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HP to Cisco: Take that!; vSphere unveiled

Headlines: HP strikes back at Cisco unified server; at long last, vSphere; VMware releases security API; other IT channel news. news for April 21, 2009

HP strikes back at Cisco unified server

Hewlett-Packard unveiled a server that combines networking, storage, power, cooling and blades -- much like Cisco's promised Unified Computing System. But HP is shipping its Matrix server now, whereas Cisco's much ballyhooed system is due later this quarter.

Server vendors, including HP, were taken aback when Cisco, a big networking partner, announced plans for a competitive blade server system last month. And HP appears to be showing Cisco a thing or two now with the new HP Matrix system, according to

At long last, vSphere

VMware will unveil its next-generation virtualization push on Tuesday. The new vSphere 4 still relies on the ESX hypervisor, which has been rewritten to run natively on 64-bit processors and does not run on 32-bit processors, according to Along with this change, ESX doubles the number of virtual CPUs that can be assigned to a virtual machine to eight and quadruples the amount of RAM to 256 GB. It also increases network throughput from 9 GBps to 40 GBps and more than doubles the IOPS from 100,000 to more than 200,000.

The company also unveiled new pricing and packaging for vSphere 4, bringing the total number of vSphere editions to five, up from three, according to

VMware releases security API

The newly released VMsafe API from VMware should enable third-party security vendors to work their magic within the hypervisor to better secure virtual machines, according to In theory, VMsafe-compatible products running as protected virtual machines (VMs) will be able to safeguard VMs at the host level so that malware attacks, for example, can be stopped at the host, protecting multiple guests.

No huge changes seen for enterprise Java

Oracle's proposed buyout of Sun Microsystems may tweak the enterprise Java environment, but it will make no significant alterations to the status quo, according to

If the $7.4 billion deal goes through, which seems fairly certain, Oracle will have far greater control over Java standards. Oracle bought BEA Systems, the leader in Java application servers, last year but was already a big Java proponent on its own.

Sun has struggled in recent years and talks of a $6.5 billion deal with IBM fell through earlier this month.

"The combined Oracle and Sun will be a systems and software power house," Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's CEO said on Tuesday.

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