IT Channel News Briefs, Sept. 10

Today's headlines: Hyper-V live migration coming ... in 2010. BlackBerry gets flip with T-Mobile.

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008.

Hyper-V live migration due in 2010

Live migration technology won't be part of Microsoft's virtualization offering for more than a year. At this week's "Get Virtual Now" event in Bellevue, Wash., Microsoft said it will add live migration to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2, which is due out in 2010, according to SearchWinIT.com. Live migration, which lets administrators switch virtual machine workloads on the fly without any downtime, has been a feature of VMware's VMotion for a while now, but Microsoft is downplaying any competitive advantage.

BlackBerry flip phone coming

Research In Motion is making its first-ever flip phone, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220. It will be available with T-Mobile service. The smartphone combines a SureType QWERTY keyboard with the popular flip-open style. The 3.6-ounce unit features an external LCD screen for users to preview incoming mail, text messages and calls. RIM has not announced availability or pricing for the 8220, but potential customers can sign up for notifications.

HP leads in disk storage revenue

Hewlett-Packard's revenue topped the worldwide disk storage systems market in the second quarter, beating out IBM, according to an IDC report released this week. Still, HP's total represented a 1.2% drop from a year ago, bucking the worldwide growth trend.

HP had $125 billion in data storage systems revenue in the second quarter, with an 18.1% market share. IBM had $1.23 billion in revenue, with a 17.7% market share. Sun Microsystems' 29% year-over-year growth beat out all other vendors. For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market grew to $6.9 billion, up 10.9% from a year ago, IDC said.

AT&T offers Yahoo search services

AT&T will use Yahoo search services on its mobile handsets, which are used by 70 million U.S. customers, Reuters reported yesterday. On its own mobile Internet portal, AT&T will feature Yahoo oneSearch services, including links to news, financial information and weather.

The agreement is part of an alliance announced in January, in which Yahoo will provide search and advertising services to AT&T's broadband computer, Internet TV and cell phone customers. The partnership also represents Yahoo's push to extend its search presence among broadband and mobile users. Yahoo recently inked an extended deal to become the first choice of search portal for Verizon broadband customers.

IBM gets into hardware-based encryption

IBM today announced the System x VAULT adapter, which encrypts data on hard drive. IBM says it is the first hardware-based encryption tool to protect data on server hard drives. The only way to access the encrypted data is by entering a password. System X VAULT costs $1,099 and will be available for x3650, x3400 and x3500 models later this year.

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