Connectivity Briefs: Storage, McAfee, BT

Connectivity Briefs: Storage, McAfee, BT

Storage and switch pricing under pressureOverseas channel players in the enterprise storage and switches market remain cautious about the next quarter, according to research from consulting firm Global Touch. A survey of US and European channel companies found that while they are predicting Q2 revenues in enterprise storage are likely to improve, product pricing will come under increasing pressure. The Global Touch report, Channel Tracker, also looked at abnormal pricing pressure and special deals. In the US, spot "channel deals", and vendors selling below best channel prices were the big issues. In Europe, service providers also came under fire for selling products below cost, while fire sales from brokers or liquidators were also an issue.

McAfee takes higher bid has accepted a sweetened offer from Network Associates to buy the remaining shares of the antivirus software company that it doesn't already own. Network Associates, which spun off in December 1999, holds about a 75 per cent stake in the company. Under the new offer, shareholders will be offered 0.78 of a share of Network Associates stock for each outstanding share of stock. Kent Roberts, Network Associates' executive vice president, said the best way to showcase the strengths of the companies to customers was to bring the two entities under one management.

BT plans 4,000-node public wireless networkBT Group last week said it plans to install 4,000 public-access wireless LAN nodes designed to serve mobile enterprise users throughout the UK. Analysts described the plan, expected to be completed in 2005, as one of the largest wireless LAN initiatives to date. Global mobile telecommunications access providers predicted that the BT launch will be followed by announcements of rival public-access wireless LAN networks in the UK that will be equal in scope.

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