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Cisco snaps up Tidal Software; Samba 4 beta to be released

Headlines: Cisco to buy Tidal Software; Samba 4 brings more platforms to data centers; other IT channel news.

IT channel news for April 10, 2009

Cisco to buy Tidal Software

Cisco Systems said it plans to buy Tidal Software Inc., a privately held company specializing in application management. The deal is valued at about $105 million.

Cisco, which leads the market in routers and networking hardware, is pushing hard into the data center with plans for a new server. But, like other tech companies, it has been slammed by the recession and slashed IT spending.

On its website, the company said the addition will help it provide "timely, accurate and cost-efficient management and automation of application performance across entire business operations, from the server through the network to the desktop. The acquisition will also create significant opportunities for Cisco and its partners through the delivery of partner-led services, leveraging Cisco's application management capabilities."

Tidal personnel will be part of the Cisco Advanced Services organization. The deal is expected to close in Cisco's fourth quarter.

Samba 4 brings more platforms to data centers

The Samba 4 beta will be released in the next few weeks, according to Andrew Bartlett, Samba's lead developer.

Samba 4 is a rewrite of the popular software that forges links between Linux and Windows file servers. It is designed to replicate Microsoft's Active Directory functions. The new version will act as a domain controller and will allow data centers to choose different platforms for running servers, according to

IBM execs expand on unified comms

IBM execs talk about the company's take on unified communications -- an area in which it competes with erstwhile partners like Avaya, Nortel and Cisco.

E. Bruce Morse, vice president of Unified Communications Software of IBM Software Group, and Laurence Guihard-Joly, vice president of Integrated Communications Services for IBM Global Technology Services, spoke to at VoiceCon 2009 in Orlando last week.

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