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IBM, Lenovo Reach Terms on x86 Server Business

Looking to exit a commodity hardware business, IBM turned again to Lenovo.

The computer giants on Thursday said they'd reached a $2.3 billion deal for IBM's x86 server business, confirming reports from earlier this week that IBM and Lenovo were close to an agreement. Lenovo will pay about $2 billion in cash, with the balance consisting of Lenovo stock. The deal will face regulatory reviews before closing. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 23, 2014 at 2:24 PM0 comments

Microsoft's Head Fake on Windows XP Support

Did Microsoft just blink on security support for Windows XP?

Windows XP's extended support phase officially ends on April 8. The company has used a lot of tough talk over the last few years to make sure that all customers know that deadline is coming and that it means that from April 9 onward, keeping Windows XP PCs online is an invitation to cyberattacks because there will be no more security updates from Redmond. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM0 comments

Bill Gates Opens Up About Microsoft CEO Succession

Bill Gates is open to spending more time on the Microsoft campus to help the person who becomes the new CEO, but he will not devote 100 percent of his time to being chairman, he said in a wide-ranging interview late Tuesday night.

Gates appeared for the full hour on the "Charlie Rose Show" to discuss his new 25-page report and planned speech at the Davos conference predicting there will be almost no poor countries by 2035. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 22, 2014 at 10:17 AM0 comments

Reports: Lenovo in Talks To Buy IBM's x86 Server Business

IBM appears to be shopping its x86 server business again and could be within weeks of a deal with Lenovo, according to several reports.

Lenovo, which bought IBM's PC unit in 2005 and has since turned itself into the world's highest-volume PC manufacturer, is in talks with IBM about buying the x86 server unit, according to anonymously sourced reports by Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. A few days earlier, the WSJ also reported that Dell was in talks with IBM about the server business.  More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM0 comments

Best Buy Sells MSP mindSHIFT to Ricoh

One of the largest managed services providers in the United States, mindSHIFT Technologies Inc., has passed hands again.

Ricoh, the Tokyo-based office equipment, printer and document management giant, on Tuesday announced an agreement to purchase mindSHIFT from Best Buy Co Inc. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed; Best Buy paid $167 million to buy mindSHIFT exactly two years ago.  More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM0 comments

HP Pushes Windows 7 for Home PCs, Microsoft's Buttons

One of Microsoft's biggest OEM partners has gone off the reservation when it comes to marketing Windows PCs to end users.

At least since this weekend, Hewlett-Packard has been pitching Windows 7, rather than Microsoft's officially encouraged Windows 8, to end users.  More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM0 comments

What the Windows Phone Subsidies Flap Tells Us

Back when Microsoft bought Nokia's device business in September, Steve Ballmer suggested that he thought other device manufacturers would come out with more, rather than fewer, Windows Phones in the future.

At the time, it struck me as delusional. Nokia was already producing between 80 percent and 90 percent of Windows Phones and the figure seemed likely to run up to 100 percent now that Microsoft had brought that manufacturing in-house. After all, who would want to compete with the Microsoft/Nokia integration on a platform that's struggled to get to the No. 3 position, anyway?  More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM0 comments

StorageCraft Releases New Exchange Backup Tools

Draper, Utah-based StorageCraft Technology Corp. this week released a pair of recovery tools for managed service providers (MSPs) who have responsibility for Microsoft Exchange Servers.

One of the tools, StorageCraft Granular Recovery for Exchange, is a new product for StorageCraft. The tool allows for quick recovery, search and migration of Exchange Server files, including mailboxes, e-mails, appointments, contacts, tasks and notes. While that function set isn't new for StorageCraft, the tool's differentiator in the product line is that it works with non-StorageCraft backup and recovery software.  More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 16, 2014 at 12:47 PM0 comments

Gartner: Android Shipments To Hit 1 Billion in 2014; Still Room for Windows?

In the year 2014, according to analysts at Gartner, the tech world can look forward to Android devices passing 1 billion units shipped in a year -- the first time any platform has reached that kind of volume.

Yet despite Android bounding by 74 percent in unit shipments from 2012 to 2013 and Apple climbing 25 percent in that same period as Windows fell by 5 percent, Gartner seems to see reasons for optimism about Microsoft's future.  More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 08, 2014 at 4:44 PM0 comments

MSP Vendor Continuum 'Leans Forward' with Datacenter Investment

Continuum this week unveiled a multimillion-dollar investment in upgrading its datacenter capacity to position the company for unspecified future offerings for its managed service provider (MSP) partners, according to the company's CEO.

"This was a pretty substantial investment that has to do with the underlying infrastructure of our fundamental platform," said Michael George, CEO of Continuum, in a telephone interview. Continuum's core products for its 3,300 MSPs are the Continuum RMM and Continuum Vault, which are backup and disaster recovery services built around an appliance manufactured by Datto.

The Software as a Service (SaaS) nature of Continuum's offerings is a key product differentiator, making its datacenter infrastructure mission-critical.  More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 19, 2013 at 11:10 AM0 comments

Kaseya Launches BYOD Solution

Five months after acquiring Rover Apps, Kaseya has released a rebranded version of Rover's bring-your-own-device (BYOD) management technology for Kaseya's managed service provider and enterprise IT customers.

Kaseya bought Rover Apps in a burst of acquisition activity this summer. Insight Venture Partners announced a significant investment in Kaseya on June 24, bringing in new CEO Yogesh Gupta. A few weeks later on July 9, Kaseya acquired cloud and network monitoring solution vendor Zyrion Inc., with the Rover Apps acquisition coming July 16.  More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 16, 2013 at 2:59 PM0 comments

Microsoft Taps Service Providers for New Cloud OS Program

In a move to build a channel presence behind its emerging "Cloud OS" strategy, Microsoft on Thursday launched a consortium of about two dozen cloud service providers worldwide that can provide and support hybrid clouds for customers.

Cloud OS is Microsoft's attempt to build a unified platform for customers that allows them to move workloads and services among on-premise facilities, Microsoft public cloud services and service provider-hosted clouds. Microsoft formally launched what senior Microsoft executive Satya Nadella called its "cloud operating system era" in September 2012 with the availability of Windows Server 2012More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 12, 2013 at 5:20 AM0 comments