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Content posted in January 2012
Social Networking: Open Is The New Closed
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
It's a paradox that sites advocating collaboration are inherently closed. Stanford's MobiSocial team says we can do better.
HP Storage Tech Day
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Last week I joined a dozen or so fellow bloggers and storage industry gadflies for a storage field day at HP's Fort Collins, Colo., facility. Much like the more ecumenical Gestalt IT Tech Field Days run by our own Stephen Foskett, HP Tech Days let vendors show off their shiny new products while the street-wise delegates asked tough questions and took no marketing speak for an answer.
Are There Too Many Storage Solutions?
Commentary  |  1/30/2012  | 
It's a challenge to sort through the maze of storage products to find a solution to your problem--but it's better than not having choices.
Prepare The Mobile Ship For Ludicrous Speed!
Commentary  |  1/29/2012  | 
Thinking back on the 1987 movie "Spaceballs," I picture a comical Dark Helmet standing on the bridge of his ship. In my mind, he holds a smartphone and contemplates the latest buzz on mobile network speeds, fresh from the International Telecommunications Union. As he ponders the 100-Mbps data speeds soon to be delivered by his preferred carrier, he utters the order, "Prepare for ludicrous speed," and the ship IMT-Advanced warps off to hyperspace at an impossibly crazy velocity. Speeds in
Scale Computing: New Twists To Scale-Out Storage For The Mid-Market
Commentary  |  1/26/2012  | 
Startup Scale Computing delivers scale-out, unified storage for the mid-market, meaning users can access SAN/NAS resources from the same, scalable pool of disk storage. Scale Computing is by no means alone in doing this, but the company goes beyond just delivering storage in a box to delivering a data center in a storage box. And that is very interesting.
Solid State Storage Can Save You Money
Commentary  |  1/26/2012  | 
Solid-state storage is still expensive. Is it worth the benefits?
Alas, Poor Virtensys, I Knew Virtual I/O Horatio
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
I must admit I was one of those folks who was intrigued by the idea of I/O virtualization. I led sessions at conferences exploring the various ways one could connect servers and peripherals to each other. The very idea that I could share expensive resources like RAID controllers and network connections from a shared pool seemed like a path to the flexibility I always wanted. Apparently, most of you disagreed, as at least one I/O virtualization pioneer, Virtensys, bit the dust this week.
Facebook: The Database Of Wealth And Power
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Microstrategy CEO says most businesses underestimate the transformative value of Facebook as an ever-refreshing database of "anyone with wealth or power on Earth."
Meraki Ups The Cloud-Based Networking Ante
Commentary  |  1/23/2012  | 
Mainstream network players and those chasing them are out to erase the lines between wireless and wired networking. As the network edge gets redefined and the cloud makes its presence felt in LAN and WLAN spaces, announcements like Meraki's latest update are getting to be more commonplace--and exciting. With a number of interesting product updates to share, Meraki is starting 2012 with a bang.
Thought Experiment--Forget ROI
Commentary  |  1/23/2012  | 
Boys and girls, today's homework assignment is a thought experiment. I want you all to put yourselves in the shoes of the CXO team making a decision to move to private cloud. There is, of course, one catch: You may not factor in ROI. We're dropping ROI because it clouds the subject (bad pun intended.) Let's skip the why-should-I-do-this-experiment; I'd of course default to,"Because I told you so."
CES Sleeper Tech: 3 Mobile Collaboration Breakthroughs
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
Now that the hyperbole haze has dissipated, let's look at three products from small, innovative startups with the potential to break some mobile collaboration barriers.
Dell Moves Ahead Fluidly in Storage
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
The IT industry is always adapting to new trends, from client-server and the PC revolution of the '80s and '90s to cloud computing and big data today. These trends inspire successful new vendor entrants, but they can also be problematic for established IT vendors. Over time, some leaders don't adapt and die (see Digital Equipment Corporation), while others swoon and survive in a reduced state by being acquired by larger saviors (see Sun Microsystems).
Solid State Disk's True Cost
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
IT pros focus on SSD's hefty startup costs, but you must consider other costs when evaluating the storage technology.
10 Ways To Transform Into A Social Enterprise
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
Here's expert advice from IBM's Connect 2012 conference on how to take social networking from a fringe activity to a business core competency.
