Does Faster and Cheaper Mean Better?

How IBM, Sun, HP and Unisys are reinventing the high-end server market.


Securing XML

It seems that over the past few years, XML's mindshare has moved from "Interesting idea, but will it ever catch on?" to "Absolutely the way to go for any kind of data interchange."

Scary Shadows in Storage

Halloween is upon us once again and plenty of parents are girding themselves for that familiar unease at seeing their children dressed up to panhandle candy from relative strangers. Allowing your kids to roam outside in the dark, of course, is increasingly worrisome. As a parent, my pulse beats a bit faster until all of my kids are home safe in their beds.

Know Your Vulnerabilities

Is your security plan working? A study suggests that whatever your company is doing right now, it probably isn't enough.

The Dinosaur Myth

Looking for something hefty to smack down on the boss's desk the next time he or she starts talking about moving more of the datacenter to open systems or even—gulp—Windows?

IBM's Integration Machine

Mention the phrase "enterprise modernization" and you might think of cars with long tail fins. The phrase is IBM's latest way of describing its tools and services for redeploying legacy applications into new e-business-type environments. Recently I talked with IBM executives about the meaning of modernization at IBM and its implications to the vendor's huge base of mainframe, midrange and large Unix sites.


Three Enterprise Server Trends

Datacenters are leveraging maturity and turbulence in the high-end server market to wring more from enterprise data while stretching IT dollars for additional MIPS.

Straight to the Source

Working with consulting firm Arthur D. Little and optimization software vendor Strategic Systems International Ltd., the United States Steel Corp. (USX) opened its own "virtual service center" to help locate suitable inventory and distribute it as cost-effectively as possible.

The Evolution of High-End Servers

Despite a tough year in the enterprise server market, big systems continue to show growth—thanks largely to IBM's zSeries. Sun and HP, among others, are in hot pursuit.

The Three Cs of RFPs

Avoid RFP nightmares with three simple but effective project-management best practices: Communicate, Coordinate, Cooperate.