Short takes from this week's technology news
Virtual alliance seeks to simplify desktops
Virtualisation software company VMware has announced the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Alliance to bring together hardware, software and service providers to build virtual desktop products. According to VMware, desktops are the most under-used and hardest to manage IT asset in the enterprise. Alliance members include IBM, HP, Fujitsu and Citrix.
Segue boosts Borland’s lifecycle management
Borland has completed the purchase of software quality and testing firm Segue Software in a £56m deal. Borland will integrate its application lifecycle management products with Segue’s Silk and Silk Central.
Hyperion buys UpStream financial data tracker
Hyperion Solutions is to buy financial workflow firm UpStream Software. The purchase will let Hyperion deliver a packaged system for financial data quality management.
HP Control Tower marshalls blade Linux
Hewlett-Packard has launched HP Control Tower to simplify Linux management on HP Bladesystems. The software is based on technology gained through the acquisition of Linux management software company RLX last year.
Paint-on solution for interconnect limit
Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a “paint-on” laser that could be used to connect microprocessors and achieve speed increases beyond the capability of current technologies. The new laser uses nanometre-sized semiconductor particles suspended in solvent.
Quantum dot to speed up optical telecoms
Fujitsu is to set up a joint venture with Mitsui to commercialise quantum dot lasers. Quantum dot is expected to become a core technology in optical telecoms, which are carrying rapidly expanding data volumes.