Server workload forecasts according to IDC

December 21, 2010
Server workloads to go ‘70% virtual’ by 2014
The Register
Timothy Prickett Morgan shares IDC’s forecast on the server workload space.

“By 2014, more than 70 per cent of all server workloads installed that year will be plunked down not on a bare metal piece of iron, but on a virtual or logical machine of some kind, according to the (virtual) box counters at IDC. But don’t get the wrong idea. There are going to be plenty of old-fashioned physical boxes still being sold over the next four years and beyond, as far as IDC can tell.”

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Microsoft Releases Endpoint Security Tool to Manufacturers
Matthew Weinberger writes about Microsoft’s Endpoint Protection 2010 security solution.

“Microsoft has released Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 to manufacturers, with a general availability through their Volume Licensing Service Center of January 1, 2011. But that’s less interesting than the fact than FES 2010 marks the start of Microsoft’s play to integrate security and desktop management. Other new features to FEP 2010, which is replacing Forefront Client Security, include Windows Firewall management and vulnerability shielding. At its core, FEP 2010 runs the same engine as the free-for-SMBs Microsoft Security Essentials. Most won’t get their hands on FEP 2010 until the new year – but there’s an evaluation version available right now.”

NEC teases dual-screen Cloud Communicator Android tablet, promises more at CES
Darren Murph writes about an upcoming tablet from NEC that’s set to premier at CES in January.

“Believe it or not, the crew at Engadget HQ will be packing up and headed to CES 2011 a fortnight from today, and it looks as if quite a few undercover products from NEC will be making the same trip. The company has just revealed that its single-screen Cloud Communicator tablet will be on display, but moreover, a dual-screen version will be making it awfully tough for the former to get any attention whatsoever.”

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