Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
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IBM focused on speed and power when it developed the zEnterprise family of mainframes, a more than $1.5 billion investment described as one of the most significant upgrades to the company's mainframe line in about 50 years. The zEnterprise System incorporates new technology that lets it manage workloads running across System z, and some Power7 and System x servers, IBM said. The core server--the zEnterprise 196--holds 96 of the world's fastest, most powerful microprocessors running at 5.2Ghz, and is capable of executing more than 50 billion instructions per second, according to the vendor.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.