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IT Channel News Briefs, Feb. 6

Today's headlines: CIOs like open source for strategic apps; Hyper-V vs.VMware price debate

CIOs like open source for strategic apps; Hyper-V vs.VMware price debate

Recession boosts CIOs' willingness to book open source applications

For many CIOs, open source applications have been part of their infrastructure for a while now, often as part of tactical projects. But as the recession continues, competitive pricing for open source enterprise editions has some CIOs looking at open source options for strategic reasons. Open source flexibility has them considering it for everything -- from phone systems to operating systems, according to

The great Hyper-V vs. VMware price debate

Microsoft claims that Hyper-V is cheaper than VMware. But there are several hidden costs that, depending on the user scenario, may make VMware more cost-effective than Hyper-V, reported.

For example, VMware boasts higher consolidation ratios, a broader range of management tools, and it runs on older CPU models than Hyper-V.

Hot off the presses: Hyper-V security guide

Microsoft today posted a guide to help VARs and IT pros bolster the security of their Windows Server sites and harden Hyper-V virtualization scenarios. The guide includes best practices for installing Hyper-V and tips for managing and delegating virtual machines. The Hyper-V security guide is downloadable now for those who have Live IDs.

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