New Red Hat provisioning software ships; other headlines

Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director
IT channel news in brief for Sept. 9, 2009

Red Hat ships new provisioning software

Red Hat Inc.'s newly released Satellite 5.3 provisioning and management software

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should be able to handle larger Linux deployments, the company said last week at the Red Hat Summit. The new version supports virtualized guests on Xen or KVM hypervisors and can help administrators automate workloads using their own application programming interfaces instead of point-and-click Web user interfaces that take more time.

Microsoft latest fixes leave IIS in the cold

The five Microsoft critical patches due this week repair flaws in Windows that could be exploited by remote hackers. But, the company said last week it would not have a patch ready for a vulnerability affecting the FTP Service in Microsoft Internet Information services 5.0.

Two of this week's updates -- which affect Windows 2000, XP, and Vista and Windows Server 2000, 2003 and 2008 -- require mandatory restarts.

New BFFs Cisco, VMware team on distance vMotion

Cisco Systems Inc. and VMware Inc., thick as thieves lately, together vowed to support distance VMotion between data centers that are up to 200 kilometers apart for shared customers. That support is limited, however, to a specific network configuration while the vendors figure out remaining data migration kinks.

The companies published a proof of concept for distance VMotion a few months ago.

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