Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:

June, 2007

June 29, 2007  4:45 PM

Microsoft’s second class support for virtualisation

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Licensing, Microsoft, Oracle, Support, Virtual Server, Virtualisation, VMware, Windows

Microsoft has not updated its support policy covering the use of third-party virtualisation products since October 2005. The company's support policy is as follows:

Microsoft does not test or support Microsoft software...

June 28, 2007  5:03 PM


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iPhone, mMcAfee

So Apple's iPhone is coming out on Friday. The bad news, at least according to Jan Volzke, global marketing manager for McAfee Mobile Security, is that hackers are primed and ready to start attacking the new device. In an email I received earlier today he said:

It will be imperative...

June 27, 2007  4:34 PM

Virtualisation licence – Big Deal

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Oracle, Transparency, VMware

When I last quizzed Oracle UK managing director, Ian Smith, about his Oracle's licensing policy, he admitted some user may not wish to deal with the complexity of Oracle's licensing. To simplify matters, Oracle offers a site...

June 26, 2007  5:11 PM

Licensing must support virtualisation

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IBM, Licensing, Oracle, Virtualisation, VMware, Xen

As my Computer Weekly article points out today, people running server environments like VMWare and Xen are having to pay more than they should for applications running on...

June 25, 2007  4:02 PM

Virtualisation is cheap – you’re kidding

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Fact or fiction?

I raised the question about virtualisation in production a few daya ago because I've been researching an article for Computer Weekly about licensing following a podcast interview I conducted with Gartner's Alexa...

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June 21, 2007  6:15 PM

Bank cashes in on ID theft

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Fact or fiction?

I received some junk mail last week from my bank. It was a letter warning me of the problems with identity theft and offering an insurance scheme for just £6.99 per month to protect me against identity fraud. Needless to say, the letter was junked. First, the banks appear to have...

June 20, 2007  11:41 PM

Does virtual make sense?

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scaleability, Virtual Server, VMware, Xen

I've been hearing good things about VMWare and other hypervisors. It seems virtualisation can do no wrong. My main problem is finding suitable references. How many people have deployed VMWare or Xen or even Microsoft Virtual Server in a real production environment? How do these products scale in a...

June 19, 2007  8:26 PM

The virtual choice

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data-centre, Green IT, Virtualisation

Virtualisation offers us a way to extend the life of old software. The hardware can be upgraded to the latest specification, allowing the legacy software to take advantage of increased performance. In the past applications tend to be run on their own dedicated server hardware. More applications...

June 18, 2007  6:38 PM

Forced upgrades

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upgrade, vista

I've tracked the IT industry for many years and it does appear the hardware and software providers' only goal is to get you to buy new kit. Now while they have to make money, it does seem totally unnecessary for something as open as the PC architecture to limit upgradeability. For instance, when...

June 15, 2007  10:53 PM

Can the IT industry be green?

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Green IT, inefficiency, IT industry

There is no one answer. The industry relies on businesses and consumers to buy the latest hardware, software, mobile phones and gadgets. The manufacturers create demand for new products and fulfil that demand with ever-more sophisticated products. Financially, the IT industry seems like it can...

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