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IBM Reloads Enterprise Branding
03/09/2010

Global CIO's Bob Evans and I were talking with Rod Adkins, the senior vice president who runs IBM's Systems and Technology Group. That operation is Big Blue's Big Kahuna, accounting for $19 billion in annual revenues and including IBM's chip, server, storage and systems software businesses. Did I mention that Adkins is also responsible for IBM's global manufacturing, procurement and customer fulfillment operations? All of this is by way of...

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Take Our Server Survey
03/03/2010

The server space has changed rapidly over the past few years, forced into a technological transition by four broad and simultaneously emerging trends: the ongoing push toward consolidation, the business imperative to rein in out-of-control power and cooling costs, the rise of cloud computing and a looming push for next-generation data center architectures.

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Inside HP's Converged Infrastructure
02/10/2010

Our interview with Gary Thome, chief architect of HP's Infrastructure Software and Blades group, who talks power and cooling like you've never heard it before. Plus, why he thinks Hewlett-Packard's data-center play tops Cisco.

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I Want You For My Server Survey
02/03/2010

In my quest to get a handle on where servers are headed in 2010, I've spent time thinking about architectural innovations from Intel and AMD. I've also been serially interviewing the server vendors themselves (see my new piece on HP). Now comes the next step--I'm pulling together a survey for InformationWeek Analytics. And I'm asking for your help.

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Infoblox Opines On Infrastructure 2.0
01/21/2010

The evolution of the data center and of the enterprise network will be the hot button issues of 2010. As virtualization explodes and networks continue to sprawl, there'll be an impetus to rein in complexity. I believe that the desire to more capably manage the technologies at issue--or, more precisely, to fit everything under an easy-to-grasp intellectual umbrella--is behind the emergence of marketing-inspired monikers such as unified computing...

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Intel Versus AMD: Servers Straining For Architectural Differentiation
01/15/2010

Sifting the server tea leaves for the new year, one sees clear signs of both the market doldrums lifting and of renewed vigor on the architectural front. The upshot is that 2010 will be an exciting year. Spurred by processor innovations from Intel and AMD, we'll see a pitched battle for market leadership among IBM, HP and Dell. So-called niche players could also have an impact. I'm thinking in particular of Sun, which will reposition itself by...

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Cisco Video Thrust Telegraphs Bandwidth-Bandit Strategy
01/12/2010

You gotta be impressed by Cisco's persistence. For most businesses, that line about using an economic downturn to positioning oneself for the rebound is just a meaningless mantra repeated from a motivational playbook. However, for Cisco CEO John Chambers, the recession has indeed been an opportunity -- a consumer opportunity -- that's come knocking on the networking powerhouse's door, and he's answered the call.

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Intel Posits Cloud On Chip
12/08/2009

Network Computing readers were the first to learn about Intel???s efforts to pack a data center onto a single chip, via my recent interview with Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner. Now, the chip behemoth has taken things one step further, formally announcing its single-chip cloud research project.

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Q&A: Intel CTO Justin Rattner
11/28/2009

In the unexpurgated version of my InformationWeek interview with the chip giant's chief technology officer, Rattner dishes on multicore processors as data-center-class solutions, Internet-wide subnets for cloud security, HPC trickle-down, and building Gigabit-class routers out of standard parts.

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Encryption Is Cloud Computing Security Savior
11/19/2009

I'm beginning to think that fears about cloud security are overblown. The reason: an intellectual framework is already in place for protecting data, applications, and connections. It's called encryption. What's evolving now, and isn't anywhere near fully baked, is a set of agreed-upon implementations and best practices. Today's post talks about some relevant and interesting work from Trend Micro and from IBM.

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Cisco Blurring Lines Between Enterprise, Consumer Net
11/03/2009

Analysts who've lately focused on a Cisco's decade-long buying binge will surely weigh in on the networking powerhouse's Monday announcement that it plans to acquire Hong Kong set-top-box maker DVN. Yet most of these financial musings, which focus on Cisco's stock price, are missing the point. It's all about bandwidth, stupid.

