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Content posted in September 2007
A Press Room Lament
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
This week's Storage Decisions wins the prize
Harnessing Wireless Performance Management
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Performance management is important as more applications rely on robust infrastructure and place much higher demands on the network to provide high-quality voice, video and other converged content to wireless users.
The Data Center Vs. The Network
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
If you buy into Cisco's virtualization claims, start planning on a smaller data center.
WAN Optimization, LAN Degradation
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Despite a growing trend toward data center consolidation, remote office support is still one obstacle to contend with.
Text Messaging As A Political Tool: Who Has The Right To Decide What Gets Through?
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Where do telecom carriers draw the line when it comes to blocking text messages that they deem controversial or inappropriate? Just take Verizon Wireless as an example of a carrier that's feeling a lot of heat after refusing to allow an abortion rights advocacy group to set up a text message alert system on its network.
Pillar's Choice Reflects Storage De-Dupe Trend
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
Pillar hedges its bets by aligning with multiple vendors, FalconStor first
Not So Good 2B Google
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
As if it weren't enough that Microsoft is gunning for Google with Live Search, now a self-proclaimed ethics watchdog group has the company in its sights for -- get this -- hosting copyrighted movies on Google Video. We're shocked! shocked!...
Data Centers -- Who Needs 'Em Anyway?
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
Data centers: they're expensive, hard to power and cool, and full of cranky hardware and software that requires ceaseless attention. But what can you do? Make it somebody else's problem.
Eat Your Oatmeal -- And Plan For Catastrophe
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
As virtualization enables us to reduce the number of physical servers needed to run our data centers, and new power and cooling technologies make it feasible to set up in less-specialized facilities, there's even less reason to skimp on DR.
A Gender-Based Look at Storage
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
Is storage networking really an old boys' club? We think not
HDS's MAID Mystery
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
Vendor's 'green IT' stuff looks an awful lot like M--D
Trust in the Workplace: It All Comes Back to YouTube
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
Why doesn't anyone want to talk about their network usage policies? Is it because how you let your employees use the Internet, IM, and email reflects  to a greater or lesser degree  how you feel about them?
Nortel Continues to Spin in Circles
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
The revolving door that has been moving top executives at Nortel continued to spin last week as Joel Hackney was named President, Enterprise Solutions and 20 year Nortel vet Steve Slattery bid the company adieu.
What Is A Real Server, Anyway?
Commentary  |  9/22/2007  | 
An anecdote from the production side. We???re in the midst of a minor squabble over support for a third-party app running on a VM. Read on for the punch line ......
Sniffing Out Super-SANs
Commentary  |  9/20/2007  | 
Welcome to the secretive world of the SAN
End Of The Quarter And Time For A Deal
Commentary  |  9/20/2007  | 
As we near the end of September, it's the end of the quarter for many software vendors. It's a great time to ask them to sharpen their pencils and make a deal if you're in the market for APO tools....
Questioning the Reality of Green IT Initiatives
Commentary  |  9/19/2007  | 
Green IT is as green IT does
The Insider Threat Is Greater Than You Might Think
Commentary  |  9/19/2007  | 
Dr. Eric Shaw???s Tuesday keynote at the MIS Training Institute's IT Security World Conference 2007 is a sobering presentation about the underlying causes of and dangers in mishandling the rogue or disgruntled employee....
Yahoo Yanks Zimbra
Commentary  |  9/19/2007  | 
Email archiving goes M&A crazy
A NAC-Tastic Podcast
Commentary  |  9/19/2007  | 
In this podcast, Mike Fratto and other Security Experts discuss the NAC landscape and where products are in development.
Test Lab Begins To Form
Commentary  |  9/18/2007  | 
We're taking our first baby steps as gear starts to arrive for our virtualization test lab. To get things rolling, we've fired up a couple of open-source platforms while we wait for our our ESX testbed to arrive....
Diane Greene: An Opposite Attracts
Commentary  |  9/18/2007  | 
VMware's Greene strikes a blow for women in IT
Los Alamos Data Protection Woes Persist
Commentary  |  9/17/2007  | 
LANL's deeply disturbing data management problems apparently aren't over
Honey, Cisco Shrunk The Infrastructure!
Commentary  |  9/14/2007  | 
Network Computing says Cisco's new Small Business Communications System (SBCS) stuffs big-enterprise unified communications features into an SMB-size package.
Good Business Model During a Gold Rush? Sell Picks and Shovels
Commentary  |  9/14/2007  | 
I met with Hugh Kelly of Canton, Massachusetts based Network Engines this week to discuss his company???s virtual appliance solution. Their business model doesn???t actually sell appliances; Network Engines offers a service to software vendors, appliance-izing solutions for other development...
