IT Channel News Briefs, Sept. 17

Today's headlines: Samsung bids for SanDisk; T-Mobile launches Android-based phone; Wyse and Novell partner on enhanced SUSE Linux.

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008.

Samsung launches hostile bid for SanDisk

Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday launched a hostile $5.8 billion cash offer to buy SanDisk Corp. after talks between the companies failed to get a deal done. SanDisk, a maker of data storage cards and flash memory chips, said the offer undervalues its worth. This is the largest buyout attempt by the South Korean tech giant, which sees its memory chip business under pressure.

At last, an Android-based phone

T-Mobile will unveil details of the first mobile phone based on Google's Android software Sept. 23, The New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon. The phone will probably ship next month and is expected to give market leaders like Research in Motion's BlackBerry and Apple's iPhone a run for their money. Other cell phone carriers are expected to introduce their own Android-based phones shortly.

Wyse, Novell collaborate on Linux

Wyse Technology and Novell are delivering an "enhanced" version of SUSE Linux Enterprise optimized for desktop virtualization. The operating system integrates with Microsoft Active Directory and features support for a wide range of drivers and software to ease deployment even in Windows shops. It includes built-in support for Wyse virtualization software, and customers can also use third-party desktop virtualization solutions such as XenDesktop and VMware VDI.

IBM chooses Avistar for bandwidth management in UC

IBM chose Avistar Communications to provide bandwidth management for its unified communications (UC) and collaboration solutions, the two companies said Tuesday. Avistar's C3 technology should enable customers to use bandwidth-heavy UC applications like videoconferencing without service degradation or having to invest in network upgrades. The cornerstone of IBM's unified communications strategy is Lotus Sametime software, which integrates instant messaging, VoIP, video chats and Web conferencing.

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