Data centre hardware

  • March 14, 2006 14 Mar'06

    Bike Tyrestore boosts service with web system

    Motorbike tyre wholesaler Bike Tyrestore has reported improvements in its customer service after adopting a web-based tracking system for its tyre deliveries.

  • March 14, 2006 14 Mar'06

    Microsoft collaboration aims to ease system management

    Intel and Microsoft are to combine their network management technologies and work together to develop virtualisation technology. The move could ease system management for users.

  • March 14, 2006 14 Mar'06

    National Express trials coach-based Wi-Fi

    National Express has begun a trial of wireless access systems on its coaches travelling between London and Cambridge.

  • March 13, 2006 13 Mar'06

    Your shout: MiFID, offshoring and spreadsheets

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  • March 13, 2006 13 Mar'06

    Gent leaves Vodafone, boardroom power struggle rumoured

    Former Vodafone chief executive Chris Gent has left the company amid rumours over boardroom splits at the world’s largest mobile operator.

  • March 10, 2006 10 Mar'06

    CeBit: World’s fastest PC demonstrated

    CeBIT saw the world’s fastest PC being demonstrated to attendees, with clock speeds of up to 5.46GHz.

  • March 10, 2006 10 Mar'06

    BlackBerry makes acquisition and updates e-mail server

    BlackBerry maker RIM has acquired software firm Ascendent Systems to further develop the functionality of its “push” e-mail devices.

  • March 10, 2006 10 Mar'06

    Slower PC growth in 2006

    Worldwide PC shipments will see less growth this year compared to 2005.

  • March 10, 2006 10 Mar'06

    Co-op goes live with first payment by biometrics system

    Co-op Mid Counties has become the first UK retailer to go live with a payment by biometrics system.

  • March 09, 2006 09 Mar'06

    National Express trial coach-based Wi-Fi

    National Express has launched a trial wireless access systems on its coaches travelling between between London and Cambridge.

  • March 09, 2006 09 Mar'06

    Intel ships low power cool processor

    Intel is set to deliver a line of chips which are designed to address a growing concern of cooling and power requirements within data centres.

  • March 08, 2006 08 Mar'06

    Intel and Microsoft join forces to ease systems management

    Intel and Microsoft are to combine their network management technologies and work together to develop joint virtualisation technology, to ease users’ system management.

  • March 08, 2006 08 Mar'06

    Co-op customers can use their fingerprint to pay

    Three Co-op stores in the Oxford area are allowing their customers to pay for their food and other groceries by using fingerprint readers.

  • March 08, 2006 08 Mar'06

    QLogic SANbox ships with HP StorageWorks EVA platform

    Network equipment provider QLogic’s SANbox 6000 Series intelligent storage router is now available as the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) iSCSI Connectivity Option.

  • March 08, 2006 08 Mar'06

    Record number of servers in EMEA but spending dipping

    Even though there have never been so many servers in use in the EMEA region, spending on the devices is showing signs of diminishing, according to IDC's EMEA Quarterly Server Tracker findings.

  • March 08, 2006 08 Mar'06

    Ball and walk lead the way for WCIT's fundraising

    Two events this year will enable the IT community to see at first hand how the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) acts as a hub for IT charitable activity in the UK.

  • March 08, 2006 08 Mar'06

    Haringey in row over Tech Refresh

    Opposition members of Haringey Council in north-east London have accused the ruling party of giving evasive answers to questions about a £24.6m "Tech Refresh" project that has cost more than double the original budget.

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Google data back-up service plans slip onto the net

    Google’s plan to offer computer users a stored mirror image of their PC’s hard drive has slipped out.

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Blackberry goes ERP

    Research in Motion has given its Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) support for web services to enable wireless access to enterprise systems such as SAP.

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Your shout: IT's a job not a career, Skype pros and cons, blade cooling

    Readers' views on the week's news

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Digital pen and paper delivers cost savings for medical company

    Medical examinations company Medicals Direct is rolling out a digital pen and paper system to 500 nurses.

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Discounts up to 40% for IBM p5 570 users

    Users have been urged to assess IBM's latest Power5+ server family because it includes an important discount, analyst Gartner has advised.

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Brother's network deal

    Brother is bundling network management software in its new HL-5200 range of mono laser printers to simplify the management of networked printers in large office spaces,

  • March 06, 2006 06 Mar'06

    CeBIT helps drive mobile travel

    Airline passengers flying between Munich and Hanover, Germany, for this week’s CeBIT trade show will be able to use their mobile phones to check in and board their flights.

