• July 06, 2005 06 Jul'05

    Golden's Rules: Mixing Linux and Windows

    If you listen to the debate between Microsoft advocates and open source zealots, you might easily conclude that it's an all-or-nothing proposition. For them, it's one or the other.

  • July 05, 2005 05 Jul'05

    Hugger-Mugger fixes goofed open source ERP implementation

    Love at first site led exercise products manufacturer Hugger-Mugger to a botched open source ERP implementation.

  • July 05, 2005 05 Jul'05

    Beowulf founder: Virtualization hot on Linux clusters

    Beowulf Project co-founder Donald Becker explains how Linux clusters can make for a no-clutter virtualization option.

  • July 05, 2005 05 Jul'05

    Platespin's OS Portability promising

    Imagine a data center with no boundaries between hardware, software and operating systems. The impending release of OS Portability, from software start-up PlateSpin hopes to make that a reality.

  • June 30, 2005 30 Jun'05

    Oracle throws weight behind open source

    Oracle renewed its commitment to open source at JavaOne by taking the lead development role in a key Java spec and donating several of its own implementations to the open source community.

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  • June 30, 2005 30 Jun'05

    Comparing security on Windows and Linux

    Is Linux really more secure than Windows? Linux book author Peter Harrison believes the answer is largely a matter of perspective.

  • June 28, 2005 28 Jun'05

    Latest IBM buy will enhance virtualization toolset

    IBM acquired Meiosys, a toolmaker whose software allows apps to be transferred from one server to another while they're still running. Experts say the buy is a boon for IBM's virtualization program.

  • June 23, 2005 23 Jun'05

    Disposing of IT assets the right way

    Old computers can still pose a security risk even from the garbage heap. Here are some tips on how to keep your data safe.

  • June 23, 2005 23 Jun'05

    Pulling power from thin air

    Hydrogen fuel cells are being integrated into mainstream UPS systems. But do the rewards outweigh the risks? More importantly, are you even interested?

  • June 22, 2005 22 Jun'05

    MySQL expert: DBA dos and don'ts

    Pinpointing performance bottlenecks is a problem on any database -- proprietary or open source, said veteran database administrator (DBA), database book author and MySQL executive Robin Schumacher. In this interview, he identifies the biggest ...

  • June 22, 2005 22 Jun'05

    The top 20 ERP implementation tips

    IT experts explain what every company should know before implementing enterprise resource planning software.

  • June 16, 2005 16 Jun'05

    IBM launches Watson Blue Gene

    Big Blue's supercomputing team recently announced the deployment of Watson Blue Gene, a machine IBM says is the world's most powerful privately owned supercomputer.

  • June 15, 2005 15 Jun'05

    Proprietary on life support? IT pros weigh in

    Are reports of the death of proprietary greatly exaggerated? IT pros offer their opinions.

  • June 08, 2005 08 Jun'05

    The return of the browser wars

    The browser wars -- famous in IT circles back when Netscape took on Internet Explorer -- are heating up again. But this time the scrappy challenger is known as Firefox.

  • June 07, 2005 07 Jun'05

    Red Hat Summit: Getting a grip on licensing laws

    Attendees of the Red Hat Summit in New Orleans got an informative crash course in software licensing law.

  • June 07, 2005 07 Jun'05

    Will bad batteries be your undoing?

    Your UPS is more vulnerable than you think, so don't neglect your most likely point of failure -- the batteries.

  • June 06, 2005 06 Jun'05

    Bad location puts data center security at risk

    Sometimes, it's good to be paranoid. An expert identifies the potential physical security weaknesses in your data center -- such as poor location.

  • June 02, 2005 02 Jun'05

    Red Hat Summit: 'Standing on the vanguard'

    It may not take a gospel choir and a CEO dressed like a preacher to convince Linux users the open source revolution is here, but that's what they got at the first Red Hat Summit.

  • June 01, 2005 01 Jun'05

    Canadian firm scores with open source call center

    Aheeva Technologies is reaping the financial benefits of open source call center technology.

  • May 31, 2005 31 May'05

    Perens: Too many licenses deters sharing of code

    Open source expert Bruce Perens had a thing or two to say about licensing in the wake of the LinuxWorld Summit, held in New York last week.

  • May 23, 2005 23 May'05

    EnterpriseDB CEO: Open source databases are 'unstoppable force'

    EnterpriseDB CEO Andy Astor saw potential in the PostgreSQL open source database. In fact, this company, which is only one year old, has bet the house on the technology, which has been developed and refined from its infancy at the hands of a few ...

