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Director of Content & Community, Interop
Member Since: 4/4/2014
Blog Posts: 97
Posts: 328

Drew is formerly editor of Network Computing and currently director of content and community for Interop.

Articles by Andrew Conry Murray

Will SDN Make Me Homeless?

10/25/2013
An Interop New York panel tackled the anxieties -- and opportunities -- that SDN and network virtualization present to network engineers, architects and administrators.

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VMware's Martin Casado: Energy and Chaos

8/28/2013
Martin Casado, VMware's chief architect for networking and the driving force behind its NSX technology, spoke with Network Computing about his ambitious goals to reshape how networking is done, the origins of Nicira, and why energy and chaos are good.

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10 Amusing IT Memes

7/10/2013
From Google Glass to Linux to tech support hell, these memes put an amusing slant on the day-to-day business of information technology. Whether it's The World's Most Interesting Man on routing, or Morpheus from "The Matrix" with some uncomfortable truths about SDN, these memes should elicit a laugh. If we missed your favorite, or you've made your own, share it in the Comment section below.

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SDN Vendor Comparison Launches

4/29/2013
Nine vendors, including Cisco Systems, HP and Juniper Networks, are featured in our inaugural vendor comparison on software-defined networking (SDN). Our exclusive guide includes a features matrix with over 50 data points.

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Best of Interop Finalists Announced

4/16/2013
Finalists for the 2013 Best of Interop awards have been chosen in seven IT categories, including cloud and virtualization, networking and security. The winners will be announced next month at Interop Las Vegas.

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IT Not Ready to Quit on BlackBerry

2/13/2013
IT pros hope BlackBerry can reverse its fading fortunes, but they recognize end user choice is going against the once-dominant mobile vendor. Network Computing readers weigh in on BlackBerry’s fate.

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HP Spectre XT Pro Ultrabook Ideal for the Road

2/5/2013
HP's Spectre XT Pro ultrabook is a versatile, compact computer that's light enough to take on the road but can also serve as a day-to-day desk machine. It offers a long battery life, a fast startup, and high-quality sound and video.

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Best of Interop 2013 Nominations Open

2/1/2013
Nominations are now open for the Best of Interop awards in Las Vegas. The awards recognize innovative hardware and software that advance business technology. Award categories include cloud and virtualization, networking, mobility, security and storage.

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Plexxi Cuts a New Path to SDN

12/5/2012
Plexxi, an SDN startup, launches a custom switch and controller to enable software-defined networking for enterprises and cloud providers. Unlike other controller architectures, Plexxi doesn’t rely on OpenFlow. Its secret weapon? An optical interconnect.

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Infrastructure as a Service: 12 Providers Analyzed

12/4/2012
Network Computing’s online Buyer’s Guide provides detailed information on 12 IaaS vendors, from Amazon to Terremark. Readers can download features charts with more than 60 data points and compare details on services, SLAs, pricing and more.

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Citrix CTO On Demanding Clarity From Cloud Vendors

5/11/2011
Citrix Systems CTO Simon Crosby sat down with Andrew Conry Murray at Interop 2011 for a candid question-and-answer session on a variety of subjects, including emerging cloud power centers--Citrix is a major player in some. The company is also pushing emerging standards on a variety of fronts, including cloud computing and application performance. Crosby talked about the company's goals for these efforts. He also advised IT to demand more vendor clarity about the cloud.

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WAN Security Challenges Abound

6/3/2010
Protecting information and corporate assets has always been a tricky business, and today's computing environment just adds to the complexity. Remote offices and mobile users need just as much protection, and possibly more, than headquarters employees who sit behind carefully constructed layers of defense. SaaS applications and public cloud deployments mean sensitive data travel outside traditional network boundaries. And the Web presents a never-ending fountain of malware.

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EMC's Tucci On Acquisitions, Infrastructure And Clouds

5/11/2010
EMC Chairman, President and CEO Joe Tucci took questions from the press Monday morning at EMC World in Boston after his keynote address on "The Journey To The Private Cloud." Here's a quick recap of some of what Mr. Tucci had to say on a variety of subjects, including acquisitions, infrastructure and the cloud.

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IronMountain Buys Archive Appliance Maker, But The Future Is Online

2/22/2010
IronMountain announced today that it will pay $112 million for Mimosa Systems, which makes archiving appliances for e-mail, SharePoint and files. The purchase gives IM Digital both a premises archiving product as well as a SaaS-based e-mail archiving service. The SaaS archiving offering uses technology from Mimecast, a UK-based company.

