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Dell: May the Force 10 (Gigabit Ethernet) be with your CAT6 cables

By acquiring Force 10 Networks back in July 2011, privatizing IT giant Dell moved itself from a maker of low-end switches to a contender for a slice of the top-end market for 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet switches that are ever so slowly becoming the backbone of data centers. But you have to keep up with the times, and that means …
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Dell: Force 10 is 'shot in the arm' for networking

Dell has described the acquisition of Force 10 Networks as a requisite "shot in the arm" to beef up its networking portfolio for both resellers and direct sales staff. The Texan titan chalked up yet another acquisition yesterday – due to close in the late summer – as it re-engineers the business from a PC maker to a broader …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2011
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Dell buys Force 10 Networks

Dell is buying Ethernet networking supplier Force 10 Networks for an unrevealed sum, getting the networking capability needed to build a complete in-house converged IT stack of servers, storage and networking. Force 10 Networks is a privately owned supplier with nearly $200m in annual revenues and operating on some 60 countries …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2011
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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

Richard Kiel, the actor who played imposing metal-toothed henchman Jaws in two James Bond films, has died aged 74. Kiel appeared in the Roger Moore maritime and space capers The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and Moonraker, two years later. His character joined a very short list of competent adversaries to grapple with and give HM’s …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Sep 2014
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Dell flashes 40GE blade switch, fabric manager

The engineers who used to work at the formerly independent Force 10 have forged the first 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch for new owner Dell's PowerEdge M1000e blade server chassis. If you sell servers, storage, and networking, you are arguably a system maker these days, and that is one of the reasons why Dell bought Force 10 …
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Reg Standards Soviet defines temperature, force and weight

Our recent declaration of the Vulture Central standards of area, length and volume proved rather popular with those among you who'd always wanted a proper system by which we might measure the universe. So much so, that an emergency plenary sitting of the Reg Standards Soviet this week reached unanimous agreement on three …
Lester Haines, 28 Oct 2007

Muscles-from-Brussels Vanhamme crams into Dell EMEA role

The IT channel's very own muscles from Brussels Dominique Vanhamme has pitched up at Dell to run its networking business across EMEA. The tech industry veteran left Huawei Technologies in September after a year on board, claiming stifling bureaucracy and a lack of empowerment by China HQ hastened his exit. "I've been in …
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2013

Dell crams modular hybrid server and storage switch into 1U pizza box

One of the bright spots in Dell's business these days is its networking unit, which doubled its sales last year thanks in large part to the acquisition of Force10 Networks nearly two years ago. Now Dell has to keep pace with its many competitors in the networking racket – which it has just done with the launch of a new modular …
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Dell and pals mash parts together, squeeze out first 16Gb FC stack

Dell's Compellent unit has worked with Brocade, Emulex and QLogic to offer the first end-to-end 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel storage networking setup, speeding access to SAN data. This is a good win for Brocade, especially as Dell has its own Force 10 networking competency, but that is for Ethernet, not Fibre Channel (FC). It's also a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2012
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Tintri's VDI flash disk mix: The kit that booted 1,000 virtual desktops

Tintri and VMware showed the virtualisation players how it's done at VMWorld today when they tested a Tintri hybrid storage array booting 1,000 virtual desktops in two-and-a-half hours – nine seconds per desktop. Tintri hybrid flash and disk drive arrays are purpose-designed to support virtual server operations. The test set up …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2012
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Dell's PC biz craters as servers and networking chug along

If you want a proxy for what people think about the proposed $24.4bn buyout deal of Dell by company founder Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, don't look at the company's stock price, look at its financial results for its fourth quarter. Wall Street is worried about what Dell is going to do with the PC …
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Ethernet switch sales sizzle

The server market may have stalled a bit as Intel, AMD, IBM, Oracle, and Fujitsu work through various stages of processor transitions, but the Ethernet switch market is going gangbusters. According to the box counters at IDC, the worldwide market for Layer 2 and 3 switching gear that adheres to the Ethernet protocol accounted …
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Brocade sale rumours bursting out

Based on a Reuters report, rumours of Brocade shopping itself to private equity buyers are pouring onto the net. Brocade is the dominant supplier of Fibre Channel SAN switches and directors, and also has an Ethernet switch business through buying Foundry Networks. It is struggling to grow fast and make consistent profits. A …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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Tech Data gobbles Man And Machine distie biz

Broadline IT distie Tech Data (TD) is acquiring Man and Machine's (M2M) wholesaling business for an undisclosed sum to bolster its Autodesk operation. Formerly Force 10 before it was acquired by Mensch und Maschine in 2000, the distributor of digital design software and hardware will bolt onto TD's CAD/CAM Datech business unit …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2011
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Oil costs force 10% DVD±R price rise

Recordable DVDs are likely to become more expensive in coming months as rising oil prices push up plastic costs. At issue is the cost of optical-grade polycarbonate, the material used to protect the data-storage layers within DVD+R and DVD-R discs. The material's average price dropped to around $3.2 per kg back in April, …
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2005
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Dell cranks vStart virty server stacks to 1000

With new servers, switches, and storage arrays in the field, the next thing that a modern IT supplier needs to do is create converged system stacks based on that new iron, focusing on the hardware and pitching the benefits of having everything pre-integrated. Dell is hosting its Storage Forum in Boston, Massachusetts, Microsoft …
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Software defined networking works up a head of steam

Software-defined networking (SDN) represents a revolutionary tide flowing through the fusty, slow-moving halls of data-centre networking, bringing speed and dynamism to network connectivity management. The idea that computer data network connectivity can be automatically set up to have its characteristics changed as needs change …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2013
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Dell bulks up storage line – with compression product

Dell is launching its first Ocarina data compression product, an adjunct to its DX6000 object storage product line. The DX6000 products twin Dell hardware with OEM'd Caringo object storage software. The DX6000G server is a clusterable storage compression node that works with DX6000 storage. It uses software from Ocarina, a …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2011
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Fancy buying Brocade – again?

