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Gartner: Take on Vista now to avoid pain later; McNealy on IBM

Headlines: Gartner to businesses: Take on Vista now; McNealy on open source, IBM, Oracle; other IT channel news.

IT channel news headlines for March 27, 2009

Gartner to businesses: Take on Vista now

Skipping Vista has its consequences. It means that IT shops with typical four- or five-year hardware refresh cycles will have a truncated OS upgrade cycle as they move to Windows 7, according to Gartner analyst Michael Silver. He advises IT shops to move some end users off of XP now rather than later in order to avoid big migration headaches. Windows 7, Vista's successor, is not expected till very late this year or early next, so that means putting some users on the not-so-popular Vista right now. Many businesses had hoped to skip Vista and go right to Windows 7.

Gartner recently polled 166 U.S.-based clients representing 3 million PCs and just under 100 European clients representing just under 1 million PCs. Vista adoption remains slow, with roughly half of respondents saying they will not upgrade or that they have no plans either way. By the end of 2008, only 6% of the organizations polled had started installing Vista. That's about half the number that had installed Windows 2000 at the same time in its evolution, reported

McNealy on open source, IBM, Oracle

Amid reports of IBM buying Sun Microsystems, Sun's Chairman Scott McNealy told a couple hundred customers this week that Sun is a wily innovator whose software and hardware are far less costly than proprietary solutions from Oracle and, yes, IBM. McNealy touted Sun's view of cloud computing and the folly of "best of breed" to 200 customers and partners in Boston, according to "Frankenstein was best of breed, and every time he keels over, IBM comes in with $100,000 shock paddles," McNealy said.

Cloud computing needs justifying

Despite all the hype around cloud computing, IT pros still need to prove it can be more flexible and contain costs compared to in-house computing, according to

A research study by CMI Corp. revealed that 80% of companies are considering cloud computing at some level. With this cloud obsession, system planners are trying to figure out exactly how they can justify these services to clients in order to capture new business. IT departments are looking to cloud computing services for help with meeting variable IT demand, reducing in-house capacity and creating operational efficiencies.

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