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A survey conducted on behalf of Computer Associates has found that, although there are undeniable benefits of virtualization, many organizations are failing to make the most of the technology; mainly because they are not taking a holistic approach to deployment. Heterogeneous virtualized environments are the norm. According to the study, which questioned 800 organizations around the world, 44 percent of respondents who said they had deployed server virtualization technology were unable to declare their deployment a success. Inability to quantify ROI was a key factor in their reticence to definitively claim positive results. The study also revealed that 71 percent of organizations that have moved ahead with virtualization have deployed, or plan to deploy, multiple server virtualization technologies—including operating system and hardware virtualization, operat... (more)

HP Remains King of the Hill

Gartner and IDC figure PC shipments were up ~12% worldwide in Q2, more than expected because of Asian and surprising American demand. Google puts the number at 61.1 million units, IDC at 58.8 million. Laptops were up about 50%. Vista had little to do with it, Gartner said. Worldwide HP was first with 18%-19%, Dell second with 15%-16%. Lenovo was back as number three and Acer fourth. Dell was still first in the US with 28%-30% but its units were down about 11% while HP's shipments were up 26%, a trend noticed before, giving it around 25%-26% of the market. Gateway was third, also ... (more)

Um, Hector, About Those Lobbyists You Can't Afford?

CEO Hector Ruiz has been telling the press that AMD is way too poor to be able to afford lobbyists. However, a quick search of just the US Senate records shows that from January to June of this year it paid $500,000 to Nielsen, Merksamer; another $60,000 to the Glover Park Group of former Clinton administration types; $200,000 to Chaney's people at DC Navigators; $40,000 to Miller & Chevalier; and $20,000 to Potomac Counsel. Let's see so that's $820,000 in six months. In 2006, the number looks closer to $2 million. And it made similar expenditures in 2005 when it filed suit agains... (more)

Open Kernel Labs Announces Secure Virtualization Product

Open Kernel Labs (OK), a global provider of systems software and virtualization technology for embedded system platforms, today outlined its product roadmap for the first half of 2008. OK's software attacks two of today’s most pressing issues facing embedded devices developers: vulnerability to outside attacks and internal system failures due to application access issues. OK's product strategy leverages cutting-edge virtualization and microkernel technology from NICTA - Australia's pre-eminent Center of Excellence for information and communications technology. OK's relatio... (more)

Desktop Virtualization: SWsoft's Parallels Partner Program Expands

'We've received an overwhelming response to our ISV Initiative as software developers and users alike realize the benefits of desktop virtualization,' said Bryan Goode, Parallels' Director of Business Development, as SWsoft announced today that EMS Database Management Solutions, Inc. has joined the Parallels Partner Program's ISV Initiative. Parallels’ award-winning desktop virtualization software is made by SWsoft. "SWsoft's Parallels Partner Program is a great opportunity for companies like EMS to reach new customers," Goode added. The Parallels ISV Initiative enables Win... (more)