Fibre Channel and Ethernet networking company Brocade may be shopping itself around again, the The Wall Street Journal reports – again. Two years after reporting that Brocade had hired investment banker Qatalyst to find a buyer, the WSJ is at it again. According to people familiar with the matter, Brocade is up for sale, with …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2011
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Brocade CEO Michael Klayko quits - just as his biz perks up

Brocade has turned in an adequately solid quarter, with better-than-expected sales and profit after a string of weak and flat quarters, so why would CEO Michael Klayko choose to resign now? The company makes and sells storage area networking switches and director boxes running Fibre Channel, and has a line of Ethernet switches …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2012
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Dell gets a frightful haircut in Q1

Slowing sales of notebook PCs, sluggish markets in Europe and Asia, and tepid buyers in the public sector all combined to shave Dell's revenues and give its net income a serious haircut in its first quarter of fiscal 2013. In the quarter ended May 4, Dell had $14.4bn in sales, down 4 per cent and below even the low end of its …
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Cisco revs up Nexus switches to 40GE with fresh ASICs

Cisco has vowed to push 40GE Ethernet switches into the mainstream while also improving its 10GE/40GE Nexus boxes. The transition to 10GE networking is well under way, and the convergence of server and storage traffic onto switches continues apace, albeit at a slower rate than Cisco Systems had hoped. Despite this, the …
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Return to Castle Wolfenstein

As a nipper during the 1970s and early 80s, there can't be a war movie I haven't seen, either at the cinema or on telly on a rain Sunday afternoon. You can surely say the same of Grey Matter Interactive, because its Return to Castle Wolfenstein lets you play pretty much every famous war film scene. Not that this is a dull combat …
Tony Smith, 23 May 2012
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Force10 cranks rack and core switches to 40GbE

Force10 Networks said back in the spring that it wanted to be in the pole position as the Ethernet switch racket ratcheted up to 40 gigabits per second. On Tuesday, the company makes good on that promise. The new top-of-rack and core Ethernet switches buzzing along at 40GbE speeds should make bandwidth-constrained and latency- …

Hedge fund agitator grapples for helm at Brocade

Brocade has reported its quarterly results with a disappointing outlook and found itself the target of an activist hedge fund investor, Elliot Management, scenting under-valued assets it can profit from. For its third fiscal 2011 quarter, ending 30 July, Brocade's revenues were $503m, down from the preceding quarter's $548m, and …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2011

Faster, Network! Kill! Kill!

The networking landscape has altered, and altered considerably since the 1970s, a decade that saw both the introduction of shoulder pads and the beginnings of the Ethernet network. In the thirty or so years since, fashion has, thankfully, moved on and so, too, has networking, which is what concerns us here. In particular what’s …
Alan Stevens, 16 Mar 2011
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Texan lone star Dell lassoes storage into servers

Texans have a certain swagger, and today in the Austin Convention Centre it was Dell's turn to sashay onto the stage. EMC World, Symantec Vision, Dell World, NetApp Insight - the single-vendor trade shows give corporates a catwalk on which to strut their stuff, and Michael Dell strode out to walk the walk and talk the talk as …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2011
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InfiniBand: Caught in the Ethernet meatgrinder

InfiniBand supplier Voltaire may be moving towards a twin InfiniBand/Ethernet strategy as InfiniBand looks to get boxed in by 10gigE and the coming 100gigE. InfiniBand is a low-latency and high bandwidth interconnect that currently runs at 20Gbit/s and is transitioning to 40Gbit/s. It is used as a cluster interconnect in High …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2009
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Petrol latte for Kiwis in dairy biofuel push

Desperate Kiwi farmers, struggling for ways to get rid of poisonous dairy waste products, have found a way to turn them into biofuel. Stuff.co.nz reports today that New Zealand oil firm Gull has launched it's "Force 10" fuel, a blend of ordinary petrol and 10 per cent "ethanol made from milk". The ethanol in Force 10 is …
Lewis Page, 01 Aug 2007
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IBM woos Microsoft with iDataPlex oddity

Never one to miss out on a marketing opportunity, IBM has already started tweaking the new iDataPlex system to reach more customers before the box has even started shipping. IBM "launched" iDataPlex in April, ushering in a server designed just for large service providers and high performance computing customers pressed for space …
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jun 2008
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Brocade wraps up Foundry

Brocade has wrapped up its $2.6bn acquisition of Foundry and appointed two non-Foundry executives to look after its overall product offer and run a technology office. No Foundry executives have been appointed to any positions in Brocade. The acquisition has just completed and Foundry's operation will be integrated throughout …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2008
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How green and putrefying is your computer?

Mysterious English lass Verity Stob - author of 8086 and all that, the funniest history of computing ever-written - has spoken to The Register about her new and highly acclaimed cruftiness metric published at Doctor Dobbs- and her hopes of it becoming official recognized as an IETF RFC. The metric guages of the cruftiness of …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2002
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BEA and Borland partnership: separate and equal?

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence A deal between Borland Software Corp and BEA Systems Inc is a relationship of equals that lock steps certain platform and developer products against a common enemy - IBM. It's not a precursor to acquisition, Gavin Clarke writes. That's according to BEA and Santa Clara, California-based …
ComputerWire, 13 Sep 2002