IT Channel News Briefs, Sept. 11

Today's headlines: We'll find out HP's EDS plans Monday, and is a Google Android phone due soon?

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.

HP CEO to announce EDS plans

Hewlett-Packard is on the move this week. Now that the EDS acquisition has been finalized, CEO Mark Hurd said he will announce plans for the company during a Monday conference call. Meanwhile, at a time when most companies are getting slammed by financial analysts, HP has been upgraded to an outperform -- or buy rating -- by Sanford Bernstein. In a note to clients, analyst Toni Sacconaghi raised his price target on the high-tech giant to $55 from $51, saying the company's recent acquisition of EDS along with an attractive valuation made the stock a "compelling opportunity" for investors.

T-Mobile Android phone due soon

T-Mobile will start selling a smartphone with the Google Android operating system within weeks, according to Reuters. Two anonymous sources told the news agency that T-Mobile and Google will likely announce the phone Sept. 23 in New York. Android will join the increasingly crowded mobile OS market, which also includes Research In Motion's BlackBerry, Apple's iPhone and Microsoft's Windows Mobile.

Microsoft, Novell launch virtualization offering

The Microsoft-Novell partnership took a step forward yesterday with the release of a new virtualization offering. The two companies announced full interoperability between Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, using technology developed at their Interoperability Lab in Cambridge, Mass. The technology allows SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to run as a guest operating system on Hyper-V, Microsoft's new virtualization hypervisor. Microsoft and Novell said they are relying on channel partners to deliver the new offering to customers.

Nortel NAC covers multi-vendor environments

Nortel has upgraded its network access control (NAC) technology -- Nortel Secure Network Access 2.0 (SNA 2.0) -- to cover VoIP, unified communications and data in the environments of other manufacturers, including Cisco and Hewlett-Packard. The new enforcement modes, based on the 802.1X and simple network management protocol (SNMP) standards, supplement existing support for dynamic host configuration protocol, as well as Nortel's own protocol to provide the multi-vendor capability.

SNA 2.0 authenticates user identity, and its role-based access limits users to authorized applications. SNA 2.0 uses Nortel's Secure Network Access Switch Series, including the new SNAS 4070.

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