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Teradata's evolution from hardware/software boxed solution to all-software is complete. It will soon run just about anywhere users want.
While it's too early to tell whether two recent technology mergers -- Dell & EMC and Western Digital & SanDisk -- will lead to long-term bliss, the industry has suffered its share of disastrous marriages. Here are the worst of the worst.
Most of the compromises ASUS has made to achieve an affordable price point for this 14-inch Windows laptop are acceptable, but it's short on SSD storage and the screen quality is disappointing.
This premium-priced convertible has plenty of impressive features and excellent build quality, but the tablet lacks connectivity and must be charged via an adapter.
Integrated with OpenStack, Calico 1.0 is designed to enable datacenters to scale and at the same time remove some of the networking clutter.
The TravelMate P256-M is a hefty 15.6-inch notebook that's let down by a low-resolution, moderate-quality screen. Still, it performs adequately with mainstream business workloads, and the price is attractive.
The Getac T800 is a military-grade 8.1-inch tablet running Windows 8.1. Battery options are good, but storage capacity may be an issue for some potential buyers.
When you have thousands of containers on a server, how do you network them all? Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, has an answer: Fan.
The ZenBook UX305F is an impressively thin and light 13-inch Core M ultrabook with some very attractive features. The main drawback is its meagre 128GB of SSD storage.
HP has gone back to basics and reinvented its consumable technology, enabling the latest generation of Colour LaserJets to run faster and cooler, and print a lot more pages for your money.
Microsoft's relatively affordable Atom x7-powered Surface 3 can 'work like a laptop when you need it', so long as you stick to mainstream workloads and remember that a keyboard is an extra-cost option.
New wireless access points designed around the 802.11ac Wave 1 and Wave 2 standards cater for high traffic volumes and fast data rates.
The revamped MacBook is wonderfully slim and light, with a high-quality Retina display. However, performance and battery life are relatively modest, while wired connectivity is severely limited.
Lenovo's second-generation ThinkPad Helix is a compact and competent ultrabook, although some may not like the highly reflective screen and most will need the optional Ultrabook Pro keyboard.
The thin, light, detachable-screen Portégé Z20t-B is a thoughtfully designed and well made ultrabook. It would be even better with more RAM and a bigger SSD.
The third-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon is thin, light and eminently portable, while also being sturdily built and providing a high-quality display that's big enough to do serious work on. That's quite an achievement.
With the Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi going on sale in the UK today, I spent the weekend trying one. It's a big improvement on the current T100TA 2-in-1 Windows 8.1 detachable, at some extra cost, but shares some of its limitations.
This reworking of the ThinkStation design propels Lenovo to the top of the workstation tree with a cleverly engineered and powerful product that can handle the most demanding of applications.
Getac's 11.6-inch V110 is more portable than the average rugged notebook. The screen is excellent for outdoor viewing, and multiple wireless and GPS options make this a highly adaptable, if expensive, notebook.