Profile of Mike FrattoFormer Network Computing Editor
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Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics and executive editor for Secure Enterprise. He has spoken at several conferences including Interop, MISTI, the Internet Security Conference, as well as to local groups. He served as the chair for Interop's datacenter and storage tracks. He also teaches a network security graduate course at Syracuse University. Prior to Network Computing, Mike was an independent consultant.
Articles by Mike Fratto
posted in January 2009
Cox Communications recently announced a new bandwidth management program, while Google and partners are releasing a tool to detect throttling. The traffic battles are heating up, but the deck is stacked against users since we use the pipes, not manage them. Even so, Cox's plan seems responsible and, if done right, can balance competing network demands.
The company's outreach to other green-power companies focuses on integrating power management with network devices to monitor and control power usage.
Drew Conry-Murray takes apart PCI in his recent blog PCI Is Meaningless, But We Still Need It. I agree with most of his points, but they mostly apply to companies that view compliance as a set of checkboxes that have to be filled in annually. Filling checkboxes is doomed to failure. Focus on the spirit of the requirements and your company's security posture will be the better for it.
Nortel has initiated a restructuring process in an attempt to turn the company around. Despite the doom and gloom about the announcement, Nortel is far from a fire sale. Restructuring may be a good step to get control of the company. With $2.4 billion in cash, Nortel is in a far different position than U.S. automakers. Nortel has been struggling for the last few years to turn its business around.
A group of security experts comprised of vendors, government experts, educators, and individuals published Mitre's Common Weakness Enumeration, a scheme that identifies common programming problems and offers guidance to avoid the problem in the first place. The group hopes the CWE list will be used by colleges to teach secure programming, vendors to avoid the mistakes, and customers to demand these problems are not in shipping code.