Top IT news stories of the week

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  • IBM sets its sights on Sun Microsystems: Global technology giant, IBM, is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems in a deal that would expand its server market share, according to the Wall Street Journal. IBM may pay as much as $US6.5 billion for Sun, the newspaper reported on its website, without naming its sources.
  • Ingram Micro to distribute Google’s Enterprise Search Appliances: The distributor will have access to Google Enterprise Search Appliances including Google Mini, which provides website searches for SMBs, and Google Search Appliance. This is suited to mid-market organisations such as legal firms, finance companies, health providers and government.
  • NEC cuts 153 staff: The vendor has unveiled its new Australian business structure, which will see 153 staff retrenched. The outsourced research and development group for Japan, consisting of 101 staff, will be absorbed back into the vendor's home country operations. The other 53 retrenchments will be come from across the business.
  • Vaughan quits Citrix: Dean Vaughan has quit his post as channel development manager for Citrix after two-and-a-half years in the role. Vaughan declined to comment on the reasons for his departure. He is weighing up several vendor options and hopes to continue to work within the IT channel.
  • Dell brings on first distributors in US: The traditionally direct PC vendor has appointed Ingram Micro and Tech Data to sell its SMB-orientated Vostro desktop and notebooks to the wider channel. However, Dell played down plans to bring the model to Australia.
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