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Utility Computing And The MEGO Factor

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Utility Computing And The MEGO Factor
2. Today's Top Story
    - Google Ready To Appeal Photo Copyright Ruling
    Related Stories: Legal Woes
    - IBM Subpoenas Competitors In SCO Code-Use Case
    - FTC Settles With CardSystems Over Data Breach
    - BlackBerry Maker Scores A Gain In Long Patents War
    - NTP's Existing Settlement Terms Unacceptable: RIM
3. Breaking News
    - Zero-Day Exploit Turns Up Heat On Mac OS X
    - Microsoft Pushes Enterprise Features In Newest Vista Preview
    - Researchers: Adware Firm Still Duping Consumers
    - Sun Rolls Out Java Enterprise Edition 5 Beta
    - Americans Online In The Slow Lane
    - IBM Increases Software-As-A-Service Support
    - Ultra Wideband Rivals Woo Bluetooth
    - EarthLink, Google Apply For San Francisco Wireless Network
    - U.S. Company Sponsors IT Talent Contest In India
    - Change In Temp Staffing Strategy Saves Insurer $1.6 Million
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
    - How To Survive A Tech Support Call
    - Google Signs On Do-Good Doctor To Head Charity
    - Teen Arrested After Myspace.com Posting
5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Technology
    - Firefox Essentials: Get To Know Your Profile
    - Review: Kenpo 'Made-For-iPod' Jacket
    - Review: Streaming Media Servers
    - Review: Upgraded BlackBerry Enterprise Server
    - Review: GoToMyPC Corporate 5.0
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Bush's Pro-India Stance Shows He's Got The Facts Right About Outsourcing
7. White Papers
    - Mitsui & Co. Connects Its Entire Global Value Chain From A Single Desktop Location
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1. Editor's Note: Utility Computing And The MEGO Factor

Optimize, one of InformationWeek's sister publications, recently ran a very good article by two consultants that I urge everyone in IT to read. It's about how to prepare for utility computing, and it contains some sage advice about steps to take. Their recommendations include starting in relatively small areas that already have homogenous environments (in other words, single-vendor applications or something close) and implementing a SAN and chargeback system.

Even more interesting is that the article raises an intriguing question about why the vast majority of IT organizations are holding back from investing in this computing model, at least so far. The article goes through a list of eight problem areas, many to do with organizational issues such as how to get a bunch of business units that may be operating independently to agree to share the central IT "resource."

I could be wrong, but I believe this buy-in and the resulting ceding of control are probably the biggest roadblocks to adopting utility computing en masse. Most large and medium-sized companies have gone through the yin-yang pull of decentralizing and recentralizing IT numerous times. Those in the former camp have usually wound up there either because of business reasons--multiple acquisitions and mergers with incompatible IT infrastructures--or because the business units had a really bad relationship with the previous central IT group and decided to roll their own.

Fundamentally, though, the "MEGO" (my eyes glaze over) factor is huge here--and by "here" I mean utility computing, autonomic systems, and pretty much next-generation anything. After decades of hearing about how technology is going to make their lives better, their infrastructures more manageable and/or less expensive, and their smiles brighter (or just pick your benefit), I think IT professionals are casting an extremely wary eye on just about everything right now. CIOs are skeptical of any promises, and for very good reason, because they're tired of getting beaten up by their business management for not delivering on them.

I have no doubt we'll get to utility computing and the rest--eventually. Like just about everything else in the industry, though, it's going to take a lot longer than some may hope.

What do you think? To comment or to read more, check out my blog entry.

Johanna Ambrosio
jambrosio@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Google Ready To Appeal Photo Copyright Ruling
The company is fighting a recent court decision that it can't use thumbnail photos from an adult site.

Related Stories:

IBM Subpoenas Competitors In SCO Code-Use Case
Big Blue is requesting records relating to Sun, Microsoft, and other vendors' use of Unix code, their contributions to Linux, and their relationships with SCO.

