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IBM looking into Sun buy; Azure crash shows need for DR

Headlines: WSJ: IBM talking Sun buyout; Azure crash spotlights need for disaster recovery in the cloud; Apple flaunts new iPhone.

IT channel briefs for March 18, 2009

WSJ: IBM talking Sun buyout

In what could be a megadeal, IBM is talking about buying rival Sun Microsystems, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The newspaper reported ongoing talks and put the value of a potential deal at $6.5 billion. It would be a jaw dropper; Sun and IBM have been fierce data center rivals, although both have been on the same side of the Java vs. Microsoft .NET war.

Azure crash spotlights need for disaster recovery in the cloud

Although few businesses would have lost anything during Microsoft's Azure Services Platform beta outage last weekend, the event teaches IT managers a valuable lesson as they plan future cloud strategies, according to

IT shops need to have a disaster recovery plan for cloud services just as they would for their own data center. Azure, the Microsoft-hosted cloud now in preview mode, went down for a day over the weekend.

Apple flaunts new iPhone

Apple released the new software for iPhone OS 3.0 beta to registered developers on Tuesday. The updated software development kit has more than 1,000 new application programming interfaces, including a new Voice Memo app, expanded search capabilities and Spotlight search. The company expects to add 100 new features to iPhone and iPod touch this summer.

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