Content posted in March 2008
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Cradle To Grave, Baby
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
Virtual Center can support 200 hosts and 2,000 VMs. VMware's new Lifecycle Manager offers hope to automate and track those thousands of containers...
Cinci Bell Goes Thin With Sun
Commentary  |  3/30/2008  | 
I wrote on Sun's VDI upgrade earlier this month. Charlie Babcock interviewed Jeff Harvey from Cincinnati Bell about that company's VDI deployment...
Amazon Says S3, Cloud Services On the Rise
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
Amazon says its storage and computing services are gaining enterprise traction
Malware Brought Hannaford Down!
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
It???s been widely reported today that the source of the recent massive credit card theft at the Hannaford and SweetBay grocery chains was a pervasively installed piece of malware. The finding was revealed in a letter from Hannaford general counsel...
Data Centers Push Power Threshold
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
Data centers are consuming energy faster than ever
Desk Phones Are Toast - Right?
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
I just saw a UK "green" study that warns that desk phones are headed for the scrap heap as we begin to rely exclusively on our mobile handsets. Are we ready for that brave new world?
Beyond Consolidation
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Should we call this stage two of adoption for virtualization? Am I jumping too soon with my "1x1 makes sense" pitch?
Cloud Computing Depends on Virtualization
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
IBM's latest endeavor shows virtualization as a prereq for cloud computing
Even the Government is Getting Into Social Networking
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
A social networking site has been launched that is targeting the tech employees of the federal government to help them communicate on how they can use technology to improve their agencies. Did you hear that? The government -- not known for its nimbleness or flexibility -- is jumping on the Web 2.0 bandwagon. Smaller businesses, it's time.
Friday Demos
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
One of the traditions of BrainShare is the Friday keynote, where Novell shows off some of the things that are in the works. This year was no exception (video here). Many of the demos were results of Novell's "hack week,"...
Enterprise Spending Will Recede, Analyst Says
Commentary  |  3/24/2008  | 
If you think IT will skip this latest downturn, think again
VMware To Double R&D Presence In India
Commentary  |  3/24/2008  | 
VMware's Bangalore engineering office to grow to 1,000+ in two years. Add in 200 or so other sales and support employees, 160 channel partners, university partnerships and many customers across India to look at the big picture.
Small Post, Tiny Footprint
Commentary  |  3/23/2008  | 
Ubuntu's JeOS (say 'juice' if you must) weighs in at 151 MB. Want to roll your own VMware miniappliance? JeOS is a pretty good place to start.
What's on the DR Site Menu
Commentary  |  3/21/2008  | 
A look at the human challenges of DR planning
The Sad Case of the Shareholder's Shark
Commentary  |  3/21/2008  | 
Founder of Melberg Weiss is facing the feds
Rethink The Business Case?
Commentary  |  3/21/2008  | 
Every P2V business case is about cost savings, right? You know the pitch; consolidation will set you (and your budget) free. PR firms are even touting virtualization as the saving grace for budget woes in the coming Dark Age, er, recession. What if I told you that IT pros up and down the food chain are looking at VM'ing to resolve server-build hassles and a list of other operational woes? What if I said those same folks are expecting costs to be neutral, or higher for P2V, but
Dell & EMC: No Parting of Ways
Commentary  |  3/20/2008  | 
Gums are flapping about rifts in the Dell/EMC partnership, but it's not going anywhere
Bluesocket?s `11n On PoE? Story
Commentary  |  3/20/2008  | 
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Bluesocket regarding its forthcoming 802.11n Draft 2.0 access point. Although announced back in December 2007, the actual release date of its BSAP-1800 will be sometime in April 2008 and will be submitted...
NetApp's Charitable, Too
Commentary  |  3/19/2008  | 
Not as vocal as EMC, NetApp has its own agenda for giving
Alas, Poor Lockdown. I Knew Him Well, Horatio
Commentary  |  3/19/2008  | 
NAC pioneer Lockdown Networks bit the dust, as pioneers often do. It shut its doors unceremoniously at 1 p.m. yesterday and put up a notice on its Web site that it would contact customers. My sources at Lockdown report all...
