Volume 3, Number 29 -- August 8, 2006
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IBM Broadens Use of Opterons in System x Servers
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

As the rumors on the street foretold, IBM last week unveiled a System x server line based on the "Santa Rosa" Rev F Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices. The five new machines will give IBM the means of better competing with Opteron-based solutions from Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems, but IBM is by no means abandoning or even diminishing its use of X64 processors from Intel. READ MORE >

Novell Says SLES 10 Has Impressive First Ten Days
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

If the first ten days in the aftermath of the launch of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, the brand-spanking-new server operating system from Novell, is any indication, then perhaps there is finally some hope that Novell's plummeting NetWare business will not take the company down with it. While it is always dangerous to be too optimistic at the early part of any product launch, the numbers that SLES 10 put up in its first ten business days are not too shabby. READ MORE >

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by Timothy Prickett Morgan

In an effort to make its software pricing methods more rational in a world where there are many different kinds of server processor architectures, IBM has put a stake in the ground and marked out a new pricing methodology for software that is more closely aligned to the performance of various processors than current per-socket or per-core pricing methods. The key words here are "more closely." It is not a one-to-one ratio. READ MORE >

The X Factor: High-End Chips Draw Even, Vendors Prepare to Differentiate
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

It has taken a long time, a lot of planning and roadmaps, and some coincidental delays in products and surprises in the performance delivered by chip makers, but the four major high-end processors used in big servers--the IBM Power, Sun Microsystems' UltraSparc, the Intel Itanium, and the AMD Opteron--have more or less drawn even in terms of the high performance and dual-core capabilities that five years ago were only available from IBM. But the situation may not last for long, as these same chip makers are preparing to push their chips in different technological directions in the coming years to push the performance envelope further. READ MORE >



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But Wait, There's More:

Debian Project Weaves OpenVZ Virtualization into Its Distro . . . AJAX and Java Use Are Growing Among Programmers . . . IBM Boosts IT Automation with Tivoli Provisioning Manager 5.1 . . . Merges Power Instruction Sets, Gets New Members . . . LTO Drives, Libraries Rule the Midrange Tape Storage Market . . . 10 Gigabit Ethernet Rollout Begins at Global 2000 Firms . . .



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
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