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Big Switch Networks Open SDN

A number of network virtualization companies have stopped by to introduce themselves and brief me on their products. This time Big Switch Networks came …

ConteXtream - Innovative approach to network virtualization

After the commentary on vCider was published earlier in March, a representative of ConteXtream reached out to discuss their take on network virtualization …

Can midmarket companies rely on the cloud for collaboration and personal productivity?

Midmarket companies have the same needs for collaborative software solutions as do larger firms. The challenge they face is that they often don't have …

Quest Toad helps organizations jump into Big Data

Darin Bartik, Vice President and General Manager, Database Management, Quest Software stopped by to introduce me to Quest Toad and let me know what …

Acronis vmProtect 7 makes disaster recovery easy for users of VMware vSphere

Acronis recently launched vmProtect 7, a backup and disaster recovery product that targets the VMware vSphere environment that is being managed by vCenter. …

DataStax Enterprise 2.0 marries Hadoop, Cassandra and Solr

DataStax just launched the second version of its DataStax Enterprise (DSE 2.0). This software combines DataStax's edition of Apache Cassandra, Hadoop …

1010data offers micro-segmentation tool to simplify big data analysis

Tim Negris, VP of Marketing at 1010data introduced me to his company's latest tool to help researchers automatically segment and analyze huge collections …

Latisys - from cloud services to business partner

Pete Stevenson, Latisys CEO, stopped by to introduce himself and his company. What started out as just a briefing turned into a very informative, discussion …

Gizmox brings Windows Apps to smartphones, tablets and handheld computers

Navot Peled, CEO of Gizmox, to tell me about what the company has been doing since our last conversation. He was also proud to inform me that Citrix …

The STASH Consortium uses a mainframe and a smart thin-client to provide military grade security to PC users

IBM, Intellinix, VICOM Infinity, CSI International and Raytheon Trusted Computing Solutions have banded together to offer a highly secure, highly efficient …

Why do midmarket companies make bad cloud decisions?

I speak with 7 to 10 technology suppliers every week. Each of them believes that it is offering something new and unique in the areas of virtualization …

Comparing IBM SmartCloud Foundation and BladeCenter to Cisco UCS

After speaking with Cisco about the third generation of UCS, I was certain that I had seen many of the messages before. Egenera, HP, IBM and others had …

Is Centrix Software's "Workspace Solution" enough to today's work place?

Lisa Hammond, CEO, and Brett Johnson, VP of Sales and Marketing, of Centrix Software, came around to discuss new versions of Workspace IQ and Workspace …

Cisco enhances UCS and makes sweeping statements about market share and revenues

Cisco recently announced that it is beginning to offer its third generation of Unified Computing Systems (UCS), enhanced management software and improved …

IBM Smarter Analytics

IBM presented its Smarter Analytics systems recently and the companies approach strikes me as a useful combination of systems, analytical tools and people. …

LogLogic Survey on Big Data, Security and Operational Intelligence

I enjoyed a wonderful conversation with LogLogic's CEO and President, Guy Churchward, and its CMO, Mandeep Khera. The conversation started with Guy and …

Circonus monitoring solutions tie IT and business processes together

Circonus reached out to me after I had published some analysis of a competitor. The company wanted me to learn more about how its software can work with …

NComputing a different, more efficient take on virtual desktops

Gabriele Satori, CTO of NComputing, stopped by to introduce me to his company's NComputing M300, a new multi-tenant thin client based upon the company's …

vCider virtual private clouds

Chris Marino, the CEO and co-founder of vCider, stopped by to both introduce himself and introduce his company. vCider is offering tools to help organizations …

HP expands its Open-Flow network switch portfolio

HP recently launched three new members of their of OpenFlow-enabled network switches, the HP 3500, 5400 and 8200 series switches. HP's Saar Gillai, …

ROBLOX chooses Sumo Logic for log management and analysis

Erik Cassel, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of ROBLOX, was kind enough to take the time to explain why his company selected log management and analysis …

Partnership HealthPlan of California, an Advanced Systems Concepts Customer Profile

I always enjoy the opportunity to communicate with someone actually using technology rather than always speaking with suppliers of that technology. …

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