VDI: Coming To Life
Commentary  |  9/14/2007  | 
With the upcoming release of VMware's Virtual Desktop Manager 2 (VDM) product, the customer-installable Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) draws closer to becoming a reality. VMware has yet to release pricing, nor have they published a SKU for direct customer consumption,...
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad VMworld!
Commentary  |  9/14/2007  | 
The Burning Man of the IT conference circuit
MAC Authentication: An incongruous concept
Commentary  |  9/13/2007  | 
MAC addresses cannot provide any valid proof of identity other than it's intended use case.
New Cisco Module Underscores Networking Switching Trend
Commentary  |  9/13/2007  | 
Ciscos new NAC Network Module for Integrated Services Routers does not offer any noteworthy features per se. The security system helps to keep small and medium business networks safe by authenticating, authorizing, evaluating and remediating remote users. The company touted the device mainly because of its ability to be integrated into its 2800 and 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers, thus blurr
The Towering Heights of Wireless Backhaul
Commentary  |  9/13/2007  | 
For those who haven't mentally stepped through the process of building a wireless PtP or PtMP link, let me give you a heads up, literally: if your building isn't tall or the terrain doesn't lends itself to some kind of...
Another Look at Dell's SMB Rant
Commentary  |  9/12/2007  | 
Who's really to blame if SMBs don't have SANs?
Symantec / Veritas Enters the VMware Ecosystem
Commentary  |  9/12/2007  | 
Symantec today announced an update for Veritas Cluster Server for VMware ESX. I spoke with company reps last week about the product, which aims to do for ESX what other versions of cluster server do for other hardware platforms and...
Honey, I Shrunk the Hypervisor
Commentary  |  9/12/2007  | 
Diane Greene's keynote address at VMworld 2007 on Tuesday included the announcement of VMware's new, improved, and smaller ESX Server 3i hypervisor.
He's Got the Invisible (Tetris) Touch
Commentary  |  9/12/2007  | 
I love Tetris, but I'm lucky if I can get past level 13. Check out this Tetris afficionado, who goes by the moniker Jin8. Here he's playing Tetris Grand Master, which includes invisible levels. It starts out slow at first,...
Welcome, Welcome
Commentary  |  9/12/2007  | 
Hello to all and a big thank you to Art for kicking of the Virtualization Immersion Center blog for me. To paraphrase Lloyd Bridges, Looks like I picked the wrong week to be off-line....
VMworld 2007 Underway!
Commentary  |  9/11/2007  | 
VMworld 2007 at San Francisco's Moscone Center is underway! This three day event is showcasing virtualization like no other event, with forward thinkers and progressive implementers sharing best practices, lessons learned, and industry predictions with 10,000 (literally) virtualization aficionados....
Datacenter Automation, Reality or Hype?
Commentary  |  9/11/2007  | 
This year, there was a lot of action in the IT Process Automation space. It started when Opsware bought iConclude (now Process Automation System) and added the software to its network and application configuration software suite. Then BMC, buys...
Testing Application Performance, but Where?
Commentary  |  9/11/2007  | 
Testing application management applications prior to purchase is tough for many organizations. When many organizations look to purchase software tools to manage their application environment, they typically like to kick the tires of three to four vendors in their...
High Octane Operations
Commentary  |  9/11/2007  | 
Welcome to the Application Performance Optimization Immersion Center. The goal of this site is to cover relevant information on effectively managing and automating applications and operations environments. We will conduct product reviews, evaluate new technologies that drive data center efficiencies,...
Watching Our Top Ten Startups
Commentary  |  9/7/2007  | 
It's time to do a bit of self-grading on past Top 10 Startups lists
NetApp v Sun: Get Ready to Rumble
Commentary  |  9/6/2007  | 
The patent clash over ZFS is gathering momentum
Thinking and Doing
Commentary  |  9/6/2007  | 
When you land on a NAC vendor, be sure to add to your list of questions, if they don???t ask you, what switch models and software versions have you tested your product with.
Viral Video of the Week: May the Bart Be With You!
Commentary  |  9/5/2007  | 
Check out this fan-created intro to The Simpsons TV show with a Star Wars twist.
Virtual Confabulation
Commentary  |  9/5/2007  | 
The path of virtualization has become a labyrinth
Powering Network Devices in an Environmentally Friendly Way
Commentary  |  9/4/2007  | 
One of network industrys dirty little secrets is its impact on the environment. As network devices have become more functional and more powerful, they also require more electricity. Not only does this trend have a negative impact on budgets for small and medium sized businesses, but it also leads to burning more fossil fuels, which negatively impacts the environment and increases dependence on foreign fuel sources. Sol


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