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Channel news: Cisco buys storage vendor; VMWare upgrades stall on cost

VMware ESX 3.0 upgrades stall on license costs, VAR says Longstanding VMware ESX shops are miffed by the high cost of upgrading to Virtual Infrastructure 3, one VMware reseller says.

Cisco announces agreement to acquire NeoPath Networks Cisco Systems today announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held NeoPath Networks, the leading provider of high performance and highly scalable file storage management solutions. NeoPath’s patented SMART virtualization technology and its File Director family of products simplify the management of network attached storage (NAS) and other file servers. [Cisco]

Microsoft and speech recognition: The final frontier? If the rumors are true that Microsoft is in talks to acquire Tellme Networks, Microsoft’s next big push in the area of Unified Communications could involve voice search. [eWEEK]

Apple megapatch plugs 45 security holes Update for Mac OS X includes a number of fixes for zero-day vulnerabilities released as part of two high-profile bug-hunting campaigns. [CNET]

HP storage revenues sink, reports IDC According to the latest IDC research, HP shows declining revenues in several storage categories; EMC, HDS, Symantec and NetApp show surprising results.[]

Windows Server 2003 SP2 is out Microsoft has made available for download service pack (SP) 2 for the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003.[eWEEK]

Red Hat hopes to solidify lead with new Linux Red Hat hopes its latest release will lock in its position as the Linux leader as more companies vie for a piece of the competitive market. [CNET]

RSA names Citrix exec as new channel chief RSA, the security division of EMC, has tapped a former Citrix executive to fill the newly created position of director of worldwide channels. [ChannelWeb]

Intel intros low-voltage quad-core Xeons ahead of AMD Intel’s first foray into low-voltage processors may have been a flop, but data center managers’ increased interest in power efficiency bodes well for its new low-voltage Xeons.[]

AT&T to spend $750 mln on global network in 2007 AT&T Inc. said on Tuesday it will spend more than $750 million in 2007 to expand its global communications network for corporate customers, an 89 percent boost over last year, as customer companies increasingly do business abroad. [Reuters]

Monster ties up with help-wanted service Monster Worldwide Inc., a leading job-search Web site, is taking its latest step to forge partnerships with traditional media by linking with a technology company that runs the online help-wanted sites for more than 200 newspapers. [Reuters]

Dell, Alienware offer 1TB single-drive upgrade Dell and its Alienware subsidiary have begun offering buyers the chance to configure new gaming desktop PCs with
Hitachi’s 1TB hard drive – enough space to store an almost inconceivable quantity of digital stuff. [TheReg]

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