Oracle does Virtual Iron deal; MySQL's Widenius re-enters database scene

Headlines for Thursday, May 14, 2009: Oracle buys Virtual Iron; MySQL ""father" Widenius returns to databases.

IT channel headlines for May 14, 2009

Oracle pulls trigger on Virtual Iron deal

Oracle has officially acquired Virtual Iron Software. Virtual Iron will bring still more virtualization know-how to Oracle, which already offers its own implementation of Xen in Oracle VM and is in the process of acquiring Sun Microsystems, which fields a full virtualization portfolio.

News of an Oracle-VI deal-in-the-works was reported by sister site SearchServerVirtualization.com. VI brings Oracle a low-cost alternative to VMware that has had some penetration in small and medium-sized businesses.

MySQL's Monty is back in the saddle

Monty Widenius is back. Widenius, often called the father of the popular MySQL open source database, left Sun Microsystems after it bought his baby. Now he's back, putting together the Open Database Alliance.

The alliance will provide software, support and services for MariaDB, an enterprise-grade, community-developed branch of MySQL, according to a statement on the Alliance's website. It is unclear who exactly has signed on yet, other than Percona, a consultancy dedicated to building and supporting LAMP-based (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) applications.

Salesforce.com adds customer service links

Salesforce.com subscribers can now connect and share customer service information across the Salesforce.com platform, according to SearchCRM.com.
The new Salesforce-to-Salesforce with cases is part of the company's Summer '09 update. It is similar to the company's Salesforce-to-Salesforce sales feature that companies can use to move customer service cases between systems in real time and alert the other business of support issues.

Microsoft fixes up PowerPoint flaws

Microsoft's single Security Bulletin issued this month addresses 14 vulnerabilities in PowerPoint.
The MS09-017 update to Microsoft Office repairs the flaws, which were being actively exploited by attackers, according to SearchSecurity.com. Eleven of the flaws were rated critical. The remote code execution vulnerabilities in PowerPoint include several memory corruption flaws, legacy file handling errors and an integer overflow error. The update affects all versions of Microsoft Office for Windows.

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