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Volume 6, Number 29 -- August 5, 2008
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What the Heck Is the Midrange, Anyway?
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

It is a story we hear again and again from the IT vendors: They are going to double down and make aggressive moves into the small and medium business space because the growth rates for IT spending are higher than they are among larger enterprises, at least when those businesses are all lumped together. To many of us, who remember the minicomputer revolution and who know a thing or two about the midrange market, such statements seem a little odd. READ MORE >

Intel Talks Up Larrabee X64-Based Graphics Engine
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Chip maker Intel, seeking to rub salt into the wounds of rival Advanced Micro Devices and its ATI graphics chip subsidiary and to get the X64 architecture chasing some pretty high-end visualization workloads in supercomputers and perhaps in game consoles if IBM is not careful, is this week providing some insight into the forthcoming 'Larrabee' family of X64-based graphics engines. READ MORE >


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IBM's Q2 Server Sales: Let's Do Some Math
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

I have never understood why IT suppliers do not just come out and report their sales by product categories, but I suspect that we can blame the accountants and chief financial officers at those suppliers and the nervousness of the marketeers, who want to say as little as possible about how well or poorly they are doing in any product category. Anyway, because IT vendors only talk broadly and vaguely about their sales, IT consultants, Wall Street analysts, and wiseguy journalists are left each quarter to take a stab at trying to figure out actual sales for products. READ MORE >


As I See It: Babes in Broadband
by Victor Rozek

A couple of years back, my wife got frustrated with our glacially slow Internet connection and called Qwest, our telephone service provider, to see if anything could be done--preferably before the next millennium. After spending the obligatory eon in automated phone-support hell, then being shuffled to an assortment of earnest but useless people, she was finally dumped on the marketing department. READ MORE >



 

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Gartner Is Projecting a Decline in IT Hiring This Year
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Remember that report out of the National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses I told you about a few weeks ago that said IT jobs were growing in the United States despite the wobbly economy? Maybe it is time to get a second opinion about how IT jobs are lining up this year. That's why the analysts at Gartner did their own surveys, and the news suggests that the IT job market is weakening a bit in the States. READ MORE >


But Wait, There's More:

• Debian Project Updates 4.0, Code Freezes Debian 5.0

• Sun Delivers AMP Stack for Solaris and Linux, Windows Coming

• VMware's Sales Up 54 Percent in Q2, ESX Server 3i Hypervisor Now Free

• Yankee Group Says Server Virtualization Adoption Is Accelerating

• IBM Reaches Out to Midmarket Business Partners


 

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, Kevin Vandever,
Shannon O'Donnell, Victor Rozek, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
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The Four Hundred
Q&A with IBM's Ross Mauri: Talking Power Systems and Power7

IBM's Q2 Server Sales: Let's Do Some Math

IBM Creates a New Security PTF Group for i Operating Systems

Mad Dog 21/21: Newtonian Economics

Gartner Is Projecting a Decline in IT Hiring This Year

Four Hundred Stuff
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Resolution Moves Database Automation Forward

IBM Delivers ID Management as a Service with Tivoli FIM

Micro Focus Moves NetManage Acquisition Forward

ARCAD Opens New Office in Singapore

Big Iron
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Top Mainframe Stories From Around the Web

Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

Four Hundred Guru
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So That's What My Database Looks Like

Admin Alert: Moving i5/OS Resources on the Fly

System i PTF Guide
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June 28, 2008: Volume 10, Number 26

June 21, 2008: Volume 10, Number 25

The Windows Observer
Micro-Hoo Dead Again as Yahoo Settles with Icahn

Microsoft Financial Results Disappoint Wall Street

Intel Has a Great Q2, and AMD Has a Poor One and Taps a New CEO

Mad Dog 21/21: Mission Possible

Microsoft Expands 'Live Mesh' Trial

The Unix Guardian
More Power7 Details Emerge, Thanks to Blue Waters Super

HP-UX 11i v3 Update 2 Pricing Redux

IBM Drives Home a Strong Second Quarter Across the Board

The X Factor: The IT Department Matters as Much as the CIO

IT Jobs Grow in the U.S. Despite Economic Woes

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
What the Heck Is the Midrange, Anyway?

Intel Talks Up Larrabee X64-Based Graphics Engine

IBM's Q2 Server Sales: Let's Do Some Math

As I See It: Babes in Broadband

Gartner Is Projecting a Decline in IT Hiring This Year

But Wait, There's More:

Debian Project Updates 4.0, Code Freezes Debian 5.0 . . . Sun Delivers AMP Stack for Solaris and Linux, Windows Coming . . . VMware's Sales Up 54 Percent in Q2, ESX Server 3i Hypervisor Now Free . . . Yankee Group Says Server Virtualization Adoption Is Accelerating . . . IBM Reaches Out to Midmarket Business Partners . . .


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