Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) announced Tuesday that its new four-socket blade and rack servers that are used in virtualized environments will supply more processing cores and memory in a tighter space so that virtual machines may be deployed more rapidly. H-P’s director of product marketing for industry standard servers and software John Gromala said that the 4-socket ProLiant BL660c Gen8 blade and ProLiant DL560 Gen8 rack servers will provide more computing power in the frame of a 2-socket server. These represent the first 4-socket servers in the Gen8 portfolio and the ProLiant BL660c Gen8 is approximately half the size of similar servers from the prior generation.
International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) will step up its efforts to market the so-called cloud computing services to mid-size businesses and has also set up partners to resell its services and to assist software firms in adapting their products to its machines. The strategy should put IBM in more a direct competition with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE:CRM), says the Wall Street Journal.
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Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) officials are currently developing a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) modem solution which should eventually permit its low-power Atom processor platform to support the 4 gigabyte wireless tech, as the company attempts to make inroads in the domestic smartphone market. The current Atom Z2460 and Z2480 “Medfield” processors are validated for use with Intel’s HSPA+ 4 gigabyte modem, but thus far do not support LTE, which is a major feature that many smartphones based on ARM Holdings’ chip designs now employ. Intel’s director of product marketing Sumeet Syal, told the news site TechCrunch that the firm will ramp its LTE modem solution in 2013.
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ): The number of domestic knee replacement surgeries have more than doubled during the past 20 years as older Americans remain active later in life, according to Bloomberg from research released in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The total amount of knee replacement procedures jumped by 162 percent between 1991 to 2010, while the number of procedures to repair previously implanted artificial knee joints, called revision, increased by 106 percent. Around 600,000 total knee replacement procedures are performed domestically each year, costing some $9 billion annually.