10-Gigabit switch startup expands line; Avaya gets iPhone ready for business; Oracle takes on VMware

10-Gigabit switch start-up expands line

Woven Systems, a 10Gbps Ethernet fabric switching start-up, this week unveiled a 48-port “top of rack” Gigabit Ethernet edge switch for data centers.

Avaya gets iPhone ready for businessiPhone-to-Exchange gateways - not what IT wants

Avaya is announcing an iPhone version of its one-X Mobile client software that can communicate with a corporate Avaya VoIP PBX. Plus: 

Oracle takes on VMware, others, with its own hypervisorMicrosoft offers up stand-alone virtualization server

Oracle is going after its piece of the hot virtualization market by introducing an open source Xen-based hypervisor to compete against those from Novell, Red Hat and VMware. Plus:

With Cognos buy, IBM abandons vow not to compete with partners, analysts say

IBM’s $5 billion takeover of Cognos Monday shows that Big Blue is abandoning its longtime policy of not competing against partners who sell business applications, analysts say.

Dell revamps PowerEdge line of servers

Bringing Intel's latest Penryn chip to its servers, Dell on Monday is expected to revamp the PowerEdge line of servers with new hardware and nomenclature to identify servers.

Windows Server 2008 pricing revealed

Microsoft Monday outlined pricing on eight versions of Windows Server 2008 that are slated to ship early next year.

You're fired! What a high-profile termination means

Getting fired in a very public manner the way former Microsoft CIO Stuart Scott was earlier this week can have a devastating impact on an executive's career but doesn't have to be the end of it, say recruiters.

Microsoft hires supercomputing guru

Microsoft Research hires Dan Reed, a supercomputing expert at North Carolina’s Renaissance Computing Institute, to lead its multicore computing effort.

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UTM: Is it ready for prime time?

Are there unified threat management firewalls with the chops to provide the perimeter security functions that an enterprise needs? Network World Lab Alliance member Joel Snyder talks with Network World's Christine Burns about the conclusions that can be drawn about UTM now that testing of the products is complete. (19:36)

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Microsoft announced Windows Server 2008 pricing, plus new virtualization interoperability programs and the

Today on Cisco SubnetCisco's role in repressive nations. War hardships test the endurance of an Iraqi Cisco certified network engineer. Michael Morris separates network design and the CCIE. Cisco security expert Jamey Heary reveals his security Christmas list - what's yours? Joe Chapman explains Metro Ethernet. Plus: We reveal the winner of October's free Cisco training giveaway.

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Buzzblog: Mass. governor wants to jail poker players

Only online poker players, it must be noted. Gov. Deval Patrick, at the exact same time he is expending all of his newly won political capital on championing three casinos in the Bay State, is also backing legislation that would actually imprison anyone with the audacity to play poker from the privacy of their own Web browser. Says here that the governor will rethink this hypocrisy and change course soon.

Today on Layer 8, we only have one thing to say: Bring it on.

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