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Anti-Microsoft crusader returns; Midmarket companies eye new tools

Headlines: Anti-Microsoft crusader returns to head data storage startup; midmarket companies cite collaboration, social media tools; oither IT news.

IT channel news headlines for April 8, 2009

Former Novell attorney, Microsoft foe, returns

David Bradford, Novell Inc.'s general counsel in the 1990s and a key player in its crusade against Microsoft, is now CEO of Fusion-io, a privately held data storage company. His appointment was announced on Tuesday.

Bradford was noted for his ability to dig up dirt on Microsoft during Novell's attempt to paint the software giant as a monopoly. Fusion-io's launch introduces a storage architecture based on NAND Flash, which embeds SAN functionality in a single PCIe device.

Midmarket companies seek advantage through collaboration tools

Driven by the recession, midmarket companies find collaboration tools and strategies to be a cost-effective way to better align with the business, streamline internal and external processes and even cut costs, according to

With Microsoft SharePoint and social media platforms, organizations can more easily share documents and collaborate on projects without expensive content management systems or lengthy business process engineering initiatives. And, as is often the case, CIOs who were interviewed said the tools are the least important aspect of the projects.

Data dedupe rules

Data deduplication is the hottest topic for data storage pros in 2009. It's no longer a bleeding-edge technology, and the cost savings of data reduction are especially appealing as organizations cope with data growth and tightening budgets, according to As a result, storage vendors are pumping out more data deduplication products and looking for additional approaches to cut down on the size of data stores.

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