Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

VMware testing data center OS for managing everything

VMware believes every business can be like a Google, and have a data center that is highly efficient and automated -- and eventually so completely virtualized it operates not as a collection of networked machines but as a living organism.

Virtualization rivals step into the ring at VMworld

VMware expects 14,000 attendees at its annual user conference in Las Vegas this week, including workers from more than 200 trade-show exhibitors. That's a 30 percent increase over last year's attendance -- clear evidence of VMware's influence. But VMworld 2008 will also be the focal point for the gathering storm of competition that the virtualization market leader faces.

US sees six 'disruptive technologies' by 2025

In December, the US president-elect will get a report detailing threats to the US and that most likely includes a list of emerging technologies that will have a major impact on the US and the world. This report, called Global Trends 2025, is a forecast prepared by US intelligence agencies.

VMware, MS, others to fight for virtualization edge in Vegas

VMworld 2008, VMware's annual user conference in Las Vegas next week, is expected be crowded with a total of 14,000 attendees, including workers from more than 200 trade-show exhibitors that are all fighting for a piece of the x86 virtualization market.

Obama touts desire to keep tech jobs in the US

US presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama attacked offshore outsourcing in his acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, drawing a bead on a practice that has displaced nearly one in 10 IT workers, according to a new study.

US terror threat system crippled by technical flaws

A US House subcommittee is charging that a US$500 million IT project intended to "connect the dots" on terrorists and help prevent another 9/11 is a failure; it can't even handle basic Boolean search terms, such as "and," "or" and "not."

IT workers hit hardest by offshore outsourcing, survey finds

As many as 8 percent of IT workers have been displaced by offshore outsourcing, either through job loss or an involuntary transfer to a new job by their employer, which is twice the rate of workers in other occupations, according to a study based on data collected from some 10,000 people, which may be the largest survey of its kind.

US Terror threat system crippled by technical flaws

A US House subcommittee is charging that a US$500 million IT project intended to "connect the dots" on terrorists and help prevent another 9/11 is a failure; it can't even handle basic Boolean search terms, such as "and, or and not."

Closing of EDS deal brings HP closer to rivals

Hewlett-Packard closed on its US$13.9 billion acquisition of Electronic Data Systems Tuesday, marking the computer maker's largest deal since its purchase of Compaq Computer in 2002.

Electronics recycling may be a hazard for prisoners, workers

Breaking rocks is one thing, but breaking monitors is a potential health hazard for US federal prisoners and prison employees, according to a US government review that faulted safety practices at one correctional facility where electronics equipment is recycled.

First VMware, now Citrix, announce hiring slowdowns

Citrix Systems said on Wednesday that it is slowing its hiring pace in response to economic conditions. It is the second IT vendor this week to cut the tempo of hiring, followingVMware, which said it was taking a "pause" on gaining new employees.

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