IBM updated four of its x86 rack servers and blades with Intel's new "Nehalem" Xeon 5500 series processors, claiming the upgrade boosts the systems' energy efficiency and performance.
The tightness of IT budgets bolsters Microsoft's contention that more shops are running open source apps on existing Windows infrastructure. These companies need to use their existing IT skills base and stretch the productivity of their installed technology, Sam Ramji, senior director of Microsoft's platform strategy, told SearchITChannel.com. Gregory Rosenberg, the CEO of RICIS Inc., a specialist in open source work, agreed that Windows has become an increasingly popular foundation for open source applications. Windows ability to run PHP, Python and other code is a major reason.