Logitech Keyboard and Camera for Cisco Jabber
Enterprises implementing UC (Unified Communications) using Cisco Jabber will get some value out of the Logitech UC Solution for Cisco 725-C, but not it's not a complete client-end solution. The package bundles a slick keyboard designed for Jabber, a high-end webcam and, oddly, a mouse. Adding speakers and a headset would have made it more valuable. (This story has been updated to include Logitech's reaction.)
VMware's SDN Dilemma: VXLAN or Nicira?
VMware has invested in two overlay network approaches: the VXLAN standard originally conceived by Cisco and STT, drafted by SDN startup Nicira. VMware acquired Nicira for more than a billion dollars. Which will VMware choose? Here’s my take.
Dell Unveils SAP HANA, Server Bundles
Dell continues its enterprise focus, offering SAP HANA integration and System Manager 7, the latest management software for its Active System converged infrastructure line.
SSD/Hard Disk Hybrids Bridge Storage Divide
Solid-state is creeping into every nook of the storage ecosystem. The next frontier could be the rebirth of hybrids. Case in point is a startup that combines SSDs and traditional disks to maximize both performance and capacity.
F5 Challenges Cisco, Check Point with New Firewall
News roundup: F5 launches firewall software for its Big-IP platform; Spirent and Fluke release new appliances for testing and management; Extreme adds AVB support to Summit switches; Meetrix and Polycom team up to support IBM Sametime in the cloud.
Cisco Launches Combo Switch/WLAN Controller
Cisco has announced new hardware and software to integrate wired and wireless networks under its Unified Access initiative, including the Catalyst 3850 switch that includes a built-in WLAN controller. New versions of ISE and Prime Infrastructure are also available.
Seagate Flashes $40 Million for Virident PCIe Cards
Seagate announced a $40 million investment in Virident, which makes flash-based PCIe cards for servers. The move underlines the broad expansion of flash storage into multiple sectors of the enterprise market.
How to Set Up Cisco Nexus Fabric Extender
Cisco Nexus Fabric Extenders (FEXs) provide ToR connectivity for Nexus 5000 and 7000 series switches. This 9-step plan shows you how to bring a FEX online, and includes configuration tips and code examples.
Digital Hoarding: Do We Have a Problem?
Approximately 2.8 zettabytes of data were created and stored in 2012, and that number is expected to increase 50-fold by the end of the decade. When does data storage turn into data hoarding, and what are the consequences?
News Roundup: Absolute Software Launches ITSM Product
Absolute Software releases ITIL package for enterprises; CloudByte’s ElastiStor beta creates and manages storage pools for private clouds; Prelert soups up Splunk analysis; Keynote offers free mobile website performance testing.
Intel, Fusion-io Embrace Open Compute
Intel announced innovations in optical interconnects at the Open Compute summit, while Fusion-io embraced Open Compute’s spirit by providing the design of its new ioScale flash card to the open source community.
Wi-Fi Turns Into Retail Spy
A new partnership between WLAN vendor Aerohive and retail analytics company Euclid turns in-store access points into customer tracking systems.
News Roundup: VMware Pumps Cash Into Puppet, More
VMware infuses Puppet Labs with cash; Infoblox introduces three network security products; NetMotion updates Locality for cellular network management; NetScout unveils new network monitoring switch series.
SoftRAM in 95 - Memory Optimizer in 2013
A new Windows 8 program claims to "optimize memory," implying a performance boost, but what it actually does - flushing the disk cache - is likely to degrade performance significantly. It evokes the memory of the greatest Windows utility scam of all time.
News Roundup: UC, Storage and Security
Cisco extends Jabber to virtual desktops; Core updates security testing software; Drobo enhances its storage series; Sourcefire launches incident response services; Fortinet expands its security appliance and switch lines.
Flash Storage: Ready For Writes
Advanced over-provisioning and write modification technology have made flash storage solutions ready for both sides of the I/O stream.
Software-Defined Storage: A Buzzword Worth Examining
Software-defined storage is software beyond the usual communication tools or firmware used to run a storage device. Avoid trendy treatments of this new buzz phrase and keep your eye on how it will benefit your business.
Not every idea that comes out of the storage industry is a good one. Here are three developments in storage encryption, patents and holographic storage that have got me scratching my head.
Is Facebook Making You Fat?
Research connects social media-induced self-esteem boosts to self-control. Consider these implications for business.
11ac Does Not Equal 5G
A major wireless vendor wants to tag the forthcoming 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard as 5G, even though the G designation is traditionally associated with cellular networks. What gives?
United Oil Cuts the Wires
United Oil Co., which operates 127 gas stations in Southern California, is abandoning DSL service in favor of 4G to connect its retail locations to headquarters.