Stories by Lucas Mearian

Cisco, UnitedHealth team up to build a US network for virtual doctor visits

Cisco Systems Inc. announced a joint effort with health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. today, aiming to create a nationwide network to enable video medical imaging, audio communication and health record information to be exchanged between health care providers and patients from remote locations such as retail stores and office settings.

Emulex rejects Broadcom's $US925M revised buyout offer

Network components manufacturer Emulex Corp. today announced that its board of directors had unanimously rejected Broadcom Corp.'s revised cash offer to acquire it for $11 per share and recommended that shareholders not tender their shares into the offer. Broadcom, which had already indicated this latest offer would be its last, said it is dropping all efforts to acquire Emulex.

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EMC gets Data Domain, now what?

NetApp Inc. said "uncle" yesterday after EMC Corp. outbid it for a second time in its quest to acquire Data Domain Inc, but some industry observers believe EMC, in its zeal to acquire the deduplication vendor, may have overpaid for the prize and could have a difficult time realizing a return on its investment.

Report: Price hikes killing SSD sales for laptops

Surging prices for NAND flash memory have hurt what was a promising market for solid-state disk (SSD) drives in laptops this year, according to market research by iSupply Corp.

Symantec drives toward ubiquitous deduplication in its products

Symantec Corp. today announced that it plans to integrate its PureDisk deduplication technology in both its enterprise class and small business-class backup products, enabling the deduplication process to be managed through the same user interface.

Fusion-io touts high-performance, lower-cost SSD for businesses

Fusion Multisystems Inc. today said it will offer a new solid state disk drive product for businesses that will have the performance of higher-end SLC NAND flash memory but with a cost closer to lower-end MLC memory.

NetApp to review counteroffer for Data Domain

In light of a new buyout offer for Data Domain Inc. by EMC Corp., NetApp Inc. said today it plans to review "all of its options" in considering a counteroffer for the deduplication vendor.

Intel's X25-E SSD runs circles around rivals

There's something special about installing what is arguably one of the fastest, most sophisticated solid-state disk (SSD) drives in your average Dell laptop. It's a little like stuffing a big-block V8 into a Chevy Chevette -- you get amazing performance, but no matter how hard you try, you can't justify the cash you just shelled out in order to go really fast.

Broadcom raises Emulex buyout offer to $925M

Network components manufacturer Emulex Corp. today said its board of directors will review a new takeover bid by Broadcom Corp., which raised its offer from $US9.25 per share to $11. That would make the deal worth about $US925 million.

Samsung releases SSDs in PCIe card form factor

Samsung Corp. today released a new solid state disk (SSD) drive aimed at netbook makers that is about 80% smaller than typical 2.5-inch laptop drives, a move that should enable even thinner, higher-performing machines.

Apple issues fix for MacBook Pro SATA interface

In an apparent response to user complaints, Apple Inc., today released a firmware upgrade that it said fixes an issue with the drive interface in new MacBook Pros.

DreamWorks: 3D movies to double data storage requirements

DreamWorks Animation is releasing all of its films in stereoscopic 3D, more than doubling the amount of data storage capacity required to store its movies.

Review: Hard disk vs. solid-state drive -- is an SSD worth the money?

Solid-state disk (SSD) drives are all the rage among techies. The drives use non-volatile NAND flash memory, meaning there are no moving parts. Because there is no actuator arm and read/write head that must seek out data on a platter like on a hard disk drive (HDD), they are faster in reading and, in most cases, writing data.

Western Digital launches line of embedded SSDs

Western Digital Corp. today announced that it has begun shipping its first solid-state line of disk drives based on technology it acquired in March when it bought SiliconSystems Inc. The drives are targeted at embedded systems for business use, not the consumer market.

Dell announces entry-level iSCSI array line

Dell Inc. today announced the latest in its line of iSCSI storage arrays -- entry-level models aimed at small to medium-sized businesses and enterprise branch offices, and for backing up virtualized server environments.