Some Tech Fuel to Propel the Economy
By all evidence, we are not yet dealing with maturing technologies that, after having sparkled for a half-decade, are now in the process of fizzling out.By all evidence, we are not yet dealing with maturing technologies that, after having sparkled for a half-decade, are now in the process of fizzling out." Larry Ellison? Marc Andreessen? Bill himself? No. That quote is from Fed chief Alan Greenspan speaking before economists in New York last month. Greenspan was talking about the use of technology to drive productivity increases, which, in turn, can drive or revive a staggering economy. If he was looking for some concrete examples of technologies that are continuing to be propelled forward, maybe he should spend some time with the analysts at eWeek Labs. This weeks issue has our first independent review of the Tux 2.0 Web server from Red Hat. While you can read the details, the final result is a true performance breakthrough. Describing something as having revolutionary performance can sound as trite as chasm crossing or paradigm shifting, but Tux 2.0 does set a new standard. How fast is it? On the test server, the analysts had to downgrade the server from four processors to two because Tux went so fast on the four-way that analysts were unable to push it to the limit.
In the Web server business, you can never be fast enough, secure enough or sufficiently scalable. While much of the news of the week might focus on Oracles introduction of its 9i database or the upcoming TechEd conference from Microsoft, it is often the performance gains made by smaller companies that lead the technology parade. And there is still a long way to go before companies fully exploit the technologies just now developing.