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Content posted in January 2010
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Predictions For 2010: Starting With Vendors Begining With "E"
Commentary  |  1/30/2010  | 
So, after some holiday time off and taking care of some unexpected family business, it's time to get back into the swing of things for 2010. I thought I'd kick off the new-year with a set of predictions. But rather than do an all-encompassing set of industry predictions, I've decided to start with companies starting with an "E" first and then move on from there. Here is how I see things unfolding for three "E" vendors in the IT space in 2010. We can match them up to actual events at the end of t
Windows 7 Rolling Review: Zinstall Runs Windows 7 and XP
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
If you've tried migrating a few users to Windows 7 already, you know that moving user files, applications, and settings from the old OS to the new can be a serious pain. Now organizations have an option from an upstart called Zinstall, which lets users run both XP and Windows 7 on the same computer.
Opternity Knocks
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
You probably haven't heard of Opternity, a start-up company that promises a new "laser" tape technology for enterprise space that increases the capacity of a tape cartridge by nearly an order of magnitude, or 10 times, that of existing tape technology for the same media cost while at the same time dramatically increasing the tape's shelf life to fifty years. Why is this important? Consider first all the predictions about the continuing deluge of data. To paraphrase Mark Twain on the weather (and
A Different Cloud Storage Risk
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
When talking about the risk of storing data in the cloud, the conversation quickly turns to encrypting data, both during transport and at rest. The problem is that all the encryption in the world isn't going to help you if your encrypted data disappears because of sloppy data protection or data loss. What is your cloud storage provider doing to make sure that your data is going to be there when you need it next month, next year or in the next decade?
Cachengo Offers Premises/Cloud Backups For SMBs
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Startup Cachengo has launched a hybrid storage service that combines on-site file-sharing and backup appliances with an optional cloud storage service for resiliency and disaster recovery. The on-site appliances, called Directors, act as file servers to let users share and swap documents and other files. Director appliances support CIFS, NFS and iSCSI and can integrate with Active Directory and LDAP to support user authentication to files. The appliances also serve as a disk-to-disk backup platf
Windows 7 Rolling Review: Acronis Deploys Windows 7 With Ease
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Acronis' Snap Deploy 3.0 client imaging system focuses only on client imaging and deployment. If you're shopping for a full enterprise desktop management suite, look elsewhere. However, for organizations that simply want to deploy Windows 7 now, Snap Deploy 3.0 makes quick work of it.
Broadcom Unveils Converged Network Adapter
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Broadcom Corporation officially entered the converged network adapter (CNA) war on December 15, 2009, at their analyst day event. At the event and in independent lab tests, the company demonstrated a 10 gigabit Ethernet adapter simultaneously running TCP/IP, iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet traffic on a single port. With multiple LAN and SAN protocols running on a single port, Broadcom leap-frogged the capability of its competition that must separate different types of traffic on different
Cloud Storage Lags Behind The Hype
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Cloud computing has attracted the attention of nearly everyone, but adoption is still in its infancy. That's particularly true when it comes to moving stored data to the cloud, according to a recent survey done by Forrester Research. In Forrester's "Enterprise And SMB Hardware Survey, North America And Europe, Q3 2009," researchers asked businesses about their interest in "hosted storage capacity" offerings, or storage-as-a-service, and only 3 percent said they plan to implement it in the next 1
Symantec To Offer Hosted Medical Image Archiving
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Security and storage product vendor Symantec will soon enter a new niche area -- archived medical image storage hosting. The Symantec Health Safe offering will provide hospitals with secure, remote, hosted archived storage for medical images, such as those from picture archiving and communication systems, or PACS.
Oracle Outlines Post Merger Roadmap
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Now that Oracle has finalized its $7.4-billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems, it is reassuring Sun customers that they can rely on the newly combined entity to support their UltraSparc- and Solaris-based systems--and a lot more, if they're willing to buy integrated hardware/software packages. Oracle will add stacks of software, including its 11g database, Oracle business applications and Fusion middleware, to UltraSparc servers along with the operating system. Customers can get virtualization
Breaking Point: 2010 State Of Enterprise Storage Survey
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
The recession doesn't seem to have put a damper on the growth of enterprise data and storage needs. Too bad our infrastructures aren't keeping pace.
Breaking Point: 2010 State Of Enterprise Storage Survey
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
The recession doesn't seem to have put a damper on the growth of enterprise data and storage needs. Too bad our infrastructures aren't keeping pace.
Hitachi Data Systems Introduces Storage Capacity Reclamation Guarantee Program
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) and the only provider of Service Oriented Storage Solutions, today announced the Storage Capacity Reclamation Guarantee program. The program offers customers around the world the ability to reduce their storage capacity by 50 percent or more by using Hitachi virtualization technologies. According to April Adams, Research Director, Gartner: "End users considering products may find guarantees useful if they ar
StoredIQ Analyze Anywhere Revolutionizes eDiscovery "Early Case Assessment"
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
StoredIQ, a leading provider of Intelligent Information Management and eDiscovery technologies, is revolutionizing early case assessment (ECA) with StoredIQ Analyze Anywhere. This innovative, novel approach enables ECA prior to preservation and collection, without requiring the movement of data from where it natively resides. This powerful ability to perform early case analysis on data "in the wild" gives legal counsel the ability to assess the merits of a dispute, formulate a legal strategy, an
Do We Need 35TB Tapes?
