Despite any talk of netbook sales starting to die down, these portable PCs continue to play a huge role in growing the mobile market. According to market research firm Gartner, notebook shipments rose by 43.4 percent in the first quarter of 2010, much of which can be attributed to a 71 percent jump in netbook sales. In addition, year-over-year growth in the laptop market was the highest it's been in the past eight years.
Over 49 million PCs were shipped around the world in the first quarter of 2010, and some 20 percent of those were netbooks. By comparison, netbooks accounted for roughly 13 percent of PC sales in the first quarter of 2009, Gartner said.
Not included in these sales figures are tablet devices, such as Apple's iPad. The reason? Gartner doesn't consider tablets as replacements for laptops and netbooks, even if Yankee Stadium might disagree.
If you're under the impression that big tech firms are most concerned with the possibility of data breaches, think again. According to research released by BDO, a professional services firm, there are much bigger concerns when it comes to security risks.
According to BDO, natural disasters, wars, conflicts, and terrorist attacks were cited by 55 percent of respondents as a risk concern and was 16th on the list. So where did breaches of technology security rank? Far below at 23rd on the listed and mentioned by 44 percent of respondents, or less than half.
"I think it has to do not only with the general difficulty one might encounter as result, but also, at the end of the day, what they are concerned about is business continuity," said Aftab Jamil, leader of the Technology Practice at BDO. "Can they get back on their feet relatively quickly? If you in the path of a hurricane or an oil spill, can you keep your business going?"
As for the top spot, that belonged in part to failure to develop or market new products/services, which tied with strong competition as the leading risk factor with 94 percent mentioning those two areas.
According to market research firm Gartner, about 80 percent of IT organizations turned a blind eye to Vista, opting instead to stick with Windows XP, an eight-and-a-half-year-old operating system. Is it time to make the jump to Windows 7?
In a word, "yes." In a recent survey of 285 IT professionals, Computerworld found that 72 percent of the respondents have plans to migrate to Windows 7, with 70 percent saying they will do so within a year, or are already running Microsoft's latest OS.
Out of all the new features in Windows 7, respondents were most interested in faster bootups and overall performance gains (69 percent). Better device management also ranked high on the list (52 percent), as did compatibility with Windows XP (47 percent).
Sans Digital has just launched its EliteSTOR ES424X6+B, a 4U 24-bay JBOD storage rackmount with 6Gbps SAS and SATA hard drive support.
"6G storage is the latest invocation of the storage technology that improves the performance instantly," said Stanley Chan, Director of Business Development of Sans Digital. "The ES424X6+B proves itself as the most viable choice between value and performance with the 6G performance for only $3899."
Up to 5 enclosures can be daisy-chained together for a total of 240TB of storage. Other notable features include:
Performance can reach over 1700MB/s read and 1500MB/s write speeds (tested with LSI9280-8E)
Standard redundant power supply
All hardware included (mini-SAS cable, cooling fan, tray modules, and built-in mounting rail)
Support for a wide range or RAID adapters
Sans Digital is now taking pre-orders and said units will begin shipping in June.
Enterprise software vendor Novell has made it clear that its willing to accept bids from potential buyers, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Novell already turned down a takeover bid in March that would have valued the company at $2 billion. At the time, Elliott Associates offered $5.75 per share, but after reviewing the offer, Novell's board came to the conclusion that the amount was "inadequate."
Despite Novell making itself available, it's not a foregone conclusion that the company will be sold. Novell also said it would review its options, which could include a stock repurchase program or a joint venture.
Netbooks were never intended to replace laptops, and with the slim profit margin on each one sold, you wouldn't think OEMS would want that to be the case anyway. According to Dell, however, that's exactly how some of its competitors have been pitching this underpowered PC segment.
