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  • IBM brings 5GHz chip to its top-selling Unix server

    Posted October 7, 2008 - 9:12 pm

    IBM spruced up its Unix servers on Tuesday with faster processors and new management software, targeting customers who want to use its hardware for virtualization and server consolidation.
  • Enterprise Social Networking v Unified Communications

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 8:26 pm

    I have to concede that enterprise social networking (eSN) has been around for a very long time. In fact, it has been around so long that it has only recently been identified as social networking. In the not-so-distant past eSN was called unified communications and collaboration.
  • Three degrees of storage virtualization

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 4:34 pm

    Over the years, virtualization has been employed in almost every facet of storage technology: disk, controller, array, SAN, LAN and even host (think logical volume manager). At the risk of oversimplification, I'd suggest that there are three broad categories: inside the box, outside the box and tape emulation. Each of these offers distinct benefits as well as some commonalities.
  • A closer look at storage virtualization

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 4:26 pm

    Managing disk storage was once simple: If we needed more space, we got a bigger disk drive. But data storage needs grew, so we started adding multiple disk drives. Finding and managing these became harder and took more time, so we developed RAID, network-attached storage and storage-area networks. Still, managing and maintaining thousands of disk drives became an ever more onerous task. The latest answer to this dilemma is storage virtualization.
  • The virtual mindset

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 4:14 pm

    As companies are diving deeper into virtualized storage projects, IT managers are getting a better understanding of the staff skills they need to make those projects succeed. The exact talents required depend on the type of storage implementation, but most employers say they're in the market for two kinds of IT worker: technicians with vendor-specific SAN or NAS knowledge, and systems administrators and IT architects who understand the complexities and interdependencies among applications, operating systems and I/O, all of which affect storage requirements.
  • VMware HA Fixed for SMB 2 node clusters

    Posted October 5, 2008 - 12:19 pm

    VMware HA was busted when VMware ESX 3.5 Update 2 was applied. VMware HA would fail to fire when a node was down, fail to evacuate VMs when entering maintenance mode, and fail to start VMs, with a not enough resources error, if the second node was down. This all applied to the SMB two node cluster world. With VMware Virtual Center 2.5.0 Update 3 and the 10/3/08 patches for ESX this is now fixed.
  • Social Networking - What is the Business Value?

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 2:52 pm

    Social networking has become widely adopted in the consumer and personal market place, but has not gotten the anticipated traction in the business world. I’ve been mulling over this market dilemma for a long time and have developed some ideas to explain the lagging business adoption.
  • HP to buy LeftHand Networks for $360 million

    Posted October 1, 2008 - 3:04 pm

    HP will buy LeftHand Networks for $360 million to fill in its storage virtualization and iSCSI lines with products for medium-size companies and remote offices and branches.
  • Free version of Hyper-V now available

    Posted October 1, 2008 - 11:56 am

    Following a similar move by VMware in August, Microsoft Wednesday released a free, low-footprint version of its Hyper-V virtualization software as it continues to chase the virtualization leader.
  • Free version of Hyper-V now available

    Posted October 1, 2008 - 11:56 am

    Following a similar move by VMware in August, Microsoft Wednesday released a free, low-footprint version of its Hyper-V virtualization software as it continues to chase the virtualization leader.
  • Situation Analysis Part II

    Posted September 30, 2008 - 3:32 pm

    There are two common models for situation analysis: SWOT and PEST. These models help you answer the questions at the core of situation analysis: Does the proposed initiative move the company forward in its e-Business Readiness strategy? Does the proposed initiative expand the firm's competitiveness?
  • Leadership - Benefits of Virtual Business Processes

