Commentary
Content posted in February 2006
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New York Times: It's OK To Be A Bandwidth Vampire
Commentary  |  2/28/2006  | 
The ethics expert for the New York Times has come out with a startling declaration: It's perfectly fine to hop onto any Wi-Fi network and use the bandwidth, even without asking the owner's permission....
CA Takes An Indirect Route To Sales Success
Commentary  |  2/28/2006  | 
Part of enterprise management vendor CA's revamped corporate strategy is to work more closely with channel partners to sell solutions and support customers. The company has never been known for having particularly warm relations with resellers but there have been recent indications of a thaw in that area. And now the real test begins with CA's announced plan to reduce the number of named accounts it handles directly, and rely
Survey: Bullish on Brocade
Commentary  |  2/28/2006  | 
Problems? What problems? Respondents judge Brocade on technology, not turmoil
Hello!
Commentary  |  2/27/2006  | 
Don Introduces the new Security Editor... Don.
Build Your Own NAS: Learning is great fun
Commentary  |  2/27/2006  | 
A solution looms in the "Build your own NAS from the ground up" project.
Feds: Google Request Doesn't Harm Privacy
Commentary  |  2/27/2006  | 
Here's the latest from the people who brought you massive, illegal wiretapping and the Patriot Act: Trust us when it comes to privacy. The Justice Department has filed papers in federal court contending that Google should comply with a subpoena...
Rightsizing IT Management
Commentary  |  2/27/2006  | 
Small and medium businesses are no longer being left out in the cold my IT management vendors focused solely on the biggeste enterprises. IBM Tivoli is the latest vendor to get smart about delivering IT management solutions designed specifically to meet the cost and complexity requirements of small and medium sized businesses. With its Tivoli Express Portfolio, Big Blue is delivering a suite of products that provide levels
The Personal Side of Tape Loss
Commentary  |  2/25/2006  | 
Iomega may have a solution to a recent problem involving Iron Mountain
E-mail Admins Play "Which Would You Rather"
Commentary  |  2/24/2006  | 
To illustrate the challenges of managing e-mail, Osterman Research took a humorous route in its survey of more than 100 IT pros, sponsored by Zenprise, with a series of "which would you rather" questions. I guess this group of administrators has it pretty tough. The survey focused on a single support ill; they were asked to rate the level of difficulty in determining the underlying cause of e-mail problems. The Survey revealed that:
  • 80 pe
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  2/24/2006  | 
Happy Friday! Today we have ... nothing. Nada. Not a single thing....
Will Open Source Kill Cisco?
Commentary  |  2/24/2006  | 
Cisco enjoys fat-and-happy profit margins for its routers and other networking gear, but an open source startup may sound the death knell for such high-profit hardware. Vyatta is building routers and other net gear using open source software, and has...
Hip And Cool Means Growth, And More Security Concerns
Commentary  |  2/24/2006  | 
A little while back I blogged about how messaging technologies have become "cool" and are enjoying "hip" status among those that define "hip" standards for our society, the youth and young adult markets. Well, I'm thinking the vendor and service provider communities are finding this all pretty cool, as well. The Radicati Group Inc., in a series of recent reports, projects some pretty heady growth for messaging-related products and it's not all coming from me
Market Analysis: Disaster-Recovery
Commentary  |  2/24/2006  | 
No organization that depends on technology and stored data can afford to be without a disaster-recovery strategy. We tell you how to get an initiative off the ground -- before
Google's Creative Block
Commentary  |  2/24/2006  | 
Even in Mountain View, the best made plans can go awry
Meeting Adjourned
Commentary  |  2/23/2006  | 
In the Latest editon of The Last Mile, you'll find our reader submitted "Top 11 Ways to Shorten a Dull IT Staff Meeting." We couldn't cram them all into the page, so submitted for your approval (or revulsion) are all...
Canadian University Bans Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  2/23/2006  | 
Think the politically correct thinking on campus has gone too far? How about this one: The president of Canada's Lakeland University has banned Wi-Fi on campus, because he claims it may have "fairly significant" health risks....
