Commentary
Content posted in September 2008
HP, Oracle Shake Up Storage
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
Is the Exadata Storage Server 'the most dramatic announcement in storage in a decade?'
Views From VMworld 2008
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
The future is what's interesting, as VMware aims to ride its hypervisor past into the virtual data center
Storage Managers Arise!
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
Storage has never been more important, and the same is true for the job of managing storage
Cisco Changes The Communications Debate
Commentary  |  9/24/2008  | 
As you can see in my No Jitter post on the topic, my friend Allan Sulkin, the ultimate voice communications expert, considers Cisco's announcement of a software-as-a-service play for UC/collaboration a "game changer." Maybe it changes the game; it definitely alters the debate.
Broadcaster's Conference Showcases Storage Vendors
Commentary  |  9/22/2008  | 
International broadcasters get a look at new storage technology
FMC: It's All About Features, Says DiVitas
Commentary  |  9/22/2008  | 
DiVitas Networks has been one of the leaders in enterprise fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), going back to the time when FMC mostly meant the ability to transition from a cellular network to voice over Wi-Fi without dropping the call. Now, DiVitas's CEO calls that capability "table stakes."
VoIP Uptake Continues To Grow Among Smaller Businesses, Albeit Slowly
Commentary  |  9/18/2008  | 
Despite other pressing technology concerns, small and midsize businesses worldwide are creeping forward with their spending on VoIP communications systems, according to a new study from AMI-Partners.
The Quest for Hardware Configuration Simplicity
Commentary  |  9/17/2008  | 
Can less complex business solutions actually be achieved?
Whither Nortel?
Commentary  |  9/17/2008  | 
Like a rudderless ship, Nortel continues to drift from one strategic initiative to another with the hope of landing on firm ground. The company, which has struggled for several years, now is in the process of dumping some of its carrier equipment and refocusing its efforts perhaps on delivering corporate network equipment. So, the question arises, Is its new focus too little, too late?
Sayonara Storage!
Commentary  |  9/17/2008  | 
It may be the end of the road for me, but there are good things on the storage horizon
Data, Voice, and Video Convergence Drives New Switch Design
Commentary  |  9/16/2008  | 
Corporate networks now carry a variety of data, video, and voice traffic. Consequently, many small and medium businesses can have difficulty trying to manage such a wide breadth of applications. One vendor has packaged a number of convergence functions into a new family of switches so businesses can more easily support these complex networks.
Cisco Widens Its Lead
Commentary  |  9/15/2008  | 
Allan Sulkin's mid-year study of the voice communications market shows a contracting market overall, but big gains for the new market leader, Cisco.
Deciphering IBM's Data Strategy
Commentary  |  9/11/2008  | 
Is IBM's big storage launch mere 'buzzword bingo' or the shape of things to come?
Is UC Tactical Or Strategic?
Commentary  |  9/8/2008  | 
Wainhouse Research is out with a new survey of enterprise attitudes and practices in adopting unified communications. One of the key findings is that, more so than last year, the decision is being made by IT, rather than at the CXO level.
HP Expands Virtualization Focus for Blades
Commentary  |  9/5/2008  | 
HP aims to cut competitors down to size with new virtualization blades
What Green Really Means
Commentary  |  9/4/2008  | 
Getting 'back to basics,' not technology, is the key to green storage
New Faces at the Top of Alcatel-Lucent
Commentary  |  9/3/2008  | 
Changes keep occurring in the network equipment market at a rapid clip. Vendors have been taking themselves private, merging, developing new product lines, and dumping old mainstays. Alcatel-Lucent is the latest supplier to undergo a metamorphosis. Weighed down by the markets intense competition and recent lackluster performance, the vendor has brought in a new management team to prop up its floundering market position.


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