Feb 28

VMware has released an update to VMware vCenter Update Manager 4.0 - Update 1 Patch 1. The patch resolves the following issues: After upgrading Cisco Read more at VMblog.com.

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Feb 28

How does a small or medium business ensure it can meet the basic needs for disaster recovery and business continuity? Whether it be Internet-facing applications, or Enterprise-facing applications and data, one of the most important issues faced by small companies is the potential loss of information and applications needed to run their operations.

Disaster recovery and business continuity. Recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives. Backing up data to offsite locations, and potentially running mirrored processing sites – it is an expensive business requirement to fulfill. Particularly for budget conscious small and medium-sized companies.

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Feb 27

Go Daddy, the world’s leader in domain name registrations and dominant Web hosting provider, officially introduced its Mac Hosting solution, Cloud… Read more at VMblog.com.

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Feb 27

StarWind Software, a global technology leader in SAN software and a pioneer in iSCSI storage, offers their StarWind SAN High Availability software… Read more at VMblog.com.

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Feb 27

spidweb writes “Much virtual ink has been spilled over Ubisoft’s new, harsh DRM system for Assassin’s Creed 2. You must have a constant internet connection, and, if your connection breaks, the game exits. While this has angered many (and justifiably so), most writers on the topic have made an error. They think that this system, like all DRM systems in the past, will be easily broken. This article explains why, as dreadful as the system is, it does have a chance of holding hackers off long enough for the game to make its money. As such it is, if nothing else, a fascinating experiment. From the article: ‘Assassin’s Creed 2 is different in a key way. Remember, all of its code for saving and loading games (a significant feature, I’m sure you would agree) is tied into logging into a distant server and sending data back and forth. This vital and complex bit of code has been written from the ground up to require having the saved games live on a machine far away, with said machine being programmed to accept, save, and return the game data. This is a far more difficult problem for a hacker to circumvent.’”

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Feb 27

Microsoft released Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 Wednesday.
It’s a new operating system – for classrooms, labs and libraries to start – that lets multiple users share a host computer using their own monitors, keyboards and mice via USB or a video card.
It’s interpreted as Microsoft blessing VDI for everyman – the thin edge of the wedge that pries open the mass market – since small commercial installations can reportedly also use the thing.
It’s supposed to be easier to use than conventional Windows Servers and lower cost.

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Feb 26

Quest Software, Inc. and HealthCast, Inc . today announced an end-to-end clinical desktop and workflow solution that simplifies and automates secure… Read more at VMblog.com.

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Feb 26

Surgient, the leader in private cloud automation for the enterprise, today announced that it’s teaming with The 451 Group to host a webcast next week Read more at VMblog.com.

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Feb 26

HyTrust, whose appliances centralize the mission-critical configuration, security and compliance control of virtual infrastructures, has picked up $10.5 million in B series funding from Cisco, VMware’s ally and minority investor, and Granite Ventures as well as existing backers Trident Capital and Epic Ventures. Granite gets a board seat.
HyTrust, which launched close to a year ago with a $5.5 million A round, says it will use the new money to grow, putting it into development and sales and marketing.
The company has also hired VMware’s director of global accounts Jim Gannon as its VP of sales to accelerate HyTrust’s penetration of the production virtualization market. He’s supposed to develop a sales team good at acquiring and developing strategic accounts.

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Feb 26

IDC says worldwide server revenues declined 3.9% to $13 billion in the fourth quarter. That’s the bad news.
Happily for those that sell servers, however, Q4 was the second quarter in a row in which sales perked up a bit. Shipments were up 1.9% to 1.9 million units and this brighter picture is expected to continue.
Looking back last year was nasty. Total servers revenues dropped 18.9% to $43.2 billion and unit shipments were off 18.6% to 6.6 million units.
As you might expect, volume systems showed the most elasticity and in Q4 were up 9.9% on the revenue side. That’s the good news.

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