Content posted in December 2012
Unified Communications in 2013
Commentary  |  12/28/2012  | 
Where will UC take us in 2013? Here are insights from several analysts who forecast deeper integration of UC and applications, the end of voice as a separate market, and more.
What Is Software-Defined Storage?
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
Is it really a new product or simply a reframing of existing storage technology? Actually, it's a little bit of both.
EMC's Storage Strategy
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
The rise of non-structured data and the demand for flash-based storage have rattled the storage market. I’ll look at how EMC has responded to these trends.
802.11ac: Cisco, Aerohive Offer Forecasts
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
802.11ac promises significant improvements for WLANs. I interviewed representatives from Cisco Systems and Aerohive Networks to get their input on 11ac, how it will affect corporate networks, and if and when IT should upgrade.
Free Tool Debuts for Network Assessments
Commentary  |  12/21/2012  | 
MyITassessment is a free virtual appliance that conducts a network discovery and performance analysis. The assessment generates an ad-sponsored report that identifies performance issues.
How To Choose A Data Archiving Platform
Commentary  |  12/21/2012  | 
No matter what your motivation for archiving data, the storage system needs to provide data integrity, scalability and power management.
WLAN Survey Says Give Us Better Management
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
I surveyed 181 WLAN operators in higher education to get their input on WLAN management platforms and other issues. The results show respondents feel locked in to vendor systems that leave them wanting more.
A Holiday Wish: Smart Books
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
We've only scratched the potential of e-books when it comes to reader engagement. Here's a wish list for developers and publishers on how to expand the capabilities of e-books to improve learning.
Weighing Cloud UC Options and Costs
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Unified communications can be provided as a cloud service, and customers have a huge number of options. But in the long term, cloud UC isn’t necessarily cheaper than premises deployments.
Flash Vendors Acquire the Cache
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Samsung’s acquisition of caching vendor NVELO hints that SDD caching may be moving from servers to desktops.
Which Vendors Dominate Enterprise Collaboration?
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
What will the social software market look like in four years? IDC's market share report offers some early clues.
SDN: Is Big Data a Killer App?
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
A major promise of software-defined networking is that it will unleash new applications to take advantage of network programmability. Big data may be one category poised to leverage SDN.
Newtown Hoaxes Mar Heartfelt Social Media Posts
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
Social media shows itself to be the best -- and worst of communications platforms -- in shooting aftermath.
8 Modest Proposals For Reducing Email
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
Want to trim corporate email inboxes? Consider these unorthodox ideas.
Your Year In Review, According To Facebook
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
Facebook's 2012 Year in Review feature highlights 20 of your most important moments, based on your posts.
Bitten By SaaS, But Still Going Back
Commentary  |  12/14/2012  | 
A SaaS application I rely on shut down recently. No massive disruption ensued, but it’s a reminder that companies must take steps to mitigate the potential loss of a SaaS provider.
How to Speak Data Center: IT Power Supplies
Commentary  |  12/14/2012  | 
Knowledge of IT equipment power use and efficiency are essential in the data center. Here’s how to get started.
Intel Gets Serious About Microservers with New Chips
Commentary  |  12/13/2012  | 
Intel's Atom S1200 chips are built with low-power servers in mind; they draw just 6 to 9 watts. The chips also demonstrate Intel's commitment to a market it once thought was not worth pursuing.
Will Mobile Drive or Replace UC?
Commentary  |  12/13/2012  | 
UC vendors must create a more integrated experience on mobile devices to capture the ease of use and flexibility that users demand on smartphones and tablets—and to counter native capabilities that could make UC less relevant.
3 Fixes: Hybrid SSD Array Performance Gap
Commentary  |  12/12/2012  | 
Hybrid SSD arrays are ideal for many data centers but have performance weaknesses. Use these options to boost speed.
Should Cisco Buy Citrix Or NetApp?
Commentary  |  12/11/2012  | 
It's anybody's guess as to what Cisco's next acquisition will be, but here's why I'm betting on Citrix.
Hot Flash: Researchers Use Heat to Counter NAND Flash Wear-n-Tear
Commentary  |  12/10/2012  | 
Engineers have announced a new technique using heat to extend flash write/erase cycles from 10,000 to 100 million or more. But while tech breakthroughs are great, prudent management may be a better solution to flash’s lack of endurance.
A UC Deployment's Most Important Ingredient: the VAR
Commentary  |  12/7/2012  | 
Picking the right UC technology is important, but unless you have unlimited IT resources you’ll be relying on outside services for deployment, training and more. The right VAR can make a UC rollout shine.
Must 'Cloud' Translate To 'Ungovernable'?
Commentary  |  12/7/2012  | 
When IT services come from a mix of inside and outside assets, we need more control, not less. Enter ITSM.
WLANs Will Provision Apps In 2013
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
With virtualization now entrenched as the preferred IT strategy, look for servers and even storage inside of wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco’s Spending Spree: An Analysis
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
This November Cisco bought three companies in the space of about 10 days. I’ll examine whether these purchases are part of a larger strategic move, or simply the result of internal competition among Cisco’s business units.
Predictive Analytics and the Fiscal Cliff
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
The threat of the fiscal cliff has immense implications for the U.S. economy. Can predictive analytics play a helpful role in keeping us from going over?
The Rise of Data-Driven Intelligence
Commentary  |  12/5/2012  | 
An emerging concept called data-driven intelligence is a model for a new perspective on gathering insight from a vast pool of data. I’ll contrast data-driven intelligence with more familiar application-driven intelligence models.
Object Storage's Path to the Enterprise
Commentary  |  12/5/2012  | 
Object storage is a smart fit for enterprise use cases such as backup, but the need to write to custom APIs impedes adoption.
Best Use of Encryption You Never Considered
Commentary  |  12/4/2012  | 
Got e-discovery, data destruction or outdated hardware woes? Digital shredding may be the solution — and it can bolster the business case for encrypting data.
Silver Peak, F5 Put Virtual Appliances in Amazon Cloud
Commentary  |  12/4/2012  | 
Many networking vendors offer virtualized appliances that can run in a hypervisor. Now more vendors moving those appliances into public clouds.
SDN: 5 Things CIOs Must Know
Commentary  |  12/3/2012  | 
Software-defined networking promises to pull today’s network into the virtual age, but CIOs have to separate speculation from reality. Here are five observations to help guide IT leaders’ thinking.
SSDs In the Data Center: SLC Out, MLC In
Commentary  |  12/3/2012  | 
A new generation of flash controllers means less-expensive MLC-based SSD drives are coming to the data center market.

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