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IT Channel News Briefs, Nov. 25

Today's headlines: IBM gets into cloud services, and Microsoft and Novell announce aligned products.

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008.

IBM expands cloud services

IBM's giant services arms are getting into cloud computing. IBM Global Business Services, which grew out of IBM's purchase of PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting in 2002, will help customers assess which cloud model best suits their needs. Using economic modeling, it will help companies assess whether a public, private or hybrid model is most appropriate. Initially the services will focus on the telco and banking industries, but they will expand to cover other types of businesses, according to an IBM spokeswoman.

In addition, IBM's Global Technology Services group, the old IBM Global Services, will help users install and deploy cloud computing inside their data centers. Both units will work with IBM Systems and Software groups to redesign key infrastructure and processes to make clouds more secure against threats. Like Microsoft and nearly every other tech player, IBM is pitching its own cloud infrastructure to businesses.

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Microsoft, Novell launch SUSE Linux management pack

Two years after they joined forces, Microsoft and Novell will release their first aligned products in the first half of 2009, according to Novell will launch the Advanced Management Pack for SUSE Linux Enterprise for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 at the same time that Microsoft releases the Operations Manager 2007 R2. The management pack will be used with the existing monitoring and assessment tool in Operations Manager, and managers will be able to view information from both on one console. Novell hasn't set a price yet.

Symantec: $276 million in stolen data market

Buying and selling stolen data is a $276 million market, according to Symantec. The company issued a new report on the market this week, reported. There has been significant growth because more hackers, including spammers and phishers, are selling stolen credit card information in bulk online. The news emphasizes the opportunity for solution providers in the data leak prevention market.

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