"There's been some over-exuberance on this product in the marketplace," said Steve Felice, president of Dell's consumer, small and medium-size business unit, during a conference call with reporters. "Some of our competitors have positioned [netbooks] as a replacement device and then you see feedback from customers that are disappointed when they gave up their notebook for a netbook and find that it's not quite as fast or doesn't have quite the same functionality."
We have a hard time imagining a netbook being used as a primary PC, and apparently so does Dell. According to Felice, netbooks are not a replacement for laptops, and users shouldn't rely on them as such.
"We think we're selling the appropriate number of these products to the appropriate set of needs," Felice added.
We fully grasp that, as a human race, we're intelligent enough to devise a way for cow pies to be used to power a data center, but what we really want to know is how anyone in HP's ranks kept a straight face while discussing the "manure output of cows." Not only did HP talk about this internally, but the company went and drew up an entire game plan, and who knows, that smell seeping in through your car windows as you drive down the interstate might be coming for a new data center.
"The idea of using animal waste to generate energy has been around for centuries, with manure being used every day in remote villages to generate heat for cooking. The new idea that we are presenting in this research is to create a symbiotic relationship between farms and the IT ecosystem that can benefit the farm, the data center and the environment," said Tom Christian, principal research scientist, Sustainable IT Ecosystem Lab, HP.
According to HP, 10,000 dairy cows produce enough waste to power a 1 megawatt (MW) data center, which is the equivalent of a medium-sized data center, and still have power left over to support other needs on the farm. And get this - the heat generated by the data center can be used to increase the efficiency of the anaerobic digestion of animal waste. Yep, warm manure is just what the IT industry needs.
On very much a related note, did you know that the average dairy cow produces about 120 pounds of manure each day, and about 20 metric tons per year? That's enough to generate 3 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electrical energy.
Xerox will fork over $69 million to put to rest the last of what ended up being several shareholder lawsuits following the company's acquisition of Dallas-based Affiliate Computer Services Inc. (ACS) a year ago.
The $6 billion acquisition drew criticism from shareholders when it was discovered that ACS founder Darwin Deason was receiving additional payments, including a $300 million premium for his Class B shares of ACS. All told, Deason received a billion in stock and cash from Xerox, which he said was "consistent with other strategic acquisitions of similar scope and size."
It didn't take long for shareholders to file lawsuits in Dallas and Delaware, all of which pretty much alleged that Deason's deal was overly generous compared with what other ACS stockholders would receive.
Under terms of the deal, Deason will forfeit $12.8 million of the settlement, while Xerox "did not admit any wrongdoing."
Oracle, which recently spent $7.4 billion acquiring Sun Micrososystems, announced on Thursday that it has agreed to scoop up Secerno, a provider of database firewall solutions for both Oracle and non-Oracle databases.
"The Secerno acquisition is in direct response to increasing customer challenges around mitigating database security risk," said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Oracle Database Server Technologies. "Secerno’s database firewall product acts as a first line of defense against external threats and unauthorized internal access with a protective perimeter around Oracle and non-Oracle databases. Together, Oracle’s complete set of database security solutions and Secerno’s technology will provide customers with the ability to safeguard their critical business information."
Secerno makes a bunch of hardware and software products called DataWall, which help block unauthorized activity in real-time. Oracle said it will use Secerno's products to augment its portfolio of database solutions, including Oracle Advanced Security, Oracle Database Vault, and Oracle Audit Vault.
Alaska Airlines is taking Wi-Fi to the skies on six Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the company announced earlier this week. The Wi-Fi service comes courtesy of Aircell's Gogo inflight Internet and will be offered free of charge for the next couple of months by entering the promotional code ALASKAVISA.
"Through July 31, our customers traveling on Wi-Fi-equipped planes will be able to try out the new Gogo service at no cost, courtesy of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Card," said Joe Sprague, Alaska's vice president of marketing.
Alaska Airlines said it plans to install Gogo on the company's entire fleet of 737-800s and -900s by the end of summer, with 737-400s and -700s to follow suit later this year.