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Muglia Leads Off Week Two of Tech Ed
by Alex Woodie

The second week of TechEd 2008 kicked off in Orlando, Florida, yesterday when Microsoft server chief Bob Muglia delivered a keynote to 10,000 people attending the 'IT professionals' segment of the conference. Muglia centered his speech on the evolution of 'Dynamic IT,' Microsoft's multi-year, multi-product initiative to make it easier to manage computers and the applications that run on them, and unveiled enhancements to several Microsoft products in the areas of virtualization, security, identity management, and data management. Last week TechEd was a developer-oriented conference. READ MORE >

Fixes for Critical Security Flaws Issued by Microsoft
by Alex Woodie

It's the second Tuesday of the month, which means that the cycle of life begins anew in the Microsoft TechNet Security division, which yesterday issued seven patches addressing 10 vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system and associated programs. Standouts from June's patch pack include a critical vulnerability in Windows' Bluetooth stack that could potentially enable drive-by hacking over wireless networks, another cumulative IE release, and an Active Directory flaw that will affect nearly every corporation. READ MORE >


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New Windows Clustering Capability Has HA Partners Shifting Gears
by Alex Woodie

New multi-site clustering features in Windows Server 2008 is prompting Microsoft's partners to take a slightly different approach to serving the market for highly available Windows servers clusters. By overcoming a limitation that prevented customers from establishing disaster recovery clusters, vendors that previously filled this need must find something else to do, which Microsoft is encouraging with a new partner program expected to be announced at TechEd this week. READ MORE >


Stratus Builds Its First HA Clustering Product Atop Xen
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The age of virtualized servers is going to have some intended side effects on the server racket, and one of them is high availability clustering that is easier to use, more flexible in its deployment, and less costly than more tradition server clustering methods. While Stratus Technologies is one of the original upstarts of fault tolerant computing (along with Tandem, now a division of Hewlett-Packard), the company knows a broader HA opportunity when it sees it. And that is what the Avance virtualization-driven HA software product line announced this week is all about. READ MORE >



 

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Icahn Pushes Micro-Hoo in a Series of Letters
by Alex Woodie

The battle of words this week continued between Yahoo's leadership and Carl Icahn, the billionaire activist investor who's inserted himself between Microsoft and Yahoo. In his most recent open letter to Yahoo's chairman, Roy Bostock, Icahn ridiculed Bostock's strategy for improving Yahoo's business, ripped into Yahoo's compensation plan and its 'poison pill' defense against acquisition, and repeated his demand that Yahoo sell itself to Microsoft immediately, for $34.75 per share. READ MORE >


But Wait, There's More:

• Magic Targets Rich Internet Apps, SaaS with G5

• AMD Finishes Off Quad Cores with Budapest Opterons

• Looks Like Unisys Is Reselling Sun's X4600 Opteron Boxes

• There's Still Money in Operating Systems, But Disruptions Loom

• NOAA Predicts the 2008 Hurricane Season to Be an Active One


 

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,
Timothy Prickett Morgan, Victor Rozek, Kevin Vandever, Hesh Wiener
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Muglia Leads Off Week Two of Tech Ed

Fixes for Critical Security Flaws Issued by Microsoft

New Windows Clustering Capability Has HA Partners Shifting Gears

Stratus Builds Its First HA Clustering Product Atop Xen

Icahn Pushes Micro-Hoo in a Series of Letters

But Wait, There's More:

Magic Targets Rich Internet Apps, SaaS with G5 . . . AMD Finishes Off Quad Cores with Budapest Opterons . . . Looks Like Unisys Is Reselling Sun's X4600 Opteron Boxes . . . There's Still Money in Operating Systems, But Disruptions Loom . . . NOAA Predicts the 2008 Hurricane Season to Be an Active One . . .


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