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Channel news: Novell improves ID; server buyers go for muscle

Novell identity management marries event monitoring At its annual BrainShare conference, Novell announced it would combine its Identity Manager 3.5 application with the company’s existing network monitoring and login tools. []

Server buyers shift toward muscle machines Average server prices actually increased in the fourth quarter, marking a purchasing shift toward beefier machines that handle more work. [CNET]

Virtualization and multicore innovations disrupting the worldwide server market IDC says the rapid emergence of multicore architectures and virtualization technologies is significantly restricting worldwide x86 server shipments. According to IDC’s updated forecast, multicore and virtualization will cost the x86 market more than 4.5 million shipments and $2.4 billion in customer spending between 2006 and 2010. [Tekrati]

Oracle says profit rose 35% to exceed expectations Lawrence J. Ellison’s three-year buying spree as chief executive of Oracle appears to be paying off. [NYT]

Firefox update to fixes FTP hole Mozilla Firefox gets security update. [DailyTech]

Linux pro turns to Active Directory identity management Rather than use Sun’s
NIS, Research in Motion opted to manage its Linux and Unix boxes with Microsoft Active Directory plus Centrify DirectControl.

Microsoft launches ‘breakthrough’ PBX for SMBs Updated: Microsoft and three OEMs are delivering a phone system for small and midsize businesses that the company says simplifies the complexity around traditional PBXes. [eWEEK]

FBI: Internet crime pays Annual report shows increase in frequency, intensity of attacks. [TheReg]

Affiliated Computer Services Gets $5.9B Buyout Offer Affiliated Computer Services’ founder said Tuesday that he and investment fund Cerberus Capital Management plan to take the computer services company private with a $5.9 billion buyout. [ChannelWeb]

Web CMS industry struggling to adapt to Web 2.0 Web content management vendors and enterprise buyers alike continue struggling to incorporate Web 2.0 features and interfaces into web publishing regimens, according to the 11th edition of The Web CMS Report released this week by CMS Watch. [Tekrati]

Adobe says no way to Vista updates Adobe says you’ll have to upgrade to new versions of popular (and really expensive) software like Photoshop, InDesign and DreamWeaver if you want them to run well under Windows Vista. [DownloadSquad, via Digg]

Gateway denies talks with Acer Cows not going to market. [TheReg]

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