Software costs can spiral out of control if you're not very careful. From licences bought when the company was bigger or because it wasn't seen to be necessary in less stringent times to count exactly how many concurrent users the application would attract, to licences for software that's no longer used or has been superseded, it's an easy way to throw cash away.
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Spotted an interesting report recently stating that 768-bit RSA encryption has been broken. Specifically, what researchers have done is factorised a 768=bit 232-digit number using a number field sieve.
Everyone else is predicting stuff for 2010 - so here's my take: six predictions you can hold me to in 12 months' time.1.
Last week, storage gorilla EMC launched an automatic storage tiering system that it reckons will move data to the most appropriate storage medium based on criteria including cost and performance, a launch the company first trailed in May 2009. But even though it's late compared to the competition, will that matter to EMC shops?
It's hard to avoid the conclusion that Novell still doesn't know what it's for. Recent news that the company has once again re-organised itself, following a fairly abysmal set of financial results, smacks slightly of desperation.
Had an interesting discussion the other day with PineApp, a company that builds email archiving systems for SMEs.It was a follow-up from a discussion started by my blog here about whether email archiving wasn't overkill for an SME.
I found myself thinking about storage deduplication recently, while wondering why only large enterprises can afford this technology. Yet signs are it won't be too long before it becomes commonplace.
When it comes to desktop virtualisation, there's too much hype and not enough explanation. That's the message coming across loud and clear from sources as diverse as a user survey conducted by a vendor, and from an analyst specialising in virtualisation issues.
This story is is spot on: although network vendors make noises about reducing power consumption, in reality the nature of both their products and their locations in the datacentre mean that existing switches and routers aren't going to be thrown out in a hurry.So there's not a lot of pressure on vendors to make their kit more energy-efficient.
An analyst has launched a broadside at cloud computing vendors, accusing them of being immature, and offering few real protection for their data.Camille Mendler, VP of research at Yankee Group, was speaking at NetEvents AsiaPac press summit, said that she had analysed over 50 contracts, and most included clauses that limited the vendor's liability to a far greater extent than their headline marketing would suggest.