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Content posted in December 2007
Storage M&A Mill Grinds Into 2008
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
Storage M&A deals - and rumored deals - are underway as the year begins
Cisco's Approach To Green: Sensible Or Stupid?
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
Maybe it's all in the interview. Cisco Systems recently hired green guru Paul Marcoux from APC. As is typical for a hire like this, which is as much for public relations as anything, Marcoux set out for a round of...
Cisco's Approach To Green: Sensible Or Stupid?
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
Maybe It's all in the interview. Cisco recently hired green guru Paul Marcoux from APC. As is typical for a hire like this, which is as much for public relations as anything, Marcoux set out for a round of interviews, and depending on which story you read, his plans lie somewhere between sensible contributions to the green movement or a very unlikely attempt at world domination.
Intuit Proves SaaS Argument
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
Software vendor's mistake is proof of the need for SaaS providers, analyst says
Nimsoft Flexes Its Dashboard
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
Nimsoft releases new Adobe Flex-based Dashboard.
The Trusted Computing Group's New Blog
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
The Trusted Computing Group, a consortium of vendors who are driving standardized API???s and specifications for secure computing, is perhaps opening up a bit with the new blog recently announced.
The UK's Latest Data Disaster
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
Butterfingers on the other side of the pond
The Downside of Merrymaking
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
Holiday parties are land mines for unwary revelers
A Marketplace For Business Mashups?
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
Who will actually build BPM-style enterprise mashups? Serena Software is hoping that its online marketplace will attract developers.
The End is Near...Microsoft SQL Server 2000
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
Stratavia releases free Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to migrate from SQL Server 2000 to 2005.
World's Largest iSCSI SAN?
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
Our 'World's Biggest SANs' coverage prompts readers to seek big iSCSI deployments
More Warnings for Storage Buyers
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
More vendor shenanigans exposed
All The Telcos Want For Christmas?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
The flailing around in Congress over giving big telecom companies, including AT&T and Verizon, retroactive immunity for playing along with the NSA's wiretapping program is over for now, and the news isn't good for the telcos....
Can Web 2.0 Be Safe For CIOs?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Do users see enterprise IT as an obstacle to be overcome before they can play with cool new Web 2.0 technologies?
Security Spotlight Shines on Los Alamos
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Government watchdog lays into nuclear lab - again
10 Ways To Cut IT Operational Costs
Commentary  |  12/15/2007  | 
Many organizations are still looking to reduce operational expenses while increasing overall efficiency. Here are 10 ways that you may be able to cut IT operations costs in your organization.
Isilon Suffers Litigation Blitz
Commentary  |  12/15/2007  | 
Clustered storage player is determined to take IPO-related class actions in stride
No 5 GHz-Capable 802.11n USB Dongle In Sight
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Despite the early entrance of 802.11n-like product by SOHO manufactuers, there's no 5 GHz-capable 802.11n USB dongle, to date.
Storage Virtualization's on the Move
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
There's a big, untapped market out there
De-dupe's a Stranger to Enterprise Shops
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Large corporations aren't buying data de-duplication. What gives?
Microsoft Accelerates Release Of Hyper-V Hypervisor
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
The virtualization tide just keeps on rolling. Today, Microsoft unexpectedly unveiled a beta release of Hyper-V Hypervisor, which will become part of Windows Server 2008 next year.
Open Source NAC, But Only With Commercial Support
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
There are many reasons to not consider open source NAC. If you work for a university where you have a large pool of talented, but cheap, labor (interns), then an open source project might make sense. However, enterprises don???t have the luxury of a cheap labor pool.
It's The Customer Confidence, Stupid!
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Does the math seem hard? If your company has suffered a data security disaster, existing and potential clients are more likely to lose faith and ditch.
Bandwidth Bumps Continue in WAN
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Have a large video file that you need to ship to a client? If so, one should expect that it will go through more easily now than it would have a few months ago.
Siemens Explains Why Unified Communications Matters
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
In addition to insights from Siemens exec Shayna Kaneshiro, SmallBizTechnology.com also presents some revealing stats on how small and midsize companies communicate.
