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Vol. 14, #5 - Jan 26, 2009 - Issue #710
Kiss Your Antivirus Bloatware Goodbye

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  1. Editors Corner
    • Kiss Your Antivirus Bloatware Goodbye
    • Cisco To Enter Server Virtualization Market
    • SharePoint Recovery
    • New SunPoll About IPv6:
    • Quotes of the Week:
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • WEBCAST: Stu Presents A Look at VIPRE Enterprise
    • Free Desktop And Application Virtualization Seminar
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  4. Tech Briefing
    • What Your Computer's Hard Drive Will Look Like In 5 Years
    • A Hands-On Video Guide To Windows 7
    • Microsoft To Release IE8 RC1 Next Week
    • Tip: Deciphering The Blue Screen of Death
    • The Virtual Desktop: Managing Desktop Images And User Data
  5. Windows Server News
    • Microsoft Offers A Glimpse Of Exchange 14 - VIDEO
    • Vista And W2K8 SP2 Delayed?
  6. WServer Third Party News
    • VIPRE Enterprise Customer Review
    • Sunbelt Introduces New File Archiving Solution for the Enterprise
    • Availability and pricing
  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

Kiss Your Antivirus Bloatware Goodbye

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Cisco To Enter Server Virtualization Market

By Laura DiDio -- A New York Times article claiming that Cisco Systems will enter the server virtualization market within the next six months has created quite a buzz among industry watchers and rival vendors and longtime Cisco allies HP, IBM and even Microsoft.

Such a move could put and most likely will put Cisco on a collision course with the above vendors. It would definitely shake up the virtualization playing field, fomenting fierce competition and eventually precipitating a vendor price war for products and services. Such competition is always welcome news for users.

The New York Times, citing the ever-present anonymous sources, said that Cisco intends to sell a server that incorporates networking hardware and virtualization software from both Cisco and VMware. If this comes to fruition - and that still remains to be seen -- the new Cisco offering would provide corporations (particularly large enterprises) with a mechanism to manage their entire data center as a singular entity rather than multiple disparate virtual units.

Among the most daunting challenges confronting businesses as they virtualize their data centers are configuration and management. Partnering with VMware is a smart, savvy move for both companies. VMware is the current and undisputed market leader in server virtualization with over 70% market share. However, it is facing increasing and intense competition from Microsoft's Hyper-V product. The most recent joint ITIC and Sunbelt Software survey of 700 corporations worldwide, indicated that 60% of the respondents plan to deploy VMware's ESX offering this year, while 52% said they will use Hyper-V. Cozying up with Cisco could help VMware stave off and blunt the challenge from Microsoft.

Partnering with VMware gives Cisco instant credibility in the server virtualization space, though it could chill Cisco's dealings with Microsoft and turn Cisco's relationship with server and services giants HP and IBM positively frigid.

When Vendors Collide

Unless you were cut off from all communications this week, you undoubtedly heard the dismal financial reports from many high-tech vendors with the exception of Apple and IBM. Google, Intel and Microsoft all missed their financial targets and Intel and Microsoft both announced they would shed 5,000 employees each over the coming months. In such a cutthroat climate, it's inevitable that vendors will seek to expand into other, more lucrative markets. As you've told us via your responses to the ITIC/Sunbelt surveys, demand for server virtualization will be strong through 2009 and beyond. Despite all the buzz around virtualization over the past four years, the market is still in its early stages. ITIC/Sunbelt survey data suggests that only about 20% of businesses worldwide have implemented server virtualization across their entire data centers. And even fewer businesses worldwide - less than 5% have deployed application, desktop and storage virtualization. Overall, the virtualization arena still has a lot of room to grown. Cisco is smart to carve out a niche in this burgeoning market and the move dovetails nicely with Cisco's own "Unified Computing" strategy.

Of course, the "disclosure" of Cisco's planned entrance into the server and virtualization management space, must be taken with a large grain of salt. It is still an unconfirmed report, though it is highly plausible and very likely true. And Cisco and VMware still have to get the products to market. And given the notoriously elastic product launches and ship dates, it may take longer than six months. We'll have to wait and see. So what does this mean for HP, IBM, Microsoft and ultimately - you the end users and intended corporate consumers?

The End Game

HP, IBM and Microsoft have all been served notice. And in truth, all of these vendors are encroaching on each others' turf. From a practical standpoint, the increased competition means they must all step up their respective games and deliver leading edge, highly reliable products on time and at competitive prices. And oh yes, they must also find ways to differentiate their offerings via features, functions, after-market technical service and support, training initiatives and economical bundled offerings.

