Expert Analysis
Content posted in January 2011
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AirMagnet Enterprise 9.0 Takes WLAN Security Up A Notch
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
The tidal wave of mobile devices washing over the enterprise these days is on everybody's mind. We all have our own frames of reference and reasons to care about the running invasion of portable devices and the insatiable demand for networks in the air, and AirMagnet comes at it from the security angle with its new Enterprise 9.0. Wireless environments are dynamic enough to keep us on our toes when things are healthy and everyone is behaving themselves, but human nature is never far away, and so
Android Software Connects Calls Without Mobile Carriers
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Project Serval aims to enable communication anywhere, any time, without infrastructure, cell towers, or mobile carriers.
Embotics V-Commander Boosts Virtual Machine Management
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Embotics has announced version 3.7 of its V-Commander virtualization management software, which includes integration with VMsphere for improved configuration management and automated remediation of non-compliant virtual machines (VMs) that do not have the appropriate types of metadata defined. Other new features include customizable self-service VM request forms, and enhanced capacity and performance management capabilities, including bottleneck and rightsizing reports.
Symantec Releases Cloud-grade Storage And Integrated Backup/Dedupe/Storage Appliances
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Symantec has released two major components of its appliance strategy for backup and storage. The NetBackup 5200 integrates backup, deduplication and storage on one box; the FileStore N8300 is designed for cloud-scale storage of unstructured data. The 5200 option complements Symantec's existing NetBackup and PureDisk deduplication software, as well as the NetBackup 5000 and 5020 deduplication appliances announced earlier this year. The FileStore N8300 is a hardware version of its FileStore soft a
GigaSpaces Update Appeals To Mainstream Developers
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
GigaSpaces Technologies, which specializes in products that address scalability in the application stack, is now shipping eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) 8.0, which enables organizations to transition their existing infrastructure into more modern systems such as distributed architectures, virtualized environments and the cloud. The company says its Same Data, Any API capability promotes openness and interoperability, supporting all common interfaces for accessing data, such as Memcached, JPA
ProQueSys Ships Network And Security Monitoring Software
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Process Query Systems (ProQueSys) has shipped the first of what the company says will be a quarterly series of updates to its FlowTraq network flow monitoring product. New features in this version include support for virtual local area networks (VLANs) and autonomous systems (AS); improved filtering; enhancements to the user interface; and improvements in speed.
Virtela Cloud Accelerator Looks To Boost Cloud Performance
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Virtela, a managed network services company, has announced a version of its cloud-based application acceleration Enterprise Services Cloud (ESC) product that is intended for the public cloud environment. Like the ESC service, the company claims that Cloud Accelerator can improve performance by 5 to 25 times.
IT Pros Vote Cisco in FCoE Switch Brand Leader Survey
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Cisco recently swept the FCoE Switch Brand Leader Awards for the second year in a row, based on responses from IT professionals who participated in an IT Brand Pulse Brand Leader Survey. The results demonstrate that the IT community recognizes the leadership role Cisco has played in converged networking and FCoE.
Intel Unifies Data Center Infrastructure With FCoE Upgrade
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Open Fibre Channel over Ethernet technology consolidates multiple data and storage networks onto a single 10GbE network.
Xiotech HDD/SSD Combo A Price/Performance Powerhouse
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
In its latest Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays, Gartner cautioned Xiotech that it needed to grow its revenues and market share "before competitors can provide reliability comparable to ISE," as well as add an SSD (solid-state disk, or flash drive) option. Looks like Xiotech has addressed both points with the newest addition to its ISE (Intelligent Storage Element) family.
TM Forum Details Cloud IaaS Requirements
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
TM Forum--an association that includes technology vendors such as HP and IBM, as well as more than 750 of the world's largest service providers in the communications, media and cloud service markets--has just delivered what it calls the industry's first set of Enterprise-Grade External Compute Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Requirements. Put together by the association's Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council (ECLC), the document includes guidelines for terminology; requirements for external pr
Data Center Consolidation Sparks Converged Infrastructure Deployment
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
SIRVA, an international relocation and moving solutions provider, determined that acquisitions are a good way to grow a business. However, one repercussion from the strategy was inefficiency: Duplicate business functions were performed in various offices scattered across the United States. In streamlining its IT infrastructure, the corporation found itself at the forefront of the movement to consolidate data center products, a position that, to date, has paid dividends for the corporation.
Planning the Interop Network Has Begun
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
The planning for the Interop network kicked off with engineers from the participating vendors meeting in person or via audio conferencing. The kick-off meeting starts the long process of designing the Interop network, which will ultimately support tens of thousands of users and devices, both on the expo floor and around the conference. It's a daunting task for seven days of network activity. This year, the goals of the Interop net are to showcase IPv6 support, interoperability among vendors, clo
RSA Offers SMBs Strong Authentication Appliance For Remote Web Access
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
RSA has announced Authentication Manager Express (AMX), a strong remote access authentication appliance for small and midsize businesses. AMX is designed as a simplified SMB alternative to RSA Authentication Manager, the enterprise-class software behind SecurID.
