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.
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In a recent TechTarget-sponsored survey, nearly 20% of respondents say they are evaluating desktop virtualization this year while another 20% say they plan to do so in 2010.
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.