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Whither virtualization? Microsoft fixes fixes; other news

VMware remains strong, but Microsoft coming on; Microsoft fixes Exchange fixes; Egenera embraces Fujitsu servers.

IT channel news in brief for Oct. 12, 2010

Whither virtualization purchases?

VMware is still king. But for how much longer? According to more than 800 IT pros responding to TechTarget's "Virtualization Decisions 2010 Purchasing Intentions Survey" this summer, the use of Microsoft's Hyper-V is expanding while VMware remains the fan favorite. Nearly 80% of respondents named one flavor of VMware -- vSphere, ESX, ESXi or VMware Server -- as their primary virtualization platform. Microsoft's offerings accounted for 13% of survey respondents' picks.

Microsoft fixes Exchange 2010 SP1 fixes

A new rollup for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 aims to remedy public folder and other problems that arose after Microsoft released SP1 in August. The availability of Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 may make business users think it's safe to install SP1, according to
The rollup resolves the server's inability to replicate a public folder from one Exchange 2010 server to another and makes it possible to view updated content in a public folder.

Egenera puts PAN Manager on Fujitsu servers

Egenera continues its quest to make its unified computing software available on a variety of servers and last week added PAN Manager Software support for Fujitsu Primergy BX 900 Blade Servers. Pan Manager already runs on Dell and other mainstream servers.

Egenera started out selling turnkey hardware/software solutions direct. The resulting appliance claimed to do what Cisco Systems' Unified Computing System does now. But Egenera has evolved into more of a software company, pushing its software atop mainstream servers and storage from other companies, leaving room for VARs to consult and provide other services. Egenera launched a VAR recruitment effort in August.

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