Things are looking up in the server market, and at the same time, they're looking down as well. Say what? According to market research firm Gartner, worldwide server shipments grew 3.2 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2013, though overall revenue dipped 6.6 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012. Likewise, server shipments for all of 2013 rose 2.1 percent while revenue declined 4.5 percent.
Virtualization a foreign concept to many IT workers
Well now, here's something that's a bit surprising. According to a recent study by a nationwide network of Cisco Partners, there's a pretty sizable gap between IT managers and everyday employees when it comes to the topic of virtualization, what it's used for, and what its many benefits are. Taking it a step further, statistically speaking (based on the study), 4 out of 10 IT managers have never even heard of virtualization.
Office workers are taking PC problems into their own hands.
A nationwide survey conducted online in March 2013 by Harris Interactive on behalf of Crucial found that the majority of office workers who use a computer are reluctant to call the IT department for tech support. Instead, 53 percent of the 2,144 U.S. adults said they attempt to fix their computer problems on their own or solicit help from a co-worker/someone else. What makes this finding even more interesting is that computer problems ranked as the top reason for decreased productivity.
The majority of hiring managers surveyed indicated plans to hire a Linux professional in the next six months.
Looking for a job in the IT industry? Give yourself an edge by learning Linux. The 2013 Linux Jobs Report, which was conducted by Dice Labs and forecasts the Linux job market based on a survey of hiring managers and Linux professionals, shows that Linux talent is in high demand. It's being met by aggressive recruitment strategies. This, in turn, has led to salary growth for Linux talent at nearly double the industry norms.
Working in Information Technology (IT) isn't especially glamorous to begin with, at least not outside of geek circles where the humor in Saturday Night Live's Nick Burns skits are completely lost, but at least you could count on steady employment. Even during the recession there's been a spattering of growth in IT spending, and if you happen to be an unemployed IT guy or gal living in the midwest (or willing to relocate), General Motors (GM) may soon have a job for you.
IBM's newest mainframe server, the zEnterprise EC12, is purportedly the most powerful and technologically advanced enterprise system Big Blue has ever assembled. It sports the world's fastest processor, a six-core 32nm part running at 5.5GHz, that offers 25 percent more performance per core than the 45nm quad-core chip used in the previous generation zEnterprise 196. According to IBM, zEC12 is the result of an investment of more than $1 billion in research and development.
Dell may have to change its name to Daddy Big Bucks with the way it's throwing around cash in recent times. Having already made a number of software purchases this year, including a deal for for SonicWall back in March reportedly worth $1.2 billion, the latest domino to fall into Dell's hands is Quest Software. Dell has agreed to pay $28 per share in cash for each share of Quest, valuing the purchase price at around $2.4 billion.
Microsoft is rolling a hard six with their tablet strategy in Windows 8, and while it might be a hard sale with iPad crazy consumers, at least in the Enterprise they have a fighting chance. Dell knows this, and plans to be ready to go with tablet offerings for businesses on Windows 8 launch day. The information came from a Bloomberg interview conducted last week in which CEO Michael Dell praised the new Microsoft OS, and claims demand will be strong for a “secure Windows tablet that works with all Windows applications”.
Young enthusiasts who are looking for a future in IT might well decide to specialize on Microsoft, but before you do here is an interesting point to consider. Linux developers and system administrators will be the ones making the big money, at least if current trends continue. According to a recent survey conducted by the Linux Foundation, developers and system administrators saw pay increases of 5% last year, and bonuses averaging around 15%.
Enterprise hardware and software firm Oracle has a pretty big 'Patch Tuesday' of its own lined up for tomorrow. A so-called "Critical Patch Update" scheduled to roll out on January 17, 2012 is the first of the year for Oracle and will include 78 new security vulnerability fixes across hundreds of Oracle products, some of them affecting multiple products, the company stated in a pre-release announcement.