  • May 18, 2005 18 May'05

    IBM plan another sign of Firefox success, say users

    Firefox users react to news that Big Blue is encouraging its workforce to adopt the open source browser.

  • May 16, 2005 16 May'05

    APC's Sawyer: Energy efficiency in the data center

    Richard Sawyer, director of data center technology for APC, explains how data center managers are facing pressure within the IT infrastructure and from executives.

  • May 12, 2005 12 May'05

    Letters to the editor: What if Microsoft made coffee? readers responded in force to a recent column about Microsoft's Magneto project. Here's what they had to say.

  • May 12, 2005 12 May'05

    Controlling IT waste and redundancy through recentralization

    A typical decentralized organization has many different departments such as accounting, HR, and manufacturing -- all are defining and building IT infrastructures to support applications. In a decentralized environment, there is a structure in place ...

  • May 10, 2005 10 May'05

    Sun acquires NAS assets of struggling Procom

    Sun has acquired the NAS assets of Procom for $50 million. The deal boosts Sun's storage technologies in the low-end market.

  • May 03, 2005 03 May'05

    Moving IT management to a new paradigm

    IT management software ranges from hundreds of point solutions to huge integrated bundles for high-end enterprises. Aiming for a target in between is Robert Fanini, co-founder and CEO of GroundWork Open Source Solutions Inc.

  • April 28, 2005 28 Apr'05

    Golden's Rules: Examining the growth of MySQL

    Columnist Bernard Golden explains why he thinks MySQL is a trendsetter and a threat to the longstanding business models of its competition.

  • April 28, 2005 28 Apr'05

    Q&A: Vern Brownell, founder and CTO of Egenera

    Vern Brownell has a vested interest in solving complexity problems in the data center. He may have had a hand in creating them.

  • April 27, 2005 27 Apr'05

    State of Wisconsin: Data center consolidation case study

    The state of Wisconsin completed a data center consolidation project that improved uptime and disaster recovery processes.

  • April 27, 2005 27 Apr'05

    Author describes keys to business-ready Linux clusters

    Yes, you can build highly reliable and enterprise-ready Linux-based server clusters using free open source software components. Karl Kopper, author of the new book "The Enterprise Linux Cluster" did. recently talked to ...

  • April 26, 2005 26 Apr'05

    Scalix founder: Linux, Webmail are killer apps

    The founder of Scalix believes that e-mail clients are going the way of the dinosaur.

  • April 25, 2005 25 Apr'05

    FYI: Security, quarantine tips for commercial Sendmail

    Sendmail Inc. execs introduce Sendmail features that simplify the traditionally time-consuming process of quarantining threats.

  • April 21, 2005 21 Apr'05

    Digium founder opens up about Asterisk

    Open source voice apps are beginning to gain traction. talked to the creator of Asterisk, an open source PBX that runs on Linux, to find out why.

  • April 21, 2005 21 Apr'05

    AMD releases dual-core Opteron processors

    AMD announced Thursday the immediate availability of its dual core Opteron processors, the first to market in the x86 server space.

  • April 19, 2005 19 Apr'05

    XP Starter Edition has ironic Linux twist

    Microsoft's decision to push a slimmed down version of XP in developing countries -- but not in North America -- could play into Linux's hand, says one analyst.

  • April 19, 2005 19 Apr'05

    Power demands drain data centers

    Keeping up with the power consumption of newer high-density servers, such as blades, is draining the data center manager's resources, as well as his patience.

  • April 13, 2005 13 Apr'05

    IT pros: What's wrong with Firefox isn't Firefox's fault

    Respondents to an admittedly unscientific, yet revealing, survey share their Firefox success stories.

  • April 11, 2005 11 Apr'05

    Golden's rules: Licensing from the CA perspective

    Columnist Bernard Golden sizes up Computer Associates' proposed solution to the problem of open source license proliferation.

  • April 07, 2005 07 Apr'05

    Linux cluster no crash test dummy for Volvo

    News that Volvo is implementing a Linux high-performance computing cluster bodes well for automotive safety. But the bigger story is that IBM has taken the technology from university environments to commercial applications.

  • April 06, 2005 06 Apr'05

    Cooler rooms or cooler servers?

    As the data center faces a warming trend, what makes more sense: designing a room that stays cooler or designing a cooler server?

