The most interesting products and companies at Interop Las Vegas 2011 were found around the edges of the show floor. Companies like NEC, Synology, Ciphertex, and Endace may have gone unnoticed in the shadows of towering booths of the industry titans but deserve attention. One such pairing was two Wi-Fi analysis companies, MetaGeek and Ekahau. Both work together to enable … [Read more...] about MetaGeek and Ekahau: Wi-Fi Analysis To Go
Although I am a big believer in personal face-to-face meetings, it often seems like a waste of energy to attend big tech conferences. I'm certainly making the rounds this year, having already made multiple trips to the West Coast and even the UK, and heading out again three times next month. That's why I was pleased to see that one of the conferences I'm speaking at is trying … [Read more...] about Interop: Giving Back To Local Schools Through DonorsChoose.org
Thin provisioning is a topic that is interesting to me. Now, I have to warn you ahead of time that I've been a critic of thin provisioning for a long, long time. So, you're really not going to get a big cheer leader "rah rah" session here. I feel like too many people use technologies like thin provisioning more for political and management problems than technical problems. … [Read more...] about Storage is Not Getting Cheaper
As a community service, I decided to put together a calendar of enterprise IT events. It's right up there in the header bar, and I'm embedding it below as well. My friend Matt Simmons has a similar calendar for SysAdmins, but mine is a little different. Where he focuses more on user groups and the like, I'm focusing on big events like Interop, EMC World, and Cisco … [Read more...] about Introducing The Enterprise IT Infrastructure Events Calendar
I was at Interop Las Vegas this week, and the Expo floor was alive with gimmicks. We had a talking robot, a boxing ring, a GT40, and two Mythbusters lookalikes. But what's the point of a gimmick without a tie-in? So I set out on a personal quest, asking the sponsors of the gimmickiest stunts to explain what point they were trying to make. Why did McAfee have two Ford GT's? … [Read more...] about Interop Show-Floor Gimmicks: What’s the Tie-In?