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Channel news: NEC pushes SAN scale; VMWare makes Vista virtual; Microsoft releases net monitor

NEC pushes the bar on nondisruptive SAN scalability With the launch of its D-Series storage systems, NEC is challenging the incumbent players on nondisruptive SAN scalability. []

VMware’s latest virtualization software supports Vista The company adds new features to the latest version of its Workstation virtualization software, including support for multiple monitors and USB 2.0 devices. [eWEEK]

Microsoft releases beta for network monitor A beta of Microsoft’s latest network traffic monitor is available for download. Windows Vista support and improved wireless tracking are among the new features.[]

Sun Solaris DTrace troubleshoots system bottlenecks A U.K. gambling site is using Sun Solaris’ DTrace performance optimization tool to keep its transactional applications humming.[]

Oracle talks open source unto Java Oracle has played up its open source credentials with technologies to simplify Java development. It is also making community donations to advance its middleware and tools for online services. The database giant today announced a set of 80-plus
AJAX components that provide data binding between Java and things like IM, email, voice and video data on sundry fixed and mobile devices. [TheReg]

From Intel and AMD, rival boasts of technology The fierce rivalry is ratcheting up as both companies claim superiority in technology used for notebook computers. [NYT]

Microsoft: We’re ‘changing the economics of business intelligence’ At its first BI conference, Jeff Raikes outlined Microsoft’s business intelligence strategy, announced an acquisition and unveiled “Katmai,” the next version of SQL Server. Attendees shared his excitement.[]

Microsoft’s next-gen SQL Server ‘Katmai’ due in ’08 Redmond’s Next-Gen SQL Server goes beyond relational data, enabling users to manage documents, geographic information and XML. [eWEEK]

IBM effort to focus on saving energy The $1 billion-a-year program is intended to double the energy efficiency of its computer data centers and those of its corporate customers. [NYT]

Sun and Apple forging alliance The relationship between Sun and Apple hasn’t been this hot since the merger talks were going on in the early 90’s. With yesterday’s announcement of JavaFX taking on Microsoft’s Silverlight and Adobe Flex Platforms, it can only get hotter. The three major trends that are gathering momentum: ZFS support in Macintosh Leopard; Open Office port to Macintosh; Sun (Officially) Supports J2EE Development On OS X. [9to5mac]

Gartner: Microsoft after Google’s advertising jugular Yahoo deal happening or not, Microsoft is going after Google’s core business: online advertising. That, in turn, is a step along the way to the rivals’ true destiny. Hollywood, here they come.[]

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