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Global Crossing Crosses to Level 3

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Global Crossing Crosses to Level 3

Level 3 buys Global Crossing for $1.9BN, eliminating one of its rivals while gaining a network base (complete with undersea links) reaching across 3 continents in a single move. 

Global Crossing has access rights to tier-one cables in Asia and across the Pacific amongst its offerings. Level 3's global footprint will now reach more than 70 countries. 

Level 3 says the acquisition will allow it to meet enterprise needs at local, national and international level, while it also plans ti cut infrastructure spending and improve its financial position.  Read more...

Elisa Offers Microsoft's Cloud

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Elisa Offers Microsoft's Cloud

Elisa becomes Finland's first operator to offer Microsoft's cloud services, following an agreement to launch with Office 365 solutions later this year. 

The agreement allows Elisa to retail Microsoft's cloud services-- as well as incorporate them within its own service range, including packaging cloud services into network services within a single contract. 

Office 365 is currently in beta, and brings together Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online. Elisa managed to get the Microsoft agreement thanks to its partnership with Vodafone.  Read more...

10-Core Intel E7 Processors Roll Out

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10-Core Intel E7 Processors Roll Out

Intel releases its Xeon E7 processor family-- supporting to up to 10 cores to deliver what Intel says is is a performance increase of 40% over the company's previous generation.

The E7 family contains 18 new processors for 2-, 4- and 8-socket servers, and is expandable to servers with 256 sockets-- meaning IT managers can replace 18 dual-core servers with a single E7-based server. The new chips include Intel's Intelligent Power technology to manage idle power consumption according to workload. 

Intel offers 10 advanced 10-core versions of the chip, Read more...

Big Changes in Acer Management

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Big Changes in Acer Management

Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci resigns from the company with immediate effect, with chairman J.T. Wang as temporary CEO. 

The company says Lanci "held different views" from the board's majority, causing "failure to reach consensus" on the direction Acer should take in the future-- basically whether the company should concentrate on shifting volume (as it does now) or making more profit from its products. 

Analysts say the company should shift towards tablet production (rather than its staples, laptops and netbooks) in order to boost profits-- Read more...

AMD's Turn in Processor War

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AMD's Turn in Processor War

Sources close to AMD tell Digitime of the company's plans to release 6 Llano-series desktop APUs in Q3 2011, with 5 more following in Q4 2011, in its effort to take on Intel's Sandy Bridge.

AMD should be unveiling its 32nm A-series Llano APUs at Computex Taipei 2011, the sources continue.

Llano the code name for AMD's Sandy Bridge rival-- with the A-series chips carrying dual- or quad-core processing units, Radeon HD 6000-series graphics chip and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. They are also meant to have power-saving features, including Read more...

Workstation Market Moves Forwards

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Workstation Market Moves Forwards

Jon Peddie Research reports the global workstation market gaining a moderate 6.4% sequential gain in Q4 2010-- growth the analyst describes as a new high water mark (at least compared to 2010's recessionary lows). 

In total the industry shipped 903.7 thousand workstation units in Q4 2010.

HP and Dell continue reigning the W.W. workstation market-- HP has the lead with 41.3% market share, while former leader Dell has 37.2% share. JPR also believes HP's current leadership represent a long-term "changing of the guard" for the workstation market's top.  Read more...

HP's Latest Strategy Takes to the Cloud

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HP's Latest Strategy Takes to the Cloud

HP CEO Léo Apotheker outlines the company's strategy for the future, in his first major speech since taking control-- with the announcement of the company's shift towards cloud-based ambitions.

The company is set to open what it calls "the industry's first open cloud marketplace", combining the consumer app store with an enterprise application and services catalog.

It also has data center plans for developers and business customers-- where they build and host internet-based applications within both public and private clouds.

WebOS will also Read more...

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