Stories by Dan Neel

  • Sun to offer 'shrink-wrapped' network configurations

    Fulfilling another component of the company's iForce Initiative, Sun Microsystems will bring its long-awaited FTR (Floor Tile Ready) program to market next Tuesday, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.

  • HP, Compaq fend off Unix server foes IBM, Sun

    Despite recent hype over a two-horse race between Sun Microsystems and IBM for the high-end Unix server market crown, industry heavyweights Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Compaq each plan to aggressively pursue the title themselves, according to HP and Compaq officials.

  • Dell offers new Latitude to corporate road warriors

    Built-to-order PC maker Dell Computer on Wednesday began offering a new Latitude C610 notebook PC designed to free mobile workers from both data and power lines for up to eight hours, according to Tim Mattox, vice president of relationship client marketing for Dell.

  • Worldwide chip sales fall by 42 percent

    Worldwide sales of semiconductors fell by nearly half over the course of the last year, according to a report released on Monday by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

  • Some 75GB IBM Deskstar drives crashing

    Users of IBM Corp.'s Deskstar 75GXP 75GB disk drives are reporting abnormally high failure rates for the product, according to industry sources. But IBM officials said the problems are within the range of normal failure rates.

  • Intel to roll out Tualatin

    Ushering in the first of many processors built on a smaller, 0.13-micron architecture, Intel next Monday will formally introduce its Tualatin chip, a Pentium III processor that runs cooler and uses less power than its predecessors, an Intel spokesperson said.

  • HP cuts prices on rack-optimised servers

    Taking advantage of a hot market for rack-optimised servers, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has slashed prices on several rack-optimised HP Netserver systems by as much as 23 per cent, according to HP officials.

  • Scale Eight goes live with Global Storage Service

    Claiming it has combined an efficient, global file storage service with a business model well-suited for the current economic climate, storage technology company Scale Eight on Monday kick-started its Global Storage Service.

  • Compaq widens support for open-source computing

    Expanding it's support of open-source computing, Compaq on Monday announced a number of Linux initiatives during a teleconference with Mike Winkler, the executive vice president of global business units at the systems giant.

  • Small chipmakers can cause big supply problems

    The economic difficulties being experienced by many smaller chip companies that build silicon for telecommunications and computer equipment makers can disrupt supply chains of specialized chips and send buyers scrambling for alternatives if the small chip company fails.

  • Storage rivals to cooperate

    An ambitious effort from the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) will help eliminate the blame game when troubleshooting mixed-vendor SANs (storage area networks).