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Hurd ouster doesn't faze most IT shops

IT pros won't ding HP on Hurd ouster; VMware releases Zimbra appliance; Oracle bends on Solaris support; other news

IT channel news in brief for August 11, 2010

Hurd move doesn't rile HP shops

While HP partners were stunned by the news, data center pros said HP's surprise ouster of CEO Mark Hurd won't impact their server buying decisions..

For most HP data center customers, it'll business as usual as HP searches for a new CEO, according to But in some extreme cases, change of management can affect how customers perceive their vendors. At least one data center pro said the culture of CA (formerly known as Computer Associates) changed a lot after its CEO went to jail a few years back.

While he doesn't see the Hurd incident impacting his relationship with HP anytime soon, one data center manager said "HP's infamous merger with Compaq" shows how a vendor CEO's actions can screw up customer relationships.

The Compaq deal "was the brainchild of the last [HP] CEO and was such a logistical nightmare that many, many managers gave up on HP systems and went to competitors who could actually deliver the goods," said data center manager Mark Holt.

VMware appliance ties bow around Zimbra acquisition

VMware Inc. marked what it called the "full integration" of its Zimbra purchase this week with a new Zimbra appliance and opened up all VMware channels to Zimbra's email products.

VMware characterizes its new Zimbra Collaboration Suite Appliance as enterprise-class email and collaboration that runs on vSphere. That appliance, as well as Zimbra in other formats, is now available to VMware's broader channel and is covered by VMware support.

The new appliance also makes Zimbra more understandable to Windows administrators, said Jim Morrisroe, vice president of Zimbra. "We've moved beyond the Linux admin console," Morrisroe said. "There is an OVF file of Zimbra that sits atop any vSphere instance. You can then download and instantly provision Zimbra that boots to an admin console and lets the admin add or subtract users easily versus going to get Linux, downloading the right distribution and then the install utility."

VMware bought Zimbra from Yahoo last January.

Oracle to support Solaris on Dell, HP hardware

Oracle Corp. will offer Solaris support on Dell and Hewlett-Packard hardware. That news was part of a recent overall agreement that enables Dell and HP to resell Solaris, Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. Oracle's change of ownership documents posted in May indicated that Oracle support offerings would not be available on non-Oracle (non-Sun) hardware.

VSphere storage array features leave users cold

I/O-constrained VMware shops may catch a break as VMware releases new vStorage APIs for Array Integration (or VAAI). With VAAI, storage arrays will be able to take on more of the storage processing loads now handled by ESX hosts. But many users won't be in any hurry to take advantage of the new features, according to

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