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VMware bulks up vCenter; Canonical gears up for Lucid Lynx Linux

Barb Darrow
IT channel news in brief for March 2, 2010

VMware brings Ionix management technologies aboard

VMware will use newly acquired technology from parent company EMC Corp. to beef up its vCenter family.

Last week, VMware Inc. acquired Ionix' change management,

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application dependency mapping, provisioning and service desk functionality in a cash deal worth $200 million. For that money, VMware gets Ionix Server Configuration Manager (once known as ConfigureSoft), FastScale application provisioning, Application Discovery Manager (formerly nLayers) and Service Manager (formerly Infra).

Canonical gears up ISVs for Lucid Lynx Linux

Ubuntu Linux 10.0.4 beta is due soon and Canonical Ltd. wants ISVs to be primed for its release. A series of webinars for desktop-focused ISVs and server focused ISVs and other resources for ISVs are starting now and will run into the release in April, said Steve Joyce, Canonical vice president of sales and products for corporate services.

To ensure that their existing applications run well on 10.0.4, aka Lucid Lynx, ISVs should run them on the current alpha, and on the beta, due soon, Joyce said.

Lucid Lynx aims to make it easier for customers to move to cloud computing, Joyce said. Canonical produces a major new release of its OS every two years. The current OS is Karmic Koala.

Citrix rebrands Paglo remote IT support

When it bought Paglo Labs a few weeks back, Citrix Systems Inc. got Paglo's well-regarded remote IT services capabilities. Last week, it rebranded those services with the name GoToManage and made them part of the Citrix Online effort that includes GoToMyPC remote access for PC and Mac computers.

Citrix Online executives said the company is addressing the burgeoning demand for remote IT services in the small and medium-sized business market. One thing Paglo brings is the ability to manage unattended machines, a great feature for IT consultants and managed service providers.

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