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Windows & Linux Edition
Volume 2, Number 44 -- November 12, 2003
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Bill's, Andy's, and Linus' Enterprise Adventure, Every Week

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Gartner Says Q3 Server Shipments Are Up
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Worldwide server shipments were up like a rocket at 20.8 percent growth compared with the third quarter of 2002, with an estimated 1.37 million machines shipped, according to IT analyst firm Gartner. This is the third straight quarter of double-digit server shipment growth compared with 2002, with the second quarter up 17.6 percent, to 1.28 million machines, and the first quarter up 10.4 percent, to 1.23 million units. READ MORE >

IBM Launches 16-Way xSeries Itanium Server
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

IBM this week announced a new 16-way server, dubbed the xSeries 455, that will put it head-to-head with big midrange and entry enterprise servers based on the "Madison" Itanium 2 processors from Intel. Unisys, NEC, and Hewlett-Packard are the dominant suppliers of big Itanium 2 boxes so far, and IBM doesn't want to miss out on deals in which companies pick Itanium 2 to run big databases and applications. READ MORE >

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HP Superdomes Break Through 1 Million TPM
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Hewlett-Packard last week pierced the stratospheric 1 million transactions per minute (TPM) mark on the TPC-C online transaction processing benchmark, becoming the first vendor ever to hit that performance level with a database server running a single-system image. HP has been striving to put as much water as possible between its 64-way Superdome Integrity line of HP-UX, Windows, and Linux servers and the RISC/Unix servers of its rivals IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Fujitsu-Siemens and the Itanium servers from Unisys and NEC. READ MORE >

IBM Uses Express Products to Drive SMB Sales, Loyalty
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

IBM will this week announce another batch of so-called Express products and bundles that it is using to drive sales into small and midsized businesses and to retain the loyalty of its reseller and independent software vendor customers. With everybody chasing the SMB market, which is growing its IT purchases at a rate that is twice that of the enterprise market, where IBM has hegemony, the Express offerings are IBM's and its partners' best chance of competing as one against many other players. READ MORE >

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Shaking IT Up: IT Is Like an Airport
by Kevin Vandever

Working in IT is difficult. You put in long hours, deal with too much stress, and don't always have the greatest relationships with your customers. Okay, we can be honest here: You think some of your customers are idiots. Well, have you ever stopped to think about what your customers think of IT? As rough as our days seem to be, have you ever thought about the hours and stress we add to our customers' lives? Have you ever pondered the possibility that we are the idiots? READ MORE >

But Wait, There's More

Can Indiana Compete with India for Outsourced Development? Gartner Says Maybe . . . Microsoft Offers Bounties on Hackers' Heads . . . Microsoft Launches Systems Management Server 2003 . . . Microsoft Delivers Virtual PC Partitioning for Desktops, Server Plans Unclear . . . HP Loses Two More Top Executives . . . Mississippi State Goes "Maverick" with InfiniBand Cluster . . . MAPICS Posts Second Profitable Quarter, Following Frontstep Acquisition . . . 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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Gartner Says Q3 Server Shipments Are Up

IBM Launches 16-Way xSeries Itanium Server

HP Superdomes Break Through 1 Million TPM

IBM Uses Express Products to Drive SMB Sales, Loyalty

Shaking IT Up: IT Is Like an Airport

But Wait, There's More







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