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Dell to bundle Google services with SME PCs

Dell is to bundle Google services with the machines it sells to consumers and SMEs. The software includes several PC applications, a Google toolbar, a co-branded home page and desktop search software.

Next generation of HP servers due this month

Hewlett-Packard will release the next generation of its Proliant and Bladesystem servers at the end of June, with some models based on dual-core Intel Xeon processors. The servers offer improved power consumption, cooling and virtualisation, said HP. 

IBM updates storage virtualisation tool

IBM has updated its System Storage San Volume Controller 4.1, with features designed to help organisations virtualise their infrastructures. It supports data speeds of 4gbps and can virtualise data on nearly 80 different disc systems, said IBM.

AMD chips aim to boost notebook battery life

AMD has launched 64-bit dual-core chips featuring power management technology designed to extend a notebook PC’s battery life. The multicore design also has features to improve image processing, audio and video encoding, and graphics rendering. Acer, Fujitsu Siemens, and HP said they plan to use the chips.

Server shipments up 13.7%

Worldwide server shipments for the first quarter of 2006 increased 13.7% over the same quarter last year, according to analyst Gartner. x86 server adoption continues to be the strongest segment, said Gartner, while RISC-Itanium Unix servers were slightly less in demand for the period. Blade servers – particularly from IBM - saw strong growth with the number being bought almost doubling year on year, said the analyst.


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