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Submission + - Xandros Reshapes Enterprise IT Landscape

An anonymous reader writes: Xandros Reshapes Enterprise IT Landscape with Next-Generation Management Tools and Windows-Linux Integration Platform

NEW YORK, NY — Xandros BridgeWays Provides Intelligent, "Single Pane of Glass" Cross-platform, Cross-service Management, Deployment, and Monitoring of Red Hat, Oracle, Debian, Sun Solaris, Novell and other Servers and Desktops, coupled with Windows integration

Xandros, the leading provider of easy-to-use Linux desktop, server and management solutions, today announced "BridgeWays" — a new suite of next generation, cross-platform and cross-service, workflow-driven and rules-based, management products and integration frameworks. The suite enables data center managers and system administrators, with typical Windows administration skills, to configure and support an optimal mix of Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms, systems, and services in today's demanding and diverse computing environments. Without such sophisticated "bridging tools", a heterogeneous computing environment can devolve into an unmanageable and costly-to-administer set of silo infrastructure components.

BridgeWays marks a milestone in Xandros' strategy of leveraging its award-winning desktop, server, and mixed-environment-integration technologies into a complete set of Linux platforms and management products. This end-to-end product line offers powerful Linux desktop and server platforms that uniquely fit today's IT environment, as well as the tools to centrally administer the overall mixed-platform infrastructure as a rationalized "whole".

Some Xandros BridgeWays integration technologies made their debut in the Xandros Standard Server, which won a Best Linux Product Award last spring. These technologies included the revolutionary "Managed Community" and workflow-driven application dependency management tools that help prevent problems from arising, versus the traditional approach of depending on Linux certified engineers and support personnel to resolve problems after the fact.

"BridgeWays conjures up images of bridging an enterprise's typical silo-oriented environments and single-point-solution management tools into a single-pane-of-glass management, deployment, and monitoring console or 'captain's bridge'," said Andreas Typaldos, Xandros CEO. "The name further conjures up images of easy "pathways" to connect all elements in the enterprise infrastructure in a seamless and intuitive way. This allows the typical enterprise infrastructure to grow in accordance with heterogeneous business needs, without imposing the false and forced homogeneity of a single standard. At the same time, it is managed as if it was in fact a homogeneous single-platform-type whole."

"These cross-platform, cross-service, and cross-domain management tools represent the final stage in the realization of Xandros' end-to-end next generation Linux solutions strategy," continued Andreas Typaldos. "This strategy seeks to leverage Xandros' historical leadership in value-add technology and architecture, what we like to refer to as the 'Xandros technology DNA', to facilitate server and desktop co-existence and cross-platform management in today's typical mixed Windows and Linux or Unix enterprise environment. Platform co-existence in these heterogeneous enterprise environments has become ever more difficult, since they employ a diversity of servers and desktops (Windows, Sun Solaris, Unix, Red Hat, Oracle, Novell, and other Linux), each managed by a different tool running on a particular host (Windows, Linux or Unix). At the same time, traditional infrastructure system management tools and consoles (IBM Tivoli, Microsoft MMC, CA Unicenter, HP OpenView, BMC, and others) can benefit from integration and feeds, through tools like BridgeWays that tie such silo-managed platforms into the general infrastructure fabric."

Today's IT organizations unnecessarily suffer from higher administration costs, inefficient business processes through lack of integration, and the inability to benefit from high-value functions like compliance, best practices, business-rules based optimization, and application-dependencies management. For these reasons, Xandros' mission is to unify, to manage/eliminate complexity, and to highlight the business process over the physical/technical layers, so as to extract the business benefit that IT can deliver.

Slated to Begin Delivery in Spring 2007:
Xandros BridgeWays for Red Hat, Oracle, Xandros and Debian, with Windows Active Directory Integration, currently in beta, will ship in Spring 2007. These tools apply the award-winning Xandros Managed Community model and automated application-dependencies-management workflow to the set-up, configuration-management, and on-going administration of the most popular Linux servers and desktops. In addition, their sophisticated multi-tier architecture allows the management console to run on either Windows, or Linux. From that console, a Windows-trained administrator can then cross-manage servers, and cross-manage services running on those servers, regardless of the server on which the services may be running. BridgeWays supports all of the key hardware architectures, and the initial modules slated for its inaugural release are:

        * BridgeWays Server Management Edition
        * BridgeWays Deployment and Management Edition
        * BridgeWays Systems Monitoring Edition
        * BridgeWays Storage Management Edition

Future announcements of enterprise servers and additional BridgeWays platform availability will follow in coming months. For further details on the Xandros BridgeWays strategy and product line, please visit

Journal Journal: The end of analog

Been reading the comments from fellow /. for a long time now.

Analog is dead. Long live digital formats.

Does this mean that DRM grips us around our innards in a steel grip, and for ever now?


Submission + - Turns Out Google Really Does Listen

SamThomp writes: "There's a perfect Google underdog story going on right now. It goes like this: A college student named Aaron Stanton has an idea he thinks Google will love. He tries to get in touch via phone, e-mail, and their web forms with no luck. Then, spurred by his father nearly dying of an embolism near Christmas, he takes a chance and flies to Mountain View, CA without an appointment, intending to sit in their lobby "like a spoiled child" until he gets a chance to meet with someone. He's been there about three days, now.

Here's where it gets interesting. He creates a website called, and uses Google Video to document his journey in hopes that it might be seen by someone at Google and they'll show pity. At first he's turned away (links to Google Video) at the door and doesn't get a chance to talk to anyone. Then, apparently someone in Google does notice the website and it spreads — word of mouth — inside of Google like wildfire; 600 people visit the site in two hours from inside of Google's headquarters at Mountain View.

Then, late last night — three days into his trip — the guy gets an e-mail with the subject line, "We can hear you :)" that says they're willing to listen to him. No meeting for sure yet, but a step in the right direction.

It's like "actual" reality TV. :) If you're looking for an interesting story to pay attention to for the week, it'll be interesting to see how this turns out. So far, Google seems to be living up to their image of being a large company that's open to ideas. As far as I'm concerned, best of luck to them both."

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