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Gartner to CIOs: Get ready to outsource infrastructure operations

Gartner is recommending that CIOs develop plans by mid-2006 for offloading IT infrastructure operations to external providers. "It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to prove how retaining in-house infrastructure has an advantage over the outside," said Gartner Fellow Ken McGee.

May 16, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Patchlink centralizes security patching for all apps and OSes

San Francisco - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo — Depending on who you believe, manually feathering critical security patches into the enterprise -- for example those issued by Microsoft on "Super Tuesday" -- can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars to deploy.  Not only can that drudgery add up in terms of costs, but the regression testing that must be done to make sure new security patches don't hose your desktops can be costly.

May 16, 2005 by David Berlind

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Gartner CEO dusts off old themes in Symposium kick-off

San Francisco - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo — The last time I was at a Gartner Symposium/ITxpo (last Spring's event), the charismatic Michael Fleisher was the CEO and he had established a reputation of giving very forward looking keynotes in an effort to give the IT professionals in attendance some idea of how he'd strategize if he were them.

May 16, 2005 by David Berlind

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Gartner has new rap for complexity

After years of assisting customers in building increasingly more complex, real-time IT environments, Gartner has targeted "conquering complexity" as the theme for Symposium/ITxpo  2005 in San Francisco. Peter Sondergaard, Gartner head of global research, attributed complexity to the constant search for a silver bullet to solve all problems, the implementation of point solutions and short term thinking--no architectural approach.

May 16, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Gartner keynote transcript: Conquering complexity

The following transcript is from the keynote presentation, entitled "Conquering Complexity: Operational Excellence in IT," at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo  in San Francisco on May 16:RAY:And you thought IT was complicated!Just remember thatwhen you open your car door.

May 16, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Is Integrien's Alive the superMOM of MOMs?

San Francisco - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo — Come to think of it, why isn't there a manager of managers solution called superMOM?  It seems like such a natural name for a product that horizontally cuts across all of an IT infrastructure's management technologies (SNMP, Windows event logs, security appliance APIs, etc.

May 15, 2005 by David Berlind

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If we can build self-healing servers, then why not self-healing desktops?

San Francisco - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo -- Put another way, SupportSoft vice president of marketing Bruce Mowrey asks this question: "If computers are so smart, then why can't they fix themselves?"  And therein lies the nirvana that Mowrey claims Supportsoft can get its customers closer to than any other solution on the market.

May 15, 2005 by David Berlind

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Appistry: Why buy Xeons when Wal-Mart Pentium 4's will do?

San Francisco - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo -- When most people think about distributed processing technologies that simultaneously make the applications they host run faster while also making them more tolerant of system failures, the terms "cluster" and "grid" come to mind.

May 15, 2005 by David Berlind

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Wily's Intrascope watches every step J2EE apps take

San Francisco - Gartner Symposium/ITxpo -- In the old days, if you were an IT shop or an application developer, you had almost total control over the environment  in which your application lived.  You had some code and it may have accessed a database or some other sort of structured data but it all lived on one system that you had control of.

May 15, 2005 by David Berlind

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Is that an iPod phone in your pocket?

In response to my blog post asking whether handhelds with hard drives might start to give iPod (and other dedicated music players) a run for its money, one Talkbacker pointed out that iPod now includes a Calendar feature, showing that iPod can give as good as it gets and push back against incursion from handheld vendors.

May 15, 2005 by John Carroll

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