Stories by Jon Brodkin

Sun's open source chief leaves following Oracle merger

<a href=" ">Sun's</a> chief open source officer, Simon Phipps, has left the company following its acquisition by Oracle, the executive <a href="">announced in his blog</a> Tuesday.

Cisco invests in virtualisation security start-up

Cisco and several other investors have given US$10.5 million to HyTrust, a start-up that is tackling some of the thornier security problems posed by the growing popularity of VMware's virtualisation platform.

Cisco, NetApp, VMware team up on virtualisation security

Cisco, NetApp and VMware on Tuesday announced a project to improve the security of virtualisation deployments, with a focus on isolating applications that use the same physical network, server and storage resources in multi-tenant systems. The companies are providing clients a &#8220;secure multi-tenancy design architecture,&#8221; an 80-page document that details how to safely deploy virtualised applications with products from the three companies, and are introducing a cooperative support model to make it easier for customers to resolve problems. The &#8220;pre-tested and validated&#8221; design architecture is for customers who have deployed the Cisco Unified Computing System; Cisco Nexus Switches; NetApp FAS storage with MultiStore software, which creates logical partitions within a storage system; and VMware&#8217;s vSphere virtualisation software with vShield, another tool that creates secure, logical partitions in virtual systems.

Microsoft plans to offer private cloud software

With Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform set to go live on New Year's Day, the company is looking ahead to later in 2010 when it will unveil a new security structure for multi-tenant cloud environments as well as private cloud software based on the same technology used to build Azure.

Twitter, LinkedIn link up on tweets

Twitter and LinkedIn users will now be able to post status updates to the two Web sites simultaneously, in a deal aimed at enhancing professional use of Twitter and expanding the audience for the business-focused social network LinkedIn.

SMBs unprepared for disasters, Symantec finds

Small and midsize businesses are confident in their disaster recovery capabilities, but their actual performance preventing outages shows they are "remarkably unprepared," according to survey results released Monday by Symantec.