News & Commentary
posted in April 2008
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Proclivity's Prediction Software Is In Style
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Proclivity Systems, which predicts trends with its e-commerce "predictive engine," is looking like a trendsetter itself. The New York startup has moved into Fifth Avenue office space, and upscale retailer Barneys New York is a reference customer. Founder and CEO Sheldon Gilbert recently took a break from selling software to be photographed for Men's Vogue.
Citrix Rethinks Data Center
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Citrix has remade themselves as a virtualization vendor. Now they want to remake your data center as a 'delivery center.'
Interop: Jumping to SaaS -- Look Before You Leap
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Got SaaS yet? If not, you're either a nattering nincompoop or blazingly brilliant. For every drumbeat touting the power and ease of Saas to remake your IT operations, there's competing tympany warning of the dire hazards of leaping into SaaS headlong.
Adobe Pushes Broader Mobile Strategy For Flash
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Several of the moves will further open access to Flash, including removing restrictions on the use of the SWF and FLV file formats.
Xerox Shows Off Future Tech And Tries To Better Define Itself
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Despite failed attempts to cash in, the company and its PARC subsidiary have several pillars of growth in mind to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com.
Oracle Feeling "Social" These Days
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
At Interop, Oracle execs pitched the company's efforts to bring social computing to the enterprise. They might be on to something.
Microsoft Finally Concedes On Windows-Linux Management
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Microsoft's announcement of Linux extensions for Systems Center settles an old debate I once had with Bill Gates. Four years ago, I suggested Microsoft could do a better job at cross-platform management, but Microsoft's chairman wouldn't hear of it. Now, the company is doing just that.
Interop: Rat's Nests Of Cables No Match For Panduit's Intelligent Patch Panels
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
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
Apple Finally Upgrades to the Latest Version of Java
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Java is the "write once, run anywhere" platform, developed by Sun Microsystems, which gives applications developers the ability to write powerful, portable cross-platform software. And finally, we can use the latest version on the Mac.
The Internet And The Father Of Acid
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
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!
Sony Ericsson's 'Capuchin' Bridges Java, Flash Gap
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The handset maker's API will let developers combine the clean user interface of Flash Lite with the stronger back-end capabilities of Java ME.
Live (Again) From Interop: Workshop A Success, But No Takers On Craps Lessons
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
The worst news from Interop is that my fat old body just can't handle the things I did easily 15 years ago when I made a living teaching 5-day NetWare administration seminars. My Disaster Recovery Cookbook workshop went well, with 80 of my now-closest friends spending the day listening to me pontificate on the relative merits of Cemaphore Systems' MailShadow over Double-Take or WANsync. I, however, was a wreck at the end of the day. Even more disappointing, no one took me up on my offer of free
Google Admits Making Money With YouTube Has Been Difficult
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
In a candid TV interview, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, "I don't think we've quite figured out the perfect solution of how to make money [with YouTube], and we're working on that. That's our highest priority this year." You don't say...
Judge Rejects RIAA's Music Copyright Infringement, Distribution Claims
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Merely making copies of music available does not equal distribution, or primary copyright infringement, the judge said.
What Do Google And John McCain Have In Common?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Since early March, Sen. John McCain has had the GOP nomination tucked safely in his back pocket, while the stalemate between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has left the Democratic party at an impasse. Like the Republican pundit, Google is benefiting from the current standoff between Yahoo and Microsoft.
Pay Isn't The Only Gap Between Male And Female Tech Pros
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
You'd think there'd be more female tech pros peeved about earning 10% less than their male counterparts. But interestingly, our new 2008 InformationWeek salary survey of 9,653 IT pros indicates that money matters more to men, while women are most concerned about the job's challenges and responsibilities.
McKinsey: Measure Data Center Efficiency Like Car Fuel Efficiency
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The report recommends companies adopt a new metric called Corporate Average Data Efficiency (CADE) that combines both IT and facilities costs to monitor energy use.
Google Refines Its Image Search Technology
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Having won the text search war, Google may soon take the lead in image searching. In a paper published last week, Google researchers describe how they were able to use image recognition technology to reduce the number of irrelevant images returned through a Google Image search by 83%.
Interop: Oracle Looks Beyond ERP
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The company announced at Interop that it will follow the money by emphasizing line-of-business applications embedded with Web 2.0 features.
Open That Platform!!
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Interop: Citrix To Help Build The 'Delivery Center'
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The company's efforts include its Workflow Studio suite and NetScaler MPX, a Web application controller that offers service delivery at 10 Gbps.
What's Your Opinion on Performance Management?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
It's your last chance to "Take The Poll" on our home page (left column below the blog). I'm wrapping up this month's poll on performance management and will post a new poll next week. So... Which of the following best describes your top performance management priority?
