Commentary
Content posted in March 2011
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RPath Simplifies Building Workloads For Data Center, Cloud
Commentary  |  3/22/2011  | 
Operating system expertise is combined with a cross-hypervisor approach to offer a "service factory" for the visual assembly of software stacks.
Secret CIO: Software Licensing: There's Gotta Be A Better Way
Commentary  |  3/22/2011  | 
I've been in this industry for many years and understand that pricing models must evolve with the times, but the current situation is utter nonsense
RIM's PlayBook Goes On Sale April 19
Commentary  |  3/22/2011  | 
Research In Motion's tablet mirrors Apple's iPad pricing, but has limitations, notably email access is supported only when tethered to a BlackBerry.
Tuning Storage Performance In Virtualized Environments
Commentary  |  3/22/2011  | 
In our last entry, Fixing Storage Performance In Virtualized Environment, we discussed some of the options to make the environment faster. What if you can't put in a new system? Maybe you just bought the one you have or maybe you have a feeling you can get more out of it. That's a good thought. Most storage infrastructures are underutilized from a performance perspective but you need to know how to mana
Down To Business: The BrainYard Tackles The Hairiest Business Collaboration Issues
Commentary  |  3/22/2011  | 
Our new site delivers news and analysis you can trust -- and practical advice you can use -- in your mission to connect people, generate ideas, and create business opportunities.
WLAN Market Shake Up
Commentary  |  3/22/2011  | 
Cisco, Netgear, TP-Link, and Aruba increased their chances for long term survival in the wireless LAN market, according to figures released by market research firm In-Stat. On the other hand, Linksys and Technicolor would like to forget 2010.
SIEM Vendor Expands Footprint Via Channel
Commentary  |  3/22/2011  | 
Security vendor TriGeo Network Security continues to build its partner base and push more sales through the channel. But company executives say the focus isn't so much on numbers; it's on forming strategic alliances with qualified solution providers.
Infographic: Handset Makers Rankings Stable Until 2010
Commentary  |  3/22/2011  | 
When you think of changes in the cell phone landscape over the past decade, you would think the scene in 2001 would be radically different from 2010. From a software perspective, you'd be right. The same goes for hardware. When it comes to original equipment manufacturers though, there was remarkable consistency through 2009. Only in 2010 did things start to change dramatically.
AT&T T-Mobile Deal Sets Industry Abuzz
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
The industry is an uproar about AT&Ts plans to acquire the Deutsche Telekom unit and form the nation's largest wireless network operator.
Down To Business: Don't Dismiss The iPad And Other Tablets As Just Hype
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
There's no ignoring the iPad's market momentum, and if you think these devices aren't going corporate already, you haven't been paying attention
HP Hits Green Product Goals
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
HP promised to cut the energy use of its products 40 percent by the end of this year, and now says that it has already succeeded.
Guerra On Healthcare: Cutting Ties With An EMR Vendor
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
If you find yourself in the unenviable position of breaking up with your electronic medical record provider, honesty, forthrightness, and transparency go a long way.
Microsoft Should Bet On Web Apps
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
As the mobile environment becomes more fragmented, developers will be tempted to focus their efforts on the platforms with large market share. Microsoft needs a way to attract those developers.
Global CIO: Even For Google, No Free Pass For SaaS
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
Google has made a notable concession to business users of Google Apps. It's a sign of things to come for software as a service, as enterprise customers get more demanding.
Mitel Rolls Out New Version Of Its UC Solution
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
Video conferencing capabilities, greater scalability, a more open architecture, and an improved user interface are the highlights in the Mitel Unified Communicator (UC) Advanced 4.0 solution.
Wishpond Helps SMBs With E-Marketing
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
Now even small retailers can have an e-storefront, thanks to a Vancouver, B.C.-based company called Wishpond. Last week, the company took the wraps off its Merchant Offering, which allows retail operations to manage all of their online marketing initiatives in one place.
