Dell is stepping in the field of networking. Report says that Dell is making a new term in integrated field and going to fill the networking hole. This is going to happen as company built its way into building an integrated technology stack. This intelligent stack technology will used for data centers. Other vendors like Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and IBM were already in way of technology alteration by rounding out hardware to deliver a more end-to-end data center package. Now in this hardware alteration Dell is moving. Dell already provides its performance by offering ranges of servers, storage and services. Now to be an active part of technology change Dell is acquiring Force10 Networks .Force 10 networks will provide company the networking technology for better performance in networks. This technology offers company an integrated hardware stack The integrated hardware stack will help to automate the deployment of systems in data centers. Incorporation with Dell there is many companies which build out more end to end products which display performance in this area. For example the key acquisitions include services company Perot Systems and for storage companies EqualLogic and Compellent and security company Secure Works. These all companies’ already building data centers which are served in multiple companies. These systems to host cloud applications and is also opening research centers for cloud reference architectures. The research Vice president Cindy Borovick clearly said that company would like to have intellectual property on the internal side. With the technology of integrating the hardware stack the performance of Data centers will improve. The Dell Company wants to automate deployment and configuration of systems in data centers. This automation will help customers build data centers quicker .It will also demonstrate reduction in manual processes in maintaining data centers. The hardware catalog of Dell already includes different hardware and networking products.Force10’s switches and routers would be complementary, Force10 also brings product design capabilities. This also offers an open operating system that could help Dell improve its networking products. Dell’s partners like Brocade and Cisco offers different products such as switches which demonstrate is the field of networks. Company products will continued as it only some dimension will changed as said by Zamarian. The disadvantages of Force 10 include a long list. Out this list the hit list advantages are it is its open architecture. The technology FTOS OS used in Force10 products can be easily customized. Dell can quickly adapt FTOS to deliver pre-packed products to customers, who can then further customize the OS depending on their system and network configurations but if we compared it with HP Dell is paying a lesser price for acquiring competitive technology. There was a bidding war between Dell and HP for Storage Company 3PAR. In this war HP won the bidding and ultimately bought for $2.35 billion. Dell earlier this year paid $800 million to buy storage company Compellent, which was once a 3PAR competitor.
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Recently there have been rumours that Apple may make an entry in the television market. The origin of the speculation for this rumour has gathered momentum from the fact that Apple has made an investment of about forty billion dollars in display components technology. The company has not disclosed anything specifically regarding its plans. However, it has briefed about entering into an agreement on long term basis with three separate component display suppliers.
A bigger section of analysts believe now that the investment is an indication on the part of Apple that it is intending to take entry in the market for televisions. In an earlier report, investment institution Piper Jaffary of Wall Street remarked that components for which Apple has invested may be utilized in iPads and iPhones.
If the speculation turns up to be true, it will not be a surprising move on the part of Apple, because for the last few years Apple is planning for diversification of some part of its business. As per Gene Munster, an analyst of Piper Jaffray, Apple may make an entry into the TV market with the production of 50 inch-LCDs. The television will also extend access to a clod-based version of iTunes as stated by Munster.
As estimated by Munster, flat panel televisions numbering about two hundred twenty million may be available for sale in the market during the next year, and approximately half of them will be connected with Internet. In case of Apple, for this sort of diverse business activities in the market of televisions can fetch them huge profits in the long term. As per an estimate of Munster, Apple can get additional two and half billion dollars revenue from the television market in 2012.
After acquiring Compellent, Dell has announced plans of using the company’s data tiering technology in its line of storage arrays. According to the officials of Dell, the company has purchased each share of Compellent for $27.75, which makes it a deal worth $940 million. With the total equity price of $940 million the aggregate price for the purchase is roughly $800 million. The most important and significant intellectual property that Compellent had was data tiering technology. After having acquired this technology now Dell wants to offer to its customers the option of shifting the less frequently used data to the higher-capacity but slow in performance SATA hard drives.
Using this tiering technology Dell would be effectively able to reduce the initial costs for its storage system. This would be made possible because the data tiering technology decreases the cost of ownership. One thing that is common between Compellent and Dell is their ambition to assist cloud customers and also regulate their storage investments.
Now having acquired Compellent, Dell plans to combine the best of both the companies and thus win the confidence of its consumers. Dell seeks to help strengthen the customer relationship and also boost customer loyalty towards Dell. For this Dell officials have to make sure that they prove themselves to be the best. HP acquired 3Par, a company that offers services similar to those given by Compellent. An advantage with HP is that regarding 3Par’s SANs. The SANs have an ASIC, that is, Application-Specific Integrated Circuit that helps to offload the advanced functions. Thus, it will give superior performance to its systems and help to target higher-end customers. So you as a consumer have a lot to decide. Get yourself ready to make a tough choice. Brace up to witness a close contest between HP and Dell.
IBM and ARM signed an agreement to produce revolutionary technology that would help ARM to move ahead with renewed vigor and IBM to take its first steps at getting a share of the tablet PC market. Under an agreement signed in January, IBM will support ARM in its endeavor to scale its Cortex manufacturing process down to 14 nanometers. This would arm ARM with the thinnest silicon chips in the market and hence make it one of the best processor providers for tablets. ARM’s system on a chip platform had revolutionized the tablet processors with enhanced battery life and powerful computing experience with reduced size.
