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Lenovo to concentrate on SMB, emerging markets

Hardware vendor Lenovo Group said it plans to increase its business outside of China by targeting small to midsize businesses (SMBs) in mature markets like the U.S. and Western Europe, while going after consumer and corporate customers in emerging markets.

Siebel releases fourth upgrade to CRM OnDemand in '05

Siebel Systems unveiled the latest version of its CRM OnDemand software, release 9. The news comes on the same day that Oracle announced its bid to acquire Siebel for US$5.85 billion as a way to become the dominant supplier of CRM (customer relationship management) software.

Innovation on x86 to appear across Sun's hardware

Sun Microsystems unveiled the first three members of its 64-bit "industry-standard" server family, formerly code-named "Galaxy," at its quarterly product roll out in New York Monday. Although Sun executives spent much of the launch positioning the new servers, they did reveal that technologies debuting in the Sun Fire X2100, X4100 and X4200 machines will appear in the rest of the company's hardware, including its Sparc line of servers.

HP hires another Palm exec for its PC group

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has taken on board a second former Palm executive to handle its personal systems group. Satjiv Chahil has joined HP as senior vice president of marketing for the PC division, the company announced.

Hertz signs major Euro services deal with BT, HP

The European arm of the Hertz car rental agency has signed a five-year IT and networking services contract with British Telecommunications (BT) and Hewlett-Packard (HP), a Hertz Europe executive confirmed. The move will allow the agency to drastically cut the number of its European hardware and communications suppliers.

HP completes consolidation services offering

Hewlett-Packard (HP) believes it now has a complete consolidation strategy in place to offer customers, according to a company executive. HP has just unveiled the final piece in that strategy, a networking component.

Suse Linux 10.0 to hit stores in early October

Novell Wednesday announced its Suse Linux 10.0 operating system will be generally available early next month in retail or online stores. The new software emphasizes ease of use and is aimed at both developers and home users, according to the company.

FSF looking to raise $500,000 for GPL 3 evangelizing

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced the receipt of its first funding to help spread the word about the next version of the GPL (general public license), GPL 3, Tuesday, according to Peter Brown, executive director of the organization. With GPL 3 likely to appear in early 2007, FSF work to highlight the new license will occur under the newly created GPL Version 3 Development and Publicity Project, he added.

CA makes next storage management move

Computer Associates International (CA) is expected to announce general availability of BrightStor r11.5, the second release of the company's bundle of integrated intelligent storage management applications, this week. The new version of the bundle provides support for additional devices and applications along with streamlining disk and tape backups, according to a company executive.

IDC: Global disk storage market reached $5.6b in Q2

The total worldwide disk storage systems market grew 9.9 percent to US$5.6 billion in factory revenue in the second quarter of this year as compared to the year-ago quarter, according to an IDC analyst. The growth was the highest year-on-year growth over the last eight quarters, the analyst said in a report released Friday. Total disk storage systems petabytes grew 59.3 percent year over year to reach 457 petabytes in the second quarter.

'Loverspy' program creator indicted, on the run

The creator of Loverspy, software to surreptitiously observe individuals' online activities, has been indicted for allegedly violating US federal computer privacy laws, local and federal authorities announced Friday.

Sun, StorageTek about to start life as merged firm

Sun Microsystems is likely to close its acquisition of Storage Technology (StorageTek) on August 31, pending a special meeting of StorageTek shareholders Tuesday when they are expected to approve the deal, according to a Sun executive.

IBM, users work to attract young mainframers

IBM and independent user group Share are teaming up to provide support for young people interested in mainframe computing, the organisations announced Monday. The initiative and its associated community is being dubbed "zNextGen," a reference to IBM's zSeries mainframe brand.

Univa's $8M to help speed its commercial grid software

Open-source grid software startup Univa has secured US$8 million in venture capital backing, the US company announced Monday. Univa plans to use the money to accelerate the development of a commercial version of its software as well as to double its headcount, according to the company's head.