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.

Latest Posts

Systems management - is it worth the candle?

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.

February 22, 2011 by Manek Dubash


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.

February 16, 2011 by Manek Dubash


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.

February 14, 2011 by Manek Dubash


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.

February 9, 2011 by Manek Dubash


Intel opens Fibre Channel over Ethernet

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is here now - at last that's according to Intel, which has thrown its weight behind and released code for a new FCoE initiative.Called Open FcoE, the plan is to allow all Fibre Channel signals to traverse a single network, using a single adapter -- that'll be one of Intel's of course, specifically the X520.

January 28, 2011 by Manek Dubash


Rackspace moves cloud data to the UK

With security and fears of data leaving the country at the top of IT managers' list of concerns about cloud computing, the announcement today by service provider Rackspace that it will locate its cloud infrastructure for UK customers in the UK will be noted by those looking for a large enterprise hosting provider. It means that Rackspace's data – sorry, I mean your data -- will be stored and processed without leaving the country.

January 24, 2011 by Manek Dubash


The fallacies of cloud computing

This year, the growth in cloud computing is set to accelerate if you listen to the vendors of cloud computing services and software. But can it, when fundamental questions remain unanswered?

January 12, 2011 by Manek Dubash


How to be greener in 2011

It's par for the course that, at the start of the year, there'll be loads of predictions -- mostly about the future....So how about some predictions of your own?

January 5, 2011 by Manek Dubash


What's changed since 2001?

Looking back on the previous year's events is a time-honoured way to end the year -- but since this is also effectively the end of the naughties decade, I've decided to have a trawl through the last ten years.What's interesting is that the same discussions were going on 10 years ago that are happening today -- we're just calling them different things.

December 21, 2010 by Manek Dubash