As IT buyers focus on finding the most energy-efficient and coolest-running data centre systems, another environmentally friendly trend is taking off in the industry: the requirement to build hardware free of toxic substances.
Over the past year, server virtualization has become a new data centre technology du jour. Microsoft, competing head-on with VMware, has its Virtual Server 2005 (which will soon even support Linux). Meanwhile a host of startups are putting novel spins on the technology.
IBM Corp. is set to unveil an update to its high-end z990 mainframe that analysts say will enhance the system's reliability and security and bring as much as a 40 percent performance boost to the box that is aimed at corporate users running very large database and transactional systems.