Azure will use Xilinx chips as co-processors in more than half of its servers, winning business that has been an exclusive for Intel’s Altera unit. Co-processors are chips that accelerate some functions to relieve the main processor in a server.
Red Hat will improve IBM profit margins, and gets the company further into an emerging part of the business known as hybrid cloud. But some analysts say the deal won’t make IBM a dominant player in the public cloud.
Salesforce.com Inc., a maker of cloud-based customer-relations software, is the latest technology company to embrace the idea of having two chief executives, by promoting Keith Block to run the company alongside co-founder Marc Benioff.