CDP Makes the Grade
Commentary  |  2/23/2006  | 
The market smells some apparent opportunity with continuous data protection
Dell's Dutch Ding Dong
Commentary  |  2/22/2006  | 
Dell and Royal Philips go for the nuclear option. A sensible move
Itanium On The See-Saw
Commentary  |  2/22/2006  | 
Is the Itanium market cratering or flourishing? You may think there'd be a clear answer to that, and it's not at all an unimportant question -- the direction in which Itanium is headed is going to influence a lot of...
Podcashing
Commentary  |  2/22/2006  | 
Collaboration On The Go Podcast (download here). Despite the cries and moans of a few cynics, podcasting has not turned into a temporary Internet fad, nor does it look like it will anytime soon. People are now starting to look...
Presence Meets Collaboration On The Conferencing Front
Commentary  |  2/21/2006  | 
The integration of collaboration and presence technologies continues to fascinate me for two reasons. First, because it all makes so darn much sense. I mean you can work with a virtual room full of people from your PC in Timbuktu or down the hall. Presence capabilities take the remoteness out of remote collaboration. And the other reason it's fascinating is because the enabling technology is all available, but it requires vendors and service providers to work together to integrate and provision
Security Pro: Skype Can Foil NSA Wiretappers
Commentary  |  2/21/2006  | 
If you're worried about the Feds snooping on your phone calls, there may be an easy solution: Use Skype VoIP software. Top security expert Bruce Schneier says that Skype encryption can foil the NSA wiretappers....
Offshoring: Cheaper Doesn't Mean Better
Commentary  |  2/21/2006  | 
Technology has done much to diminish the barriers geography imposes on business. Wireless is proving to be a productivity-boosting tool for workers in sales and other highly mobile areas. Mature, secure wide area networking technologies give companies a mechanism to improve the effectiveness of employees in branch offices by connecting them to the same corporate resources staff members have in headquarters. Both hardware and software also gives enterprises the means to improve their own cost
Hello, I'm Batman
Commentary  |  2/20/2006  | 
If you really want to (or are having trouble sleeping) first read this Bill. Basically it says that if you are annoyed by anything I write in this entry, you can certainly press federal charges. Oh wait, no you can't,...
Microsoft Free VoIP App May Kill Mobile Operators
Commentary  |  2/20/2006  | 
With little fanfare, Microsoft last week revealed it would release a free VoIP app that will let Office users to make free calls on Wi-Fi phones running Windows Mobile software. If I were a mobile operator, I'd be kissing billions...
Six Steps For Curing Malware Infections
Commentary  |  2/20/2006  | 
To remove malicious software from infected systems on your network, follow these simple steps.
Fibre Channel Shake 'n Bake
Commentary  |  2/18/2006  | 
Looks like the FC switch market's ready for shakeout.
Bloodied In Bentonville
Commentary  |  2/18/2006  | 
Looks like Cisco vs. McData will go at least three rounds
An IT Haiku For You
Commentary  |  2/17/2006  | 
The last time we posted an IT Haiku, folks were just starting to string up the holiday lights around the servers. Hey, don't blame us -- some of guys just don't know how to count syllables. Fortunately, John Gregor remembered...
Daily Spin: Can RIM Pull Out of Its Spin?
Commentary  |  2/17/2006  | 
Research in Motion (RIM) has its problems -- a nasty patent battle, not to mention Microsoft looming in its rear view mirror -- but NWC's review of the new BlackBerry Enterprise Server shows the company's technology progressing nicely. Get the...
Olympic Champ Is Spyware King
Commentary  |  2/17/2006  | 
Ausssie Olympic gold medallist Dale Begg-Smith does more than attack the slopes -- he's also a spyware king, through his companies AdsCPM and CPM Media, which are linked to home page hijackers, spyware, porn redirectors, and more, say several reports....
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  2/17/2006  | 
Happy Very Snowy Friday! Today I've got two freebies for you, so sit back and ignore the need to shovel the sidewalk for a while longer and read on......
