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posted in August 2006
Alienware execs describe life three months after Dell acquired the company. Best known for turbocharged gaming PCs with science-fictional designs, Alienware now finds that enterprises value its systems for high-performance computing.
Major server manufacturers Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM all announced new systems based on Tulsa.
ONStor is targeting the midlevel enterprise, a portion of the market served largely by Network Appliances for NAS systems.
While the company is spending billions to buy software companies, it isn't neglecting its hardware products.
The recalled Apple notebook batteries were sold from October 2003 through August 2006.
The new servers come out ahead of Intel and AMD quad-core offerings that are in the works.
IBM is still the market leader, followed by Hewlett-Packard, but Sun was the only major server vendor to show an increase in worldwide revenue.
With tiered storage, new warranties, and pricing options, IBM is trying to reduce the total cost of ownership of its storage systems.
The battle lines are shifting in the PC wars as HP rebounds while Dell struggles.
An effort to create ultrathin and flexible chips may make it possible to add computing, sensing, and imaging capabilities to electronic equipment.
Computer maker cautions customers not to use faulty laptop batteries.
Dell plans new AMD-based desktops beginning next month and two-socket Opteron servers by year-end.
Many HP products in the third quarter reached "their highest levels in years despite this being typically a slow seasonal quarter," says CEO Hurd.
Among the advancements, AMD's Randy Allen says, are major performance boosts without needing major changes in the underlying architecture.
AMD's first major upgrade to its Opteron server processor includes hardware-assisted virtualization and use of second-generation double data rate memory.
Opteron Rev-F is AMD's first server processor to include integrated virtualization technology that was developed under the code name Pacifica.
The project is also a test bed for IBM's Power-based servers and their ability to work with open-source Globus.org software in a heterogeneous grid used by a large number of organizations.
AMD says the new chip design will provide a "seamless" upgrade path from its current dual-core implementations to quad-core processors scheduled for availability by midyear 2007.
AMD has done pretty well peddling servers for business and hopes the Lenovo deal will improve its market share on the business desktop.