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Content posted in January 2012
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Logitech Videoconferencing Adds Flexibility
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Logitech Universal Video Collaboration Platform virtualizes entire videoconferencing system so customers can add only the video features they need and easily expand as necessary.
Governments Missing Out On Virtualization Savings
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Government agencies need to overcome funding uncertainties and other major barriers in order to realize savings from virtualizing their servers and desktops, according to a new study by MeriTalk. The report, "Virtualization Vacuum: The 2012 Government Virtualization Study," surveyed government IT decision makers. One of the key findings is that 82% of federal and 77% of state and local IT professionals say their agencies have already implemented some server virtualization at an estimated savings
How Payvment Uses Facebook's Expanded Open Graph
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Moving beyond 'like,' Payvment has added 'want' and 'own' buttons to its social stores.
Social Networking: Open Is The New Closed
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
It's a paradox that sites advocating collaboration are inherently closed. Stanford's MobiSocial team says we can do better.
Actiance Funnels Approved Social Posts To Financial Advisors
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Social media archiving and screening specialist Actiance enables financial advisors to post preapproved content on their pages and profiles.
Facebook Timeline: 5 Facts You Need To Know
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Timeline is coming to your profile, whether you want it or not. Consider this advice on how to make the best of it.
HP Storage Tech Day
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Last week I joined a dozen or so fellow bloggers and storage industry gadflies for a storage field day at HP's Fort Collins, Colo., facility. Much like the more ecumenical Gestalt IT Tech Field Days run by our own Stephen Foskett, HP Tech Days let vendors show off their shiny new products while the street-wise delegates asked tough questions and took no marketing speak for an answer.
Brocade ADX 12.4 Improves App Delivery
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Brocade introduced a new application delivery controller that enables service providers to manage application delivery in a way that servers or endpoint devices no longer can. A key feature of the Brocade ADX 12.4 is what the company calls an OpenScript Engine, which enables enterprise service providers to build customized versions of network applications using the open-source Perl programming language to deliver networking capabilities unique to their needs.
Bazaarvoice Teams With Badgeville On Gamification
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Partnership lets customers of Bazaarvoice social shopping apps, such as Ratings and Reviews, bolster user engagement via Badgeville gaming techniques.
Nimbus SSD Competes On Price With Hard Drives
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
E-Series solid state drive array brings enterprise features such as scalability, fault tolerance, and high availability at $10 per gigabyte.
SOS Online Backup Rolls Out Collaboration Tool
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Private cloud app lets users access, share, and collaborate on files.
Are There Too Many Storage Solutions?
Commentary  |  1/30/2012  | 
It's a challenge to sort through the maze of storage products to find a solution to your problem--but it's better than not having choices.
BroadSoft To Deliver UC Platform For Service Providers
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Business Communicator brings voice, video, IM, text into one interface.
Time To Scrap SSL?
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Many security experts believe the Internet's trust model is broken. Figuring out how to fix it will take time and collaboration.
Riverbed Virtualizes Cascade
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
As use of IT grows in enterprises, so, too, do demands on networks to deliver more capacity and speed and to be able to prioritize traffic. Video gets priority over a simple email, but a VoIP call gets priority over video if the video in question is something frivolous on YouTube. The need to manage the growth and increasing complexity of networks is driving demand for network performance management technology that can monitor traffic, identify possible bottlenecks and intervene to clear bottlen
Virtualization, Cloud Having Little Impact On Databases
News  |  1/29/2012  | 
Cloud computing has taken center stage during the last two years as the hot enterprise technology, but in the database realm, the public cloud and off-site hosted database services still represent too many unknown factors to truly have mass adoption. According to the co-author of the InformationWeek "State of Database Technology" report, the public cloud is so far having very little impact on enterprise databases.
How NetFlow Keeps Networks Running, People Alive
News  |  1/29/2012  | 
In all the technical discussions about network routers, switches, throughput, packets and the alphabet soup of acronyms that apply, it may be easy to forget that network downtime can have life-or-death consequences. For two NetFlow users, the requirements for the network monitoring technology were less dire, but the results were still compelling.
Prepare The Mobile Ship For Ludicrous Speed!