FTC Settles With CardSystems Over Data Breach
The proposed settlement requires the privately owned company to adopt stricter security measures and have an independent audit every other year for the next 20 years.

BlackBerry Maker Scores A Gain In Long Patents War
Once again the U.S. Patent Office has rejected one of five disputed patents owned by NTP.

NTP's Existing Settlement Terms Unacceptable: RIM
RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie maintains that NTP's settlement terms would have caused RIM to shutter its business.


3. Breaking News

Zero-Day Exploit Turns Up Heat On Mac OS X
A hacker site posted code that can be used to take advantage of a flaw in Mac OS X, which increases the risk that the bug will be used by attackers.

Microsoft Pushes Enterprise Features In Newest Vista Preview
Included are deployment tools to roll out the Vista client, a means of adding components to a disk image, and other features focused on the enterprise.

Researchers: Adware Company Still Duping Consumers
The argument over the definition of malware continues between anti-spyware researchers and a controversial Web advertising company.

Sun Rolls Out Java Enterprise Edition 5 Beta
Java EE 5 simplifies creating Web application interfaces and the invocation of Web services, as well as streamlines the amount of code required to build applications, Sun says.

Americans Online In The Slow Lane
The United States is falling further behind many other developed nations in broadband use. Part of the reason is the government's reluctance in getting involved in building the needed infrastructure. And the current discussion of Network Neutrality in Congress could make matters worse.

IBM Increases Software-As-A-Service Support
The program includes incentives and resources for channel partners, as well as training.

Ultra Wideband Rivals Woo Bluetooth
Two competing technology standards offer connectivity at speeds high enough to replace USB connections for PDAs, BlackBerrys, and even monitors.

EarthLink, Google Apply For San Francisco Wireless Network
The city wants to build a municipal network to give poorer residents an affordable option for getting online.

U.S. Company Sponsors IT Talent Contest In India
The contest is part of U.S. Technology Resources' plan to recruit up to 27,000 employees from the region in the next few years.

Change In Temp Staffing Strategy Saves Insurer $1.6 Million
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina was able to cut costs and save time by switching to a "vendor neutral" approach to staffing and by employing vendor-management software.

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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

How To Survive A Tech Support Call (NY Times - reg. required)
Ex-CIO John Stumpf wrote this primer about dealing with your very own Dell offshore personal expert.

Google Signs On Do-Good Doctor To Head Charity (USA Today)
Larry Brilliant's life has ranged from civil rights marches with Martin Luther King to working as a physician for the Grateful Dead and leading high-tech ventures.

Teen Arrested After Myspace.com Posting (AP)
A 16-year-old boy from Denver was arrested after postings on the popular Web site allegedly showed him holding handguns, authorities said.


5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Technology

Firefox Essentials: Get To Know Your Profile
Do you know where to find your Firefox profile, what types of files you'll find there, and how you can protect them against mishaps?

Review: Kenpo 'Made-For-iPod' Jacket
Fashion company breaks ground with a new line of jackets that have buttons on the sleeve to control your pocket-protected iPod.

Review: Streaming Media Servers
Apple, Macromedia, Microsoft, and RealNetworks all accepted Network Computing's comparison challenge. The results were remarkably close. Find out why entries from Apple and Microsoft just edged out the other two.

Review: Upgraded BlackBerry Enterprise Server
Improved administration, support for Web services, and a visual development tool distinguish version 4.1.

Review: GoToMyPC Corporate 5.0
It's a useful tool for remote access, but it could sharpen its multi-user support capabilities.


6. Voice Of Authority

Bush's Pro-India Stance Shows He's Got The Facts Right About Outsourcing
Legislative efforts to restrict the outsourcing of IT and other services jobs to India would hurt America more than they would help it. Most business people and economists know this, and it appears President Bush knows it, too. Paul McDougall explains.


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