Content posted in February 2007
More on VMWare/Microsoft War of Words
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
In our news analysis section, we detail sparring by VMWare and Microsoft over the future of virtualization. Software licensing is going to have to change in the age of virtualization. Who's got it right, Microsoft or its upstart rivals? Our...
Major Vendors to Set Standards for IT Energy Efficiency
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
The Green Grid is a new standards body promoting energy efficiency in the IT industry. Its goals are to reduce energy costs and help enterprises better manage energy usage by developing industry-wide metrics for measuring power usage and efficiency, create...
Information Strategist: Fixing Storage Before It Fixes Us
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Despite advances in archiving, compression and other storage technologies, the unmanaged growth of data isn't going away soon. We have to fix the broken storage model before it's too
HP's Willingness to Buy
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
Polyserve purchase intended to bolster HP's market position in NAS, virtualization
He Said/He Said: Siemens UC Strategy
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
NWC's wireless experts Frank Bulk and Sean Ginevan had a chance to talk with Siemens executives about the new offering and the company's approach to unified communications. Read the news story here: Then click through to read their he said/he...
VMware Slams Microsoft
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
Claims Redmond's hindering freedom of virtualization
The NWC Interview: EMC's Mark Lewis
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Mark Lewis, chief development officer at information-storage giant EMC, talks about his company's growth through acquisitions--a total of 23 companies in the past three years. Listen Now | Read the Interview...
He-Said/He-Said: WiMAX vs. Landline Broadband
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
Over in our News Analysis section today, we have a story on the IEEE working to boost WiMAX speeds. That led a couple of our editors, Frank Bulk and Sean Ginevan, to debate the prospect of a wireless technology overtaking...
Spam's Next Wave
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
Can email security vendors battle botnets?
Default passwords and how not to do it
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
A recent discussion about a Cisco speakerphone vulnerability reminded me this is far from the first time Cisco's had password problems. You'd think a company that has spent so much on security branding and indeed is recognized as the first...
Crowded Data Pool
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Everything about continuous data protection has gotten so ordinary -- except its price
WAN Optimization Inches On
Commentary  |  2/21/2007  | 
A slew of announcements reveal what's missing as well as what's improved
Maybe a Milestone
Commentary  |  2/20/2007  | 
Cleversafe's project gathers momentum
XBRL's Potential Fallout
Commentary  |  2/17/2007  | 
New compliance requirements could backfire in US
Strategy Session: Automate Now! But What?
Commentary  |  2/16/2007  | 
Automating policy enforcement is far more effective than attempting to enforce it manually. The impetus for implementing automation has already hit us. Now it's time to figure out
Analysis: Information Lifecycle Management
Commentary  |  2/16/2007  | 
We examine the business value of adopting ILM tools and practices to manage your data, and why vendors continue to take a scattershot approach to data retention. Can IT pull
Encryption on the Back Burner
Commentary  |  2/15/2007  | 
While security gets lots of attention, encryption devices still haven't caught on
Breaking DNS with Wildcard records
Commentary  |  2/15/2007  | 
Charter Communication???s wildcard DNS resolution maybe useful to users surfing the web through a browser, but will break all other IP applications. Error handling needs to be performed locally by the application receiving the error. Handling errors in the network...
Cash and Burn: A Storage David Stalks Goliath
Commentary  |  2/15/2007  | 
In his new column, NWC editor David Greenfield explores the best and brightest start-ups making pings on our industry's radar. First up, a new Israeli company aiming to be
Alcatel-Lucent Goes SIP Crazy
Commentary  |  2/15/2007  | 
Behind the discussions of innovation and enterprise-focus that permeated the keynotes and speeches here at the Alcatel-Lucent enterprise forum in Paris, the company demoted the SIP focus that will occupy much of is innovation this year....
D-Wave's Quantum Leap
Commentary  |  2/14/2007  | 
Is it a bird? A plane? No, just some Canadian techies
New Meaning to Expensive WiFi
Commentary  |  2/14/2007  | 
I'm here at the Alcatel-Lucent user forum on the day of love in the city of love getting a brain dump on Alcatel-Lucent's...
Legal Brief: Take Heed: FTC Enforcement in Guidance Case
Commentary  |  2/14/2007  | 
After the loss of thousands of customer records, Guidance Software has become the FTC's 14th data-security case. How does the FTC choose who to file suit against, and what do
Overdue Backup for Backup
Commentary  |  2/14/2007  | 
Reporting and monitoring tools that should be mainstream are just showing up now
Read My Lips
Commentary  |  2/13/2007  | 
Suggested use of new interviewing tool
The NWC Interview: Mark Lewis, EMC
Commentary  |  2/13/2007  | 
Mark Lewis, Chief Development Officer at information-storage giant EMC, talks about his company's efforts to grow through acquisition....
