metric reflects a need--everyone wants to know how much power servers are gobbling up--it won't gain significant traction until others follow suit.
On today's podcast:It's Barcelona day for AMD. The Intel dogfight is far from over though.
Apple said Monday that it has sold its 1 millionth iPhone--a tally that's impressive to some and disappointing to others who had way too high expectations. For context, Apple sold its 1 millionth iPhone (see Techmeme) just 74 days after the product's launch (feels like it was two years ago).
On the day AMD will launch its Barcelona chip Intel just happened to raise its outlook for the third quarter. Coincidence?
It's clear that the Federal Communications Commission's auction of 700 MHz wireless spectrum was important. But so important that Apple will become a bidder?
Research in Motion suffered an e-mail outage Friday and pretty soon its reputation may take a hit. The cure: A little transparency.