Stories by China Martens

  • IBM to unwrap first dual-core Xeon 'Paxville' servers

    IBM is due to unveil its first two 64-bit servers based on Intel's dual-core Xeon chip, formerly code-named Paxville DP, when the chip giant launches the processor Monday. Under a promotional deal to last through year-end, Big Blue will sell one of the servers for the same price as the single-core model it replaces, according to an IBM executive. The move is designed to provide an additional incentive for users to adopt dual-core computing sooner rather than later.

  • IBM has first Grid and Grow app partners

    IBM announced the first application vendors -- SAS Institute and Absoft -- to support its Grid and Grow bundle of software, hardware and services Tuesday. Big Blue first unveiled the bundle two months ago positioning it as a starter pack for midsize and large companies wanting to move into grid computing. IBM is now looking to extend the offering in a variety of ways both in terms of targeted users and vendor support.

  • IBM, Univa partner on grids

    IBM is to license commercial releases of Globus middleware from open-source grid software startup Univa, according to a partnership deal announced Monday. Big Blue will also use Univa's software internally on its grid projects, according to a company executive. The announcement was made at the GridWorld show in Boston running Oct. 3-6.

  • HP to buy blade management expert RLX

    Hewlett-Packard (HP) is to buy RLX Technologies as a way to provide better systems management for HP blades running Linux, the company announced Monday. The deal is part of HP's strategy to plug holes in its enterprise management product portfolio via acquisition.

  • MIT to launch US$100 laptop prototype in November

    The MIT Media Laboratory expects to launch a prototype of its US$100 laptop in November, according to Nicholas Negroponte, the lab's chairman and co-founder. The facility has been working with industry partners to develop a notebook computer for use by children in primary and secondary education around the world, particularly in developing countries. The laptops should start appearing in volume in late 2006.

  • Sun unveils latest UltraSparc processor

    Sun Microsystems has unveiled its UltraSparc IV+ processor, previously codenamed Panther. The chip has a clock speed of 1.5GHz, not the 1.8GHz the company promised back in October of last year.

  • EqualLogic aims at enterprises, backs Microsoft

    EqualLogic unveiled a new storage array, the PS300E, its first product targeting enterprises as well as its traditional midrange customer base Tuesday at the Storage Decisions conference in New York. The storage area network (SAN) company also stepped up its partnership with Microsoft, announcing support for the vendor's new System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) continuous data protection software.

  • Dell talks up multicore servers, workstations

    Dell has added multicore technology to its single-core dual-socket servers and workstations, the company announced Monday. Dell claims the new systems provide a maximum improvement in performance of 53 percent compared with the single-core, dual-socket machines they supersede.

  • Intel heads Virtual Iron's latest funding round

    Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of chip giant Intel, led Virtual Iron Software's latest financing round to secure $US8.5 million in funding for the virtualisation software startup, the two companies announced Monday. In addition, Virtual Iron and Intel have signed a non-exclusive collaboration agreement.

  • Former Novell exec's firm supports Suse Linux, rebrands

    StreamServe, helmed by the former second-in-command at Novell, has announced its software now supports Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server 9. The move is part of StreamServe's revamping of its image put in place since the Novell executive joined the company in April and a way to garner more business, particularly in Europe.

  • HP to acquire Peregrine Systems for $425 million

    HP is to acquire IT asset and service management software vendor, Peregrine Systems, in a cash deal for $US425 million. By integrating Peregrine's products into its HP OpenView systems management suite, HP hopes to position itself as one of the market leaders in asset management software.

  • IBM, Red Hat to galvanize Linux in emerging markets

    IBM and Red Hat unwrapped a joint worldwide initiative to try to speed up the development and adoption of Linux-based applications Friday. The companies are placing particular emphasis on emerging markets, like China, India, Russia and South Korea, according to a Big Blue executive. The deal is very similar to one IBM struck with Red Hat's main Linux competitor, Novell, back in March.

  • Lenovo to concentrate on SMB, emerging markets

    Hardware vendor Lenovo Group said it plans to increase its business outside of China by targeting small to midsize businesses (SMBs) in mature markets like the U.S. and Western Europe, while going after consumer and corporate customers in emerging markets.

  • Innovation on x86 to appear across Sun's hardware

    Sun Microsystems unveiled the first three members of its 64-bit "industry-standard" server family, formerly code-named "Galaxy," at its quarterly product roll out in New York Monday. Although Sun executives spent much of the launch positioning the new servers, they did reveal that technologies debuting in the Sun Fire X2100, X4100 and X4200 machines will appear in the rest of the company's hardware, including its Sparc line of servers.

  • Siebel releases fourth upgrade to CRM OnDemand in '05

    Siebel Systems unveiled the latest version of its CRM OnDemand software, release 9. The news comes on the same day that Oracle announced its bid to acquire Siebel for US$5.85 billion as a way to become the dominant supplier of CRM (customer relationship management) software.