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Channel news: Dell lays off 8,000; Symantec nears vPro security; GPL3 released

Dell lays off 8,000; 1Q earnings sag Dell Inc. beat Wall Street predictions in its first-quarter earnings report but said it would eliminate 10% of its work force over the next year as part of a plan to trim costs and become more competitive with rivals. [AP]

Symantec moves closer to delivering vPro security The Symantec Virtual Security Solution will work within virtual partitions to monitor network traffic and protect against attacks without interfering with the PC’s operating system. [eWEEK]

FSF releases fourth and final draft of GPLv3 “The most notable changes found in this latest draft include making GPLv3 compatible with version 2.0 of the Apache license, ensuring that distributors who make discriminatory patent deals after March 28 may not convey software under GPLv3, adding terms to clarify how users can contract for private modification of free software or for a data center to run it for them, and replacing the previous reference to a U.S. consumer protection statute.” [Slashdot]

Oracle upgrades require careful planning The next major Oracle technology upgrade cycle is getting closer. Will your company be ready? [SearchOracle.com]

Is Oracle technology too darn expensive? A large number of Oracle users say they’ll consider switching to lower-cost alternatives this year, a new SearchOracle.com survey finds. Experts and Oracle customers weigh in.[SearchOracle.com]

The IT department as corporate snoop As if we needed more proof that insiders are a seriously worse threat to your corporate jewels than any malicious hacker, a study released today says that  one in three of IT employees snoop  through company systems and peek at confidential information such as private files, wage data, personal emails, and HR background.s [Network World]

University avoids raised floor in new data center Bryant University is consolidating its servers onto blades, but was worried that traditional raised floor cooling wouldn’t be enough for those hot, dense systems.[SearchDataCenter.com]

Spam flows despite high-profile arrest Junk e-mail continued to land in mailboxes around the world Thursday, despite the arrest a day earlier of a man described as one of the world’s most prolific spammers. [AP]

What will many cores mean to future Windows releases? Windows and existing Microsoft programming languages work just fine with one- to four-processor PCs. But when 8- 16 and 64-core client machines become the norm — in the not-so-distant future — will Windows, C#, Visual Basic and other Microsoft applications be able to keep up?[All About Microsoft]

Mobile WiMAX will serve nearly 88 million subscribers by 2012 Mobile WiMAX will connect eight% of the world’s 1.1 billion mobile broadband subscribers by 2012, accounting for nearly 88 million users worldwide, according to a study by Parks Associates. The analysts forecast 52% of these subscribers will be from Asian countries, while North and
South America will account for another 28 percent. [Tekrati]

Palm unveils Linux-based ‘mobile companion’ The Foleo is designed to expand the e-mail, Internet and productivity application capabilities of mobile phones by adding a full-size keyboard and a larger screen. [eWEEK]

Brocade and Mercury rain cash on SEC to settle charges Don’t mention the stock. [TheReg]

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The real dilemma between on-prem (legacy) and SaaS integration is that IT orgs expect SaaS to be a replica of the massive systems they currently have. In most cases, they do 80% of the job with 20% of the features, and end-users like them more - better UI, better mobile integration, etc. Besides Authentication services (eg. link to a corporate AD/LDAP) and some ETL functionality, most other integration requests are legacy crutches. I'd encourage more companies to focus more on the end-user adoption plans than getting to 100% (or even 80%) integration when 20% will probably delight the users.
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You mentioned third party integrators doing the job. Unfortunately all of them are actually too pricey. Take a look at Maestrano, on the other hand. All you do is pay for the apps or systems you currently use and the integration is ACTUALLY FREE! This is the only game changer in the market.
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