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Oracle sets its eye on Virtual Iron; HP receives excellence certificate

Headlines: Oracle sets its eye on Virtual Iron; HP receives excellence certificate; Apple updates iMac and Mac mini.

IT channel news briefs for March 6, 2009

Oracle sets its eye on Virtual Iron

Oracle Corp. has taken the first steps in acquiring Virtual Iron Software Inc. by signing an official letter of intent, according to Details of the deal are not available, but industry analysts agree it will likely be a fire sale. Experts and partners speculate that Oracle hopes to strengthen its management tools and virtualization technology by purchasing Virtual Iron.

The truth is that Oracle wants to own more of the customer's implementation and not see that money flow to other software vendors, said Scott Jenkins, president of The EBS Group, an Oracle partner in Kansas City, Kan.

HP receives excellence certificate

Hewlett-Packard Co. received a certificate from the Service and Support Professionals Association (SSPA) for providing outstanding support to notebook and desktop PC business customers in America.

The certificate is given to companies that have passed reviews in several areas, including executive commitment, talent management, technical support tools and operation metrics. HP said it also had to meet 290 best practice criteria developed by the SSPA.

Apple updates iMac and Mac mini

On Tuesday, Apple announced updates to two of its consumer desktop line products -- the iMac and Mac mini. The new iMac will have a 24-inch screen, an increase over the previous version's 20-inch screen. It will have a 30% larger display, twice the memory and twice the storage.

Apple claims that the Mac mini is the world's most energy-efficient desktop, using less than 13 watts of power when idle. The company also said that the Mac mini has five times better graphics performance than the previous version by using NVIDIA GeForce 9400M technology.

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