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Newsletter Archive: 2007

Microsoft Has An Open Source Strategy
Stateful Network Detection Technology Enables Successful NAC Deployments Covering the Entire IT Infrastructure... The various approaches to network access control (NAC) have created a significant and even highly contested debate across the IT security industry.

Date: 2007-12-18


Microsoft Has An Open Source Strategy
Shaun Connolly from JBoss/Red Hat has a nice summary of Microsoft's Open Source Strategy. In the post, Shaun states: "As much as I hate to say it, Microsoft could learn something from IBM's strategy.

Date: 2007-11-27


Decision Management And Key 2008 Technologies
John McCormick had a nice piece over on CIO insight - The 10 Most Important Technology Areas for 2008, a Garnter View. Four of these struck me as particularly important when it comes to consider decision management in this context:

Date: 2007-11-20


Halloween IT Horror Stories: Hosting Providers
Sometimes you just want to sit down and scream, there you are with your web site gathering an audience like you have never seen, you have arrived, you have a page rank, decent connections via all the social media, you did all the right things, life is good...

Date: 2007-10-30


Area 51: Oracle Readies 51 Fixes For Database, Other Products
Oracle will ship 51 fixes for its products in their October release of quarterly patches for their products... Patch Tuesday arrived for Oracle administrators today, and it's a doozy.

Date: 2007-10-16


Linux To Save Power
Via Stephen Shankland at CNet - Very cool news about an effort to run Linux more efficiently on servers, laptops & mobile devices. The effort was kicked off by Intel, but is open to all.

Date: 2007-09-25


Embedded Virtualization
VMware and XenSource are moving to hardware near you: Virtualization: A feature of the hardware, not the OS? It's not clear to me how much cost this will add - VMware ESX runs from $1,000.00 on up, but assuming a reasonable cost, why wouldn't you want hardware with built in virtualization?

Date: 2007-09-13


Questions For Interviewing Your Next Security Engineer
This is going to be completely biased in favor of a security engineer that is not tightly wound around military grade information security for everyone at all times.

Date: 2007-08-21


Start Working Together in Less Than 60 Seconds - Anytime, Anywhere
Creating an effective company intranet just got easy with WebOffice. Share information and collaborate with co-workers, partners and clients - anywhere in the world.

Date: 2007-08-20


How Fanatical Support(TM) can work for your business
No more worrying about web hosting uptime. No more spending your time, energy and resources trying to stay on top of things like patching, updating, monitoring, backing up data and the like. And no more wondering if there's a better way to go about it all.

Date: 2007-08-13


Truthy Statements About Access To Source Code
It was a long weekend here in the Toronto and I met up with two friends from university. They told me of a "guaranteed" system for winning at Blackjack that they had discovered.

Date: 2007-08-07



Looking At The State Of Web 2.0 Security
Some of the commentary back on this blog is that the state of Web 2.0 security is in relatively poor shape, and as we have gone through a lot of the code available from larger companies, everyone approaching web 2.0 seems to have shoved security out the door while they concentrate on making product.

Date: 2007-07-31



Diary of a Tired CTO
Dear Diary, I did the following things this month. Met fourteen different IT vendors who gave an impressive high impact presentation on how their products and services can guarantee cost effective, cutting edge, optimized, and seamless, business value in tune with our strategic goals.

Date: 2007-07-10



Diary of a Tired CTO
Dear Diary, I did the following things this month. Met fourteen different IT vendors who gave an impressive high impact presentation on how their products and services can guarantee cost effective, cutting edge, optimized, and seamless, business value in tune with our strategic goals.

Date: 2007-07-10



Value Chains, Networks, And Shops
Finally, I have in hand a paper with some theoretical clarity regarding value chains, networks, and shops. That paper is Stabell & Fjeldstad, "Configuring Value for Competitive Advantage: On Chains, Shops, and Networks." (I am not sure how long that link will be valid.)

Date: 2007-06-26



How Process Change Will Save Huge Dough
Lets assume we are Joe IT guy in the ABC company - an upper middle market company with a few thousand employees, a dozen sites, and all the problems folks like us deal with.

