Virtualization is a hot data center technology that is capturing the attention of IT for its consolidation and cost saving potential. As was evidenced at the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco last week, open source and Linux platforms are on the forefront of the trend. In fact, given licensing issues with proprietary software, the combination of inexpensive or free open-source software and virtualization platforms may be the most important vehicle to drive widespread Linux adoption in the data center. Here are seven need-to-know points when looking at open source virtualization technology.
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Linux desktop and server vendor Xandros Wednesday acquired Scalix, which develops an open-source e-mail, calendar and groupware platform.
Microsoft Wednesday released a feature-complete beta of its Hyper-V virtualization technology, which is an add-on to Windows Server 2008.
IBM/Lotus will crank up its Sametime lineup this year with two new editions -- plus the company is playing with next-generation features to see where it might take the platform.
SDM Software next week will ship a Web-based interface for Microsoft's group-policy feature to ease the desktop management and maintenance of Vista and other Windows operating systems.
Now that the ISO has standardized Office Open XML some are asking if the standards process itself is next in line for a thorough evaluation.
Microsoft has released the next version of its desktop management toolset for IT with updates for resetting admin passwords and collecting crash data.
Microsoft's Office 2007 is seeing strong adoption by corporate users that will only pick up steam over the next 12 months, according to a Forrester Research survey released Tuesday.