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Vol. 13, #50 - Dec 8, 2008 - Issue #704
2009 Global Trends Exec Summary

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  1. Editors Corner
    • 2009 Global Trends Exec Summary
    • VIPRE Enterprise Auto-Uninstalls All Major AV Products
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • Webcast: Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Redmond Slates 8 Bug Updates For 2008 Final Patch Tuesday
    • 5 Must-Do Cyber Security Steps for Obama
    • New "Cloud" Browser Operating System
    • Report Sees Major Terror Attack By 2013, Ignores Cyberattack Risk
    • Rethinking Computing - Interesting Craig Mundie Keynote
    • Tutorial: Active Directory
    • Expert Videocast: Mark Minasi Talks Vista Deployment
    • Upcoming Security Feature In Windows 7: Applocker
  5. Windows Server News
    • Vista And W2K8 SP2 Beta Released
    • Cloud Mashups - Web 3.0 or Cloud 2.0?
  6. WServer Third Party News
    • Beta Testers Needed For New Sunbelt Security Scanner V2
    • Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Updated to V3.8000
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
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Editors Corner

2009 Global Trends Exec Summary

Thanks to all of you who participated in the latest joint ITIC/Sunbelt Software survey. As always, your input and candid comments are highly appreciated. Let's start with the greatest challenges facing IT departments during the next 12 months. Not surprisingly, you rated the biggest challenges as:
  • Budgetary constraints and IT staffing issues: Everyone it seems is trying to accomplish more tasks, improve network infrastructure, hardware and application performance, reliability and security with fewer resources. These two issues were tied for the most daunting challenge facing IT departments with 52% of survey respondents selecting these issues.
  • Security: Two out of five businesses - 41% -- said security was a key concern.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, the issue of least concern to IT managers and C-level executives, is upgrading the existing WAN infrastructure. Only 9% of those of you who responded to our survey cited WAN infrastructure upgrades/issues as a chief concern.
IT Budget Forecasts

The harsh economic climate is impacting IT budgets. Somewhat surprisingly, only 27% of companies reported that their 2009 IT budgets will decrease; 32% said their budgets will remain the same as 2008; while 16% reported their IT budgets will increase during the next 12 months. Some 19% of respondents indicated they are still unsure of what their budgets will be and the remaining 6% reported they are reviewing the budgets but have not yet made a decision.
  • Of the 16% of corporations that said budgets will increase - the largest portion - 23% indicated the budget increases would be modest -- ranging from 5% to 15%. Eight percent reported their IT budgets would rise minimally - 1% to 5%. Large budget increases will be a rarity in 2009: only 1% of companies will see budgets go up by 20% to 30% and 3% will see IT budgets increase by more than 30%.
  • Of the 27% of firms polled that said their 2009 IT budgets will decrease - the largest group - 32% indicated their budgets will contract from 5% to 15%; though 43% are still unsure of how much their IT budgets will shrink.
  • Over one-third of the corporate respondents -- 35% -- said that the ongoing economic downturn had caused their companies to delay or abandon planned software, hardware and network infrastructure upgrades, while an additional 26% indicated they might have to put migration plans on hold. However, 39% of the survey respondents - nearly two out of five businesses reported that their network migration and upgrade plans will proceed as planned in calendar 2009.
  • Of the 35% of companies that indicated they will delay or abandon certain planned upgrades - the network projects that will be most impacted are: server hardware (21%) and network infrastructure products such as routers (19%) and storage devices (15%).
  • Security remains the market segment that is least impacted by budgetary constraints. Only a very small 3% minority of corporations across all vertical and horizontal markets indicated they would defer planned security upgrades.
Virtualization Results

