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Egenera, which claims it's the archetype Virtualization 2.0 company to VMware's Virtualization 1.0 - and is going put its PAN Manager software on other people's hardware to prove it - has convinced Fujitsu Siemens, which OEMs Egenera's BladeFrame servers, to put PAN on its own industry-standard Primergy servers. It's Egenera's first PAN partnership since the American company said last week that it was setting up a software line of business around PAN and would move the software out through fellow OEMs. Fujitsu Siemens says the widgetry will form part of its FlexFrame Infrastructure, its latest milestone in its Dynamic Data Center strategy of creating business-responsive IT using the latest virtualization and automation technologies. While they were at it, the pair announced a three-year extension to their OEM arrangement. Fujitsu Siemens sells BladeFrames in EMEA, c... (more)

Windows 7 Hits Public Beta

At the opening keynote of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Wednesday night, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, making his first appearance at the show in a slot that used to be reserved for Bill Gates, announced the widely anticipated, feature-complete beta of the company’s new Windows 7 operating system. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The company's MSDN, TechBeta and TechNet customers will have first crack at the widgetry until Friday when anybody should be able to download the test-drive code off of www.microsoft.com/windows7. The Wall Street Journal says t... (more)

So Is Microsoft Gonna Buy Adobe?

Adobe had an interesting afternoon Thursday. That’s when the New York Times came out and blogged that it knew from employees and consultants who were involved or simply knew that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Shantanu Narayen, the CEO of Flash-wielding, Apple-banned Adobe, met recently at Adobe’s offices in San Francisco for “secret” talks, and that they talked mostly about Apple’s control over smartphones and how Microsoft and Adobe could join forces in an anti-Apple front and that one of the ways of doing that would be for Microsoft to buy Adobe. Well, a 3Par-sensitized stock... (more)

Abiquo Gets $10 Million in Funding

Abiquo, the enterprise cloud management house, has raised approximately $10 million in Series B funding led by Balderton Capital Partners, the early- stage VC that backed MySQL. Business Objects founder Bernard Liautaud is a partner there now and will join Abiquo’s board. Existing investors Nauta Capital and Eurecan also participated. The funding will be used to expand Abiquo’s global sales and marketing efforts, customer support and senior team. Abiquo’s software is supposed to let the enterprises and service providers extend virtualized environments and create and manage privat... (more)

Progeny Gets a New Boss

Linux services provider Progeny has named Garth Dickey CEO. The Indianapolis firm founded by Debian Linux creator Ian Murdock expects Dickey will help the company to "realize its vision of becoming an end-to-end provider of Linux platform services." Prior to joining Progeny, Dickey served as an independent consultant to several early and growth stage IT companies. He has a finance background with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning. Dickey succeeds Progeny president and CEO Steve Schafer, who continues with the company as COO. ... (more)