Short takes from this week's news
Dell to phase out Itanium servers...
Dell is phasing out its Intel Itanium-based servers, as it chooses to concentrate on lower-cost models. Dell will instead focus on promoting Intel-based servers that use the cheaper Xeon processor. Hewlett-Packard is the biggest seller of Itanium-based servers, with Fujitsu, Hitachi and NEC among the other leading suppliers. Intel has now aimed the Itanium mainly at large multi-processor server platforms, a market that Dell has shown little interest in.
...while Intel maps out future for Itanium chips
Despite the modest take-up of Itanium in the overall processor market, Intel has outlined a long-term product roadmap for the chip. This includes the first dual-core Itanium processor, which is expected later this year. This will provide double the processing performance of current Itanium chips.
Carphone Warehouse uses datawarehouse
Carphone Warehouse has invested in technology that will allow it to present each store with daily sales reports. The company has installed the Informatica PowerCentre data integration platform, which collates sales data from stores into a centralised datawarehouse. The firm previously relied on custom software to integrate sales figures, a process that took several days, and could only be completed once a month.
Gartner sees Office 12 migration challenge
A new interface for the forthcoming Microsoft Office 12 will boost productivity but make migration difficult, said Gartner last week. The user interface "will differ significantly from its current form," said Gartner analysts Michael Silverberg and Stephen Kleynhans on the analyst firm's website. They drew attention in particular to Office 12's complex new command ribbon, which will replace the familiar menus and buttons.
Seagate buys Mirra to operate as subsidiary
Hard drive manufacturer Seagate has acquired Mirra, a company that develops hardware and software that allows PC users to back up their data and access it from any PC connected to the internet. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Seagate said Mirra will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary.
Survey finds SMEs lack continuity plans
Forty six per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises do not have business continuity plans, according to a survey by insurance company Axa. And of those that have plans, 75% do not review them. Axa identified the loss of key staff as the biggest threat to SMEs, followed by IT failure and damage to property.
Demon founder guilty of interceptiing e-mails
Demon Internet founder Clifford Stanford was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years and fined £20,000 last week after pleading guilty to intercepting e-mails linked to the 1980s Westminster Council homes-for-votes scandal.
Kings Ferry installs web location system
Kings Ferry Coaches is equipping its 80-strong fleet with a web-based satellite-tracking service that will let passengers view the location of coaches via a mobile phone or PC. The Coachtrack system was developed for Kings Ferry by Masternaut. It links to the coach firm's management software and will also provide in-cab satellite navigation.
Tie Rack implements Retail-J Epos software
Tie Rack has begun deploying Retail-J's electronic point of sale and store management software across its 330 outlets in the UK and overseas. Systems already rolled out in the UK include Epos, electronic funds transfer, back-office functions, estate management and sales audit.
Teenager jailed for hacking Hilton's phone
A 17-year-old who hacked into Paris Hilton's mobile phone has been jailed for 11 months. He published the phone numbers of celebrities including Eminem and Anna Kournikova, after gaining access to Hilton's phone by hacking into her phone operator's computer systems.
In response to a letter sent by Connecting for Health to the Institute of Directors regarding the My Take column in Computer Weekly 23 August 2005, Jim Norton, policy advisor to the IoD, would like to point out that he intended to question the extent to which Connecting for Health has the authority and mandate to lead the business change to provide genuinely effective patient care. Norton does not question Connecting for Health's ability to build the system.