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IT Channel News Briefs, Feb. 2

Today's headlines: Gartner: BI sector does better than most; Cisco adds more switches

Gartner: BI market will do better than most

The business intelligence market will grow by 7.9% through 2012, perhaps helped as companies rely on analytics tools to persevere in a tough economy, according to Gartner's recent Magic Quadrant report. That growth rate is lower than Gartner Inc. predicted a year ago, but it's still more robust than other software markets hit hard by the downturn in corporate spending, according to IBM topped the vendor leader board having completed its acquisition of Cognos last January. Microsoft landed in the quadrant for a second year, largely on the strength of its "broadly capable product set at a low price point," according to Gartner. Oracle, too, remained in the leaders' quadrant this year.

Cisco adds to data center switch line

Cisco Systems Inc. added the Nexus 5010 and Nexus 7018 switches to its lineup last week. The new devices aim to help network engineers design high-density data center network fabrics that are optimized for server virtualization, according to The Nexus 5010, a variation on earlier 5000 class switches, consolidates 28 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) into a 1U form factor that can be deployed in top-of-rack situations. The Nexus 7018, a larger cousin of the 7000 switch, is an 18-slot chassis that offers up to 768 GbE or 512 10 GbE port density, plus 48 ports of 1 Gb Fiber, offering a high-end switch that can serve in the core of very large data centers and supercomputing environments.

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