Content posted in February 2009
Dell Defines Data Center Productivity
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Organizations are best served by making systematic improvements across the data center ecosystem, Dell argues
Firewall Builder: Faster, Friendlier Network Security
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Looking for an effective, powerful, relatively easy to use firewall configuration tool? Allow me to introduce Firewall Builder -- a tool that just might become your new best friend.
Enterprises & Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Have no doubt: Some of your corporate data is already in the cloud, and more of it is heading that way
UC Integration, ROI, And Direction
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
You've got to position yourself to capture the ROI that you say you're going to deliver with UC.
Storage Vendor Humpty Dumpty
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Nexsan and EMC announced useful additions to their product lines, but the language they used is suspect
Change Has to Be Compelling
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
What's lacking on the FCoE front is the compelling event. For now, I think that many storage admins will sit this one out
E-Discovery Firm Scolded Over E-Discovery
Commentary  |  2/23/2009  | 
E-discovery firm Guidance Software is in the news for annoying an arbitrator in a wrongful termination case by not producing email messages
Radware Picks Up Nortel Switch
Commentary  |  2/23/2009  | 
Having filed for Chapter 11 protection, Nortel has been busily trying to revamp its operations and remain viable long term. The company has a number of attractive networking product lines, and one of them seems to have found a new home, so small and medium businesses can now rest easier.
SRM - More Important Than Ever
Commentary  |  2/20/2009  | 
With virtualization, manually tracking and updating storage resources on a spreadsheet may now be impossible
Encryption Made Easier
Commentary  |  2/20/2009  | 
It is clear that using encryption can help to protect against data loss, yet many companies still don't use it. Trade groups and vendors are working together to make encryption
Has the FAN Failed?
Commentary  |  2/19/2009  | 
A few years ago it appeared that the File Area Network would make managing all this data easier
IBM Embraces Dynamic Infrastructures
Commentary  |  2/19/2009  | 
This model of what might be called 'chaotically distributed computing' is a logical destination of the business IT revolution that began a generation ago
Practical Analysis: Cisco Should Open Proprietary EnergyWise Spec
Commentary  |  2/19/2009  | 
Cisco's doing this work in conjunction with a relatively small group of partners rather than bringing the idea to a proper standards body in an early stage.
Intel Invests - Who Else Will Step Up?
Commentary  |  2/18/2009  | 
Will we see some of the cash-rich companies in the storage industry following Intel's lead?
Surf's Up! Wave 2 of IBM's Information Infrastructure Has Arrived
Commentary  |  2/18/2009  | 
IBM sets a visionary framework, but also realizes that product and service sales are driven by what it can do for customers today
UC: All About Predictability
Commentary  |  2/18/2009  | 
I had a chance to chat recently with Henry Dewing of Forrester Research about Forrester's latest UC report, and the conversation quickly turned to ROI.
The Promise of FCoE
Commentary  |  2/17/2009  | 
I think it has promise for enterprise users. It has more promise for FC vendors
WAN Optimization System Continues to Morph
Commentary  |  2/17/2009  | 
Boundary lines among different products should always be draw in pencil rather than in pen. As technology matures, autonomous products often are melded, and the integration simplifies user deployments and eases management. Such a transition appears to be taking place in the WAN optimization market.
Server Memory vs. SSD
Commentary  |  2/13/2009  | 
There are several reasons why an SSD is a better investment than putting more memory in your servers
Another Cloud Failure
Commentary  |  2/13/2009  | 
Problems with consumer cloud offerings provide another reason for enterprise IT managers to go slow with cloud storage and computing services
IBM, Savvis Get Cloud Fever
Commentary  |  2/13/2009  | 
Both vendors have provided on-demand and utility computing and storage services for years. Now they're jumping into the cloud
The NAS That Don't Get No Respect
Commentary  |  2/12/2009  | 
It has most of the features and capabilities that the competition offers, and at a lower price. So why do so many people look down their noses at it?
Storage in Crisis?
Commentary  |  2/11/2009  | 
To compare this situation to the Great Depression or even the IT bubble burst of 2001 is a bit dramatic and, for the most part, overstated
So What Is The Value Of Video?
Commentary  |  2/11/2009  | 
As enterprises look for ways to save on travel and to do business internationally in a more effective and cost-efficient manner, video is poised to take off.
Optimizing iSCSI & VMware
Commentary  |  2/10/2009  | 
Any serious VMware admin should read 'A Multivendor Post to help our mutual iSCSI customers using VMware' for tips on iSCSI networks hosting VMware ESX hosts
EMC & Microsoft Extend Strategic Alliance
Commentary  |  2/10/2009  | 
The two vendors will work together on storage and information protection in virtualized environments and preventing data breaches with leading-edge security solutions
Backup Software, Part 1
Commentary  |  2/9/2009  | 
Backup touches just about every component of your infrastructure, and if there is a weakness it will expose it at the most inappropriate moment
iSCSI & VMware
Commentary  |  2/6/2009  | 
I've taught guys with no storage background to manage iSCSI SANs in two hours; those that have Fibre Channel SANs have VARs do most of the management
A Time for Storage Bargains
Commentary  |  2/5/2009  | 
For storage managers with money to spend, this may be the best of times to negotiate a good deal
Will FCoE Be 2009's Next Victim?
Commentary  |  2/4/2009  | 
Big projects are being set aside in favor of extending what is already there and driving a faster ROI
Microsoft, Iron Mountain Back Up to the Cloud
Commentary  |  2/3/2009  | 
The vendors offer a good solution for those without DR sites and those using backup tapes in a warehouse as their retention mechanism
The Mobile UC Endpoint
Commentary  |  2/3/2009  | 
Will the smartphone become your only computer, and if so, what are the implications for the enterprise-in terms of cost and security, among other issues?
Cisco/Dell Announce Next-Gen Business Solutions
Commentary  |  2/2/2009  | 
The combined solutions are designed to simplify the management of next-generation data centers with a unified networking fabric that consolidates LAN, SAN, and server cluster network environments
Cymphonix Broadens Security Appliance Line
Commentary  |  2/2/2009  | 
The boundary lines between security and network management functions have been blurry ever since the first firewalls emerged a decade ago. Increasingly, Web content management vendors have been moving into the network management space, and one supplier, whose eyes have been on the small and medium business market segment, has moved in that direction.
Polycom QDX 6000 Aims To Make Hi-Quality Videoconferencing Affordable
Commentary  |  2/2/2009  | 
For most companies, videoconferencing sounds like a great way to cut travel costs while staying in touch with remote customers, suppliers, and partners. But somehow, the crappy quality of the cheap systems and the intimidating prices and complexity of high-end solutions keep them from actually doing it.

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