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IT Channel News Briefs, Oct. 14

Today's headlines: Gartner cuts its IT spending forecast, and SAP and Cisco join forces on network privacy.

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008.

Gartner downgrades spending forecast

Gartner has curbed its expectations for IT spending in 2009, according to the Between the Lines blog. The research firm had expected IT spending to grow by 3.3%, but 0% to 2.3% is now more likely, senior vice president Peter Sondergaard said at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo. The worst-case scenario is that IT spending will drop by 2.5%, Sondergaard said.

SAP, Cisco team on network privacy application

SAP and Cisco unveiled an application that will help organizations enforce continuous data privacy across their networks. The application brings together SAP's government, risk and compliance applications and Cisco's intelligent network services to enforce global and local privacy policies. Compliance applications are becoming increasingly important as more enterprises join global networks and exchange personal information across borders. The application aims to help enterprises avoid deploying multiple point products across networks to ensure policy compliance.

Advanced Linux file system on tap

Stay tuned for a preview of an advanced Linux file system to be unveiled at the Linux Foundation End User Collaboration Summit this week. Ted Ts'o, a Linux Foundation fellow, and Chris Mason, Oracle's director of kernel engineering, will provide a sneak peek of the file systems of the future at the New York City brainstorming session, according to The event seeks to foster interaction between top Linux developers and advanced users to accelerate development of Linux.

Sun, Fujitsu pack more cores into servers

Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu announced a new four-socket, Sparc-based server that is a larger version of the 1U and 2U servers released earlier this year. The new T5440 server is a 4U, four-socket machine that can hold up to four UltraSparc T2 processors -- each with eight processing cores -- for a total of 32 possible processing cores, reported. The server follows up the T5140 and T5240 released in April, each of which max out at 16 Sparc processing cores. Branding aside, the Sun and Fujitsu servers are the same.

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