Meet The Old Ma, Same As The Old Ma
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
Five Reasons Wireless Subscribers Will Suffer Under AT&T/T-Mobile Deal
And Now There Are Three: AT&T Acquires T-Mobile
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
AT&T and T-Mobile have reached an agreement whereby AT&T will pay $39 billion in cash and stock to acquire T-Mobile from Germany's Deutsche Telekom. That will make AT&T the largest cellular network in the U.S., and it is virtually a foregone conclusion that Sprint will be acquired by Verizon.
T-Mobile USA CEO Addresses Employees
Commentary  |  3/20/2011  | 
T-Mobile USA CEO & President Philipp Humm today sent a letter to the employees of T-Mobile regarding AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of the nation's fourth-largest carrier. Here's the letter.
AT&T To Buy T-Mobile For $39 Billion
Commentary  |  3/20/2011  | 
AT&T announced its intent to purchase smaller rival T-Mobile in a $39 billion deal that will help both compete better with Verizon Wireless.
Infegy Monitors And Measures Social Content
Commentary  |  3/18/2011  | 
Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg isn't the only young whiz making waves in the social media world. Justin Graves, who's just 26 years old, has used his copious brain power to build the algorithms that power Social Radar, a product from Infegy.
Fixing Storage Performance In Virtualized Environments
Commentary  |  3/18/2011  | 
In our last entry we identified just a few of the reasons why server virtualization projects cause storage performance problems. In the next few entries we will discuss ways to fix storage performance in virtualized environments. In general you have two options; get faster or get smarter. Depending on your environment one option will typically make sense over the other but eventually as the virtualizatio
Android 2.2 Takes Over
Commentary  |  3/18/2011  | 
Google releases updates to its Android platform several times a year, but it doesn't control when the updates are pushed down to existing phones. The latest data from Android Developers shows that Android 2.2, also known as Froyo, has take the lead as the most widespread version of Android currently on devices.
How The Xbox Can Save Microsoft
Commentary  |  3/18/2011  | 
The software maker controls one of the hottest brands in the tech industry—but it's not getting the most from it.
Cloud Becoming A Major Disaster Recovery Strategy
Commentary  |  3/17/2011  | 
In the wake of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, Nirvanix, Equinix, and other cloud companies are offering a helping hand to companies disrupted by -- or concerned about -- natural disasters.
Okta Shows Single Sign-On Service For Cloud Apps
Commentary  |  3/17/2011  | 
TechWebTV catches up with Okta at Cloud Connect 2011 to find out how the company is using its Active Directory-compliant single sign-on service to help enterprises easily give employees access to cloud services.
Overdrive Pro Offers 3G/4G Mobile Broadband For Sprint
Commentary  |  3/17/2011  | 
A new mobile hotspot product from Sprint provides 3G and 4G broadband for up to 8 other Wi-Fi devices -- even those sold by competing carriers.
HP's Leo Apotheker Talks Turkey (And Some Trash)
Commentary  |  3/17/2011  | 
The new CEO wants us to forget the company’s recent tumultuous affairs and is working on crystalizing the message behind "The HP Way 2.0." View the video interview.
Facebook for BlackBerry 2.0 Gets Facelift, More Features
Commentary  |  3/17/2011  | 
For the Facebook fiends, RIM has added several enhancements that let users take more Facebook actions (like Chat, for instance), more notification options and a refreshed user experience.
Android Browser Faster Than iPhone In Flawed Study
Commentary  |  3/17/2011  | 
Blaze Software says the Android browser loads pages 52% faster than the iPhone's browser, but that's not the whole story.
End Of The Road For Sprint's iDEN Network
Commentary  |  3/17/2011  | 
Sprint's push to talk feature works over its iDEN network that it got when it acquired Nextel. It is time to retire that technology and replace it with a CDMA version.
