Just Say No to Virtual Security FUD
What is special about a virtual computer-a VM? It's a computer in a file. That's it. It's just a computer stored in a file with similar foibles and management issues as a physical computer. So why do some people invest virtual computers some magical transformative powers? Do they not understand what a virtual computer is?
Feds Ink Deals To Let Government Agencies Use Social Media
The General Services Administration reached agreements with popular social media networks like Facebook and YouTube to allow agencies to use the service. Previously, elements of the terms of these services blocked the government from using them.
New ProCurve Threat Module: Flexibility Requires Planning
HP ProCurve announced a new module for their ProCurve 8212 and 5400 modular switches. The Threat Management Module offers firewall, VPN, and IPS functions simultaneously on the switch backplane which is unlike Cisco's approach with the Catalyst 6500 requiring separate security modules firewall, VPN, and IPS. The cost, however, is lower performance per module. ProCurve needs to increase module performance to make it a replacement for appliances.
Google Starts Twittering News Headlines
As the Internet becomes a more capable platform for real-time information delivery, Google is looking to make more of its services as speedy as its search engine.
SAP-Teradata Alliance Goes Beyond the Database
To what extent will SAP BusinessObjects software be integrated with Teradata?" The possibilities go well beyond SAP BW and the DBMS, and it's not so much a matter of smiting the competition as keeping up!
IBM to OEM Brocade Switches. It's IBM vs HP.
IBM and Brocade jointly announced that Big Blue will be selling Brocade network switches branded as IBM Ethernet switches. The agreement extends the existing IBM/Brocade OEM deal for SAN equipment. A lot of people will see this as a reaction to Cisco's UCS launch, but according to IBM, nothing is further from the truth. I think it pits IBM against HP.
Facebook Opens Stream To Devs
Web and mobile developers can create applications and Web sites that let Facebook users access their news streams without visiting Facebook.com.
Teradata, SAP Forge Enemy-of-an-Enemy Alliance
Oracle is an obvious target... but let's not forget about IBM. Yes, SAP and IBM are strategic partners... But IBM has stepped up bundling of InfoSphere information management and Congos BI software in recent months, and that can't be sitting too well with SAP executives watching out for BusinessObjects.
Lawson Refreshes Smart Office
Smart Office 9.0.3 enables greater personalization of employees' desktops, making them more specific to workers' daily tasks.
The changes increase user control while improving account deletion and limiting sublicenses and reducing data exchanges between application developers.
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Sees Potential Of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing has a supporter in Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, who told me in an April 23 interview that he saw potential for big savings with the cloud approach. In fact, the fed's information portal, USA.gov, is being moved to a cloud-computing infrastructure within weeks.
How The Defense Department Should Use Social Media
The National Defense University recently released a report on how the Defense Department can benefit from social media. They did a really nice job of it too -- they're a good set of rules, not just for government, but for any organization.
Yes, We're Talking Mainframes
Sure, much of our audience is thinking "Seriously dude? You're bumming me out. I've been working for a few hours and I almost have my iPhone virtualized. I'm gonna have, like, three iPhones running on one phone." But if you're one of the select few who sees the real future of virtualization, have I got a survey for you.
Mind the Gaps in BI Support and Value
The good news is that most business execs and IT professionals we recently surveyed are supportive of BI initiatives. The bad news is that many of these respondents also say their enthusiasm isn't shared by either top executives or end users... Here are a few thoughts on these latest bits of BI intelligence.
Lawson Launches Search For ERP, BI
The new search tool can scour structured and unstructured data across Lawson's enterprise resource planning systems and business intelligence applications.
E-Prescription Adoption Picking Up
Over the past two years, tens of thousands of U.S. clinicians have traded in their paper prescription pads for electronic prescribing software.
NSA Does Not Want To Lead U.S. Cybersecurity Efforts. This Is Good News
Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander told a packed security audience here at the RSA Conference 2009 that the National Security Agency wants to help support the nation's critical IT security infrastructure efforts as part of a "team" effort. And that the NSA isn't interesting in the job of running the security of the critical IT security infrastructure.
MySQL Users Wary On Oracle Acquisition
Nobody believes Oracle bought Sun with a subsidiary notion of killing off MySQL. But black humor abounds among those heavily committed to the open source database system.
Yahoo Cutting 5% Of Jobs
Company execs blamed quarterly declines on currency fluctuations, the sale of Kelkoo, and lower fees from broadband partnerships, VoIP, and music subscriptions.
U.S. Fighting Cyber-Spy Threat
UPDATED Spies have breached project plans for a vital U.S. fighter jet project and the Air Force's air traffic control system, reports the Wall Street Journal, hot on the heels of an earlier WSJ report detailing infiltration of the U.S. electrical grid by the Chinese and Russian governments.