By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2007-06-21 Print this article Print


Sun Microsystems

Solaris ZFS

Sun Microsystems next-generation Zettabyte File System had been on our judges radar screens since before the launch of Solaris 10, more than two years ago. However, we had to wait until last years 6/06 update of Solaris 10 for the groundbreaking file system to merit a production-ready label from Sun. Based on our experiences with ZFS, the 128-bit file system was well worth the wait.

Particularly impressive is ZFS knack for abstracting away a good deal of the management minutia to which storage systems are heir. As Sun describes it, ZFS makes storage management on Solaris more like memory management: Administrators add more RAM to their machines and can count on their operating systems to figure out how to use it. In the same way, ZFS enables administrators to add physical disks to storage pools and create file systems that draw storage from these pools-without a requirement for pre-allocating partition or logical volume sizes.

Also impressive is the Web management interface that Sun has built for ZFS, which is easy to navigate and helpfully displays the command-line directives that administrators can point-and-click their way through issuing.


Windows Vista

Microsoft made considerable progress in its ongoing trustworthy computing initiative with the release of Windows Vista. Despite the jibes that Microsoft received in Apples Mac vs. PC commercials, the permit/deny pop-ups of Vistas User Account Control feature-and the permissions framework that underlies them-represent an important step forward for client security.

Alfresco Software Alfresco 1.4

Alfrescos eponymous enterprise content management suite earned a finalist nod from our judges on the strength of its Intelligent Virtual File System, its solid search functionality and its broad slate of collaboration tools. We also appreciated the flexibility of Alfrescos licensing and support model, in which the fees that customers pay are tied to the services they opt to consume.

  • Analytics & Reporting
  • Application Development
  • Business Integration Systems
  • Business Relationship Management
  • Desktop & Mobile Hardware
  • E-Business Foundations
  • E-Mail Management & Security
  • Enterprise Collaboration
  • Enterprise Storage Hardware
  • Enterprise Storage Software
  • IT Quality Assurance Tools
  • Productivity Applications
  • Server Hardware
  • Networking & Management Tools
  • Networking Infrastructure
  • System & Application Management
  • Authentication & User Management
  • Network Data-Stream Protection
  • Vulnerability Assessment & Remediation


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