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Microsoft Comm Server 14 coming this year; other news

Microsoft promises next Communications Server in second half; Constructive Media takes Partnerpedia name.

IT channel news in brief for March 24, 2010

Microsoft promises next Communications Server in second half

Microsoft Office Communications Server 14 should ship in the second half of this year, according to Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Unified Communications group. The announcement came Wednesday at VoiceCon Orlando 2010.

Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya and other unified communications players have been pushing UC hard for a few years now with middling results, according to many VARs. Many companies are loath to replace old but still working PBX-based systems for PC-based technology that they still view as unproven.

Microsoft expects UC to be "the norm" in business communications in three years, Pall said.

Constructive Media takes Partnerpedia name

Constructive Media this week officially changed its name to Partnerpedia.

That makes sense since Constructive Media is mostly known for its Partnerpedia social networking services for solution providers. Companies can use Partnerpedia Open Community to find business partners and advertise their services. Partnerpedia Private Networks is for companies that already have partners and want to build a channel community.

In the past year, Partnerpedia added Twitter syndication to its Private Networks as well as lead-tracking for small businesses. The company also offers partner portals, learning centers and services for Microsoft partner account managers.

Oracle launches lifecycle management for Sun

Oracle Corp.'s new Enterprise Manager Ops Center can manage Sun Microsystems' offerings, including Solaris Containers and VM Server along with Solaris Live upgrades.

The new lifecycle management software also supports virtual stack and operating environments, the company said. Oracle is trying to make good on promises to bring Sun products fully into the fold. The timing is good as the company said many servers in joint Oracle-Sun shops are deploying virtualization.

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