SAP+VMware=?, 10G NICs And A Little Jumpbox
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
I woke up to an overflowing inbox this morning thanks to the usual gaggle of PR firms. There was enough good stuff to share three stories.
Questioning a Storage Icon
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Barbara Nelson's track record may not be that of a top storage player after all
Acatel-Lucent Partners With InfoExpress
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
Partnering with an existing vendor makes sense for ALU and certainly gives InforExpress a leg up with both existing and enterprise customers.
VMware Infrastructure 3 Hits The Street
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
The release contains ESX Serv 3.5, VirtCenter 2.5, eases management and makes Linux happy.
NetApp's Pbyte Pitch
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
NetApp scales up as users scale back
The Future Of Virtualization
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
The real battle (the place where vendors will make money, and you'll spend it) will be for management, including security.
Cables Not Included
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
Remember as a child ripping open your holiday gifts, only to find that batteries were not included? These days, it's cables that will ruin the perfect gift experience.
Social Security IDing: A Bloody Mess
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
With more secure alternatives available, isn't it time we stopped using Social Security numbers to identify customers?
Cisco TrustSec: Looks Like A Duck To Me
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
Cisco's network-based access control feature (debuting 2008) seems to be analogous to functions like identity-based and role-based access controls that other vendors have had for years. What is new is the use of 802.1AE as the mechanism.
Meru's Debut 802.11n Customer Now Using....802.11n
Commentary  |  12/9/2007  | 
What was promised now has happened: Morrisville State College is now using 802.11n gear, but it's still in the 'shakedown' phase.
Aruba Target Ship Date For 802.11n AP Slips
Commentary  |  12/9/2007  | 
When Aruba announced its 802.11n product just over a month ago, it offered shipping date of the end of November. Well the Thanksgiving turkey's been eaten and the holiday lights strung up -- and no AP.
Cisco Powers Up Switch Support For Their Dual-Radio 802.11n APs
Commentary  |  12/9/2007  | 
Does Cisco's PoE 'fix' for its 802.11n access points apply to a significant enough subset of its customer base?
HP Treads Slowly?
Commentary  |  12/9/2007  | 
HP will apparently not ship an 802.11n access point until the standard has been ratified. What is HP up to?
Legacy Equipment And 802.11n
Commentary  |  12/9/2007  | 
During testing our Syracuse RealWorld Labs discovered an interoperability issue between a leading vendor's legacy client and another vendor's 802.11n access point, even though both are Wi-Fi certified. Who's to blame?
The Rising Costs Of Data Breaches
Commentary  |  12/7/2007  | 
Think your org is saving money by not implementing the latest data loss prevention software and tools? Two-hundred bucks says you're wrong.
Data Loss: No Day At The Park
Commentary  |  12/7/2007  | 
Cyberbaddies alone aren't to blame for disappearing data. Careless IT Departments are responsible for a large number of their own data breaches, according to a recent study.
Go Green or Save Green?
Commentary  |  12/6/2007  | 
Vendors need to start thinking about users' green ROIs
UK Gov't's Disk Desperation
Commentary  |  12/5/2007  | 
HMRC's storage snafu becomes even more farcical
NAC Today And Tomorrow
Commentary  |  12/4/2007  | 
If the first thought that you have after reading is how complicated the NAC framework is and how potentially fragile it is, then you're not alone. Any large-scale project that involves integrating lots of components is bound to be complex and the glue is far more messy than the sales pitch.
So Long, EqualLogic. We'll Miss You In The Lab
Commentary  |  12/4/2007  | 
We are losing our long-term EqualLogic iSCSI SAN due to Dell's $1.4 billion acquisition of EqualLogic. Good for them, bad for us.
InfoVista And Application Performance
Commentary  |  12/4/2007  | 
InfoVista makes a bigger move into application management with the purchase of French software provider Accellent.
Motorola Dumps Brash CEO
Commentary  |  12/4/2007  | 
One trick pony may be an apt description for Ed Zander, who had been CEO of Motorola but now finds himself on the unemployment rolls .
Cisco Boasts Strong Enterprise WLAN Market Share
Commentary  |  12/2/2007  | 
Cisco talks up the latest enterprise WLAN market share reports, and shares that 802.11n interest and sales are even better than anticipated.


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