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The well-prepared data center

A CIO friend of mine recently went through an experience that we should all learn from. There was a power glitch at his data center and, as it was designed to do, the UPS took over.

March 23, 2005 by Phil Windley

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PC Forum: Where in the world is search heading?

The final PC Forum panel had major search vendors and scientists sharing their views on search. The panel included Marissa Mayer, director of consumer product at Google (search, news, images, Froogle, local); Udi Manber, former Yahoo chief scientist and president of Amazon's A9 search engine; Alain Rappaport, CEO of Medstory; and Arkady Volozh, CEO of Yandex, the leading Russian search engine and portal.

March 23, 2005 by Dan Farber

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PC Forum buzzword alert: Long tail and Ecosystem

Esther Dyson's PC Forum is one of those events where you can feel the pulse of the industry (at least the top of the pyramid, judging by the number of corporate jets) and get a sense of what is fashionable, if not profound or disruptive (buzzword from last year).

March 22, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Spikesource to come out of beta in April

Whether your enterprise is heavily vested in open source software or just thinking about taking the plunge, SpikeSource CEO Kim Polese is hoping you'll turn over one of the most difficult parts of running an open source stack to her (and save money in the process): managing change.

March 22, 2005 by David Berlind

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SDForum: IBM's Mooney on SaaS

IBM's Gerry Mooney was the second of two keynote speakers at SDForum's SaaS (software as a service) conference today. Mooney, the VP of Corporate Strategy at Big Blue, avoided most of the pitch-speak heard throughout the day and instead shared his ideas of the software as a service model and the on-demand era, stating that is the rudest awakening of uncertainty since the Depression.

March 22, 2005 by Chris Jablonski

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PC Forum: Is open source a movement or a working model?

Mitchell Baker and Kim Polese joined Esther for a panel on trends in open source. Baker said that the call for a smaller set of licenses is gaining some traction, especially in developing interoperability among the licenses, although the GPL is problematic on that front.

March 22, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Salesforce.com leads the way at software as a service conference

Industry experts, executives, and entrepreneurs gathered in Santa Clara for SDForum's full-day "Software as a Service" event. The sold out conference kicked off with a panel, which included CNET founder Halsey Minor, talking about the practical considerations of the burgeoning model.

March 22, 2005 by Chris Jablonski

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