Stories by Denise Dubie

  • Could Cisco and BMC become more than partners?

    As Cisco makes an aggressive play for data center market share with its California blade server, industry watchers speculate whether the vendor might also consider acquiring one of the big four management software makers to strike a potentially bigger blow to competitors HP and IBM.

  • Network skills in demand, pay well in down economy

    IT executives polled separately by IT staffing and consultancy firm Robert Half Technology and staffing firm Bluewolf revealed that the need for specific IT skills doesn't lessen because the economy is bad. Robert Half Technology surveyed 1,400 CIOs about their hiring plans for the second quarter (8 percent intend to add staff) and discovered the skills considered most in demand right now.

  • HP cuts pay, benefits after poor financials

    HP chairman and CEO Mark Hurd this week said the vendor would reduce base pay and some benefits across the company in the wake of disappointing earnings and in an attempt to stave off mass layoffs.

  • Down economy fuels IT outsourcing

    Companies flocked to IT outsourcing vendors as the recession unfolded last year and industry watchers expect more of the same as companies seek to slash fixed costs and deliver services with smaller staffs.

  • IBM leads IT out of the data center

    IBM plans to help customers broaden IT's reach beyond the data center and into managing physical environments, cloud services and virtual resources with one set of tools that improves efficiencies, reduces costs and cuts back on manual labor.

  • How companies are cutting costs

    Nearly half of companies working to reduce costs attempt to avoid permanent layoffs, according to recent survey results, opting instead to freeze salaries and cut travel expenses.

  • Tech industry watchers feel economic pain

    Tech industry stalwart Gartner cancels its cornerstone event scheduled for this spring, reduces its workforce by more than 100 and proves that IT watchers aren't immune to the economic turmoil that the vendors they cover and the clients they serve are facing.

  • HP extends virtual systems management

    HP Thursday introduced an expanded software suite designed to help data-center managers rapidly and accurately deploy new technologies and more quickly recover remote servers in the event of a failure.

  • SolarWinds acquires Kiwi Enterprises

    SolarWinds announced Monday it had acquired for an undisclosed sum the assets of New Zealand-based software maker Kiwi Enterprises, best known for its free management and configuration tools.

  • CA to buy data-leak prevention vendor

    CA Monday announced an agreement to acquire for an undisclosed sum data-leak prevention vendor Orchestria, boosting the software maker's security, privacy and compliance technologies.

  • Securing DNS should trump budget-cutting, experts say

    The discovery of a major DNS flaw in mid-2008 landed the technology in many headlines, but with economic concerns weighing on many in IT, industry watchers worry that revamping systems and security around domain name servers could be put on hold in 2009.

  • Could a management titan topple in 2009?

    The management market could be in for a shakeup in 2009, analysts say, when one of the big four market-leading management-software makers succumbs to acquisition by a high-tech heavyweight looking to buy its way in.