Oracle sues Rimini Street
Oracle does not take kindly to third parties that support its software at a discount. Last week, Oracle sued Rimini Street,
Software maintenance and support is a touchy subject for Oracle, which reaps huge profits from that recurring revenue.
Microsoft Azure dawnsMicrosoft launched the commercial version of its Windows Azure hosted computing environment as planned on Feb. 1. Both Windows Azure and SQL Azure, which have been available in beta form, are now officially open for business in 21 countries, Microsoft said. Micrsoft posted details on the service-level agreements (SLAs) and more information on its Windows Azure team blog. For Microsoft partners, Azure, as a public cloud offering, is something of a conundrum: Partners cannot host the environment for customers, but the Microsoft Partner Network members or customers can avail themselves of a "dedicated cloud" option that would provide them with their own set of servers within Microsoft's data center, a spokeswoman said. Windows Azure is a public cloud service, so partners cannot run and manage Azure-based "private clouds" in their own data centers. There is a "dedicated cloud" option for partners/customers wanting to run their own set of servers in Microsoft's data center.
Partners that want to build private clouds can use packaged Microsoft server products, including the Windows Server and System Center family of products.Check out last week's IT channel news in brief.