HP Steps Up to AMD Laptop/Desktop Opportunity

There is a lot of distrust surrounding the Intel brand at the moment largely due to a sequence of events which included a slow disclosure of a serious security flaw (which appears to be getting worse), a secret early disclosure of this flaw to China (which has technical ties to North Korea), related patch problems, their CEO apparently fleeing Intel stock. This damaged trust and raised the question of why anyone would want to invest...

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HPE: Smaller Is Better
Nov09

HPE: Smaller Is Better

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been pushing a smaller-is-better strategy for the last few years, spinning off PCs and printers, services and software, and now it looks like it’s applied that strategy to its mission-critical server line. Superdome Flex, the follow-up to Superdome X, the server family that started the company’s RISC-averse transition from Itanium to Xeon, opens up a $6-8 billion market that HPE wasn’t able to...

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Lenovo DCG and the Benefits of “Failing Fast”

IT industry vendors evolve in different ways and for different reasons but corporate acquisitions can affect that process substantially in both expected and unexpected ways. For example, purchasing new products and/or intellectual property can enable the acquirer to enter unfamiliar markets far quicker than if organic development were pursued. Such deals can also substantially bolster the buyer’s reputation, especially if it purchases...

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IBM Enterprise2014: Life After Intel, Disks & (Storage) Hardware
Oct07

IBM Enterprise2014: Life After Intel, Disks & (Storage) Hardware

LAS VEGAS: It’s the second annual IBM Enterprise event, which combines IBM System z (mainframe, or Big Iron) Technical University, the IBM Power Systems (the mini-me platform) Technical University and the Enterprise Executive Summit, featuring heavy doses of education, training and certification. However, for an event billed as the premier enterprise infrastructure (i.e. hardware) conference, which drew an audience of 3,600 customers...

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…Making Sure a Royal Wedding Doesn’t Become a Royal Pain

The partnership between Lenovo and IBM is unique. IBM is in the process of divesting its System x x86 server organization to Lenovo but attempting to hold on to the customer relationships this business represents. Lenovo is not only getting System x but access to the rest of IBM’s product portfolio to finish off its own solutions. This creates the potential for an organizational structure more like what would be created between...

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