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Former Network Computing Editor
News & Commentary Posts: 96

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 April 2009

Just Say No to Virtual Security FUD

4/30/2009
What is special about a virtual computer-a VM? It's a computer in a file. That's it. It's just a computer stored in a file with similar foibles and management issues as a physical computer. So why do some people invest virtual computers some magical transformative powers? Do they not understand what a virtual computer is?

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New ProCurve Threat Module: Flexibility Requires Planning

4/29/2009
HP ProCurve announced a new module for their ProCurve 8212 and 5400 modular switches. The Threat Management Module offers firewall, VPN, and IPS functions simultaneously on the switch backplane which is unlike Cisco's approach with the Catalyst 6500 requiring separate security modules firewall, VPN, and IPS. The cost, however, is lower performance per module. ProCurve needs to increase module performance to make it a replacement for appliances.

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IBM to OEM Brocade Switches. It's IBM vs HP.

4/28/2009
IBM and Brocade jointly announced that Big Blue will be selling Brocade network switches branded as IBM Ethernet switches. The agreement extends the existing IBM/Brocade OEM deal for SAN equipment. A lot of people will see this as a reaction to Cisco's UCS launch, but according to IBM, nothing is further from the truth. I think it pits IBM against HP.

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Time Warner Cable Fights For Its Monoply

4/15/2009
I am one of those people who believes in universal access. I think it is desirable for those of us living in urban/suburban areas to subsidize telecommunications to rural areas. Subsidies help build out and maintain our telephone network resulting in a net benefit. So subsidizing broadband roll-outs with government funds a good as well. Too bad Time Warner and others are trying to strong arm the FCC into supporting a tacit monopoly with public funds.

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