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IT Channel News Briefs, Oct. 28

Today's headlines: Dell will build Microsoft's cloud, and what's up with Oracle's SaaS strategy?

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008.

Dell will custom-build Microsoft's cloud

Dell infrastructure will power Microsoft's new cloud services platform, Windows Azure. Dell said its Data Center Solutions will build customized rack servers that specifically fit Microsoft's facility and operating load.

"Hyper-scale computing environments -- where infrastructure deployments are measured by up to millions of servers, storage and networking equipment -- are changing the way organizations are thinking about their data center requirements," said Brad Anderson, senior vice president for Dell's business product group.

What's the deal with Oracle's SaaS strategy?

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has described the so-called "cloud computing" trend as "gibberish," "insane" and "idiocy" -- all while his company is partnering with, buying up data center space and hosting software for customers. So it's no surprise that people are finding Oracle's SaaS strategy puzzling. According to, some analysts say Oracle is hesitant about SaaS, because of the threat it poses to annual maintenance fees and license renewals, but the company feels the need to do something because of market demand.

Microsoft releases Windows Server 2008 SP2

Windows shops in the Microsoft Technology Adoption Program will soon receive their first Windows Server 2008 service pack, reported. Microsoft is calling the first service pack SP2 and referring to the original release of Server '08, which came out earlier this year, as SP1. Windows Server 2008 SP2 will contain all fixes, HyperV and some power enhancements. Microsoft will also release the Vista SP2 beta to early adopters Wednesday. The service pack adds Windows Search 4.0 and the Bluetooth 2.1 feature pack.

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