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Recession squeezes DR spending; other news

DR budgets under pressure; IBM to end Domino 7X support; other news.

IT channel news in brief for August 28, 2009

Economy puts squeeze on DR budgets

It's often hard to justify IT disaster recovery (DR) spending, but the recession has made it even harder, according to Many companies want to trim disaster recovery services without adding undue risk, according to leading providers of DR services.

IBM to end Domino 7X support

Talk about your early warnings: IBM will end support for its Notes/Domino 7.X product line in April 2011. IBM announced the end of life earlier this month, so that gives recalcitrant users more than a year and a half to make their move, according to The current release is Notes/Domino 8.5.

What the heck is a UCS anyway?

Unified Computing Systems are all the rage since Cisco Systems Inc.'s much ballyhooed UCS announcement earlier this year. But, do the advantages of a UCS, which integrates computing power, storage and networking capabilities once packaged separately, outweigh the risk of vendor lock-in?

Microsoft updates Windows Software Update Services

IT managers said the most important aspect added to Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 Service Pack 2 is its interoperability with the upcoming Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

"Feature-wise, the biggest, and probably the only thing for me, is full support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2," Julian Harper, an IT Manager for U.K.-based online wine retailer, The Jeroboams Group, told

Also in the new WSUS is improved handling of language selection for downstream servers with a new warning dialog, new update and computer status reports, and auto-approval rules that now include the ability to specify the installation deadline date and time for all computers or specific computer groups.

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