  • April 05, 2005 05 Apr'05

    Firefox secure enough for business browsing, but don't dump IE yet

    Firefox isn't just for home browsing anymore. According to Firefox expert and book author John Hedtke, the open source browser is ready for business. But those considering a change probably shouldn't uninstall Microsoft Internet Explorer just yet.

  • April 04, 2005 04 Apr'05

    Virtualization has promise, but not panacea

    While hardware costs are going down, the overall cost of IT infrastructure management is going up. IBM and analysts try to sell virtualization as a solution.

  • March 29, 2005 29 Mar'05

    Adding Linux to your data center

    Your team members want to start introducing Linux to your data center or network infrastructure. You're already running Windows. Is adding Linux worth it?

  • March 28, 2005 28 Mar'05

    A Berkeley DB primer

    Just how is open source Berkeley DB different from other databases? Sleepycat CEO Mike Olson offers his view.

  • March 28, 2005 28 Mar'05

    Dell ventures into data center design business

    Dell is making its debut in data center design with a new service to help customers plan the physical components of the data center, such as air flow and power requirements. But should you really put the design of your data center into the hands of ...

  • March 23, 2005 23 Mar'05

    IBM to standardize VMware on BladeCenter shipments

    VMware announced today that Big Blue plans to bundle evaluation copies of its virtual infrastructure software onto its BladeCenter shipments.

  • March 22, 2005 22 Mar'05

    Novell CEO dismisses analyst report at BrainShare

    Novell CEO Jack Messman wanted to talk about his deal with JBoss following his BrainShare keynote address. Instead, he wound up trying to debunk a report that depicted Microsoft as the fox in NetWare's henhouse.

  • March 21, 2005 21 Mar'05

    Migration prep, part 1: When to switch from MS SQL to MySQL

    Mike Sheffey, CEO of migration tools vendor Versora kicks off our series on SQL Server migration by explaining when the time is right to migrate from Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL -- and when it isn't.

  • March 21, 2005 21 Mar'05

    Migration prep, part 4: Automating migration to MySQL

    Versora CEO Mike Sheffey gives a detailed explanation of how his company's product automates the process of migrating to MySQL.

  • March 21, 2005 21 Mar'05

    Migration prep, part 2: Comparing MySQL and MS SQL Server

    Microsoft SQL Server has features that can't be found in MySQL 4, according to Mike Sheffey, CEO of migration tool vendor Versora. But that situation is probably temporary. In our second installment on migrating to MySQL, Sheffey explains what you ...

  • March 21, 2005 21 Mar'05

    MySQL 5 to open once-closed doors

    MySQL CEO Marten Mickos says the upcoming MySQL 5 database incorporates new features that enterprise users have been craving.

  • March 17, 2005 17 Mar'05

    Chip makers move to boost virtual machines

    Intel and AMD plan to offer enhanced virtualization capabilities, though analysts predict users will still be kicking the tires into 2006.

  • March 16, 2005 16 Mar'05

    IBM, Novell to deal Linux to niche markets

    An ISV development deal between IBM and Novell is similar to one made with Red Hat in December, showing that Big Blue is once again helping ISVs get on board with Linux.

  • March 16, 2005 16 Mar'05

    Face-off: SPARC/Solaris vs. Intel/Linux

    IT book authors Paul Murphy and Bernard Golden duke it out on the question of whether Solaris/SPARC systems deserve their reputation for being out-of-date and overpriced.

  • March 14, 2005 14 Mar'05

    Face-off: GNU GPL versus Sun's new open source license

    IT book authors Paul Murphy and Bernard Golden take different sides on the viability of Sun's new open source license.

  • March 10, 2005 10 Mar'05

    Cutting out Windows and fat clients, part 2

    The IT staff at CT NeuroCare was able to cut costs and increase productivity by switching to a thin client and open computing model. This is their story.

  • March 09, 2005 09 Mar'05

    Reed Elsevier suffers major security breach

    Less than two weeks after Bank of America's personal and financial information leak, Reed Elsevier confirms LexisNexis suffered a security breach affecting 32,000 customers.

  • March 07, 2005 07 Mar'05

    Project in-depth, part 2: Virtualization too risky for some, but its ROI rules

    When seeking a way to make software and hardware changes less disruptive for Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, senior systems architect Mike Bedford got just what he wanted and more from virtualization. Here, Bedford bemoans the fact that ...

  • March 01, 2005 01 Mar'05

    Authors slam Sun's open source strategy

    Is Sun out of touch with the open source community? Authors Tom Adelstein and Sam Hiser think so.

