Manek Dubash

Editor, journalist, analyst, presenter and blogger. As well as blogging and writing news & features here on ZDNet, I work as a cloud analyst with STL Partners, and write for a number of other news and feature sites. I also provide research and analysis services, video and audio production, white papers, event photography, voiceovers, event moderation, you name it... Back story An IT journalist for 25+ years, I worked for Ziff-Davis UK for almost 10 years on PC Magazine, reaching editor-in-chief. Before that, I worked for a number of other business & technology publications and was published in national and international titles.

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Cloud: do you live in pilot city?

Cloud: do you live in pilot city?

One of the problems in practice with cloud is that many organisations are wary of it because they're not quite sure if they'll be able to get their data back again if Bad Stuff happens. It's all part of that general sense that putting your data in the cloud is risky -- too risky for many big companies.

published May 11, 2011 by

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Users angered by Oracle Itanium-killing move

Users angered by Oracle Itanium-killing move

Oracle's abandonment of Itanium last month -- the database company said would stop all new software development for Intel's Itanium microprocessor -- prompted a range of reactions from a number of industry players.In response to Oracle's claim that Intel was about to stop development of the CPUs, Chipzilla said that it was "still very much committed to Itanium and our recent Poulson processor investment is a good example of this.

published April 28, 2011 by

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Analysis: there's no killer app for LTE

Analysis: there's no killer app for LTE

It's easy to get excited about the latest whizz-bang technology but, if industry analyst Matt Walker from research company Ovum is to be believed, LTE -- next-generation mobile technology -- won't be here for years, and even when it does, the benefits might be smaller that you would expect.LTE (or Long Term Evolution) is now officially the next generation of mobile wireless technology: 4G.

published April 6, 2011 by

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How much does home-working really cost?

How much does home-working really cost?

IBM has just released a white paper, Energy and low carbon:More haste, less waste [PDF], in which it argues that organisations' second biggest cost after labour is electricity, and that they need to do something about it. IBM has suggestions -- but who will end up paying for IBM's solution?

published March 30, 2011 by

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Thunderbolt analysis

Thunderbolt analysis

Intel's announcement yesterday of chips for desktop and notebook was notably light on details -- and of course there was no mention of the new Thunderbolt interface, which effectively externalises the PCI bus. It opens up a lot of possibilities.

published March 8, 2011 by

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HP disses Cisco's UCS

HP disses Cisco's UCS

HP had a pop at Cisco's Unified Computing System today, during the launch of a number of cloud components, including some that integrate 3PAR's storage gear, acquired in September 2010, into the HP product set.David Chalmers, CTO of HP's enterprise storage and servers division, said that a unified system based on best-of-breed solutions was past its time.

published March 1, 2011 by

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New file super-compression: not snake-oil?

New file super-compression: not snake-oil?

Snake oil and deception are usually the first things that spring to mind when a company touts a new method of making files many times smaller that anyone else has ever managed. I've lost track over my years as an industry reporter of the number of companies that have promised massive compression ratios but who disappeared or failed to deliver.

published February 16, 2011 by

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My documents aren't mine any more

My documents aren't mine any more

There's something vaguely twee and more than a bit annoying about the folder on Windows computers called 'My Documents'.To start with, there's no reason for the 'My' prefix: they're documents, and of course they're mine, they're stored on my computer's hard disk.

published February 14, 2011 by

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Next-gen firewalls go head-to-head

Next-gen firewalls go head-to-head

A pair of security vendors, Palo Alto Networks and Sourcefire, debated the various merits of their approaches to unified security live on stage at NetEvents in Barcelona today.The spirited debate was moderated by Rick Moy, CEO of security testing company NSS Labs, and saw two fundamentally different approaches to securing the enterprise datacentre with next-generation firewalls compared.

published February 9, 2011 by

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