Open season on Linux management
Open Country, a systems management startup, recently opened for business with the goal of helping companies with up to 5,000 Linux installations reduce the costs of managing those systems.
Open Country's new OC-Manager 2.0 enables remote support and configuration of Linux networks, provisioning for Linux servers, asset tracking and other management features.
Features include system provisioning that enables system and application installations from bare metal, including parallel provisioning capabilities for massive deployments. It also does software installation, removal and application updates from a central console, including transaction logging and auditing.
OC-Manager 2.0 is available from Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake and others.
Mandrakesoft to acquire service provider
Linux distributor Mandrakesoft of France announced recently that it has reached an agreement to buy all outstanding shares of French support and service provider Edge IT.
Edge IT services French corporations primarily and its customers include OECD, the world economic organization, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, an elite French Political Science School and Prisma Presse, one of the top press groups in France.
The deal, which still needs to be approved by the Extraordinary General Meeting of Mandrakesoft shareholders, should close within a few months.
Vendors partner on Linux storage
Storage vendors Yosemite Technologies Inc. and Exabyte Corp., recently announced an OEM partnership where the two companies will bundle Yosemite's backup software TapeWare XE with Exabyte's VXA-2 PacketLoader tape libraries for small and medium enterprises.
Yosemite TapeWare includes high performance data backup and recovery via a maximum of 240 concurrent data steams, and it supports bare metal recovery on Linux. The VXA-2 PacketLoaders, meanwhile, has 10 cartridge slots for a capacity of 1.6 terabytes of compressed data (160 GB per cartridge), all in a 1u form factor that conserves rack space.
Kaspersky certified by Novell
Security vendor Kaspersky Labs recently announced a partnership with Novell Inc. around SuSE Linux. Kaspersky's software has earned certification for use on SuSE products and the company was awarded SUSE Technology Partner status.
Kaspersky has had a long initiative of integrating its products with the leading Linux distributions. As an official partner, it will have access to Novell services and developments in SuSE Linux.
Versora tool simplifies IIS migrations to Apache
Versora Inc. of Santa Barbara, Calif., released its new tool to help enterprises move off Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) Web server to the open source Apache Web server. Progression Web works either via GUI or command-line interfaces.
Enterprises can use it to move entire sites, web site documents, database connections, configuration settings (such as virtual directories, virtual servers), security (passwords, authorization, authentication, NTLM) and error messages.
Management vendor Aduva joins OSDL
The Open Source Development Lab announced that Aduva Inc., has joined its desktop Linux and data center Linux working groups. Aduva sells Linux management software for mainframes.
Aduva's tools enable allocation and provisioning of systems for on-demand and high-performance computing environments. OSDL has said its mission is to accelerate the use of Linux in the enterprise data center and on the desktop.
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Dig Deeper on Linux servers
The past few years have been a roller coaster ride for Paris-based Mandrakesoft, which filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2003, emerged in March 2004 with a nine-month plan to repay its creditors, thanks in part to the company's first profitable quarter in the Q4 2003.
Since then, the company has restructured its business to focus on Linux, slashed costs, simplified its business structure and developed some high-margin revenue lines.
In this exclusive interview, Mandrakesoft co-founder Gael Duval speaks with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com about successfully emerging from bankruptcy protection, the latest happenings in Linux and the direction he hopes to take the company.