Dell Forms New Line of Business for Web Hosts, Telecommunications Service Providers
Nicole Henderson

“Dell will introduce products later this fall targeted towards a number of organizations including hosting providers, under a new line of business it launched on Monday. Called Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS), the division will be within its Enterprise Solutions organization and will address the market of business that is just below the hyperscale space in size.

Dell said that this segment is growing three times faster than the traditional x86 server market, and that these types of businesses, including telecommunication companies, hosting providers, oil and gas and research organizations, require “semi-custom solutions.” Dell DSS will new design new systems for this market, while also offering supply chain optimizations and custom configurations.”

Microsoft’s DisplayCover prototype gives the Surface keyboard an e-ink display
Ian Paul

“Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 has gone a long way to creating a tablet that can truly replace a laptop. Now that the core device itself is so darn slick, Microsoft’s Applied Sciences research and development team is getting funky, revealing a new mobile keyboard concept that adds more screen space to the Surface via a multi-touch e-ink display.

Currently dubbed the DisplayCover, the new keyboard includes an e-ink display at the very top that displays menu options based on context. The basic idea is for the e-ink display to extend the desktop space by removing the taskbar or menu items from the tablet’s smaller screen.”

Google’s container management service exits beta, gets uptime guarantee
Joab Jackson

“Google is the latest cloud service provider to rally behind containers, an emerging type of virtualization technology that adherents claim can streamline the process of running workloads in the cloud.

Google is now offering a container management service, called the Google Container Engine, for production workloads. This sets the stage for businesses to run their most important applications within containers on the Google Cloud Platform.”

ZeroStack Comes Out of Stealth to Help Enterprises Take Control, Simplify Private Cloud
Nicole Henderson

“A former VMware engineer has brought what he learned from years of working with enterprise clients on their cloud needs to a new company that came out of stealth this week. ZeroStack, co-founded by Ajay Gulati, CEO, launched on Wednesday to make consuming private clouds as easy as possible without forcing enterprises to relinquish control.

Along with co-founder and CTO Kiran Bondalapati, who was founding engineer at Bromium, Gulati founded ZeroStack last year to help enterprises deploy private clouds without needing specific cloud expertise. The team includes senior employees from VMware and early employees from companies including Nutanix, Google and Riverbed.”

Google rebuffs EU demands on changes to search results
Sam Schechner

“In a formal response to antitrust charges, Google unveiled a new legal argument against an EU demand it change how it ranks comparison-shopping services in its search results. The tussle could thrust Google’s European operations into legal limbo for years.

“Google is making it clear that they will fight this to the bitter end and the EU is making clear that the bitter end will have a lot of intermediate steps for Google,” said Gary Reback, an antitrust lawyer who represents Google rivals that have filed complaints against the search giant. It could be 18 months or longer before the EU makes a decision. Google could then challenge it in two European courts, prolonging the case for another six or seven years, says Renato Nazzini, an expert in European competition law at King’s College London.”

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