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Oracle-Virtual Iron acquisition in the works

Oracle has signed a letter of intent to acquire Virtual Iron Software, according to a Virtual Iron insider. Read all about this breaking news and more in this week's news roundup.

Systems Channel News Roundup for March 2-6, 2009.

Oracle-Virtual Iron acquisition close to happening

The rumors of an Oracle-Virtual Iron acquisition appear to be true. Oracle has signed a letter of intent to acquire Virtual Iron Software, according to SearchServerVirtualization.com. A Virtual Iron insider told the site that Oracle executives are now examining Virtual Iron's operations before they decide to officially make the deal.

A Virtual Iron acquisition would be somewhat of an admission by Oracle that its own attempts to get into virtualization have failed. But analysts were quick to point out that acquiring Virtual Iron will not solve all of Oracle's virtualization problems. Virtual Iron says it has just 2,000 small and medium-sized business customers, and its technology lags behind that of market leader VMware.

Share user group coverage

SearchDataCenter.com news writer Mark Fontecchio spent this week at the Share spring 2009 conference in Austin, Texas. The conference coverage page includes news stories about the new z/OS 1.10 and the popularity of server virtualization among IBM System z mainframe users. There's also an extensive list of blog entries and video interviews with conference attendees.

Fujitsu partner program expands

Fujitsu Computer Systems this week announced enhancements to its partner program. The program now offers an online portal with access to price lists, deal registration and promotions, an improved marketing development funds program and new discounts for demo products. Fujitsu said its partner base grew from 1,300 to 1,600 last year.

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