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Monday, June 05, 2006

CIO Decisions 2006: Job getting tougher for IT execs

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CIO Decisions 2006: Job getting tougher for IT execs
CIOs at midsized firms oversee complex IT environments but lack the budgets and staff their counterparts at big companies enjoy. How do they make it work? More than 200 midmarket CIOs gather this week in Carlsbad, Calif., to share ideas and insights at the third annual CIO Decisions Conference.

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BlackBerry loses out to GoodLink again
Is it a growing trend that several companies have recently announced they are ditching their BlackBerrys and picking up different devices using GoodLink for mobile email?

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Migrating mission-critical enterprise apps to Linux platforms: No big deal
More and more companies are taking advantage of the savings gained from migrating mission-critical enterprise apps to Linux platforms, especially SAP and Oracle users. Hardware vendors are jumping on the bandwagon too by offering cheap, scalable hardware.

Linux, virtualization help GHY meet post-9/11 requirements
In the post-9/11 world, security measures have been tightened, especially in the import/export industry. Learn how one firm used Linux and hardware virtualization to keep up with changing rules and add flexibility to client IT environments.

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Security without firewalls: Sensible or silly?
The San Diego Supercomputer Center has had only one compromise in nearly six years, without using a firewall. The SDSC's security manager explains how.

Security Blog Log: The bright side of the Veterans Affairs data theft
Is there a silver lining in the cloud that hangs over millions of veterans whose data was recently compromised? Some security bloggers think so.

Security Bytes: Firefox fixes multiple flaws
In other news, Microsoft investigates a new Windows flaw; a college loan firm reports missing data on 1.3 million borrowers; and F-Secure patches a Web console flaw.
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The rush to fill virtualization management gaps
Significant gaps remain in virtualization management tools needed to optimize those solutions, industry analysts and enterprise users say. But help may be on the way.

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Cisco's Jayshree Ullal touts unified virtualization
Cisco SVP talks up a data center area network idea that uses the company's VFrame InfiniBand-based management tool to unify LAN, SAN and compute networks.

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Analysis: What the Tech Ed tea leaves reveal about VB
Every year Mike Gunderloy sifts through the Tech Ed agenda for clues about important Visual Basic announcements. It doesn't look like much will happen at Tech Ed 2006, he writes.

Windows Developments: Product news, June 2006
This month's roundup of recent .NET development product releases includes charting components, a performance tester and a database-application connector.

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Some new Exchange Server 2007 features will be extras
The good news: Exchange Server 2007 is on track to ship either late this year or early next year. The bad news: If you want unified messaging, it's going to cost you more.