Commentary
Content posted in October 2007
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RFID Tracks School Kids
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
Wal-Mart's got nothing on this UK high school
Scary Storage Factoids
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
Some goblin-like survey results, just in time for Halloween!
Do Vendors Know Why You Want 802.11n?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
With enterprises more Wi-Fi-savvy, their questions have changed significantly since the introduction of 802.11g more than 4 years ago.
IEEE 802.11n in a Handset Near You?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
Deploy now, and budget for a refresh a few years from now. By that time you'll be thinking fixed-mobile convergence.
Sun: Clever as a...
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
I spend an hour with EVP and manager of Sun's System's group, John Fowler yesterday. Surprisingly, the meeting came just a week before Sun announces its FYQ1 numbers.
Viral Video of the Week: The Life and DEATH of a Pumpkin
Commentary  |  10/30/2007  | 
A frightening tale of one gourd's personal horror when the happy life he knows is ripped away from him on Halloween night.
Gigabit Ethernet Ready to Move into the Small and Medium Business Mainstream?
Commentary  |  10/30/2007  | 
Are your networking needs growing so fast that you need lots more bandwidth? If so, 3Com has two products, the Baseline Switch 2900 Plus Family and OfficeConnect managed Gigabit PoE Switch, that you may want to take look at.
NetIQ Dips Big Toe In Process Automation Software
Commentary  |  10/28/2007  | 
Aegis' goal is to models, automate, and measure run books and ITIL-based processes helping customers improve operational efficiency and reduce people costs.
802.11n Players Stress Different Emphases
Commentary  |  10/26/2007  | 
If you review the quote and marketing material from different WLAN vendors over the last few months it's pretty clear that there are divergent views on what 802.11n is good for.
Sun v NetApp: Round 2
Commentary  |  10/26/2007  | 
Sun files countersuit for patent infringement
A Nightmare on Web Street
Commentary  |  10/25/2007  | 
Have a truly scary tale of IT horrors to share? The folks at Hyperic want to hear about it.
VMware reports solid numbers for 3Q07
Commentary  |  10/25/2007  | 
Total consolidated revenues for the 3rd quarter were $358 million, up a striking 90% vs 3Q06. Anyone out there still think virtualization is a fad?
NAC Gets Knocked Around
Commentary  |  10/25/2007  | 
"The vast majority of companies are deploying network access control (NAC) technology as a means of securing their endpoints -- but they aren't all happy about it," reads "Is NAC Dying?"
In Praise of Optical Storage
Commentary  |  10/23/2007  | 
Health facility learned the value of looking beyond disk and tape
Viral Video of the Week: Wake Up Cat
Commentary  |  10/23/2007  | 
This week, a funny little animation for all you feline lovers out there. Not being a cat owner, I have to ask -- does this thing tend to happen?...
OPNET Acquires Network Physics
Commentary  |  10/23/2007  | 
OPNET is working to bolster its application performance management solution.
Uncovering Solidcore
Commentary  |  10/23/2007  | 
Like Tripwire, Solidcore S3 Control offers more control to change management.
Comcast Hates Teens and Small and Midsize Businesses
Commentary  |  10/23/2007  | 
It was one thing when an AP report indicated that Comcast was blocking some file-sharing traffic on its network. But Lotus Notes!? That's going too far.
BMC is Serious About BSM
Commentary  |  10/23/2007  | 
Organizations also need to be wary of vendors that will use BSM as a strategy to kickoff costly services engagements where vendors seek to custom design BSM around a framework of products.
$.5 Billion... Sign, Sealed, Delivered
Commentary  |  10/22/2007  | 
The Citrix/XenSource deal has been finalized to the tune of $500 million in cash and common stock.
HP Beefs Up BSM
Commentary  |  10/22/2007  | 
BSM is really all about integration. All the large vendors offer similar components that help IT managers examine the overall health of their business services across networks, servers and applications.
Is There a Future For Muni WiFi?
Commentary  |  10/22/2007  | 
Any small or midsize business that needs Internet access and is sick of paying lots of money to get on the Web should be interested in the progress of various municipal WiFi projects around the country.
Monitoring Employee Internet, Email and Chat Use
Commentary  |  10/22/2007  | 
Keeping an eye on an employee???s desktop is a touchy subject, and who hasn???t enjoyed a read of their favorite Network Computing blog in the middle of the workday?...
A New Generation of Windows Desktop Managers
Commentary  |  10/22/2007  | 
With Windows alone, few organizations will be satisfied with the existing group policy manager and should take a look at some of the third party products on the market.
