With its ReachNXT switch and EPICentre 7.0 management console, Extreme Networks provides a solution that allows users to make better hard-wired connections at the periphery of business networks where wireless just won’t do.
Systems integrator INX will partner with Cisco Systems, NetApp, VMware for a three-city event to educate end users on the architecture and benefits of Cisco’s new unified computing and virtualized blade server offerings.
An IBM acquisition of Sun Microsystems would solidify IBM’s market lead in servers. But it would also give IBM a lot of technology it already has on the books. Cisco Systems, with its ambitions for dominance in the data centre, seems like a much better suitor for Sun.
Networking giant Cisco may be muscling in on the high-end x86 server market with its Unified Computing System offering for data centres, but that’s not the big news. Cisco’s UCS is designed to simplify the complex tasks around data centres and virtualization that prevent many IT organisations from taking advantage of the virtualization benefits.
Cisco’s absorption of Linksys has created—with help from Trend Micro—a new series of products that meld services with security hardware to create hybrid products for the small office. But the first effort doesn’t create a lot of opportunities for partners.
Think you can’t benefit from President Obama’s US Stimulus Spending Bill because your customers are leasing technology and computer equipment rather than buying it? Think again. IBM Global Financing’s JumpStart lease rates are designed to pass along the benefits to lease customers and their VARs.
Hosted storage has been slowly replacing tape as a means of backup for the SMB market, denying solution providers their instant profits of hardware sales. Tandberg is looking to revitalise those backup hardware sales with the RDX series, which is cheaper and faster than hosted solutions, and eliminates all the hassles of tape.