IBM and HP are in a duel to be the favored enterprise server provider, but there are many other players to keep things interesting. For instance, Dell is a solid No. 3 and Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems should keep the server market interesting. Cisco also aims to be a server player. A recent trend: Creating application optimized servers.
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At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison unveils a new storage server product, dubbed Exadata. The programmable storage server aims to put database intelligence next to each drive. The Exadata storage server will be immediately available on Linux running on Intel, but Ellison noted that other flavors for various platforms "are on the way."
Paul Perrone, CEO of Perrone Robotics, introduces Tommy Jr., a driverless car powered by Solaris and Java, created for the DARPA Urban Challenge. The vehicle made an appearance on stage at the JavaOne conference last week in San Francisco. Tommy Jr. will navigate using laser "eyes" mounted on the body of the car, along with GPS accurate to within 2 to 4 inches.
It seems going virtual can create some very real returns. Not only does virtualisation cut down on wasted CPU, disk and memory capacity, it also allows for more rapid deployment of applications and reduces power usage.
On the floor of Interop New York 2007, ZDNet Executive Editor David Berlind stops by the Plat'Home booth to take a closer look at its new--and small--Linux servers. With no moving parts, the OpenBlock S266 and the OpenMicroServer can operate in places where there is little room as well as little tolerance for machines that produce excessive heat.
Steve Bozzo, CIO of 1-800-Flowers speaks about managing flower delivery operations during the peak holiday periods and the excess capacity during the slower times.