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Content posted in March 2007
Faceoff in the Vertical
Commentary  |  3/31/2007  | 
An oil and gas confab reminds us that NetApp doesn't love Isilon
The Next Wave Of Enterprise Smartphones
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Many IT pros have felt the pain of supporting the first wave of smartphones, but you're going to need to learn how to live with these devices--and be prepared for
The Truth About Storage Reliability
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
A pair of studies on storage technology reveal some disturbing facts about disk drive performance and reliability.
Late to the Party
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
Dell floats into the data center services fete on its own cloud
He Said/He Said: VoIP Engineering Challenges
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
Over in our News Analysis section, we wrote up a story about a Network Instruments survey in which network engineers expressed concern about their ability to keep VoIP apps up and running. Our technology editors had their own thoughts:...
Quidquid Latine Dictum Sit, Altum Videtur*
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
Managers who ask a lot from their charges but never take up their causes are rarely respected.
Microsoft's Parallel Universe
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
There's nothing simple about Redmond's management system marketing
Desktops Dive Into USBs
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
USB drives - security saviors or data demons?
Xyratex Hits the Mark
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
Buoyed by its RAID controller business, Xyratex posts impressive first-quarter results
Truckin' Storage
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
Rackable puts data center 'operators' behind the wheel - the tandem trailer wheel
Storm Clouds Over Los Alamos
Commentary  |  3/24/2007  | 
Woes coalesce at the birthplace of the atomic bomb
Hacking Intranets
Commentary  |  3/23/2007  | 
If anyone is interested in the Hacking Intranets presentation I gave this week, video (which very poor audio quality, unfortunately), slides, and the demo code are available online. I'm not super-pleased with the results as I think I tried to...
Pandemic Plans Pan Out
Commentary  |  3/22/2007  | 
If it's not avian flu, it might be a dirty bomb
Tempest in the Tea Leaves
Commentary  |  3/21/2007  | 
Should you care whether Brocade is leading the FC switch market?
No cookie for you!
Commentary  |  3/19/2007  | 
In preparation for my upcoming presentation on web security and abusing browsers, I was going over the long list of protection measures that either aren't in place, or don't work against the potential threats, when I stumbled across one bright...
The Ides of March
Commentary  |  3/16/2007  | 
More good reasons to beware
Vista in the Enterprise
Commentary  |  3/16/2007  | 
Death. Taxes. Vista. Face it--some things are inevitable. We surveyed over 500 readers about the good, the bad and the ugly of Microsoft's latest desktop OS and developed a
Strategy Session: Judging Products
Commentary  |  3/16/2007  | 
What makes a product right for one industry could make it exactly wrong for another industry. By exposing our detailed evaluation process, you can more effectively assess products for
Predictably Prim
Commentary  |  3/16/2007  | 
EMC and NetApp greet news of SAS with moue of distaste
Infosec World 2007
Commentary  |  3/15/2007  | 
I'll be making a very brief appearance at Infosec World next week. If anyone's planning on being there and would like to stop by and say "hello", I'm unfortunately presenting at 8:30 on Tuesday, and leaving just after my talk....
Hockey, Bombs & Belgians
Commentary  |  3/15/2007  | 
Strange PowerPoints and overheated analogies were on the rampage in Irvine this week
Cash and Burn: Three Generations of Telephony Failures
Commentary  |  3/15/2007  | 
Despite the best efforts of the communications industry, telephony servers have never been a strategic buy. Most VoIP purchases are made to increase business value rather than transform the enterprise.
OpenBSD Remote Exploit
Commentary  |  3/14/2007  | 
OpenBSD is usually touted as one of the most secure networked operating systems. Of course, part of that reputation was gained because for years it's disabled unnecessary services (or even sometimes mostly necessary ones -- like SSH) by default. Still,...
Virtually Changed Landscape
Commentary  |  3/14/2007  | 
Cisco's purchase of NeoPath draws some lines in the sand where file virtualization's concerned
Wireless Propagator: When Wi-Fi Clients Meet Infrastructure
Commentary  |  3/13/2007  | 
Frank Bulk shares some tips and advice on managing client Wi-Fi profiles in a listserv.
The Wireless Edge: Disconnect!
Commentary  |  3/13/2007  | 
Being always connected may be good for productivity, but it can wreak havoc with peace of mind....
Enterprise Wi-Fi Architecture--Proprietary from Edge to Core
Commentary  |  3/13/2007  | 
The battle for best WLAN architecture continues to this day. With new technologies like 802.11n and dual-mode telephony on the long-term strategy agenda, the war continues.
The NWC Interview: Imperva's Shlomo Kramer
Commentary  |  3/13/2007  | 
The co-founder, president and CEO of Imperva, and co-founder of Check Point, discusses database and Web application security. Listen Now | Read The Interview...
Thank God for Regulations
Commentary  |  3/13/2007  | 
In a switch, enterprises have reason to be grateful for the alphabet soup that makes up compliance laws
Who Gets The Cellular Bill?
Commentary  |  3/9/2007  | 
According to soon-to-be-released research from In-Stat: The most effective way for an organization to manage its telecommunications resources is to treat wireless the way most organizations treat wireline services and other business productivity services. This means that users contract for...
Spam: Ninety Percent and Rising?
Commentary  |  3/9/2007  | 
In an otherwise slow news day, this caught my eye, from an interview with Microsoft's CIO: Q: How about the things we are hearing a lot about--spam and spyware? A: We get a lot of spam. We get 10 million...
Intel's Email Maelstrom
Commentary  |  3/9/2007  | 
Chip giant admits to storage snafus in AMD dispute
NWC @ VoiceCon
Commentary  |  3/8/2007  | 
Network Computing's editors and tech experts were in Orlando this week reporting from the forum for business IP telephony. Here is a list of the news, analysis and highlights from the show: • New Nortel Unified Communications Products •...
Spam/Not Spam
Commentary  |  3/8/2007  | 
Verizon recently won a lawsuit against SMS spammers. As e-mail providers, ISPs and enterprises have cracked down on e-mail spam, spammers have looked toward other mediums including instant messaging (discussed in Mike DeMaria's article this month on IM security appliances)...
Storage Upheaval
Commentary  |  3/8/2007  | 
Is storage headed for a fall, or just slimming down for the next big endurance event?
IPM Debuts
Commentary  |  3/7/2007  | 
Take that, you nasty flaks!
Scrunchable Storage
Commentary  |  3/7/2007  | 
Options are proliferating for reducing your storage profile
Marketing on 42nd Street
Commentary  |  3/6/2007  | 
Sun's PR machine gets ever more mysterious
IP Theft Needs Attention
Commentary  |  3/5/2007  | 
ESG study shows IT pros intent on internal threats to intellectual property
Talent Shortage? Employers Must Take Some Of The Rap
Commentary  |  3/3/2007  | 
Many tech pros are demoralized, thanks to knee-jerk offshore outsourcing and the post-bubble malaise. Employers must move beyond the "you should be happy you have a job" mentality.
Chinese Shockwaves
Commentary  |  3/2/2007  | 
Wall Street - and the storage industry - ride the ebb and flow of the global economy
Strategy Session: Farewell to the IT Brotherhood
Commentary  |  3/2/2007  | 
The new age of IT is upon us and today's IT pragmatists are a different breed. It's time for the "old schoolers" to ditch the attitudes, lose the cloaks and
Air Time: Informationalist for Hire
Commentary  |  3/1/2007  | 
A new breed of professional, informationalists are tech-savvy and focused on helping individuals and organizations function more effectively in an information-driven society.


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