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Microsoft to alter virtual desktop licenses; Cisco pushes cloud router

Microsoft moves more to per-device model on VDI; more headlines.

IT channel news in brief for March 10, 2010

Microsoft to re-do virtual license, RDP

Next week, Microsoft plans to announce changes to its desktop virtualization licensing, going from the per-device licensing it currently espouses to more of a per-user model. It will also disclose improvements to its Remote Desktop Protocol to better support multimedia, streaming audio and rich media applications, sources said. Cisco touts fancy-pants router for "the cloud" Networking giant Cisco Systems ginned up considerable buzz in advance of yesterday's CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS) announcement. Cisco bigwigs, including CEO John Chambers, claimed the super-router will carry up to 322 terabytes per second and start out at a mere $90,000. That speed would put the router into the "arms dealer" category of telecom infrastructure, according to

Watch out for 64-bit Office!

VARs might want to advise power users who want to try out the 64-bit version of Office 2010 to think again. Even Microsoft is (quietly) advising that these bleeding-edge users hold off and install the 32-bit version on both 32- and 64-bit machines for the time being. The reason? Many commonly-used Office add-ons for Office won't work with the 64-bit version, Microsoft said in an FAQ.

Iron Mountain moves to the hybrid cloud

Iron Mountain's Digital Record Center now offers several hybrid cloud capabilities for data storage.

The Digital Record Center for Compliant Messaging cloud storage service backs up and archives digital medical information. Along with the new onsite data storage component, Iron Mountain Inc. added three pay-as-you-go service plans: Mirrored Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Hybrid Cloud2.

Microsoft posts two, omits one, patch After a February patch deluge, Microsoft announced a measly two security bulletins for its March Patch on Tuesday. But the posted bulletins covered a lot of ground pertaining to Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Office XP, Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007. The MS10-017, bulletin affects users running any version of Microsoft Excel or Excel Viewer and addresses several identified security issues that, if exploited, could allow an attacker to execute code on the victim's computer. The MS10-16 bulletin addresses security vulnerability in Windows Movie Maker and Microsoft Producer 2003.

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