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Getting Dizzy from Dynamic Infrastructure
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

When the economy went into recession in December 2007, and maybe even before, the top research and marketing minds at IBM were already hard at work on a new, big sales pitch that just so happens to coincide with the kinds of economic stimulus and long-term investments that the Obama Administration here in the United States and leaders in other governments want to make. What they want, of course, is a new and potentially much larger wave of automation, which has implications for our lives as well as our data centers. READ MORE >

The Economy Gives the Server Biz a Flat Tire in Q4
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

If IT departments are not being given the green light to attack the backlog of application development and infrastructure modernization projects they have on their to-do lists, the one thing they most definitely do not do is buy new server capacity. And that is why the fourth quarter, according to the analysts at Gartner, was not a particularly good one for server makers. Thankfully for them, though, a lot of projects are already funded and there is always basic capacity requirements driving some sales. READ MORE >


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Infor Battles Customers in Court Over License Fees
by Alex Woodie

ERP software giant Infor is taking legal action against customers as it seeks to recoup license fees it claims it is owed. The company reached an out-of-court settlement last week with a BPCS customer, Vaughan & Bushnell, regarding a dispute over an AS/400 upgrade performed in the 1990s. While the parties avoided a trial, Infor is still pursuing similar lawsuits against two other customers for license fees it claims the companies avoided paying following server upgrades. READ MORE >


As I See It: Isolation
by Victor Rozek

During the Great Depression, it was common that people greeted each other with a question. In shops, bars, and on the street, anxious men glanced self-consciously at one another and asked the only question that mattered: 'Are you working?' Absent a social safety net, work was everything. It staved off hunger and the specter of bread lines and tent cites. It provided today's security and tomorrow's dignity; and made you the object of envy among the unemployed. READ MORE >




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Global IT Spending Barely Ahead of 2008; Some Regions Showing Strength
by Dan Burger

The supply of data keeps piling up. The demand for getting a better handle on that data keeps growing. But the money to convert those mountains of information into a better business strategy is being pulled back. Some organizations may be spending now to be in better shape when the economy starts to warm, but apparently many are keeping their hands in their pockets, particularly in the United States and Western Europe, spending only what they absolutely have to. READ MORE >


But Wait, There's More:

• Have IT Vendors Been Hit Harder Than IT Departments?

• CFMUG Downshifts from Monthly to Two Yearly Meetings

• IBM to Bid for Satyam? Rumors All Over the Place

• MKS Weathers the Economic Storm in Fiscal Q3

• Overworked, Underpaid, and No Free Donuts and Coffee


Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights.  Feel free to send a letter to the editor.  Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >


 
Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Brian Kelly, Shannon O'Donnell,
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LaserVault Shrinks System i Backups with Data De-Duplication

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TPM at The Register
AT&T wants to run your data center

Gartner: PC sales, except netbooks, to slump in 2009

Citrix taps VMLogix for fake server jukeboxing

Taiwan bails out memory makers

Lenovo erects Atom tower

Forrester: Fake servers like recessions

HP babysits small biz servers

Dell plays with virtual data centers

Server market gets second opinion on Q4

SGI lays off another 9 per cent

Virtualization soars on Big Blue Power boxes

AMD: 'At heart, we're a design company'

EMC facing DoJ probe

Gartner: PC sales, except netbooks, to slump in 2009

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Getting Dizzy from Dynamic Infrastructure

The Economy Gives the Server Biz a Flat Tire in Q4

Infor Battles Customers in Court Over License Fees

As I See It: Isolation

Global IT Spending Barely Ahead of 2008; Some Regions Showing Strength

But Wait, There's More:

Have IT Vendors Been Hit Harder Than IT Departments? . . . CFMUG Downshifts from Monthly to Two Yearly Meetings . . . IBM to Bid for Satyam? Rumors All Over the Place . . . MKS Weathers the Economic Storm in Fiscal Q3 . . . Overworked, Underpaid, and No Free Donuts and Coffee . . .


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