Stories by Jon Brodkin

  • Gartner: Seven cloud-computing security risks

    Cloud computing is fraught with security risks, according to analyst firm Gartner. Smart customers will ask tough questions, and consider getting a security assessment from a neutral third party before committing to a cloud vendor, Gartner says in a June report titled "Assessing the Security Risks of Cloud Computing".

  • Analysts: VMware trumps Hyper-V on functionality, not price

    With the release Thursday of Hyper-V as a free download to Windows Server 2008 users, Microsoft is drastically undercutting the prices of x86 server virtualization pioneer VMware. But while Microsoft provides good enough capabilities for many use cases, there are still numerous reasons for an enterprise to choose VMware, analysts say.

  • VMware's CEO talks Microsoft, security, EMC and cloud computing

    Diane Greene is the president, CEO and co-founder of VMware, a pioneer of x86 server virtualization and one of the most innovative companies to hit the IT world in the past decade. Greene was in Boston last week with her VMware team, briefing analysts on new technologies that haven't been made public yet. She took some time out to speak with Network World's Jon Brodkin about a range of topics.

  • Blade consortium backed by IBM, Intel predicts the future

    A blade server industry group founded by IBM and Intel is predicting three key trends that will reshape the data center: network convergence with Ethernet technology; advanced energy efficiency techniques such as water cooling; and "hyper consolidation" involving both virtualization and blade servers.

  • APC teams up with IBM on efficiency

    Backup-power product maker APC and building automation vendor TAC will integrate their software management platforms with IBM's Tivoli Monitoring energy management tools, giving data center managers more visibility into and control over their systems, the company said Friday.

  • What VMware has bought since 2005

    VMware boosted its application performance management capabilities and gained R&D facilities in Israel Wednesday with the acquisition of B-hive. VMware, which is owned by EMC but run as an independent company, has made nine acquisitions over the past three years aimed at improving the security, management and services tied to its virtualization offerings. Here's a quick look at each purchase: