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High-Performance Computing Wares Come in Clusters

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At the SC2004 supercomputing show, Dell, HP and Sun are unveiling bundles to ease HPC management.

Necessity Drives Corporate Utility Computing Pioneers

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Pioneering IT executives say they are implementing utility computing when it enables them to solve pressing business needs and where it makes economic sense.

Service Providers Create Ecosystems in New On-Demand Model

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Opinion: As business computing moves toward pay-as-you-go and SOA models, enterprises may find themselves locked in with a single service provider who combines products from any number of players.

Is IBM the Grid King in Financial Services?

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Big Blue blew away closest competitor Oracle in a recent survey on financial institutions' favorite grid provider. But the confusing, conflicting definitions of what constitutes "grid" make the comparison one of apples to oranges, experts say.

IBMs Database VP: Our Grid Scales Better

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Q&A: Bob Picciano, vice president of database technology at IBM's Toronto lab, says the company continues to pummel main database rival Oracle in terms of price and scalability.

IBM Cries Foul Over WebSphere Usability Study

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As IT managers and developers work to deploy enterprise applications and Web services, IBM and Microsoft are sniping over platform supremacy studies.

Hosted CRM Choices Emerge

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Vendors offer a fresh crop of hosted subscription CRM services to fill a gap left open by licensed software applications that are often expensive and difficult to implement and maintain.

Unsubscribe Me

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Opinion: Software vendors should offer subscription- and utility-based licenses only when those pricing models make sense for the buyer.

Licensing Plan Makes Microsoft a Utility Player

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Opinion: A decision to continue charging for server software based on CPUs and not cores will make Microsoft server software a much more attractive alternative to utility computing providers.

IBM Pushes IT Automation

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Three years after launching its autonomic computing effort, IBM says customers are reaping the benefits, but the real promise of the initiative remains elusive for most.

Banking on Data Replication

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Banco Santander finds Veritas, Peribit solutions meet requirements for backup.

Sun, IBM Lead Pack in High-End Utility Computing

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Opinion: Sun partners are signing on to provide the company's new pay-per-use utility service, while IBM keeps scoring grid computing customers. But who's covering the midrange market?

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