Techplus to distribute Rose Techplus will distribute KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switches, manufactured by Rose Electronics. The company is now selling the products via its Australia-wide base of system integrators and computer resellers. Techplus’ Managing Director, Paul Kern, said the company was excited to offer the product range to the channel and to be able to offer a more complete single-brand KVM solution than any other competitor. KVM systems allow IT Managers to reduce the number of screens and keyboards in a server room or data centre by allowing control of thousands of systems via one monitor and keyboard.
IBM misses target IBM has missed analysts’ per-share earnings expectations but posted year-over-year income and revenue growth during its just-ended first quarter. Referring to the “ongoing difficult environment”, chairman and chief executive officer, Sam Palmisano, characterised the quarter as a strong one. He said the company continued to gain share in the markets it considered strategic. IBM’s first-quarter income from continuing operations was $US1.4 billion. Revenue for the quarter from continuing operations was $US20.1 billion, up 11 per cent from $US18 billion in the year-ago period. Revenue from IBM’s Global Services business, augmented by its purchase last year of PwC Consulting, rose 24 per cent over last year’s first quarter, to $US10.2 billion.
RSA cracks problem Security and encryption systems vendor RSA Security has posted a net profit of $US1.7 million on revenue of $US61.3 million for the first quarter of its 2003 fiscal year. The profit reverses a string of quarterly losses that had seen the company lose $US96.8 million in the 2002 fiscal year and $US2.5 million in 2001. Revenue for the first quarter was 10 per cent up on the $US55.5 million recorded in the first quarter of last year.