Stories by Lucas Mearian

  • FTC sides with in privacy dispute

    The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sided with in a dispute with two privacy groups that accused the online retailer of deceiving its customers by changing its privacy policy to permit disclosure of personal information to third parties.

  • Novell posts Q2 loss, plans layoffs

    Struggling software company Novell last week reported that it will lay off 5 per cent of its employees after posting a second-quarter loss that it blamed on write-downs, slower IT spending and the company's transition from selling proprietary networking software to products that link the technology of different vendors.

  • Competitive market forces storage vendors to deal

    While EMC denies that rivals in the data storage market such as IBM and Hitachi Data Systems are gaining ground, analysts say increased competition created by a slumping economy is forcing vendors to be more aggressive deal makers.

  • Sony, HP halt future digital data storage products

    Two of the top three vendors of Digital Data Storage (DDS) tape say they will no longer develop future lines of the popular data backup product, while the third producer said it has no "current" plans to continue its line.

  • Long-term view on storage taking precedence

    The days when users would buy new storage technology based on things such as improved data backup speeds or immediate cost savings have passed due to the softening economy. Now, companies are focusing on total cost of ownership and the long-term returns that storage investments can bring.

  • MS warns of e-mail hole in Internet Explorer

    Microsoft is warning users about a security hole in Internet Explorer that could be used to force the Web browser to automatically open HTML e-mail attachments, potentially enabling attacks in which malicious hackers could delete data from PCs or cause other types of damage.

  • Quantum leaps into enterprise storage

    After 22 years in the hard disk drive manufacturing business, Quantum announced on Friday that its stockholders have approved the sale of its hard-drive division to Maxtor for $US1.1 billion in stock. The sale also marks a new course for Quantum, which confirmed its leap into a pure-play enterprise storage solutions company.

  • halves workforce

    Online retail giant Wednesday announced it will cut its workforce across the board by almost half and significantly reduce outsourcing services as part of a major restructuring plan designed to reduce cash operating expenses.

  • IBM bets on new storage technology

    IBM last week announced it plans to begin selling network storage appliances based on an emerging, but still unproven, technology that uses the Internet's basic communications protocol to connect LAN-based end users to corporate data.

  • EMC fires hundreds, not cutting costs

    Storage industry leader EMC confirmed Monday that it dismissed hundreds of workers last week, but the company said the move was part of a stringent and ongoing employee review process and doesn't indicate that it's looking to reduce internal costs.

  • Hitachi aims at midrange SAN market

    Hitachi Data Systems is targeting its newest RAID technology at the midrange storage area network (SAN) market with a scaled-down version of the company's Freedom Storage Lightning 9900.

  • Nortel to realign by cutting 4000 workers

    Nortel Networks laid off almost 1000 workers last week and said it plans to cut another 3000 employees -- affecting about 4 per cent of its workforce altogether. But it then will replace those jobs by recruiting IT workers with skills related to higher growth areas of the marketplace.

  • StorageTek CEO vows sales turnaround

    Executives at struggling storage systems vendor Storage Technology say it's a leaner, more focused company after six months of internal scrutiny that has included a revamped marketing plan, personnel cuts and the introduction of several products.