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Last week IBM and Fujifilm announced that they've developed a new tape technology that could hold a whopping 35 TB on a DLT/LTO size cartridge before your data supposedly compresses 2:1 to put 70TB in the palm of your hand. While I'm impressed with the technical feat, I'm wondering what we would use a 70TB tape for.
Voltaire Splits Nanoseconds With Grid Director
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
You probably wouldn't think that spending a thousand dollars to save a second of productivity would be a worthwhile investment. Nor would your CFO. Yet the makers of a device costing $34,000 hope you'll spend that much to save a few hundred nanoseconds. The company is Voltaire, and its device is the Grid Director 4036E, a high-performance InfiniBand-Ethernet switch and IP accelerator that it claims delivers lower network latency than competitive products and gives securities trading applications
Apple iPad Launch Coverage
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The iPad Is Not A Kindle Killer
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
This is a bit off-topic, but indulge me. In the lead-up to Apple's iPad launch today, many folks are making comparisons to Amazon's Kindle, claiming that the iPad will be a Kindle killer. No, it won't, and here's why. Kindle is a single-purpose device devoted to e-reading, and it does that very well. The iPad is more than a eReader. It is closer to a netbook without the fold-out screen and physical keyboard. It's also a lot more expensive and comes with a fairly pricey data plan, whereas Kindle'
Rolling Review: Windows 7 Deployment Tools Kick-Off
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
The conventional wisdom is to never deploy a new operating system before the first service pack. But that thinking might be misguided with Windows 7. First, Windows 7 shares much of Vista's core code base, and that code has been improved and enhanced during Vista's troubled tenure. This means the new OS will look and feel more like what Vista should have been from the get-go. Second, Microsoft is combating the "wait until SP1" notion by maintaining its position in regard to Windows XP, which has
SolarWinds Introduces The IT Industry's First And Only Free Configuration Change Management Tool With Community Integration - Network Config Generator
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable network management software to more than 88,000 customers worldwide, today announced the newest addition to its free tool offering, SolarWinds Network Config Generator, designed to simplify, speed-up and automate configuration change tasks for network engineers.
VMware Go: The Hyper-V Killer?
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
For a long time, if there is such a thing as a "long time" in the virtualization space, Microsoft's Hyper-V has had a significant advantage over VMware in IT shops that are just dipping their toes in the virtualization waters. Administrators could choose between the familiar, comfortable interface of Windows or grapple with the perceived interface and complexity of VMware. Not much of a choice. VMware Go should change all of that. VMware Go ESXi isn't a new operating environment as it is a wizar
Caelo Software Announces Availability Of NEO Pro 4.1 Email Productivity Software
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
Caelo Software B.V., a leading innovator and developer of email productivity solutions, announces the availability of NEO Pro 4.1 for Microsoft Outlook. The latest release of NEO Pro uses innovative virtual folder structure and new time-saving features to clear the productivity bottleneck, thus reducing email overload. Using Caelo Software's patented technologies, NEO Pro enhances the platform upon which Microsoft Outlook is built - without replacing it - by providing users with an improved way
Avere Unveils New FXT 2700
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
Avere Systems, the company setting new performance benchmarks in tiered NAS with its Demand-Driven Storage solutions, today announced an extension to its recently unveiled FXT Series. The introduction of the new FXT 2700 tiered NAS appliance leverages the extreme random read performance of Flash SSD to meet the highest application demands of performance-oriented customers and is the first from Avere to include an internal tier of Single Level Cell Flash Solid State Disk, delivering up to a 10x i
Backup Exec And NetBackup Bring Deduplication Without The Hardware
News  |  1/27/2010  | 
Symantec has announced the release of Backup Exec 2010 and Netbackup 7. Both products now play into Symantec's "Dedupe Everywhere" strategy, with a software-based deduplication option available at even the backup client. The latest versions of the two products reflect the changing landscape of the data center in mid-sized and large enterprises.
Data Security Is A Federal Issue Now
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Just when you think you have dodged the data security bullet, here come the Feds. My view on data security of late has been that those who thought they needed to secure information have done it, and those who didn't were not in a big hurry to do it. Times are changing. The Federal Data Breach Notification Law that recently passed through the house is now on its way to the Senate and then on its way to you.
Voltaire Intros 40 Gigabit Switch
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
The Grid Director 4036E can deliver 2.72 terabits per second and is aimed at trading businesses and high-performance storage environments.
Netezza Intros Entry Level Data Warehouse Appliance
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Netezza today released Skimmer, an entry-level data warehouse appliance with a ten-terabyte capacity and $125,000 price tag. Those stats put Skimmer in the heart of the mainstream data warehousing market, where Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Database currently dominate.
