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Survey your workforce to understand their technology needs

What technology tools does your workforce need? Your workforce is diverse, unique, different, special. They have only one thing in common: They work for the same organization. Forrester's Workforce Technographics analyzes what information workers need from technology.

August 25, 2009 by Ted Schadler


VMware completes the PaaS to vCloud

If you’ve been wondering why an infrastructure leader would acquire a developer framework, the answer is a bit more complex that what shows on the surface — and a lot more strategic. As stated in the press release and in the blogs by VMware CTO Steve Herrod and SpringSource CEO Rod Johnson, the acquisition helps by, “creating a single, integrated, build-run-manage solution for the data center, private clouds, and public clouds.

August 11, 2009 by James Staten


Don't rely on industry averages for cost of downtime

On a weekly basis, I get at least one inquiry request from either a vendor or an end-user company seeking industry averages for the cost of downtime. Vendors like to quote these statistics to grab your attention and to create a sense of urgency to buy their products or services.

August 10, 2009 by Stephanie Balaouras


Can velocity revolutionize the data center business?

Digital Realty Trust is trying to do to the data center business what Dell did to computer manufacturing and Wal-Mart continues to do to the retail market — make delivery efficiency the killer app. It claims it can build out a complete enterprise-class, energy-efficient data center in as little as 26 weeks (versus 16-24 months by its competitors) and for less than half the competitive cost.

August 5, 2009 by James Staten


How virtual can your organization get?

The answer, based on research recently completed by Doug Washburn and I, entirely. With the help of Christine Perkett, President and founder of PerkettPR — an organization of all virtual employees — we studied the IT infrastructure, productivity, and green benefits of PerkettPR's last ten years as an organization reliant on geographically scattered workers and reliable remote access to systems and information.

July 31, 2009 by Chris Silva


IBM goes deeply predictive, announces acquisition of SPSS

IBM dropped a big bombshell at the start of any already action-packed day for the analyst community. At this moment, I’m sitting, along with several dozen of my peers from Forrester and other firms, at the IBM Smart Analytics System launch event in Hawthorne NY.

July 28, 2009 by James Kobielus


Cloud DR services are real

There is a lot of hype surrounding cloud and I'm usually not one to join the hype but in the case of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery services (I'm trying to use the IT service continuity but it hasn't caught on yet), these service are available today and they address major pain points in IT operations and organizations of all sizes can leverage these services, not just small and medium businesses.Storage-as-a-Service is relatively new.

July 27, 2009 by Stephanie Balaouras

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HP acquires cluster file storage software vendor IBRIX

 Today, HP announced that they will be acquiring the startup cluster file storage software firm IBRIX in a deal with few disclosed details. Congrats to HP for making another interesting acquisition in the clustered storage space, following their Feb.

July 17, 2009 by Andrew Reichman