Windows 7 First 'Self-Healing' OS
Microsoft baked a number of support technologies directly into its new operating system so it can self-diagnose and repair problems.
Backup & Recovery: Practice Makes Perfect!
When it comes to recovering data from a backup source, practice makes perfect. And failing to practice can leave your small business in a terrible mess at the worst possible time.
Amazon Serves Up MySQL
Amazon's newest cloud offering: MySQL 5.1 in the cloud, also known as Amazon RDS. And there's worry that it'll turn out to be a bad thing for MySQL in the long run, although that might not hold true for other open source repurposed in the same way.
Records and the Threat of Cloud Computing
I recently hosted a panel for ARMA that proved to be one of the most thought-provoking sessions I have been involved in for a long time. What became abundantly clear early on was that records managers and compliance officers really need to get their head around cloud computing, and fast.
Is The Desktop PC Doomed?
The rise of Web-based apps, virtualization, and a crop of powerful mobile devices have the traditional PC desktop on the run.
SAP Upgrades BusinessObjects Explorer
Last May I complained that the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer release announced at Sapphire wasn't everything I expected from the big, splashy product launch. As of November, however, the missing ingredients -- namely the combination of system-agnostic data integration and acceleration -- will finally be in place. Here's the scoop.
Ksplice: No More Reboots?
How'd you like to never have to reboot a Linux box again -- no, not even if you have to apply a kernel-level patch? That's the promise of Ksplice, a software technology for Linux (and maybe soon other platforms) designed to allow a system to be patched from the kernel level on up without having to be restarted. It's available right now for Ubuntu, and from what I can see, it's not digital snake oil.
Android 2.0 Revs Enterprise Features
The latest version of Google's mobile operating system makes it easier for users to get corporate e-mail, calendar, and contact information on their handsets.
Ubuntu Server 9.1 Adds Cloud APIs
Canonical's Linux operating system includes built-in means of accessing Amazon's EC2 with a compatible set of APIs from the Eucalyptus open source project.
Business vs. Tech Perspectives on SharePoint 2010
It's tough to get your mind completely around SharePoint 2010 -- an even bigger and more all-encompassing platform than 2007... I can't overstate the enthusiasm for SP2010 at last week's SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. But here's a question for you the enterprise customer: is all this enthusiasm always in your best interest?
DOD Says Yes To More Open Source
Open source in the government and military isn't a new thing; governance is one of open source's biggest target markets, so to speak. It's still all the more heartening to hear the Department of Defense come out strongly in favor of open source, and to recommend using more of it whenever possible.
SMBs To Lag In IT Purchases
While overall hardware buying plans have returned to August 2008 levels, midsize and small businesses are split on their buying plans and levels of confidence.
Analytics Aplenty at IBM's IOD Conference
What were the odds we'd hear all about analytics at this week's IBM Information on Demand (IOD) conference in Las Vegas? I wish I could have placed that bet! "Analytics" was in the very name of two out of four new products announced at IOD. Here's my quick take:
Cisco To Acquire ScanSafe
The market for tech companies is heating up again, as Cisco strengthens its position in Web and mobile security.
Ubuntu's Future Shouldn't Be This Unpredictable
Yesterday Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth held a phone conference to talk about the state of Ubuntu. It's clearly become more than just "Linux for human beings". But it's getting harder to avoid thinking of Canonical as a black box, and that hurts.
Teradata's Hardware Strategy and Tactics
The most important takeaways about Teradata's hardware strategy from the Partners conference last week are: 1. Teradata's future lies in solid-state memory. 2. The solid-state future is imminent. 3. Teradata will increase the number of appliances it sells. 4. Teradata will mix and match parts (especially storage) in a modular product line.
Windows Partisans Don't Get It
Last week's release of Windows 7 has some Windows defenders rubbing their virtual hands at the prospect of Microsoft delivering a knockout blow to Apple. But their arguments reveal that they don't understand why SMBs and consumers have been embracing the Mac in increasing numbers.
Is Cloud Bigger Than The Advent Of The Personal Computer?
Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, says "the cloud" is a phenomenon that is bigger than the advent of the PC. I think he's almost got it right. Cloud is bigger than the PC Revolution, but it's big in part because it incorporates and extends the PC revolution to Internet server clusters. The cloud owes more to the PC than Eric acknowledges.
PortableApps Adds Non-Open Source Apps, Sort Of
In a startling move, a favorite platform of mine for delivering no-install open source applications on Windows has thrown open the doors to adding freeware -- non-open source apps -- to their collection. Did the planets fall out of alignment when I wasn't looking?
Who Needs Analytics PhDs? Grow Your Own
Analytics, whatever that means, has emerged as the hot topic all over our industry... According to the conventional wisdom, very special experts, quants we'll call them, are needed because mere mortals can't handle this stuff... But I don't buy this.