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Protect Against Copper Theft With Aluminum Cables

31 Mar 2011

Mike Schaefer writes: Do an online search for “copper theft,” and you will find numerous stories about the daring and destructive theft of cell site RFcable lines, power cables and rooftop air conditioning coils. You’ll also see gruesome stories about desperate souls who have died or been seriously injured in their search for today’s “orange gold.” Copper theft is a $1 billion a year problem in America, and could be 10 times that amount globally. Our wireless customers are some of the hardest hit.

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The Forecast is Cloudy with 100% Chance of Exploding Data

29 Mar 2011

Roger Klorese writes: When we look at cloud service providers, we see lots of different uses of the term, from innovators who are defining new paradigms of scalable, elastic, pay-as-you-go Software-, Infrastructure- and Platform-as-a-Service at the one end to legacy hosting and colocation providers who have glued some cotton balls on the outside of their racks and called them "clouds." (I like to think of them as "The Cloud" vs. "the cloud.") Whether fully or partly cloudy, though, one thing is certain: the greatest cost and the biggest obstacle to cost-effective elasticity is the biggest growth factor: the continuous and dramatic expansion of data, both structured and unstructured.

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Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

23 Mar 2011

John Humphreys writes: Sometimes it really does pay to step back, breath deep and take in the landscape surrounding you. It's during those introspective moments that connections just seem to come a little easier.  My guess is we simply need to have the space to let pieces fall into place. I recently had that experience when I saw this

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Is it Time for an Optical Reboot?

17 Mar 2011

Gareth Spence writes: After a busy few weeks of shows, briefings and meetings, I was able to spend some time over the weekend digesting what’s proven to be a whirlwind of new ideas, new technologies and ultimately new ways of networking. Throughout this time, I’ve had one phrase continually moving through my mind: optical reboot. Looking back, it’s clear that everything I’ve seen over the past few months has its genesis in this phrase. Indeed, I firmly believe that the first stage of this reboot is happening right now.

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Assessing the Appalling Austin Enterprise Email Events

07 Mar 2011

Nathaniel Borenstein writes: Today’s news brings the announcement of a legal case that will test whether it is permissible, in Austin, Texas, for government officials to use private email to conduct public business.  None of us at Mimecast are authorities on Texas law, which will (properly) decide the case.  But we know a lot about the purposes, strengths, and weaknesses of enterprise email systems, and we’ve recently been studying the startlingly widespread use of personal email for company business.  Some of what we’ve found may be relevant to the Austin case.

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