Virtualization remains a high growth technology area. The latest ITIC/Sunbelt Software survey found that the market leaders - VMWare, Microsoft and Citrix are consolidating their positions. The survey also showed that while desktop and application virtualization is on your radar screens, those market segments are not a top priority for the majority of those polled.
  • VMware remains the market leader but Microsoft's Hyper-V is closing the gap. In response to a question in which we asked customers to select ALL the virtualization products they plan to use/deploy in 2009, 38% said VMWare's ESX Server; 22% said VMWare Server. However, 35% of the respondents indicated they will use Microsoft's Hyper-V, while 17% said they will deploy the older Microsoft Virtual Server.
  • When it comes to Application Virtualization solutions, Microsoft's App-V is the clear market leader, beating VMware's ThinApp by a 2-to-1 margin, which came in third behind Citrix's XenApp 5.0. However, it must be noted that thus far, only about 15% of the survey respondents are deploying application virtualization in production environments.
  • It's still very early in the game for the emerging application virtualization market: 62% of businesses have not yet deployed application virtualization or chosen an application virtualization vendor.
  • Because of the economic downturn, server virtualization in the data center remains a higher priority than either desktop or application virtualization in calendar 2009.
  • Interestingly, in spite of cost constraints and pressures on IT budgets, only 7% of the survey respondents said they had attempted to renegotiate the terms and conditions of their virtualization licensing contracts to get better deals. Another 27% said they were studying the issue but had not yet made any definitive attempts to renegotiate and 66% said "No."
Microsoft Vista: User Satisfaction and Planned Deployments
  • To date, only 10% of the 700 survey respondents have deployed Vista.
  • Windows XP is the primary desktop OS for 88% of the respondents
  • The Vista experience was much better than anticipated for the 10% of companies for whom Vista is the primary desktop OS: 27% rated Vista's performance, reliability and security Excellent or Very Good; another 32% rated it "Good", 19% said it was "Satisfactory" while 19% gave it an "Unsatisfactory" rating mainly due to application incompatibility problems.
Apple Macintosh Enterprise Usage Continues to Grow
  • Over two-thirds of the 700 survey respondents - 68% -- indicated they are likely to allow their end users to deploy Macs as their corporate enterprise desktops in the next 12 months.
  • Seven out of 10 businesses - 70% -- rated the security of the Apple Mac and OS X as "Excellent" or "Very Good."
  • An 82% majority of corporations rated the reliability of the Mac hardware and OS X 10.x as "Excellent" or "Very Good."
  • Over three-quarters of businesses - 77% -- have Macintoshes present in their environments.
If you have any questions or want more information, or you have suggestions for future survey topics, feel free to email ITIC at: [email protected]. And again, we appreciate your participation.

VIPRE Enterprise Auto-Uninstalls All Major AV Products

Check out which products and which versions are now able to be uninstalled automatically, making the deployment of VIPRE Enterprise even simpler than before. This is the new page for all the uninstallers:
http://www.wservernews.com/081208-Agent-Uninstallers


Quotes of the Week

"The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against whacking them around a little." -- Porterfield

"Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win." - Jonathon Kozol

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UNDO - Wrongly attributed quote. It was not Thomas Jefferson but Gerald Ford the 38th President of the United States who said: "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." Presidential address to a joint session of Congress (12 August 1974).

Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]

Automated Uninstall of Symantec AV

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Webinars and Seminars

Webcast: Affordable, Enterprise Email Archiving

Join us for a look at Sunbelt Software's Exchange email archiving and compliance solution, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver. If you need a powerful, easy to use, enterprise-class email archiving tool that automatically enables you to comply with all requirements, and allows you or your end-users to transparently retrieve any archived email, then don't miss this webinar!

The webinar will explain the features and benefits of implementing a powerful email archiving solution on your Exchange Server at an affordable price. Learn how Sunbelt Exchange Archiver can help you:
  • Improve Exchange performance
  • Eliminate PST headaches
  • Dramatically reduce backup times
  • Use up to 80% smaller message store
  • Meet compliance requirements
  • And more
When: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 2:00 PM (EST) Please register here:
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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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Virtualization is now in almost every datacenter. But how do you get fault tolerance for those VMs? Use Double-Take for P2V and V2V migration and replication:
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Tech Briefing

Redmond Slates 8 Bug Updates For 2008 Final Patch Tuesday

They will serve up eight security updates next week, six of them marked "critical," to plug holes in Windows, IE, Office and other code. Two of the eight updates will patch Windows, another two are aimed at Office, while the remaining four plug holes in (IE), SharePoint, Windows Media Player, and Visual Basic and Visual Studio. Here is the monthly advance warning of what to expect next Tuesday:
http://www.wservernews.com/081208-Security-Bulletin


5 Must-Do Cyber Security Steps for Obama

As President-Elect Obama focuses on two wars and a hemorrhaging economy, security experts are urging him to address five weak security links in America's cyber infrastructure that threaten the nation's defenses and financial institutions. Take a look and offer feedback:
http://www.wservernews.com/081208-Obama-Security-Steps


New "Cloud" Browser Operating System

Fascinating. This code is a "browser operating system that boots into a browser and allows you to run apps inside a tab and switch to your main OS whether it's Linux or Windows. Read all about it at:
http://www.wservernews.com/081208-gOS


Report Sees Major Terror Attack By 2013, Ignores Cyberattack Risk

In stark and certain terms, a Congress-mandated commission warned that the world's nations face the threat of a major terrorism attack using biological and nuclear weapons by 2013. The commission's report, titled "The World at Risk," skips over the threat of cyberattacks and focuses almost exclusively on nuclear and biological weapons. "[Terrorists] are more likely to unleash an aerosol can filled with pathogens than to strike with a nuclear weapon," the report warns. More at ComputerWorld:
http://www.wservernews.com/081208-Network-Security-Issues


Rethinking Computing - Interesting Craig Mundie Keynote

Computing is undergoing a major paradigm shift. Radical new approaches to hardware and software will transform our online and offline lives, seamlessly combining the power of the Internet with a world of devices. Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, will discuss the possibilities-and show how close we are to realizing them. They show a new robot that will run on Redmond's campus to help people catch shuttles. At MIT's EmTech site:
http://www.wservernews.com/081208-EmTech


