IT Channel News Briefs, Nov. 6

Citrix to bring Windows to iPhone. Obama malware surfaces.

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Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.

Citrix promises Windows for iPhones

Windows for Apple's iPhone may finally be near. Citrix Systems said it will write an ICA client, the company's proprietary version of the Remote Desk Protocol, that will enable XenApp and XenDesktop customers to display virtual Windows desktop on their Apple iPhones, SearchServerVirtualization.com reported Wednesday. Chris Fleck, Citrix's vice president of solutions development, wrote on the Citrix community blog that the creation of the ICA client was a direct response to customers "clamoring" for Windows on their iPhones. Still, it remains to be seen whether enterprise IT shops will take well to the offering. IDC analyst Sean Ryan said IT departments are wary of the iPhone in general because it poses security risks and lacks good management features.

Obama gets elected; Obama malware is born

It took cyber creeps just hours to launch Barack Obama-inspired malware, according to security firms. Link-based malware started arriving in email boxes early Wednesday, hours after Obama became president elect. Subject lines include "Barack Obama Elected 44th President of United States," and the associated mail includes links to fake news sites that urge the user to download content, according to the MXLogic security blog. SophosLabs said this major malware campaign accounted for nearly 60% of all malicious spam seen at the labs Wednesday. If a user clicks on the link, which purports to be an Adobe Flash download, the PC will be infected by a Trojan horse and can then be remotely manipulated by hackers.

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Force10 sales exec takes over as CEO

Force10 Networks appointed former top sales exec James Hanley the new CEO of the company Tuesday, replacing Marc Randall, who announced his retirement. Hanley had been senior vice president of worldwide sales at Force10 and has been in the industry for more than 20 years. Before joining Force10, Hanley was senior vice president of worldwide field operations at NeoScale Systems and, before that, senior vice president of worldwide partner sales at CA. Earlier, Hanley held executive roles in sales, field operations and channel development at EMC.

Microsoft will revamp terminal services

Microsoft will retool its Terminal Services protocol and TS session broker so that it will work better with virtual desktops and application virtualization, the company said at TechEd in Barcelona this week. Terminal Services will be renamed Remote Desktop Services. Terminal Services, a feature of Windows Server, is also the underlying platform for Citrix Systems' XenApps. Microsoft said it will also expand Terminal Services for Windows Server 2008 R2, due in 2010, reports SearchWinIT.com. A beta is expected at year end or early 2008. In R2, Terminal Services now has a single broker to connect users to sessions, or virtual machines, or virtual desktop scenarios with Hyper-V, said Ward Ralston, group product manager in Microsoft's Windows Server group.

Melillo Consulting taps IBM exec to lead sales
Melillo Consulting named Kevin Murphy vice president of sales and marketing. Somerset, N.J.-based Melillo is a systems integrator specializing in IT service management, disaster recovery, storage management and other services for enterprise accounts. Murphy is a 20-year IBM veteran. He was most recently director of IBM's communications sector, which logged more than $350 million in annual sales.

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