Interop: Rat's Nests Of Cables No Match For Panduit's Intelligent Patch Panels
I'm sure competing solutions exist (or maybe not -- you tell me). But this year's Interop marks the first time I've ever seen an intelligent patch panel: one that drives the visibility into your network another layer deeper than the visibility that might normally end with your routers and switches. The offering -- a Best of Interop finalist -- comes from Panduit, and about the only thing I can imagine comi
The Internet And The Father Of Acid
I've been racking my brain all day to come up with an excuse to blog about the death of Albert Hofmann, the inventor of LSD. Turns out Nick Carr already beat me to it!
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Interop: Palo Alto Networks' Firewall Identifies App Traffic On Content, Not Ports
You've programmed your firewall to block the ports that some unwanted app is using and that app turns up on your net again. Net-enabled applications don't tie themselves down to one port the way the Web (HTTP, port 80) and other apps do. After some firewall shuts their ports down, they find another port. Using traffic profiles instead of ports to identify more than 600 applications, not only did Palo Alto Networks' series win InformationWeek's
Best Of Interop 2008
Each year Interop presents its "best of show" awards. This year featured several products from Cisco (some developed in-house, some acquired), and the usual lineup of upstarts (Palo Alto Networks, Mellanox Technologies, Splunk, Spigit). Cisco managed its share of awards, most notably for its
Interop: Alcatel-Lucent Claims APIs And Scalability Are Comm Server's Key Differentiators
Here at Interop in Las Vegas, a handful of exhibitors who also are Best of Interop finalists are waiting to find out if InformationWeek's editors have singled them out as winners or not. One of them is Alcatel-Lucent, who is here showing off its XML API-enabled Omnitouch Advanced Communications Server (ACS). Via those APIs, director of product management Peter Anderholm (pictured below left) claims that enterprises can, for collaborati
Web 2.0: Clay Shirky On Wikipedia, Sitcoms, And Gin
Clay Shirky, an adjunct professor at NYU who studies social media, gave a stirring talk at Web 2.0 Expo last week on the Web 2.0 revolution -- how it's harnessing all the brainpower made available by the societal changes of the past 60 years. That time was, until recently, wasted watching mindless television, but now it's being put to work on Web 2.0 projects, some profound and some silly, but all significant.
'Lost' Fans Serve Up Surprising Lessons About Web 2.0 For Business
When I set out to do an article about fans of the TV show Lost and how they're using the Internet, I didn't think I'd learn anything about using Web 2.0 for business. I thought it was an article our readers might find entertaining, and that I'd enjoy doing, and nothing more than that. And yet I was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of business lessons popped out, about self-organizing groups and how they can get results without traditional, top-down management.
It Could Be 15 Years Before We Know What's Really Green
It's the eve before Interop here in Las Vegas and we've just wrapped up Energy Camp where, as can be seen from the user-decided agenda, the conversation went deep and wide on a variety of subjects related to the reduction of information technology's carbon footprint. Two key takeaways for me were (1) many so-called "green" remedies have a dark enough side to them that they may not be as green as we think they are, and (2) it may t
Treadmill Desk: It's Crazy - But Is It Crazy Enough To Be A Good Idea?
A treadmill desk is a desk that doesn't have a chair, but instead has a treadmill in front of it. The theory is that you stand up and walk while you work or play on your computer, getting exercise while going digital. When I first heard this idea, I thought the idea was completely insane. But the more I hear about it, the more it make sense to me, and I think I'll give it a try.
The $3 Billion Electricity Bill
How much are you paying to run your servers? A study on server electricity consumption says the utility bill for U.S. servers came to nearly $3 billion dollars.
AMD Launches Business-Class Chips
Advanced Micro Devices introduced seven processors designed for business desktop PCs, and plans to later offer chips for business notebooks.
Web 2.0: Changing Affiliate Marketing
Sometimes you just need to change the rules to stay on message. So when a panel of affiliate marketing experts and consultants convened Tuesday to discuss their industry and how it can evolve and mesh with Web 2.0 ideas, we had to know more.
Apple's 3G iPhone Coming June 9, Analysts Say
"D-Day for 3G" is expected at Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote, where analysts also expect announcements about a refresh of Apple's laptop line by August and a new iPod line by September.
Web 2.0: Confabb Provides Directory And Ratings For Conferences
Most Web sites for conferences are pretty poorly designed. Simple tasks, like scrutinizing the schedule or finding the show hotel, take too long and are too painful to accomplish. That's one of the problems that Confabb, a directory, rating service, and social network for conferences, is looking to solve. I met with Confabb at Web 2.0 Expo, and got the lowdown from the company chairman.
First Impression: FriendFeed Is The Social Network For Power Users
FriendFeed is absent in body from Web 2.0 Expo this week, but present in spirit. It's coming up quite a bit in conversation, even though the company isn't exhibiting or speaking here. FriendFeed is a social network for power users -- it aggregates feeds from your Twitter account, blog, Flickr, LinkedIn, and 31 other types of social services and presents them in a single feed for your friends to read. I decided to give FriendFeed a try and share my first im
Desperately Seeking: Green Tips And Tricks (Big Or Small) That You Think Can Make A Difference
We're just a few days away from Energy Camp, which we're holding on the day before Interop in Las Vegas. We've got close to 100 people signed up and we're anticipating quite a few walk-ins. So, we're on target in terms of the event's size and intimacy. But even if you don't plan to be there, I've established a way for you to participate virtually by sharing your own energy saving tips and tricks (or just green tips in g
Apple Releases Beta 4 Of iPhone SDK
The latest build includes Xcode integrated development environment, an interface builder, frameworks and samples, compilers, and the Shark analysis tool.
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The Web 2.0 Expo Keynotes In Out-Of-Focus Photos And Out-Of-Context Quotes
Keynote speakers at the Web 2.0 Expo on Wednesday delivered inspirational messages to keep innovators dreaming and working hard in the face of an economic slowdown. Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media, said the Web 2.0 revolution is just getting started. He challenged attendees to work on big, world-changing problems, saying that the most successful companies in the technology industry have "big, hairy audacious goals."
One-On-One With The New CEO Of Linden Lab
In an interview with InformationWeek, the incoming CEO of Linden Lab said he's fascinated by businesses that grow up in Second Life. He also paid tribute to the "largely unfettered" creativity of the Second Life community. And he declined to comment about whether he's preparing the company for IPO or sale.