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.
What's going on in networking, operating systems, servers, storage and data centres?
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.