Metro Wi-Fi: RIP?
Rapid technology evolution and economies of scale argue against municipalities as wireless service providers. As for metro Wi-Fi, I think the future is clear. It's the wrong technology for the job.
IT and General Counsel Together At Last - Or Not
General counsel and IT need one another. The GCO needs IT to provide guidance on technology choices near the beginning of the eDiscovery cycle, and IT needs GCO for guidance on legal and business considerations.
Scaling Backup Deduplication With Clustered Storage
In my last entry I looked at scaling single system solutions, and in this entry I'll take a look at scaling backup deduplication via a storage cluster approach delivered by companies like Sepaton and Exagrid. The idea here is to make adding capacity and performance as simple as adding another node to the cluster. Each time you add a node, capacity and performance scales with it. This may be ideal for the enterprise and even for rapid growth mid-tier companies.
You Want Space? Juniper Gives You Space
The fight for the data center continues with Juniper's Space, a centralized management framework which consists of a management server and a development program with APIs and an SDK to integrate applications with Juniper's Junos operating system. One the one hand, Space is just a management and orchestration platform with integration hooks much like HP's Insight. What makes Space unique and interesting is the developer program and the potential of opening the API and SDK to developers and enterp
Aruba Brings SaaS To Multi-Vendor WLAN Management
WLAN vendor Aruba Networks has announced AirWave on Demand (AoD), a Software as a Service (SaaS) edition of their multi-vendor WLAN management tool. AoD features the same WLAN management, identification, monitoring, and security functionality of the server-based AirWave Wireless Management Suite, but hosted at Aruba's data center. Subscriptions will be available on a monthly or annual basis, as well as opportunities for resellers to remarket the service. The service is in early customer deplo
Debunking Utilization As Justification
If I sit through another presentation or sales pitch that tells me how a product will save me money by raising my storage utilization, I'm going to get violent. Ever since the development of the SAN, vendors have been extracting money from users based on promises that their new shared disk array, virtualization widget or storage management application will pay for itself by increasing the customer's disk utilization. For ten years now, we've spent a lot of money but the savings have been elusive
Data Deduplication Update 2 - Scalability
As we continue our tour through the deduplication maze, one of the battle cries of data deduplication suppliers is how well their product scales. Scalability, however, is in the eye of the beholder. In the deduplication system space, this results in the classic battle of the single box storage system vs. a grid or clustered storage system. In the software space it raises questions.
Juniper's Big Day: New Software Platform, New Hardware, New Partners
Juniper is making a number of announcements today at an analyst's day in New York. Most important is Junos Space, a new software integration program that provides integration capabilities with Junos operating system. Then there is Junos Pulse, an integrated software client, a new chipset for the MX routers for service providers and large enterprises, as well as a cloud computing initiative to deliver a host of services such as scaling, application visibility, and threat protection.
IEEE Ratifies 802.15.3c, Multi-gigabit Speed Wireless PAN Standard
The IEEE today announced that its Standards Board has ratified IEEE 802.15.3c-2009, Standard for Information Technology-Telecommunications and Information Exchange between systems-Local and Metropolitan networks-Specific requirements-Part 15.3: Wireless Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)Specifications for High Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs): Millimeter-wave based Alternative Physical Layer Extension Amendment.
Vidyo Granted Patent For Groundbreaking Video Conferencing Architecture
Vidyo Inc., the first company to deliver personal telepresence, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company a patent for its VidyoRouter architecture which delivers reliable, low latency, multipoint conferencing over any IP network including the Internet. The patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,593,032 entitled "System and Method for a Conference Server Architecture for Low Delay and Distributed Conferencing Applications") covers the key intellectual property behind V
Cisco Without Borders
Cisco has introduced a new network architecture: the Borderless Network architecture, along with a five-phase plan designed to help deliver services and applications to anyone, anywhere, on any device, at anytime. As the first proof point of its Borderless Networks architecture, Cisco announced the second generation of its Integrated Services Router, the ISR G2.
