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IT Channel News Briefs, Sept. 25

Today's headlines: Attend the PDC and get Windows 7. The Google phone gets mixed reviews.

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008.

Windows 7 build due at Microsoft PDC

There's been a lot of talk -- but little action -- surrounding Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista. That's about to change. At next month's Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft will be giving out pre-beta copies of Windows 7 to every attendee, according to Microsoft said Windows 7 will be a main topic of discussion at the conference, as will the company's online services and its Live Mesh strategy for synching applications on several different devices.

Google's G1 phone receives mixed reviews

The new Google G1 phone, released this week and sold through T-Mobile, is meeting mixed reviews, Reuters reported today. The phone isn't drawing the attention that Apple's iPhone did, but the G1 has its pluses. Those include integration into other Google Web services, a full keyboard and Web browser, an online market to buy games and a music player.

The drawbacks? Experts say the phone lacks enterprise appeal, because it doesn't have secure corporate email technology or companion desktop software -- which many have come to rely on from Research in Motion's BlackBerry and the iPhone. Many further developed versions of the phone are expected, so the public will have to wait and see what new functions are added over time.

Red Hat beats street for Q2, but estimates worry street

Red Hat's net income rose 16% to $21.1 million in the second quarter, up from $18.2 million, as the company cited strong demand for open source software. Revenue was up nearly 30% to $164.4 million, while consensus revenue expectations had been around $163.6 million. In the third quarter, the company expects earnings of 16 or 17 cents per share on revenue of $169 million to $171 million. Analyst consensus is for 18 cents per share.

Dell green-lights LEDs

All Dell-produced laptop screens will use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) within the next two years, the company announced yesterday. LEDs do not use mercury and thus are recyclable. And they use less energy compared to commonly used cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) screens. Dell estimates the move will save users $20 million and 220 million kilowatt hours in the next three years. The company said at least 80% of its laptops will ship with LEDs standard by the end of 2009, and all will have made the LED transition by the end of 2010.

Ocarina upgrades compression appliance

Primary data reduction startup Ocarina Networks will add data migration features, snapshots, support for virtual global namespace and industry-specific file compression to its compression appliance, reported yesterday. Ocarina, which emerged from stealth in April, started out targeting photo-sharing websites, but it is now expanding into the entertainment, oil and gas and medical imaging markets. Ocarina hasn't yet named any customers, but it is making headway in adding storage partners, including Hewlett-Packard, Isilon and Ibrix.

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