Google, VMware join forces vs. Microsoft; Avnet appoints president

Google, VMware take up arms against Microsoft; Avnet appoints Hamada president; other news.

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IT channel news in brief for May 20, 2010

Google, VMware take up arms against Microsoft

Google and VMware are collaborating on a project that will enable Java developers to write apps using VMware's SpringSource Java development tools as well as Google's Web Toolkit. The resulting applications can be launched on Google App Engine for Business or on any VMware vCloud service or on VMforce, the previously announced Platform as a Service (PaaS) partnership between VMware and Salesforce.com.

The two superpowers are at least partially motivated by the nascent Microsoft Azure cloud project.

Avnet appoints Hamada president

Avnet Inc. named Rick Hamada president this week, filling a previously empty role. Hamada will retain his current title as chief operating officer (COO).

Hamada will continue to report to Chairman and CEO Roy Vallee. Hamada has been COO of Avnet since July 2006 and first joined the company in 1983 as a technical specialist. Previous positions include roles in technical sales support and global group president of Avnet Technology Solutions.

Vallee was the president and COO before Hamada, from 1992 to 1998. From 1998 until 2006, the COO position remained vacant.

CA World 2010 emphasizes cloud, new partnerships, products

At CA World 2010 this week, the newly renamed CA Technologies added three new products to its virtualization portfolio: CA Virtual Assurance, CA Virtual Automation and CA Virtual Configuration. The products aim to improve uptime and performance of cloud environments and help solution providers with deployments, maintenance and compliance for virtual and public clouds. CA Technologies also debuted Cloud Commons, a new community website for IT professionals looking to branch into cloud computing. TeleManagement (TM) Forum, Red Hat Inc., Carnegie Mellon University and Insight Investments Corp. are just a few of the site's current members.

CA also promoted new partnerships with Cisco Systems Inc. and Citrix Systems Inc.. CA ARCserve Backup, CA ARCserve Replication and CA ARCserve High Availability are all certified as Citrix Ready for XenServer, and so is Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V. CA Virtual Performance Management and CA Spectrum Automation Manager also support XenServer, and CA IT Client Manager is now part of the Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization program. The company has also integrated the CA Spectrum Automation Manager, CA eHealth Performance Manager and CA Spectrum Infrastructure Manager into Cisco's Unified Computing System.

EMC MozyHome, MozyPro 2.0 tout new backup features

EMC's Mozy launched MozyHome and MozyPro 2.0 this week, adding local backup support, new remote data backup capabilities and a streamlined user interface to its online data backup service.

In the new versions, data is encoded inside the Mozy data center versus at a customer's desktop or server, according to SearchDataBackup.com. A new 2xProtect feature supports backups to a local hard drive and online backups to the company's cloud data center. The small business software's new user interface also has a key new feature -- a progress indicator shows the number of files that are completely backed up, whereas the old interface only showed a progress bar with a percentage.

Currently, the two versions do lack integration with EMC Corp.'s Iomega external hard drives, but support for standard hard drives is available.

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