Stories by Dan Neel

AMD drops Hammer on server market

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is poised to strike hard at the server market next year with the arrival of its SledgeHammer and ClawHammer line of server chips.

Interview: HP poised to build on its strengths

Mary McDowell, senior vice president and general manager for industry-standard servers at the "new" Hewlett-Packard, is on top of the world. Armed with the combined hardware and software resources of both HP and Compaq, McDowell is preparing to launch HP's first servers based on Intel's Itanium 2 processor, a move that promises to shake up the server world as HP begins to gradually transition its RISC customers over to Intel. In this interview, McDowell talks about the challenges facing the new HP and how well the company is faring following the largest merger in the history of the industry.

IBM aims wireless at smaller businesses

In an effort to speed the deployment of wireless networks within small and midsized businesses, IBM Corp. here on Tuesday unveiled four bundled wireless starter kits at the TechXNY trade show.

Fujitsu to unveil Tablet PC prototype

Fujitsu next week will introduce its prototype Tablet PC at TechXNY, part of an anticipated wave of the new devices expected to arrive at the industry trade show in New York.

Interview: InfiniCon reduces network costs, complexity

Charles Foley, CEO of InfiniCon Systems, believes his company has the killer app for emerging InfiniBand technology with a system called "shared I/O." Set to arrive this year in InfiniCon's Isis shared I/O architecture, Foley says his killer app can save companies money while reducing networking complexities. In this interview, Foley gives Dan Neel a crash course on the value of shared I/O and the importance of InfiniBand.

Storage vendors start small

Offering a piecemeal approach to storage infrastructure acquisition, Sun Microsystems Inc.'s launch on Monday of scaleable SAN products reflects interest in mid-range storage solution by competitors including EMC Corp. and Overland Data Inc.

Sun adds flexibility to SAN

To better assist customers looking for scalable SAN (storage area network) architectures that can start small and grow, Sun Microsystems Inc. on Monday will announce a number of inclusions to its SAN product family.

Scientists hatch quantum-computer building blocks

Science merged with science fiction Thursday as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced it has successfully paired the first ion traps, creating the building blocks for quantum computing, according to NIST representatives.

Interview: An insider's view on storage

With his focus on storage, the datacenter, and distributed computing investments, Jo Tango, general partner with venture capital firm Highland Capital Partners Inc., sees IT from a unique vantage point. The industry insider sat down to examine a few current technology trends and dispel a few industry myths along the way.

Interview: LeftHand Networks simplifies IP storage

Inventive IP storage company LeftHand Networks has a new idea for reducing the complexity of networked Fibre Channel storage called NUS (Network Unified Storage). Developed by the Boulder, Colo.-based company and improved following LeftHand's acquisition of North Fork, NUS storage and LeftHand's Network Storage Module 100 have begun to change the way users view IP storage networks. Bill Chambers, CEO of LeftHand, talks with InfoWorld Senior Writer Dan Neel about the implications of NUS in the storage market and what makes NUS unique.

Network Appliance eyes SAS-based analytics

NAS (network attached storage) giant Network Appliance (Netapp) on Tuesday announced that it has joined the SAS Partner Program in an effort to deliver BI (business intelligence) products to the Netapp platform.

3Par simplifies Fibre Channel

Inventive storage startup 3ParData on Monday will officially launch a new storage product designed to supplant mammoth Fibre Channel arrays built by companies such as EMC Corp. and Hitachi Data Systems.

EMC comes down to Earth

With an admission that the EMC Corp. of old was something of a one-trick pony for high-end storage, company officials on Thursday said to expect a wider reach into the middle and lower-end storage markets.