Sun, Sparc face uncertain future; HP announces new BI services

Headlines: Sun, Sparc struggle; HP launches new business intelligence services; Cisco's email security services skirt SaaS.

IT channel news briefs for March 4, 2009

Sun and Sparc struggle

Even IT pros in Sun Microsystems' camp wonder what the future holds for Sparc-based systems. Delays in the much-anticipated "Rock" chip, a 16-core chip labeled UltraSparc RK, didn't ease concerns and seemed to push Sparc into the background. But some analysts and users say Sun would be wise to stick with Sparc, according to SearchDataCenter.com.

HP launches new business intelligence services

On Tuesday, Hewlett-Packard Co. announced three new business intelligence offerings, including master data management services, information quality management services and information governance services. HP claims that these offerings will help customers share and manage information across an organization and assist in reducing operating costs.

IDC estimates that master data management services will double from $3 billion in 2006 to $6 billion in 2011, providing positive reinforcement for HP's new service offering.

Cisco's email security services skirt SaaS

Cisco Systems Inc. announced the launch of new email security services that almost replicate a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model, according to SeachSecurity.com. Cisco's new IronPort email security appliances will be offered in April and will include three different types of models -- hosted, hybrid or managed -- all geared toward large enterprises.

All three models are built on the IronPort platform and offer spam protection, DLP, antivirus, email authentication and reporting tools, said Swastik Bihani, product manager for Cisco's IronPort email security appliances. One Gartner expert thinks that Cisco is just testing the waters in the email security market.

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