'Oraclecare' causes Sun burn; Red Hat posts beta

'Oraclecare' mandate raises ire at Sun shops; Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 beta now available; other news.

IT channel news in brief for March 30, 2010

'Oraclecare' mandate raises ire at Sun shops

Oracle is pushing customers running Sun Microsystems hardware and software to pay up for full Oracle support on all of their Sun gear or lose patches, fixes and updates.

Data center users, many of whom found ways to get most of their Sun stuff covered without paying a premium for Sun support, are not happy about the mandate outlined in a post to Oracle's support site two weeks ago.

This is another example of the database-and-enterprise-apps giant seeking to eliminate third parties in Oracle shops. In past years, Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison launched a jihad against third-party data backup, virtualization and other software that ran in Oracle accounts. And, it has sued third-party service providers -- first TomorrowNow Inc., which had become a unit of archrival SAP and then Rimini Street. Those companies supported Oracle software for a fraction of the cost of Oracle support contracts.

TomorrowNow pretty much disappeared after that. Rimini Street shows no signs of going away quietly, however, and launched a countersuit to Oracle last week.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2 beta now available

Red Hat Inc. this week released a beta version of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 2.2. Included in the beta is support for virtual server and virtual desktop environments and a new V2V tool to automate the conversion of VMware and Xen virtual machine images to the Open Virtualization Format. The new product also has 256 GB of memory, an increase from the previous version's 64 GB, and a data warehouse" that stores monitoring data and creates reports.

New FISMA update to present security services opportunities

The U.S. House of Representatives last week proposed updates to the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002 to improve security monitoring of government agencies.

The new Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2010 (H.R. 4900) would make it mandatory to set up a National Office for Cyberspace, initiate the formation of the Cybersecurity Practice Board and implement real-time threat monitoring to the federal IT infrastructure, according to SearchCompliance.com.

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