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.
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Manek Dubash is an analyst and journalist with over 30 years experience. Focused on business technology, he observes and comments on enterprise infrastructure issues for a range of industry-influential websites. His work has appeared in national newspapers as well as specialist technology journals and websites. He has also held senior posts on major newsstand magazines, including PC Magazine where he was editor-in-chief, and has worked with analysis and research companies such as Datamonitor and STL Partners.
Just spent some time talking to AppSense -- this is a company that reckons it's virtualising users. Apart from the fact that this sounds highly uncomfortable -- would you like to be abstracted from your underlying hardware?
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.
Security, cost and reliability top concerns over putting data in the cloud, according to a recent survey commissioned by NeverFail. Consequently, just over one-third (37.
It's become an old saw now that security is the biggest hurdle to cloud adoption. I've contributed my voice to this on this blog, explaining why I think the cloud isn't ready for the big time yet.
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.
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?
I've been hearing much recently about private clouds. But is this anything more than a marketing term slapped onto what we used to call a datacentre?
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.
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.
Just spent some time talking to people whose job it is to sell and discuss systems management. No, really, it's more interesting than it sounds because it's actually not about technology at all.
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.
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.
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.
Drobo launches its new 12-bay storage system today. Aimed at SMEs, it's an enterprise-level piece of kit at SME prices.