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Attachmate Buys Novell, Microsoft Helps

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Attachmate Buys Novell, Microsoft Helps

Attachmate is a winner as it walks away as the new owner of Novell, after a $2.2 billion buy-out. Attachmate, a smaller software company than Novell, is owned by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital and Thomas Bravo.

It was Microsoft who opened the door for the $2.2b sale by organising a consortium to add $450m cash into Novell's coffers in return for surgically removing some of its IP rights portfolio. This was not generosity on the part of Microsoft (did you think?) but an action to keep trolls out of specific software patents that Microsoft va Read more...

Black Box's 4-port ServSwitch Freedom

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The ServSwitch Freedom is a 4-port KVM switch for simplifying USB keyboard/mouse access to multiple computers. 

Blackbox Servswitch FreedomThe user switches ports by moving the mouse from monitor to monitor, hotkeys or front panel. 

The devices uses True Emulation technology to ensure all characteristics of the connected peripherals are passed to each system. 

No software installation is required on the connected computers. 

 Go to Black Box ServSwitch Freedom

Cisco Embraces Channel

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Cisco Embraces Channel

Partners are "a fundamental element in Cisco's DNA, says Edison Peres, Cisco's Senior VP WW Partner Organization. Cisco is actively recruiting partners to help the company fill geographical gaps, application and solution gaps and new market adjacency gaps.

(Market adjacency is CEO John Chambers strategy to focus on catching "market transitions" as they collide with Cisco's core business. At this moment, Cisco has identified and is funding 37 concurrent "adjacent" projects.)

In a recent webcast on Cisco's global channel sales strategy, Peres pointed out 80% of all of Cisco's business is done through partners.

"... there are 18,000 in Cisco sales and marketing but we have 288,000 channel employees and we want to empower them and not be in conflict with them," Peres stressed.

He mentioned partners can increase their value to their customers through various Cisco certifications in unified communications, security, WLAN, and more. (This is controversial in the sense that certifications can be mandatory and cost the channel real money while bringing substantial revenues into Cisco. Cisco would of course claim this is money well spent in order to make money.)

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From Thin Client to Zero Client

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From Thin Client to Zero Client

What's Thinner than Thin?

Pano Logic says there is life after thin... and it's called Zero Client.

Designed by Whipsaw, the stylish Pano Cube holds three USB jacks, VGA and audio/mic jacks.You won't find a CPU or memory or storage inside, nor an operating system, drivers, software or moving parts– but it does lean on VMWare's required presence.

With no firmware upgrades, no configuration, no royalty fees, Pano Logic insists, "Our device is the only zero-client out there." They prefer to be thought of as a PCI interface on the PC, Read more...

HP Buys 3COM

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HP Buys 3COM

HP will purchase 3Com for approximately $2.7 billion.

“Companies are looking for ways to break free from the business limitations imposed by a networking paradigm that has been dominated by a single vendor,” says Dave Donatelli, executive vp/gm, Enterprise Servers and Networking, HP.

Uh, that's HP-speak for "Companies are buying too much Cisco." So no need to guess who the "HP+3COM" punch is aimed at in their new advertising?

The acquisition of 3Com expands HP’s Ethernet switching offerings, add routing solutions and significantly strengthen the company’s position in China. In addition, the combination will add a large and talented research and development team in China could drive the acceleration of innovations in HP’s networking solutions.

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