Short takes on the week's technology news.
Xen support to let Solaris virtualise direct to drive
Sun will begin to support the open source Xen virtualisation system in OpenSolaris in the next four months, and in Solaris 10 in the first half of next year. The Sun operating systems will then have direct access to hardware, making virtualisation on the platform more powerful.
Oracle integrated system makes claim on insurers
Oracle has integrated Siebel Insurance and the Oracle Content Database to help streamline core insurance processes, such as policy issuance and claims management, and improve customer service. The integrated system can deal with diverse types of content, and automates content management.
Five-nines recovery served up for Blackberry
Resilient computing company Neverfail is offering 99.999% reliability for portable devices, starting with the Blackberry. It is selling a turnkey system for around £4,000 a year, which duplicates all relevant servers and backs up critical data.
Curtains for extended Windows support
Microsoft will end extended support for Windows 98, 98 SE and Millennium from today (11 July). Support documents will continue to be available online, but public and technical support, including security updates, will cease.
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