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IBM Servers Support Linux Consolidation

IBM has unveiled three servers designed to help companies consolidate Web-tier Linux servers in their IT environments. The high-end offering, the IBM System p5 560Q, includes advanced virtualization features that allow 320 x86-based Linux Web servers to be consolidated on one rack carrying five of the new servers. IBM has updated its blade server technology for Linux server consolidation for small and midsize businesses.

EBay Adds Tools, APIs for Developers

EBay Inc. plans to add more programming tools for external developers in an effort to increase the volume and variety of applications created for eBay users. The company said it will provide developers with new software development kits and application programming interfaces. The eBay Developers Program has about 45,000 members.

Open-Source Group Eyes Interoperability

Ten small open-source companies have founded a consortium to push for more interoperability between open-source business applications. The Open Solutions Alliance plans to define tools, frameworks and best practices to ease interoperability. It also hopes to establish communities to work on specific projects, as well as facilitate joint marketing campaigns for open-source business applications.

Microsoft Ships Add-on for BI Tools

Microsoft Corp. has unveiled Dynamics CRM Analytics Foundation, which is designed to make it easier for users to customize its business intelligence software. The bundle of customizable source code and documentation is available now at no charge to users of Microsoft’s customer relationship management software. It includes sample code and prebuilt templates.

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