CRN Applications and OS News

  • Microsoft Platforms Chief Talks Co-opetition With Open Source
    Bill Hilf, director of platform technology strategy at Microsoft, explains the Redmond, Wash., software giant's changing views on open source and its work with partners such as JBoss and Sugar CRM in an interview with CRN at LinuxWorld Expo.
  • Red Hat, Intel Launch Global Solutions Program
    Red Hat and Intel have paired up on a global Linux solutions acceleration program for customers and partners that will initially focus on virtualization pilot testing. Red Hat recently released its open source Fedora Core 5 build and plans to release later this year its commercial Red Hat Enterprise 5 distribution, both of which integrate the Xen open-source virtualization engine.
  • XenSource Licenses Microsoft's VHD As Format War Begins
    As Linuxworld and Open Solutions World get under way in Boston, XenSource unveiled a deal to license Microsoft's VHD format for its open-source virtualization server, and VMware announced the availability of a royalty-free virtual machine disk format specification.
  • IBM Teams With Novell On Linux-Based Middleware
    IBM deepened its commitment to the small and midsize business market on Monday by announcing a partnership with Novell to deliver two integrated bundles of Linux-based middleware that can be more easily integrated into Windows environments.
  • New Data-Center Management Software Delivers Native Virtualization
    Calling it an industry first, Virtual Iron Software has debuted a new version of its virtualization-management software that integrates the open-source Xen hypervisor, allowing users and developers to run both 32- and 64-bit Linux and Windows applications without any modifications.
  • Novell SUSE 10's Xen: Walk Before You Run
    The commercial availability of the Xen virtualization engine in Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (SLES) offers a more economical open-source alternative to VMware. But there are some limitations partners and customers should keep in mind before deployment.
  • Microsoft's Value/Volume Dilemma
    Microsoft exec Doug Burgum has juggled the value/volume strategies for years, reassuring ERP value-add partners that they were going to do just fine with a company known for high-volume sales. But with Burgum set to be chairman of MBS and stepping back from his daily role, some partners worry that his longtime advocacy will be for naught.