the connected enterprise
January 18, 2010
With Lotusphere right around
the corner, Lotus preps its
cloud strategy plan. It also
has started the annual sparring with Microsoft. Page 18.
LOTUS’ CLOUD STRATEGY
Emerging Ethernet standards could
reduce complexity in data centers
By Jim Duffy
Cisco, HP and others are waging an epic battle to gain control of the
data center, but at the same time they are joining forces to push through
new Ethernet standards that could greatly ease management of those
increasingly virtualized IT nerve centers.
TheIEEE 802.1Qbg amd 802.1Qbh specifications are designed to address serious management issues raised by the explosion of virtual machines in data centers that traditionally have been the purview of physical servers and switches. Page 12.
Google’s stance on China shatters
security inhibitions while Microsoft
CEO Steve Ballmer says Microsoft
will remain in the country. Page 30.
GOOGLE LEAVING CHINA
10GIGABIT ETHERNET SWITCHES
Arista, Blade share top
spot in switch test
CLEAR CHOICE TEST
Avaya lays out Nortel migration road map
Grueling performance testing
exposes weaknesses in Cisco
and HP switches. Page 42
By Tim GrEEnE
Avaya tomorrow will reveal a
road map that shows how its customers – in particular its newly
mintedNortel customers -- can
move to unified communications
technologies without ripping out
The plan particularly addresses
how the company will eliminate
overlap between its own and
Nortel’s product lines, sometimes
favoring Avaya technology, some-
times Nortel’s, in the areas of
unified communications, contact
centers, small and midsize busi-
nesses as well as network infra-
structure. Page 15.
BACKSPIN MARK GIBBS
Sins of com- mission and omission. Page 54.
NETBUZZ PAUL MCNAMARA
This year’s 25 Geekiest 25th anniversaries. Page 56.