Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

  • HP, Sun take different paths with thin clients

    Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard Co. are each offering new thin-client computing technologies, but they're giving users different choices: server-based clients versus ones that are supported by rack-mounted blade PCs.

  • Planetary project needs grid to match

    In 2007, scientists will begin smashing protons and ions together in a massive, multinational experiment to understand what the universe looked like tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang. The particle accelerator used in this test will release a vast flood of data on a scale unlike anything seen before, and for that scientists will need a computing grid of equally great capability.

  • Gartner: Robots and sensors are in IT's future

    Gartner analysts believe that most IT managers focus on technologies likely to affect their enterprises within 18 months or so -- not three years or a decade out. But that doesn't mean they're not interested in a future that, as seen by Gartner, includes sensor-rich devices and robots.

  • Livermore: HP to stay the course

    A top Hewlett-Packard Co. official has put to rest speculation, which came with Mark Hurd's appointment as CEO last spring, that the company might spin off divisions or fundamentally shift its technology direction.

  • HP's Hurd pledges support for Itanium

    Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd said that his company will "double down" its commitment to its server storage management software businesses, and he offered up a long-range vision of IT that includes automated data centers.

  • Sun upgrades Sparc chip, touts performance gains

    Sun Microsystems on Tuesday released its UltraSparc IV+ processor, the first upgrade to its Sparc chip line in 18 months, and unveiled five new servers. Customers who upgrade their hardware will see a performance gain that's nearly twice as fast as the UltraSparc IV chip. In many cases, customers will be able make the change with a card swap.

  • IBM jumps back into water-cooled systems

    Water-cooled server racks remain a rare thing in data centres. But IBM's move to offer an add-on water-cooling unit for its Intel-based xSeries servers and other systems should increase the technology's visibility as a potential solution to heat problems.

  • Sun plans to offer hourly rates on CPUs

    Arguing that computing power is no different than electric power, Sun Microsystems said it will allow users to buy CPU cycles on an hourly basis, either directly from Sun or through an electronic trading market.

  • IBM looks to keep customers after PC division sale

    Now that IBM has decided to sell its PC division to China-based Lenovo Group, the company must now try to keep its corporate and government customers -- who helped make IBM the third largest PC vendor in the world -- from moving off of its standard-setting brand.