News in brief

Short takes on the week's news

IBM buys network management supplier

IBM is extending its systems management portfolio with the acquisition of network tools company Micromuse for £504m. Micromuse supplies network management software to banks, telecoms carriers, governments and retailers. The software is used to analyse and fix network outages and performance problems, such as overloads caused by spikes in web traffic. IBM plans to incorporate Micromuse technology into its hardware, services and Tivoli systems management range.

Blackberry maker warns of .tif vulnerability

Research in Motion has warned users that opening certain malicious attachments on its push e-mail devices could stop them opening legitimate messages. RIM said a software flaw in its Blackberry Enterprise Server system, used to relay messages to Blackberry mobile devices from corporate e-mail systems, allows specially crafted .tif image files to compromise a system. If a user opens such a file, the ability to open all other types of attachments is ended.

HP adds to Openview with Peregrine takeover

Hewlett-Packard has bought Peregrine Systems, a provider of IT asset and service management software. HP said Peregrine would add asset and service management components to HP Openview. The purchase follows HP's acquisition of AppIQ and Trustgenix, which add storage and security management to Openview.

Gartner recommends move to Sun T1 systems

Users running Solaris on older Sun hardware with up to 12 Ultrasparc processors should consider Sun's new T1 systems as a replacement, according to Gartner. The analyst firm said the systems were well-suited to the electrical and cooling needs of high-density server rack farms. Users that need floating-point performance or a choice of operating systems should consider alternatives, such as Sun's Opteron-based servers, Gartner said.

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