HPC NEC Sets TPC Benchmark Record on Windows Server 2003 NEC Solutions America announced that a 32-processor server from NEC, based on the future Intel Itanium 2 processor 6M (code-named "Madison"), running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition for 64-bit and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition (64-bit), has achieved a TPC-C benchmark result for a non-clustered, 32-processor SMP server. TPC-C is an industry-standard benchmark for measuring a system's processing performance based on an enterprise transaction model for handling orders. The 514,034.72 tpmC transactions per minute (tpmC) benchmark score achieved by the NEC Express5800/1320Xc system was accomplished while running Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition (64-bit) on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition for 64-bit, using the Intel Itanium 2 processor 6M (Madison). "This benchmark is a historic milestone for the database industry and a testament to the performance and … [Read more...] about NEC Sets TPC Benchmark Record on Windows Server 2003
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In the architecture of heavy-duty business programs, customer relationship management (CRM) software is a load-bearing beam. It's a mission critical application that can be a key to success. It's also the sort of app that operates very comfortably in "the cloud" -- that metaphor for the Internet and platform-agnostic computing.Justin Bartak realized the cloud's potential for managing customers relatively early. Bartak is CTO and cofounder of Ntractive, a Grand Folks, N.D., Macintosh-centric CRM software maker.Bartak explained that he began noodling with the idea behind Ntractive's primary product, Elements CRM, in 2003 while working for a Macintosh developer on Web applications. "I was looking a lot at NetSuite and Salesforce at that time, even though they were in their infancy," he told MacNewsWorld. "I thought it would be really cool if I could do this for the Mac."NetSuite and Salesforce are Web-based applications, including CRM, aimed at businesses. After working on the cloud … [Read more...] about Ntractive CRM Tethers the Mac Desktop to the Cloud
By all indications, Windows Server 2003 is engineered to be more secure than its predecessors. Microsoft has adopted a two-pronged approach to achieving this goal: The company has added several new features intended to boost security, and it has altered the operating system's out-of-the-box settings so that many other features are turned off by default. Will this dual approach help squelch the security problems that have plagued Windows for decades, or does Microsoft still have miles to go?Overall, analysts seem to agree that new security features in Windows Server 2003 will be less significant to system administrators than changes to the default settings of the OS. Either way, of course, CIOs will still shoulder the burden of making sure everything runs securely day in and day out.A couple of brief documents provide an introduction to what is supposedly new in 2003. "What's New in Security" and "Security Innovations in Windows Server 2003" are the best general overviews.Among the new … [Read more...] about E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT How Secure Is Windows Server 2003?
Microsoft andSugarCRM will team up to enhance interoperability between Microsoft Windows Server and SugarCRM products so users can take better advantage of the simplified administration available on the Windows platform. The companies made the announcement Tuesday at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco.SugarCRM also unveiled plans for a new Sugar Suite distribution under the Microsoft Community License to be released in conjunction with the upcoming Sugar Suite 4.5 version.Nearly 35 percent of SugarCRM's customer base is running on Microsoft Windows Server, noted Bill Hilf, director of technical platform strategy at Microsoft.The first areas the two companies will address are improved SugarCRM support for Internet Information Services (IIS); and optimization for Active Directory and Microsoft SQL Server, including SQL Express, SQL Server Workgroup and SQL Server Enterprise.In addition, SugarCRM plans to use the Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset to build its … [Read more...] about SugarCRM, Microsoft Tighten Interoperability
Hoping to steer its next-generation Windows operating system -- code-named Longhorn -- into the developer community, Microsoft released previews of the software toward the end of last year. The actual Longhorn operating system, the company's next-generation SQL Server known as Yukon and the company's next-generation development tools code-named Whidbey are as many as two to three years from arriving.But Bill Gates, Microsoft's chief software architect, has said this week that Longhorn will be released in 2006.The most important developers -- from Microsoft's perspective -- are the independent software vendors (ISVs) that ultimately will determine the success of the next Windows platform by creating the next generation of enterprise and consumer applications for it, Yankee Group senior analyst Dana Gardner told TechNewsWorld."Microsoft's been working toward this for some time," Gardner said of Microsoft's Longhorn and the company's future plans for Web services. "It's time for the … [Read more...] about Gates Targets 2006 for Longhorn Release
You hear it all the time: "You can't make money off free software."Actually, companies are making quite a bit of money from free software. IBM and HP, for example, have reaped billions of dollars in revenue from Linux. True, they are doing so by bundling open source software with servers and support, but Linux is the glue that binds the entire package together.But what about pure-play Linux companies? Finding the right revenuemodel has been a challenge for Red Hat and SuSE, arguably the biggest players in the Linux market.Some people compare open source and free software to oxygen and water. These resources are all around us, and most of us are used to getting them for free. But there are still opportunities for people to make money by selling oxygen or water: Purify it, bottle it and deliver it, and it becomes a cash cow.Similarly, there are ways to make money by selling Linux. Mark de Visser, vice president of marketing at Red Hat, told the E-Commerce Times that his company is … [Read more...] about E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT Who’s Making Money from Linux?
