Stories by Jaikumar Vijayan

Investment in Alpha chip reassures users

Users concerned about the long-term viability of the Alpha chip found some reassurance in the $US500 million technology and marketing initiative launched last week to boost the chip's fortunes. But analysts were less upbeat.

IBM supercomputer a feat

IBM's $100 million bid to build a supercomputer that's 500 times more powerful than the fastest computers today will be a challenge to pull off in the promised five years.

Unisys faces class action

A class-action suit filed against Unisys claims that the company misled investors about its financial condition earlier this year.

Compaq to pay up to $US250m for NT on Alpha programs

Compaq's decision earlier this year to discontinue Windows NT on its Alpha servers will cost the company up to $US100 million in the fourth quarter and an additional $100 million to $150 million in the first quarter of 2000, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Compaq unveils $US499 iPaq

Compaq has announced iPaq, a $US499 PC that it claimed will make it easier for corporate users to access the internet. It will be available in mid-January, although Compaq is taking orders for the device immediately.

Users get Solaris 8 preview

Sun Microsystems is prepping users for a major upgrade to the next version of its Solaris operating system.

HP Services Makes E-Commerce Moves

Hewlett-Packard's US$6 billion customer service and support group will launch several new initiatives during the next few months to keep pace with the company's frenetic electronic-services push.

Compaq Merced Move Draws Mixed Response

Compaq Computer Corp.'s decision to drop Tru64-Unix development on Intel Corp.s forthcoming IA-64 chip architecture evoked a mixed reaction from users today.

Internal Switch, Copper Chip Pump IBM Unix Servers

Much of the increased performance in IBM Corp.'s recently introduced high-end Unix servers comes from its new copper-based chip technology and an internal switch that more than doubles data transfer speeds between the CPU and memory.
Also lending a boost is a new release of the AIX operating system that's capable of supporting up to 24 processors. The operating system features a new workload manager that allows users to consolidate and manage multiple workloads on a single server, said Jeff VerHeul, a vice president of servers at IBM.

IBM Goes After the Unix Market

IBM today enhanced its Unix server lineup with new models and software aimed at high-end enterprise and Internet applications.
The products should help IBM regain price and performance leadership in the Unix market, said Debra A. Thompson, IBM's vice president of product marketing.

Interview: EBay's new CIO addresses recent problems

As the recently appointed CIO of eBay, Maynard Webb's first task is to stem a series of embarrassing service disruptions that have already cost the world's largest online auctioneer millions of dollars in revenue and stock value. Webb recently spoke with Computerworld senior editor Jaikumar Vijayan about how companies like eBay face Fortune 100-like IT problems, though a fraction of their size.