Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:

October, 2007


October 30, 2007  8:07 PM

Will it run on Windows Server 2008

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Application Compatibility, Migration, Windows Registry, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

Now that Release Candidate 0 is available, I guess people will start looking at what Windows Server 2008 has to offer. As with any new OS, the biggest pain will be...

October 29, 2007  8:07 PM

The challenge of green virtualisation

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Consolidation, Memory, Micron, Virtualisation

In spite of everything Intel and AMD are doing to lower the power consumption of their respective processor families, memory is becoming a big problem. Why? Because as we consolidate and use virtualisation, the larger boxes we deploy will require vast amounts of RAM. And unlike the processor, RAM...


October 18, 2007  8:12 PM

Patent pants

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Linux, Novell, Red Hat, SCO, Xerrox

I don't understand patents and patent law. I can understand the idea of protecting innovation, and inventors should be able to protect genuinely clever ideas, but the current case against Red Hat and Novell defies logic. The case concerns a patent once owned by Xerox, to define multiple pages in a...


October 15, 2007  11:13 PM

Fastest network accelerator ever!

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ADSL, Broadband

Sometimes I come across claims that are just so wild, part of me wants them to be true. So today, I was convinced to meet a company that may or may not have the answer to all our bandwidth needs. DBam Systems produces network acceleration as part of its...


October 12, 2007  7:28 PM

Oracle Buying BEA: what’s that say about Fusion?

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BEA, Fusion, IBM, Oracle, WebLogic, WebSphere

The big news today is Oracle has plans to acquire BEA. BEA's flagship product, WebLogic is a direct rival to Oracle's Fusion middleware, on which it has based its entire service oriented...


October 10, 2007  8:04 PM

Who benefits from a rich Internet?

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.NET, Adobe, browser-based, Flex, Microsoft, ria

Now there is an interesting move taking place in the industry at the moment and it concerns browser-based computing. Earlier this week I was speaking to Greg Gianforte, CEO and founder of Rightnow Technologies, a provider of hosted CRM. Rightnow has spent...


October 8, 2007  10:09 PM

Vista incompatibility solved, well maybe…

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Aok, Astrazeneca, ChangeBase, Microsoft, MSI, vista, Windows

Sometimes I come across products that seem like a really good idea, that really try to solve a genuine problem. Last month Newham Borough Council's CIO, Richard Steel, told me that he would have to


October 4, 2007  11:36 PM

Industry SOA incompatible with interoperability

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Interoperability, Plug and Play, SOA

Earlier today I met up with CA's chief technology officer Al Nugent. One of the areas we discussed was SOA. If SOA truly delivered on its promise, we would be able to pick and choose best of breed components to build our IT infrastructure, plug them all together, and swap out components that didn't...


October 3, 2007  10:09 PM

Office users get serious alternatives

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Adobe, Buzzword, Google, Google Apps, Microsoft

Along with the news that Microsoft is going online with Office Live Workspace, Adobe looks like it has made a smart acquisition earlier this week. Adobe has purchased the Buzzword word processor. Buzzword is a web-based, collaborative word processor built on the Adobe Flash platform, including...


October 1, 2007  8:38 PM

A first look at Office Live and Offfice Online

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Google, Microsoft, Office Live, Open source, OpenOffice, SharePoint

It is rather telling that Microsoft chose to unveil a major business services strategy on Sunday. Perhaps this is because it is not really that different to what we can do already. Shared workspaces is not a new idea. Jeff Raikes, president of Microsoft’s Business Division says:

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