  • March 03, 2006 03 Mar'06

    Smart phones carve out a big niche

    Smart phones are expected to make up 15% of the global mobile phone market this year, as users adopt wider mobile data services.

  • March 02, 2006 02 Mar'06

    US government systems auditor faces jail for spying on boss

    A former IT system auditor for a US government agency is facing a five-year prison sentence for spying on his boss.

  • March 01, 2006 01 Mar'06

    Intel to launch dual-core Xeon server chip

    Intel is expected to use next week’s Intel Developer Forum to announce production of Dempsey, the first major Xeon server chip to use dual processing cores.

  • March 01, 2006 01 Mar'06

    HP to launch high-end Montecito server without new chip

    HP is to launch a new high-end server this month to help customers already hitting their server processing limits.

  • March 01, 2006 01 Mar'06

    PC virus attempts to infect PDAs

    Mobile security researchers are warning of a new virus that attempts to infect personal digital assistants (PDAs) once it has found its way onto a Windows PC.

  • March 01, 2006 01 Mar'06

    SSRG focuses on effective supplier relationships

    Managing effective relationships with IT suppliers is the core theme of a conference this spring organised by the Strategic Supplier Relationships Group (SSRG), a consortium of 11 user groups founded last year.

  • March 01, 2006 01 Mar'06

    Small success for IBM in chip development

    IBM researchers have found a way to extend a key chip manufacturing process that they expect will extend the life of current chip fabrication processes by up to seven years.

  • March 01, 2006 01 Mar'06

    Council goes from worst to best after street cleaners go mobile

    Rushcliffe Council in Nottinghamshire has gone from having some of Britain's dirtiest streets to being one of the country's cleanest local authorities after equipping its street cleaners with mobile devices.

  • March 01, 2006 01 Mar'06

    Virtualisation and cooling to be hot topics

    Virtualisation will be one of the big themes at next week's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, along with the growing challenge of how to cool servers.

  • February 28, 2006 28 Feb'06

    Heat problem is undermining datacentre advances, says analyst

    Heat problems are severely restricting the capacity of modern datacentres, and users need to address the problem urgently, an analyst has warned.

  • February 28, 2006 28 Feb'06

    UK grid tackles climate change assessment

    Oxford University, the Met Office and several other universities have developed a huge grid computer for the BBC to predict climate change up to 2080.

  • February 28, 2006 28 Feb'06

    HP Labs celebrates 40th anniversary

    HP Labs, which developed the first commercially available LED in 1968, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

  • February 27, 2006 27 Feb'06

    US Blackberry users given stay of execution

    Blackberry users in the US still have a service after a US judge decided not to immediately turn off the company’s push e-mail service as a result of a patent dispute.

  • February 23, 2006 23 Feb'06

    Hewlett-Packard leads on server shipment but IBM tops market share

    Worldwide server shipments increased 12.7% over the past year, with Hewlett-Packard the leading supplier by market share, research from industry analyst Gartner reveals.

  • February 22, 2006 22 Feb'06

    Courts reject US government’s Blackberry appeal

    The US courts have turned down a request from the Justice Department for additional hearings to protect US government users if legal action forces a shut-down of the Blackberry network.

  • February 22, 2006 22 Feb'06

    Google responds to enterprise fears

    Google has responded to criticisms of its Desktop 3 Beta software after its filesharing feature was branded an “unacceptable security risk”.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    Blackberry is still the sweetest, says Forrester

    Corporate users are still buying Research In Motion's Blackberry service in massive numbers, despite widespread prior awareness of Microsoft and Vodafone's plans to launch a rival push e-mail service early this year.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    Lessons of council's out of control project

    The Audit Commission report into hard-pressed London Borough of Haringey provides an object lesson in how not to run an IT modernisation project.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    Handhelds help wood company log instant quotations

    Sales staff at wood products manufacturer Norbord are saving an average of two hours a week each after the firm switched to handheld devices linked to its dedicated quotation engine.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    RSA cuts two-factor cost

    RSA Security is poised to offer businesses a range of lower-cost alternatives to traditional two-factor authentication tokens, in a move that could accelerate the replacement of passwords with more secure authentication.

