Microsoft Office Still Owns The Desktop, Future of StarOffice Unclear

Sheri-McLeish By Sheri McLeish

Since the Oracle acquisition of Sun, there’s been no official word yet on the road map for Star Office. Oracle says it’s vision is to deliver an integrated system from applications to disk, ostensibly a commitment to an OpenOffice.org productivity suite. Yet, that’s not a foregone conclusion. Star Office was just part of the package Oracle got in its acquisition of Sun. Its relative value is to give Oracle a starting point to compete with Microsoft Office, but more likely Star Office’s journey with Oracle will take one of two paths:

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Will TNC's Open Source Standards Help Renew NAC's Interest?

Trusted Network Connect (TNC), which is the working body of Trusted Computing Group (TCG) today announced extensions to the security architecture with new open source standards for remote access (IF-T), non-TNC enabled endpoints, and Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) interface. TNC has collaborated with NAC vendors to standardize solutions that work with hybrid network components NAC switches, appliances, and software agents. The TNC standards could integrate with any device that produces identity and policy information. In essence creating a repository of policy based on identity and behavior of the user which is completely transferable to any system via SAML interfaces. This work is specifically aimed at easing the deployment woes of many organizations that host diverse vendor solutions like Cisco, Microsoft, ProCurve Networking by HP, Juniper, Oracle, Symantec, McAfee, and so on….

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Are Big Boxes Better For Server Virtualization?

Galen SchreckFrom time to time, someone will ask me if it makes sense to purchase a large (32+ CPU) server as a big virtualization host running a VMware, Microsoft, or Citrix hypervisor.

In a word, I think the answer is "no".

Here are a few reasons why:

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Information Post-Discovery - Latest BI Trend

Boris-Evelson By Boris Evelson

I just came back from an exciting week in Orlando, FL, shuttling between SAP SAPPHIRE and IBM Cognos Forum conferences. Thank you, my friends at SAP and IBM for putting the two conferences right next to each other (time- and location-wise), and for saving me an extra trip!

Both conferences showed new and exciting products and both vendors are making great progress towards my vision of “next generation BI”: automated, pervasive, unified and limitless.  I track about 20 different trends under these four categories, but there’s a particular one that is especially catching my attention these days. It went largely under covers at both conferences, and I was struggling with how to verbalize it, until my good friend and peer, Mark Albala, of http://www.info-sight-partners.com, put it in excellent terms for me in an email earlier today: it’s all about “pre-discovery” vs. “post-discovery” of data.

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Upcoming Tweetup At Forrester’s IT 2009

On May 18, the night before Forrester’s IT Forum, Forrester will be hosting a Las Vegas Tweetup. Tweetups are low-key social events where Twitterers can network and meet the people they tweet with. Anyone can attend; it is an informal atmosphere that allows casual conversations.

This Tweetup is for anyone who's attending the Forum or lives in the Las Vegas area. There is no charge for attending the Tweetup, so come meet and mingle with a few members from The Social Media Club of Vegas, @rwang0, @coreymathews, @lizherbert, @pleclare, @akarlin, @forrester, and others.

It's Getting Crowded In This Cloud

Clay Richardson By Clay Richardson

 

Based on the recent wave of announcements flooding my inbox, BPM vendors are now stampeding to the cloud party.  Over the last two months, I have received no less than 6 cloud-related announcements from various BPM vendors.  So here's the running time line:

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Upcoming Tweetup At Forrester's IT Forum 2009

By Tom Pohlmann

Vice President, Information Technology Research

Tom-Pohlman On May 18, the night before Forrester’s IT Forum, Forrester will be hosting a Las Vegas Tweetup. Tweetups are low-key social events where Twitterers can network and meet the people they tweet with. Anyone can attend; it is an informal atmosphere that allows casual conversations.

This Tweetup is for anyone who's attending the Forum or lives in the Las Vegas area. There is no charge for attending the Tweetup, so come meet and mingle with a few members from The Social Media Club of Vegas, @rwang0, @coreymathews, @lizherbert, @pleclare, @akarlin, @forrester, and others.

We hope to see you there!

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Optimizing The Branch, Part 1: Mobilizing IT

Chris SilvaWriting on technologies for the branch office often times places me across the domains of mobility and non-mobile network infrastructure. Increasingly, in client inquiry calls, the question of "how do I optimize my branch office infrastructure" comes up and takes many forms. I'll attempt to address the most common of these branch office optimization scenarios in a series of posts. This being the first of such posts, I'll tackle one of the more basic optimization questions; connectivity for the small branch office.

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Upcoming Tweetup At Forrester’s IT 2009

On May 18, the night before Forrester’s IT Forum, Forrester will be hosting a Las Vegas Tweetup. Tweetups are low-key social events where Twitterers can network and meet the people they tweet with. Anyone can attend; it is an informal atmosphere that allows casual conversations.

This Tweetup is for anyone who's attending the Forum or lives in the Las Vegas area. There is no charge for attending the Tweetup, so come meet and mingle with a few members from The Social Media Club of Vegas, @rwang0, @coreymathews, @lizherbert, @pleclare, @akarlin, @forrester, and others.

Oracle Enhances VM Management With Virtual Iron Acquisition

The rumors are true. Oracle has finally announced that its intent to acquire Virtual Iron for its virtual server management capabilities.

It's a nice fit for Oracle, which has its own Xen-based virtualization platform called Oracle VM. Up until now, Virtual Iron has been selling its management tools on its own Xen-derived hypervisor. The net result is that Oracle gets dynamic resource management, power management, and better virtual server capabilities. And since Virtual Iron was built to manage Xen-based systems, the integration should be done by lunchtime on the day of the acquisition.

The acquisition brings up some larger questions, however, such as how Oracle will integrate Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and Virtual Iron Sun's xVM Server and xVM Ops Center. Now that it will supply hardware and virtualization platforms, Oracle will need to build out a stronger system management and automation portfolio.

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