Tutorial: Active Directory

Working with Microsoft Active Directory can be complicated and confusing if you aren't prepared, but with the right guidance any administrator can learn to make AD work for them. This Active Directory Learning Guide provides the information every administrator should know, from the basics of Active Directory to tips and explanations regarding DNS, replication, security, migration planning and more: (Required Registration)
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Expert Videocast: Mark Minasi Talks Vista Deployment

In this videocast series, Windows guru Mark Minasi takes you through Windows Vista deployment and management -- from migration basics to machine capturing: (Required Registration)
http://www.wservernews.com/081208-Vista-Deployment


Upcoming Security Feature In Windows 7: Applocker

Vista introduced BitLocker (and Windows 7 will have an enhanced version) but perhaps more exciting, at least for IT pros, is a different "locker" that's planned for the new OS: AppLocker. It will give you a new way to control which programs users can and can't run and even supports biometric devices such as fingerprint readers. Sure, Vista and XP have software restriction policies, but AppLocker should be easier to use and more flexible and effective. Read more at SearchSecurity.com:
http://www.wservernews.com/081208-Application-Permissions


Windows Server News

Vista And W2K8 SP2 Beta Released

For the first time, Microsoft has packaged one download that applies to both the client and server flavors of the OS. They warned to not try it out in production environments. Mike Nash said: "The Customer Preview Program (CPP) is intended for technology enthusiasts, developers, and IT pros who would like to test Service Pack 2 in their environments and with their applications prior to final release. For most customers, our best advice would be to wait until the final release prior to installing this service pack." Here is the TechNet page with all the goodies:
http://www.wservernews.com/081208-Customer-Preview-Program


Cloud Mashups - Web 3.0 or Cloud 2.0?

Will your Servers be in your server room or somewhere else?

There's no question: web mashups are integral part of Web 2.0. Besides the social aspect of Web 2.0, mashups have been more and more prevalent in the Web 2.0 world. It is hard to imagine a Web 2.0 app not having content from other sources: a map from Google, pictures from Flicker, avatars from Gravatar, or movies from YouTube. Many web providers now exposed proprietary content through API's. ProgrammableWeb has the most comprehensive list of Web 2.0 API's I could find. The list is growing every day. Instead of opening their content to outside world, many websites opened their doors and let other developers deploy applications on their sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Salesforce and many others, all providing proprietary platforms. The users can then combine applications from various vendors and use them.

On March 14th 2006, Amazon started the Cloud Race with the release of Amazon Web Services Platform. At the end of 2006, Microsoft realizes that the Cloud is the new big thing as they start development of their own version of cloud offerings and release after two years a comprehensive suite of tools and services (Windows Azure) which makes Microsoft one of the main players in the field. Other players are trying to catch up: VMWare, EMC, Google, HP, etc.

So what's the future of the Cloud? How it will change our lives? Continue reading at
http://www.wservernews.com/081208-Cloud-Mashups


WServer Third Party News

Beta Testers Needed For New Sunbelt Security Scanner V2

The biggest change to SNSI is the engine. The engine has been substantially improved, resulting in much faster scan times and much smaller definitions updates, going from 38MB to 1MB. Additionally, there is an all-new UI, new reporting capabilities and we've added scan support for Vista (32 & 64) and 2008 Server. Below is the link to the beta forum for SNSI. On the forum is a link for the download, and a link for the Quick Start Guide.
http://www.wservernews.com/081208-SNSI-2-Beta


Sunbelt Exchange Archiver Updated to V3.8000

Corporate lawsuits are inevitable. When organizations are sued, electronic data, and especially email is the first target of legal discovery. The savings from one major lawsuit can fund an email archiving initiative and provide a competitive legal advantage. Are you prepared to meet the E-Discovery needs of litigation, mergers, and internal inquiries? What do you need to know to plan a robust e-discovery strategy without breaking your messaging budget?

Find out the new features of Sunbelt Exchange Archiver in the Release Notes. Choose: Resources - Datasheets - Release Notes:
http://www.wservernews.com/081208-Sunbelt-Exchange-Archiver


WServerNews Fave Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.




WServerNews - Product of the Week

Use Desktop Authority to Meet the Latest USB Port Control Mandates

Any storage device plugged into a computer becomes an instant risk for data leakage outside an organization's usual security controls.

Desktop Authority gives you the flexibility to totally restrict USB port access or to finely control it down to the specific user or device to meet current mandates. The USB and Port Security option provides policy-based access control to USB storage and communication devices. It lets you apply our patented Validation Logic to easily restrict or lock down access to USB ports as mandated. With control over 20+ device types, granular control can be established while maintaining user productivity. Download a 30 Day Trial Now!
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