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"Oracle put Siebel investors out of their misery today," SalesForce.com's Marc Benioff (pictured) declared today to his employees and management team as Oracle agreed to buy Siebel for $10.66 a share. "We have been doing that for Siebel customers for years." SalesForce.com's announcement today at its Dreamforce even will accelerate that, Benioff said, adding: "It's the end of software." Benioff's anti-Oracle bias reverberated through his next words: "Client/Server software is being consolidated by Oracle just as mainframe software was consolidated by Computer Associates. Oracle's strategy is simple. Instead of innovating, buy as much installed software as possible, call it all Oracle Fusion, and make sure it all uses Oracle's database. Now, the same thing that happened to Peoplesoft will happen to Siebel, it will die.  Customers will look for new solutions and new prov... (more)

IIS Vulnerability Update: Symantec Has (Maybe) Snagged Offending Code

On April 22 Microsoft became aware of code available on the Internet that seeks to exploit vulnerabilities already addressed as part of its April 13 security updates, code that attempts to use the IIS PCT/SSL vulnerability on servers running Internet Information Services with the Secure Socket Layer authentication enabled.  The vulnerability was addressed by bulletin MS04-011 (www.windowsupdate.com) and Microsoft urged all customers to immediately install the MS4-011 update as well as the other critical updates provided on April 13.  In addition, Microsoft published a knowledge b... (more)

Message Partners Now Supported On IBM eServer OpenPower Servers

Message Partners, the leading provider of e-mail security integration software, announced at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, in Boston, support of the IBM eServer OpenPower servers for the Message Processing Platform (MPP). The MPP allows service providers, enterprises and SMB customers to build open, scalable e-mail filtering, security and compliance applications that leverage best-of-breed commercial and open source technology. The MPP combined with OpenPower benefits businesses by combining adaptable e-mail security and the incredible scalability, reliability and value of t... (more)

Windows Server 2003 SP1 Released

Microsoft has released its highly anticipated Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. The release is primarily a security update; however, it sets the stage for Microsoft's 64-bit Server 2003 release. Service Pack 1 goes beyond the typical service-pack rollup of hot fixes, security patches and critical updates by addressing core security issues. It is designed to effectively reduce the attack surface of Windows Server 2003, protect system services with stronger default settings and reduce server privileges. Service Pack 1 includes the latest Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 enhanc... (more)

Linux-Based SAN Helps Greenpeace UK Keep E-Mail Flowing

"I am focused on effectiveness and efficiency. I can't afford our database or e-mails to be unavailable." Those words, spoken by Steve Thomson, Finance and IT director at the environmental organization Greenpeace UK, are part of Thomson's explanation of why Greenpeace has just announced that it has chosen to work with UK-based Linux specialists Ardenta to replace its ageing servers. Thomson says Greenpeace will be implementing a storage area network (SAN) to support its 100-strong workforce in the UK, after Ardenta, an IBM "Leader for Linux" accredited business partner, recommend... (more)