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Dell slammed in suit; Oracle updates Sun X86 servers

Hardware roundup: Suit alleges Dell knowingly sold faulty PCs; other news.

IT channel news in brief for July 1, 2010

Dell allegedly ignored serious problems with OptiPlex desktop computers, shipping thousands of them with bad capacitors, according to legal documents made public this week.

This is another black eye for the Round Rock, Texas, computer maker, which also faces an inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission into its financial dealings.

The papers come out of a lawsuit filed three years ago by Advanced Internet Technologies Inc., which claims that Dell Inc. shipped more than 2,000 of the faulty PCs in 2003 and 2004. The New York Times first reported on the problem, citing a raft of Dell PCs that leaked chemicals.

Internal Dell documents indicate that company personnel were told not to bring potential problems with the PCs to the attention of customers.

Five years ago Dell set aside $300 million in part to cover the cost of fixing or replacing the bad PCs.

Oracle updates Sun x86 franchise, but where's SPARC?

Oracle updated Sun's Intel X86-based franchise this week with the latest Intel Xeon processors. New products include the Sun Fire X2270 M2, X4170 M2 and Sun Blade X6270 M2 servers. The company also added a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) storage blade and two 10 GbE switches based on the new Xeons.

The company did not comment on plans (or lack thereof) for AMD-based machines. Many Sun VARs and customers also are waiting and wondering about future SPARC-based boxes.

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