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  • Standout 2008 IT deals set to make a difference

    Technology mergers and acquisitions have soared since 2002, with buyers worldwide spending US$1.2 trillion to acquire nearly 14,000 companies in hardware, software and telecommunications, according to The 451 Group  and its mergers and acquisitions KnowledgeBase, a database of technology deals. Technology and telecom acquisitions in 2006 totaled $409 billion -- more than similar deals of 2002, 2003 and 2004 combined. In the first quarter this year, 20 deals exceeded $1 billion, while just 10 did so in last year's first quarter. But the most significant deals aren't necessarily the most expensive. Here are three technology mergers whose resulting products promise to have lasting influence in the enterprise.

  • VMworld a launching pad for virtualisation wares

    VMware isn’t the only vendor unveiling technology at its annual conference. Several exhibitors, too, plan to demonstrate new wares at this week’s VMworld conference in San Francisco, which is expected to draw as many as 10,000 IT professionals.

  • Virtualisation specialist XenSource unveils OEM edition

    XenSource — which Citrix Systems is in the process of acquiring — has announced a version of its open source Xen virtualisation hypervisor that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can embed in their servers and other devices.

  • Citrix to acquire Xensource for US$500M

    Citrix Systems plans to acquire virtualisation vendor Xensource for approximately US$500 million to enable the application delivery software vendor to enter both the server and desktop virtualisation markets.

  • Xensource opens virtualisation

    Server virtualisation vendor Xensource has added symmetric multiprocessing support for some versions of Windows to its Xenenterprise software, as well as backward compatibility for hosting non-SMP systems running Windows 2000 Server.

  • Virtualisation cost savers

    In 2006, many enterprise IT groups saw the potential in virtualisation, rushed to consolidate servers and subsequently propelled VMware software to a market-leading spot. As 2007 begins, VMware's prices are under attack, just as more CIOs look to virtualisation to control server and storage sprawl and tame data centre power costs.

  • Express Data to distribute XenSource

    Express Data has become the authorised Australia and New Zealand distributor for infrastructure virtualisation provider XenSource. Sales manager Paul Plester says it has been watching XenSource for some time and knows the product through relationships with Novell, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft. “They’re [Novell, Sun and Microsoft] strong vendors of Express Data and it seemed a logical thing to do,” he says. Xen enables several virtual server instances to run on a physical server at the same time, and aims to improve server utilisation and consolidation in enterprise datacentres. The first commercial software package is XenEnterprise. Distributors have already been signed in North America and Europe. Express Data’s deal is significant for local businesses, says Plester. “It’s important for the IT industry because we can have as many servers as an equivalent server overseas. The efficiencies that virtualisation of servers offers is significant.” Network Service Providers, which has already provided Xen-based solutions at 15-20 New Zealand sites, will now work with Express Data. “The biggest thing is we’ve been using it for a long time and we’ve got tested and proven solutions in real world environments,” says technical director Jonathan Prentice. NSP tests beta versions for XenSource and is in the process of testing the Windows release, which will allow Windows to be run on Linux.