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Grids Can Be Great

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Opinion: If vendors make systems secure, reliable and capable of dealing with heterogeneity, grid computing might live up to the hype.

Grid Computing 101

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Microsoft will have its hands full with its Bigtop grid computing as it challenges technologies with years of history and powerful supporters.

Does Microsofts Bigtop Plan Hint at New Direction?

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Opinion: I'd like to think the company's future grid-computing operating system is a reflection of Microsoft's desire to do something really new and different for its customers.

A Peek Under Microsofts Secret Bigtop

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Microsoft's skunk-works distributed-computing project will likely debut as a grid-computing platform. But don't expect to see tangibles for a couple more years.

Analysts Upbeat on EMCs Smarts Buy

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EMC's latest tech acquisition could make the vendor's SAN management software the top of the heap, analysts say. The move could spark a software buying spree among competitors.

IBM Gains Support for BladeCenter Spec

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The company says it has signed up more than 110 companies to build technologies to the open specification for its BladeCenter systems.

IBM Storage Bricks Build Toward Petabyte Level

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The company shows off a prototype of a water-cooled, modular, mass storage system called Collective Intelligent Bricks aimed at making the assembly and maintenance of terabyte- and even petabyte-capacity storage systems less complex.

Oracle Launches Low-Cost Storage Initiative

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Using the same "tie together cheap boxes" mindset that it cooked up for its Database 10g push, this time Oracle is applying the idea to cheap storage arrays.

Symantec, Veritas Merger Signifies Major Shift

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If the merger between the security and storage giants is completed, analysts say it could be proof that users want security and storage to come together.

Symantec-Veritas Deal Could Unify Data Protection

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Opinion: If it acquires backup software maker Veritas, Symantec could offer an enterprisewide solution ranging from the client through the server and to the back-end data repositories.

Sugar Sales: Just the SFA Basics

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SugarCRM's open-source project has potential, but it needs better workflow management and customization capabilities, not to mention community support, before it can compete with the likes of SalesLogix or Salesforce.com.

NetApp OS Bridges Diverse Systems

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Network Appliance's Data OnTap 7G expands storage virtualization and management capabilities.

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