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Volume 6, Number 19 -- May 14, 2008
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Microsoft Patches Zero Day Flaw in Windows
by Alex Woodie

Microsoft yesterday issued four security patches for its products, including one patch that fixes a critical zero day vulnerability in a Windows component that is currently being exploited on the Web. All told, Microsoft patched six flaws yesterday, including four critical flaws that attackers could use to take complete control of affected systems. READ MORE >

HP More Than Doubles Services Biz with EDS Acquisition
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

To say that Hewlett-Packard has wanted to be a powerhouse in IT services is a bit of an understatement. Almost straight out of the gate in 2000, then-new chief executive officer Carly Fiorina, the first non-HPer to run the company, tried to do a $17 billion deal with the IT consultancy arm of accountant PriceWaterhouse Coopers and failed, which IBM accomplished two years later with $3.5 billion just as HP had taken a left turn and acquired Compaq for $20 billion in 2001. The Compaq deal gave HP enterprise servers, storage, and some services. But nothing like the $13.9 billion acquisition today of Electronic Data Systems. READ MORE >


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Massive Expansion in Progress at Microsoft Data Centers
by Alex Woodie

In its quest to compete with Google for Internet utility computing supremacy, Microsoft is ramping up its construction of data centers to new, cloud-like heights. According to Debra Chrapaty, the corporate VP in charge of Microsoft's datacenters, the company is installing 10,000 new servers per month into its data centers. The monumental task is made somewhat easier thanks to recent advances in using steel shipping containers as turnkey data centers that can be dropped off practically anywhere. READ MORE >


Microsoft Gives Customers a Break on New SMB Windows Packages
by Alex Woodie

Microsoft yesterday revealed pricing details of Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. With pricing starting at about $1,100 and $5,500, respectively, the products should give customers a decent break compared to purchasing the bundles' components individually. But more importantly, Microsoft is giving customers a break on client access licenses (CALs). Microsoft also announced a 'public preview' of these products, but it's not clear how interested parties can participate. READ MORE >



 

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AMD Revises Opteron Roadmaps, Pushes Out Rev Gs
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Hoping to build some confidence in its processor roadmaps, Advanced Micro Devices last week was talking more specifically about its Opteron and Athlon X64 processor plans between now and 2010. With the difficulties of the 'Barcelona' quad-core Rev F Opterons for two-socket and larger machines behind it and the 'Budapest' quad-core variants for single-socket boxes coming this quarter, AMD has taken a hard look at its roadmaps and made some important changes--changes that should improve its chances of keeping pace with a resurgent Intel. READ MORE >


But Wait, There's More:

• Busy Bill's Asian Tour

• The EC Saga Continues as Microsoft Appeals $1.4 Billion Fine

• VMware Tweaks Virtualization Stack, Boasts of Greenness and Sales

• IBM and HP Do SAP ERP Bundles for SMBs

• Live Migration Will Make Virtualization Mainstream


 

Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights.  Feel free to send a letter to the editor.  Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >


 
Editor: Alex Woodie
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Shannon O'Donnell,
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IBM Goes Stateless and Cooler with iDataPlex Servers

The Linux Beacon
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The Unix Guardian
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AMD Revises Opteron Roadmaps, Pushes Out Rev Gs

IBM Loses Two Key Executives to Retirement--Really

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Microsoft Patches Zero Day Flaw in Windows

HP More Than Doubles Services Biz with EDS Acquisition

Massive Expansion in Progress at Microsoft Data Centers

Microsoft Gives Customers a Break on New SMB Windows Packages

AMD Revises Opteron Roadmaps, Pushes Out Rev Gs

But Wait, There's More:

Busy Bill's Asian Tour . . . The EC Saga Continues as Microsoft Appeals $1.4 Billion Fine . . . VMware Tweaks Virtualization Stack, Boasts of Greenness and Sales . . . IBM and HP Do SAP ERP Bundles for SMBs . . . Live Migration Will Make Virtualization Mainstream . . .


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