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Server launch by Acer to expands its product portfolio

Acer is the World’s 2nd biggest Computer production company. Today, Acer has declared that it is going to expand to the server market by launching a series of servers in classes like Rack, Blade and Tower besides with Microsoft and Intel.

At present, Acer is well established in two server classes, that is in Rack and Tower form factor that are servicing for the BFSI verticals and the government.

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Acer India Private Limited’s CMO S. Rajendra has said to the reporters that, “Acer is looking to enhance its profile by entering into the Blader server class to service the requirements of every business field that is needing installation of reliable & new system network and upgrades”.

Acer is planning to release a product termed ‘Gemini’ especially built for optimized density and can be utilized for those applications that are computer and memory storage concentrated. “Since Acer is forceful about establishing itself in the Indian market on the server business, the company is trying to twice over its market share to more than 14 % from the current value of 7.5 % in 1st quarter of 2010”.

In order to accomplish this, Acer has got plans to release series of 17 new models categorized among the 4 main classes of servers, that is Rack Servers, Tower Servers, Blades and Density Optimized servers. These products are directed towards business, Public Sector, BFSI, Education telecom, SMB, Government and other corporate sectors.

Rajendran said that “the Acer with its cent percent indirect model which will be supporting the new line of business, which will be improving and boosting the capacities of our channel associates in order to provide the end to end solutions to our precious customers”.

In India Acer servers have set up base of over 37,000 units. “in the first quarter of this year (2010) we sold around 2000 servers and are looking at a unit development of 42 percent  in the server and computer business together”, Rajendran said.

In India Acer has its fourth place in the server market after HP, Dell and IBM.

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Top 2 Cloud Providers – Google and IBM

This week, Evans Data conducted a survey with developers. The results of the survey exposed that Google and IBM are the best as the leading Cloud computing client.

The Biannual Evans Cloud Development survey 2010 consisted of greater than 400 software developers out of which 40 % of them voted Google as the best public Cloud provider. And 30 % of them voted for IBM to be the best private Cloud leader.

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Google is regarded as the best in the business for the infrastructure, application management and installation for Public Clouds whereas IBM is the best in the same characteristics for Private Clouds.

CEO of Evans Data Janel Garvin issued a statement released by the company stated that, “Lot of Developers suppose to be in hybrid condition moving forward in regards with the application deployment for the Cloud. But, these two providers are regarded as the top in conforming to the 2 major requirements for either private or public clouds, which is Reliability and Security. All other providers are not even close to the top 2 leaders and it is visislbe that Google and IBM will be ruling the Cloud Scape in the near future”.

Evans said, “Developers want to transport applications to and fro among Private and Public Clouds.

Companies like Amazon are Public Clouds, who is a third party data centers present for Internet-based application deployments. Whereas, the companies having cloud based application deployment methods for internal networks are called private networks.

The survey has got some other things to share”

Nearly 80 % of the developers in the survey felt that it is essential for the cloud providers to give 100 % backward interoperability when a cloud infrastructure grows.

60 % were worried with geographical barriers of government with cloud computing.

After Security enhancements, a good Data Encryption is most needed for public clouds.

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New Generation of Mainframes Revealed by IBM

On Thursday IBM unveiled the new generation of mainframes, attempting to stiffen its grip on both corporate and Government data centres. Analysts say that the most significant change is that any kinds of PC can be plugged into mainframe to manage a data centre nearly as if it were a single computer.

The move of mainframe by IBM is part of the growing battle in the market for large computers, running the Unix OS.

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As the economy slowly picked up, companies have renewed expenditure on smaller data center computers, so called industry standard machines, powered by PC style microprocessors manufactured by Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.

Last week Intel reported a pointed rebound in sales of chips for server computers, and this week IBM said its sales of industry standard servers rose up to 30 percent in the 2nd quarter.

The corporate servers haven’t yet rejuvenated spending on mainframes, bigger machines and Unix-based servers. But analysts expects that to be changed in the 2nd half of this year, aided by new products, like the mainframe models of IBM.

IBM is the alone mainframe computers in the market, after its rivals dropped out few years ago, which includes Hitachi, Amdahl and Fujitsu. So up to some degree the new models will be competing against the previous IBM models. The company claims that the new z series mainframe operates more than 40 percent faster than its previous models and it is 90 percent energy efficient.

To many corporation conservation of space and energy is essential, as they attempt to improve their computing capabilities.

The managing director of Citigroup Martin Kennedy adopts the new mainframes and he says that it consumes 60 percent lesser than the previous model mainframes. Citigroup have also planned to go with a water cooled model which may further trim down the consumption by 12 percent.

The customers says it is attracting due to its capability of plugging in several kinds of computer to mainframes and manage both hardware and software app.

Customers adds that the latest design is intended to make it possible to combine tasks, parcelling out several parts of a complex app to various computer systems, more powerfully than in the past. For e.g. a bank tracks out the ATM transactions in order to get rid of fraud in real time. the mainframes also handling the banking transactions.

Niels Simanis, a senior technology manager at Danske Bank, Denmark, said that plugging in the UNIX machine with the mainframes makes the complex app easier and less expensive.

The Mainframe’s brainy control point for the data centers makes the customers locked further to IBM’s technology. And a better mainframe business is essential to the company’s strategy. The machines alone are generating a yearly sale of $3 billion, 3 percent of the company’s income.

According to Sacconaghi, an analyst at Bernstein Research “ but all the mainframe linked business including software, services, storage and financing, accounts for over 20 percent of IBM’s income and over 40 percent of its profits.

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