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Microsoft Azure fails; Smartphone sales sag

Headlines: Microsoft Azure fails; Gartner: Smartphone sales sag; CompTIA opens voting for Innovation Awards.

Microsoft Azure fails; Continuity adds proactive monitoring to DR

IT channel news headlines for March 16, 2008

Microsoft Azure fails

Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform was offline for nearly a day this weekend, according to various websites. The Microsoft-hosted platform, which provides developers with on-demand compute and storage for Web applications and services, is in preview. The incident began on Friday at about 10:30 p.m. Pacific time and lasted until about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to

Gartner: Smartphone sales sag

Worldwide sales of smartphones hit 38.1 million units in the fourth quarter of 2008, a paltry 3.7% growth over the year-ago quarter, according to Gartner. For the full year, 139.3 million smartphones sold, up 13.9% compared to 2007.

Gartner Inc. said sales fell off after a strong third quarter last year. Samsung, Research in Motion, HTC and Apple saw increased volumes and improved market share for the year. Samsung replaced Sharp, entering the top five vendors for the first time. Nokia remains the market leader by far with a 40.8% share in Q4. But its strength but its share fell nearly 17% year over year for the quarter. RIM remains number two with 19.5% market share, up 84.9% from 10.9% for the fourth quarter of 2007.

Continuity adds proactive monitoring to DR

Continuity Software rolled out RecoverGuard 4.0 last week, upgrading its disaster recovery monitoring and change management software with features that proactively identify devices added to a network and assess whether they're protected according to policy.

RecoverGuard uses what Continuity calls a gap detection engine to validate that applications are being replicated and can be recovered in case of a failure, according to

Voting open for CompTIA's Innovation Awards

CompTIA is accepting nominations for CompTIA's third annual SoftwareCEO Innovation Awards. All software companies are eligible for nomination until the end of March 2009.

Last year, more than 90 candidates were considered, and 13 companies won in categories including most innovative business software, enterprise software and best business model. Winners are judged based on how their software addresses business problems, its impact on the industry and how it contrasts to traditional ideas.

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