There's been plenty of news on the state of the economy and how it's affecting everything from the length of the work week to the ability to travel, even Steven Colbert has been forced to make some changes.
It's been said, though, that it's always a recession in IT Operations. Companies look to the advantages technologies like mobile and remote access, unified communications, virtualization and IT consolidation as ways to reduce cost while keeping - and in many cases, expanding - functionality.
So what are your peers doing to keep IT budgets in check and save their organizations money during this financial tumult? I'm looking to our research panel to find out. We're currently in the process of fielding a panel survey to assess the measures organizations are taking to reduce costs and make and I'd like you to participate. While this research is in the field, joining our research panel gives you the opportunity to share your best practices, a link to join is here:
Tom Waits fans know the title of this post as one of his pieces and one that was used in the Enron documentary "The Smartest Guys In the Room." There's a YouTube video of the Waits piece here, if you're interested. Doing some research recently, the first couple lines of the song - if one can call it that - started playing in my head as I began contemplating what Cisco is planning for its upcoming, and much publicized 11/11/08 release. I've been piecing together some things I'm seeing in emails and Cisco blog posts and they're definitely building something "in there" in San Jose. The question is, "what is it?"
I'm concerned about the state of WLAN vendor marketing. In the last year, a relatively precipitous drop-off of marketing driven "news" has occurred in my RSS reader, and a noticeable lack of "pitch decks" are finding their way into my inbox. That's not to say that I'm not still drowning in press releases (no, the fact that the Poughkeepsie School District is using your solution is not worthy of coverage) but I'm seeing less and less sizzle in a time where more would be better. A good thing for me, perhaps, but not a good thing for continuing to make the case for Wi-Fi.
It may just be time for enterprise customers to take a serious look at cloud computing. Major announcements in the past few days from Microsoft and Amazon have certainly signaled that the on-demand Internet computing model has staying power. And with a long recession looming there may be no better time to start getting familiar with something that could dramatically lower infrastructure costs.
In early September, Forrester
published its “The Forrester Wave™: Network Access Control, Q3 2008.” Forrester’s
findings revealed that Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Bradford Networks, and
Juniper Networks lead the pack because of their strong enforcement and policy,
but that Microsoft’s NAP technology, despite being a newcomer, has become the
de facto standard.
Any time you try and put some order
to vendor solutions, you are bound to find people in agreement – and to raise
ire in others. However, reaction in the blogosphere to a recent Network World article on the
research has raised some questions about Forrester’s Wave methodology which I’ll
aim to address:
Today, HP announced the intention to acquire iSCSI storage vendor LeftHand Networks for $360 Million in cash. LeftHand makes virtualized storage array software that can turn just about any server, PC or subset of disks on a device into a full featured IP based SAN array with features like space efficient snapshots, distance replication support and thin provisioning. LeftHand has a tight partnership with VMware, and does both standard virtual server attach to SAN, as well as some innovative virtual appliance models that turn the physical disks on board a VMware server into an array. The LeftHand software can span across multiple physical devices, allowing for combinations of virtual appliances and dedicated servers.