Expert Analysis
Content posted in October 2009
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IBM Launches Cloud Storage
News  |  10/6/2009  | 
The hardware, software, and services collection enables organizations to build private storage clouds with access to all archived data, even if it's stored on tape.
What Do You Do When the Fire Hits?
Commentary  |  10/6/2009  | 
Go proactive with your eDiscovery purchases. Form interdisciplinary teams, vet eDiscovery vendors, and purchase the optimum tools you need to tame your litigation wildfire.
Brocade Buy Would Heighten HP, Cisco Rivalry
News  |  10/6/2009  | 
The companies are already competing to lure customers with data center systems that incorporate storage, computing, and networking in a single unit.
Citrix's XenDesktop 4 Does It All
News  |  10/6/2009  | 
XenDesktop 4 from Citrix offers a more flexible way to deliver desktop applications to end users. The application streaming product, XenApp, is still available as a standalone product, but all of the XenApp features and functions as also available in XenDesktop 4. Citrix has also extended the HDX technology to XenDesktop offering the best balance of processing power versus performance. Citrix has also simplified XenDesktop pricing, starting at $75 per user and offers a trade-up program for exist
Cloud Storage For IT
Commentary  |  10/6/2009  | 
Citrix Drives Mainstream Adoption Of Desktop Virtualization With XenDesktop 4
News  |  10/6/2009  | 
First and only product to deliver every type of virtual desktop from a single, integrated solution
Global Crossing's Ethernet Portfolio Expands To Include Ethernet Wide Area Network Services Available Globally
News  |  10/6/2009  | 
New services offer unparalleled bandwidth, billing and pricing flexibility
F5 Announces Plans To Unify Access Management For Web Applications
News  |  10/6/2009  | 
Solution will combine F5's BIG-IP system with Oracle Access Manager to enhance single sign-on capabilities and simplify access control
Salesforce.com Tackles the Next Frontier in Contact Center Technologies with Service Cloud 2
News  |  10/6/2009  | 
Five-minute upgrades will set a new standard for enterprise cloud computing, by delivering upgrades while users work. Salesforce.com's Service Cloud 2 and Cisco's Unified Communications combine to deliver a complete contact center in the cloud.
F5 Builds OAM Links Into BIG-IP
News  |  10/6/2009  | 
Application Delivery Network vendor F5 has announced plans to incorporate a front-end proxy for Oracle Access Manager within its BIG-IP family. Designed to replace the existing agent or proxy server requirements of OAM, F5's solution will move the capture of authentication requests to the network edge, while also verifying endpoint security and handling load management. The front-end component of Oracle's web access management tool will be delivered as an optional module for F5's BIG-IP ADN prod
Brocade For Sale: QLogic Should Acquire Extreme Networks
Commentary  |  10/6/2009  | 
If HP acquires Brocade, expect the event to ripple through the industry. Other major server vendors will move to counter Cisco and HP by acquiring a similar array of Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapter and switch technology. In this scenario, QLogic would be at or near the top of the list of acquisition targets, and QLogic shareholder value would soar....if the company has Ethernet switch technology and products to round out its portfolio.
Cisco, Tandberg, And The Future Of Videoconferencing For SMBs
Commentary  |  10/5/2009  | 
Last week's announcement that Cisco was buying videoconferencing heavyweight Tandberg sent shockwaves through the industry. But as the dust clears, observers are starting to figure out what it might mean for the small and midsize companies that actually use the technology -- or might want to if videoconferencing better met their needs. And already smaller competitors are showing that they still have something different and valuable to offer SMBs.
Brocade May Be Up For Sale
News  |  10/5/2009  | 
Potential suitors for the storage-networking vendor include Hewlett-Packard and Oracle, according to reports. Brocade won't comment.
EMC Extends Information Protection Capabilities For VMware Environments
News  |  10/5/2009  | 
EMC Now enables automated failback for all EMC networked storage platforms
DLP Rolling Review: Sophos Endpoint Security
News  |  10/5/2009  | 
As an antivirus engine, Sophos is well known, but we set out to determine the quality of their data loss offerings. Like the other participants in our pool of DLP players, Sophos has made strategic acquisitions in an attempt to round out its range of endpoint security capabilities. It appears as though they are on the right track.
T-Mobile Intros Wi-Fi For Business
News  |  10/5/2009  | 
The fourth-largest carrier is giving corporate BlackBerry users the ability to make calls over standard Wi-Fi networks for a monthly fee.
VMWare Enhances Site Recovery Manager 4
News  |  10/5/2009  | 
One of the key selling points of virtualization, besides consolidating hardware, is more efficient disaster recovery. If your virtual machines are stored on SAN or NAS and the server hardware fails, you can quickly bring up the virtual machines on another server platform in minutes. With virtualization you can recover servers from failed hardware in a data center or you can recover an entire remote data center. When IT can take their recovery times from hours or days to minutes, that is a big be
DataChambers Launches New Backup Service For Small To Midsized Businesses
News  |  10/5/2009  | 
eChambers automates the protection of valuable information
FCoE Isn't Just Another Protocol
Commentary  |  10/5/2009  | 
My esteemed colleague George Crump views FCoE as just another protocol you can run in your data center if you think it fits your needs, as opposed to what he says is the near religious movement that some vendors would lead you to believe it is. As an old network guy, I can't call an application that requires as many changes to the network itself as FCoE does.
