Those darn servers consume more power and require more cooling with each successive generation, and now you’re either out of power, unable to cool it, or can't run anymore network drops. What now? While those with fat wallets like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft can plunk down millions and just build a new data center, most of us don't have such luxury.
Three approaches are paying big dividends for enterprises today:
—Consolidation via modernization - replacing lots of low performance older servers and storage with fewer new high performance devices
Microsoft today announced the acquisition of Stratature — a small software company focused on the analytical side of master data management (MDM).This is a positive development for siloed Microsoft platform customers, but is an underwhelming announcement for information and knowledge management professionals looking for Microsoft to step up and recognize their need to support heterogeneous enterprise information environments where Microsoft only represents one piece of a larger puzzle.
Stratature’s +EDM product is data domain-agnostic, meaning it does not specialize on any specific data domain like Customer or Product, but what +EDM covers in breadth of data domains it lacks in depth of capabilities. +EDM focuses on the analytical side of MDM, providing business views of information primarily through version-controlled hierarchy management and dimensional modeling capabilities. Although Microsoft has not disclosed when the acquired technology will be available, they have stated that they expect it to support its Business Intelligence, SharePoint, PerformancePoint, and Microsoft Dynamics’ ERP and CRM customers.+EDM is built on a Microsoft technology platform so integration shouldn’t be overly complex.
Sometimes at Forrester, if we're looking for a fight, the security and risk management team will kick of discussions on the difference between privacy and security. Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton wrote an article for Slashdot that is a great example of the difference. The example looks at membership lists for certain websites.
To throw my two cents into the argument, I define privacy as the appropriate use of information, whereas security is CIA, confidentiality, integrity and availability. You can't have privacy without security, you still need to keep the data away from the bad guys, but privacy is also concerned about using that information properly. For instance, your grocery store likely already knows what food you buy, what if they sold that information to the weight-loss center down the street so they could target you. It's not a security violation, but it certainly feels like a privacy one!
After a slow start, Sun Microsystems got serious about the blade server market with today’s announcement (http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/pr/2007-06/sunflash.20070606.1.xml) of the Sun Blade 6000 family. The blades are built on a new 10U chassis design that makes strong use of PCI-Express to provide a density and serviceability advantage. The new chassis supports blades based on AMD, Intel, and Sun processor designs (first blades to use the T1 processor) but ups the memory density on the dual-Opteron and dual-Xeon blades to a maximum of 64GBs. This is achieved by increasing the DIMM per processor count to eight and using 2GB DIMMs (the Sun T1-based blades take advantage of this as well, but are uniprocessor). On the I/O front, Sun also leverages PCI-Express to divorce I/O from each blade entirely. This allows higher I/O port count per blade and hot-swap of the I/O ports from the back of the chassis.
After attending the Interop 2007 show in family-friendly Las Vegas from May 21 through May 24, I’m hard-pressed to report any major news in the wireless networking space.
One of the most common questions encountered from press and vendors alike was, “So, what did you think of the show, what’s the big news?” With the exception of some product announcements around .11n compliant access points and some capacity increases in the controller offerings among WLAN vendors, technological advances were few and far between, however, there were some notable moments:
A couple of months ago I was Ninged. I opened my email first thing in the morning and there it was . . . an invitation from Mike “Early Bird” Gilpin to participate in a workgroup discussion about dynamic business apps (more on that in a future post). Now Mike is a colleague of mine at Forrester and I tremendously respect his knowledge and experience and intellect. So, of course, I immediately and enthusiastically responded "Yes!" Not only that, I immediately invited every analyst in my team and some other colleagues to join us.
I expect to see consumer products jumping on the Web 2.0 bandwagon soon. "Butter 2.0" perhaps — to make your family dinner more of a conversation. This week I am at HP's annual imaging and printing conference. They unveiled "Print 2.0" — HP's strategy for making printing relevant as content moves from the desktop to the Web. This is how HP intends to capture a significant share of the 53 trillion digital pages forecasted for 2010.
The three key areas of focus are to make it easier to print from Web sites, such as blogs and travel sites; extend the companies digital content creation (think Snapfish and Logoworks), across consumers and business; and deliver lower cost and higher speed digital printing platforms. Making the Web more print friendly is a great idea, and HP is teaming with the right crowd such as ViaMichelin, a map provider in Europe.
Are you happy with how your online map is printed today? Six Apart, Ltd., creator of the blogging platform Movable Type, is even better. HP is beta testing a blog-printing widget that will let you pick and choose the posts you want to print. With over 100,000 blogs created each day, there must be something worth printing.