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Europe balks at Oracle-Sun deal; more headlines

Europe stymies Sun-Oracle deal; Vblocks won't come cheap; other news

IT channel news briefs for Nov. 10, 2009

Europe balks at Oracle-Sun deal

European Commission regulators are throwing up roadblocks to Oracle's pending buyout of Sun Microsystems. They maintain that Oracle's ownership of MySQL, the open source database, combined with Oracle's own proprietary database, would be anticompetitive. Oracle and Sun, of course, beg to differ. Sun bought MySQL, a favorite among the open source crowd, for $1 billion two years ago.

Cisco/EMC/VMware Vblocks won't come cheap

The proposed hardware bundles spec'd out by Cisco, EMC and VMware for converged data center hardware won't come cheap.

For example, Vblock 2, which would support between 3,000 and 6,000 vSphere virtual machines running on Cisco's Unified Computing System blade servers, plus a Nexus 1000V software switch and MDC storage switches along with EMC's Symmetrix V-Max storage and RSA security, would come to about $6 million, Todd Pavone, EMC vice president of global solutions, told

The Vblock specifications are guidelines on how to put together Cisco, EMC and VMware products into an integrated bundle and compete with converged hardware offerings from Hewlett-Packard, IBM/Juniper and other companies.

Microsoft ships Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft announced general availability of Exchange Server 2010 at Tech-Ed Europe 2009 in Berlin this week. Key new features include a voicemail-to-text function that lets users read voicemail as email instead of listening to audio files and lets users send and receive phone SMS text messages through email, according to

HP drops another load of SMB gear

Hewlett-Packard launched a raft of products for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) including two HP Pro 3000 Series desktop PCs; two HP Compaq monitors, a new HP LaserJet P2055d printer. Also available in the HP Total Care portfolio is a new HP StorageWorks tape drive and backup system and HP LeftHand P4000 SAN.

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