Duck The Rhetoric And Catch Dell’s Latest Blade Salvo

James

The blade server makers are at it
again. One can’t seem to announce a new product without everyone firing their
competitive guns full blast. Dell is the latest with its new
M-Series blade servers.
This announcement has the usual foot soldiers: new
dense form factor, simpler setup and administration, new feeds and speeds,
aggressive pricing, comparison check lists and yet another “independent study” showing that Dell blades deliver 29% more
performance/watt than the competition.

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Does Your NAC Deployment Work In A Virtual World?

Rob
NAC seems
to cycle between red hot and long droughts of disinterest. I think it suffers
serious issues, but the one that piques my interest the most is virtualization.
NAC is in danger of being irrelevant in a virtual world.

Think about it:

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VMware Tackles Application Virtualization

Natalie

Today VMware announced its acquisition of application virtualization vendor Thinstall. For those not familiar with Thinstall, it is one of the leading app virtualization (and streaming) solutions providing customers the ability to isolate applications, eliminate application incompatibility issues, and simplify patch management. This acquisition will further VMware’s leadership in the client virtualization market by adding yet another virtualization solution to its portfolio. Now, VMware will offer customers a slew of desktop and application virtualization technologies across both mobile and non-mobile users in the enterprise.

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Apple Retools Mac Pro Just Before Macworld

Ben
Last
week, Apple announced a new
Mac
Pro
just one week before Macworld. Why then? So Mr. Jobs can focus his
keynote on more press-worthy items. What those will be are anyone’s guess -- for
another day that is -- but rest assured there’s no shortage of speculation.
The new Mac Pro is loaded with an alphabet soup of technical specifications that
can make even seasoned analysts flinch but creative professionals and scientists
will desire the bleeding-edge 8-core workstation. With it, Apple is showcasing
Intel’s most powerful workstation platform (Harpertown) in a highly configurable
model. While the speeds and feeds are certainly impressive, its killer
application is the Leopard operating system.

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Aruba Purchases AirWave

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Aruba Networks announced today that it has purchased AirWave wireless for US$37 Million in cash and stock. AirWave's multi-vendor network management products will continue to be offered by Aruba and the product will continue to be developed as a vendor-agnostic solution.

Aruba, making announcements of 802.11n products, higher-capacity controllers and network security products, has been shoring up its position as a fast-follower to market-share leader Cisco Systems. In AirWave, Aruba adds the ability to enter into multi-client infrastructure situations, potentially taking business away from other players with management platforms that cannot make sense of the multiple pieces of disparate wireless networking hardware one sees most commonly in the large enterprise - a key segment for Aruba.

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802.11n Gets A Boost - Sort Of

Silva
Chipmaker Marvell announced last week the introduction of its TopDog 11n-450 802.11n Wi-Fi chip which
boasts speeds of 450Mbps. The vendor will be demonstrating the new chip at its
booth at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.

450Mbps? Yes, we have
reported
speeds for 802.11n, based on the draft standard, as being in the
neighborhood of 300Mbps, so you may be wondering how Marvell can accomplish
this accelerated throughput. The answer is 3X3 configuration – instead of the
more standard 2x2 configuration - in which three transmitters and three
receivers on the 90nm chip increase the theoretical throughput by 150Mbps. All,
of course, in controlled testing environments. Overall throughput and realized
gains are not likely to mirror these results in any real-world application.

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Key Steps For Making UC Investments In The Enterprise

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Unified communications generates interest as an important
business tool to improve business processes and reduce costly business delays
for time sensitive situations. However, many IT managers have difficulty in
building a business case for upgrading to UC-enabled infrastructure. While UC
offerings are based on sound technology and can enhance existing IT
investments, business process improvements represent the most potential gain
from adoption of UC. Key business process improvements with UC include shorter
sales cycles, increased access to experts, rapid problem resolution, reduced
travel – and therefore carbon footprint - and training costs, improved customer
experience and faster project completion. Important factors to consider for a
business case include:

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IBM Buys XIV, Maker Of Grid-Like Storage Systems

Silva

On December 31, 2007, IBM announced closing the acquisition of Israel based storage systems vendor XIV for an undisclosed amount, but speculated to
be in the $300-350MM range. This deal is
interesting in terms of technology, as well as politics. Regarding politics, XIV’s Chairman Moshe
Yanai was a pioneer at EMC, personally designing the Symmetrix system that
continues to be a high-end storage market leader as today’s DMX systems. IBM’s investment in his technology and his
company is a validation of the individual who EMC cast aside, as well as the
product approach that XIV is taking in the storage market.

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Trends Shaping Active Directory Management In 2008 And Beyond

Silva

Recently, Forrester picked apart and compared the Active
Directory management offerings from the largest players in the space. This is a
market that continues to grow and where players are jockeying for position,
making strategic acquisitions, and refocusing their solutions. Symantec doubled
down on auditing and compliance by rolling their BindView solutions into their
broader suite. Quest Software acquired ScriptLogic – a move that certainly
helps them better target the mid market. Beyond all of that, we see a few
factors and trends that will shape this space in 2008 and further down the road
like: 

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2008: The Year Of Mobile Operations

Silva

It's the end of year and, along with the winter gusts here in New England comes a similar bluster - that of the analysts' predictions. Given my penchant for bluster and the fact that nothing helps pass a long winter's day than writing fanciful predictions, I've got one of my own.

In all seriousness, 2008 will prove to be the year that witnesses the dawn of Mobile Operations. "What's that? Mobile Operations? Don't you mean IT Operations," you say? Yes, this new sub-role, which will be getting a fair deal of coverage and, with any luck, some hard-data and real-world examples of how organizations will be merging mobile voice, mobile data, wireless infrastructure, devices and device management into one, central IT function. This movement by IT organizations, which we expect to see take shape over the course of 2008, will reduce de-duplication of tasks, allow for synergies in managing device and the increase the potential for pooled negotiations with vendors and carriers.

Keep an eye out for January's upcoming research Key Wireless Trends That Will Shape Enterprise Mobility In 2008 which will discuss the role and trend in more detail.

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