  • February 20, 2006 20 Feb'06

    Your shout: broadband, security and planning

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  • February 17, 2006 17 Feb'06

    Grid project hits one gigabyte a second

    A grid computing project supporting research into the origins of the universe has succeeded in pumping physics data across a worldwide grid at speeds of up to one gigabyte a second.

  • February 16, 2006 16 Feb'06

    Mozilla releases Camino 1.0 for the Mac

    The Mozilla Foundation has released version 1.0 of its Camino browser, which is built for the Mac operating system.

  • February 16, 2006 16 Feb'06

    AMD slashes prices on dual-core server chips

    AMD has slashed prices on a range of its dual-core Opteron server processors as it prepares to launch new chip technology.

  • February 15, 2006 15 Feb'06

    Brown drums up support for biometrics

    Chancellor Gordon Brown has been praising the use of biometric technology for cross-border control, anti-terrorist activity and to combat identity theft.

  • February 15, 2006 15 Feb'06

    IDC predicts future surge for IT virtualisation

    At its annual Virtualisation Forum, IDS has predicted huge demand for IT virtualisation products and services.

  • February 15, 2006 15 Feb'06

    Eli Lilly's formula for IT overhaul

    Pharmaceuticals company Eli Lilly has signed a £30m, five-year deal with Capgemini to overhaul and support its IT infrastructure in 48 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • February 14, 2006 14 Feb'06

    IBM launching faster servers

    IBM plans to announce the launch of several new Unix-based servers this week, including one with faster Power5+ processors.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Blackberry sidesteps patent row

    Research In Motion has produced a workaround for systems covered by the patents it is disputing in the US.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    QoS added to network certificates

    The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) has expanded its certification programme to include quality of service parameters in network kit.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Virtualisation is added to Novell SuSE servers

    Novell is adding virtualisation technology from Virtual Iron Software to SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9. Virtual Iron's datacentre virtualisation and management platform will be pre-configured into the kernel that ships with the server.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Salaries and prospects: Consultants sitting pretty

    Systems consultants are in the money with big pay rises contrasting with steady growth elsewhere. Nicholas Enticknap analyses the latest SSL/ Computer Weekly salary survey to discover the roles, skills and areas that offer the richest pickings

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Police improve lead sharing

    Police forces are now able to check whether another force holds information on an individual they are investigating.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    HP splits handheld business to boost sales

    Hewlett-Packard is splitting its handheld business away from the laptop business, in an attempt to become more focused and boost its sales in the flagging handheld market.

  • February 10, 2006 10 Feb'06

    Virgin promises Wi-Fi to overcome connectivity problems

    Virgin Trains is planning to roll out Wi-Fi services on its trains, despite many users of mobile data cards and even mobile phone users complaining of difficulties in getting an adequate connection on existing services.

  • February 09, 2006 09 Feb'06

    IBM develops blade server-based on “cell” technology

    IBM has developed a blade server based on its Cell Broadband Engine, a microprocessor that will power Sony’s Playstation 3, due out later this year.

  • February 09, 2006 09 Feb'06

    Google adds to Desktop search software

    Google is today expected to release new features in its free desktop search program.

  • February 09, 2006 09 Feb'06

    French bank accounts targeted by Russian virus gangs

    Russian criminal gangs have used sophisticated virus programs to steal more than £600,000 from personal bank accounts across France.

  • February 08, 2006 08 Feb'06

    HP water-cooled rack system aims to boost efficiency of blade farms

    Hewlett-Packard has launched a water cooling system that could address the problem of overheating blade servers and cut datacentre running costs.

  • February 07, 2006 07 Feb'06

    BT offers firms cheaper mobile calls with Fusion

    BT has made its BT Fusion fixed mobile convergence (FMC) platform available to businesses, with the promise of cheaper mobile phone costs.

  • February 07, 2006 07 Feb'06

    Intel continues reduced power consumption drive

    Intel is working on two new manufacturing and design processes to improve transistor power efficiency and reduce motherboard power consumption.

  • February 07, 2006 07 Feb'06

    IT 'not to blame' for Kinnect flop

    Lloyd's of London should not blame technology for the failure of its electronic trading platform, according to law firm Barlow Lyde and Gilbert. The exchange pulled the plug on the £70m Kinnect system last week.

  • February 06, 2006 06 Feb'06

    News in brief

    Brief takes on the week's news

  • February 06, 2006 06 Feb'06

    NEC unveils new fault-tolerant server range

    NEC is introducing a range of fault-tolerant servers that use Intel’s dual-core Xeon processors.

