Symantech

Symantec Corp has sold their Veritas data storage business for $8 billion to an investor group led by Carlyle Group.


The deal was paid for in cash by a group that had been eager to acquire it for a while. This included investors such as GIC, Singapore’s sovereign-wealth fund. Symantec chose to sell due to an increased need to focus on security tools and anti-hacker efforts. With so many hackers and breaches in security, they were just fed up with trying to keep up with the anonymous trolls.


Symantec was one of the very first big names in antivirus software, as their name became synonymous with the term during the 1980s and 90s. Early on, they helped fend off hackers trying to break through the defense of countless websites. The wrongdoers-as they often are-were constantly one step ahead of the good guys, which eventually led to the shift in focus and, therefore, sale of the data storage company.


“As the security and storage industries continue to change at an accelerating pace, Symantec’s security and IM businesses each face unique market opportunities and challenges. It has become clear that winning in both security and information management requires distinct strategies, focused investments and go-to market innovation,”
said Michael A. Brown, Symantec president and chief executive officer.
“Separating Symantec into two, independent publicly traded companies will provide each business the flexibility and focus to drive growth and enhance shareholder value.”

By separating, each company can now focus solely on what would make them successful. It also helps reduce confusion when it comes to operating both branches, and give them more flexibility with their strategies. Michael Brown added that both businesses would never reach their full potential if they stayed together forever. The logical choice was to split them up and let them be as good as they could possibly be.


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Cisco UCS Invicta Series

Cisco Systems, an American multinational technology company, has announced that they will no longer be selling their data-storage hardware known as the Cisco UCS Invicta Series. July 24th, 2015 was the last day that Cisco Systems offered to sell the affected products. Cisco, which has recently decided to move beyond networking gear and into server systems, is taking action to narrow down their focus onto the most promising businesses. This decision will inevitably affect many Cisco employees, though a Cisco spokeswoman declined to comment on the exact amount of employees who would be losing their jobs.


The Invicta Series was a product line that suffered from technical problems. Cisco frequently attempted to use other terms besides “data storage” when discussing their Invicta Series, creating for an ambiguous marketing scheme. The previously mentioned Cisco spokeswoman stated that Cisco had been holding shipments for several months while company addressed such technical issues.


The longtime CEO who served his position for two decades, John Chambers, will be staying with Cisco as executive chairman and will continue to serve as chairman of the board. Taking over as Cisco’s CEO will be Chuck Robbins, who stated in a blog post this week that Cisco would continue focusing on investments which prove to have the biggest potential payoff.


“Part of this ongoing prioritization is ensuring we have the right talent in the right places to drive our strategy and our growth in a very fast-paced market,” said Robbins. “Some functions and geographies across Cisco are making very focused changes to quickly re-align our investments to the top opportunities." Robbins took over the CEO post on July 26, 2015.


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Apple and Samsung are in discussions with GSMA, the mobile standards organization, to introduce electronic SIM cards. The discussion between two companies are due to the GSMA's imminent declaration of a standardized embedded SIM card for consumer devices, of which Apple and Samsung are primary players. It has already been rumored since late 2010 of Apple creating its own SIM card line which started when Gigaom claimed the company was working with the digital security firm Gemalto. The rumors lead people to believe that the two companies would work on the custom built-in SIM.


The e-SIM would play a viable part in preventing customers to from being latched onto a dedicated mobile carrier. This would allow them to sign with any network of choice and even immediately switch back if their decision is reversed. It is expected that major carriers such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Whampoa, Orange, Telefónica, and Vodafone are all already on board with the new e-SIM standard. Anna Bouverot, GSMA's chief executive, claims that all parties are "heading towards an agreement" concerning the e-SIM card standardized. However, it will be approximately one year before the market will provide these devices due to technical specifications of the e-SIM.


