Dell buys UK managed services firm

Purchase will allow PC maker to support clients in application deployment

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By  Published  November 25, 2006

PC giant Dell is acquiring UK-based IT services company ACS for its commercial operations.

The vendor said the agreement would provide business customers with infrastructure consulting and customised application services to help maximise their returns on IT investments.

Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed, but the computer maker said the acquisition was not material to its financial results.

“ACS is a highly respected specialist in providing application management and deployment services, and infrastructure consulting. Our goal is to help customers derive maximum value from their IT infrastructure investments,” said Stephen Murdoch, vice president of solutions and services for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Dell.

“This acquisition is part of that strategy along with very aggressive organic growth,” Murdoch added.

He said that with the expertise Dell has acquired through ACS, the vendor was extending its existing capabilities to support the full lifecycle of clients’ applications deployments.

“By engaging earlier in the planning phases, we can help ensure critical changes such as Microsoft Vista migrations are well planned, designed and executed,” Murdoch said.

ACS managing director Eddie Young said Dell’s global presence and customer relationships would enable the company to introduce its services to a much wider market.

“This gives our employees the opportunity to reach many more customers and broaden their skills and experiences as part of an industry leader,” Young commented.

“Our customers will get even more value from the leveraged strength of both companies,” he went on to say.

ACS’ application services include a technical process called application packaging in which installation or “setup” routines are written, modified or enhanced to meet individual customer’s needs.

Since the packaging service can be centrally located, Dell said it would deliver this offering for customers worldwide as an integral part of its managed services portfolio.

Dell added that ACS’ infrastructure consulting capabilities were focused in the areas of virtualisation, security and Microsoft products where Dell was experiencing significant customer demand.

police recorders


(LOS ANGELES) Community activists are using cameras, video cell phones and internet web sites such as YouTube to document incidents of police brutality in Los Angeles, US.

“We urge everyone to have a camera on them at all times so if anything happens it can be documented. The concept of patrolling the police is something we are trying to push as a form of direct action,” said Sherman Austin, a founder of community group Cop Watch LA, told Reuters.

While the group said it has found it difficult to convince authorities to act in such cases, Austin added that “Technology makes it all the easier now. There are little digital cameras you can buy for 20 bucks

in a drugstore that take good-enough photos in daylight.

“And then there’s the internet that gets it out there.”


cisco ip network

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Cisco said the fibre optic network, which will connect 12,000 households in the region, is based on its ethernet fibre-to-the-home (E-FTTH) technology and delivers upstream and downstream access speeds up to 1Gbyte/s.

The networking giant said the technology would be optimised for residential triple-play services and incorporate internet, IP telephony and IPTV services.

Cisco’s partner Dimension Data Sverige AB is responsible for systems integration on the project. The management and operation of the network and service delivery will be provided by operator Labs2.


intel investment

(HO CHI MINH CITY) Intel is increasing the size of the assembly and test facility it is building in Vietnam from 150,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet and raising its investment in the country from the US$300million announced in February to US$1 billion.

The facility will be the largest single factory within the Intel assembly and test network. With the additional capacity plans, construction is expected to begin in March next year. Intel said production would begin in 2009 and could eventually employ as many as 4,000 people.

“We were very pleased that the discussions with the local authorities went smoothly so we could significantly expand the facility’s size,” said Rick Howarth, general manager of Intel Products Vietnam.

The facility is part of Intel’s US$6 billion worldwide investment in expanding its production capacity.


e-waste growing

(CANBERRA) Groups within the Australian IT industry are calling on the government to introduce legislation on the recycling and disposal of PCs following the publishing of a report claiming the amount of discarded computers and electronic goods is growing three times faster than normal waste.

The study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that Australians purchase more than 2.4 million computers each year. The study estimated Australians will replace nine million computers, five million printers and two million scanners in the next two years. It said 1.6 million computers would be sent to rubbish dumps, while another 1.8 million would be put in storage this year. The bureau said there were already 5.3 million old PCs languishing in storage.

“It is a hidden problem,” the bureau’s Brenda Aynsley told Reuters news agency.

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