  • February 03, 2006 03 Feb'06

    Firefox browser patched for eight security holes

    The open source Mozilla Foundation has patched its Firefox 1.5 browser to fix eight potential security vulnerabilities.

  • February 03, 2006 03 Feb'06

    Apple sued over iPod hearing loss

    A Louisiana man has filed a class action suit against Apple, claiming the company has failed to take adequate steps in preventing hearing loss among its growing army of iPod digital music player customers.

  • February 02, 2006 02 Feb'06

    Itanium cited as offering success for servers

    A new IDC study has found that technologies such as Linux and Itanium will gain in popularity in the business critical solutions arena.

  • February 02, 2006 02 Feb'06

    Government gets tough on computer crime

    The government has proposed sharply increasing penalties for computer crime, taking the maximum penalty for unauthorised modification of a computer from five to 10 years.

  • February 01, 2006 01 Feb'06

    Google continues sales and profits growth

    Google has continued its sales and profits growth by reporting an 86% increase in sales for the fourth quarter ended 31 December, but the shares fell as the search engine giant missed analyst’s expectations.

  • February 01, 2006 01 Feb'06

    New ThinkPads bundled with Vodafone

    Lenovo is the second laptop manufacturer to announce that it will incorporate Vodafone’s 3G mobile data technology into its machines.

  • February 01, 2006 01 Feb'06

    Israeli Trojan espionage writers extradited for trial

    A London-based Israeli couple at the centre of one of the world's largest industrial espionage and computer hacking scandals have been extradited to Israel to face trial.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    IBM plans launch of next generation blades

    IBM is believed to be planning the launch of its next generation of blade servers next week, as it attempts to stay number one in the market ahead of Hewlett-Packard.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    HP launches new datacentre cooling system

    Hewlett-Packard plans to start selling water cooling systems next week to address power and heat problems caused by ever-more-powerful servers in datacentres.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    Firms warned of stealth virus risk

    Businesses are at risk from a new generation of targeted stealth viruses as organised criminal groups exploit weaknesses in corporate systems to steal sensitive data for profit, security experts have warned.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    Reforms to Computer Misuse Act close gaps and increase penalties

    The government has announced legislation to toughen the Computer Misuse Act by increasing the maximum jail sentence for hackers and strengthening legal protection against denial of service attacks.

  • January 30, 2006 30 Jan'06

    BT VoIP service hit by outage

    Thousands of BT’s broadband voice over IP subscribers were cut off from the service last week.

  • January 30, 2006 30 Jan'06

    Government to change VAT law in reponse to IT fraud

    The government is seeking to change the way the business supply chain charges for VAT, partly in response to fraud in the IT components industry.

  • January 27, 2006 27 Jan'06

    Itanium gets another $10bn funding

    The Itanium high-end server processor project has squeezed out another $10bn (£5.9bn) from its main backers towards development and to encourage major software companies to produce programs for it.

  • January 26, 2006 26 Jan'06

    Sun-Fujitsu servers beset by delays

    Sun Microsystems’ server collaboration with Fujitsu has run into delays, meaning some promised products may now not appear until next year.

  • January 26, 2006 26 Jan'06

    Government IT efficiency gains in doubt

    The government’s claims of efficiency savings from the use of IT are unclear and could be inaccurate, the House of Commons Treasury select committee has said.

  • January 26, 2006 26 Jan'06

    Lloyd's pulls plug on £53m compliance system

    Lloyd’s of London is closing down a £53m-plus electronic platform after only signing up a handful of insurance underwriters and brokers to use it.

  • January 25, 2006 25 Jan'06

    Vodafone gets Dell to build in high-speed mobile data

    Vodafone has signed a deal with Dell to provide built-in, high-speed mobile data access in its laptops, for users subscribing to itss new High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) network.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    Google personalises the news

    Google has enhanced its news site with reader personalisation features.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    US Blackberry network moves closer to shutdown

    The US Supreme Court has refused to hear Blackberry manufacturer RIM’s appeal against a previous court ruling that said it infringed NTP’s patents for push e-mail technology, meaning the US Blackberry network is moving even closer to a complete ...

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    AMD cuts chip prices for dual-core processing

    AMD has cut the wholesale price of its dual-core desktop and laptop processors to better compete with Intel on the market.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    Lords back CW on ID card secrecy

    Repeated refusals by the government to publish the results of Gateway reviews into the ID cards scheme were criticised during a parliamentary debate last week.