January 18, 2010
Motorola ends mobile sell off
John Oates writes why Motorola is calling of its search for a buyer for its set top box and networking business.
“Motorola is ending the search for a buyer for its set top box and networking business, because it cannot find anyone willing to pay enough for the unit. The company has spent the last two years trying to sell off its handset business, which has had a rotten few years, as well as its set-top box and networking division. But bids for the set-top unit all came in the range $3 billion to $4 billion – rather than the $4 billion to $5 billion the firm was seeking. This shortfall, alongside better handset sales, has led the company to consider keeping the units under one umbrella, according to The Wall Street Journal”
Otellini sees slow return to IT normalcy
Rik Myslewski shares Paul Otellini, Intel’s president and CEO’s outlook on the IT corporate market.
“Speaking about the corporate market with analysts and reporters after Intel released its solid fourth quarter 2009 financial results, Otellini said: ‘I don’t know how it’s going to play out.’ When asked about Intel’s projections for 2010, Otellini said: ‘We’re building into our number set a modest recovery of corporate purchases of PCs. That is, we’re not building in … anything extraordinary out of that, just sort of a normal return to deployment as the evaluation cycles for the new hardware and Windows 7 get completed.’”
Extending the Desktop Into the Cloud
Robin Gareiss writes about virtualization and the cloud computing market.
“In parallel with movement to a borderless network is adoption of virtualization and cloud computing; for servers and desktops. Virtualization breaks down traditional desktop/server/application relationships, facilitating a more fluid and borderless environment. Cloud computing furthers this breakdown by extending servers and desktops into the cloud. Nemertes’ research shows improvements in desktop management and security are the key drivers of desktop virtualization. Half of enterprises expect to use virtual desktops before 2011.”