Content posted in November 2007
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Symantec Pulls Enterprise Management Together
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Without much fanfare, Symantec has been making investments to compete with the 'Big 4' as a major player in enterprise management software.
'And He Loves Small Children...'
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Now that trial's over, the testimonials pour in for ex-Brocade CEO Reyes
Opalis Updates IT Process Automation Software
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Opalis releases Integration Server v5.4 with new policy testing console feature and SOA integration.
More Power in Your Future?
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The number of Ethernet switches that small and medium businesses have deployed continues to increase, due in large part to growing acceptance of Gigabit Ethernet and the new Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) standard, according to a report from DellOro Group.
Corporate America Dropping Their Pants With The Apple iPhone
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The iPhone may have a drop-dead gorgeous design and may be stirring new sales channel models for wireless carriers, but enterprises aren't managing this new risk.
HP Steps Up Datacenter Automation
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
HP releases Automated Operations 1.0, an integrated set of products that automates IT operations across technology and organizational domains.
Holiday Help Can Be Hazardous
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
Storage networking isn't for holiday temps
Optinuity's New IT Process Automation Software
Commentary  |  11/26/2007  | 
Optinuity's new Oasis product takes a bit of a different approach to IT Process Automation.
Is The iPhone Enterprise Ready?
Commentary  |  11/22/2007  | 
The discussion as to whether or not the iPhone is ready to be brought within the walls of the enterprise has heated up again in recent weeks. First, Apple announced the forthcoming release of its software developers' kit, which is...
Outpacing the Storage Slowdown
Commentary  |  11/21/2007  | 
An IT spending slowdown could be offset by consumer demand
Reports Of E-Mail's Death Are Exaggerated
Commentary  |  11/21/2007  | 
It's safe to say that once the online magazine Slate writes about a tech trend, that trend is either over or rapidly becoming passé. So it is with last week's story, "The Death of Email." The notion that e-mail, shoved aside by more youthful and immediate forms of communicating such as IM, text messaging, and Twitter, is going the way of the fax machine has been around for some time.
Zenoss Adds New Enterprise Capabilities
Commentary  |  11/20/2007  | 
Zenoss, who develops open source IT management software, adds virtualization and SNMP v3 support in new release.
Viral Video Of The Week: Is There A Doctor In The House?
Commentary  |  11/20/2007  | 
Fans of the British Series "Doctor Who" got a special treat last week as past and present collided when two 'Doctors' came together for charity
CA Gets A Gateway To SOA
Commentary  |  11/20/2007  | 
The new offering shows that traditional SOA components and network infrastructure hardware aren't the only places an XML firewall can go.
IBM's Using Brocade File Virtualization
Commentary  |  11/20/2007  | 
A month on, Brocade re-announces that IBM is using its NuView software
Get A Human
Commentary  |  11/19/2007  | 
As the holidays approach, customer and tech support often become issues when we try to deal with all the new stuff arriving in our houses and businesses. Most large companies send you off to voice mail jail, doing their best to keep you from talking to an actual human being. Fortunately, you don't have to play along.
Closing Open Source's Web Services Loophole
Commentary  |  11/19/2007  | 
The new license could prove attractive to SaaS providers who want the benefits of open source without giving away too much to the competition.
Re-examining 802.11n Greenfield
Commentary  |  11/19/2007  | 
Deploying 802.11n in Greenfield mode may not be a viable option in a legacy environment with 802.11a clients.
Access control is about controlling access
Commentary  |  11/19/2007  | 
Access control is about controlling access. Reporting on a host???s condition doesn???t tell you much about the potential threat of a host, it only seems to.
From B/G to N: is A getting in between?
Commentary  |  11/18/2007  | 
With all the focus on migration strategies for 802.11b/g to 802.11n, can 802.11a be forgotten?
Storage Vendors and Wall Street: Happy Together?
Commentary  |  11/17/2007  | 
Going public is tough and success depends on many factors
Can Nortel Converge Web Services And Telephony?
Commentary  |  11/16/2007  | 
Web services and converged communications ought to go well together, but what kind of composite applications will users actually develop?
Host assessment does not make a NAC
Commentary  |  11/16/2007  | 
Alan Shimel, Chief Strategy Officer for StillSecure, makes the argument that ???with out the pre-connect posture or health check, you don't have NAC.??? I???ll go out on a limb and say it plays a small part.
Provision This!
Commentary  |  11/16/2007  | 
Provisioning systems are becoming more common in large enterprise and federal environments that need the ability to activate telecommunications gear.
