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Storage systems vendor 3Par has expanded its software portfolio with a new program called Virtual Copy DBA for Linux designed to rapidly recover Oracle-on-Linux databases and make Linux server provisioning easier.
Sun is looking for people with security clearance who are willing to submit to a lie-detector test for revivified government practices.
Yahoo! posted to its Instant Messenger site last week a patch plugging a hole in Yahoo IM's use of portable network graphics (PNG) that could make a computer system vulnerable to crashes and attacks while a user surfs the Web.
Windows 'SP2' - the new XP Service Pack 2 - is 'the cod liver oil of software upgrades: nasty but good for you,' writes BusinessWeek's technology correspondent in his latest column, winning easily our Best i-Technology Quote of the Week Award.
NASA's 'Project Columbia' will be based on SGI's Linux-based Altix machines and integrate 20 512-processor Altix systems with 500TB of SGI's InfiniteStorage to create the Space Exploration Simulator.
McAfee is acquiring vulnerability management software vendor Foundstone, who last Spring launched a channel program designed to help solution providers sell managed security services to SMBs.
Time, after another busy i-technology week gone by, for a brief round-up of some of the main stories that we carried across the various SYS-CON.com Web sites this week.
A provider of IT-related information to business professionals, Enterprise Strategy Group, has named Overland Storage the leader in iSCI-based Disk-to-Disk (D2D) rapid backup.
'Sending out a computer worm may be viewed as a harmless prank, but the damage to individual computer users is very real, and the penalties are also very real.' With these words John McKay, a U.S. attorney, rounded off the successful prosecution of Jeffrey Lee Parson, who yesterday adm...
XP2, Microsoft's free service pack to deliver 'the latest security updates and innovations from Microsoft' and intended to establish strong default security settings - and add new proactive protection features that will help better safeguard computers from hackers, viruses, and other s...
'With the proliferation of viruses and other broad threats on business and consumer desktops, I can think of no higher priority than trying to ensure the security of personal computers,' said Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group, yesterday as Microsoft released Windows ...
Users of the popular Mplayer media device are being urged to upgrade to the latest version, due to a bug.
How low does BEA have to go before Oracle or, for that matter, anyone makes an offer for BEA? The answer may be lower than you think. Someone, anyone buying BEA has been a perennial topic of conversation for the past couple of years.
The May issue of Java Developer's Journal (Vol. 9, issue 5), scooped the annual Gartner/Dataquest Report six weeks before it was published and asked the question, 'How Long Can BEA Survive Against IBM?' The day after the report came out, BEA announced its quarterly earnings and its sto...
'I think Sun's done a fantastic job of growing and protecting the Java platform,' says veteran enterprise software developer James Strachan. 'There's just one more step they need to take - to open source some Java source code - and we're all happy.' Strachan's describes how there are t...
Rackable Systems Inc, the little company getting big in large-scale data center deployments, claims that the blade merchants have been doing it all wrong all this time and that its latest development, a thing called the Scale Out Server, is the first architecture that finally gets it r...
Evans Data polled a bunch of Linux developers and says 92% report never being infected by a virus. And 78% of them said they had never been hacked. Presumably Google, with its gargantuan Linux server farm, wishes it could say that, but, alas, it can't after it was taken down the other ...
The Associated Press is reporting today that Microsoft yesterday was 'investigating reports of a possible Internet attack that could slow or shut down the software company's Web site.' It appears that computers infected with the MyDoom.O virus which slowed down Google and other search ...
With increasing Web-based transactions, the need for secure communications between applications increases.
Scans of port 443, which is used by SSL, have surged since July 15, say experts. A similar pattern was seen in April, shortly after exploit code was published for a critical security hole in Microsoft's implementation of SSL, and the concern now is that hackers may again be profiling t...
It's no secret to technical developers that security issues need to be taken into consideration when developing policies. However, the extent of those security issues can easily be overlooked by many organizations.
Does the open source community provide world-class security technology? Can organizations stop dealing with commercial vendors for security software? To avoid any undue suspense, the answers are: 'Emphatically yes' and 'Maybe, but you probably need to make an investment of some kind.'
Linux-based servers are fast becoming the low-cost alternative to higher-priced proprietary Unix/Windows environments. Finding a cost-effective storage management solution to support different environments can be a challenge. As enterprise IT environments grow and change, cost-consciou...
'Osama Bin Ladin was found hanged by two CNN journalists early Wedensday [sic] evening,' reads a bogus posting currently doing the rounds of the Internet. The posting encourages unsuspecting novices to click on corroborating photos which are, of course, download links to the virus. 'As...
Should Java be open sourced? What would the verb 'open-source' actually mean if it were? What would be lost, if anything, in terms of safeguarding the compatability of Java, if Sun moved toward more of an open-source model? What innovation and energy might be lost to Java if it doesn't...
During testimony yesterday in the antitrust trial challenging Oracle's proposed takeover of PeopleSoft, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison defended the company's $7.7 billion bid for PeopleSoft Inc. as a bold but necessary move to ensure Oracle's survival in a highly competitive industry.
The 32- and 64-bit versions of Mandrake 9.1 and upwards and of Corporate Server 2.1, have a 'highly critical' buffer overrun vulnerability - there's a patch available - and a number of holes have been discovered in the Netscape browser for HP-UX, HP's version of Unix.
Today, at the customer-focused storage conference, Storage World, StorageTek (Storage Technology Corporation), a provider of the foundation for information lifecycle management (ILM), announced completion of a strategic OEM partnership agreement with Sun Microsystems.
Successful tape storage resources are now much easier to visualize, increasing utilization, minimizing risk and reducing administration time associated with backup operations.
Netegrity has passed the Liberty Alliance conformance test and has earned the Liberty Alliance interoperable logo. The Liberty Conformance test was held June 14-18 in Chicago.
Linux vendor Red Hat has made its first move beyond its core OS business: it is now also entering the storage software market. The first product is a new storage solution called the Red Hat Global File System (GFS).
The new 802.11i standard has now been officially approved. 802.11i adds the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) protocol to the existing 802.11 spec, so WLANs will in future benefit from the stronger form of encryption found in the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) mechanism.
Government and industry experts warned late yesterday of a 'mysterious' and viruslike infection that 'tries to implant hacker software onto the computers of all [infected] Web site visitors.'
There won't be a Comdex this year. (Long pause for general chortling and rejoicing as shoemakers everywhere weep.) Industry ennui killed it.
The chairman of Network Associates, George Samenuk, e-mailed everyone in his company yesterday about the rumor the company is shortly to be acquired by Microsoft. 'There is no truth to this rumor,' he wrote.
Sun Microsystems has created a new Global Government Office and has named Clark Masters as its first executive vice president.
HP's newly released HP SFS is the first commercial research product to use a Linux clustering technology called Lustre to make it easier to run distributed applications for challenging science and engineering needs
Network Associates, the anti-virus house, is up for sale and virus-ridden Microsoft, which in just last few weeks has been promising to deliver a remedy, is the reported buyer, according to CRN, which heard the tale in the channel.


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