Microsoft services' Exchange service pack; Xerox names new CEO

Headlines: Microsoft updates Exchange Server 2007 SP1; Mulcahy steps back at Xerox; other IT channel news.

IT channel news for May 22, 2009

Microsoft updates Exchange Server 2007 SP1

Microsoft will post a rollup of fixes and improvements for Exchange Server 2007 on May 26. The Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 will be available from Microsoft Update. The improvements and fixes will also roll into Exchange Server 2007 SP2, which is due in the third quarter, according to SearchExchange.com.

Exchange Server 2007 SP 2 will bolster event auditing and also include improved backup, a dynamic Active Directory schema update and validation capabilities, and public folder quota management. A new PowerShell option will improve central management of Exchange's organizational settings, according to Microsoft.

Mulcahy steps back at Xerox

Xerox yesterday named Ursula Burns to succeed current CEO Anne Mulcahy who will give up day-to-day duties on July 1, 2009. Mulcahy will continue as chairman. She has been CEO for eight years and helped the company regroup after several bad quarters. Mulcahy tapped Burns, a near-30-year veteran at the company , as president in 2000.

NetApp buys Data Domain

This week, NetApp bought Data Domain for $1.5 billion in an attempt to gain traction in data deduplication, according to SearchStorage.com.

NetApp executives positioned the move as a way to enter the network-attached storage-based disk-based backup, as opposed to the virtual tape library (VTL) space where it offers deduplication with NetApp NearStore VTL. Currently, the virtual tape library is NetApp's only backup hardware product offering with the deduplication capability.

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