For Hackers, By a Hacker
Commentary  |  2/13/2007  | 
It can sometimes be challenging to convince folks that Network Computing is serious about the motto, "For IT, By IT" (see banner, two inches to the right). It's not just a nice sounding phrase, but a major cornerstone of the...
Extrusion Protection Heads for the Desktop
Commentary  |  2/12/2007  | 
Extrusion protection is heading for the desktop. Once defined by gateway appliances that monitored Web, e-mail and IM traffic for sensitive information that might be slipping out of the enterprise, a new crop of products put an agent directly on...
Redrawing the Storage Map
Commentary  |  2/10/2007  | 
Lots and lots of bytes loom behind the Great Wall of China
Cisco Trust Agent not going open source
Commentary  |  2/9/2007  | 
According to Neil Wu Becker, PR Manger, Security, for Cisco, "Cisco is NOT open-sourcing CTA, nor do we have any plan to do so. We're not even considering it -- it's not something on our radar and it's not a...
The Slings & Arrows of IPOs
Commentary  |  2/9/2007  | 
Isilon and Riverbed plummet as Mellanox soars
Isilon's Counting on Clusters
Commentary  |  2/9/2007  | 
Says EMC and NetApp haven't made inroads into clustered NAS yet
Which PC Is A Windows Vista PC?
Commentary  |  2/8/2007  | 
It appears that PC vendors are nearly as confused as consumers when it comes to determining what is a Vista PC. Here is the lowdown on what's out there,
Bye Bye BrightStor
Commentary  |  2/8/2007  | 
CA is 'simplifying the user experience.' Brace yourself for storage changes
HDS Joins M&A Game
Commentary  |  2/7/2007  | 
Archivas buy ends 5-year acquisition drought for storage giant
Virtually Secure
Commentary  |  2/6/2007  | 
IBM puts the sHype back into Hypervisor
"Real World" Security
Commentary  |  2/6/2007  | 
As I traveled out to San Francisco for RSA 2007 I was again struck by how, in many ways, the "real world" could use a security refresher. There are a number of examples where security researchers have exposed flaws in...
Pillar's Power Pitch
Commentary  |  2/6/2007  | 
Pillar Data Systems does some 'green' math
Fixing DHCP NAC Enforcement
Commentary  |  2/4/2007  | 
Extreme's ExtremeXOS 11.6, available on the X450 and BlackDiamond switches are getting an uplift that starts to make DHCP NAC enforcement comparable to 802.1X for enforcement. The feature enhancement tracks DHCP leases as they are handed out and applies ACL's...
The Corporate Push Into Virtual Worlds
Commentary  |  2/3/2007  | 
Companies as varied as Toyota, Dell, Sears, and Adidas have all established bulkheads in the 3-D virtual world called "Second Life." Is this influx of brands an exciting precursor of
In-Band's Virtual Song
Commentary  |  2/3/2007  | 
DataCore tries to leapfrog IBM, switch-based virtualization
Deep Storage: Does Tape Have a Place?
Commentary  |  2/2/2007  | 
At this stage of the data back-up game, tape shouldn't be the first line of defense. But it does make an excellent fallback, one you shouldn't be without.
Reality IT: The More Things Change...
Commentary  |  2/2/2007  | 
On the surface, IT seems to be in a constant state of change. But beneath the churn of technology, the profession is guided by long-standing principles.
Strategy Session: A Tale of Two CIOs
Commentary  |  2/2/2007  | 
I recently spoke with the CIOs of two very different businesses, and it got me wondering: How should NWC serve the unique needs of both these vertical industries?
Storage Toughens Up
Commentary  |  2/2/2007  | 
Removable media gets 'battle-ready'
Make Your Own Blue Screen of Death!
Commentary  |  2/1/2007  | 
A while back we asked our readers to come up with their ideas for a livelier substitute to Microsoft's infamous, but visually mundane Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). You can find all those lovely submissions here at the Top 11...
Changing face of capacity planning
Commentary  |  2/1/2007  | 
If you???re still thinking of network capacity planning as speeds and feeds, then take a deep breath. Electrical power may well become the limiting factor in equipment purchases. Low wattage desktop devices like VoIP phones are on the market and...
Limelight Storage an Inside Job
Commentary  |  2/1/2007  | 
Content provider bypasses SAN for direct-attached SATA on massive scale
Shop 'Til They Drop
Commentary  |  2/1/2007  | 
For storage firms, the shopping season goes all year long
DEMO doesn't do complexity
Commentary  |  2/1/2007  | 
DEMO continued this afternoon with another spate of vendors, you guessed it, demo'ing their products. The format of DEMO is an interesting one. Each vendor gets six minutes to show off its product, and the time limit is strictly observed....

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