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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.

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

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.

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?

Software Licensing Moving Toward Utility Models

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Panelists at SoftSummit point to emerging alternatives to perpetual licensing but say the transition won't be easy.

Business IT: Rent or Buy?

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Does developing and maintaining your own applications really make sense? Explore the alternatives.

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