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CFIUS Approval

U.S. Government’s CFIUS approves IBM and Lenovo x86 Business Transaction

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IBM and Lenovo have announced that, as of August 15, 2014, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has approved the divestiture of the x86-based server business to Lenovo. This is a major milestone for the agreement, passing U.S. Government review around national security interests.

Lenovo issued the following statement on their IBM System x Server Business Transaction site:

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copper vs glass

Elements of Network Performance: Copper vs. Glass in the Structured Cabling Mix

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OK, glass isn’t really an “element”; so, we should really be talking copper (Cu) vs. silica (silicon dioxide, SiO2). And, when we’re talking about the glass option for network structured cabling, we’re really talking about Fiber Optic cable. Beyond the technical terminology, some elemental calculations actually makes a compelling case for consideration of fiber optic cabling vs copper cabling  (e.g. Cat5/Cat6 ), with distance and speed at the heart of the matter.

Here’s a quick rundown on the numbers behind copper and fiber:

copper vs glass (fiber optic)Fiber is becoming an increasingly viable option for enterprise networks and LANs, especially with the growing case for Passive Optical Networks (PONs). The exponential distance and bandwidth performance of fiber opens up a range of  options for next-generation network infrastructure design.

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IBM Lenovo FUD

Lenovo Acquisition of IBM x86 Business – Addressing the FUD Factor

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Please Note: Editorial views expressed herein are the views of the author and may not represent the official views of any of the parties listed.

It never ceases to amaze me the fascination people have in manufacturing drama. It is also amazing how easily people accept what they read or are told, without verifying the “facts” stated. Such is the case with any acquisition, but the Lenovo acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business provides a particularly juicy opportunity for competitors and others with their own agendas to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD). It is my intention to ensure the facts are brought to light as much as I can and let you draw your own conclusions.

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5stars

HITEC Show Features Hospitality WiFi and Passive Optical Network Solutions

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Members of Datatrend’s Network Services team are in Los Angeles, CA, this week, attending and exhibiting in Booth #856 at the HITEC conference, held by HFTP (Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals). In the booth, Datatrend is showcasing how hospitality management can deliver superior guest experiences (leading to high guest ratings), and facilitate operational capabilities and service opportunities, through strong WiFi and High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) implementations; they will also highlight the benefits of high performance Passive Optical Networks (PON).

WiFi is a Primary Guest Demand and an Opportunity for Service Delivery and Ratings

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Entuity Solution

Entuity Network Management Solution bolsters IT Infrastructure Assessment Portfolio

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We recently announced our partnership with Entuity, a leading global provider of enterprise-class network management solutions, expanding Datatrend’s portfolio of IT infrastructure assessment and optimization services. Networks are key to high-availability operations, and Entuity provides comprehensive network management capabilities to enable always-on enterprise IT service delivery.

Entuity is the ideal enterprise class network management alternative to multiple, disparate, un-integrated, network tools at one end of the spectrum, and expensive, high-maintenance, decades old platform solutions at the other. Entuity has been acclaimed by analysts and customers alike for its rapid installation, fast time-to-expertise, immediate return on investment, and ease of management and administration. Entuity empowers network managers to take charge of their networks with unrivaled enterprise-class management capabilities. In addition, Entuity makes virtually all collected data easily accessible by other applications and can be readily integrated with other management tools with minimal time and effort.

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