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 1:41 pm

    The concept of virtualization needs to be clarified. On the one hand there is hardware virtualization. Hardware virtualization includes servers, desktops, storage, data centers, etcetera – the physical components of the network infrastructure. Virtualizing at the physical level is a tactical maneuver. It is not a competitive differentiator, nor does it provide a long term, sustainable competitive advantage. On the other hand there is process virtualization. Process virtualization is strategic to a company. Improved business processes offer companies a highly sustainable competitive advantage by allowing firms to improve quality and productivity, lowering costs and freeing up resources to focus on innovation and adding value. Business process virtualization (BPV) also unifies the focus of the firm, whether the focus is on creating profit, monitoring and fulfilling consumer needs, growing the business or all of these areas.
  • EMC smarts to trickle down to consumers

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 5:23 pm

    EMC plans to hand down advanced features, including de-duplication and even virtualization, to consumer products coming out of its recently purchased Iomega division.
  • Leadership - Value of Situation Analysis and Visioning

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 3:54 pm

    The next time your boss tries to fill your time with a project that does not support the bigger e-Business readiness strategy, ask a few of these questions.
  • VMworld and Forensics

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 11:29 am

    In discussions with backup companies about digital forensics I discovered some useful items. Specifically that full VMDK backups may be forensically sound and that there is a way to dump the memory of a VM before you kill it like pulling the plug.
  • Leadership - Customer Care as a Virtual Business Process

    Posted September 19, 2008 - 2:38 pm

    Customer care is the buzz phrase of 2008. Depending on which vendor you speak with the phrase can have various unique meanings rooted in what the vendor is selling. Customer care is becoming a source of significant differentiation between firms. In the virtual world of e-Business, customer care must include the full life cycle of care: target, acquire, transact, service, retain and grow with each step being in alignment with business processes. A sound customer care program provides substantial benefits to the Internet-enabled business.
  • VMware customers look past the turmoil

    Posted September 18, 2008 - 5:07 pm

    VMware has taken a beating in the press and on Wall Street lately over its management upheaval, slower growth rate and competition from Microsoft, but customers at the VMworld conference here said they were either unaware of or unconcerned by the mounting pressure.
  • Review

    3 Days at VMworld

    Posted September 18, 2008 - 1:51 pm

    3 Days of VMworld has left me exhausted and stuffed with new ideas, concepts, and tools!
  • 10 things seen and heard at VMworld

    Posted September 18, 2008 - 9:59 am

    14,000 people showed up for VMware's VMworld conferenceat the Venetian in Las Vegas. In case you weren't among them, here are 10 noteworthy things seen and heard.
  • VMware's VirtualCenter coming to Linux, iPhone

    Posted September 17, 2008 - 2:11 pm

    VMware CTO Stephen Herrod drew a cheer at the VMworld conference Wednesday by announcing plans to bring the next version of VMware's VirtualCenter management software to Linux and the iPhone.

  • STORServer, Inc. announces V-Series Data Protection Appliance at VMworld 2008

    Posted September 17, 2008 - 10:32 am

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – September 15, 2008 – [VMworld 2008; Booth #554] STORServer®, manufacturer of the all-in-one suite of Business Continuity Appliances, announces today the STORServer V-Series Data Protection Appliance.
  • Cisco plays up video for business, carriers

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 7:52 pm

    Cisco is targeting video, virtualization and collaboration as key areas of growth while pursuing 21 other initiatives at the same time, Chairman and CEO John Chambers told financial analysts on Tuesday.
  • VMware chief says the OS is history

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 4:50 pm

    VMware's CEO made his pitch on Tuesday for a new type of operating system for the data center, and in the process assigned the "traditional OS" to the dustbin of history.
  • Leadership - Defining IT Performance Measures

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 1:10 pm

    Determining and establishing performance measures prior to a project's planning process assists in defining if the project was successful. Measurements assess whether the IT initiatives align with business strategies, ensure that the funding allocated was appropriate based on organizational priorities, and demonstrate that your investment produced the positive results you expected. What should those performance metrics be measuring?
  • VMware tries to expand throughout the data center

    Posted September 15, 2008 - 1:45 pm

    VMware, facing increased pressure from rivals Microsoft and Citrix Systems, will announce new products this week intended to let customers extend their use of virtualization beyond servers and into all corners of the data center, including storage and network equipment.

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