February 24, 2009
Mac sales suggest decline for first time in 6 years
Yoni Heisler writes that according to investment firm Piper Jaffray, Mac sales are declining year over year for the first time in six years.
“Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, anticipates that Apple will sell approximately 2.1 million Macs during the current quarter, a slight decline from the 2.3 million Macs Apple sold during the second quarter of 2008.”
“The Celerra range will consist of the NX4 entry-point, the 120TB NS-120, the 480TB NS-480 (leaving a hole for a potential NS-240 240TB product), the 960TB NS-960 high-end box, and the NS-G8 gateway providing a NAS head for Clariion and Symmetrix arrays. The mid-range and high-end Celerras can have 73GB solid state drives, EMC’s Enterprise Flash Drives (EFD). Thin provisioning is supported. File single instancing and compression are included, using Avamar and RecoverPoint technology respectively.”
“’SOA is not required to take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, but well-designed architectures will require less work for them to be cloudified. From this perspective I see SOA as an enabling technology that will accelerate migration to the cloud. Going forward, I think the dream for enterprise architects is to be able to design systems using loosely coupled SOA services on one or more clouds and to pull them into a single, unified, homogeneous application without regard or concern for whose cloud they run on.’”