Stories by Matt Hamblen

N+I - Used Cisco gear a growing market

If you're in the market for a Catalyst 6500 switch from Cisco Systems Inc. but can't afford the sticker price, you're a potential customer for the emerging networking resale market.

Marist College takes advantage of Cisco/IBM effort

Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., has deployed an integrated switch and server to enhance its data center, using hardware that is the result of a new Cisco Systems Inc. and IBM Corp. partnership announced Thursday.

Novell's Messman, Stone weigh in

Novell CEO Jack Messman and Chris Stone, vice chairman in the office of the CEO, talked about Linux at Novell, grid computing and other topics in separate interviews Monday with Computerworld's Matt Hamblen at the company's 20th annual BrainShare conference, which has attracted 6,000 users in Salt Lake City.

Novell touts new products at BrainShare

SALT LAKE CITY (03/22/2004) - In an opening address Monday morning, Novell Inc. CEO Jack Messman told 6,000 customers at BrainShare that "Novell is back," referring to recent market interest and gains made with its support for Linux on the server and desktop.

VOICECON - Avaya reaching out to data center managers

While Avaya has seen a surge in its stock price and financial success in the past year, top executives Wednesday acknowledged that they have had trouble reaching IT data centre managers and executives at corporations to make important sales.

IBM's Willy Chiu on grid computing's future

Willy Chiu, vice president of the high-volume Web sites organization within IBM Software, talked with Computerworld's Matt Hamblen about working with large customers to develop grid computing, or on-demand systems of servers for corporate needs. For example, IBM has announced that it's working with Federated Department Stores Inc. to test a new application called FedAd to make its advertising more efficient across the retailer's divisions, such as Macy's and Bloomingdale's.

Las Vegas schools mix IP, digital communications

FRAMINGHAM (12/05/2003) - The public schools in Las Vegas are nearing the midpoint of a backbone network installation that will support one of the largest IP-enabled phone systems deployed to date anywhere in the world -- a communications upgrade that's expected to cost a total of US$31 million.

BMC's Jim Grant on Remedy acquisition

FRAMINGHAM (11/26/2003) - It's been a year now since BMC Software Inc. in Houston officially acquired the Remedy business services management division from Peregrine Systems Inc., and since that time, the Remedy division has outperformed BMC's revenue and earnings expectations each quarter. That's made it one of the most successful acquisitions in the software industry, BMC officials boast. Jim Grant, general manager of the division, started working at Remedy in April and talked with Computerworld this week about the marketplace and where Remedy will go from here. Excerpts of that discussion follow:

IBM to help Georgia Tech research autonomic computing

FRAMINGHAM (11/17/2003) - IBM Corp. officials have donated US$500,000 worth of software and hardware, including workstations and servers, to the Georgia Institute of Technology to support research into autonomic computing and self-healing systems.