Michael Cadigan, general manager for IBM’s Microelectronics unit, said that ARM’s Cortex processors are now the processors of choice for leading smartphone manufacturers and tablet PC companies. He said that IBM plans to work closely with ARM and other customers to give a boost to the present ARM technology for a varied range of computing and communication devices and products.
IBM is now a party to the biggest technological boom of this year and wants to expand its horizons into processors and chips too. ARM officials feel that this transfer of manufacturing process over to IBM will allow their company to focus on design and development of next generation innovation in the form of chips powering mobile technology. Simon Segars, executive vice president and GM over ARM’s Physical IP unit, said that IBM already has a reputation of excelling in research and development.
ARM had become the leading provider of the SOC platform to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Samsung and Dell. Also Microsoft who till now was a supporter of Intel has dissolved that relationship and jumped on the ARM band wagon and planned the next generation of Windows, Windows 8 to be powered by ARM’s processor chips. IBM saw a jump in its shares with this announcement, with them going up by 3.05% as soon as the announcement was made, ARM shares however came down by a 2.5% following the increase of 3% the previous day when Goldman Sachs had recognized its growing role in the computing market claiming that tablets will soon replace one in three PC sales this year.
Alcatel-Lucent will introduce new technology for wireless carriers to expand their network. The new technology is a new cell phone antenna system that puts together the technology in a small box, which can be mounted even on a lamp post. The Light Radio system from Alcatel Lucent will be ready for the trial of the carriers this year, allowing carriers to set up new cell sites faster and economically. The cell phone tower technology being shrunk fits more easily the budgets of the carriers. It is economically more viable to use a cell site which comes with an antenna.
The data processed, is expected to rise by 26 times of what it is now, by 2015, as per the reports from Cisco, on their forecast on the index for visual forecasting, conducted each year by them. Alcatel–Lucent has potentially changed the structure of the cellular network by reducing greenhouse emissions and bringing mobile broadband into new areas. Called Light Radio, the technology was showcased in London by Alcatel–Lucent’s partners Freescale and HP. It reduces the size of the technology from a filing cabinet to a small box. Apart from helping the industry reduces costs it would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The way the carriers are gearing up for the increase in data is by adding more possible capacity to their networks to carry the traffic from radio towers to the Internet. The industry cannot provide more spectrum to carriers since there are limits to the amount of mobile data that can be transmitted on a given spectrum. One way that they can use to mobilize more spectrum is by deploying more cell sites in smaller sized area. Many carriers have already started using smaller sized cell sites and are also providing more bandwidth, for example providing personal cell sites for the home or business. To improve the indoor wireless coverage, cell sites are connected to a broadband connection to give leverage.
However, this task involves using new cell towers, which is expensive and not always feasible. This is where the Light Radio technology comes in from Alcatel-Lucent. It allows carriers to deploy smaller cell sites at less operational costs. They start with replacing larger towers with smaller cell sites. This way the carrier expenses on cell sites are cut to a bare minimum. Also, the connectivity provided to users is on broadband using cloud computing.
Therefore, with the Light Radio system, it is possible to create economies of scale; the antennas used are software configurable and reusable equipment even in the event of changing technologies like 2G, 3G, 4G etc., accessible from the same point of dispersion. This development will bring a change where carriers have to deploy and change hardware with every change in technology. The cell tower technology has been shrunk to fit the budgets of carriers and it is a major breakthrough in the technology of cell sites.
Over the last 30 years, Seagate has positioned itself as one of the most stable, ingenious and reliable hard drive manufacturers for desktops, laptops, netbooks, enterprise servers and more. Amongst some of the many firsts in the industry, Seagate has made phenomenal strides in introducing various products including solid state hybrid drives, 6Gb/s SAS Enterprise Drives, world’s thinnest hard drives for slim laptops, including the latest success story of one of the most cost effective self encrypting drives as a security measure, for implementation by companies, saving sensitive data from getting into unwanted hands from lost or damaged hard drives.
Seagate initially launched these self encrypting drives (SEDs) in the year 2006, winning massive acclaim from various sectors of the industry. On a commercial basis, Seagate first announced the supply of enterprise class, self encrypting drives, worldwide to various system builders and value added resellers in September 2009. September 2010 saw the announcement of this groundbreaking self encrypting hard drive with Seagate getting the prestigious FIPS 140-2 certification from the U.S. government. This cleared and paved the way for deployment of the self encrypting drives by all U.S. and Canadian Federal Agencies, many state and local governments besides many a regulated industry like defense, finance, healthcare and other sensitive information based corporations.
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, certification agency for the FIPS 140 – 2 strengthens and more than acknowledges Seagate’s Security Standards Policies and commitments to industry. With the massive IT boom and technological explosion, with more and more portable devices like laptops, notebooks and netbooks, making their way into markets, a phenomenal amount of sensitive business information and personal information, stands at risk of leak and loss.
The use of SEDs provide businesses with data protection against security risks. The use of SEDs ensures that data is protected at the critical stages of a system’s life cycle. The Seagate Momentus drive, with the built-in encryption standard AES Chip proved to be one of the most cost-effective methods against unauthorized access to sensitive data, on various computers, storage servers and a range of other media using the hard disk as a storage medium.
SEDs keep all security keys and cryptographic operations within the drive, separating them from the operating system to provide greater protection against hacking and tampering. The 1 million mark of SED hard drives by Seagate is a phenomenal achievement.