Engadget tipped us off on the news that all Sidekick users may lose their data due to a failure of the server that backs up and syncs all the data. I started out my wireless data experience with the original T-Mobile Sidekick, but thankfully have moved on to using services that I back up both locally and in the cloud. According to the T-Mobile forums data services provided by Danger, a Microsoft subsidiary, were experiencing a major service disruption that has now results in a loss of contacts, calendar entries, to-do list, and photos that were backed up on the server. This is pretty bad news for Sidekick owners and maybe the remedy should be for T-Mobile to replace Sidekicks with Google Android devices and drop the Sidekick line for good, seeing as how they will soon most likely be phased out anyways with the ownership of Danger by Microsoft.
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Windows Mobile is often compared to BlackBerry, especially now that Microsoft has integrated Direct Push technology into their servers and devices. There is a new tool that compares the Total Cost of Ownership between different server solutions (primarily RIM BlackBerry) and Windows Mobile. Do you agree with the results of the tool?
Linux software seller Turbolinux and server maker Egenera announced a partnership to market Egenera's BladeFrame servers with PowerCockpit configuration and deployment software from Turbolinux. "For data centers housing hundreds to thousands of servers, this integrated solution means quantifiable improvements in both time-to-market and total cost of ownership," said Ly-Huong Pham, CEO of Turbolinux.
Traditionally, IT shops turned to attached storage methods such as standalone hard disks, RAID arrays, tape media, and optical, which connected a single storage resource to a single host such as a server or workstation directly or through an I/O bus. The variety of methods presented an equally wide range of concerns, including cost of ownership, scalability, and manageability issues.
With the whole world and his wife hailing the advent of a new age of hosted applications - an age which promises simplified management and a reduction in total cost of ownership - the age of client/server seems to be drawing to a close. But Dominic Maher isn't so sure...
Compaq has slated the Network Computer (NC) for not reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) but for actually adding to the overall costs on the network and server. The accusation was made as Oracle chief Larry Ellison reaffirmed his intentions to retain and push the NC, despite weak financials and drop in share price.