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Windows & Linux Edition
Volume 2, Number 28 -- July 23, 2003
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Dell Kills Eight-Way Xeon Plans, Debuts Puppy Intel Server
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Dell this week let the word out that it has killed a development project with Intel to deliver a high-end machine that lashes together eight of Intel's "Gallatin" Pentium 4 Xeon MP processors. The killing of the eight-way server means that from here on out, Dell is going to focus on pushing clusters of two-way and four-way machines for both commercial and technical customers. Dell also rolled out a new, low-cost entry PowerEdge server aimed at small and midsized businesses. READ MORE >

Intel Ups Cache on Xeon DP Processors
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

As it has been promising it would, Intel last week began shipments of a "Prestonia" Pentium 4 Xeon DP processor that is aimed at dual-processor workstations and servers. The new chip has 1 MB of on-chip L3 cache, twice that of the existing Prestonia chip. The larger L3 cache is, for now, only available on the Prestonia chip running at 3.06 GHz and with the 533 MHz front side bus. READ MORE >

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IBM Posts a Good Second Quarter in a Tough IT Environment
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

IBM last week reported what can only be characterized as a good second quarter in an IT spending environment that continues to be difficult on a worldwide basis. Big Blue reported overall sales of $21.6 billion, up 10.1 percent from last year's second quarter, with net income of $1.7 billion and earnings of 97 cents per share. Because IBM was getting out of the disk drive business and restructuring its chip businesses this time last year, charges against earnings brought net income down to a measly $56 million, or three pennies per share. This is obviously a big improvement on the bottom line, which explains why IBM ditched the disk and chip businesses. READ MORE >

Cray, IBM, Sun Split Phase Two of $146 Million DARPA Super Deal
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. military has ponied up $146 million in the second phase of to push the envelope on supercomputing technology so it can meet its petaflops-scale computing needs at the end of this decade. DARPA provided a few million bucks each to Cray, SGI, IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard this time last year to come up with innovative proposals and concept studies, and now the organization is paying real money for a 36 month research and development phase. Cray, IBM, and Sun made the phase two cut, while HP and SGI did not. READ MORE >

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Dell Pushes In Alongside IBM in Saudi Aramco Linux Cluster
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

You may not know Saudi Aramco by name, but if you live in the modern world, you know what they do. The company, which is owned and operated by the Saudi royal family, is the largest producer of oil in the world. While the company does not provide sales figures to the public, it pumps out close to 3 billion barrels of oil a year, has immense gas reserves, and the largest refining operations in the world, probably yielding $60 billion to $70 billion in sales. Finding oil without spending big bucks on drilling is the name of the game in the oil biz, and that is why Saudi Aramco is investing heavily in Lintel clusters. READ MORE >

Shaking IT Up: Value-Added Resellers, Now That's Funny
by Kevin Vandever

I was recently involved in selecting hardware at my employer's, and it was an eye-opening experience. I knew it would be. I'm a software guy. I know very little about the details of the hardware that my software runs on. I became involved in making this decision because of my experience in selecting software. I looked forward to the education, but what I didn't count on was that not only was this going to be eye-opening, but it would turn out to be a side-splitting experience, too. READ MORE >

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Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Managing Editor: Shannon Pastore
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Shannon O'Donnell,
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Dell Kills Eight-Way Xeon Plans, Debuts Puppy Intel Server

Intel Ups Cache on Xeon DP Processors

IBM Posts a Good Second Quarter in a Tough IT Environment

Cray, IBM, Sun Split Phase Two of $146 Million DARPA Super Deal

Dell Pushes In Alongside IBM in Saudi Aramco Linux Cluster

Shaking IT Up: Value-Added Resellers, Now That's Funny

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