The GSMA stated, “With the majority of operators on board, the plan is to finalise the technical architecture that will be used in the development of an end-to-end remote SIM solution for consumer devices, with delivery anticipated by 2016…We have got everyone back on one point, with Apple and Samsung agreeing to be part of that specification,” said Ms Bouverot. “We have been working with them and others to create an industry solution for machines and will agree a solution for consumer electronics.”


Although the deal with Apple is not yet completed, the GSMA stated that it is "continuing to work with Apple to secure their support for the initiative" and an actual agreement with Apple "is still in progress."


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Samsun 850 Evo and 850

Samsung has increased the capacity of its 850 Evo and 850 pro solid-state drives, making them capable of holding two terabytes of data.


It is the most storage space offered through any of their drives being sold via retail. Previous models offered storage of 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. The cost of the new 2TB drive will make your wallet significantly lighter, however. The suggested retail price of the 850 Evo is $800, and the 850 Pro goes for $1,000.


The reasoning behind creating this SSD was simple supply and demand. Consumers were running out of space too quickly on the smaller drives, and needed something bigger.


"Samsung experienced surge in demand for 500GB and higher capacity SSDs with the introduction of our V-NAND SSDs. The release of the 2TB SSD is a strong driver into the era of multi-terabyte SSD solutions," said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Branded Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. "We will continue to expand our ultra-high performance and large density SSD product portfolio and provide a new computing experience to users around the globe."


Other manufacturers have created drives with this type of storage before, but this is the first one whose target audience is your average Joe consumer. Intel, for example, has their DC P3600. This one is marketed towards data centers, and costs upwards of $4,000.


The Evo and the Pro are similar in the most part, with the latter slightly edging out the former with the following characteristics:

  • NAND: Samsung 32-layer 3D VNAND
  • Unformatted Capacity: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB / 2TB
  • Max Sequential Read: 550 MB/s
  • Max Sequential Write (256GB and up): 520 MB/s
  • Max Random Read QD32: 100,000 IOPS
  • Max Random Write QD32: 90,000 IOPS
  • Form Factor: 7mm high 2.5”
  • Interface Type: SATA 6.0 Gb/s (SATA 3)

The main difference between the two is the Pro has twice as much endurance (300TBW vs 150TBW) and has a 10-year warranty, compared to the Evo’s 5-year plan.


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In 2014, Microsoft pulled their support for Windows XP in which they will no longer issue security updates to fix issues with the software. Despite this, any company or agency that is still using Windows XP can pay Microsoft for continued updates. Notably, the United States Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command is still using Windows XP, though the agency is planning to upgrade its systems by July 12, 2016.


However, the upgrade may take additional time which is the reason why the United States Navy has established a contract with Microsoft to pay the software giant approximately $9 million a year for Windows XP support until June 8, 2017.


Since the Navy utilizes several applications and programs that require legacy Windows products, the Windows XP service must be used until the applications and programs are updated or replaced. Though Microsoft is trying to phase out XP in favor of its latest operating system, approximately 44% of corporations are still using Windows XP and nearly 15% of all PCs worldwide are still using the software.


The SPAWAR could be using up to 100,000 machines that are relying on Windows XP. Other government agencies such as the US Army have also recently approved a similar support agreement for more than 8,000 Windows XP devices.


Windows XP is an operating system produced by Microsoft for use on a personal computer. Full-production manufacturing on devices with the software began on August 24, 2001, and the software was released for retail sale on October 25, 2001. The software was preceded by both Windows 2000 and Windows ME and the system was followed by Windows Vista.


Windows XP mainstream support ended on April 14, 2009 and its extended support ended on April 8, 2014. Sales of Windows XP licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) ceased on June 30, 2008, but continued for netbooks until October 2010.


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Microsoft HoloLens

In June 2015, NASA announced that they have teamed up with Microsoft to develop a new project called Sidekick which will use commercial technology to empower astronauts on the International Space Station. The goal of Sidekick is to enable station crews with assistance whenever and wherever they need it. It will use Microsoft HoloLens to provide virtual aid to astronauts working off the Earth, for the Earth. This new capability has the potential to reduce crew training requirements and increase the efficiency at which astronauts can work in space.