Email isn't Dead -- Even if the Teens Say So
Commentary  |  11/16/2007  | 
Apparently, teens are abandoning email for more immediate forms of communication. That doesn't mean the working world will follow suit. But it does mean that there could be better ways to communicate to get the job done.
The World's Biggest Storage Interconnect
Commentary  |  11/16/2007  | 
Hint: It's not InfiniBand
Guest access or federated NAC management?
Commentary  |  11/15/2007  | 
Cisco Guest Server lets employees sponsor guests onto your network. This could be the first step toward placing access control decisions with the business user.
Viridian is dead, long live Hyper-V
Commentary  |  11/15/2007  | 
MS changes up its hypervisor strategy for Windows Server 2008. A bit.
Data Protection's Hall of Shame
Commentary  |  11/15/2007  | 
There's value in pondering major data protection disasters
Citrix, VirtualIron, and.. Oracle?
Commentary  |  11/14/2007  | 
Citrix, VirtualIron, and Oracle. What do these things have in common? Xen...
Cisco Juggernaut Keeps Rolling Along
Commentary  |  11/14/2007  | 
Network equipment suppliers are taking drastic steps, including taking themselves private, in order to survive. Amidst all the devastation, market Behemoth Cisco just keeps rolling along, exceeding revenue expectations quarter after quarter.
FalconStor VTL Heads to China
Commentary  |  11/14/2007  | 
FalconStor may get the last laugh in this round of VTL wars
Protecting Data Versus Network Security
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
To ensure that your mobile hosts are protected through a host-based NAC or strong desktop configuration management, you need to protect data where it lies and that includes the mobile computer.
Spying Out Tapes in Transit
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
New techniques turn the tables on errant tape trucks
Viral Video of the Week: Rise of the Android
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
Google's Sergey Brin and Steve Horowitz take Google's Android out for a spin in this impressive demo.
Playground Battles
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
The first customers to have access to 802.11n products have been colleges and universities.
Wi-Fi Alliance 802.11n status report means little for enterprises
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
The Wi-Fi Alliance's update on 802.11n certifications only confirms that it's early in the game and that most enteprise WLAN vendors are not (yet) in top form.
How Cognos Fits IBM's SOA Strategy
Commentary  |  11/12/2007  | 
IBM already sold and supported Cognos products, so the deal means little to customers. It's aimed at undermining competitors: Oracle in the short term, Software AG in the long term.
Entuity's New Network Management Suite
Commentary  |  11/12/2007  | 
Entuity offers Fault Management, Inventory and Resource Management, Performance Management and Reporting in a single product suite.
Why Smaller Companies Make The Move To Unified Communications
Commentary  |  11/12/2007  | 
When Cisco announced new solutions in its Smart Business Communications Systems last week, I got a chance to query a Cisco exec about what prompts smaller companies to take the plunge into unified communications.
Monday Morning VM Updates - Veterans Day Edition
Commentary  |  11/12/2007  | 
It has been a busy seven days: Interop/Vegas prep, a number of production issues, and a couple of in-depth interviews. Read on for more.
Has Software AG Finished Digesting webMethods?
Commentary  |  11/10/2007  | 
Layer 7 and Cognos both look like good fits for Software AG. Perhaps it should have bought them instead of webMethods.
Help Wanted: Site Planning And Surveying
Commentary  |  11/10/2007  | 
With all the 802.11n vendor hoopla, wouldn't you assume site survey vendors would have been testing products with plans for end-of-the-year releases?
3Com Promises 802.11n Products Later, Not Earlier
Commentary  |  11/10/2007  | 
In the enterprise wireless space the hot topic is 802.11n, and 3Com is in pursuit.
Eschew Storage Vendors' Obfuscation!
Commentary  |  11/9/2007  | 
Vendors specialize in 'technical' arguments about various storage approaches
10 Years Of BSM
Commentary  |  11/8/2007  | 
For the past 10 years Managed Objects has been focused on delivering BSM, SLA and CMDB solutions to customers.
IBM's IT Process Automation Strategy
Commentary  |  11/8/2007  | 
Unlike BMC and HP who have purchased IT Process Automation tools this year, IBM is adding more "autonomic features" into their existing tools.
HP's Mobile SOA Vision: Consumers Developing Location-Based Apps
Commentary  |  11/8/2007  | 
Mobile telcos are adopting SOA in a big way. The plan: open up Web services that let anyone can use to develop rich Internet apps. But are they too late?
Aruba Reveals 802.11n Lineup
Commentary  |  11/8/2007  | 
Aruba's new 802.11n product lineup shines, but does not surprise
Storage Exec Merry-Go-Round
Commentary  |  11/7/2007  | 
Hear that bell? A storage vendor exec just moved on
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