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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.

McNealy Pushes Suns Grid Vision

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At Gartner's Symposium/ITxpo, Sun CEO Scott McNealy preached the new Sun gospel of grid computing powered by Sun's N1 Grid.

Utility Computing Needs Compatible Management Tools

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Opinion: For utility computing to be widely adopted, companies need to cooperate on a standardized management communications method.

IBM Beefs Up WebSphere App Server Platform

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Aside from a speed boost, WebSphere 6.0 gains a raft of new features including high-availability and SOA support.

Fruitful Utility Computing May Leave Support to ISVs

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Opinion: ISVs could soon begin taking the middle ground in "pay as you go" computing, by selling their software into an organization and delivering grid-computing power based on Sun's pay-per-use model.

Andreessen Weighs in on Utility Computing

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Opsware Founder Marc Andreessen sounds off on the utility computing race and where most IT shops stand in automation.

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