Date: 2007-06-12



Keep your servers & your business up and running
It's our business to keep your servers and your business up and running. That's what Fanatical Support is all about — everyone at Rackspace working for you 24x7x365. Call it one more layer of redundancy, or call it the best support you'll ever have. Either way, it gives you greater peace of mind day in and day out.

Date: 2007-06-11



Bandwidth Needs Rise As DDoS Attacks Grow In Size & Complexity
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are an increasing concern of online organizations. In a DDoS attack, compromised PCs controlled by remote attackers, or botnets, inundate a network with the intent to crash its Web or application services.

Date: 2007-06-05


Google Warns Of Malware
A new study by Google that examined 4.5 million Web sites for malicious software found that about one in ten sites were infected. The study called "Ghost in the Browser" revealed that out of the 4.5 million Web sites analyzed 450,000 had caused Google's test computer to make a "drive-by download".

Date: 2007-05-15


Network Device Monitoring In Essentials 2007
The whole point of System Center Essentails 2007 (aka SCE) is delivery of the base elements of operations and systems management in a single console. It is important to remember, the features you know from big brother Ops Mgr 2007 are still lurking there in the Authoring space, (providing some potential consulting opportunities in some mid-market scenarios to be sure).

Date: 2007-05-01


Think about servers inside and outside the box
Starting with Fanatical Support™, Rackspace is about one thing and one thing only—supporting you. It goes way beyond just your box or configuration. What's outside the box, our people, technical expertise, Zero-Downtime Network™, data centers and guarantees all exist to make your IT life easier. It's what makes us the hosting experts and everyone else just hosting providers.

Date: 2007-04-11


Security, HR And Corporate Secrets
Security and HR are more involved in keeping corporate secrets in the world of Wiki's, blogs, YouTube, and MySpace. Computer World is running an interesting piece about corporate data leakage and unregulated corporate communications.

Date: 2007-04-10


Access Your PC Remotely With WebEx!
WebEx PCNow operates over the WebEx MediaTone Network, a global network designed specifically to deliver secure, reliable, high quality real-time communications servicesensuring that your remote access experience is just like being there.

Date: 2007-04-06


Information Security As An Open And Closed System
The world of information security is both an open and a closed system in light of the way that we share data. There are few that understand that the sharing of data is a vital component of information security, and there are those that do not believe that sharing information is a vital component.

Date: 2007-04-03


Dell Rolls Out Linux Initiatives
For the past month, fans of the open source Linux operating system have been holding on to hope that Dell was serious about its intentions of packaging the OS with new systems and providing user support.

Date: 2007-03-29


Tech Upswing Leading To Decrease In Instructors?
I have been visiting colleges in the local Seattle area, and many of them desperately need adjunct faculty. Just when colleges need technologically well informed instructors, there is an instructor shortage happening in the trade and technical colleges...

Date: 2007-03-13


App And Service Portfolio Management
A longstanding debate in IT service management is the relationship between Service and Application. Readers of my book and this blog know that I see an Application as a subtype of Service, not as a component of.

Date: 2007-02-27


Information Security Management Still On Top Of The List
Top projects of 2007 According to the AICPA, most of them are security, and the number one project is going to be getting a handle on all the information that is generated by people, systems, and procedures, and then making sense out of all of it.

Date: 2007-02-13


Security Event Manager Review
Over the last few months I have been fortunate to beta test, or test a number of information security tools to see how well they would work in a high volume environment.

Date: 2007-01-30


Security Event Manager Review
Over the last few months I have been fortunate to beta test, or test a number of information security tools to see how well they would work in a high volume environment.

Date: 2007-01-30


Hardware Routers Vs. Kerio Winroute Firewall
I had a call from a customer who already uses Kerio Mailserver. He had downloaded a demo of Kerio WinRoute Firewall and said he had a few questions.

Date: 2007-01-16


Choosing The Right Project Management Software
Project management continues to become an important and popular topic today. This is understandable because project management done correctly will help an organization get better at what it does, and make it more competitive.

Date: 2007-01-02



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