Intel and Numonyx Memory Research Breakthrough Could Solve SSD Memory Limitations
Intel and Numonyx B.V. has achieved a research milestone with non-volatile cross point phase change memory (PCM) technology. The breakthrough potentially paves the way for highly scalable, high density memory products that may one day offer low cost, high performance alternatives to traditional NAND Flash and NOR memory employed in solid state drives (SSD).
Intel Pulls SSD Firmware Update
Intel released the updated firmware for one of its Solid State Drives on Monday, and pulled it after customers complained about critical Windows 7 problems.
AirMagnet Brings 802.11n To Enterprise WLAN Monitoring
Wireless management and security vendor AirMagnet has unleashed the latest incarnation of their AirMagnet Enterprise product. Along with software enhancements, the product line now features 802.11n hardware sensors to scan the airwaves for security, configuration and interference issues on enterprise WLAN deployments. The software upgrade is free for existing customers with support agreements. Upgrade pricing is available on the new hardware.
Cisco To Acquire ScanSafe
In a deal that underscores the shift toward cloud computing, Cisco on Tuesday said that it had reached an agreement to acquire ScanSafe, a privately-held provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) Web security for businesses. Cisco said the acquisition will cost $183 million in cash and retention-based incentives.
Dell and Juniper Team Up
The rapidly evolving networking market took another unexpected turn when server powerhouse Dell teamed up with network equipment supplier Juniper. Dell will now resell Juniperï¿¼s MX Series Ethernet services routers, EX Series Ethernet switches and SRX Series services gateways, which all run Juniper's JUNOS operating system software.
Emulex Heads Backwards At 80 MPH
Today Emulex announced the general availability of its "UCNA" to channel partners. However, I think it's important to be clear about what they have actually announced: they are making ServerEngines' 10GbE NIC available to channel partners. There are neither FCoE nor iSCSI capabilities on the card; it ships with Ethernet support. From all indications, it's a ServerEngines board with an Emulex logo.
Data Deduplication Update Part One
Now that EMC's acquisition of Data Domain has settled in, it makes sense to take a look at the state of the deduplication market. It seems that much of the controversy in this space has subsided in recent months. Partly because two of the larger competitors now have the same business cards, but also because the systems and technologies are getting better. The discussion is moving beyond how does dedupe work and towards what can these systems really do for you? This is a needed step on the road t
Education Is The Name Of The Game At SNW
Everyone should understand why the educational value of trade shows still makes them an industry necessity even in difficult economic times. The semi-annual Storage Networking World (SNW) conference, held recently in Phoenix, Arizona, serves as an illustration. SNW is a joint venture between Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).
The Truth About The FCC Proposed Rules On Net Neutrality
Ever since the FCC announced their proposed rules on net neutrality, there has been massive misinformation from news outlets, commentators, politicians, and political groups. The proposed rulings repeatedly state that the provisions are subject to network management, don't impede law enforcement or emergency preparedness and don't require providers to allow illegal activity, such as copyright infringement or pirating. Anyone who says differently is either misinformed or lying.
Including Internet Load Balancing And Redundancy In DR Strategies
Town and Country, a Palo Alto-based SMB that has been doing business for over twenty years and provides premier placement services for nannies and home service workers. The company's thirty-five employees screen candidates and place them with clients. Much of this work is conducted by phone. Because telephony and strong network communications are vital, Town and Country wanted to ensure that calls were never dropped and that call quality was consistently high.
Cisco Creates Global Market Opportunity
By entering into the compute business, Cisco immediately alienated its long time OEM and reseller partners (such as HP, IBM, and SUN) that built long and strong relationships with the company. Effectively, systems vendors had to face a hard truth: they had to find alternative providers for products being sourced from Cisco. Why continue to OEM, or resell, products from a competitor's portfolio? The cash flow would only serve to support this new competitor.
Exchange 2010 Changes Storage Demands
Exchange has long been a prima donna when it came to storage. Large monolithic databases requiring high IOPS and clusters that required shared storage made Exchange the first Windows app on most SANs. With Exchange 2010, Microsoft's traded space for IOPS, eliminating single instance storage and log shipping for shared disk for high availability. Time to rethink storage for Exchange.