VMware Expands Enterprise Class Automated Disaster Recovery Without Cost And Complexity
News  |  10/5/2009  | 
New VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 4 provides better protection of environments with optimized control, expanded storage support and ability to failover multiple sites to one
McAfee Takes Backup To The Cloud
News  |  10/5/2009  | 
McAfee, Inc. has announced the availability of McAfee Online Backup, a new secure online service for consumers that stores and encrypts digital assets such as photos, videos, music, e-mails and other files. U.S. consumers can try McAfee Online Backup today through a free 30-day unlimited upload trial, or purchase an annual subscription for $59.99 online. The service is expected to become available internationally in the fourth quarter of 2009.
AT&T Buys VeriSign Security Consulting Unit
News  |  10/2/2009  | 
The deal could boost AT&T's network-based security offering to enterprise customers.
3Tera Adds IPv6 Support to AppLogic Cloud Computing Platform
News  |  10/2/2009  | 
First support for IPv6 in cloud computing allows users to seamlessly use native IPv6 to connect applications between datacenters
McAfee Launches New, Unlimited Capacity Online Backup Service
News  |  10/2/2009  | 
McAfee Online Backup Safely Stores and Encrypts Files Online in Case of Computer Failure or Data Loss
DLP Rolling Review: TrendMicro Leakproof
News  |  10/2/2009  | 
Trend jumped into the DLP space through its acquisition of Provilla back in October 2007. As was the case with Mcafee and Symantec, Trend followed the crowd and scooped up a content aware security solution in order to fill in some feature gaps in their endpoint product offering. Almost two years later, Trend seems to have fully integrated Provilla's DLP technology into its core offerings.
Mellanox Loses focus
Commentary  |  10/2/2009  | 
Mellanox was once a company with a laser-sharp focus on the HPC market. Innovation in InfiniBand switches and ASICs helped them accelerate to the top of the HPC food chain. Not only did they have great products, but the company managed to execute well and mount strong share gains. Now, Mellanox' focus seems to be shifting away from this area.
WinMagic Partners With Intel On Full-Disk Security
News  |  10/2/2009  | 
WinMagic has announced an agreement with Intel to support Intel Anti-Theft Technology (Intel AT). When combined with WinMagic's SecureDoc full-disk encryption, Intel AT will provide customers with fully-integrated, tamper-resistant data protection and laptop theft deterrence.
IBM Announces New Managed Video Communications Solution
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
New services enable clients to work smarter and save on travel costs
NVIDIA Unveils Next Generation CUDA GPU Architecture - Codenamed 'Fermi'
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
New ground-up design gives rise to the world's first computational GPUs
Broadcom's Intensi-fi Router And Client Reference Designs Selected For The Wi-Fi Certified(Tm) N Test Bed And Among First To Obtain Certification
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
Wi-Fi Certified n helps ensure interoperability as Wi-Fi (R) Proliferates into a Wider Array of Devices
Carrier Ethernet Switch/Router Market Returns To Growth With Strong Showing In Asia, Heavy Reading Reports
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
Huawei, ZTE gain ground as Cisco's market lead continues to decline
Luminex Slims Down Infrastructure With EMC And VMware
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
Saves nearly $100,000 in disk and tape costs in six months; consolidated server and storage environment postpones costly datacenter expansion.
NETGEAR ReadyNAS Brings Virtualization To SMBs
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
Leading SMB storage platform now supports VMware via NFS; channel partners can deliver virtualization to SMBs
The Perfect SAN Array
Commentary  |  10/1/2009  | 
Back when I wrote for PC Magazine, we did an issue once a year on the Perfect PC. It assembled the best features and performance parts from the various systems we'd tested over the past year, and with the help of the art department, we'd combine them into our idea of the perfect PC. Today I'd like to do the same for a SAN array, discussing the specs of the perfect midrange array.
Virtualizing I/O
Commentary  |  10/1/2009  | 
Image Engine Consolidates Data Center, Ramps Up Storage For Performance Improvement
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
Known for its graphics rendering work for the Stargate TV series, The Hulk, Blades of Glory and other video productions, Image Engine pushed storage and processing to the point where a re-assessment of IT architecture was needed--as well as a concerted strategy for reducing equipment footprints in the data center.
DLP Rolling Review: Symantec's DLP-9
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
In the InformationWeek Labs, we take pride in exposing bugs, flaws and security holes in the products we test. Today, we bury our pride and tip our hats toSymantec for bringing to market almost everything we look for in a comprehensive data loss prevention suite via its DLP-9, formerly from Vontu.
Zmanda Spruces Up Cloud Backup With ZCB Update
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
Open source backup vendor Zmanda has rolled out the second generation of their Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB) product. The new version now offers cloud backup of MySQL and SharePoint, along with geography control, selective restore options. Focused on the small to mid-sized business, Zmanda brings a low price point and support for the most common server applications, mitigating some of the barriers of adoption to cloud-based backups.
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