Solid State Storage Ready For Prime Time
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
Half of all enterprise IT managers have implemented or plan to implement solid state storage, research shows.
Biggest Storage Trend of 2012
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
Performance management skills--in both software and IT professionals--promises to be the biggest storage story this year.
Are There No Fans For The FAN?
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
A few years ago, Brad O'Neill, then an analyst with the Taneja Group, coined the term FAN (file area network) to describe a virtualized file storage system. Organizations that build FANs that integrate multiple heterogeneous file stores presenting a single unified, optimized name space should be able to save a significant amount of time, effort and money. The collapse this month of AutoVirt is just another example of how this promising technology has never gained any traction with paying custome
Nearbuy Brings Shopper Analytics To Retail Wi-Fi Spaces
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
As more consumers prowl store aisles equipped with smartphones, retailers have multiple reasons to want to harness the capabilities of these user endpoints for their own benefit. Nearbuy Systems is bringing an interesting tool set to merchants that should also benefit tech-savvy shoppers with its new Captive Portal and analytics utilities.
Thai Flooding Drives Disk Prices Up, Warranties Down
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
The effects of fall's record-setting flooding in Thailand continue to reverberate throughout the storage industry. The flooding put several factories that made both completed disk drives for Seagate and Western Digital and components like platters, spindle motors and heads under several feet of water for weeks. The estimated production shortfall of 20 to 50 million drives in the fourth quarter has had a significant impact on the storage industry.
Big Data Changes Storage Needs
Commentary  |  1/13/2012  | 
Growth of unstructured data forces IT managers to look for new ways to scale storage capabilities, with cloud storage a leading option.
Facebook Helps Paid Posts Float To Top Of Feeds
Commentary  |  1/12/2012  | 
New 'featured' stories let marketers cut through the noise in your already cluttered news feed. Cringe-worthy, or smart?
CES 2012: Samsung's Mobile Memory Helps Drive Miniaturization
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
Smartphones and tablets aren't the only reasons that Samsung is at CES 2012. As one of the biggest players in the mobile memory market, Samsung is one of the world's driving forces behind the never-ending miniaturization of technology.
2012 Tablet Race: Where's Microsoft?
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
As I watch startup CloudOn and the hordes of Android mutants, I can't help noticing that CES isn't the only place Redmond is AWOL.
Shared Data Plans Will Have Significant Impact
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
As the major U.S. carriers get closer to unleashing shared data plans for mobile devices, it’s worth noting how this change in offering will likely impact both the private and corporate sides of the mobile client world. Smartphones and tablets have already been profoundly disruptive in a number of ways, and new multidevice data plans will only magnify the effect.
Flash Dependent Storage Systems Take Off In 2012
Commentary  |  1/5/2012  | 
Whether flash-only, or a combination of flash and mechanical storage, the technology is poised for significant gains.
Private Cloud Success Factors Include Service Catalog
Commentary  |  1/5/2012  | 
A commonly overlooked component of a private cloud deployment is the service catalog. In many cases, a great deal of time is spent architecting and discussing infrastructure, virtualization and automation processes with little thought of the actual service delivery. Service catalogs are key to successful private cloud deployment and the overall usability of the services your cloud delivers.
Cisco Leads Tight Pack In Data Center Networking
Commentary  |  1/4/2012  | 
Data center architects are open to adding or changing vendors, our research reveals, even if they're mostly satisfied with current vendors.
Cisco Delivers Long Awaited Wireless Management Upgrade
Commentary  |  1/4/2012  | 
While others in the wireless market seem to float one press release after another about new products and features, Cisco tends to be more deliberate in releasing its latest wireless offerings . In my opinion, Cisco has been a bit too slow in updating the company's aging wireless management framework for its market-leading customer base. But it's here now, and worth talking about.
10 IT Shifts In 2012: Exclusive Research
Commentary  |  1/3/2012  | 
When an InformationWeek Research trending survey shows a 10% or 20% year-over-year shift (or more), I take notice. I do the same when a much-hyped tech barely manages to squeak up five points in 12 or 18 months. So if you're tired of end-of-year punditry backed up by nothing but speculation, take a look at these enterprise IT trends--and the hard data behind them from our research.
Apps Need Collaboration At Core
Commentary  |  1/3/2012  | 
Collaboration isn't a distinct activity anymore. It's an integral feature that people will soon expect from every application.


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