802.11n Taking Enterprises By Storm? Not So Fast...

Readers of this blog know that I'm quick to extol the virtues of 802.11n as a means to un-wire client devices and allow users to roam free. The technology has the potential to provide these users a parity of experience on wireless with the wired networks they may leave behind while leaving them unencumbered to explore new modes of work. Enterprises are making the move to more flexible work environments seriously, take Cisco's Workplace Of The Future, for example

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PC Power Management Heats Up


As the PC power management space is heats up, it’s quite fitting that today is “Power IT Down Day” – a participatory event put on by Hewlett-Packard, Citrix Systems, and Intel to encourage governments and businesses alike to reduce their IT-related energy consumption by powering down computers, monitors, and printers at the end of the day. Other recent examples also highlight the attention directed to the reducing energy consumption across PCs:

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Getting What You Pay For: The Importance of Facilities-Based Service Provider Diversity

LisaForrester has consistently advised clients that they should ensure their own WAN survivability and not rely
on a single provider to ensure a consistently high level of availability.  Two
very recent examples with US providers illustrate

- In one case, the service provider
proactively notified us of a 30 minute availability problem in a section of its
nationwide MPLS network.  The cause was internal — the provider’s process to
upgrade router software was not followed.  This case is not unique — we know of
other, similar instances.

- In the second case, several
clients reported that another provider’s MPLS network wasn’t living up to SLAs
for several hours — this due to a security breach.  The provider in question confirmed this problem with us today.  The
irony: amongst its peers, this provider has some of the toughest network security
technology and processes in place.

Both these instances occurred within
the last 10 days.

Our advice to clients is as

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Making Green IT Palatable For The Business: Should You Call Green IT, “Green IT”?

Dougwashburn In many of my recent interactions with both enterprise IT end users and vendors, the notion of calling Green IT something other than “Green IT” occurs with fair consistency. Some of the variations to Green IT that I’ve come across purposely call out an environmental agenda, i.e. Greener IT, Sustainable IT, and Eco-Efficient IT. While others are purely business such as Efficient IT, Energy Efficient IT, or Lean IT.

This very debate came up during a panel I hosted at last week’s Next Generation Data Center Conference, and it reminds me of a book I came across called the “The Sneaky Chef: How To Hide Healthy Foods In Kid's Favorite Meals.” The premise is that parents can encourage healthy eating habits in the children by “hiding” healthy foods in meals that kids already love — without their kids’ knowledge. For example, brownies spiked with spinach or chocolate pudding laced with avocado.

So how should you decide to message your Green IT initiative? My standard response is that it depends on your audience:

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Here We Go Again: WLAN Acquisitions Continue

Here we go again, the most recent in a rash of acquisitions, but only the second of an infrastructure vendor this year as HP  today announced its intent to acquire the Colubris Networks.

Why this is good for both sides:

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Is The “Green” Data Center The Next Generation Data Center?

Dougwashburn Yes, but the shade of green will vary. While it’s clear that the next generation data center will be an energy efficient data center, incorporating other green data center features — from reduced water usage, to sustainable site planning, to sourcing IT gear manufactured in a more eco-responsible fashion — are not likely to happen at the same pace.

Why? Reduced energy consumption in the data center offers tangible and immediate environmental and economic savings, but also goes hand-in-hand with alleviating out of space and out of power concerns — challenges, that for now, trump purely green motivations.

At last week’s annual Next Generation Data Center Conference held in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to discuss the role of “green” in the data center by moderating a panel on the topic of “Greening of the Data Center — Practical Steps That Can Be Implemented Today With Real World Savings.” The panel consisted of major industry hitters — including Jack Pouchet of Emerson Power Network, Joe Prisco of IBM, Michael Patterson of Intel, Christian Belady of Microsoft, and John Pflueger of Dell — with all panelists having a stake in enacting green and or energy efficiency strategies within their organizations. Here are some key takeaways from the session:

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Making (WiMax) News

Forrester's take on the status of WiMax as an enterprise service - based on a recently published report I worked on with my colleague Lisa Pierce - is being discussed in Network World's "Newsmaker Of The Week" podcast, where I discuss where WiMax is today in terms of a network build-out and service availability, its potential uses in the enterprise and its (lack of) potential to eclipse Wi-Fi in the enterprise.

It's a short but informative piece that is a good digest of the report; it goes live today here.

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Siemens-Gores, A Winning Formula?

I’ve been doing a fair amount of work with Siemens of late, and have the chance to pick the brains of their management team in informal surroundings, so I certainly know how delighted they all are that at long last Siemens AG has done a deal, but will the deal actually change anything?

I spoke to the CEO Thomas Zimmerman on 30 July, the day after the announcement. I asked him what would be different under the recently announced JV with The Gores Group that Siemens Enterprise Communications could not do on its own. He talked around speed of investment decision making, channel to market flexibility and easier headcount management.

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