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Blade servers: thumbs-up or thumbs-down?

Aug 16, 20042 mins
Enterprise Applications

* Blade servers: thumbs-up or thumbs-down? * These patches really are ‘critical’ * Completeness key to security * Could phishing ruin e-mail?

Blade servers: thumbs-up or thumbs-down?

This week’s Face-off is all about much-ballyhooed blade servers. Yes, they pack more computing power into a smaller space, but they also consume lots of electricity and throw off heat. Taking all that into account, are they really any better than rack-mounted servers? Jay Adelson, founder and CTO of Equinix, argues that they aren’t. Meanwhile, Verari Systems CEO David Driggers takes the opposite position.



These patches really are ‘critical’

If you haven’t seen Network World’s continuing coverage of how computer problems affect healthcare systems, you’re missing one of the biggest stories of the year. The controversy centers around the fact that software patches are needed to make sure that healthcare systems can’t be attacked by computer viruses and such – but these patches need to be adequately tested to make sure they work. And in healthcare, lives could be at stake. Editor-in-Chief John Dix explains in this week’s editorial.

Completeness key to security

To guard your network and systems, you can’t just build a virtual wall around your enterprise. Outsiders will probably find a way in, and many enemies of corporate data are insiders. That’s why we need a complete strategy for data defense, says Johna Till Johnson in this week’s Eye on the Carriers.

Could phishing ruin e-mail?

Some companies are considering policies of not asking customers questions in e-mail – because phishing scams have made the public leery of any such queries. ‘Net Buzz’s Paul McNamara looks at how phishing is ruining e-mail for the rest of us, and how one company is trying to fight that trend.