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Microsoft puts archiving into Exchange; new products can't save Sun

Headlines: Microsoft adds archiving to Exchange Server 2010; Sun's cloudy future casts pall on new product news; other IT channel news.

IT channel news headlines for April 16, 2009

Microsoft adds archiving to Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft said this week that it will add email archiving to Exchange Server 2010, the next version of the company's popular email server slated to ship late this year.

Archiving is the main event for Exchange Server 2010, which went into public beta this week. But Microsoft also plans to add roles-based access control, which will let IT managers allow an employee, such as a compliance officer, for example, to perform a multi-mailbox search, according to SearchExchange.com.

Sun's cloudy future casts pall on new product news

Now that buyout talks with IBM have dissolved, Sun Microsystems is in limbo, renewing user concern over its future. And that worry overshadows the company's new servers and other products, according to SearchDataCenter.com.

While Sun is known for well-engineered products, some customers say they won't buy new Sun technologies until the company is on firmer ground.

Sun VARs have said for some time that the company's uncertain future makes it hard to sell what Sun says is superior technology.

Cisco and NetApp partner for Unified Computing

NetApp's Unified Storage Architecture will be added into Cisco's Unified Computing System, according to a statement released by Cisco Systems.

Both companies will participate in joint marketing programs to spread information on their new data center offerings. This won't be the first time that the two companies have worked together. NetApp resells the Cisco Nexus 5000 and MDS data center switching products, and Cisco and NetApp announced support for the industry's first native Fibre Channel over Ethernet storage array last year.

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