Sam Scimemi, director of the ISS program at NASA Headquarters in Washington, is looking forward to the collaboration with Microsoft. He said in a statement: “HoloLens and other virtual and mixed reality devices are cutting edge technologies that could help drive future exploration and provide new capabilities to the men and women conducting critical science on the International Space Station. This new technology could also empower future explorers requiring greater autonomy on the journey to Mars.”


Alex Kipman, technical fellow of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, is proud of their HoloLens product and is excited that NASA has chosen to team up with them. “Microsoft HoloLens is about transforming the ways you create, connect, and explore,” he said in a statement. “Sidekick is a prime example of an application for which we envisioned HoloLens being used - unlocking new potential for astronauts and giving us all a new perspective on what is possible with holographic computing."


Both NASA and Microsoft engineers have been testing Project Sidekick and the Microsoft HoloLens aboard NASA’s Weightless Wonder C9 jet to ensure that they will function as expected in free-fall before they are delivered to the microgravity environment of the space station. Sidekick works in two ways: The first way, known as “Remote Expert Mode,” and via Skype, part of Microsoft, to allow a ground operator to see what a crew member sees, provide real-time guidance, and draw annotations into the crew member’s environment to coach him or her through a task. Previously, crew members relied on written and voice instructions when performing complex repair tasks or experiments.


The second mode is called “Procedure Mode,” which augments standalone procedures with animated holographic illustrations displayed on top of the objects with which the crew is interacting. This capability could reduce the amount of training that future crews will require and could be an invaluable resource for missions deep into our solar system, where communication delays complicate difficult operations.


After the devices are delivered to the space station, crew members will test and verify the software and hardware functionality in the standalone mode. A second set of devices to be delivered on a future mission will test and verify Sidekick functionality with network connectivity to test the Remote Expert Mode. NASA expects astronauts on the station to start utilizing Sidekick by the end of the year.


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Kingston Technology

Kingston Technology Co. has sold their Payton subsidiary to China’s Shenzhen Kaifa Technology Co. Ltd.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the deal still needs approvals from the Chinese government. Kaifa will assume one-hundred-percent equity stake in Payton.

The deal will enable Payton to expand its horizons into wider areas for semiconductor packaging and testing as the computer industry continues to evolve. The agreement allows Payton to get its foot in the door in the Chinese market by attracting local customers and possible future capital injections. Both companies have stated their desire to continue working together in the future once the agreement is complete.


Kingston is memory products maker for computers & electronics. They design, manufacture, and distribute memory products such as USB drives, flash cards, solid-state drives, memory units, and wireless devices. Their technology can be used for desktop computers, laptops, servers, printer, Flash memory products, mobile phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, and PDAs.


Kingston has a global network of affiliates, spanning countries such as China, India, Australia, Canada, and most of Europe. Their reported revenue last year was $5.9 billion. The Fountain Valley, California-based company has been provided with back-end wafer processing and supply chain management services by Payton Shenzhen since 1999.


Forbes has listed Kingston as number 94 on the list of “500 Largest Private Companies in the United States” and number 48 on the “Top 500 Private Companies in the United States.” They are also listed as #1 in the Technology Hardware & Equipment category.


Others accolades and distinctions Kingston has achieved include the 2013 HIS iSuppli Applied Market Intelligence award as the world’s number one memory module manufacturer for the third-party memory market. In 2011, Inc.com ranked them number four in total revenue, as well as number one in revenue in the computer hardware category.


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More and more consumers are moving towards PCIe technology as server virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure, in-memory computing applications, and the need for real-time analytics increases. Over 7,000 customers have already received more than a quarter million PCIe application accelerators from just SanDisk.


The next generation of SanDisk’s Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators will deliver four times the performance improvement for the price, and up to 61 percent list price reduction over the previous Fusion ioDrive 2 products.