Hoping to steer its next-generation Windows operating system -- code-named Longhorn -- into the developer community, Microsoft has released previews of the software.The actual Longhorn operating system, the company's next-generation SQL Server known as Yukon and the company's next-generation development tools code-named Whidbey are as many as two to three years from arriving, but Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles this week represents a key moment as the software company seeks to win and maintain support from Web and corporate developers.The most important developers -- from Microsoft's perspective -- are the independent software vendors (ISVs) that ultimately will determine the success of the next Windows platform by creating the next generation of enterprise and consumer applications for it, Yankee Group senior analyst Dana Gardner told TechNewsWorld."Microsoft's been working toward this for some time," Gardner said of Microsoft's Longhorn and the … [Read more...] about UPDATE: Longhorn Exposed at Windows Developer Conference
Didn't Netscape lose the browser war? Mozilla, the technology that lies underneath Netscape products and a slew of its own products, just gets better and better. Netscape is effectively dead, but Mozilla keeps on keeping on. Here's a look at why.In 2010 we'll look back and say 2003 was the year that Mozilla really began. Mozilla-based products have attracted many flattering reviews and several industry awards this year. At the same time, Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, which are Mozilla's most obvious competitors, are moribund at best. At worst, they're buggy, security compromised and virtually abandoned by Microsoft.This year, in just about every calendar quarter, the Mozilla Foundation, the Mozilla community and their friends have pumped out a regular minor release. The Mozilla Application Suite is 1.6 now, and the stand-alone Mozilla Browser (Firebird) and Mozilla E-Mail & News Reader (Thunderbird) are motoring steadily toward their own 1.0 releases. Mozilla … [Read more...] about DEVELOPER’S TOOLBOX From Browser to Platform: Mozilla Rises
MariaDB last week announced the availability of MariaDB TX 2.0, a fully functional open source transactional database solution for modern application development and enterprise use cases.MariaDB TX offers a comprehensive package of technology and services, including feature-rich new releases of MariaDB Server and MariaDB MaxScale, which close the functional gap between open source and proprietary offerings. It is part of a MariaDB's larger effort to offer complete solutions to support specific workload needs, whether transactional, analytical or developer-focused.The TX 2.0 release meets business technology needs for increased agility, scalability and security. It provides developers with an open and extensible database solution that lets them develop many different types of applications easily.This release introduces JSON support and the MyRocks storage engine (alpha).It also offers data masking to protect sensitive data, and result set limiting for denial-of-service protection, noted … [Read more...] about MariaDB Offers a Bigger Box of Transactional Tools
Amazon Web Services on Tuesday announced the general availability of Amazon Aurora with PostgreSQL compatibility.The service is now fully compatible with both MySQL and PostgreSQL, the company said.AWS also announced that customers migrating to Amazon Aurora from another database can use the AWS Database Migration Service free of charge for the next six months.Amazon Aurora is a cloud-optimized relational database that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases.Customers who use PostgreSQL databases can get up to several times better performance with scalability, durability, availability and security that is as good as or better than commercial databases at one-tenth the cost.The added compatibility will give a sizable boost to Amazon's competitive position among cloud database service providers, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT."It puts AWS onto an equal footing with … [Read more...] about AWS Offers Aurora Cloud DB Service Compatible With PostgreSQL