ReiserFS Without Hans Reiser, Continued
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
In my post the other day about whether or not work in the ReiserFS file system would continue after Hans Reiser's murder conviction, I mentioned that this being an open source project, it wouldn't be hard for someone else to pick up where others leave off.  And as it turns out, that's precisely what's happening: according to folks on the ReiserFS team, work on ReiserFS will
SAP Scales Back SaaS Product Plans
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Technical issues and profit-bleeding implementations prompt SAP to move more slowly with its ambitious Business ByDesign on-demand software service.
Losses Continue, Bright Spots Ahead At Alcatel-Lucent
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Though impacted negatively by weakness in the dollar versus the euro, the company said it will continue to pursue 3G, 4G, and WiMax.
If You've Done Nothing Wrong, This Shouldn't Worry You
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
There's a worrisome article in the Seattle Times about an investigative toolkit that Microsoft is making available to law enforcement agencies. It's got 150 tools, including data collection and password crackers, conveniently packaged in a USB thumb drive. Police no longer need to seize a computer to peek into its contents.
HP Reveals Memristor, The Fourth Passive Circuit Element
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The memristor will enable a new era of nanoscale electronics, scientists say.
Hey! You Got Video In Our FriendFeed!
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
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Programmer Hans Reiser Convicted Of Murder, Faces 25 Years To Life
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Reiser was convicted this week of killing of his wife, Nina, whose body has not been found since her disappearance in 2006.
Why IT Might Be in Big Trouble - Again
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
IT has lost touch with reality as they have been disconnected from the situation in business and do not seem to be concerned about it... IT is apparently responding by shifting focus to data management rather than worrying about or focusing on the capabilities needed by business...
Report: T-Mobile's 3G Network Launching In NYC Tomorrow
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
New reports are pointing to May 1 (tomorrow) as the official launch of T-Mobile's AWS 1700 MHz network in New York City. Some 20+ other cities will go live with T-Mobile's 3G network by year's end.
Interop Swag Wars
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
As at any trade show, there are new products, new services, metric tons of backgrounders, spec sheets, and brochures, buzzwords, and cadres of corporate clans marching along in matching polo shirts. But with all that eye candy to spin your head every stroll across the show floor, it's the take home swag that keeps on giving.
Vidyo Named Best Startup Of Interop
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Vidyo, which began shipping its videoconferencing-over-IP system in March, has just won the startup category in this year's Best Of Interop competition. Vidyo promises to make low-cost, high-quality videoconferencing an option for more companies.
IBM Informix Upgrade Enhances Clustering, Database Management
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Princeton Softech "Optim" tools round out IDS 11.5 management suite. Big Blue claims gains in database marketshare.
Content Management Blunders From Down Under
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
The hits keep coming in from our "Top 5 Reasons A Content Management Company Will Go Out Of Business" post. This time, the experiences come from a university from the land down under, proving content management blunders serve us all on a truly global scale.
Official BlackBerry 9000 Specs Leaked
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
This is the real deal, folks. No speculation here. An enterprising informer found an internal RIM document that highlights all the details of the forthcoming BlackBerry 9000 smartphone. Take a peek for yourself.
Interop: Fixed/Mobile Convergence Coming to Your Company?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Employees no longer sit in their cubicles all day. Instead, executives move from place to place, visiting customers and clients. Figuring out how to reach these individuals has been a problem: Do you try their office number or their cell?
Interop Video: Management Guru With A Heart Of Globe
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Tuesday's morning keynote at the killer Interop conference was given by C.K. Prahalad, a business professor who's not only got a keen sense of how technology impacts the globalized marketplace, but a social conscience and a sense of humanity, too. Who knew such a powerful combo was even possible?
Interop: Palo Alto Networks' Firewall Identifies App Traffic On Content, Not Ports
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
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
Java, You, and Me
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Where does Java fit into your life? Have you ever really considered how much Java is a part of your everyday life, even outside of software development? For instance, it's most likely running software on your cell phone, smart phone, or other device; but you probably knew that already.
Interop: Alcatel-Lucent Claims APIs And Scalability Are Comm Server's Key Differentiators
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
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
Two Must-Have Open-Source Security Tools
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Over the past decade, open-source developers have created some of the world's top-rated IT security tools. While some of these applications have a well-deserved reputation for being complicated and difficult to use, there are some notable exceptions.
System Center To Play Nice With Others
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
This is good news for multihypervisor shops. Microsoft pushed out the beta of VMM today, which includes management support of VMWare.
First Hyper-V Support Emerges From Desktop Virtualization Supplier
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Provision Networks is the first vendor to make Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor the focus of its desktop virtualization efforts.
Interop: Microsoft Sees 200,000 Protocol Downloads
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Senior VP Bob Muglia says Microsoft products will feature "open connections" that will allow outside developers to more easily write programs that interact with its own.
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