A Reason to Refresh

James StatenIntel did more than just introduce a faster server processor today with the introduction of the Xeon 5500; it enabled a greater level of differentiation to its server and storage vendor partners that ultimately will result in a broader set of choices and better ones for enterprise infrastructure & operations professionals. While the performance improvements of the 5500 in themselves are impressive, there is just as much to like in the new memory and I/O architectures and power efficiency. The new memory architecture triples bandwidth over the 5400 and brings back DDR3 allowing up to 18 DIMMs per CPU. This lets customers reach much higher memory configurations at a lower cost. While you have to add memory three DIMMs at a time, 36 GBs per socket is now achievable with low cost 2GB DIMMs. This is a significant boon to server virtualization where memory is typically the first resource to be fully utilized. Cisco is taking this capacity even higher in its UCS blade servers.

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Podcast: US Telecommuting Forecast

In our efforts to make Forrester material more accessible to IKM pros (see Matt Brown's recent post), the Information & Knowledge Management team will highlight recent podcasts on our blog, going forward. Podcasts are available for free via iTunes or our RSS feed.

Our first featured podcast is Ted Schadler's "US Telecommuting Forecast." Ted looks at trends in telecommuting, forecasting out to 2016, and expands on the shifts in corporate culture and work-life balance taking place every day as a result of this phenomenon.

We look forward to your questions and comments.


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Application scanning companies tackle Web 2.0 threats

Chenxi Wang

On Monday, March 23, 2009, HP’s Application Security Center announced the release of a free tool, SWFScan, designed to analyze security vulnerabilities in applications using Adobe Flash.

A few months earlier, IBM Rational announced the availability of their scanning/testing capability against Adobe Flash objects, which is a new addition to their AppScan 7.8 release on January 13, 2009.

For those who are not familiar with Adobe Flash, Flash is a multimedia platform that allows better processing of graphics, animation, special efforts, and bi-directional video streaming. Many websites that have rich interactive content or multimedia content use Flash as an underlying technology.

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On Jury Duty, Dialogue, And EA Planning

Gene Leganza [Posted by Gene Leganza]

I have to report for jury duty on April 1. I have several reminders set so I don’t mistakenly think I played an April fool’s joke on myself. This upcoming instance of civic duty reminds me of the incredible trial I was on a few years ago where I wound up being elected jury foreman. Subsequent EA workshops I have conducted exhibited a remarkably similar phenomenon to my contentious jury experience from that trial. Let me explain…

It was an amazing trial – not one of those incredibly tedious cases where some jerk is suing another jerk and you couldn’t possibly care who’s right. In this case, a drug dealer had shot a cop in the face. They caught the defendant hiding nearby, wearing the same glaringly obtrusive camo outfit that witnesses to the shooting claimed the shooter wore. Some of these local residents had seen him up close and talked to him just before the incident trying to get him to move off.

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Tuesday's Tips: Five Simple Steps To Reduce Your Software Maintenance Costs

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Tuesday’s Tips: Five Simple Steps To Reduce Your Software Maintenance Costs

Tuesday's Tips: Five Simple Steps To Reduce Your Software Maintenance Costs

What would you do if you knew your network only had a week to live?


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After So Many Years Of Ballyhoo, Semantic Web Still Searching For Killer App

James G. Kobielus By James Kobielus

Cynics might call Semantic Web a technology looking for a solution. And they might have a point.

Semantic Web refers to a long-running World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) initiative that is working toward an ambitious — some might say hopelessly utopian — goal. At heart, it is a vision for how the World Wide Web should evolve to realize its full interoperability potential.

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Green IT, ECM, And Natural Capitalism

I recently gave a speech in late February on the above subject at the 14th AIIM ATM Executive Summit Agenda and have another one at a Department of Energy Conference April 9th. Two main themes hit home to me for how ECM can make us more green. Reducing paper in the office and increasing adoption of customer-facing transaction documents or E-transactions top my list. I will blog on E-transactions and our woeful adoption rates later — as the two subjects are quite different. Reducing paper in the office is being helped and will be led by the red-hot Managed Print Services (MPS) area. MPS finally made the mainstream press the other day as The Wall Street Journal article below will attest: Xerox Tries to Go Beyond Copiers’

If your organization is like most, printers, fax machines, and scanners seem to multiply magically without human intervention. Although companies often don't count the cost, the amount of money spent servicing such equipment that is aging or underutilized is astounding as well as environmentally taxing. By eliminating redundant or dated equipment, installing multifunction peripherals (MFPs) to replace single-purpose devices, and implementing central management and accountability, we all can become heroes, and help push green IT forward.

Office devices, for example, are quiet energy gluttons. A copier, two printers, and a fax machine consume 1,400 kWh of energy each year. But one MFP that performs all the same functions uses only 700 kWh annually. Multiply these savings across all of your company devices — assuming you know what that number is — and this is the energy you are wasting each year. More efficient MFPs should be a part of the plan.

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