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IT shops weigh Microsoft buy of Opalis Software

By Mark Fontecchio, News Writer
16 Dec 2009 | SearchDataCenter.comIT pros using Opalis Software have strong opinions on the pending
Microsoft acquisition of Opalis, depending on how much they use the
data center automation software. The deeper they are into Opalis' run
book automation and job scheduling features, and the more they lean on
support, the more concerned they are.James Hankey, vice president of IT and director of operations at
financial investment firm John G. Ullman & Associates (JGUA) in New
York, professed shock at the news announced late last week."I'm afraid we're going to have to end up paying more money," he said.JGUA has been an Opalis data center automation customer for about 10
years. In 2000, the company needed to streamline processes required to
produce client reports. Hankey said JGUA spent a lot of money paying
people overtime for processes that the Opalis software performed using
run book automation. Now JGUA uses it primarily to monitor those

Green data center allows virtualization growth for Congress

By Alexander B. Howard, Associate Editor, SearchCompliance.com
14 Dec 2009 | SearchDataCenter.com

Skyrocketing energy costs in the data center aren't just a corporate issue. Server consolidation, utilization efficiency and virtual machine sprawl also challenge the biggest enterprise in the United States: the federal government.

Greening the Capitol
Two years ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched an initiative designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the United States Capitol. The implementation of a green data center by House Information Resources fits into this broader context. Download a full report here.


Over the past several years, the operators of the data center that supports operations at the U.S. House of Representatives reduced energy consumption by over 50%, saving taxpayers money and allowing the rollout of server virtualization to member offices.

That effort took hard work, but the return in energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction also helped improve security, …

Masa depan Digital Signage

Janji datangnya sang prospek klien pada jam 11 terlewatkan sampai jam
14, tapi saya senang menerima kehadiran mereka di kantor kecil kami.
Dalam diskusi singkat mengenai perusahaan, kami mengakui bahwa kami
memang memiliki fokus untuk mengembangkan Digital Signage di
Indonesia.Yang menarik bagi saya, Digital Signage ini bukan barang baru, tapi
teknologinya terus berkembang. Secara umum terbagi menjadi 2, yaitu
hardware Digital Signage dan software Digital Signage. Kami terus
terang, lebih berfokus kepada Digital Signage berbasis software karena
lebih luas dan fleksibelnya pengembangan yang dapat dilakukan.Digital Signage sekarang dengan mudah ditemukan dimana-mana. Di jalan,
diatas pos polisi, persimpangan jalan utama, hingga di depan lift
gedung perkantoran, ada beberapa di apartemen. Konteksnya tetap sama,
yaitu memperkenalkan atau memvisualisasi dengan menggunakan media
digital, khususnya adalah teknologi display. Teknologi ini konon
adalah teknologi yang paling mudah menyerap perhatian orang, …

ICT EXPO - JCC 14-16 DES 2009

Kepada seluruh rekan-rekan, Bapak dan Ibu, anda semua diundang untuk dapat menghadiri acara ICT EXPO yang di selenggarakan di JCC dari tanggal 14 - 16 Desember 2009 (09:30 - 17:00), dengan cara melakukan pendaftaran secara online GRATIS di: http://www.ictindonesia.com/reg/ yang mana selain anda akan mendapat kesempatan memenangkan undian berhadiah, Bapak dan Ibu juga akan memperoleh sebuah buku catalog pameran senilai Rp. 50.000,- Untuk mengikuti ICT FORUM 2009 silahkan klik di: http://www.ictindonesia.com/2009/forumreg.htm

NCR acquires DVDPlay, will convert 1,300 kiosks to Blockbuster Express brand

Caroline Cooper• 10 Dec 2009NCR Corp. has announced its acquisition of Campbell, Calif.-based
DVDPlay, which operates approximately 1,300 DVD-rental kiosks in the
United States and Canada. In a news release, NCR says it will convert
the DVDPlay kiosks to add to its Blockbuster Express-branded line of
kiosks and is revising its installation forecasts from 2,500 to 3,800
by the end of 2009. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.Alex Camara, vice president and general manager of NCR Entertainment,
says DVDPlay's presence in California, Colorado and Illinois will
allow NCR to extend its DVD-rental reach to new markets, bolstering
its efforts to compete with redbox. Our acquisition of DVDPlay accelerates NCR's growth in the
DVD-rental business as we expand our operations, technology leadership
and consumer experience in key markets with premium retail partners.
Over the past six months, we've seen tremendous enthusiasm from
consumers and retail partners for our DVD-rental kiosks. We…

