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Oracle virtualization policy irks Java world; taking data centers off grid

Oracle irritates Java world; Akamai gets partner religion; Researchers plan off-grid data centers; IT channel news in brief.

Oracle irritates Java world
Oracle set off a firestorm in the Java community last week when it posted a Java 7 support policy that stated explicitly that the new Java 7 JDK would not be supported on non-Oracle virtualization platforms. In theory, that means that new Java apps running on market leading VMware or up-and-coming Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors will be out in the cold, at least vis-à-vis Oracle support. Oracle picked up the popular Java programming language franchise when it bought Sun Microsystems last year.

Akamai gets partner religion
Akamai Technologies is recruiting IT solution partners that can help build its business in specific regions. Akamai, which made its name in Web content optimization and acceleration, recently launched its NetAlliance Partner Program to attract hardware and software integrators, application and infrastructure service providers, and commerce and digital media platform providers — especially in geographies where the company feels it is underrepresented. Akamai is especially interested in extending its reach in Latin America.

Researchers plan off-grid data centers
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority hopes to build two completely energy self-sufficient data centers with help from Clarkson University, Hewlett-Packard and AMD.

The data center duo — one will be in wind-rich upstate New York, the other in a sunnier clime — will use solar and wind power and forgo any link back to the electric grid, according to NYSERDA.

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