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Microsoft releases SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2

Microsoft today released Service Pack 2 for the company’s SQL Server 2005 software, available as a free download at the company’s website. In a move that will please virtualization enthusiasts, Microsoft also announced a new licensing agreement that will allow unlimited virtual instances of the SQL Server SP2 database to run on servers that are licensed for SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition. As for the Service Pack, it will enhance interoperability with database products from other …

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Office 2007 goes gold, new tools paraded

Microsoft has announced that Office 2007, the new version of the company’s industry-standard productivity suite, has been released for manufacturing. Now for the important part: Why should we care? Welcome to Software Marketing 101: If you’ve got new tools and functionality, flaunt them like there’s no tomorrow. To that end, Microsoft has announced that Office 2007 “includes the …

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IBM to launch Tivoli Process Manager

Thanks to some recent acquisitions, IBM is about ready to rollout Tivoli Process Manager, a set of unified management tools that utilize electronic sensors to keep track of IT physical assets, including–but not limited to–IT gear.  “Non-IT assets are getting embedded chips, embedded software stacks and IP (Internet protocol) addresses,” said Al Zollar, general manager of IBM’s Tivoli division. “They have to be managed just like servers and desktops.” With the debut of Tivoli …

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BEA acquires Flashline for service capabilities

BEA Systems is acquiring Flashline, which makes metadata repository software, for an undisclosed amount. BEA says that the software is needed to help companies manage a growing number of code snippets for use with service architectures. Flashline’s software will be renamed AquaLogic Enterprise Repository and, presumably, it will be integrated with the rest of the AquaLogic’s look and feel (no timeline was given). The software complements but does not replace BEA’s existing AquaLogic …

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VC: Virtualization, open-source integration


The two-week VC total is $60.5 million.

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A look at using the FreeNAS server

There are many ways to turn a spare PC into a stable network-attached storage server. One of the more interesting ways is by using FreeNAS, which is open-source software based on FreeBSD, Samba and PHP. It has various levels of RAID support and a browser interface, but could stand more management tools, a reviewer found. (Speaking of which, how come we don’t see open-source SAN applications? Email me if you know of some good ones.)

For …

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Oracle, boosted by Linux, stays atop database market

Top research firms Gartner and IDC each released new database market reports yesterday. Based on revenues, both companies said Oracle dominates with half the market. The other numbers were similar from both sides: Gartner said enterprise database management systems are a $13.8 billion industry with IBM having the second-largest share at 22 percent and with Microsoft at 15 percent, while IDC called it $14.6 billion industry with IBM at 22 percent and Microsoft at 17 percent. Gartner said …

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ALSO NOTED: HP set to unveil IT shared services; Snag in Oracle acquisition bid for Portal; and much more…

> Hewlett-Packard set to unveil IT shared services. Article

> Snag in Oracle acquisition bid for Portal. Article

> IBM milks more from DataPower deal. Article

> ClearCube upgrades management tools. …

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Packeteer buys Tacit for consolidations

Packeteer and Tacit Networks are already partners and now they’re about to marry, thanks to Packeteer’s $78 million offer. Packeteer makes wide-area network traffic management tools and Tacit makes related wide-area file services. The deal also lets Tacit investor Brocade become a Packeteer reseller. It’s expected to be completed in the second quarter this year.

For more on the deal:
– read this EE Times article

SPOTLIGHT: IP address management growing up


IP address management tools can solve many problems for organizations with widely-dispersed offices or numerous wide-area network segments, its advocates claim. Address managers can translate between otherwise incompatible DNS and DHCP systems and expedite data movement between locations. Article

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