Seven technology battlegrounds
Choosing among competing technologies has never been tougher. Here are InfoWorld's calls on the most important matchups

Windows vs. Linux
Is this battle really the fight of the new century? Or should these old warhorses shake hands and just get along?

Behemoth vs. blade
A farm of blades seems like the best way to scale to meet application demands, but only when the software will cooperate

Conventional software vs. software as a service
Hosted apps may hold a tiny slice of the market right now, but over the long haul, does conventional software stand a chance?

Consolidation vs. federation
Should you standardize on one database platform or connect existing databases together where they reside?

NAC vs. NAP
Network access management locks out untrusted end points; Cisco and Microsoft are duking it out over who gets the keys

Vista vs. Tiger
Finally, now that OS X is in its fourth version, the beta release of Vista shows that Microsoft realizes it needs to catch up

Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI
The price and performance of these two rivals may be closer than you think. Much depends on what -- and who -- is already in place

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