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This is a guest post from Larry Dignan, Editor in Chief of ZDNet, TechRepublic’s sister site. You can follow Larry on his ZDNet blog Between the Lines (or subscribe to the RSS feed).

Cisco’s Unified Computing System is garnering interest, but storage appears to be the focus of CIOs as they ponder the next generation data center and that’s good news for EMC and NetApp, according to a Goldman Sachs survey.

Goldman Sachs surveyed 100 IT executives at Fortune 1000 companies to get a read on their data center plans two to three years from now.

Among the takeaways:

Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) has found “a surprisingly receptive ear,” according to Goldman Sachs. Indeed, 18 percent are planning to evaluate Cisco’s UCS in the next 12 months, an impressive figure for a product that was announced a few weeks ago. Another two-thirds of IT execs say that they expect Cisco have a larger server presence over the next 2 to 3 years.

Among those surveyed, 18 percent said they will evaluate UCS in the next 12 months, 44 percent said no and 38 percent were unsure.

Cisco, HP and Dell were vendors expected to increase data center share, according to respondents. Sun and IBM are seen decreasing.

These charts tell the tale:


The next gen data center push is benefiting pure storage players. EMC and NetApp are seen gaining share in the next-gen data center. A key point: As tech giants try to further integrate hardware and software independent storage vendors NetApp and EMC are benefiting. Why? These vendors work with any architecture and they’re ahead on storage virtualization.

VMware is seen as the most strategic software vendor, but Microsoft has a better-than-expected finish. Meanwhile, Oracle got a mention as being strategic on the virtualization front.

The standings:

Cisco and Juniper defend switching turf. Goldman Sachs notes:

Despite the heightened activity in data center networking, including the launch of Juniper’s new high-end switching platform as well as HP’s ProCurve partner ecosystem, Cisco is expected to further extend its already sizable lead in the long-term. This is consistent with our IT Survey’s results pointing to share gains in the near term. Juniper also appears to be gaining traction in switching as our survey points to the company increasing its presence in the data center, with nearly 70% of the respondents citing share gains over next 2-3 years.

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I’m not one much for tea parties.

I’m more of a coffee man, myself. As in, really strong coffee. As in, espresso.

Since I started working from home all the time I found really strong coffee to be mandatory in order to stay alert for those endless conference calls we virtual IBMers participate in.

But with all those out dropping tea into harbors virtual and otherwise yesterday, go ahead and make mine Oolong.

And despite what our Texas governor said yesterday, Texas has no plans to secede from the union…been there, done that, got the T-shirt.

Speaking of tea parties, though, today IBM announced the establishment of the first cloud computing lab in Hong Kong.

This new facility will provide a global hub for web messaging services in support of IBM’s cloud service portfolio.

LotusLive offers affordable, company-to-company social networking and online collaboration tools, and can help businesses work smarter (not harder) by allowing them to form their own virtual communities in the cloud.

This helps them better connect with their colleagues, partners, suppliers, and even customers from within and beyond their own firewalls.

The new lab is going to be located in the Hong Kong Cyberport complex, an IT center developed to foster innovation within the Asia-Pacific region.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in giving LotusLive a test drive, IBM is offering no taxation on collaboration for a full 30-days. That’s right, you can LotusLive Engage gratis for 30 whole days!

You can’t afford NOT to collaborate when there’s full collaboration with no taxation!

I recently used one of the LotusLive basic services to participate in a panel discussion at a conference being held in Washington, D.C. a couple of thousand miles away.

Using the Lotus Sametime Unyte package, several hundred people in a big conference room were able to see my ugly mug projected on a big screen, and I was able to participate in the panel as if I were right there in the room.

It was very cool, and dare I say it, the next best thing to being there.

Full collaboration with no taxation. But you’ll have to bring your own tea.

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IBM Corp. is close to a deal to buy Sun Microsystems Inc., U.S. media reported Friday.

IBM secured more U.S. patents in 2008 than any other company, breaking an American record, figures released Wednesday show.