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The Best Acquisition Of The Decade

1/8/2010
Yesterday I saw a Wall Street Journal article that lists the tech companies that acquired the most VC-backed companies since 2000 (Cisco led with 48, and IBM finished second with 35). The story got me wondering about all the tech purchases made over nine years, startups or otherwise, and which one had the greatest impact on the buyer and the tech markets as a whole?

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IT Owns E-Discovery

11/30/2009
Organizations are realizing technological expertise is just as essential as sharp legal analysis when it comes to e-discovery.

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Poking Cisco In The Eye

1/29/2008
Cisco frowns on resellers of used network hardware because it doesn???t get a cut of aftermarket sales. Network Hardware Resale (NHR), a prominent reseller, is going a step further by offering an alternative to Cisco???s SMARTnet maintenance service -- a...

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Users Move Faster Than Policy

6/27/2007
I moderated a Webcast recently on messaging-based security threats. An analyst on the panel did what analysts always do???provided some very sound advice that happens to be very difficult to implement....

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Extrusion Protection Heads for the Desktop

2/12/2007
Extrusion protection is heading for the desktop. Once defined by gateway appliances that monitored Web, e-mail and IM traffic for sensitive information that might be slipping out of the enterprise, a new crop of products put an agent directly on...

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Beware My +2 Sword of Leadership!

12/19/2006
I got a press release today with the following headline: "Genesys Named in Leaders Quadrant of Leading Analyst Firm's Report." The double use of "leader" immediately jumped out at me. The headline implies that being named a leader by a...

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Info Leak Prevention for the Mid Market

12/12/2006
Code Green Networks is launching an information leak prevention appliance for the mid market. The appliance sits at the boundary of the internal network and monitors e-mail, Web mail, HTTP and FTP traffic for sensitive corporate information....

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PC Power Costs -- Should You Care?

11/30/2006
Energy costs to power and cool the data center are a top concern for IT these days, but what about all those laptops and desktops in your organization? Does their power consumption matter?...

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Teaming up for Leak Prevention

10/18/2006
Major vendors are partnering with start-ups in the emerging Information Leak Prevention (ILP) market to spice up their products and tap into compliance dollars....

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Barracuda Networks Responds

10/3/2006
The following post contains the correspondence between Barracuda Networks and Frank Bulk in response to Frank???s blog on Barracuda???s representation of its Spam Firewall e-mail capacity....

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Truth vs. 'Truthiness' in Vendor Claims

10/2/2006
Veteran IT buyers know that vendor promises about performance or capacity tend to be aspirational rather than factual. But Barracuda, maker of the Network Spam Firewall, has stooped to a new low: eight times lower, that is....

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IBM Acquires ISS for MSSP Biz

8/23/2006
IBM today announced it will acquire security vendor ISS for approximately $1.3 billion. ISS made its name selling intrusion detection and prevention products, but Big Blue snapped up the company for its managed security services portfolio....

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Emerging Enterprise: Strategic IT

6/16/2006
IT leaders at most small and midsize companies still don't have much say in business decisions, according to an NWC/InformationWeek survey of more than 400 SMB technology executives. We

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NAC Ideas Worth Hearing

5/4/2006
So many vendors were shouting about Network Admission Control (NAC) at this year???s Interop that they nearly drowned out the ???ding-ding??? of the slot machines. That means enterprises investigating NAC first have to tune out high levels of marketing B.S.,...

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Cell Phone Malware Growing Fast

5/2/2006
The number of cell phone viruses and Trojans has doubled in the past seven months, leaping from 100 to 200 since October of 2005, according to researchers at F-Secure....

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Pen Fights ID Theft?

4/14/2006
You know identity theft has gone mainstream when pen manufacturer Uni-ball launches an ad campaign touting a high-security ink designed to fight ID fraud....

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A Modest Proposal: Kill the Web

3/29/2006
It???s time to stop letting users have access to the Web at work. Companies that take this bold (though unpopular) step will reap substantial rewards. Here???s why....

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Sourcefire Acquisition Squelched by Politics, Ignorance

3/24/2006
Check Point Software put its proposed $225 million acquisition of IDS/IPS vendor Sourcefire on indefinite hold this Thursday due to political concerns. The acquisition, announced in October 2005, came under the scrutiny of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the...

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Market Approves of Patent Rackets

3/8/2006
Whether you think the $612 million Blackberry settlement is a victory for intellectual property rights or legalized extortion, the invisible hand of capitalism applauds the patent racket....

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