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April 6, 2010  1:31 PM

Cisco UCS news: Blah, blah, blah?

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
AMD, Cisco UCS, Data Center, Intel, x86 processor

Our sister site SearchITChannel has a story up today on whether Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) is as good a fit in existing data centers as it is in new facilities. Cisco, of course,...

February 19, 2010  7:00 PM

Hewlett-Packard reports mixed quarterly hardware revenue results

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Data Center, Hewlett Packard, HP

For HP's fiscal quarter ending Jan. 31, HP saw overall growth in the server and storage market, including increases in x86 rack and blade servers, but a sharp drop-off in its Itanium-based hardware. The rundown:

  • Enterprise Storage and Servers had $4.4 billion in revenue, up 11% over...

January 27, 2010  5:15 PM

The x86 server processor market revival

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
AMD, Data Center, Intel, x86 processors

IDC today is reporting that the x86 server processor market is back on the rebound, growing 14.1% in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter: "The sequential rise in mainstream and high-end client processors points to the new products, like Core i5 and Athlon II, that Intel and...

January 27, 2010  2:01 PM

Big Oracle Sun event today

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Data Center, Oracle, Sun Microsystems

Starting at noon ET today, Oracle will kick off a five-hour event in California that will outline its plans for Sun Microsystems' technology. Last week, Oracle received approval from the European...

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January 21, 2010  2:17 PM

European Commission approves Oracle acquisition of Sun

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Data Center, Oracle, Sun Microsystems

The European Commission has approved the Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems, representing the last hurdle the database giant had to jump before the deal was done. It has been nine months since Oracle announced its intention to purchase Sun, but regulatory issues have stymied progress on the...

December 7, 2009  1:18 PM

Some IT predictions from IDC

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
DataCenter, IT predictions

Research firm IDC just released its top 10 predictions for the IT and telecommunications industry. Here are a few highlights:

  • Growth will return to the IT industry in 2010. We predict 3.2% growth for...

December 2, 2009  8:00 PM

Gartner analyst compares Itanium to Marmite

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Itanium, servers

LAS VEGAS - Andrew Butler, a Gartner analyst, yesterday called Itanium "the Marmite of the computing industry." Butler, who is from the U.K., was referencing a yeast paste popular over the pond that is commonly used as a spread on toast, sandwiches and...

November 12, 2009  9:28 PM

More on the pending Oracle-Sun acquisition

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Data Center, Oracle, Sun Microsystems

Earlier this week I wrote about the pending Oracle-Sun acquisition, and how Sun Microsystems customers were getting pretty tired of being in limbo, waiting around while antitrust regulatory agencies...

August 7, 2009  5:57 PM

IT job losses slow, Canada posts net tech jobs gain

Posted by: Matt Stansberry
data center jobs, DataCenter, it jobs

According to a new report from the IT job research firm Foote Partners LLC, the IT job losses have slowed down in the U.S., and Canada actually posted a net gain in technology jobs. David Foote, CEO and founder of the firm, said certain non-certified job skills are recession proof -- including...

July 16, 2009  1:27 PM

Oracle-Sun merger likely to take some time, thanks to regulators

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Acquisition, Java, Oracle, Sun Microsystems

Though Sun shareholders may give the thumbs-up to a merger with Oracle in a meeting today, users shouldn't expect it to be complete for months, despite Oracle's claims and hopes. Two weeks ago, Oracle announced that the U.S. Justice...

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