VKernel Capacity Analyzer reflects Hyper-V demand; other news

VKernal Capacity Analyzer gets Hyper-V support; Report: Spammers were busy in 2009; more headlines.

IT channel news in brief, Dec. 9, 2009

VKernal Capacity Analyzer gets Hyper-V support

VKernel this week released a beta version of its Capacity Analyzer for Hyper-V.

This is the company's first foray beyond VMware environments. IT managers use the tool to identify how many additional virtual machines can be run on a given virtualization host, cluster or resource pool and to show current and future bottlenecks, according to SearchServerVirtualization.com.

This is just one data point showing that Microsoft Hyper-V is gaining momentum. New data from TheInfoPro shows that 47% of VMware shops are considering alternative server virtualization products going forward.

Report: Spammers were busy in 2009

Spam is on the rise, according to a new Symantec Corp. research report, which also suggests that criminals in the past year used the weak economy to their advantage in implementing cyber attacks. The annual average spam rate was 87.7%, 6.5% higher than the previous year's average, according to MessageLabs Intelligence 2009 Security Report issued by Symantec Hosted Services.

Botnets led the surge with in 2009, and Cutwail was the worst Botnet. Cutwail issued nearly a third (29%) of all spam messages for the year and facilitated the spread of the Bredolab Trojan, one of the biggest threats of the year.

CAPTCHA (completely automated public turing test to tell computers and humans apart) tools expedited the onslaught. Cyber criminals used them to create email accounts and social networking sites to act as bases for other attacks, according to the report. And, the much anticipated

Conficker/Downadup worm made its presence felt. The worm lets its creators remotely install software on infected machines.

Apple posts strong October sales

Apple led the field in computer retail sales for October, according to NPD Group Inc.

The new 21-inch iMac was the best-selling desktop for the month, according to the market research firm. The 27-inch iMac also won a spot as the third most popular desktop for October.

The MacBook Pro, listing for $1,199, was the best-selling notebook for October, with other notebooks from Apple stealing three more spots in the list of the top 10 notebooks sold.

Although NPD factored in online and retail stores, it didn't include direct sales, and an official report on this data has yet to be released.

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