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Lenovo announces new high-end rack servers

The new Lenovo ThinkServer RD640 Lenovo has announced two new performance-optimized rack servers, the ThinkServer RD540 and ThinkServer RD640.   “These are our replacements for the ThinkServer RD530 and RD630 machines, and are our top of the line mainstream rack servers,” said Michael P. Kendall, Director, Product Marketing, North American Enterprise Systems Group at Lenovo. “They are designed for the enterprise, ... Read More »

Siemens Enterprise Communications rebrands as Unify to follow new strategic direction

Patrick Kehoe, SVP North America Business Partners and Marketing at Unify Siemens Enterprise Communications is no more.  The company relaunched itself Tuesday as Unify, and emphasized the change is about far more than branding.   “Today is about a new name, and new branding, but it’s really about new strategic directions,” said Patrick Kehoe, SVP North America Business Partners and ... Read More »

Avaya scales IPOffice up to 2,000 users, unveils new messaging service

Mark Monday, vice president and general manager of Avaya’s collaboration platforms business unit. Avaya has made a series of announcements running up and down its product line. For its channel partners, two elements stand out. The new IPOffice release doubles the number of users supported, and adds new virtualization  capabilities. And Avaya has announced a new messaging service, sold through distribution, ... Read More »

HP expands SMB-focused Just Right IT program

Lisa Wolfe HP Worldwide SMB Marketing and Strategy Leader HP HP has announced enhancements to its Just Right IT program, which is focused on helping SMB-focused  channel partners accelerate time-to-revenue by simplifying design and delivery of HP networking, server and storage solutions. “Just Right was created to develop small and mid-size business solutions in servers, storage and networking, with a very ... Read More »

Fortinet brings world’s fastest datacenter firewall appliance to market

John Maddison VP of Marketing Fortinet Security vendor Fortinet  has announced the FortiGate-3700D, a new high performance, compact network firewall appliance for enterprise data centers, large service providers, cloud providers and carriers.   “We are announcing our first product specifically for data centers with the FortiGate-3700D,” said John Maddison VP of Marketing at Fortinet. “We have been winning deals there ... Read More »

Cisco announces new network fabric family to power “Internet of Everything”

Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Cisco’s Service Provider Networking Group Cisco has announced the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS), a network fabric family aimed at the global service provider market, and designed to serve as the foundation of a massively scalable, smarter and more adaptable Internet. The NCS family, with more than 100 patents, joins the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) ... Read More »

BlackBerry to go private after sale to largest investor

Prem Watsa, CEO of Fairfax Financial Holdings Troubled Canadian smartphone vendor BlackBerry has found a buyer.  The company has signed a deal with Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings to buy the company and take it private. Fairfax, which is BlackBerry’s largest investor, with approximately 10% of its stock, will pay $USD 4.7 billion for the company. That’s approximately $9 per share, ... Read More »

Seagate enters Rackmount NAS Market with 8 and 4-bay 1U units

Seagate Technology has entered the rackmount NAS market with its own branded products aimed at SMBs.  These new Seagate Rackmount Business Storage offerings include 8-bay and 4-bay 1U rackmount form factors, and scale from 4 TB up to 32 TB in capacity.   While Seagate has been in the NAS market since it acquired Maxtor in 2006, and entered the business ... Read More »

EMC unveils next-gen VNX systems

Michael Kerr, director of channels for EMC Canada EMC has made a series of major announcements which not only announce new products, but significant new technological advancements which underlay them. And for the channel, the real heart of the announcement is the launch of a completely new range of midrange-focused VNX unified storage systems that represent a quantum technology leap over ... Read More »

EMC unveils next-gen VNX systems

Michael Kerr, director of channels for EMC Canada EMC has made a series of major announcements which not only announce new products, but significant new technological advancements which underlay them. And for the channel, the real heart of the announcement is the launch of a completely new range of midrange-focused VNX unified storage systems that represent a quantum technology leap over ... Read More »