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2008: Virtualization to remain hot item for Venture Capitalists

Well for the industry as well, I'd say...

"Virtualisation across the board is already hot, and it's going to get hotter," says Maeder. Once applied mainly to servers in the datacentre, this technique will find more applications as enterprises look to get their arms around unruly IT systems. "It's getting more segmented, it's going to pop up in a lot of places, but ultimately it all amounts to the same thing; taking something that's currently uncontrollable, labour-intensive and vulnerable to security breaches and making it safe and more economical to operate."

Another trend Maeder predicts for 2008 is, at long last, the death of antivirus software and other security products that allow employees to install and download any programs they'd like onto their PCs, and then attempt to weed out the malicious code. Instead, products that protect endpoints by only allowing IT-approved code to be installed will become the norm.

"There are much better approaches to dealing with external threats, and those approaches are going to take over," he says.
CW NZ reporting here...

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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
we're the survivors


we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested




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