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Data centers battle budget cuts; ParaScale debuts cloud storage

Headlines: How data centers cope with the economic downturn; ParaScale storage cloud comes online; other IT channel news.

IT channel headlines for March 31, 2009

How data centers cope with the economic downturn

IT budget reductions, including deep cuts in personnel, took their toll in the first quarter of 2009, according to a new survey. Spending on servers, application software and systems management tools was also downsized. At the same time, the need for IT and data center services keeps growing, putting IT managers under the gun.

ParaScale storage cloud comes online

On Monday, ParaScale Inc.'s cloud file storage software went live, and the startup claims an impressive list of beta customers.

The company claims its ParaScale Cloud Storage (PCS) software can turn commodity Linux servers into a parallel network-attached storage farm. It's been in beta since last September, according to

Microsoft, TomTom settle patent suit

TomTom agreed to pay Microsoft for use of several of Microsoft's patents, and Microsoft has received payment for four patents from TomTom, according to reports released Monday. Exact details of the settlement have not been disclosed.

Microsoft and TomTom N.V. have been battling it out since Microsoft first filed the patent infringement suit in a U.S. District Court last February. TomTom had later countersued Microsoft, claiming that Microsoft's Streets and Trips product infringes on four of its own vehicle navigation software patents.

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