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IBM's CloudBurst is a credible step forward

IBM's CloudBurst is a credible step forward

About six months ago, I accused IBM of “cloud-washing” its solutions and services when it launched its Project Blue Cloud marketing campaign. Its aim with this effort was to lure customer conversations about cloud computing in its direction so it could learn what enterprises wanted from this new technology.

June 16, 2009 by in Cloud

Optimizing the branch: Mobilizing IT

Optimizing the branch: Mobilizing IT

Writing on technologies for the branch office often times places me across the domains of mobility and non-mobile network infrastructure. Increasingly, in client inquiry calls, the question of "how do I optimize my branch office infrastructure" comes up and takes many forms.

May 15, 2009 by in Hardware

Swine flu? What it means for IT professionals

Swine flu? What it means for IT professionals

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed 64 cases of swine flu in the United States and as other countries including Canada (6), New Zealand (3), the United Kingdom (2), Israel (2), Spain (2), and now Germany have confirmed cases, the World Health Organization has raised the worldwide pandemic threat level to Phase 4. This means health officials have confirmed that the disease can spread person-to-person and has the potential to cause "community-level" outbreaks.

April 29, 2009 by in CXO

Deduplication will exist everywhere

Deduplication will exist everywhere

Most customers were just starting to get their arms around all the different deduplication approaches available in disk appliances and VTLs from vendors when backup software vendors and even non-storage related vendors began announcing deduplication capabilities.We all know the appliance and VTL vendors offering dedupe, including COPAN Systems, Data Domain, EMC, Exagrid, FalconStor, HP, IBM (Diligent), NEC, NetApp, Quantum, Sepaton, Sun StorageTek, and others.

April 27, 2009 by in Data Management

Covetus the Sun installed base

Covetus the Sun installed base

The value of Sun’s Solaris installed base proved its worth once again this week as Oracle found it too tempting to pass up and pulled the trigger trumping IBM. A large percent of Oracle’s most profitable customers run their Oracle wares on Solaris and for them to fall further into the hands of the mortal enemy alone justifies the purchase.

April 20, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

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