Microsoft's Virtualization Offering Marches Forward
By Paul Rubens | Features Article Published September 22, 2011
The competition in the red-hot virtualization market is only getting fiercer, as Microsoft moves to elbow in and grab more share from VMware.
Windows 8 Touts Workstation Virtualization
By Paul Rubens | Data Center Article Published September 15, 2011
Based on Windows 8, virtualization -- once the province of businesses with big bucks -- will become a default option for mainstream computing.
The Microsoft-VMware Virtualization Battle
By Paul Rubens | Data Center Article Published September 6, 2011
In the virtualization market, VMware certainly had the first-mover advantage over Microsoft, yet the Redmond giant appears focused on closing the gap. One tech pundit calls it a long shot.
Virtualization's Benefit is...Security? Really?
By Paul Rubens | Data Center Article Published August 19, 2011
A start-up launched by some major industry insiders touts the security benefits of virtualization -- a distinctly contrarian approach.
Building the Optimal Private Cloud Computing Deployment
By Paul Rubens | Cloud Article Published August 15, 2011
Private cloud computing deployments are getting a lot of attention as companies see the benefit of an in-house cloud infrastructure. Paul Rubens discusses the building blocks of an effective private cloud.
The True Cost of a vSphere Deployment
By Paul Rubens | Data Center Article Published July 28, 2011
Calculating the true cost of a virtualization deployment requires understanding a number of variables.
Citrix and Microsoft Gain on VMware
By Paul Rubens | Data Center Article Published July 7, 2011
VMware has clearly held the top spot in the burgeoning virtualization market, running ahead of competitors Citrix and Microsoft. Yet the race appears to be shifting.
Protect Your Servers from Software Attacks
By Paul Rubens | Security Article Published July 6, 2011
The technologies used by hackers seem to get ever more destructive. Tech expert Paul Rubens overviews how companies are threatened by Permanent Denial of Service (PDoS) attacks.
Is Virtualization Ready for Mission Critical Applications?
By Paul Rubens | Data Center Article Published June 30, 2011
Many IT departments embrace virtualization as a cost-saving technique, yet they hesitate to deploy it for their truly core applications.
Can Virtualization Help (or Hurt) Compliance?
By Paul Rubens | Data Center Article Published June 23, 2011
A look inside the possible complications when a virtualized data center faces the challenge of compliance.
Enterprise Virtualization: Red Hat vs. VMware and Microsoft
By Paul Rubens | Article Published May 19, 2011
How does Red Hat's virtualization offering stack up to the entrenched virtualization vendors?
Mac OS X: vSphere's Guest OS?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published May 5, 2011
Intriguing but unlikely: Will VMware include OS X as a guest OS on the vSphere iteration due this summer?
Are Virtualization Management Systems Adequate?
By Paul Rubens | Cloud Article Published April 21, 2011
A recent survey points out some areas in which virtualization management products have fallen short.
Leaders in Virtualization Security?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published April 20, 2011
An analyst report identifies current leaders in virtualization security, yet notes that these top dogs may lose their perch.
Red Hat Challenges Open Source Moochers
By Paul Rubens | Article Published March 10, 2011
Red Hat moves to block enteprise software players that attempt to take advantage of its open source strategy.
Unix vs. Linux: Which One Costs Less?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published March 3, 2011
Unix sales have been flat as Linux sales have jumped dramatically. But are businesses going in the most cost efficient direction?
Tablet PC Comparison: iPad, Galaxy Tab, Xoom, Blackberry Playbook
By Paul Rubens | Article Published February 25, 2011
Compare features of the top tablets: Apple iPad, Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom, and Blackberry Playbook.
Nokia Can't Rescue Microsoft's Mobile OS
By Paul Rubens | Article Published February 24, 2011
An industry observer opines that the Microsoft-Nokia mobile alliance is too little, too late.
Linux Moves Toward Apple App Store
By Paul Rubens | Article Published February 2, 2011
Linux developers imitate Apple in an attempt to improve the Linux user experience.
Will Oracle Win the Server OS Battle?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published December 8, 2010
Oracle appears to be maneuvering to win the biggest share of the server operating system market. HP isn't thrilled.
Managing Unstructured Data: Perils and Pitfalls
By Paul Rubens | Article Published November 24, 2010
Unstructured data represents a regulatory hazard, among other headaches.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Generating Partner Revenue
By Paul Rubens | Article Published November 19, 2010
Red Hat's partner vendors see revenue possibilities in the recent release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.0.
Will Apple Abandon the Traditional PC?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published November 10, 2010
With its phenomenal success with the iPhone and iPad, will Apple continue to invest in the traditional PC?
Turbulence in the Server Software World
By Paul Rubens | Article Published September 22, 2010
The potential changes at Novell are just some of the ups and downs in the server software sector.
Improving Windows Server Security
By Paul Rubens | Article Published September 15, 2010
Microsoft took down the Waledac spam botnet by gaining control of the domains used by the botnet's herders to issue commands to infected Windows machines.
Oracle and Solaris: What's the Future?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published September 7, 2010
With Solaris and OpenSolaris now under Oracle's control, where are these two OSes headed?