HP Poised To Capitalize On Apple, Amazon Lessons
Commentary  |  3/16/2011  | 
CEO Leo Apotheker may be on the verge of leveraging HP's core competencies in a way that few organizations can, thanks to its new focus on the cloud.
Sharp Shows Smartphone-Like MFP Interface
Commentary  |  3/16/2011  | 
Integral large color touchscreen will let Sharp MFP users adjust scanned material before printing or saving it.
Time To Revisit Disaster Planning
Commentary  |  3/16/2011  | 
Japan's tragedy reminds us of why disaster recovery planning is so critical for healthcare data.
Practical Analysis: HP's Vision, Lawyer Meddling Aside
Commentary  |  3/16/2011  | 
In his first major address, CEO Leo Apotheker made the best of what he has inherited, but the focus on WebOS is wrongheaded.
Did HP Just Unveil Carly 2.0?
Commentary  |  3/16/2011  | 
After six months of waiting, HP's new CEO Leo Apotheker finally revealed his strategic plans, leaving this writer wondering: Where's the beef?
What I Look For In A Social Analysis Tool
Commentary  |  3/16/2011  | 
There's growing demand to analyze Facebook, Twitter and other social media, but most tools fall short. Here are six capabilities to look for in next-generation products.
The Second Leg Of The Social Business Stool
Commentary  |  3/16/2011  | 
Few people may actually hold the title "community manager," but more people need to understand the discipline.
End Of The Road For Zune MP3 Players
Commentary  |  3/16/2011  | 
Microsoft appears to be killing off the hardware side of the Zune line. The Zune HD will continue to be sold, but there are no plans for a new model.
Is There Enough Software To Knit HP's Strategy Together?
Commentary  |  3/15/2011  | 
The short answer is no, but with a few deeper partnerships and key acquisitions, it could become much more than the sum of its parts.
OpenStack Governance, Rackspace Stacked
Commentary  |  3/15/2011  | 
The open source cloud project known as OpenStack has been in the spotlight recently, thanks in part to corporate support from Rackspace. While such support is often necessary for projects like OpenStack, questions remain about the company's role in governing it.
iSpeech Drives Application to iPhone
Commentary  |  3/15/2011  | 
The phone rings while you are speeding down the highway at 50 mph. Answering the call can be difficult and even illegal in some cases, such as returning a text. In response to such scenarios, iSpeech developed DriveSafe.ly, which now runs on the Apple iPhone.
Sizing Up Your E-Storefront
Commentary  |  3/15/2011  | 
Even if you're a bricks-and-mortar operation, your website is a "storefront," so make sure it looks good and gives users everything they need without having to dig. Is your site as good as it can be?
And Then There Were Three?
Commentary  |  3/15/2011  | 
In the US, most cell phone users are with one of the big four networks - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile. Rumors have been around for years that T-Mobile and Sprint may get together but nothing has come of it. A marriage of the two though may be on the horizon.
Global CIO: HP's Apotheker Focuses On Cloud, Not Consumers
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
Public cloud storage, compute, and platform services are on tap starting later this year. So is a tablet, but HP's chief spent little time on that.
Microsoft Needs Mobile Money
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
It's not enough for mobile to be hot; eventually Microsoft has to find a way to make it profitable too.
Still Some Flaws In The Ink Refill System
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
The mystery of why refill ink is hard to use leads to the mystery of what the vendors are thinking.
Apple iPad 2 Scored Big Sales Opening Weekend
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
No one knows how many iPad 2s Apple sold over the weekend, but analysts put the number somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million.
Infor Launches $1.8 Billion Bid For Lawson
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
Former Oracle president Charles Phillips puts his new company (back) on the acquisitions track. Could he be grooming the apps vendor for an even larger deal?
Guerra On Healthcare: Procrastinators Prosper On Meaningful Use Deadlines
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
Organizations that rush to attest to Stage 1 in 2011 may find themselves in trouble when they find themselves with a shortened timeframe to prepare for Stage 2 criteria.
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