Services Briefs:Loudcloud, Intel, Data#3

Services Briefs:Loudcloud, Intel, Data#3

Loudcloud sells services

Loudcloud has renamed itself Opsware and sold its managed services business to EDS in order to rebrand itself as an enterprise software company. Opsware is the name of Loudcloud's IT automation software and the company has chosen to focus on this sector. EDS is buying the managed services division for $US63.5 million. All of Opsware's managed service customers will be migrated to EDS after the deal is completed. Opsware will now be solely interested in developing, selling, and supporting Opsware software, with EDS as its major client. EDS will also license the Opsware software for use across its 50,000 servers in 14 major data centres plus 140 regional and client-owned centres worldwide.

Intel to unseat Sun

Intel is charging ahead with its goal to unseat "proprietary" vendors such as Sun Microsystems to become the leader in the enterprise server space, company officials said. Intel officials last week outlined the company's server roadmap and touted its strengths at the chip level with the Itanium and Xeon lines, and its ambitions to take on RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) vendors such as Sun. Already, 88 per cent of servers sold today are Intel-based, and $US21 billion of Intel servers were sold during the past four quarters, the executives said.

Data#3 confident

Data#3 has informed the market that a stronger second half to its financial year should produce its best full-year result since listing on the Australian Stock Exchange. In the first half of the financial year, to December 30, Data#3 reported revenues of $83.5 million and an EBITDA profit of $2.46 million. Based on a particularly strong May, the company expects revenues of around $170 million and EBITDA profit of around $5 million for the full year. CEO John Grant said the sale of hardware (desktop and server) products performed well, and the year was Data#3's best ever in terms of software licensing revenue.

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