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Cisco server plans filled in; another day another date for Win 7

Headlines: IT pros: Cisco server could disrupt tech buying process; another Windows 7 RC date surfaces; new HP Integrity servers target smaller businesses; other IT channel news.

IT channel news headlines for March 17, 2009

IT pros: Cisco server could disrupt tech buying process

Cisco Systems' long-rumored server plans were unveiled Monday and the offerings, which will combine compute, network, storage access and virtualization resources into one system, could shake up how companies buy technology. Cisco, which leads in the network hardware market, typically sells into a different IT segment than server powers like Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. Its move into servers could upset that dynamic, according to

The Cisco Unified Computing System will comprise Cisco's own Nehalem-based blades, chassis, fabric interconnect, management software, fabric extender and network adapters and will start shipping in the second quarter.

Another Windows 7 RC date surfaces

Here we go again. A Windows-oriented website reported that Microsoft plans to distribute a public release candidate of Windows 7 in late May. The site reports that the latest Microsoft schedule points to a public release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 taking place the last week of May.

Conflicting reports on proposed ship dates for Windows 7 have swirled in the past month. VARs and IT shops don't appear to be holding their breath for the release, however.

New HP Integrity servers target smaller businesses

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s new low-end Integrity servers target smaller businesses in need of fault-tolerant computing. Based on dual-core Intel Itanium CPUs, the NonStop NS2000 servers refresh a single-core line that HP released in 2007, according to They come in two- and four-processor configurations (four- and eight-core) with 8 GB or 16 GB of memory per processor.

Portable security storage device could replace OTP devices

A new personal portable storage device from MXI Security (PPSD) could replace one-time password (OTP) devices in the security authentication market, according to Although the device is still too complex and expensive to gain considerable market share, vendors are keeping an eye on the tool's latest developments.

"[The PPSD] will provide more benefits than the OTP device because it has the capabilities of an OTP, plus smart card and storage container thumb drive [features]," said Mark Diodati, senior analyst for Burton Group.

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