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According to the latest monthly figures from the UK Internet services company Netcraft, there has been a 224% increase in the past year in the number of IP addresses with sites using ASP.NET. In comparison, the number of IP addresses using JSP and Java Servlets grew by only 56%. ASP.NET is thus emerging as a strong challenger to ColdFusion, which nonetheless remains in the No.1 slot. In the Fortune 1000, Netcraft found that 83 companies use ASP.NET on one or more of their sites.  It found that Tenet Healthcare, for example, has at least 88 sites which utilize ASP.NET. And other large enterprises utilising ASP.NET include American Electric Power, J C Penny, American Express, British Telecom, Nestle and Tesco. The Netcraft figures are based on the following signatures: ASP.NET - local references to ASP.NET file extensions are found on the front page of the site. Java ... (more)

Microsoft Unleashes Yukon, New Version of SQL Server 2005 in San Francisco

A new version of SQL Server 2005, codenamed Yukon, is to be launched at a gala event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco today. As the next version of Microsoft's flagship database management platform, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is being unveiled by Mike Tuchen, general manager for SQL Server at Microsoft Corp. SQL Server 2005 features significant enhancements in Enterprise Data management, Developer Productivity and Business Intelligence. First benchmarks for SQL Server 2005, says Microsoft, have established it as the price and performance leader among enterprise database manag... (more)

DataDirect's SequeLink Supports Java-Based and .NET Platforms

DataDirect Technologies has announced the general availability of DataDirect SequeLink, Release 5.5, an enterprise product that enables multi-database and multi-platform data connectivity. The latest release of SequeLink continues DataDirect Technologies' market leadership in data access and management for DB2 on the z/OS platform. With advanced security and performance features, DataDirect SequeLink is a complete end-to-end middleware solution that provides data access for ODBC, JDBC and .NET applications. The release also delivers a higher standard of data access for previously... (more)

Microsoft's Dynamic IT Embraces SOA and Virtualization

SOA was buried deep in the details and virtualization was a bit more upfront and center in Microsoft exec Bob Muglia's keynote about the company's "Dynamic IT" strategy at the recent Tech-Ed event in Orlando. Muglia, SVP of Servers and Tools, listed four ways that what he called "technical innovation" will drive Dynamic IT strategy. He said the company's strategy wll be "unified and virtualized, process-led and model-driven, service-enabled, and user-focused." “We consistently hear from customers that they spend too much time and budget maintaining the systems they have, wh... (more)

Microsoft Resists the GPL

The rewritten GPL 3 license, modified to gut Microsoft's patent claims on open source, has been released and Microsoft's reaction has been to issue a statement saying it's not a party to it, has no legal obligations under it, and that the Free Software Foundation is on shaky legal grounds in claiming that distributing certificates for Novell SUSE support services puts it under the GPL's thumb. "We do not believe that such claims have a valid basis under contract, intellectual property, or any other law," Microsoft's lawyers said. "In fact, we do not believe that Microsoft needs a ... (more)