Disaster Recovery Is All About Imagination

IT Management | Guest Opinion | Kelly Lipp, Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Tags: backup, business continuity, Data Center, disaster recovery Within our IT-centric world, we tend to forget that disaster recovery is more – much more – than getting mission-critical data restored. In fact, getting the data back might be the easiest part of the process. Tougher is knowing what is going to happen with that data after it is restored. Take a large disaster, for example. How will your employees gain access to that data? What about your customers? What happens if your key users are no longer available to use the data? (After all, you have just experienced a disaster.) Many of our basic assumptions are probably not correct.And what about the smaller, more common disasters? What happens if you lose a single mission-critical system? Have you thought about how you would exist without that system for some period of time? It is these kinds of disasters that surprisingly require the m…
IT Management | Guest Opinion | Kelly Lipp, Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Tags: backup, business continuity, Data Center, disaster recovery Within our IT-centric world, we tend to forget that disaster recovery is more – much more – than getting mission-critical data restored. In fact, getting the data back might be the easiest part of the process. Tougher is knowing what is going to happen with that data after it is restored. Take a large disaster, for example. How will your employees gain access to that data? What about your customers? What happens if your key users are no longer available to use the data? (After all, you have just experienced a disaster.) Many of our basic assumptions are probably not correct.And what about the smaller, more common disasters? What happens if you lose a single mission-critical system? Have you thought about how you would exist without that system for some period of time? It is these kinds of disasters that surprisingly require the m…

10 reasons why Windows 7's XP Mode is a big deal

* Date: August 3rd, 2009
* Author: Brien Posey
* Category: 10 thingsWindows 7 features a new twist: XP Mode, which lets you run your
Windows XP apps without compatibility issues. Brien Posey explains why
XP Mode is significant and outlines its benefits.One of the most exciting Windows 7 features is Windows XP Mode. It
uses a brand new version of Virtual PC to provide seamless access to
Windows XP applications, either through a virtual Windows XP desktop
or directly through the Windows 7 desktop. Here's a look at some of
the benefits XP Mode offers.Note: This article is also available as a PDF download.
1: It solves compatibility problemsThe biggest beef that most IT folks seem to have with Windows Vista is
its notorious hardware and software compatibility problems. Windows
7's Windows XP mode allows you to run Windows XP applications without
worrying about application compatibility.
2: It provides a much needed upgrade to Virtual PCVirtual PC has been around for a long time, and al…

finally, 3Com acquired by HP -- who's next?

I received this email below:
To all 3Com Partners,As a valued member of our 3Com Focus Partner Program, I wanted to share
with you some exciting news that I believe will help generate even more
momentum for our joint efforts in selling to enterprise accounts. Together,
we've set our sights on disrupting the networking market with our
"China Out" strategy by leveraging our market leadership in China to offer
customers a best-in-class price/performance advantage with a lower TCO,
a broad, modern product portfolio and a new level of customer
relationships.Yesterday on November 11, 2009, we announced our plans to accelerate our
strategy by signing a definitive agreement to be acquired by HP. This is an
exciting opportunity to form a powerhouse that will disrupt the industry by
offering customers an unprecedented option for data center and network
infrastructure solutions. Never before has there been a networking company
with such a broad and modern, open standards-based product portfolio…

HP's buyout of 3Com continues IT convergence push

By Mark Fontecchio, News Writer
12 Nov 2009 | SearchDataCenter.com

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IT pros say Hewlett-Packard Co.'s surprise decision to buy networking company 3Com continues vendor consolidation in the IT industry, which may be a good--and a bad--thing.


It could provide economies of scale and greater integration of IT gear but also consolidates more IT firepower in fewer vendor hands and that may not be advantageous for IT customers.

"I suppose there are a couple ways to look at mergers like these," said Clive Greenall, IT facilities manager at the Standard Bank of South Africa. "The companies are consolidating skills under one roof, which may be a good thing if you're looking for a one-stop solution, and presumably they'll keep the best skills from the consolidation.

"The other side of the coin could be price fixing as a result of less competition, c…

Sudah coba XenServer Citrix ??

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Defining an Enterprise Security Strategy (ctoEdge)

Defining an Enterprise Security Strategy
Security | How-To | Shaun Hummel, Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tags: anti-virus solutions, Authentication Systems, Cisco Systems, Cybercrime, IBM, Intrusion-Prevention Systems, network security, security policy, usage management and monitoring, VPN, Vulnerability Assessment

There are five primary security groups that should be considered with any enterprise security model. These include security policy, perimeter, network, transaction and monitoring security. These are all part of any effective company security strategy.
Any enterprise network has a perimeter that represents all equipment and circuits that connect to external networks, both public and private. The internal network is comprised of all the servers, applications, data, and devices used for company operations. The demilitarized zone (DMZ) represents a location between the internal network and the perimeter comprised of firewalls and public servers. It allows some access for external user…

Defining an Enterprise Security Strategy (ctoEdge)