The Start Of Market Consolidation?
Commentary  |  3/19/2008  | 
Lockdown Networks has closed its doors and is looking for someone to buy it's IP. Is this just the beginning of the NAC market consolidation, or an isolated event?
Is Web 2.0 An Endangered Species?
Commentary  |  3/19/2008  | 
Yesterday I read two articles that suggested Web 2.0 growth is stunted, if not actually in danger of stopping altogether....
Does Desktop Virtualization Need Desktop SOA?
Commentary  |  3/19/2008  | 
Part of the rationale for Web services has always been that they can tunnel through firewalls, linking networks that are otherwise securely separated. Virtualization puts up similar barriers between applications within a single machine, so will crossing them require similar...
Intel's Next Top Model?
Commentary  |  3/19/2008  | 
Who else wants Mike's job? He gets to hang out at Intel predicting the future of computing.
EMC Donates $100K to Digital Causes
Commentary  |  3/19/2008  | 
Recipients range from the St. Petersburg Philharmonic to the Edgar Allen Poe Museum
XEN + OES Clustering = Wow
Commentary  |  3/18/2008  | 
What happens when you take OES Linux clustering and add XEN virtualization to the mix? The combination can be quite powerful when creating high availability for services. In the traditional cluster, services are made highly available. Should it fail on...
Novell To Udate OES In 4Q
Commentary  |  3/18/2008  | 
Expected later this year, Novell will release an update to the Open Enterprise Server 2 product. Targeted for a 4Q release with a public beta this summer, Novell plans to add support for 64-bit eDirectory, improved migration tools, and Domain...
New Credit Card Breach Will Test PCI
Commentary  |  3/18/2008  | 
The latest exposure of more than 4 million credit and debit card numbers may strain the validity and stability of the credit card industry's controversial security rules....
NAC As A Training Tool
Commentary  |  3/18/2008  | 
Gord Boyce, president of ForeScout Technologies has an interesting article about using NAC to change behavior up on Enterprise Networks & Servers asking Are Your Users Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? I find the idea intriguing because using NAC to lock down a network is onerous.
USB Drives Are Forever
Commentary  |  3/18/2008  | 
The ultimate love token: a piece of removable media
Sun VDI 2.0 Offers Anywhere, Anyhow Desktops
Commentary  |  3/18/2008  | 
Sun's rapid move to v2.0 brings a new Virtual Desktop Connector hoping to serve as a "universal translator" for many-to-any desktop delivery.
Campus Craze: Outsourced Email
Commentary  |  3/17/2008  | 
Google and Microsoft freebies offer glimpse of email outsourcing's future
Novell 4-Year Plan
Commentary  |  3/17/2008  | 
In the Monday BrainShare keynote (the video of the keynote is here) Novell talked about its new strategic plan, under the code name Fassa. Dr. Jeff Jaffe talked about how Novell wants to drive innovation in enterprise computing, helping companies...
BMC Buys BladeLogic For $800M
Commentary  |  3/17/2008  | 
BMC's second shot at Server Configuration Management
Packing My Bags -- Off To BrainShare
Commentary  |  3/14/2008  | 
Novell's BrainShare: a time when the 'faithful' flock to Salt Lake City to see what Novell has been up to in the past year -- and to see what future promises are made.
Kidaro, Microsoft, And Struggling To Define Desktop Virtualization
Commentary  |  3/14/2008  | 
I spoke with Kidaro CEO Kevin Brown for about 90 seconds yesterday afternoon; the conversation was cut short due to an emergency conflict on my end. Kevin and I hope to reconnect via phone next week while he is in Israel. I suspect he and his will be a bit busy for the foreseeable future, what with that recent Microsoft acquisition...
EMC's Centera Upgrade Deconstructed
Commentary  |  3/14/2008  | 
It may not pay to make too much of today's Centera upgrade
SAN's Dark Horse Protocol
Commentary  |  3/13/2008  | 
Data center Ethernet may be the protocol to watch
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