Connectivity Briefs: Cisco, Dell and IBM, server growth

Connectivity Briefs: Cisco, Dell and IBM, server growth

Cisco gets Canberra kudos

The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has given Cisco a pat on the back, acknowledging the networking vendor's commitment to industry development in Australia. The local office of Cisco was awarded a "certificate of recognition" by Senator Richard Alston for its R&D efforts in Australia. In a prepared statement, the department applauded Cisco on three counts: the establishment of a networking academy program which provides ICT students with computer networking training; the acquisition of Sydney-based wireless chip manufacturer Radiata; and the R&D initiatives Cisco has undertaken with the CSIRO and Macquarie University.

Dell, IBM unsheathe blades

Dell Computer and IBM have released their long-awaited blade servers, joining HP and RLX Technologies as the major players to have adopted this new technology for keeping computing systems slim. Blade servers are thinner, more compact versions of rack servers. Blades from some vendors can be stacked together so tightly that hundreds of them can fit into standard racks, which at best would house only several dozen traditional rack servers. Blades also share a common networking infrastructure, which helps cut down on the number of cables that administrators have to deal with.

AP server growth steady

Asia-Pacific server revenue rose to A$1.2 billion in Q3, an increase of 1.4 per cent on the same period last year, according to Gartner Dataquest. China continued to dominate the market with a 29.9 per cent revenue share but suffered a 10.2 per cent decline in Q3 compared to the same quarter last year. "Despite the server revenue decline in China, growth in mature markets such as Australia and Korea, coupled with significant emerging market increases such as Indonesia and India, resulted in positive revenue growth for the region," said Matthew Boon, principal analyst for the Gartner Dataquest Asia-Pacific computer platforms group.

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