Stories by China Martens

  • Novell, Red Hat join IBM's strategic alliance program

    IBM is strengthening its existing partnerships with the two leading Linux distribution companies, Novell and Red Hat, the company announced Wednesday. The two vendors have joined the likes of SAP and Cisco Systems as the top ten partners in IBM's highest level of partnership, its strategic alliance program.

  • HP to consolidate data marts into single warehouse

    Hewlett-Packard (HP) plans to consolidate its 762 data marts around the world into a single enterprise data warehouse, according to the head of the company. The move is a way for HP to both get a better sense of its own business and how best to serve its customers. HP also intends to reduce its more than 85 data centers in 29 countries down to six global facilities.

  • Sun goes open route to broaden appeal of new chip

    Sun Microsystems is hoping to get its UltraSparc T1 chip, formerly codenamed Niagara, noticed by more than just its installed Sparc user base via a new program dubbed OpenSparc. The ultimate aim is to have third parties improve on the processor's design and produce their own UltraSparc T1-based chips, according to Sun executives.

  • Users, peers lead firms to consider desktop Linux

    While employees and competitors are putting pressure on companies to deploy Linux on desktops, a lack of applications remains the biggest hurdle for the operating system, according to a survey from Linux development consortium Open Software Development Labs (OSDL) released Tuesday.

  • Sun paints Niagara green for launch

    Sun Microsystems is due to take the wraps off its new UltraSparc T1 chip. Previously code-named Niagara, the company's multithreaded, multicore processor had been slated to appear early in 2006. Unlike previous chip launches, Sun isn't planning to announce specifics on the servers the chip will power; instead the company is unveiling UltraSparc T1 on the day it talks up eco-friendly chip design at an event in San Francisco.

  • IBM leads group for open-source storage

    SAN FRANCISCO: IBM and eight other storage vendors are teaming up to form an open-source organisation initially called Aperi. The companies intend to work together to develop common storage software to manage different vendors' systems. The software will be made available free of charge.

  • IBM trying to promote internal cycle of growth

    IBM is working to promote a "virtuous cycle of growth" within its operations, according to a senior Big Blue executive. The hope is that increased employee productivity results in collaboration which in turn stimulates innovation which then drives productivity and so on.

  • Novell's new president looks ahead to restructuring

    The new man in the number-two spot at Novell has a major task on his hands: how to get the troubled company's business back into alignment. Part of the company's restructuring will be reflected in Novell's upcoming layoffs, due to be announced at the same time as the software vendor's fourth-quarter financial results, he said.

  • Sun's Java middleware to support Windows, HP-UX

    Sun Microsystems made a flurry of announcements centered around its Solaris 10 operating system Wednesday. The news included the release of a new version of its Java Enterprise System (Java ES) subscription-based enterprise middleware, which will now support additional non-Sun operating systems.

  • IBM's Gluecode SE replacement to appear mid-November

    IBM has announced plans to release the follow-on version to the software it acquired with its May purchase of startup Gluecode. Called WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE), the low-end application server software should be available in the middle of next month, according to an IBM executive.

  • IBM leads group to create open-source storage

    IBM and eight other storage vendors are teaming up to form an open-source organization initially called Aperi, Big Blue announced Tuesday. The companies intend to work together to develop common storage software to manage different vendors' systems, making it easier for users dealing with disparate storage systems. The software will be made available free of charge.

  • Novell: No comment on layoff rumours

    Troubled software vendor Novell wouldn't comment on a growing number of reports and rumors circulating Monday that the company is about to lay off as much as 20 percent of its workforce as a way of cutting costs.