Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:

May, 2007


May 15, 2007  10:16 PM

Storage must go online

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Email, Gmail, MySpace, Yahoo Mail, YouTube

It may not be obvious where storage fits with Web 2.0. It's a given that user-generated content - a pillar of Web 2.0 - will increase your storage requirements, possibly in a less predictable way than if all content came via internal systems. But unless you are planning to be the next MySpace or...

May 14, 2007  7:18 PM

Can close links with the IT industry work?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
.NET, IT skills, Microsoft, Visual Studio

I spent a few days in Malta, courtesy of Malta Enterprise, which promotes overseas investment. What struck me about the Maltese is the extent the government has gone to attract IT investment. Among the most public is a deal with Microsoft, which has given every Maltese citizen the option to buy MS...


May 10, 2007  9:28 AM

Open Source is 2.0

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Java, Linux, Open source, Sun

I came across an interesting observation on Sun chief executive Jonathan Schwatz's blog. Jonathan states:

think about it - Linux and OpenSolaris are the ultimate in user generated content
He's talking about...


May 9, 2007  11:50 PM

No such thing as a virus-free operating system

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
'Virus`, Anti-virus, Hackers, Linux, Mac, Mac OS, Windows

These days it seems the people most vocal about their operating system is the Linux community. In my job I've come across people claiming Linux is unbreakable. Perhaps...perhaps not. The same goes for the Mac. Someone once told me of an anti-virus companies that was reportedly no longer selling Mac...


May 8, 2007  10:20 PM

Which operating system?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sun

One of the questions I inevitably ask when speaking to CIOs and IT directors about an application they are running is: "What operating system does it use?" No one ever comes back with the response: "Does it matter?" Businesses do not really care what operating system they run, so long as it...


May 7, 2007  10:20 AM

The corporate face of open source

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
IBM, Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Open source, Red Hat

Last week I met up with Alan Cox, who spent many years maintaining the Linux kernel, and now works at Red Hat. I interviewed him for a ComputerWeekly.com podcast. Cox is clearly a very smart techie, who knows...


May 4, 2007  3:15 PM

Universal Serial threat

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Memory stick, Security, USB, Windows

Apparently hackers have started targeting poor end users with a worm that spreads via USB memory sticks. According to Sophos which has reported the security risk:

The SillyFD-AA worm hunts for...


May 3, 2007  3:42 PM

Having a Digg at Web 2.0

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Digg, Digital rights management, HD-DVD

I've been thinking about Web 2.0 - not just the BEA posting yesterday, but what's been happening on the Digg social bookmarks site. The site's success has been largely down to the fact that people are able to publish bookmarks of web sites they find interesting -...


May 2, 2007  8:13 PM

BEA 2.0

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
BEA, iTunes, Messaging, middleware, MySpace, SOA, Web services, YouTube

A few days ago I attended a meeting with BEA where the company presented its vision of how it would tackle Web 2.0. The hypothetical problem it presented was that of today's teenagers brought up on a diet of iTunes, MySpace YouTube and mash-ups, bringing these technologies into the workplace. And...


May 1, 2007  3:47 PM

About me

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
COM, Components, CORBA, FUD, hype, SOA, Web services

I am currently the managing editor on Computer Weekly magazine responsible for commissioning, writing and the magazine strategy concerning all matters relating to technology from up-and-coming research and development to systems management challenges and...


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