Cisco surprises despite lower profits: News in brief

Cisco Systems reported a 36% fall in its net income for the fourth quarter to $1.2 billion (£750 million), but its financial results surpassed analysts’ expectations.

Cisco surprises despite lower profits
Cisco Systems Inc.'s sales and profits were down year over year, but they beat market expectations.

The company reported fourth-quarter sales of $11.2 billion (£6.9 billion) and net income of $1.2 billion (£750 million) for the period ended July 30, 2011. But that net income was down 36% from $1.9 billion (£1.1 billion) in the same period last year.

At Cisco Live 2011 in July, chief executive John Chambers promised to bring the company back to its core technologies: data centre hardware, collaboration and business architecture among others.

The results and a brighter outlook for the next quarter drove the price of Cisco’s shares to rise 13% in after-hours trading.

A backup alternative for SMB users of Hyper-V
Altaro, a backup vendor that targets small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), has launched a product for Microsoft virtualisation users.

Altaro is positioning its Hyper-V Backup as a simpler and cheaper alternative for SMBs that use Hyper-V. It is available in the following three editions:

  • Afreeware version that can back up two Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs);
  • Standard, which helps protect up to five VMs (priced at $345/£245 per host); and
  • Unlimited, which protects an unlimited number of VMs and supports Cluster Shared Volumes (priced at $445/£345 per host).

Hyper-V Backup has the ability to back up live VMs without restarting; restore VMs to the same Hyper-V host but with a different name; and restore VMs to different Hyper-V hosts.

The software is also Hyper-V-aware, meaning users don’t need to know which specific Virtual Hard Disks or XML files are associated with a particular VM.

Telecity buys Data Electronics
U.K.-based data centre operator Telecity has acquired Data Electronics, an Irish data centre provider, for £87.6 million in cash.

The acquisition brings growth potential for Telecity in Ireland, a location where the company has been “capacity-constrained”, said Michael Tobin, Telecity’s chief executive.

Telecity’s U.K. customers include Transport for London, ITV, Walkers, Think London and Absolute Radio, among others. News of the acquisition followed Telecity’s financial earnings call, where it reported a 45% rise in its pretax profits to £31 million for the first half of 2011.

Archana Venkatramanis the site editor for 

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