Commentary  |  1/29/2012  | 
Thinking back on the 1987 movie "Spaceballs," I picture a comical Dark Helmet standing on the bridge of his ship. In my mind, he holds a smartphone and contemplates the latest buzz on mobile network speeds, fresh from the International Telecommunications Union. As he ponders the 100-Mbps data speeds soon to be delivered by his preferred carrier, he utters the order, "Prepare for ludicrous speed," and the ship IMT-Advanced warps off to hyperspace at an impossibly crazy velocity. Speeds in
5 Basic Switch Settings You Must Know
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
There are five configurations a network administrator should apply to a newly provisioned switch or router. Although application of these configurations may seem like common sense, 90% of devices I see are missing at least one of these settings, and about 75% are missing two or more. Use this checklist as an action item to verify your existing devices have these settings, at minimum, and integrate these in to any templates or provisioning documents you use. You'll appreciate the results of the c
Megaupload: What's Next for Founders, Users?
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Justice Department tells Megaupload's customers they shouldn't expect to get their files back.
Forecast: 10GbE To Be The Top-Selling Ethernet Switch By 2016
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Sales of 10-Gbit per second (Gbps) Ethernet switches are expected to reach $13 billion by 2016 and will constitute nearly half of a total $28 billion Ethernet switch market by then, a forecast from the research firm Dell'Oro Group states. And even as data center operators upgrade from 1-Gbit Ethernet switches to 10-Gbit Ethernet to handle exponentially larger volumes of network data traffic, sales of even faster 40-Gbit Ethernet and 100-Gbit Ethernet switches will also be picking up.
VMware Simplifies, Automates Virtual/Cloud Management
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
VMware is expanding its management portfolio with vCenter Operations Management Suite by integrating with VMware vCenter Capacity IQ and VMware vCenter Configuration Manager for improved performance, capacity and configuration management. VMware revamped its virtualization management suite last October, adding the VMware vFabric Application Management and VMware IT Business Management tools. The new enhancements focus on embedding and integrating management tools into the platform, streamlining
Scale Computing: New Twists To Scale-Out Storage For The Mid-Market
Commentary  |  1/26/2012  | 
Startup Scale Computing delivers scale-out, unified storage for the mid-market, meaning users can access SAN/NAS resources from the same, scalable pool of disk storage. Scale Computing is by no means alone in doing this, but the company goes beyond just delivering storage in a box to delivering a data center in a storage box. And that is very interesting.
Solid State Storage Can Save You Money
Commentary  |  1/26/2012  | 
Solid-state storage is still expensive. Is it worth the benefits?
Amazon Unveils Cloud Storage Gateway
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
AWS Storage Gateway is a software-based appliance that uploads snapshots to the Amazon's S3 storage cloud.
Alas, Poor Virtensys, I Knew Virtual I/O Horatio
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
I must admit I was one of those folks who was intrigued by the idea of I/O virtualization. I led sessions at conferences exploring the various ways one could connect servers and peripherals to each other. The very idea that I could share expensive resources like RAID controllers and network connections from a shared pool seemed like a path to the flexibility I always wanted. Apparently, most of you disagreed, as at least one I/O virtualization pioneer, Virtensys, bit the dust this week.
Sourcefire Uses Big Data Analytics To Stop Malware
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Cyber security vendor Sourcefire's latest product uses big data analytics methods to search data to discover patterns in malware attacks and intervene to stop them. The release of FireAMP comes the same week that Cisco Systems released its fourth-quarter 2011 Global Threat Report that details how pervasive the malware threat is to networks. Cisco reports that in the fourth quarter, enterprise users experienced an average of 339 Web malware encounters per month. For all of 2011, the average was 3
Enterasys Addresses Wired-Wireless Pain
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Network equipment vendor Enterasys is tackling the growing problem of managing wired and wireless devices with the latest addition to its suite of fabric network management technology, the OneFabric Edge Architecture. The combined wired-wireless management fabric relieves a number of network management headaches, especially in situations where the wired network is often managed by one vendor and the wireless network by another, says the company.
Facebook: The Database Of Wealth And Power
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Microstrategy CEO says most businesses underestimate the transformative value of Facebook as an ever-refreshing database of "anyone with wealth or power on Earth."