AT&T Pays Off Congressmen To Kill Municipal Networks
Commentary  |  2/16/2006  | 
AT&T has been using its considerable checkbook to pay off Congressman to ban cities and towns from setting up their own broadband and wireless networks. The top two recipients of AT&T campaign donations in 2006 have proposed laws to ban...
Katrina's Communication Gaps
Commentary  |  2/16/2006  | 
Much has been said already about the devastating impact the communications breakdown had on the Gulf Coast during and in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina. Finger pointing from local to federal to state officials and then back again dominated news coverage and, no doubt, frustrated area residents as it seemed like the powers that be were not making the effort to help the stricken. Of course, there were also substantial technical communications issues contributing to this, issues that are <
NWC's Daily Spin: Inside our First 'Rolling Review'
Commentary  |  2/16/2006  | 
In November we began our quest to find the ultimate ESB (enterprise service bus) suite by issuing an invitation to a dozen vendors. Eight took us up on our challenge. Today and continuing for the next few weeks, Lori MacVittie...
Air Time: 3G and Smartphones: Skeptical Optimism
Commentary  |  2/16/2006  | 
Held in Barcelona, Spain, this week, the 3GSM World Congress is billed by its producers as the world's premiere mobile event. Last year, around 34,000 people attended the show, taking in the offerings of 685 exhibitors. This year's event has...
A Hex On You
Commentary  |  2/16/2006  | 
But in this case - net forensics - it's a good thing
Standards Watch: OASIS WS-Security
Commentary  |  2/15/2006  | 
OASIS today announced that the WS-Security (WSS) v1.1 specification has been ratified as a standard....
Google Desktop Privacy Dangers Are Overblown
Commentary  |  2/15/2006  | 
When the new Google Desktop was released, I was one of the first to warn about potential big-time invasions of privacy because your data would be stored on Google servers. But, in fact, those fears are overblown -- while there's...
Simple Strategy
Commentary  |  2/15/2006  | 
SAN vendors' Simple SAN strategy isn't just about simplicity
You Can Look, But You'd Better Not Touch
Commentary  |  2/14/2006  | 
As Microsoft continues to thrash it out with the European Commission over what it needs to do to get the antitrust monkey off its back, reader Bill Flanagan points out that its offer to open up some of its Windows...
Andreesen Gets Cisco Piggyback
Commentary  |  2/14/2006  | 
Has the Internet guru found his golden touch again?
NWC's Daily Spin: Real-World SOA
Commentary  |  2/14/2006  | 
Plenty of enterprises play around with Web services, but few have made as big a bet on a full-fledged service-oriented architecture (SOA) as medical manufacturer MedicAlert. Read all about their deployment and learn the five things you need to know...
Build Your Own NAS, part two.
Commentary  |  2/14/2006  | 
Don continues his work building a NAS from the motherboard up.
Translating Google's China Blog: I Am The Ajar Joke Reply
Commentary  |  2/14/2006  | 
Google just launched a blog for its China site, and because it's written in Chinese, I used Google's own translation tools to translate it. The results? No mention of the words "censorship" "freedom" or "Tiananmen Square" but plenty of hilarious...
My Healthcare Valentine
Commentary  |  2/14/2006  | 
In storage, healthcare is the place to be
Focus On Security
Commentary  |  2/13/2006  | 
As the year's biggest security conference RSA , gets underway this week in San Jose, it seems like a good time to both project and reflect on the dynamics that are making enterprise security such a challenge for many organizations. The for-profit cyber crime trend is keeping system administrators hopping to keep up with the increasingly dangerous nature of things like spam and spyware which were once looked at
Google: Porn? Users Don't Want No Stinkin' Porn!
Commentary  |  2/13/2006  | 
An interview in this week's Time cover story on Google has this interesting tidbit: Larry Page says that only "a small, single-digit percentage" of people search for porn on Google....
Where's The Love?
Commentary  |  2/11/2006  | 
Bad blood from the world of big bucks and big bytes
HP's Relevant Again
Commentary  |  2/11/2006  | 
Moves to strengthen hardware and software to show its commitment to storage
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