Many of you already have Cisco routers and networking gear installed. Use this time wisely. Reach out to your current virtualization vendors, including Cisco and ask them about it and how they intend to respond. Contact your resellers, systems integrators and vendor technical support specialists for more information; these individuals are usually the first to know about new products. Start negotiating now for better deals, even if you have no specific plans to upgrade your virtualization infrastructure. One of the most surprising results of the ITIC Sunbelt 2009 Global IT and Technology Forecast Survey was that only 7% of the over 700 survey respondents said they had attempted to negotiate better deals on their virtualization licensing contracts. At the same time 59% of the respondents said that their 2009 IT capital expenditure budgets would either decrease or remain the same! All vendors want to lock customers into their environments. Return the favor. Investigate your options with all of your vendors and negotiate now.

Laura DiDio is a principal at ITIC and a frequent contributor to this Newsletter. Contact her directly with any questions or comments at: [email protected]

SharePoint Recovery

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New SunPoll About IPv6:

If you are a System Admin, are you planning to upgrade your internal networks to IPv6?
  • We're not going to bother
  • Thinking about it
  • Planning to migrate
  • In the process of migrating now
  • We will migrate to IPv6 in 1-2 years
  • We will migrate to IPv6 in 2-4 years
Vote here:

Quotes of the Week:

"Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work." - Albert Einstein

"Art is individualism. There lies its immense value. For what it seeks is to disturb monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine." -- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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Webinars and Seminars

WEBCAST: Stu Presents A Look at VIPRE Enterprise

You may have read this newsletter for years, but always wondered what I sound like. Well, I am presenting this webcast the 27th. Sign up and let's have some fun!

As part of its ongoing efforts to address the rapidly evolving malware landscape facing enterprises, Sunbelt Software introduces VIPRE Enterprise? - a completely new solution that combines antivirus, antispyware, anti-rootkit and other technologies into a seamless, tightly-integrated product.

Join Sunbelt Software on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 2:00pm EST for a look at VIPRE Enterprise and learn how Sunbelt started with a blank slate to design a new, next-generation antivirus and antispyware technology to deal with today's malware in the most comprehensive, highly efficient manner. The result is a clean, fast, and powerful anti-malware solution developed 'by admins for admins'.

VIPRE Enterprise is designed to optimize overall performance by melding antivirus and antispyware together into one, single, powerful engine. This combination of technologies gives you high-performance software that doesn't slow down users' PCs, is low on system resources, and makes it easy for you to protect your network.

Attend this webcast to learn about the following VIPRE Enterprise features: High-performance threat protection with low impact on system resources All-new technology delivers a unique single antivirus plus antispyware engine Rock solid Management Console is your "Malware Command Center" Real-time monitoring with Active Protection? and advanced anti-rootkit technology Integrated, full email protection with support for Outlook and Windows Mail.

When: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 2:00 PM (EST)
Please register here:

Free Desktop And Application Virtualization Seminar

At this one-day seminar coming to six cities throughout the year starting in March, independent industry analyst and blogger, Brian Madden, explains why desktop virtualization is fast becoming the next big trend, and provides you with the tools needed to determine if it is the right next step for your organization. He'll define terms, separate vendor hype from reality, and describe real-word scenarios that desktop virtualization can and can't address. Seating is limited, register today!

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Tech Briefing

What Your Computer's Hard Drive Will Look Like In 5 Years

As solid-state disk (SSD) technology closes in on hard disk drive (HDD) capacity and price, experts say it may not be long before spinning disks are a thing of the past and a computer's storage resides in flash memory on the motherboard. By making the drive part of a system's core architecture -- instead of a peripheral device -- data I/O performance could initially double, quadruple or more, according to Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at market research firm In-Stat. Interesting article at ComputerWorld:

A Hands-On Video Guide To Windows 7

InfoWorld guides you on a tour of 10 new and different aspects of Windows 7. Watch it here:

Microsoft To Release IE8 RC1 Next Week

Microsoft is currently readying the release of Internet Explorer 8 RC1 for early next week, company sources indicate. In a blog posting by Microsoft's Frank Olivier, the UX and Compatibility program manager confirms "we're about to release" IE8 RC1. Insiders indicate it might be worth penning Monday 26th January in your calendar as the date for IE8 RC1. More at:

Tip: Deciphering The Blue Screen of Death

A Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is Windows' way of telling you that an unrecoverable, kernel mode error has occurred. There are a number of different things that can cause a BSOD error, so the BSOD gives you information that is designed to help you figure out what went wrong. In this article, learn how to make sense of these rather cryptic screens. (registration required)

The Virtual Desktop: Managing Desktop Images And User Data

The cost of provisioning data center storage is one of the issues that has IT thinking twice about the move to virtual desktops from physical desktops and laptops. Even though managing all the remote desktops and the associated data can be very expensive in personnel time and efforts, the disks that come with desktops and laptops are, well, cheap. In this tip, get expert insight and best practices into managing desktop images and user data in a virtualized desktop environment.

