Many of the software trends that percolated in the industry in 2006 will gather more steam in 2007, but several stand out as contenders to change the game for the market in the New Year. Below are some of the key software trends to watch for in 2007.
Advanced Micro Devices will be able to collect evidence about events outside the U.S. for an antitrust lawsuit against Intel.
Vendors in the PC and chip industries moved boldly in 2006, changing the marketplace map through mergers, recalls, layoffs and lawsuits. Oh, and they launched some impressive new products too, keeping Moore's Law moving as they built smaller, faster chips and cooler, more efficient computers. Here, in chronological order, we share a sampling of the biggest events of the past 12 months.
We tend to think of interoperability in product terms: Product A from vendor X works or doesn't work with product B from vendor Y. However, a survey conducted by the Storage Networking Industry Association's End User Council (SNIA's EUC) show that interoperability has just as significant a vendor support component.
Researchers at IBM have drawn one step closer to building a microprocessor that transfers data with light instead of electricity, a technique that could one day boost computing speed while saving power.
Samsung Electronics has developed a thin, low-power 1Gb chip for portable devices such as cameras, media players and game consoles.
In the outsourcing world, 2006 was a year of change and acceptance. Change in that China and other countries are starting to take some business away from perennial offshoring giant, India, and acceptance in that it's no longer taboo in most circles to talk about outsourcing plans in public. In other words, for better or worse it has become a part of corporate culture. For this report we take a look at some of the driving forces in the outsourcing realm this year. Certainly some of these issues will continue to loom large in 2007 such as H1-B levels, China's rise and outsourced security concerns.
Hitachi Data Systems is expected to announce a new storage array in early 2007 that has double the capacity and speed of its existing TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform arrays.
Toshiba is planning an aggressive push for the HD DVD format at next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a senior executive said last week.
Though Internet-crippling virus attacks now seem to be a thing of the past, PC users didn't feel a lot more secure in 2006. That's because online attacks have become more sneaky and professional, as a new breed of financially motivated cyber criminals has emerged as enemy number one. Microsoft patched more bugs than ever and whole new classes of flaws were discovered in kernel-level drivers, office suites and on widely used Web sites. Vendors' chatter about security is at an all-time high, but the bad guys are still finding lots of places to attack.
Toshiba is confident that it will beat Sony to market with consumer electronics devices packing the powerful Cell microprocessor, the head of its consumer electronics business said Thursday.
Hard drive maker Seagate Technology will buy EVault for US$185 million in an acquisition designed to bolster Seagate's managed services business, the company said on Thursday.
A top executive from Samsung Electronics will serve 10 months in prison and pay a US$250,000 (AUD$318,431) fine for his role in a global conspiracy to fix DRAM (dynamic RAM) prices, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.
Megadeals signalled realignment in the IT industry and foreshadowed the Internet's multimedia future. A much-delayed Vista debuted amid speculation that it would be the last of the old-school, big-bang product launches. As software giants announced support for Linux, and manufacturers switched chip allegiances, the open-source and chip industries were thrown into turmoil. 2006 was a transition year, as IT giants positioned themselves for a new era of global competition in the post-PC era. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, are the IDG News Service's top 10 news stories of the year:
Broadband connectivity is set to dethrone dial-up as the preferred connectivity option for Australian homes, but according to new ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) figures, the technology still lags in regional Australia.
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) will make its way to Melbourne for its third annual Storage Networking World conference next year. The previous shows have been held in Sydney.
Juniper Networks will take a non-cash charge of about US$900 million in the wake of an investigation that found the company improperly dated employee stock-option grants.
Citrix Systems agreed to buy Ardence, the developer of real-time provisioning technology, for an undisclosed sum.
PC sales growth in the US sputtered to a halt in the third quarter of 2006, showing zero increase compared to last year, as vendors turned to strong overseas markets to generate revenue.
Victorian distributor, Westan, is fighting a 'low risk' virus that almost forced it into an early Christmas closure.
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