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Content posted in May 2005
The Threat from Inside
Commentary  |  5/27/2005  | 
Sorry it's been a week since the last podcast, but it's been a full week, with plans for upcoming tests, new products to look at, and plenty of news on the security front to think about. I've got a couple...
Cisco-FineGround Won't Go Beyond the WAN
Commentary  |  5/26/2005  | 
Cisco Systems Inc. confirmed today that it is acquiring FineGround, a privately-held company that makes WAN acceleration technology, for the tidy sum of $70 million.The acquisition shows that Cisco understands the need to make more efficient use of WAN bandwidth...
Composite Applications - Really.
Commentary  |  5/25/2005  | 
Composite Software, one of our 2005 Well Connected Award winners, has not been resting on its laurels. Composite recently introduced its Composite Application Views, which can communicate directly with Siebel and SAP APIs (PeopleSoft is expected to be supported later...
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changepoint
Commentary  |  5/25/2005  | 
We weren't certain exactly where Compuware was going when it acquired our 2004 Portfolio Management Well Connected Award winner Changepoint, but after speaking to Compuware briefly last week we see the light. Compuware announced Changepoint 10 this week and they've...
Would you call it C3-"PC"-O?
Commentary  |  5/23/2005  | 
If your obsession with all things Star Wars has just enough room for one more frivolous but highly coveted purchase (the Jar-Jar Binks toilet brush just didn't satisfy your cravings), Alienware's about to make your midichlorians happy: the company will...
Column: The Dynamic Data Center
Commentary  |  5/20/2005  | 
It takes more than fancy facilities with high-tech bells and whistles to make a data center truly impressive.
The Federation (Identity)
Commentary  |  5/18/2005  | 
Tonight's podcast is about identity federation, and especially about IBM's latest announcements on the topic. Last week I had a chance to talk via phone with Joe Anthony of IBM, and he shared some of the thinkgs that he sees...
The Asians Are Coming
Commentary  |  5/17/2005  | 
Whether you're a manufacturer, developer or enterprise manager of information technology, you already see the writing on the wall: Tech pros in China, India, Taiwan, South Korea and other Asian countries aren't just partners, but also potential competitors. Adjusting to...
Intelligent Switches, et al.
Commentary  |  5/14/2005  | 
Here we are, a few days from the start of testing for the Storage Pipeline "Intelligent Switch" review. Interestingly enough, after wending my way through the learning curve of intelligent switching - there is a LOT that you have to...
We're No. 1 -- In Identity Theft
Commentary  |  5/13/2005  | 
First in war, first in peace and first in -- identity theft? That's the verdict on the United States, according to a report issued earlier this week by Aite Group, a Boston research firm. In fact, the report says, identity...
Another Cheap PC?
Commentary  |  5/12/2005  | 
A couple of our online news competitors this week are running a big story about Via Technologies, a Taiwanese PC manufacturer that is preparing to launch a new range of low-cost PCs that will be offered for as little as...
An N+I Interview
Commentary  |  5/12/2005  | 
I promised more podcasting about the things I saw and heard at Networld + Interop, and I've finally shaken off the need to sleep (and catch up on work that was waiting when I got back) enough to get started....
NWC Inc. Widgets have Competition
Commentary  |  5/11/2005  | 
And people thought NWC Inc. widgets were crazy, with combination Pez dispenser/MP3 players... ION Technologies just introduced its Flashlite USB Data Drive. It is designed to be multi-functional, by doubling as a utility light and personal data storage device. It...
Reboot the Data Center
Commentary  |  5/11/2005  | 
Some days you just know things aren't going to go your way... Like when you get to the lab and the UPS is screaming at you. Every five seconds, two short, ear-piercing high-frequency beeps. Annoying as hell. So you try...
Acquisition of the Week
Commentary  |  5/11/2005  | 
Today IBM acquired Gluecode, an Open Source Solution vendor who built applications on top of the Apache/Geronimo stack. Long a supporter of open source in general, IBM has now stepped firmly into support of the OSS business model, which gives...
Lessons and observations of the past week, from Interop to today
Commentary  |  5/10/2005  | 
1) I've seen the words "convergence" and "converged networks" all over the place. "See our new twenty four port 10/100 unmanaged switch, for today's converged networks." Why on earth would anyone want to plug PoE devices into a 10GE switch?...
Cisco games.
Commentary  |  5/9/2005  | 
So a coworker sent me this link with a comment about it being 'my kind of thing'. She was right, I went through the registration process and played three levels of the SAN game. There are three games out there...
At N+I, We Oughta Be in Pictures
Commentary  |  5/9/2005  | 
For many years now, we've had a little tradition at the annual Well-Connected Awards at Networld+Interop. The editors of Network Computing get the opportunity to show a completely different side of themselves -- thespians extrodinare. During this year's awards ceremony,...
Five (or so) Funniest things I heard at N+I
Commentary  |  5/6/2005  | 
Okay, so N+I isn't a storage show. With SNW and SD sandwiching it in, there weren't a lot of storage vendors there other than the ones we invited to the Well Connected Awards ceremony. Thus, I only got a few...
Fun at Interop
Commentary  |  5/6/2005  | 
If you weren't at the show you missed a few things that while not necessarily technology focused were pretty cool (or just plain strange). ForumSystems' 35 foot scalable "X" was hard to miss no matter where you were on the...
Near real-time from Interop
Commentary  |  5/6/2005  | 
Well that was an interesting show... Aside from judging Best of Interop and spending an evening partying with our Well Connected Award winners (Fritz sure knows how to throw a party), I found time to squeeze in some briefings and...
Reality IT: Group Therapy Can Cure Mergermania
Commentary  |  5/6/2005  | 
Mergers can be messy, particularly on the different IT departments. But with careful planning and sensitivity to personnel issues, harmony--not horror--can reign.
Don't Give Up on Outsourcing
Commentary  |  5/6/2005  | 
Sure, customers complain about outsourcing's costs and complexity, but companies have been falling into and out of love with the practice for more than a decade.
Politics Takes on Technology
Commentary  |  5/6/2005  | 
Legislation that prevents municipalities from deploying advanced network technologies is bad public policy.
Winners from Interop
Commentary  |  5/5/2005  | 
You know, this business of running on three hours sleep a night has considerably less charm now than it did when I was 25...anyway, I'm going to be doing more podcasts based on things I done here at Interop, but...
Most IT Projects Finish Late, Overrun Budgets
Commentary  |  5/5/2005  | 
Each year since 1994, a research firm called the Standish Group has interviewed thousands of IT people to find out how their projects are going. The results are fascinating, if a little bit scary. http://www.standishgroup.com/sample_research/index.phpAccording to Standish Group's 2004 CHAOS...
From the Halls of Interop
Commentary  |  5/3/2005  | 
This week, I'm out in Las Vegas at the Interop trade show, and the fun is just beginning. I plan to have some interesting news from the show floor, but first, I have to get there. Yesterday and this morning...
Ever Advancing...
Commentary  |  5/3/2005  | 
So we're gearing up for a couple of major reviews in the storage part of the Green Bay Lab, thought I'd let you know so you can let us know if there's anything specific you want us to find out....


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