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Best of Times, Worst of Times: Is Virtualization in the Data Center a Problem or an Opportunity?

ost sophisticated threats. We might even spawn a copy of a suspect application and move it to the “threat lab” for further analysis by security specialists. The net-net is that virtualization in the data center is a really big deal. It will redefine the nature of security solutions, and therefore it’s likely to redefine the vendor landscape. Virtual security is both a big challenge and a big opportunity for the security industry….

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Repackage or Reimagine? Virtualization and the Potential for a New Security Regime

I started my professional life using a mainframe. Back then the people running the mainframe world were known as the “data center guys.” These guys had a certain DNA combination that created an expanding waistline, a retreating hairline, a belt buckle the size (and shape) of Texas, and a penchant for big iron. This crowd ruled the data center for a long time, but virtualization in the data center is now driving a radical shift that seems t…

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Five Ways To Start Using Big Data

Just when we feel we are drowning in information, along comes Big Data to save the day. Big Data refers to a dataset so large it is beyond the capability of a typical database to manage and make use of the information. But a set of advances in hardware and software now allows us to rapidly capture, organize, and make sense of vast oceans of data, enabling us to apply the results to make better business decisions. Big Data can give us a strategic…

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THE NETWORK Week in Review and Look Ahead: June 20-24

of these stories isn’t to showcase Cisco, but to create compelling content in the topical areas that we care about. Check out this introductory video on “The Network” to learn more about the new site! Here’s a few other big news stories of the week! 1.) Holographic 3D: Problem-Solving that Pops Check out this feature on how 3D holographic prints provide a powerful, intuitive way to visualize architectural designs, explore oil and gas reserv…

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In Between the Numbers: Big Pipes and Lean Stores

 Thinking about the ICT future of the store with my colleague Bharat Popat.  Doodling at the mental whiteboard.  Current state in the lower left.  It’s client-server architecture. Three to six servers per store, depending upon segment and store size. Fat-client POS and desktops. Fans and hard drives. Ongoing break-fix maintenance contracts.  A network pipe just big enough to each night send out batched transactions, inventory, and other performa…

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