  • March 01, 2005 01 Mar'05

    Avoid a tug of war with the facilities department

    Like it or not, the facilities manager controls a lot of systems in your data center -- and that means much of your success depends largely on how well you work as a team.

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    Step 2: Reserve a location

    Here's Step 2 of the eight key steps you need to consider when building a data center or server room.

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    Step 5: Rack solutions and cable management

    Here's Step 5 of the eight key steps you need to consider when building a data center or server room.

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    Step 6: Flooring: choice of materials matter

    Here's Step 6 of the eight key steps you need to consider when building a data center or server room.

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    Learning guide: How to design a server room

    What are the key elements you need to consider when building a data center or server room? This time-consuming task and one of great magnitude is broken down into eight core elements for you in this Learning Guide.

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    Step 1: Determine size requirements

    Here's Step 1 of the eight key steps you need to consider when building a data center or server room.

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    Step 8: Finalize the layout

    Here's Step 8 of the eight key steps you need to consider when building a data center or server room.

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    Step 3: Power Requirements

    Here's Step 3 of the eight key steps you need to consider when building a data center or server room.

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    Step 4: Environmental concerns

    Here's Step 4 of the eight key steps you need to consider when building a data center or server room.

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    Step 7: Security

    Here's Step 7 of the eight key steps you need to consider when building a data center or server room.

  • February 24, 2005 24 Feb'05

    Free Standards Group rallies against 'Unix-ization' of Linux

    The Free Standards Group wants to stop Linux from breaking up into numerous proprietary operating systems that require vendor-specific applications.

  • February 21, 2005 21 Feb'05

    IBM on OpenSolaris: Two's company, three's a crowd

    BOSTON -- Some of the biggest criticisms of Sun Microsystems' OpenSolaris project have come from IBM's vice president of worldwide Linux strategy, Scott Handy, who during an interview regarding the new IBM Chiphopper program said he did not ...

  • February 17, 2005 17 Feb'05

    Mainframe migration vendor resources

    Mainframe Migration: Vendor sites are filled with pitches to get you to buy their products. But they also can provide solid resources to help in the migration process.

  • February 16, 2005 16 Feb'05

    State officials stump for Linux code bank

    Technology leaders from Massachusetts and Rhode Island gathered at LinuxWorld Wednesday to provide an update on several open source initiatives, including the Government Open Code Collaborative.

  • February 16, 2005 16 Feb'05

    German trains switch to Linux on mainframes

    The German railway system is migrating major IT components from z/OS to Linux on the mainframe. Is the z/OS environment becoming extinct? And are Linux operators going mainstream?

  • February 16, 2005 16 Feb'05

    LinuxWorld: Lingering patent threats worry open source experts

    Experts say the future looks bright for Linux, but some caution that there could be a struggle ahead as powerful enemies could be planning an attack on open source.

  • February 15, 2005 15 Feb'05

    Review, part 3: RHEL 4 delivers basics, no thrills

    Kenneth Milberg checks out RHEL 4 on Firefox in the third part of his review. Then, he muses over the shortcomings of the new release.

  • February 14, 2005 14 Feb'05

    IBM to run New York City's MTA data center

    Big Blue inks five-year, $65 million deal to run the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority's data center.

  • February 14, 2005 14 Feb'05

    Emic CEO: Open source platforms to get more support

    The CEO of Emic Networks expounds on the benefits of Java and open source, and clears up some longstanding misconceptions about grid computing and clustering.

  • February 14, 2005 14 Feb'05

    New Linux e-mail platform connects the missing link

    The newest version of Scalix's e-mail package offers calendaring and scheduling functionality, features that are often missing from the Linux scene.

  • February 11, 2005 11 Feb'05

    CEO: Labor costs to plummet with utility computing

    The CEO of data center management software vendor Qlusters Inc. explains how Linux will help shape the future of utility computing.

  • February 10, 2005 10 Feb'05

    Linux disaster recovery app brings light to darkened N.Y. firm

    After a freak electrical hiccup silenced his company's servers and evaded the uninterruptible power supply, the CEO of a Yonkers, N.Y.-based mortgage firm installed a Linux-based disaster recovery app to cure his headaches

  • February 09, 2005 09 Feb'05

    LinuxWorld preview: Open source rules, SCO fades and apps abound

    Concerns about Linux litigation are decreasing, and attendees of next week's LinuxWorld can expect to see several proprietary vendors that have recently jumped into the open source applications game.

  • February 09, 2005 09 Feb'05

    HP CEO Fiorina resigns

    Hewlett-Packard dumps CEO Carly Fiorina as it struggles with its storage and server strategy.

