News in brief: Dell offers new entry-level SMB bundle

Dell is offering a new bundle to SMBs who need a server infrastructure; Cisco and Neutral Tandem will now offer a hosted collaboration service through partners; more news in brief.

For solution providers’ customers new to buying servers, Dell’s new SMB bundle may be a good fit.

The entry-level bundle includes Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) Essentials, which was released in July, and has Dell’s PowerEdge T110 II that runs an Intel Xeon quad-core processor. Customers also get two OptiPlex or Vostro laptops. Also part of the bundle is Windows 7 Professional and Microsoft Office Home and Business as well as Intel's vPro management tool that lets solution providers manage customers’ PCs.

According to RCPMag.com, for a server with 4 GB of RAM, the bundle is priced at $1,701.

Cisco and Neutral Tandem to sell hosted collaboration service through the channel
Neutral Tandem, Inc. is teaming up with Cisco to offer a hosted collaboration service that will be sold by Cisco partners.

The service will include unified communication (UC) and collaboration applications, such as single number reach, integrated messaging and presence, video calling and WebEx integration. According to MarketWatch.com, Partners will sell it to customers on a monthly basis under their own branding under an OPEX model.

HP’s plans for Project Moonshot announced
HP recently announced Project Moonshot, which uses converged infrastructure technology to allow resource sharing across multiple servers and is the first step toward low-energy computing in large environments.

Project Moonshot is a long-term venture and uses HP Redstone Server Development Platform to test and design low-energy servers at the HP Discovery Lab and the HP Pathfinder Program, which uses ideas from independent software vendors, according to vadvert.co.uk.

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