Disposing of data: Hammer vs Software
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
One of the most effective tools in preventing the data stored in depreciated systems from being stolen is probably in your shed or basement right now.
Leveraging Your Infrastructure
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
NAC deployments often require more integration than seen at first blush. Especially when the NAC products don???t meet with expectations.
Telecommuters Find A Home At Smaller Companies
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
Turns out that there's a lot of telecommuting going on in smaller companies -- and those folks are getting supported with the latest mobility technology, networking equipment, and software.
Le Materiel de Laboratoire est Arrive!
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
We had hoped to have all of our lab gear by the end of September. As they say, 'the best laid plans'...
Oh, One Last Thing About Web 2.0: Social Networking Sites Are Just For Fun
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
Hey, Steve Ballmer said Microsoft is going to be buying an average of 20 companies a year for the next five years. But get this: He said that that includes small companies. Oh, and he made this announcement at the Web 2.0 Summit. So you see? Web 2.0 does matter to small and midsize businesses.
Need Co-Lo? Check The Map!
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
Colocation and hosting facilities have a load of uses -- one in particular is disaster recovery.
Reflections on the SNIA
Commentary  |  10/18/2007  | 
SNW is a venue for contemplating the relevance of this organization
Microsoft's Unified Communications Suite: Will It Blend?
Commentary  |  10/18/2007  | 
Road warriors, be alert: Microsoft's army of communication evangelists is coming for you, armed "with a duffle bag full of unified voice, video, and data communications products."
Brownout? What Brownout?
Commentary  |  10/17/2007  | 
Perhaps the scariest thought for data center managers is the prospect of actually needing your generators.
The Fight Over FCOE
Commentary  |  10/17/2007  | 
Vendors are bidding for FCOE user allegiance. Will they get it?
Microsoft Releases Data Protection Manager 2007
Commentary  |  10/17/2007  | 
For businesses that rely heavily on Microsoft back office products, DPM 2007 has a lot going for it.
Viral Video Of The Week: A Vision Of Students Today
Commentary  |  10/16/2007  | 
2008 will be my 20-year high school reunion. My twins also will be turning 4, which means just another two years before they enter the first grade. While waxing nostalgic and at the same time pondering their future academic careers,...
Time to Get Paranoid About E-Discovery
Commentary  |  10/16/2007  | 
If you don't think about record retention, lawyers will, experts say
Virtual I/O? Not A Bad Idea
Commentary  |  10/16/2007  | 
Xsigo Systems has a novel approach to I/O hassles in virtualized server environments, and it seems to make a heck of a lot of sense.
Data Center On Wheels!
Commentary  |  10/11/2007  | 
About a month ago, green computing vendor Rackable Systems announced ICE Cube. It's a data center in a tractor trailer, and it's pretty cool (pun intended)....
Top 10 Startup Soul Searching
Commentary  |  10/11/2007  | 
Picking a winner is easier said than done
BMC's Big Push Into Service Automation
Commentary  |  10/10/2007  | 
The value proposition with service automation will be to allow customers to manage their entire IT infrastructure, ranging from edge devices, the network, and servers, to the applications that provide the services demanded by the business.
Disk Archiving: The Nail in Tape's Coffin?
Commentary  |  10/10/2007  | 
A trend toward disk-based archiving, enabled by de-duplication, could trash tape sales
Virtualization: The Server-Eating Monster
Commentary  |  10/9/2007  | 
Pundits say virtualization is transforming IT
Getting Control of Storage Vendors
Commentary  |  10/6/2007  | 
You can control what storage vendors do in your network
Sun Hits Storage Crossroads
Commentary  |  10/5/2007  | 
Storage meets servers in Santa Clara
Email: Top Corporate Liability
Commentary  |  10/4/2007  | 
More risks IT managers face when it comes to email archiving
Vendors On Call ... And You Didn't Even Buy Their Software
Commentary  |  10/4/2007  | 
For a fixed fee, Opnet will dispatch consultants to a customer site within 24 hours of receiving the service order. If Opnet is unable to successfully identify the root cause of the problem, the full service fee is waived.
Take A Cue From Uncle Sam
Commentary  |  10/3/2007  | 
The Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 started the ball rolling in many ways for the government's internal policies on how it handles private data.
Can't Lose What You Don't Have
Commentary  |  10/3/2007  | 
The "storage is cheap, log everything" mentality might be useful for some types of data, but make sure it's not being applied indiscriminately to all data flowing through your organization.
Trend Surfing
Commentary  |  10/3/2007  | 
As this site grows we'll explore specific techniques, products, and methodologies we can use to get business done securely.
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