IDC Sees 5.1 Percent Server Growth In 2011 Based On Cloud, Mobile Growth
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
IDC is forecasting 5.1 percent growth in server revenue this year, as the market makes a "return to stability" after the recession year of 2009 and the recovery seen in 2010. Among the drivers for server growth are greater adoption of cloud computing, increased use of mobile computing platforms and explosive growth in the amount of data being generated, IDC analysts said in a Webcast Tuesday.
Imation To Close Tape Plant
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
In a move that the Tape is Dead Marching Band and Chowder Society will take as yet another victory in its battle to have magnetic tape join drum memory, mercury delay lines and its punched-paper cousin on the scrap heap of obsolete data storage technologies, Imation announced that it is closing its Weatherford, Okla., tape coating plant.
Fonality Moves UC Dashboard Into Cloud
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
IP telephony and Unified Communications provider adds Heads Up Display product to its fully hosted suite, with plans for a mobile version later this year.
Broadcom Raises the Bar for CNA Technology
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Broadcom recently unveiled the BCM578x0, its latest generation of 10Gbit Ethernet ASICs for LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) and NIC applications, and the first in a new class of converged network adapters (CNAs), or converged NICs (C-NICs). The new family of ASICs includes several innovations that raise the bar for CNA technology and provide a glimpse at the capabilities of the next generation of high performance Ethernet adapters.
Tandberg Introduces 8TB Removable Disk Library For SMBs
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
With four years of experience and solid growth in the SMB tape-replacement market, Tandberg Data is extending its RDX-based product--an entry-level tape alternative that combines the advantages of disk and tape--with the first removable disk library, providing up to 8TBytes of online storage in a multicartridge 2U form factor. Available in volume at a starting price of $3,999, the RDX QuikStation consists of eight RDX docks that can be configured as either eight individually addressable iSCSI di
Spam Plummets To 2009 Levels
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Thanks to botnet takedowns and the Spamit shutdown, spam has declined to 79% of all email traffic, says Symantec.
HP Beefs Up Cloud Management Offerings
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
HP has introduced a package of new service offerings to help business and enterprise customers develop hybrid cloud environments that are a combination of private and public clouds for delivery of IT. An industry analyst says this is one of several moves technology vendors like HP have made to become cloud service providers, thus putting them in competition with the service providers to which they sell their hardware.
NetWitness Adds Automated Malware Analysis To Network Monitoring Platform
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
NetWitness has introduced an automated malware analysis module to its NextGen network security monitoring and analysis platform. Spectrum combines the platform's network capture/recording capabilities to obtain detailed information on suspect file activity and techniques that malware researchers commonly use in a "sandbox" environment. These capabilities include static analysis to reveal details such as packing, obfuscation, embedded Java scripts, etc., in order to examine the nature of the malw
Cisco Broadens SMB Portfolio
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Cisco Systems is building out its small business portfolio, Cisco Small Business, with today's rollout of networking, security and storage products, as well as both service and financing offerings. The products include entry-level Ethernet switches, a network security firewall, backup service for its NSS300 storage products, and a three-year, 3 percent financing package.
Google Voice Enables Number Porting
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Now instead of being stuck with some random phone number, Google Voice users can transfer their mobile or home number to the service.
New Migration Tool Seeks To Spur Adoption Of Windows 7
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
More than a year after its introduction, Windows 7 adoption is at only 10 percent in the enterprise market. Prowess, a maker of software to simplify migration, is improving its tools to accomplish increased adoption of Windows 7, even as its CEO expresses skepticism at industry optimism that 2011 may be "The Year of Windows 7."
Give Me Unlimited Data Or Give Me Death
Commentary  |  1/25/2011  | 
If you haven't seen the latest T-Mobile commercial touting its $10 4G data plans, you should. I won't totally give it away, but it's pretty humorous. The spoken line, "Sometimes you just gotta pay more to be ...slower. It makes sense if you don't think about it," is delivered by the AT&T character in a perfectly monotone, yet arrogant way. The 30-second spot got me wondering just what you actually get for $10 from T-Mobile, and what you might get measured in real applications from other data pla
Cisco Expands SMB Networking, Storage
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
In partnership with Mozy, the networking provider is offering online backup to small and midsize businesses as well as introducing a managed switch and network security firewall.
Conficker Group Offers Roadmap For Stopping Worm
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Security researchers detail the high level of international coordination required to hinder the worm's spread.
