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December 10, 2010  2:31 PM

Gartner: Converged infrastructure push will intensify, hide your wallet

Posted by: Matt Stansberry
converged data center infrastructure, DataCenter

This week at the Gartner Data Center conference in Las Vegas, analysts warned IT managers to avoid inadvertently backing into any vendor’s integrated stack. For converged infrastructure platforms, “it’s too early, there are too many unknowns, and it will not serve you well over the long...

December 9, 2010  6:30 PM

Data center cost reduction strategies from Gartner

Posted by: Matt Stansberry
cost analysis, DataCenter, Gartner

This week at the Gartner Data Center conference, at a session on reducing data center costs, IT managers filled both the primary and overflow rooms. Gartner analysts John Enck and Raymond Paquet laid out some tips for shrinking data center spending. But you can’t manage what you don’t...

November 24, 2010  2:56 PM

Fujitsu turns blade server on its head

Posted by: Alex Barrett
Blade servers, BX400, Fujitsu

Fujitsu blade server on wheelsIn a twist on blade server design,...

November 10, 2010  10:41 PM

Cfengine rolls out Nova 2.0, pushes users toward commercial offering

Posted by: Matt Stansberry
cfengine, DataCenter, open source, Systems Management

The commercial entity behind Cfengine, a popular open source data center automation and configuration tool, recently rolled out a new version of its proprietary offering Cfengine Nova 2.0. Cfengine has been around since the early 1990s, and boasts some...

October 28, 2010  3:33 PM

IT execs wave $50 billion budget purse to drive cloud computing standards

Posted by: Matt Stansberry
cloud computing, DataCenter, Virtualization

Intel and a group of high profile data center managers are banding together to drive cloud computing standards and interoperability. The organization, called the Open Data Center Alliance, boasts a handful of really big names, including BMW,...

October 20, 2010  3:12 PM

Converged infrastructure certifications come online

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, converged data center infrastructure, data center servers, Hewlett Packard, IT certification, training

 With Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and others preaching the benefits of converged data center infrastructure--packaging up compute server, networking and storage together--certifications for IT pros had to follow. This week, HP announced what it claims is the first program dedicated to training...

October 15, 2010  5:16 PM

BMC improves inline software upgrade process, rolls out Control M v7

Posted by: Matt Stansberry
BMC, DataCenter, Systems Management

BMC recently released a new version of its job scheduler, Control-M 7, with new features to help manage IT workloads in the cloud. The software has come a long way from prioritizing and scheduling batch computing jobs on...

October 4, 2010  3:11 PM

Ellison continues to “advise” HP

Posted by: badarrow
data center hardware, Hewlett Packard, HP, Larry Ellison, Leo Apotheker, Mark Hurd, Oracle

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison can't seem to stop himself from opining on Hewlett-Packard's management moves. This time

October 1, 2010  3:54 PM

HP executive moves infused with Oracle flavor

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, DataCenter, Hewlett Packard, Leo Apotheker, Mark Hurd, Oracle, Ray Lane, server hardware

So, Leo Apotheker, former CEO of SAP will, as of November 1, be CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Intriguing. Apotheker was pushed out of SAP last February (Super Bowl Sunday in fact) when the...

September 21, 2010  7:34 PM

Head to head video: Ellison gets cloud computing religion

Posted by: Matt Stansberry
cloud computing, DataCenter, Oracle

In 2009, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison compared cloud computing hype to water vapor. One year later he's on the cloud bandwagon, especially if you're interested in creating your own private cloud with...

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