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Dell’s Timely Push for Efficient Enterprise Computing

Traditionally, IT product marketing emphasizes immediate and short-term technical performance. This week's/month's/year's hot new products are compared side-by-side with those of competitors, benchmark benefits are extolled and shortcomings magnified. However, a confluence of global events is making...

Is the Open Cloud Manifesto an Open Book?

A group of large and small IT companies and institutions have signed the Open Cloud Manifesto, pledging to work together to establish and promote open standards in cloud computing. Officially, there are now 38 signatories -- a group that includes IBM, AT&T, Sun Microsystems, Novell, Rackspace an...

Dell Dives Deep Into Data Center Market

Dell on Wednesday announced a slew of products and services to underscore its thrust into the data center market. These include servers and workstations, lifecycle and system management software, storage, virtualization, and data center consulting services. It is offering 11th-generation PowerEdge s...

The PaaS Era, Part 2: Who’s In It All the Way?

Open development platforms and their offspring -- mashups -- are behind the significant changes in CRM functionality that have been introduced over the last year or so. These are early days for Platform as a Service, though, and each vendor is approaching the technology on its own preferred path. Fo...

CA Launches Systems Management Command Center Suite

CA has released a suite of enterprise IT management software tools that it's calling the next "killer app" for virtualization. The first phase in the nascent industry -- server consolidation -- is well underway; the next big trend, according to CA, is the comprehensive management of virtual systems....

ANALYSIS

Service Providers Compete on Technology – Why Not Support?

The competitive environment that characterizes today's broadband and value-added services landscape benefits the growth of many digital lifestyle products and services. Consumers are also primary beneficiaries of increased competition among carriers. Case studies reveal that when at least two servic...

Ubuntu’s Intrepid Ibex Makes the Leap

Just a few more days. Yes, the U.S. presidential election is a mere week away, but there's another countdown going on. Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Edition, the Intrepid Ibex release, is set to go live on Thursday. The beta has excited both users and potential users of the popular distro because of its rich ...

AppDeploy Community Launches Free Windows Installer Tool

AppDeploy, an online community for both systems management professionals and application and computer administrators has released a free software tool called "AppDeploy Repackager." The tool is the industry's first free application dedicated to the complex task of Windows Installer repackaging, acco...

The New IT Cocktail: Technology With a Dash of Strategy

Many contact centers continue to operate at suboptimal levels. Case in point: One financial services company has managed to turn "press zero to talk to a human" into not just a selling point but a major advertising campaign. While some great leaps in efficiency and quality have been made over the pa...

EXPERT ADVICE

The Lifecycle Approach to Shaping Up Flabby Mission-Critical Apps

"The 2008 Aberdeen Report: The State of the Market" reveals that investments in new enterprise applications are the top IT initiative for 2008. Aberdeen's research also shows that, on average, organizations are using six business-critical applications and are planning to roll out four new applicatio...

STARTUP TO WATCH

VKernel: Seeking Simplicity in the Wild, Woolly World of Virtualization

VKernel is a young company with its finger on the pulse of the virtual server market, one of the hottest in the software world. Buzz over virtual servers is so high-pitched, in fact, that CEO Alex Bakman sees the potential for a steady stream of new hires that will swell his company's workforce to 5...

Lean, Mean Machines: Tech for the SMB, Part 2

The continuing growth of the SMB market is pushing vendors to adapt or lose sales. Vendors are tweaking their more costly enterprise-grade offerings to feature sets and price levels SMB customers can afford. The SMB segment makes up 34 percent of the entire notebook market, according to research fi...

ANALYSIS

HP’s IT Lifecycle Vision

HP opened the second day of its Software Universe event Wednesday in Las Vegas with "product day," but the presentations seemed more about process -- the processes that usher application definitions and development into real world use. I've heard of applications lifecycle, sure, but the last few day...

Microsoft and Yahoo Walk, Cyber-Terror Risk Sticks Around, China Plays Dumb

The battle between Yahoo and investor Carl Icahn heated up a few notches this week. After exchanging a few sharply worded letters with each other, they started writing to investors. The humanity! Though the two parties have been going back and forth for weeks, both have really been trying to make th...

SugarCRM Bundles Functions for Resellers, Enterprises

SugarCRM is repackaging its functionality to target both companies that wish to resell SugarCRM to their own customers as well as large-scale enterprises that wish to manage multiple instances of the application through one console. Its new product, Sugar Data Center Edition, bundles existing softwa...

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