New OS33 Software Helps MSPs Deliver Cloud To Their Customers
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
OS33, a company that bills itself as a cloud-based IT delivery automation platform provider, has introduced SaaS-based software for managed service providers (MSPs) to deliver applications to their customers. The OS33 Cloud Platform includes a WebTop offering that creates a Web-based browser portal for MSPs to provide their customers access to their corporate applications and file systems from any computing device, including Apple iPad and Google Android-based tablet computers. The customers can
EMC Takes The Offensive In The Storage Wars
Commentary  |  1/25/2011  | 
With its January blizzard of announcements, EMC has launched an across-the-board offensive. By doing so, the company is broadening its horizons as a wide spectrum information infrastructure company. That does not mean it has neglected its storage roots--far from it. Announcements at both the enterprise-class and midrange storage system levels have opened new fronts for EMC to contend against competitors.
Sepaton Doubles Backup Performance
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
It's a double blow for storage professionals: Data is growing exponentially, while backup windows are shrinking. Sepaton, a company that already claims to provide the fastest backup, is now shipping the S2100-ES2 Series 1910/2910 system with version 6.0 software. It delivers "the industry's fastest performance, multiprotocol support, high reliability and industry-leading deduplication," say company officials. At up to 1,500Mbytes/second/node, the 2100 provides more than double the performance of
Brocade and Dell Enhance iSCSI Storage
Commentary  |  1/25/2011  | 
Since the introduction of iSCSI storage in 2004, the population of 1Gbit iSCSI storage arrays has grown to comprise almost a third of all disk arrays shipped each year. Connecting servers to all those 1Gbit iSCSI SANs requires only a generic port on a server LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) chip, or 1Gbit Ethernet NIC. No special Ethernet hardware or software is needed because IP networks don't discriminate between NAS/SAN storage traffic and LAN traffic. That's because the iSCSI protocol is transparent
HP Takes On Amazon With Enterprise Cloud Services
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
The infrastructure as a service, offered from two HP data centers, boasts a 99.9% guaranteed uptime service level agreement and private cloud services.
Six Ways To Fail In The Cloud
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Our 2011 InformationWeek Analytics State of Cloud Computing Survey shows a 67 percent increase in the number of companies using cloud services, up from 18 percent in February 2009 and 30 percent in October 2010. IT now has a choice: Grab ownership of what's poised to be a core part of the enterprise technology toolset, or shortchange key functions and set ourselves up for disaster.
Data Storage Group Receives Patent For Innovative Data Deduplication Technology
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Data Storage Group has been awarded a patent for its core deduplication technology, which the company says is better suited for data that is distributed across multiple servers. While most deduplication technologies work by breaking up data into chunks of from 8K to 256K, and then building index files to track those chunks and determine whether they've been seen before, DataStor's Adaptive Content Factoring technology creates one index entry per file version. This results in up to two or three o
FrontRange Adapts ITSM Tool For SaaS Environments
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
FrontRange Solutions, which delivers IT service management products to business and enterprise customers, has now adapted its flagship product for software as a service (SaaS) environments. The product, which includes comprehensive service management, service catalog and asset management capabilities, will be the first FrontRange product released under its new SaaSIT brand.
TamoSoft Wi-Fi Tools Worth Looking At
Commentary  |  1/24/2011  | 
Keeping a critical wireless network up and high-performing takes good design, sound policies and effective tools. Thankfully, Wi-Fi support tools have evolved along with wireless technology, and we have plenty of options to pick from. At the same time, some tools have steep learning curves and big price tags that keep them on the wish list, but out of reach. And then there are tools like those offered by TamoSoft, whose robust feature sets don't cost a fortune or require an engineering degree to
Cisco Bakes Intrusion Prevention Into WiFi Access Points
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
Retailers and financial services organizations will be able to secure, monitor wireless networks in real time to comply with credit card industry standards.
Huawei Comes Out Of Stealth Mode
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
Known as 'the biggest company you've never heard of', Huawei is taking the wraps off of its 2-year-old presence in North America, with the unveiling of its cloud computing strategy and the opening of an R&D facility. The China-based telecommunications equipment vendor has been averaging annual growth in the 30 percent range, says John Roese, who was recently appointed head of R&D in North America for Huawei.
HP Board Reshuffles In Wake Of Hurd Dismissal
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
Four directors said to be close to the ouster of HP's former CEO will step down in March, as five new members come on board.
Cisco, Panda Identify Cybercrime Trends
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
The cybercrime landscape is continuing to evolve--with the emergence of advanced persistent threats as the most potentially damaging and, given the volume, the most threatening, says Mary Landesman, market intelligence manager at Cisco. Together with data theft and trojans, advanced persistent threats (APTs) are the main dangers, according to the company's annual security report for 2010. Although primarily gathered from large enterprises, the data offers guidance for organizations of all sizes,
Symantec Adds VeriSign Services To Protection Center Management Platform
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Symantec has announced the integration of VeriSign authentication products into Protection Center, its platform for unified management, intelligence and automation of Symantec and third-party partner security tools. The announcement means that users will be able to manage VeriSign Managed PKI, VeriSign Managed PKI for SSL and VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) Authentication Service from a single console.
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