The Fusion ioMemory PCIe consist of SanDisk NAND flash and Virtual Storage Layer data access acceleration software. The cards are optimized for either mixed-use or read-intensive workloads. There are two times more database random read performance and two times more Petabytes written over the previous generations. The greatest benefit of the next-generation application accelerators is data center consolidation. The new cards speed up performance in SQL, NoSQL, Spark, and MongoDB database systems. In addition, they will reduce the amount of hardware needed, eliminating traditional hard drives resulting in data centers that can consolidate three times as much data.


Last summer, SanDisk acquired Fusion-io for $1.1 billion. The acquisition gave SanDisk traction in the fast growing market for enterprise flash storage solutions. The acquisition provided SanDisk 7,000 new customers the bought over 250,000 units. For read-intensive application like web hosting and data mining the SX350 and SX300 series cards are available with 1.3 TB to 6.4 TB of capacity. The top of the line 6.4 TB SX350 model has a random read and write speeds of 340,000 and 385,000 input/output operations per second. The next generation flash technology is expected to be available in systems from Dell, the Round Rock, and Texas-based server provider.


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Advanced-Micro-Devices

Advanced Micro Devices is looking into data centers and high-performance PCs for long-term profitability.


AMD is putting a good chunk of their chips on the table based on the theory that there will be a big spending spree in the near future for data center operators who will be demanding powerful new computer chips.


“We see strong long-term growth opportunities across a diverse set of markets for the kind of high-performance compute and visualization capabilities only AMD can provide,” said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su.


“We are focusing our investments on our strongest opportunities to enable our customers to create great products that push the boundaries of what is possible and allow AMD to achieve profitable growth in the years to come.”


Intel has shown similar sentiments about this predicted boom in the market, which inspires AMD to take an even more aggressive stance. AMD missed out on mobile, and has been the little brother to Intel for years in the PC game. Their focus now turns to a new type of semiconductor, including graphics chips used in video game consoles and traditional X86 chips found inside computers.


AMD is now trying to win back all the things it missed out on in the past by doubling down on this latest idea. It’s a calculated risk, but some are doubting that it will be successful.


“This new approach using interposer technology could give them a time to market advantage, but it isn’t a sustainable one,” former AMD vice president Patrick Moorhead wrote. “Others will adopt this approach and therefore ADM’s CPU and GPU IP will still need to be stellar on their own.”


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On March 10, 2015, the information technology corporation Hewlett-Packard announced that they will be creating a group of servers specifically targeting a system for cloud providers. As a joint venture with the electronics contract company Foxconn, the two firms have been working together on creating cloud optimized servers in which they have dubbed Cloudline.


The new Cloudline servers are designed for hyperscale applications built with thousands of servers. The systems use rack scale computing and are based on standards based principles. The innovative design of rack scale systems will provide functions such as cooing and power to be a part of the rack, rather than being located in the server itself.


Hewlett-Packard’s Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) will be utilized in the Cloudline and provide a uniform system to manage hardware. The Cloudline servers will be 10 percent to 25 percent less expensive than the currently offered standard servers. Current lineup of the Cloudline server family will be available on March 30 and will includes:

  • CL7300, a 2P server sled for memory and storage-rich compute applications.
  • CL7100, a 2P server sled for memory and storage-rich compute applications.
  • CL2200, a high-capacity, low-cost 2U 2P server for big data and storage intensive cloud applications.
  • CL2100, a multipurpose 1U 2P server for memory and storage-rich compute applications.
  • CL1100, a low-cost 1U 2P server made to deliver efficient front-end web performance.

Established in 1939, Hewlett Packard Company is one of the largest information technology corporations in the world. Founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, the company started off in a one-car garage and is now an employer of over 317,000 people. Having met over $111 billion USD in yearly revenue, Hewlett Packard is the world’s second-largest PC vendor and supplies products to consumers, business, and large enterprises alike. In addition to general consumers, customers include the government, health, and education sectors.


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