Windows Server News

Microsoft Offers A Glimpse Of Exchange 14 - VIDEO

-- It's a million-foot view but Microsoft has finally given admins a peak at what's to come. The Microsoft Exchange Team Blog has the video. Note that KC Lemson's opening calls E14 "the first version of Exchange built from day 1, from the ground up, to be both software and a service." You could ask yourself why intro it like that?

Vista And W2K8 SP2 Delayed?

From Slashdot - crazyeyes writes "It looks like Microsoft is facing problems with Windows Vista SP2. The final Service Pack for Vista and Server 2008 (before Windows 7 comes out) has been delayed. The folks who broke the launch details and dates of previous Service Packs for XP and Vista have Microsoft's latest internal schedule. Can Microsoft get it out before Windows 7? According to the new schedule, just barely."

WServer Third Party News

VIPRE Enterprise Customer Review

"We have spoken a few times in the past prior to Microsoft's destruction of Giant company software and subsequent failure of Windows "Defender". I just wanted to send a note on how pleased I am with your companies products and the team that backs it up. Within 30 min, I was able to call your salesman Evan Kerstein, get a quote (2 years maintenance and upgrade to Vipre from CSE for half the cost of 1 year renewal of Symantec AV), place the order, get my license keys and have an invoice for payment.

I know from past experience, as soon as I get on the phone with your support staff they will have me up and running in a matter of minutes. I rarely see a well oiled company run this smoothly and efficiently. I can't say enough how much I enjoy working with your company and using the products you deliver with outstanding results! Is there a possible IPO in the future for this company? -- Shawn E. Hansen, Director of IT Services

Sunbelt Introduces New File Archiving Solution for the Enterprise

Sunbelt File Archiver Delivers Cost-Effective Enterprise-Grade File Archiving for Organizations of All Sizes

CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwire - January 20, 2009) - Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of Windows security software, today announced the release of Sunbelt File Archiver?, its new file archiving solution for enterprises. Sunbelt File Archiver (SFA) delivers cost-effective enterprise-grade file archiving for organizations of all sizes, providing administrators with full compliance management for electronic documentation, file server optimization, and advanced disaster recovery management.

SFA provides a simple and reliable method for electronic document management and file archiving to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and to optimize business resources. SFA allows administrators to easily configure rules that will determine when, and what, files should be archived. This multi-faceted approach to archiving provides businesses with the flexibility required to effectively manage documents.

"Sunbelt File Archiver provides a cost-effective solution that enables customers to archive files for legal, retention and compliance reasons, as well as provides significant benefits in terms of reducing storage," said Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software. "With Sunbelt File Archiver, administrators can save up to 70% of their time on file server administration since management tasks are completely automated."

Full compliance management

Increased regulations and requirements to inspect corporate documents is quickly becoming a corporate necessity. Files archived using SFA are protected from unauthorized manipulation since the files, once archived, are never directly modified, rather a new version is archived to maintain the version history. Multiple storage locations allow administrators to store the archived file in an interim location for a period of time before being moved to a final archival medium.

File server optimization

The innovative Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) engine is at the core of SFA and was developed specifically for high volume. The HSM engine can store files on a wide range of storage media such as direct attached storage, RAID devices, network attached storage, or dedicated systems such as EMC Centera or NetApp appliances.

The HSM engine is included with SFA at no additional cost and delivers a number of unique features to ease the archiving and recovery process for administrators. By providing flexible archiving rules, and simple, multiple, and synchronous storage options on a variety of storage media, administrators are relieved of the ongoing tasks of electronic document management on production servers.

SFA allows organizations to manage multiple file servers globally and store this data in a single, centralized location. Administrators can create archiving jobs from remote servers and replace stored files using HTML shortcuts to reduce the size of the company's file servers. Archived documents can also be accessed from anywhere using the web-based ArchiveWeb client.

Advanced disaster recovery through simplified restoration options

The task of restoring deleted documents can be a time consuming process for administrators. When a document is restored with SFA, the archive link is automatically removed from the database and the document is restored to its original location. The production server remains in use and is not impacted by the restore process.

Availability and pricing

Sunbelt File Archiver is available immediately and priced aggressively for all corporate environments and includes one year of support, updates and upgrades. Customers can purchase SFA on a per-employee basis. Pricing includes the first year maintenance and is priced per GB of storage. A 30-day trial version of SFA is also available at:

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