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Oracle shops shrug off Hurd; Symantec offers data dedupe in a box

Oracle shops shrug off Hurd's arrival; Symantec packs dedupe appliance; other news.

Oracle users yawn over Hurd news

The trade press was agog over Oracle Corp.'s decision to hire deposed HP CEO Mark Hurd as co-president and director, but most Oracle shops (and several Oracle VARs) shrugged off the news.

In a whirlwind this week, Oracle announced Monday night (of Labor Day weekend) that Hurd was coming aboard, Hewlett-Packard then said it would sue Hurd and Oracle over that, and then Oracle CEO Larry Ellison blasted HP's "vindictive" legal action. Boy, Oracle OpenWorld is sure gonna be interesting.

Symantec offers dedupe appliance

Symantec this week launched its new NetBackup 5000 data deduplication appliance, cloud connectors for NetBackup and Backup Exec, and Enterprise Vault 9.0 with upgrades to boost e-discovery of unstructured data.

This is the first time Symantec Corp. has shipped an appliance with its data backup software preloaded. The company said each box can protect up to 96 usable TB of global dedupe capacity and up to 1 PB of data in one deployment, with a maximum backup throughput of 4.3 TB per hour with four media servers (1.9 TB per hour with one media server).

More VMware shops roll out Hyper-V

Many Windows shops are quite comfy using VMware Inc.'s ESX and ESXi in their shops. But, as they start to virtualize more of their bread-and-butter Windows applications -- SharePoint, Exchange Server, Active Directory -- more IT pros are opting for Microsoft's Hyper-V instead of VMware products. It's an obvious choice since most of them already own Windows Server 2007, which ships with Hyper-V.

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