In this week's server news summary, we dig up details on IBM's addition of Windows-based servers to its mainframes, check in on the latest rumors about the death of Silverlight, and investigate another System Center release.
Windows and the mainframe, together at last
IBM's zEnterprise-class mainframes will now support x86 blade servers running Windows, reports ComputerWeekly, adding to previous support for Linux and AIX. The compatible zEnterprise BladeCenter Extensions, which IT Business Edge notes will run Windows on top of a KVM virtual machine, will be available December 16. According to IBM, the capability will improve both manageability and performance speed – but SearchDataCenter finds that not all users will take advantage immediately.
Silverlight could go dark after version 5
Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet reports that while Microsoft is prepping the release of Silverlight 5, it could also be planning to discontinue major releases of the product. Foley notes that this change might not really be a big deal for developers, because XAML, the markup language, remains an important part of Windows development. The Silverlight Web browser plugin is used on many sites, like competitor Adobe's Flash. That company said Wednesday that it would cease development of the Flash plugin for mobile browsers, encouraging Web developers to instead embrace HTML5-based standards.
SCOM 2012 RC is here
Microsoft made the Release Candidate of its System Center Operations Manager available this week. This version of the system health and performance monitoring product gets some updates, including the addition of network monitoring. Earlier this year, users and experts offered mixed reviews of the beta version of the tool, discussing changes such as the removal of a root management server and limited server-side configuration options. Download the latest release to see whether Microsoft has addressed concerns.