Top IT channel news for June 2009

Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director, and Nicole Harding, Associate Site Editor
This month, readers were thirsty for any news on Oracle's impending purchase of Sun Microsystems. Next, you wanted to know the security ramifications of implementing virtualization projects. Read on to find out what other stories were the top IT channel news for June 2009.


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Oracle and Sun: A virtual sweetheart deal for VARs
When Oracle bought Virtual Iron Software less than a month after launching its bid for Sun Microsystems, VARs wondered how Oracle would fit all this acquired virtualization expertise into its own Oracle VM vision.

Sun alone fields server and desktop virtualization technologies and related management tools, and VARs want to know which will survive under Oracle's umbrella.

2. Virtual Iron VARs left in a lurch as Oracle shuts down product line
When reports surfaced that Oracle would cut off Virtual Iron product development, many Oracle and Virtual Iron partners remained in the dark. Then, in a letter to VARs, Oracle said it will integrate some Virtual Iron technology into a combined Oracle VM-Virtual Iron product. Oracle has yet to offer a timetable though.

3. Tech Watch: Security pros want strong policy for virtualization
Security consultants say the recession is prompting many businesses to deploy server virtualization without thoroughly considering how that move may affect their overall security.

Server virtualization introduces a new layer of complexity to corporate security policy, and it isn't enough to protect just the host hardware and its hypervisor layer, security experts say.

4. Ingram Micro seeks economic stimulus grants for VARs
Ingram Micro's IMStimulus program aims to help public sector VARs find grant money for customer projects.

About 40% of the billions of dollars to be distributed via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is allocated via grants, said Bob LaClede, Ingram Micro's vice president of business development.

5. Mainsoft opens SharePoint blogs, wikis, My Sites to IBM developers
Mainsoft's latest bid to bridge IBM and Microsoft worlds is software that will weave SharePoint's social networking perks into the IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) software development platform.

Mainsoft's 1.0 product stores Rational development documents in SharePoint group folders, which can be searched, accessed and published from either SharePoint's menu or from RTC's development environment view.

Check out the top IT channel news for May 2009.

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