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May 21, 2007  7:08 AM

Channel news: Customers blanche at cost of green IT; Microsoft reorg shows change for Tools business

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Tech customers baulk at cost of going green Customers are not yet ready to pay extra for green products in spite of growing concern for the environment, technology, media and telecoms executives told an industry summit this week.  [Reuters]

Microsoft reorgs again Microsoft is tweaking its internal reporting structure, yet again. This time, in what seems like a curious move to this Microsoft watcher, Microsoft is moving its Server and Tools business under its Office business.

HP switches key to CERN’s LHC project As part of CERN’s network upgrade, some 2,000 tape and disk servers are connected via Hewlett-Packard’s ProCurve switches. [eWEEK] Continued »

May 18, 2007  9:01 AM

The world’s first virtual appliance for email archiving and electronic discovery

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Wednesday, May 16, the Concord MA. based company InBoxer Inc. launched a virtual appliance for email archiving, electronic discovery and real-time leak alerts on Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange. The press release headline reads Inboxer launches world’s first virtual appliance for email archiving, electronic discovery and data leaks.
“By going virtual,” the release reads. “We bring flexibility and scalability to the archiving, discovery and data leak markets. Without special hardware, we can cut costs and re-define the market.”

It’s a bit late to release the “world’s first” virtual email archiving product and “redefine the market.” Network World article InBoxer announces virtualized version of compliance appliance — which mainly reiterates InBoxer’s press release material– also points out that  Proofpoint released Messaging Security Gateway, a virtualized email security appliances,  last September.  This product offers protection against spam and viruses from inbound messages, emerging viruses, harvest attacks and a veritable potpourris of compliance, data filtering, search and management tools.

Despite InBoxer Inc.’s claim to innovation, it’s probably worthwhile for channel professionals to note the bullet points:  low overhead, less energy consumption and — most importantly for the channel– customized systems within which resellers can create and customize products on pre-existing platforms.The virtual appliance will enable large and small businesses to deploy hardware configurations custom-designed to their needs. If you can get beyond the marketing hype, Inbox, Inc.’s Partners & Resellers web page might be worth a visit.

Esther Friedman

May 18, 2007  6:39 AM

Channel news: Windows ‘08 to address Linux; GPL undermines Msft/Novl?

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Windows Server 2008 features address Linux challenge Microsoft’s developers added new features to Windows Server 2008 in response to performance advantages that have made Linux an attractive option to current Microsoft customers. [eWEEK]

GPL to undermine Microsoft’s Novell deal? Back at ya. [TheReg]

Alcatel-Lucent workers’ info missing A computer disk containing personal information on thousands of Lucent employees and retirees has been missing for at least 10 days, Alcatel-Lucent said Thursday. [AP] Continued »

May 17, 2007  7:38 AM

Channel news: NY sues Dell; Symantec plugs Norton holes; error tanks Apple stock

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Sales practices at Dell draw New York suit The New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, said the suit came after more than 700 complaints by Dell customers. [NYT]

Symantec plugs dangerous flaw in Norton security software Attackers could exploit a flawed ActiveX control in Symantec Norton Internet Security and Norton Personal Firewall to run malware on targeted machines. []

Engadget knocks $4 billion off Apple market cap on bogus iPhone email At 11:49 AM EST [Wednesday]  Engadget posted saying that the iPhone and Leopard operating system launches would be seriously delayed. They based the story on an internal Apple email that was forwarded to them…Apple’s stock promptly tanked on massive selling, going from $107.89 to $103.42 in six minutes (11:56 – 12:02). This wiped just over $4 billion off of Apple’s market capitalization. A lot of people lost a lot of money very quickly. [TechCrunch] Continued »

May 16, 2007  6:59 AM

Channel news: NY AG accuses Microsoft of fraud; IT workers nervous about secuirty;

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

N.Y. attorney general accuses Dell of fraud Suit accuses Dell of fraud, false advertising and deceptive business practices. [CNET]

IT rank and file nervous about inadequate security IT’s rank and file are just as concerned about being used as the company scapegoat in the event of a major security breach as CIOs — maybe more so. Many believe that when under pressure, the stressed-out CIO will point the finger at them.

Oracle buys Agile Software The business software maker made yet another acquisition with a $495 million deal to buy Agile Software. [NYT] Continued »

May 15, 2007  6:58 AM

Channel news: Windows pre-loaded on Macs; Malware rides Windows updates

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Hell freezes over: Windows now pre-loaded on Macintosh hardware The other shoe has finally dropped. When Apple transitioned its hardware to Intel processors, many pundits wondered when Macintoshes would come pre-loaded with Windows. Well, Apple still isn’t ready to make that move. But a big IT distributor is. [TechIQ]

Malware piggybacks on Windows updates Blog: Who says there’s no such thing as a free ride? Ask the Trojan that’s been piggybacking on a Windows update component to do its dirty deeds. [CNET]

EMC overhauls ControlCenter It’s been two years coming, but EMC ControlCenter 6.0 promises some major improvements, including a simpler user interface and consolidated reporting.
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May 14, 2007  2:41 PM

Security vendors ally to build open-source NAC client

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Six vendors are joining forces to develop an open source client for 802.1x authentication process. Called a supplicant, the lightweight application is designed to reside on non-PC devices such as PDAs, MP3 players, storage devices and other hardware that’s easy to connect to a network, but hard for a security system to authenticate.