  • February 08, 2005 08 Feb'05

    Protecting yourself from infringement claims, part 1

    @8774 When a customer buys a product -- from a can of soup to a car -- they can normally expect that the manufacturer of that product is going to protect them in the event that the product is defective, causes them a loss or injury, or even, in ...

  • February 07, 2005 07 Feb'05

    LinuxWorld preview: Linux takes backseat to open source, says CA CTO

    Today, the Linux world is about more than Linux, says Yogesh Gupta, Computer Associates' chief technology officer and senior vice president. It's about the Linux ecosystem and the universe of enterprise infrastructures.

  • January 27, 2005 27 Jan'05

    Linux IT jobs increasing, outsourcing showing signs of weakness

    The job market for Linux IT professionals still looks mighty good. Actually, it looks too good -- the market has attracted enough IT pros to drive salaries down a bit, according to David Foote, president of Foote Partners, an IT compensation ...

  • January 24, 2005 24 Jan'05

    Convergence of physical and logical access control systems

    If you're among the growing number of enterprises planning to merge IT and physical security resources and budgets, you need to read this.

  • January 24, 2005 24 Jan'05

    ISV's-eye view, part 1: 2005 a big year for new kinds of enterprise Linux apps

    The U.S. may not be turning away from the two-party system, but the enterprise application world is. The third-party candidate, Linux, is winning in many precincts, including states, counties, cities and businesses. As a result, more -- in fact, ...

  • January 20, 2005 20 Jan'05

    Red Hat hunts Novell with RHEL 4

    Red Hat Inc. plans to launch a major upgrade to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system, marking the first time the software has fully supported the Linux 2.6 kernel.

  • January 19, 2005 19 Jan'05

    Beowulf founder: Linux clusters ousting supercomputers

    In this exclusive interview, Beowulf Project co-founder Donald Becker said he sees Linux cluster, Opteron, SuSE and InfiniBand roles expanding to take over the space held by supercomputers.

  • January 12, 2005 12 Jan'05

    User: Support for rock-solid PostgreSQL a 'no-brainer'

    Pervasive Software opened the door this week to open source with Pervasive Postgres, a combination of the PostgreSQL database and services. One user believes Pervasive's third-party support approach to PostgreSQL is similar Red Hat's effect on Linux...

  • January 11, 2005 11 Jan'05

    Rise of the superplatform: Overkill or just what the user ordered?

    The past three years have seen the rise of a superpower in the middleware space: Java superplatforms. Like a modern day Soviet Union and United States -- but rooted in technology -- two sides have formed that offer users distinct differences and ...

  • December 21, 2004 21 Dec'04

    Consultant: The time is right for open source in the enterprise

    Bob Gett has been in this position before -- twice. When he was the CEO of Viant, he oversaw a company that was a pioneer in Internet-based business applications. Before that, he was a founding partner with Cambridge Technology Partners, which ...

  • December 13, 2004 13 Dec'04

    All IT wants for Christmas is...

    IT pro Jeff Costa hopes to find something naughty and nice in his Christmas stocking this year. On his wish list is a virus that creates less hype on earth. It would, he said, "strip away all the bull from e-mail messages -- value-added, ...

  • December 13, 2004 13 Dec'04

    Cybersource dishes out some Linux TCO 'truth' of its own

    Unleashing another broadside into Microsoft Windows, Cybersource today unveiled an update to its two-year-old study that compares total cost of ownership of Redmond's products against Linux and open source applications.

  • December 13, 2004 13 Dec'04

    E-mail expert: On dumping Outlook, Exchange & IE

    Yes, there are good reasons to move from Microsoft Exchange, Outlook and Internet Explorer to Linux-based and open source alternatives. But there are bad ways to go about it, expert Julie Hanna Farris says in this interview. She also discusses the ...

  • December 09, 2004 09 Dec'04

    Linux clusters for HPC: Why and why not?

    What's keeping high-performance computing users away from Linux clusters? Should they reconsider? Linux clustering expert Len Rosenthal answers these questions. He also names his first choice for an HPC cluster processor.

  • December 07, 2004 07 Dec'04

    IBM center gives partners a Linux playground

    The expansion of IBM Virtualization Innovation Center for Hardware includes a distinct Linux essence, allowing Big Blue's business partners to test the open source operating system on powerful technology like the Power5 in a virtual environment.

  • December 02, 2004 02 Dec'04

    Do admins dream of electric sleep?