Chips called flash memory that have transformed many consumer products are beginning to shake up corporate computer rooms, with Sun Microsystems Inc. emerging as a surprise innovator.
The computer maker, though it lags rivals in data-storage hardware, has been pushing a redesign of servers and storage systems to take advantage of flash-memory chips. In its latest gambit, Sun is trying to popularize a tiny circuit board that can squeeze more flash chips, saving money, space and electricity.
But other companies are pushing rival flash-based products, which are emerging as one of few bright spots as corporations scale back their technology ...
The initial public offering VMware, the year's best so far, was a bright spot amid gloomy market conditions. But MarketWatch notes that some analysts think that the virtualization software maker's stock, which has already soared more than 150 percent, may be burning too hot, too fast.
adjective [before noun]
of or at the beginning:
My initial surprise was soon replaced by delight.
Initial reports say that seven people have died, though this has not yet been confirmed.
at the beginning:
Initially, most people approved of the new scheme.
The damage was far more serious than initially believed.
initial public offering (IPO) 公司股票上市
bright spark noun [C]
2 HUMOROUS a stupid person:
Some bright spark left the door open overnight.
have money to burn
to spend a lot of money on things that are not necessary:
I don't know what her job is but she certainly seems to have money to burn.
slow burn (ACTIVITY) noun [C usually singular] UK
a period of low activity:
Many workers have benefited from the new scheme, which allows careers to be put on a slow burn for months or years and then reactivated.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)