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VMware points users toward utility computing

Nov 11, 20034 mins
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VMware points users toward utility computing, 11/10/03

VMware’s new Virtual Center, announced in June as Control Center, provides a single interface for managing virtual machines that run Windows, NetWare or Linux on multiple physical servers. With Virtual Center, users can do things such as provision multiple systems at once by creating configuration templates that can be copied and shared across multiple servers for quick deployment.

Vendor brings Cobol apps to the Web, 11/10/03

The theme for Web services is integration, and Micro Focus plans to bring Cobol into the picture by equipping companies with tools that convert the legacy code to align with the emerging technology.

Cancer center SAN ensures on-time treatment, 11/10/03

At the Cancer Therapy & Research Center in San Antonio, Texas, more than 200 patients each day receive radiation therapy on time because of an iSCSI storage-area network and some innovative remote boot technology.

Start-up takes aim at document management, 11/10/03

Start-up PSS Systems last week unveiled its first product: software aimed at helping companies track and secure documents that are distributed inside and outside of corporate boundaries.

Q&A: Travelocity’s flight to open systems, 11/10/03

The extended enterprise concept is as old as networking itself, and as young as e-commerce. Few companies typify that old/young dichotomy better than Travelocity, the Internet child of Sabre Holdings – granddaddy of extended enterprises.

How far can we go? 11/10/03

Many network executives and industry analysts clearly can see e-business’ next milestone. Some call it the “real-time enterprise,” a business structure that allows the automatic routing of information to the right person at the right time – instantaneously if required. Hand in hand with that, they foresee how the network would become a commodity utility.

Making application performance a non-issue, 11/10/03

Applications at Best Buy Canada/Future Shop can be so complicated that analyzing performance takes no fewer than eight monitoring tools. Jason Kennedy, a systems management analyst at the electronics retailer’s headquarters in Burnaby, B.C., is tackling one of the more challenging management tasks in networking today: understanding application behavior enough to control it. This isn’t a new issue, by any means. But it is one growing in importance as companies continuously intertwine their business processes with those of customers and suppliers.

Web integration: Then & now, 11/10/03

B2B e-commerce pioneers Ford Motor Credit, Sigma-Aldrich and Staples continue to define the cutting edge. In the mid- to late 1990s, Sigma-Aldrich was among the companies getting business-to-business Web efforts off the ground, making decisions on architectures and vendors that it couldn’t be sure would last for the long term. But it became well known in the chemical industry for its early e-commerce efforts, just as Ford Motor Credit did in the automotive financing business and Staples in the retail world. Sigma-Aldrich and Ford Credit, in fact, are past winners of our E-comm Innovator Award, while Staples has shared its experiences with us throughout the years.