Demo Hails Practical Solutions

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2003-02-24 Print this article Print

For the first time, most exhibitors and demonstrators at Demo focused on tactical solutions aimed at the enterprise.

For the first time, most exhibitors and demonstrators at Demo—the one conference that continues to focus on practical innovation—focused on tactical solutions aimed at the enterprise.

  • Groxis Inc., Opencola Ltd. and Meaningful Machines LLC proved once again that we have no idea where our data is. They also proved that while the technical answer to this problem is closer, its still out of reach. These companies have produced some compelling products, however.

  • If any theme emerged from Demo, its that enabling organizations to make use of what theyve got should be the core of any new business plan. The best product in this group was Vieo Inc.s AAIM. Simply put, Vieo takes available CPUs and systems and virtualizes them with a hardware appliance. Sounds like what Sun Microsystems Inc., IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co. are doing with their on-demand computing initiatives, but the AAIM platform exists now.

  • BigFix Inc. takes patch management to a new level. Using a technology called Fixlets, BigFix goes beyond the Windows Update feature and forces patches to be installed from an administrator console. BigFix could provide even more advantage over Update by partnering with PreCache, a company that provides a platform for discrete publish and subscribe communications.

    As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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