Standards? What Standards?

March 27, 2008
In a comment to my recent blog entry regarding Lockdown Networks' departure from the marketplace, "Brian" takes issue with my comments about standards always win in the end. While it's clear that you need to take the time to consider which standards to support (whether de facto or de jure), it is equally clear that over any reasonable stretch of time, communications systems will consolidate around standards. Usi
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Test Center Tracker: Bridging technology and finance

March 26, 2008
Technorati Tags: AMD. Intel,Processors,Virtualization,VMware,Parallels,SEC,IPO,India developments Today's Test Center Tracker starts from the heart of computing to end up with a mention of IPOs and SEC reports connecting those two extremes in a single jump. Please read on. More powerful machines or more machines?  For the not so young among us  this question will bring to memory  an old debate bet
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Preview: Parallels Server beta looks promising

March 26, 2008
The market for hypervisor-based server virtualization is about to get more crowded. Parallels, the one-time nascent maker of desktop virtual machine (VM) solutions for the Mac, is preparing to jump into the server virtualization arena with offerings for Mac OS X Server, Linux, and Windows. This is a major step up for Parallels, which, following parent company SWSoft (the combined company was recently rebranded u
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Sun's moves in the SMB space

March 25, 2008
Late last week I had an interesting conversation with Christine Buery of Sun Microsystems. Christine is heading up the new Sun initiatives in the SMB market, and we talked about a number of things that should interest IT folks in certain parts of SMB-land. It starts with how Sun views the SMB market, and ends with how the company is moving product to smaller organizations. One of the things that interests me whe
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Test Center Tracker: Greener docs and a six-month itch

March 25, 2008
In the Tracker today, we look at a Xerox tool to help green your document processing, and another look at the latest Ubuntu beta, this time from the enterprise desktop perspective. Calculate your doc's greenness: Saying that you want your operations to be more environmentally sound is easy -- figuring out just how much impact your decisions have is much more difficult. In Sustainable IT, Ted Samson looks at a ne
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A NAC for policy enforcement: Lockdown Networks, RIP

March 25, 2008
About three years ago, I was one of a core group of network engineers sitting at the Interop Hotstage facility working through the details of policy-based networking and the Interop Lab that we were designing to demonstrate it. There were a number of players in the marketplace, and it was clear that the technology was reaching a tipping point. In the intervening years, "NAC" (for Network Access Control) became a
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Train Signal knows training.

March 25, 2008
I had a chance to meet up with the owner of Train Signal, Scott Skinger, this week. Train Signal provides training courses for server-side applications like Exchange, Windows management, etc. Though they don't do databases from what I've seen, so we're going to have to put some pressure on them. Anyway, the reason I'm blogging on this is because I was reasonable pleased to see the types of courses they have and
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iPhone to Meeting Maker GoBetween

March 25, 2008
The folks at PocketMac have created a niche made up of software shims to connect mobile devices like the iPhone to enterprise organizer systems. In this case I shanghaied a buddy of mine at the University of Hawaii Information and Technology Services (ITS) group to help me wring out their link between his shiny new iPhone and MeetingMaker. With a stable that includes links between Lotus Notes and Blackberry/iPho
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Test Center Tracker: Sticky sweet Sun storage, plus a hardy Ubuntu beta

March 24, 2008
Abuzz over Honeycomb: Test Center Analyst and storage guru Mario Apicella has savored a sweet taste of Sun's new StorageTek 5800, aka "Honeycomb," a impressive solution for meeting your company's fixed-content archiving needs. Sun delivers in Honeycomb easy management, strong performance, and extraordinary resilience, says Mario -- plus the company's ties to the open source world mean promise more software featu
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Eye-Fi reinvents SD

March 24, 2008
I just got my new Eye-Fi SD card and I'm just excited to get going with it. I'll have to admit that it never even crossed my mind to have a card that wirelessly uploads your pics from your camera to your computer, but I'm glad there are people like the folks at Eye-Fi thinking about things like this. One of the biggest headaches I have is trying to upload all my pics every week. It usually takes me 2 hops; one f
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