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  • BizTalk Server 2009 ready for the public

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:03 am

    Microsoft Monday said the 2009 version of BizTalk server is now available to its MSDN and TechNet subscribers and will be publicly available on Friday.
  • Hitachi enters server, network monitoring business

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 5:23 pm

    Hitachi Data Systems Tuesday announced the release of three new software products to provide enhanced monitoring of business applications, virtualized servers and the storage they use.
  • Microsoft targets Windows, Linux management

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 5:17 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday opened its annual management confab saying it would ship the next version of Operations Manager by the end of June and laying out its efforts to manage data centers and virtualized environments.
  • Windows 7's XP Mode is CYA at its best

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:48 pm

    Microsoft has been lambasted in the media for Windows Vista and is doing everything possible to make sure that Windows 7 doesn't meet a similar fate. With application compatibility remaining an area of weakness for Vista, Microsoft has taken the step of announcing their development of a virtual XP Mode that will run in Windows 7 and host Windows XP-compatible software. While XP Mode presents some challenges for IT staff, it also present a terrific opportunity for Microsoft.
  • DMTF creates open cloud incubator

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 2:49 pm

    The DMTF on Monday said it is developing an "Open Cloud Standards Incubator" to build management standards for cloud computing.
  • Windows 7 gets virtual 'XP mode'

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:30 am

    Microsoft Corp. will unveil an add-on to Windows 7 that lets users run applications designed for Windows XP in a virtual machine, the company confirmed Friday -- the first time Microsoft has relied on virtualization to provide backward compatibility.
  • VMware, ISVs Square Off on Fault Tolerance

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:06 am

    Among the consequences of VMware's battery of vSphere 4 announcements Tuesday about its new virtualization infrastructure and add-on components, third-party software vendors specializing in fault-tolerance and high-availability are feeling new pressure now that VMware has added basic versions of those functions to its core product.
  • Does VMware vSphere solve IT's worries about Cloud?

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 10:32 am

    For all the hype about cloud computing in the enterprise, IT professionals continue to tell cloud-related vendors that the cloud will not be practical until several serious concerns are addressed. So, how well does vSphere address these key worries?
  • Cloud Security Alliance, Jericho Forum agendas align

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 10:04 am

    Two user groups launched cloud-security best-practices campaigns at RSA Conference 2009 and formed an informal alliance to influence the development of security products in accordance with their recommendations.
  • VMware adjusts to reality

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 9:18 am

    That growth has been tailing off steadily for the last several quarters – partly because of the slump and partly because of stiffer competition from its biggest rivals, Microsoft and Citrix.
  • EMC suffers Q1 drops in profits, revenue

    Posted April 23, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    Citing a "a very tough economy," EMC Corp. Thursday reported first-quarter earnings that showed a 23% drop in profits and a 9.2% fall in revenue.
  • VMware to embed RSA security into vSphere 4

    Posted April 23, 2009 - 10:58 am

    VMware and RSA announced a strategic plan to embed RSA's data-loss prevention (DLP) and encryption technologies into VMware's new vSphere 4, virtualization software for the data center which will soon ship.
  • VMware says revenue may decline for the first time

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 5:16 pm

    VMware reported a first-quarter profit on Wednesday, but said sales are being hit by the recession and it might report its first-ever drop in revenue next quarter.
  • Virtualization is 'the new mainframe,' VMware says

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 8:04 pm

    VMware launched an upgrade to its core software platform on Tuesday with the message that virtualization is ready to run any class of enterprise application, no matter how large.
  • VMware's version of flexibility lacks Microsoft Hyper-V

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    VMware promises new levels of flexibility in the data center with vSphere, its cloud operating system, but is still promoting vendor lock-in by refusing to support competing virtualization products.
  • VMware partners line up for vSphere launch

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 11:59 am

    The speaker list for the launch of VMware's vSphere "cloud operating system" on Tuesday shows how important the company's virtualization software has become to the world of IT: Michael Dell, Cisco's John Chambers, EMC's Joe Tucci and Intel's Pat Gelsinger are all expected to attend the event at VMware's headquarters, along with VMware President and CEO Paul Maritz.
  • Cheaper virtualization becoming a reality

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 11:57 am

    VMware on Tuesday unwrapped the latest version of its Virtual Infrastructure -- re-christened as vSphere 4.0 -- and detailed a new pricing structure that might make IT shops consider more ways to reap virtualization's bounty.
  • IBM delivers on Phantom promise

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 10:44 am

    At RSA Conference 2009, IBM will make good on a promise it made at last year's RSA event to deliver protection for virtual environments.
  • VMware vows to overhaul data center with 'cloud OS'

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 9:49 am

    Seven months after VMware began teasing the industry with previews of the "Virtual Datacenter Operating System," VMware on Tuesday dropped that moniker and is now calling vSphere a "cloud operating system" to take advantage of growing interest in cloud computing and the idea of the private cloud.
  • Virtualization for the Mid-Sized Business

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 1:42 pm

    As many mid-sized businesses look to deploy virtualization solutions in their IT environment, several considerations must be examined. Perhaps the most important concern is to be sure their virtual environment is as available and secure as their physical one.
  • Cloud Mea Culpa: Nick Carr Was Right and I Was Wrong

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 10:28 am

    I confess to having roughed up Nick Carr quite a bit (in print, of course) over the past couple of years. I thought he was plain wrong in his book Does IT Matter? His argument there could be summed up as the spread of IT throughout the economy makes it impossible for any company to achieve competitive advantage through IT; therefore, companies should settle for a commodity IT perspective, spending no more than the minimum necessary to perform basic functionality.

  • VMware Updates Story on VDC-OS and Private Cloud

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 10:20 am

    VMware is widely expected to announce the next step in its road to its previously announced Virtual Data Center operating system in a webinar on Tuesday, April 21st.
  • Azaleos launches managed SharePoint service

    Posted April 16, 2009 - 10:25 am

    Managed service provider Azaleos Wednesday introduced a remote monitoring service for Microsoft SharePoint that covers the server and other necessary infrastructure.

  • VMware bug allows Windows hack to attack Macs

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    A bug in VMware's Fusion virtualization software could be used to run malicious code on a Mac by exploiting Windows in a virtual machine, a security researcher says.
  • Can IT manage the cloud? These CTOs can

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 4:59 pm

    As CTO at Agora Games, Brian Corrigan needs to quickly ramp up and then cut his computing capabilities as new games come on the market, become all the rage, and eventually fade into so-so status. So it's little surprise that he's joined the growing ranks of companies buying computing, storage, and networking power as they need it from the cloud. What is surprising is that Corrigan and a number of other IT managers say that the use of virtualization and open source monitoring tools lets them do just as good a job, if not better, monitoring and managing virtual machines in the cloud as equipment in-house or in a collocation facility.

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