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Gmail fails; VMworld wish list; IT channel news headlines

Headlines: Gmail morphs into Gfail; VMworld Europe wish list; Expert: Oracle lags other vendors in VM-friendly licensing.

IT channel news headlines for Feb. 24, 2009

Gmail morphs into Gfail

In a case of you get what you pay for, Gmail experienced a major outage early Tuesday -- although Google claimed it affected only a small subset of Gmail users. User angst is helpfully logged on the Google login help site. The Gmail site admitted to a "temporary error" but TechCrunch and other sites aren't buying it. Twitter was also aflutter with Gfail tweets.

VMworld Europe wish list

VMware users would love the company to put some meat around the bones of its Virtual Datacenter Operating System vision and follow up with a problem-free release, according to They may get some info at VMworld Europe 2009 this week. Other wish-list items: Better backup and capacity planning.

Expert: Oracle lags other vendors in VM-friendly licensing

Microsoft, IBM and CA have made their software licensing policies more virtualization-friendly in the past year. Oracle, on the other hand, has been less accommodating, Burton Group virtualization expert Chris Wolf told

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