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Microsoft's board welcomes new member; Juniper banks on midlevel security appliances

Headlines: Changes at Microsoft; Juniper banks on midlevel security appliances; Oracle invests in partner growth.

IT channel news for March 10, 2009

Changes at Microsoft

Microsoft has appointed a new member to its board of directors, Maria Klawe, Ph.D., president of Harvey Mudd College, bringing the board size back to 10 members. The board also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.13 per share, payable on June 18, 2009.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates voiced his approval of Klawe's new position on the board. "Maria has made significant research contributions to computer science and mathematics, and we are very fortunate to have her join Microsoft's board of directors. In particular, I think her close connection to university students and the way they shape computing trends will bring an important perspective to the board."

Juniper banks on midlevel security appliances

Juniper Networks Inc. believes its new unified network/security management capabilities and high-performance multiservice appliances will improve its position in the security market, according to

Juniper announced the launch of its SRX 3000 series appliances as well as new versions of its Unified Access Control platform and SSL VPNs. The company claims that the integration of security and network devices will help mitigate threats across an enterprise.

Oracle invests in partner growth

Adding five new industry partner summits and eight solution workshops to its 2009 schedule, Oracle Corp. offers additional support and training to its North American partners.

Oracle believes that the new initiatives will reflect the goals mentioned in its Partner Enablement 2.0 strategy and help partners to succeed in a down economy.

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