Stratus Technologies says it will pay customers $50,000 if its fault-tolerant ftServer 6300 experiences any unscheduled downtime in its first six months after purchase, as a guarantee of hardware, software and operating system reliability.
IT professionals seeking contract work are more frequently looking to freelance marketplace sites such as Elance and oDesk to find contract-based assignments. To stand out among the sea of contractors, this article suggests, job seekers should showcase their employment background and portfolio, take the offered skills-assessment tests and carve out a niche that suits their strengths.
Pressure on the IT job market is coming from a variety of directions, including cloud computing and automation, and while layoffs are likely, so are "talent wars" for the most skilled workers or for those who offer business savvy, foreign-language knowledge and experience in the global market.
Microsoft Research has published a book of essays titled "The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery," expounding upon the data-based science theories of Dr. Jim Gray, who vanished at sea in 2007. Gray had insisted that scientists must respond to endless seas of data with new computing techniques, focusing on distributed computing across networks of machines.
While it recorded a quarterly profit dip, creative design software maker Adobe is cautiously optimistic that 2010 will be a better year for its Flash, Photoshop and Acrobat products. The vendor plans to boost features to its Creative Suite and Acrobat, which represent 90% of revenue for the company. The vendor reported a fiscal fourth-quarter net loss of $32 million and revenue dipped 17% to $757 million.