Dell and HP workstation features at a glance

May 19, 2008
HP xw4600 HP xw6600 Dell Precision T5400 Dell Precision T7400 Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz Intel Xeon E5430 2.66GHz Intel Xeon E5430 2.66GHz Intel Xeon 5482 3.2GHz Number processors 1 2 2 2 Cores per processor quad quad quad quad L2 cache per processor 8MB 12MB 12MB 12MB Chipset Intel x38 Intel 5400B Intel 5400 Intel 5400B System RAM 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB RAM type and speed DDR2 800MHz DDR2 667MHz DDR2 66
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A conversation with Numara Software

May 15, 2008
One of the interesting things about my job is that I get to talk to many people from a lot of different companies. Some of these conversations will turn into Test Center reviews; many won't. It dawned on me that I was being selfish in not sharing more of the conversations with readers, so I've made a nearly-mid-year resolution to do a lot more blogging based on the conversations I have. One of my recent conversa
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Critical SMB Tools: what could you not work without?

May 09, 2008
I've seen a lot of products and services in the last couple of weeks, and it's started me thinking about the tools that make a real difference in the way I work -- the tools I would really have trouble doing without. Not surprisingly, most of my critical tools deal with managing information and publishing articles -- and doing both of them from wherever I happen to be. Let me give some examples: Xobni I use Outl
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Load Balancing SMB IT

May 08, 2008
On Tuesday, I had an interesting telephone interview with Kevin Mahon, CEO of KEMP Technologies. I have to admit that I don't usually think of load balancers as SMB product, but KEMP has been making a business in SMB load balancing for several years, now. In talking with Kevin, I started to understand a bit of why SMB IT folks look at load balancers, and why the balanced SMB isn't such a strange idea, after all.
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Wicked Cool PHP

May 06, 2008
  Wicked Cool PHP Real-World Scripts That Solve Difficult Problems by William Steinmetz with Brian Ward February 2008, 216 pp. ISBN-10 1-59327-173-5 ISBN-13 978-1-59327-173-2 $29.95 $17.95 PDF $35.95 PDF and Paperback I just love supporting this publisher since all their new books are available in both paper and PDF formats with discounts if you buy both at the same time. Their publisher and I have had seve
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After Interop...

May 05, 2008
So I'm back in the office and thinking about what I saw and heard at Interop. What do I think you should be thinking about?   1. Splunk I've just begun really looking at this data-center correlation, indexing, and search tool, but I'm already excited about the possibilities. If you're trying to figure out how to get a handle on the data your IT processes generate, you should check out the free version of Sp
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Lab test: Infortrend EonStor B12S Iometer results

May 01, 2008
Enterprise storage is typically fast, reliable, large, and heavy, and consumes a good amount of energy. Infortrend's EonStor (see Mario Apicella's review) is fast, reliable, thin (1U), and a scant 45 pounds with 12 disks. All because it uses 2.5-inch, Small Form Factor SAS drives instead of the usual 3.5-inch disks. Better yet, Mario's tests show the EonStor draws significantly less energy than like-configured a
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Interop News: Word from the show floor

April 29, 2008
So the show is open, the booths are built, and the crowds have descended on the exhibitors. My first impression: Wow. If trade show attendance is any indication of an industry's heath, then data networking is heading toward a boom. I haven't seen a computer-industry trade show floor look this good in at least six years. People are talking purchases, exhibitors are showing lots of new products, and everyone seems
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Actively refused connections...OCS+Asterisk UC Integration

April 29, 2008
It's now been several weeks of tinkering to install an OCS Server collection (AD, SQL, OCS, Edge, Mediation, Web Access) on a brand new Dell M-Series Blade Server. The goal of the Unified Communications (UC) group in the INTEROP Labs (iLabs) is seeking to delve into the intricacies of interfacing XMPP and SIMPLE based UC systems  so that they can exchange VoIP calls, IM and most importantly presence. Glenn
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Zoho becomes a better spreadsheet

April 29, 2008
I've found that there are several applications out there that can be a huge help for small businesses that need to economize on office productivity suites or more easily collaborate with partners, vendors, and customers. One of the suites is, of course, Google Apps. These get better all the time, with the off-line Gears functionality a major move in the right direction, but they're still fairly limited in functi
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