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Unified Communications Battle: Cisco Versus Microsoft
10/12/2009

As another umbrella technology which is attempting to integrate ease-of-use and transparency on top of an incredibly diverse collection of services, unified communications is a worthy effort. A new report, which says the overall enterprise UC market will generate $7.8 billion in revenues in 2010, sheds interesting light on the relative strengths and positioning of Cisco and Microsoft. Here are some salient excerpts.

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SSD Onslaught Spotlights Defrag Debate
10/07/2009

Let's stipulate that the proliferation of solid-state drives is a fact, and that, based on their high performance, SSDs are in the process of rapidly moving from a high-priced consumer curiosity into an increasingly popular data-center storage technology. So now the big questions revolve around dealing with a whole new set of disk "gotchas."

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Cisco Nexus 4000 Adds FCoE Momentum
09/30/2009

Cisco on Tuesday quietly rolled out its Nexus 4000, a blade switch which works with blade servers from other vendors. Thus Cisco has taken a significant step toward extending its Nexus switch family -- and in turn its unified computing footprint -- to third parties, who will in turn embed the new Nexus inside their own blade chassis. ...

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Cisco Putting Stamp On Smart Grid
09/23/2009

I confess I can't get much excited about either green or smart grid technology, but that doesn't mean that both aren't legitimate new beachheads in which -- to update Scott McNealy's famous aphorism -- the networking stuff will be the big deal. The whole deal, in fact.

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Cisco Snares Virtualization Patent For SAN Load Balancing
09/21/2009

Cisco has just been awarded a U.S. patent, which shows that virtualization now applies as much to storage as it does to central computing resources. For that matter, virtualization is also being applied to I/O and memory resources. In practical terms, the patent, filed in 2005 but just granted last month, seems to relate to technology that appears in Cisco's SAN Fabric Switches, which incorporate virtual fabric support.

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Networking In Microsoft Hyper-V: The Video
09/17/2009

I've been diving into all aspects of the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 ecosystem lately, as the operating systems move out into the enterprise. High on my radar is Hyper-V, the server virtualization solution that's available both as a standalone product and as part Windows Server 2008 R2.

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Does Windows 7 Make VPNs Obsolete?
09/10/2009

The new one-two operating system ecosystem from Microsoft -- Windows 7 on the client side coupled with Windows Server 2008 R2 on the back end -- includes a feature, called DirectAccess, which automatically connects users to their enterprise network without having to go through a VPN client, effectively eliminating the need for users to fiddle with (or hide from ) virtual private network clients.

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Crypto Key Management Is Next Wave In Net Security
09/09/2009

Against the backdrop of rising malware threats and organized cybercriminal rings, a national cybersecurity initiative is taking shape which will bring a "locked down" mentality to the way we authenticate users, apps, and indeed anyone or anything that touches a network. I'm talking about the Cryptographic Key Management (CKM) project, which is being run out of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Computer Security Division.

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Cisco OTA Provisioning Vulnerability Reported
08/26/2009

AirMagnet's intrusion research team has reported a security vulnerability associated with two Cisco wireless LAN access-point devices. The potential exploit, which placed in context is relatively minor, could nevertheless enable rogue users to gain access to a user's wireless LAN, inject malicious packets, and potentially create a Denial-of-Service condition.

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FreeBSD Boosts Routing Architecture, With Blue Coat's Help
08/24/2009

FreeBSD, the popular open-source server OS, is about to get an update -- to FreeBSD 8.0 -- with some help from Blue Coat Systems senior architect Qing Li. Li and FreeBSD developer Kip Macy have implemented a new routing architecture which improves network performance by parallelizing the routing stacks.

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Microsoft WINS Still Under Attack
08/20/2009

A Windows Internet Name Service vulnerability, which Microsoft has patched, remains in the news following an alert from the SANS Institute of what it believes is a rising level of attacks on TCP Port 42 (the port commonly used for WINS).

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