Intel Makes Exascale Bet on InfinBand-Based Supercomputing
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
Intel, which played a key role in the creation of the InfiniBand high-speed networking standard a decade ago, has come full circle and bought the IB assets of Qlogic, one of the two remaining companies still actively pushing the technology. While $125 million is chump change for a company that netted $3.4 billion in profits last quarter, Intel says the acquisition will enhance its networking portfolio and provide scalable high-performance computing (HPC) fabric technology as well as support the
Research Finds Outstanding Issues Could Derail Win 8 Migration
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
Migration to Windows 8 won't be a sure thing, with a number of issues remaining to be addressed before Microsoft can expect the majority of its users to migrate to the new version of the operating system. A new survey from InformationWeek Analytics, "Research: Windows 8," finds that the migration strategy appears to be predicated on people migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 8, when it's clear that a significant number of existing users are still running Windows XP. This demonstrates the sort of
F5 Networks 'Fixes' Data Center Security
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
Arguing that multiple point appliances intended to secure a network only add to complexity without providing the intended protection, F5 Networks is introducing what it calls a Data Center Firewall to combine multiple security solutions into one appliance. The appliance, called BIG-IP model 11050 and carrying a starting price of $129,995, delivers such security features as dynamic threat defense, DDoS protection, protocol security, SSL termination and a network firewall.
Avaya Flare Communicator iPad App Launches
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
Flare, originally introduced as a desktop video device for executives, now brings its UC capabilities to the Apple iPad.
IBM And NEC Leverage OpenFlow For High-Performance Networking
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
IBM and NEC are collaborating on high-performance OpenFlow deployments. OpenFlow, developed at Stanford University, has enjoyed acceptance in university networks because an OpenFlow network can run alongside the campus production network without impacting it. In 2011, OpenFlow broke out of its education niche into the mainstream with announcements from Big Switch, Fulcrum and NEC. IBM's and NEC's announcement is a proof point that OpenFlow has a role in enterprise IT and can be used in high-perf
Rise Of HTML5 Brings With It Security Risks
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
HTML5 is the new "it" protocol on the Internet. Among other things, it is an alternative to Adobe's Flash for displaying content through a Web browser. No less an industry authority than the late Steve Jobs declared in 2010 that browsers on Apple devices such as the iPad would support HTML5 and not Flash. But as HTML5 gains wider adoption, some of its security flaws are beginning to get noticed, including the WebSocket specification that renders Web pages more quickly than does Flash.
Do You Need a Security Operations Center?
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
Check out these guidelines for choosing the most effective security management setup for your organization.
Meraki Ups The Cloud-Based Networking Ante
Commentary  |  1/23/2012  | 
Mainstream network players and those chasing them are out to erase the lines between wireless and wired networking. As the network edge gets redefined and the cloud makes its presence felt in LAN and WLAN spaces, announcements like Meraki's latest update are getting to be more commonplace--and exciting. With a number of interesting product updates to share, Meraki is starting 2012 with a bang.
Thought Experiment--Forget ROI
Commentary  |  1/23/2012  | 
Boys and girls, today's homework assignment is a thought experiment. I want you all to put yourselves in the shoes of the CXO team making a decision to move to private cloud. There is, of course, one catch: You may not factor in ROI. We're dropping ROI because it clouds the subject (bad pun intended.) Let's skip the why-should-I-do-this-experiment; I'd of course default to,"Because I told you so."
PepsiCo Makes Employees Social Ambassadors
News  |  1/20/2012  | 
PepsiCo is turning a bit of its intranet inside-out--making selected internal newsletter articles available to post externally.
CES Sleeper Tech: 3 Mobile Collaboration Breakthroughs
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
Now that the hyperbole haze has dissipated, let's look at three products from small, innovative startups with the potential to break some mobile collaboration barriers.
Megaupload Execs Had Thing For Bling, Indictment Shows
News  |  1/20/2012  | 
Indictment in Megaupload case reveals intriguing details, including assets that could be seized by the Feds. For starters, think $8 million allegedly spent on yacht rentals, 15 Mercedes-Benzes, and a Rolls-Royce with this license plate: GOD
Dell Moves Ahead Fluidly in Storage
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
The IT industry is always adapting to new trends, from client-server and the PC revolution of the '80s and '90s to cloud computing and big data today. These trends inspire successful new vendor entrants, but they can also be problematic for established IT vendors. Over time, some leaders don't adapt and die (see Digital Equipment Corporation), while others swoon and survive in a reduced state by being acquired by larger saviors (see Sun Microsystems).
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