An 802.1x supplicant authenticates a network device before it receives an IP address, which helps prevent unauthorized machines from launching attacks. Most businesses do not use any authentication now, said Brian Smith, TippingPoint’s chief architect.

Symantec, TippingPoint, Trapeze Networks, Extreme Networks, Identity Engines and Infoblox announced today that they have formed the Open Secure Edge Access Alliance. Founder Jon Oltsik, a senior analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group, and other group members say their product will help spread 802.1x technology and make their customers safer.

Microsoft built support for 802.1x authentication into Windows XP, but machines that run other operating systems must rely on third-party supplicants, usually sold by Cisco and Juniper. And the vendors in the OpenSEA Alliance view those two companies as competitors.

“It would be weird for someone like TippingPoint to go to Cisco and say, ‘Can we resell your supplicant?’” Smith said.

The alliance’s open source supplicant will allow its member vendors to provide their own solutions, Smith said. He also believes that the backing of six vendors will help some customers get over their reluctance to use open source security products.

There is no timeline for when the supplicant will be available, but the OpenSEA Alliance plans to make a demo available at Interop Las Vegas later this month, Oltsik said.

We’ll have a full story tomorrow, with more information on the alliance and how its supplicant will affect the channel.

May 14, 2007  7:08 AM

Channel news: Microsoft accuses open-source of 235 patent violations

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Microsoft puts a figure on open source ‘patent infringements’ Microsoft’s top lawyer says open source software violates exactly 235 entries in the firm’s vast patent portfolio. General counsel Brad Smith released the figure to Fortune as part of Microsoft’s long-running campaign to seed doubts over the legality of Linux and other open source efforts. [TheReg]

Microsoft unveils hardware for Web phone push Microsoft Corp. introduced on Sunday phones, headsets and other devices to work with its software that aim to replace the traditional office phone and deliver e-mails, instant messages and phone calls over the Internet. [Reuters]

Death of disk-drive business unfounded: Barron’s Reports of the disk-drive business’ demise have been greatly exaggerated, according to a report in Barron’s. [eWEEK]

U.S. rep. sounds IT wake-up call Tennessee Congressman Bart Gordon demands more reliable data on the effects of offshoring on the tech work force, and urges science and technology workers to acquire skills that will differentiate them from foreign competitors. [eWEEK]

SanDisk and Microsoft BFFs around software-stuffed memory Microsoft and SanDisk have inked a deal to create USB flash drives and memory cards with built-in software and user preferences to replace SanDisk’s existing U3 Cruzer line. [TheReg]

A nod to journalistic integrity is seen in an editor’s return The International Data Group removed the chief executive of its largest-circulation computer magazine, PC World, and reinstated its top editor. [NYT]

Pirate Bay plundered by hackers Bloggy data pillage. [TheReg]

May 11, 2007  6:44 AM

Channel news: AMD lays off 430; IT hiring picture dims

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

AMD lays off 430 amid heavy losses It’s been a rough start to the year for Advanced Micro Devices, and now 430 former employees are looking for work. [CNET]

Report: Supply of IT pros down, though demand is up According to a new report, demand for IT employment is high, but the supply of workers is lacking, and one of the reasons listed is that “tech just ain’t cool.” [eWEEK]

Risk management: Think policy first, technology second Auditor on your tail? Gartner analysts have six hot technologies that’ll impress the inspector — but with one caveat: Have good policies in place before you buy. [] Continued »

May 10, 2007  2:38 PM

Red Hat’s vision of the desktop Linux

Yuval Shavit Profile: YuvalShavit

SAN DIEGO – With interest in desktop Linux at a bit of an uptick in recent weeks — not least because of Dell’s announcement that it will ship laptops and desktops with Ubuntu — Red Hat shed a bit of light yesterday on the role it sees for Linux beyond the server.

Or rather, visions; the messages from Red Hat yesterday were split between short-term pushes in developing countries and a long-term vision in areas, such as North America, where personal computing is already the norm.

In developing countries, the company is working with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project to provide cheap laptops, running an easy-to-use, Linux-based system, to children in developing nations. Meanwhile, the company announced yesterday the Red Hat Global Desktop, a slightly stripped-down version of its Enterprise Linux which Intel-based systems builders in developing nations will be able to pre-install on desktops.

In developed areas, Red Hat has little interest in competing against Microsoft head-to-head with a “Windows clone,” said Red Hat’s CEO Matthew Szulik. But the company’s chief technology officer, Brian Stevens, outlined a vision for an online desktop predicated around integrating various Web-based applications, such as and MySpace.

Yuval Shavit

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