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Oracle buys again; users stick with OS-independent VMs

Headlines: Oracle buys Relsys; as OSes gain hypervisors, users stick with OS-independent approach; other IT news. news headlines for March 24, 2009

Oracle buys Relsys

Oracle continued its buying streak Monday, saying it will acquire Relsys International Inc., a privately-held healthcare software company. Terms were not disclosed. Relsys' software performs adverse event reporting, risk management and data analysis for pharmaceutical and biotech contract research organizations and medical device companies, according to an Oracle statement. Oracle already makes software that tracks adverse drug reactions and competes with Relsys, so there is some overlap.

As OSes gain hypervisors, users stick with OS-independent approach

With the rise of KVM and Hyper-V, the move is afoot to build hypervisors into operating systems. But most users say the OS-independent approach to virtualization is here to stay.

Non-OS-based virtualization from VMware Inc. can be expensive and resource-intensive because it requires tracking and licensing for virtual machines running on disparate OSes. But it also provides much-needed features, according to

More mobile VM management options come online

When VMware administrators need to manage their environments from an iPhone or other mobile device, they now have more options. Rove Mobile Inc. has a new version of its Mobile Admin product that adds VMware vCenter to the list of applications and environments it can manage. And VMware plans to launch a technology preview of its new vCenter Mobile Access tool next month, according to

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