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The worldwide Ethernet switch market reached record revenues of $5.9 billion in the third quarter of 2011 (3Q11), representing strong growth of 6.1 percent year over year and 10.9 percent quarter-over-quarter. Meanwhile, the worldwide router market also grew but at 2.9 percent year over year in 3Q11, according to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Enterprise Networks Tracker. The final 3Q11 results show exceptional Ethernet switch market performance in the Asia/Pacific region, which increased 27.8 percent year over year and now accounts for 25.8 percent of worldwide revenue.

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IBM announced this week that technology allowing IBM zEnterprise System users to integrate Microsoft Windows applications into the mainframe environment--an industry first--will become available December 16. The new capability will allow clients with multi-tier applications--for example, Windows applications connected to mainframe data--to be integrated and consolidated on the same system. 

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IBM and Eurotech have announced that they are contributing software to accelerate and support the development of a new generation of smarter wireless and mobile devices. The technology, which could become the basis for a new standard of mobile connectivity and interoperability, will be contributed to the Eclipse Foundation open source community. The Eclipse Foundation, founded by IBM in 2001, is celebrating its 10th anniversary at EclipseCon in Germany.

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