EMC Reports 58% Jump In Income
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
The storage company beat its own forecast by $100 million and is betting on cloud computing to further its turnaround.
National Database Tracks Truck Thefts
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
CargoNet provides data from multiple sources on when, where, and how trucks are stolen.
Google Voice Storms Apple's iPhone
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Apple rejected Google's native Google Voice app for the iPhone. So Google has bypassed Apple using the Web.
Skybox Brings Firewall Management To The Masses
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
For busy IT and security administrators, firewalls are akin to the home attic--a lot of stuff accumulates in there over time, and you'd feel better if you cleaned it out, but who's got time? New software from Skybox Security aims to help mid-size shops stop making excuses. The software, called Skybox CertiFire, collects and analyzes firewall configurations to help ensure firewall rules match corporate security policies, spot critical gaps that could lead to trouble and eliminate redundant rules.
Bill Gates Warns Of Dystopian Future
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
The Microsoft chairman's vision conjures images of a world where Mad Max would feel at home.
F5 Reigns In Both Application Access And Remote Locations
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
Application delivery network vendor F5 has launched their new BIG-IP Edge Gateway appliance and their new Access Policy Manager module, as well as other upgrades as part of the 10.1 release of their BIG-IP software. Both products hope to highlight F5's focus on the network edge, not only managing control of web applications, but to optimize access to the data center no matter where that access originates.
GigaSpaces Releases Preview Version Of eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) 7.1
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
New features improve usability, support multi-tenant environments, increase performance and enhance monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities
Riverbed Updates Cascade 8.4 With Application Performance Management
News  |  1/26/2010  | 
When WAN optimization vendor Riverbed acquired network anomaly detection vendor Mazu Networks in 2009, it was a natural fit with Riverbed optimizing applications over the WAN and Mazu providing the application detection and monitoring. With Cascade 8.4, the integration is moving along on two fronts, with Cascade providing what the company calls end-user experience monitoring and a sensor agent for the company's Riverbed Services Platform (RSP) to gather application performance statistics from Ri
Talend Enters Master Data Managment Arena
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
The company's general purpose, open source MDM system steps into territory dominated by Oracle and IBM.
Box.net Builds Content Management For Cloud Storage
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Late last week, Box.net unveiled Cloud Content Management, a layer of management capabilities for files, users, groups, work flow and collaboration atop the company's Web-based file storage system. According to the company, the move is an effort to provide today's increasingly mobile workforce with a platform that's in line with they way they work, more so than similar solutions available today.
How 802.11n Will Revolutionize Connectivity
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
If you aren't replacing wired Ethernet with WLAN access for at least some employees, now is the time. The 11n protocol brings better performance, and we're seeing security and management advances too. Don't believe us? Nearly 800 survey respondents can't be wrong.
Juniper and Polycom Team Up To Take on Cisco
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. That ancient proverb is proving true in the network equipment market where Cisco combatants Juniper Network and Polycom have joined forces to integrate their network and video conferencing products.
iPass Portal Brings Management To Mobility Chaos
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Hotspot provider iPass has rolled out its iPass Open Mobile Platform, a cloud-based management solution for enterprise mobile machines. Through an online management portal and mobile client, administrators can ensure that remote workers use the most cost effective method of access, as well as keep remote machines up to snuff with corporate security policies.
Riverbed's Cascade 8.4 Improves WAN Peformance Monitoring
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
The upgrade gives Cascade users the ability to monitor Wide Area Networking peformance for end users and in WAN-optimized environments.
Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d: One Snazzy NAS
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Feature-rich SMB and home office multi-terabyte storage products are falling below $1000, and these NAS devices support a variety of file protocols, are easy to install and manage, and now, don't cost an arm and a leg to run. The ix4-200d, which ships with 2, 4 or 8 TBytes, stacks up against storage NAS products like the Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 or the QNAP TS-439, though the TS-439 has some more advanced features such as front removable drives and more RAID levels. After several months of tes
Mainsoft To Help Lotus Notes Users Get Social With SharePoint
News  |  1/25/2010  | 
Forthcoming software from Mainsoft aims to turn Lotus Notes inboxes into a collaboration dashboard that will leverage social networking features in SharePoint 2010. Users will be able to move attachments and documents between Notes and SharePoint and access SharePoint sites from the Notes user interface. Mainsoft's product, SharePoint Integration for Lotus Notes 2.5, will be available as a beta at the end of March. SharePoint 2010 is expected to be generally available this summer.
Census Mulls Counting On The Cloud
News  |  1/22/2010  | 
As it rapidly readies itself to count everyone in the country, the U.S. Census Bureau has tentatively begun tapping cloud computing to reduce the cost and accelerate delivery of its services to its employees and the public. Though census planning is a 10-year effort, the actual census takes place over only a few months. The Census Bureau is in the early stages of hiring and fingerprinting some 1.4 million temporary workers, establishing 500 temporary census offices, and leveraging 170,000 partne
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