Services briefs: Storage, Dell, Informix

Services briefs: Storage, Dell, Informix

Storage prices steady

New research from the Meta Group suggests the price wars being fought out by several of the world's largest storage vendors are finally settling down. In the past 12 months, prices have dropped by as much as 50 per cent in the US for products that are 3 terabytes and above. But the market isn't completely stable, with the likes of IBM, EMC and HDS still dropping their prices at around 35 per cent per year. Sean Derrington, server infrastructure strategies analyst for Meta Group, said IBM in particular was responsible for the price wars, "buying" storage wins since 2001.

Dell buys Plural

In a move to bolster its services business, Dell Computer has acquired Plural, a New York-based company specialising in consulting, application development and integration. Plural will become part of Dell's Professional Services organisation and will play an important role in the vendor's push into the services arena, Dell and Plural said. Services account for about 10 per cent of Dell revenue, with about 7,000 people working on services ranging from basic fixes for hardware problems to development of specific systems for large customers, said Dell spokesman Mike Maher. Dell reported net revenue of $US31 billion for its fiscal year to February 1, 2002.

Informix in the works

IBM has made a series of enhancements to the Informix product line it acquired 11 months ago and said more upgrades are on the way. The biggest step taken by IBM thus far has been the release of Version 9.3 of IDS last year, with new features such as a bundled set of database administration tools. At the same time, it announced a tool that lets IDS 9.3 share data with IBM's own DB2 databases. But Gartner analyst Colleen Graham said that while IBM claims it will continue to support customers on the Informix products, it has also made it clear that DB2 is its flagship product, and eventually wants customers to migrate to DB2.

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