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Don't Abandon Your Purpose-Built Network Solutions Just Yet...

28 Feb 2011

Karl Triebes writes: Imagine taking your car to the shop for major repairs and finding that the mechanic uses just one tool for everything, from changing a flat tire to replacing your transmission. He explains that he doesn't need all those expensive, special-purpose tools anymore now that he's found this one, All-Powerful Tool.

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Citrix Betting Big on Cloud App Delivery

23 Feb 2011

Bill Burley writes: This is an exciting time to be at Citrix, and at the intersection of the two hottest IT trends - desktop virtualization and cloud computing. In fact, we've seen our Citrix Service Provider (CSP) program grow exponentially over the last year, with more than 800 cloud providers certified to use Citrix technology to deliver apps and desktops from the cloud to tens of thousands of subscribers.

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Why Is Email So Complicated? Part 562: People Lie About What They Want

21 Feb 2011

Nathaniel Borenstein writes: Email software is written by programmers, most of whom think of themselves as software engineers.  They approach their tasks, for the most part, with a highly rational set of techniques.  In the best of cases, this includes a careful analysis of user requirements, a specification of software functionality, and a decomposition of that functionality into a rational, modular architecture.  In short, programmers approach the business of building software as a rational and coherent task.

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Why Is Email So Complicated? Part 562: People Lie About What They Want

21 Feb 2011

Nathaniel Borenstein writes: Email software is written by programmers, most of whom think of themselves as software engineers.  They approach their tasks, for the most part, with a highly rational set of techniques.  In the best of cases, this includes a careful analysis of user requirements, a specification of software functionality, and a decomposition of that functionality into a rational, modular architecture.  In short, programmers approach the business of building software as a rational and coherent task.

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HP's Acquisition of Vertica: Comment by Ingres

17 Feb 2011

Ketan Karia, SVP of Marketing, Ingres writes: "With the acquisition of Vertica, HP joins the list of players such as SAP, IBM and EMC who have recently chosen to invest in DBMS. As Gartner recently noted (MQ for Data Warehouse & DMBS, January 2011), vendors have begun to establish their positions in preparation for a major battle over data warehouse DBMS market share. These strategic moves in the market are based on a simple observation- companies of all sizes are making significant investments in operational analytic solutions as well as operational and predictive Business Intelligence (BI), and the trend is expected to grow exponentially in the future. The impact of BI on enterprises is essential and the DBMS has become an important component of speed and performance in real-time analysis environments where complexity of data and increasing data volumes have to be taken into consideration.”

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Is this the age of the Internet kill switch?

14 Feb 2011

Gareth Spence writes: Recent political upheaval in Tunisia, Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries has once again brought into sharp focus the role the Internet plays as a means of communication. Whether as a tool to report events to the outside world or as a weapon of government-sponsored propaganda, the Internet is now a critical element of any political action. Yet while some commentators are quick to claim the success of so-called ‘Twitter revolutions’ others are starting to question the Internet’s independence.

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