IT Channel news in brief for Sept. 25, 2009
Desktop virtualization appeals, cost appalls
OK, "appalls" may be too strong a word, but desktop virtualization's benefits, in terms of easing management, still have to be weighed against the considerable cost of upgrading hardware, according to SearchVirtualDesktop.com.
Putting COBOL in the cloud
For all the Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 talk, a lot of really important applications -- banking, hello?? -- run on old but still working COBOL code. Micro Focus CTO Mark Haynie talks to SearchCloudComputing.com about his company's "application modernization" technology that translates mainframe-based legacy applications into a format that will run on modern server hardware that runs the cloud.
Red Hat profits rise
For its second quarter, ending August 31, Red Hat's profits jumped a recession-defying 37% and earnings rose to $28.9 million (15 cents a share), from $21.1 million (10 cents a share) for the year-ago period.
Total revenue for the quarter was $183.6 million, up 12% from last year, while subscription revenue was $156.3 million, up 15% year-over-year, the company said Tuesday.
Some analysts said that Oracle, distracted by the continuing buyout of Sun Microsystems, has given Linux competitors an advantage.