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Next up for VMware: vSphere; Microsoft struts future tech stuff

Headlines: VMware CEO touts vSphere; Microsoft shows off future tech; Intel matches Citrix deal with VMware pact.

IT channel news headlines for Feb. 25, 2009

VMware CEO touts vSphere

The next release of VMware's Virtual Datacenter Operating System will be known as vSphere, said VMware President and CEO Paul Maritz during his VMworld Europe keynote.

Maritz described vSphere as a software "substrate" in the service of building a "software mainframe" or a "single giant computer." The software mainframe analogy has proved especially useful in describing vSphere to people age 45 and over, according to

Microsoft shows off future tech

Microsoft researchers had their day in the sun on Tuesday at the company's annual TechFest show. They showed off everything from closed-loop control systems and low-power processors for data centers to a spoken-language system for "in-car infotainment."

A demo by Hrvoje Benko from Microsoft's advanced research group was a big hit; he showed off a way to control and manipulate graphics manually by using physical gestures.

Intel matches Citrix deal with VMware pact

Intel Corp. will support client hypervisors from both VMware and Citrix Systems later this year. At VMworld Europe 2009, VMware said this week that its bare-metal hypervisor will be optimized to run on Intel's Core 2 and Centrino 2 processors and that it is using Intel's vPro technology. Last month, Intel disclosed a similar non-exclusive deal with Citrix that will optimize Citrix's Xen hypervisor for vPro, according to

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