Securing Your Virtualized Infrastructure
By Paul Rubens | Article Published August 5, 2010
Virtualization is rapidly gaining adoption, yet corresponding security measure are not as widely used.
The Myth of the Secure Apple OS
By Paul Rubens | Article Published July 28, 2010
A research report pokes holes in the much-vaunted sense that Apple's OS is highly secure.
The Microsoft-Salesforce Cloud Computing Dispute
By Paul Rubens | Article Published July 8, 2010
At the center of Microsoft's lawsuit against Salesforce is the emerging move toward cloud computing.
Security Questions for Cloud Computing Providers
By Paul Rubens | Article Published July 6, 2010
Your cloud computing vendor bears great responsibility with your data. Can your provider answer these critical security questions?
Are Firms Leery of Open Source Servers?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published July 2, 2010
To succeed, vendors that sell open source server software use 'proprietary' models. Or do they?
Microsoft Uses 'Free' To Challenge Open Source
By Paul Rubens | Article Published April 14, 2010
Microsoft's decision to issue free versions of its products at various levels suggests that it's well aware of the competitive threat posed by free open source software.
Oracle Pushes Linux -- Full Force
By Paul Rubens | Article Published April 6, 2010
One might expect Oracle to be doing everything in its power to discourage customers from moving away from UNIX. Yet the company seems determined to hawk Linux.
Estimating the Value of Novell's Linux OS
By Paul Rubens | Article Published March 25, 2010
Amid speculation about Novell being acquired, what's the major open source vendor's Linux OS actually worth?
Is Open Source Creating a 'Tidal Wave of Job Losses'?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published March 5, 2010
A major conglomeration of industry trade groups points to open source as one of the causes of tech employment malaise. Not everyone agrees, however.
Will Solid State Kill Hard Drives?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published March 3, 2010
It's reasonable to consider that flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) might take over from conventional hard disk drives (HDDs). However, currently SSDs are far more expensive per gigabyte than HDDs.
Red Hat Warns of 'Frankenstein Linux' Third Party Support
By Paul Rubens | Article Published February 26, 2010
Red Hat is warning customers about what it says is the inherent dangers of third party support for Red Hat software.
What Do the iPad and Windows Azure Have in Common?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published February 8, 2010
Both tech products, though wildly different in scope and intent, are offering a heaping helping of a previously successful offering. Will they succeed?
Cloud Computing: What is 'Private' Cloud?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published January 29, 2010
Within cloud computing, the term private cloud gets bandied about quite a bit. Is this the same as a 'hybrid cloud'? A look inside the terminology.
Open Source Solutions Should Cost More
By Paul Rubens | Article Published December 18, 2009
Sometimes the only factor that spurs sales is -- paradoxically -- boosting the price.
Sensible Password Policy: Longer is Better
By Paul Rubens | Article Published October 22, 2009
Sure, a 15-character password is one tough cookie, but it creates its own problems.
How to Reduce Hard Drive Crashes
By Paul Rubens | Article Published October 14, 2009
Hard drive crashes can be far less common if you follow these simple tips.
Macs in Business: A Lost Cause
By Paul Rubens | Article Published September 22, 2009
Apple refuses to allow the level of choice that businesses need to get the needed return on investment.
The 10 Best Mobile Business Apps
By Paul Rubens | Article Published September 10, 2009
The marketplace for mobile apps continues to expand. Here are the 10 best apps for turning your cell phone into a powerful business tool.
Why are Apple Smartphones Trouncing Windows?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published September 2, 2009
Apple is so clearly outpacing Microsoft in the rapidly growing -- and all-important -- mobile sector. Isn't this odd?
Inside those (Distorted) Mac User Stats
By Paul Rubens | Article Published August 17, 2009
A recent revision to the data collection method has prompted some embarrassment among the Apple faithful.
Is Linux Getting Bloated?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published July 30, 2009
Are Linux OSes suffering from unnecessary feature creep -- and getting a little fat in the process?
Solid State Drives Preparing to Dominate
By Paul Rubens | Article Published July 22, 2009
Conventional hard drives will go the way of the doo-doo bird in server and enterprise market.
Will Users Cling to XP Instead of Windows 7?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published July 1, 2009
An informal survey says many businesses aren't huffing and puffing to put away XP in favor of Windows 7.
Using Open Source to Protect Email
By Paul Rubens | Article Published June 26, 2009
Open source applications like Thunderbird and GnuPG are useful -- and free -- ways to secure your email.
Seven Firefox Add-Ons for Security
By Paul Rubens | Article Published June 25, 2009
Download these Firefox extensions for safer browsing.
Is Vista the Safest OS for Business?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published June 10, 2009
The Microsoft COO says, yet one CS professor claims otherwise.
Getting Your Linux Hard Drive to Run Faster
By Paul Rubens | Article Published May 20, 2009
Linux offers a variety of handy tools for boosting the performance of your hard drive.
Does Windows 'XP Mode' Suggest Future Trend?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published May 5, 2009
Windows 7 ability to run 'XP Mode' may allow Microsoft to shed some its problems, change and move on without abandoning the long-term relationship with its customer base.