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When both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates announce something separately but simultaneously, you know it ought to be important. And so it was with the “digital home” and especially the idea that computers would be the “digital hub” of the home, which – weirdly, because I don’t think they rang each other up to coordinate it – both Jobs and Gates did in January 2001 at their respective speeches at Macworld in San Francisco and the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And around about now, that vision is coming true. Except that it’s not the computer they thought which is at the hub. It’s a rather different one that hadn’t even been considered at the time, using a technology that had only just begun to get traction. That would be the iPod Touch, and Wi-Fi. (an Apple employee) as an example. Here’s what he was doing last night: “Enforcing kids’ bedtime by VNCing into their Mac from my iPhone and closing their windows. Modern tough Dad.” (VNC is a remote access program: you tell it the IP address of the machine you want to go to, and if it’s set up to allow you in, you can control it right there.)/ppOK, so to many that’s a method that’s beyond geeky – is it so much trouble to talk? – but it’s indicative. I think Wi-Fi-enabled devices, plus Wi-Fi, are the real home hubs that Gates and Jobs had begun to imagine. But they couldn’t really describe them then without sounding too futuristic.Take another product: earlier this week I was stunned by the quality and ease of the iPhone/iPod Touch controller for the Sonos multi-room music system. A free software download can transform your iPhone or Touch into a controller for the wireless system, which can play different tracks (or internet radio, or stuff from a line in, such as your TV set) all around your house. Very impressive when you consider that the stand-alone controller costs £279. (The software to control the system is also a free download for your computer, but who wants to be jumping up and down twiddling their computer rather than listening to music?) And another: the latest release of Keyboard Maestro, a key-capture-macro-launcher program for the Mac: it “adds to the macro utility a Keyboard Maestro Control app for the iPhone and iPod touch that enables users to execute any macro from your iPhone or iPod touch, just as though you were sitting at your Mac. Possible uses include launching or quitting applications, restarting or shutting down the Mac… iTunes song rating capabilities for the current track, iTunes volume controls, and a variety of interface refinements.” To me, that sounds worth the price of the upgrade (I’ve got an ancient version) on its own./ppTogether these technologies are creating an environment where you can control all sorts of devices around the house from that small handheld device. A growing number of homes use Wi-Fi – it’s the only connection the Wii comes with, and wireless routers are being pushed for all they’re worth by BT and other broadband providers. (About time; those USB broadband modems are beneath useless.)/ppTo be honest, I’ve been expecting something like this for ages. When the rumours began flying in October 2001 of some “revolutionary” product Apple was going to introduce, I thought that the obvious thing was a Wi-Fi tablet that would connect to your computer and network and do things. (I’d already discovered the joys of Wi-Fi in January 2001.) So when Jobs announced a digital music player – the same sort of thing Rio had been doing for years – I was, to say the least, disappointed. Which is why I kept expecting the iPod to be turned into a platform. Which now, of course, it is./pp And Wi-Fi is really making inroads at home. Almost 30% of homes have it, according to research by Forrester, against only 12% with a wired home network. Even in 2003, nearly a third of US broadband users at home used Wi-Fi. (Feel free to be amused by the phrase in that story which talks of “lean economic times”, by the way.) Even a drive-by test by Peter Cochrane, plus a bit of figure-wrangling, suggests at least 7% of homes using it in early 2007. These things cascade./ppThe mistake that other companies have made is in thinking that you want to have their remote control to do these things. You don’t, any more than you want a remote control for every single gadget in your house (even though that’s how it ends up). Universal Remote Controls tend to sell well (even though Stephen Fry swears he’s never found a good one)./ppNone of this precludes other companies from making their own machine that you can use to control your network-aware devices. The problem is, they won’t have the penetration. The iPod has driven all before it, and the iPhone shows signs of doing precisely the same in the smartphone market. I’d advise companies like Microsoft (with Windows Mobile) and Google (with Android) to start cosying up to companies like Sonos pronto. Not, of course, that they need much encouragement from me./ppBut now, the universal remote is on the way. Network-connected devices just need to listen for their orders over the network, and with Wi-Fi you’ve got a way in. (So if you update your favourite radio stations or playlists for the Sonos gear on your iPod Touch, that’s transmitted to the related devices, including the dedicated controller, if you have one.)/ppBut this is only the first step. Think bigger. Do you know what the temperature is in all the rooms of your house? Is the hot water on? As it gets easier to make sensors that can talk to the network as well, it becomes easier to control your home via a real home hub. Turn the radiators down in rooms you aren’t in. Turn off the hot water. Let your home tell you how it is. (An example: Andy Stafford-Clark of IBM has a home with a Twitter feed. How’s his hot water doing? And you can read more at this page.)/ppAnd if that weren’t enough to convince you that this is all coming down the rails like a train without brakes, there’s Bill Thompson, who describes his connected home to the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones: /p “We watched as Bill and his 16-year-old son Max put the system through its paces – selecting iPlayer programmes to stream onto the wall, watching YouTube videos, and using the Xbox 360 – not just to play games, but to store and play video previously downloaded to Bill’s desktop computer.” Yup, it’s all coming. Hell, it’s about time that we could see some gleams of light amidst all this depressing talk. Let’s build ourselves out of the recession. Technology seems as good a way as any.

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