Stories by Channelworld staff

IDC: Storage software market has typical Q4 jump

According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, the worldwide storage software market experienced a slight increase in year-over-year growth in the fourth quarter of 2009 (Q4- 09) with revenues of US$3.09 billion, representing 0.5 percent growth over the same quarter one year ago, as well as 6.3 percent growth from the previous quarter (Q3-09).

Fujitsu and NetApp to Expand Global Partnership

Fujitsu and NetApp have announced that they would deepen their partnership globally and jointly develop integrated products and services. The announcement was made at VISIT 2009, Fujitsu's IT fair. The move should enable their customers to drive greater value and efficiencies from their IT infrastructures, said Fujitsu.

Avaya rolls out new channel programme in Asia Pacific

Avaya has announced the debut of Avaya Connect, a global program to drive greater profitability and growth for channel partners, in Asia Pacific. Avaya Connect represents a major overhaul of the company's existing channel programs into a globally consistent framework that streamlines processes, pricing, training and certification requirements while enabling channel partners to serve customers better, the company says.

BMC Acquires MQSoftware

BMC Software completed the acquisition of MQSoftware after all closing conditions were met. The combination of MQSoftware's products with BMC offerings will provide a unified solution for monitoring middleware and business transactions across mainframe and distributed systems, to deliver service at a lower cost, said the company.

Drop in Investment for Software Certification Market, APAC

The software certification and training market in APAC is expected to experience a 25 percent drop in investment from corporations and individuals in 2009 due to the global recession, according to Gartner. Gartner said that although the market is estimated to grow from $5.59 billion in 2008 to $13.58 billion in 2013, it will not escape the global economic slowdown.

HP Unveils Storage Virtualisation Solutions

HP has launched new storage virtualization solutions, StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array 6400 and 8400 (EVA6400/8400) and the enhanced SAN Virtualization Services Platform 2.1 (SVSP 2.1), that can reduce costs and better leverage the existing technology investments.

D-Link and Tomizone Join Hands

D-Link and Tomizone have announced that Tomizone has joined D-Link's Global Alliance Program (GAP) for Solution Partner to integrate Tomizone's Wi-Fi hotspot software into select D-Link router models.

3Com Appoints Regional Product Marketing Manager for APAC

3Com Corporation has announced the appointment of Andrew Hindmarch as Regional Product Marketing Manager for 3Com Asia Pacific. In this role, Hindmarch will lead the company's enterprise product and solution marketing efforts, focusing on market requirement, competitive analysis, market sizing, product positioning, pricing and messaging.

Intel ships enterprise-class solid-state drives

Intel Corporation has begun shipping its highest-performing solid-state drive (SSD), the Intel X-25E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive, aimed at server, workstation and storage systems. Unlike mechanical drives, the SSDs contain no moving parts and instead feature 50nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory technology. Systems equipped with these drives will not suffer from the performance bottlenecks associated with conventional drives. By reducing the total infrastructure, cooling and energy costs, SSDs can lower total cost of ownership for enterprise applications by more than five times.

Dell to tap SMEs through channels

Dell launched two new Vostro laptops and two desktops designed specifically to meet the needs of small and medium-size enterprises, governments, and educational institutions in emerging markets including India.

McAfee announces support for Intel-based laptops

McAfee recently announced its efforts to extend its security products to Intel-based laptops and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). McAfee(R) will provide integrated data encryption for laptops and integrated mobile content security for MIDs -based on the Intel AtomTM processor Z5XX series and Moblin-based software. Additionally, McAfee announced plans to integrate McAfee's security encryption with Intel's Anti-Theft Technology and Active Management Technology to protect the data on a laptop in the event that it is stolen and an unauthorized user tries to access it.