Apple's Challenges: Gaming to Security
By Paul Rubens | Article Published April 9, 2009
Apple claims that Windows is boring while Mac is all fun and games, but that ignores some major Mac limitations.
Cloud Computing: External or Internal?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published April 2, 2009
Cloud computing can take place either inside a company's tech infrastructure or outside. Which is best for your company?
Does Linux Benefit from Hard Times?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published March 24, 2009
The recession is prompting businesses to take a hard look at the directions they take. Is open source a winner in this environment?
Does SUSE Linux Server Have a Future?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published March 18, 2009
In the competition for server marketshare, is Novell's SUSE Linux properly positioned to do battle with Windows Server?
Top 3 Threats to Microsoft: Apple, Linux, Pirating
By Paul Rubens | Article Published March 10, 2009
Software pirates, Linux and Apple each offer challenges, yet Microsoft is ready to compete.
Protect Your Mobile Staffers on the Cheap
By Paul Rubens | Article Published March 5, 2009
You don't have to spend a fortune to provide cybersecurity for your mobile work force.
Linux vs. Unix Values Evident in Red Hat, Sun Market Valuations
By Paul Rubens | Article Published January 29, 2009
OS Roundup: With Sun's market valuation being roughly equal to its cash reserves and Red Hat's far exceeding its earnings, is the all-knowing market making a statement about which has the better technology, or is one of them being fattened up for sale?
AppLocker, BitLocker, BranchCache and More
By Paul Rubens | Article Published January 28, 2009
Here are the top 5 features in Windows 7, you've been waiting for. They may even be enough to persuade you to bypass Vista.
Apple, Linux Miss Golden Opportunity to Snag Desktop Market Share
By Paul Rubens | Article Published January 22, 2009
OS Roundup: Neither Apple nor the Linux distros reaped much benefit from the Microsoft product breach known as a Vista. With Windows 7 now on the horizon, is a mainstream, non-Windows desktop a lost?
Salesforce.com Goes Down. Big Deal?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published January 15, 2009
OS Roundup: Last week's outage stoked alarmists' fears about cloud computing. Meanwhile, FreeBSD 7.1 hit the street with ease, while Windows 7 got caught in a traffic jam and Mac OS X 10 remains in the parking lot.
Forecast Mostly Sunny for Company Opting for Cloud Computing
By Paul Rubens | Article Published January 14, 2009
For Animoto, cloud computing is neither vapor nor buzz. It is the backbone of its IT infrastructure.
Amid Doom and Gloom, Opportunities for Microsoft, Apple
By Paul Rubens | Article Published January 8, 2009
OS Roundup: It's only the first week of January, and already 'recession,' 'credit crunch' and 'challenging economic environment' are being used to describe the new year. Sure, 2009 will see some big losers, but innovation tends to thrive in economic downturns, and winners will emerge.
2008 in Review, Surveying the OS Landscape
By Paul Rubens | Article Published December 19, 2008
OS Roundup: With its butt-wiggling billionaires, walruses, jaded comics and bandicoots, in the world of enterprise operating systems, 2008 may well be the most surreal ever.
Build a Smart Smartphone Strategy
By Paul Rubens | Article Published December 16, 2008
From iPhones to BlackBerries, smartphones are penetrating the enterprise. A sound strategy is crucial to get the most out of them and prevent rogue applications from taking root.
Ward Off Mac Exploits
By Paul Rubens | Article Published December 11, 2008
OS Roundup: Don't let the worm get into your Apple. Protecting yourself from exploits is just as critical for Mac users as for those running Linux or Windows -- and not something to get complacent about.
Can Sun Microsystems Save Itself?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published December 5, 2008
Virtually Speaking: UBS Global Asset Management is buying up VMware shares while a UBS software analyst slashed the target price and profit forecasts for the virtualization bellwether. Hardly a vote of confidence.
Linux Moves From Grazing to Gorging at the Unix Buffet
By Paul Rubens | Article Published December 1, 2008
OS Roundup: The latest list of Top500 supercomputers reveals Linux isn't content making Unix its lunch. It's eating it for dinner as well.
Does 'Trustworthy' Computing Matter?
By Paul Rubens | Article Published November 21, 2008
OS Roundup: Maybe not, if you're Microsoft. For most operating systems, waiting seven years to patch an important flaw would impact usage. Not so for Windows.
How Your Data Center Can Beat Rising Energy Prices
By Paul Rubens | Article Published November 17, 2008
Greening your data center won't necessarily reduce your electricity bill, but it will save you money. Lots of money. Here's what you should be doing right now.
Windows 7, More Than Just a Name Change
By Paul Rubens | Article Published November 14, 2008
Windows Server 2008 has been out for just nine months, but Microsoft is already talking about the next releases of its desktop and server OSes. What it's saying speaks volumes about Redmond's thinking right now.
Apple, Late to the Party -- Again
By Paul Rubens | Article Published November 8, 2008
OS Roundup: Sure, its offerings are pretty, but Apple is again proving that when it comes to the enterprise server room, it still doesn't get it.