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NTT DoCoMo Plans $3.3 Billion LTE Investment
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
Two-year rollout of 4G technology will start in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, Japan.
UMass Dartmouth Opens the Door to Scientific Discovery With New IBM Technology
UMass Dartmouth Opens the Door to Scientific Discovery With New IBM Technology
Network Computing Videos  |  10/29/2010  | 
UMass Dartmouth Physics department completed research proving POWER7 is 5x-8x faster than Intel Xeon. Calculations that used to take a month to run now take less than a week.
Gale Tweaks Automated Resource Provisioning Tools
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
According to a new IDC whitepaper sponsored by EMC, cloud computing and virtualization changes the risk profile of information assets. The on-demand, automated resource provisioning, and highly abstracted relationships that are inherent to cloud computing present technical challenges that must be addressed. Looking to address these challenges, Gale Technologies is upgrading its GaleForce and Lab Manager resource provisioning solutions for physical and cloud infrastructures. The toolmaker says th
YouTube Founder Resigns From Operations Role
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
Chad Hurley will move into an advisory position for the video-sharing site.
Carlyle Bids $6.5 Billion For Telecoms
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
Acquisition of CommScope and Synerverse would give the private equity firm a foothold in 4G wireless.
Now We Know What Dell Will Do
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
Back on September 29th, Dell announced new capabilities and services to its Virtual Integrated System (VIS) architecture. A few days before VMworld I met with senior Dell representatives in San Francisco where they explained VIS and how well the overall architecture and combined Dell services have enabled their customers to heavily leverage virtual technologies. Dell customer Black Board attended this meeting providing testimonial on the implementation of the VIS architecture and that they are
IBM's DS8800: Latest Flagship Enterprise-class Disk System DS8800
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
The last blog covered the new Storwize V7000 midrange storage system. This blog covers the enterprise-class disk system announcement that IBM made at its recent New York City storage announcements, the DS8800. The new system introduced at the New York City event represents the 4th generation in IBM's DS8000 enterprise disk platform which began in 2004. Now while their sheer size makes disk enterprise disk systems appear visually and viscerally as hardware devices, they are actually tightly integ
Open Data Center Alliance Wants You
News  |  10/29/2010  | 
The Open Data Center Alliance, a group of CIOs from more than 70 mega-corporations that spend more than $50 billion annually on IT, is seeking to become "a leading voice of the IT community" and help "set the direction for how emerging technologies are developed and implemented in the future," says Marvin Wheeler, chief strategy officer, Terremark, and ODCA chairman and secretary. He is part of the alliance's steering committee, whose members include representatives from BMW, Deutsche Bank, JPMo
11 Epic Technology Disasters
Slideshows  |  10/28/2010  | 
Nature and politics kill far more people than technological accidents but failures of machines still take a toll on both a personal and social level. Separating machine failures and negligent maintenance from unforeseeable circumstances isn't easy and no doubt there are some accidents worthy of mention that we've missed. In any event, these are the eleven worst tech-related disasters where mechanical or engineering failure played a significant role. And by "worst," we're considering death toll b
Verizon Paying FCC $25M To Settle 'Mystery Fees'
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
FCC's Genachowski says agency will oversee Verizon as it refunds overcharged phone customers at least $52.8 million.
Iron Mountain Add E-Discovery
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
Iron Mountain Inc. has incorporated new electronic discovery features such as content archiving, legal discovery, and data classification and consulting into Enterprise Discovery Suite. The new features includes data archiving from Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, file systems, and third-party repositories to enable retention policies and legal holds, policy-based search to identify potentially relevant data from endpoint laptops and PCs, early case assessment to develop case strategy and reduce
China Claims World's Fastest Supercomputer
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
The Tianhe-1A hits 2.507 petaflops, surpassing the Cray XT5 Jaguar of the U.S., but the official word will come from International Supercomputing Conference in Germany.
HDS Puts More Skin In Cloud Storage Game
News  |  10/28/2010  | 
Hitachi Data Systems Corporation is extending its cloud reach with enhancements to its object storage solution -- Hitachi Content Platform -- and the introduction of an on-premises intelligent storage cache for distributed sites -- Hitachi Data Ingestor. HCP v4 adds simplified and automated replication, more granular multitenancy and chargeback capabilities, while HDI is being called the new "on ramp" to HCP, a way to simplify cloud adoption by providing standard file serving access - NFS or CI
Schwartz On Security: Zombie Internet 'Kill Switch'
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Surgically disabling crucial parts of the Internet is folly, our columnist argues, no matter the powers supposedly bestowed by legislators.
Microsoft, Yahoo Combine Paid Search
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
Bing and Yahoo paid search listings will now use the same platform, Microsoft's adCenter, allowing advertisers to reach almost a third of U.S. and Canadian Internet.
SAP Bullish Despite Q3 Shortfall
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Google Chrome 7 Is Just A Tune-Up
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
HP Introduces Slate 500 Tablet
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Interop Special Report
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
ForeScout Offers Defense Against Unknown Device Sprawl
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Like the rest of us in IT, ForeScout has watched the reign of the wired Ethernet host morph into a wireless-heavy landscape. Networks that were once tightly controlled in both reach and device count are becoming the minority as more environments realize that they have little choice but to accomodate the rush of wireless devices that departments and individuals expect to be able to leverage on the Enterprise WLAN. As an out-of-band Network Access Control solution, ForeScout seeks to be the gateke
Coradiant, Correlsense, AppDynamics, Nastel and dynaTrace: Better Together
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
Several vendors - Coradiant, Correlsense, AppDynamics, Nastel and dynaTrace - have teamed up to provide customers with best-of-breed, end-to-end application performance management (APM) solutions. The partnership centers on open application programming interfaces (APIs) they've used to create modules that provide turnkey integration between the vendors' products.
Overland Snapsan SAN Adds Modularity
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
Overland Storage introduced a new, modular addition to its storage area network (SAN) product line that allows the IT to pick and choose the features and specifications they want. The SnapSAN S1000 is a 2U 12-drive storage array that can be customized with single or dual 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) or 10 GbE controllers featuring either iSCSI, Fibre Channel (FC) or SAS connectivity, as well as other options.
Encrypt SAN Data At The Host? Emulex Says Yes
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Whether it's fear of losing valuable or embarrassing data or just playing it safe, the security folks in your organization are probably encouraging you to encrypt as much of your data as possible both in flight and at rest. Emulex's newest encrypting Fibre Channel HBAs (Host Bus Adapters) adds another arrow to storage admin's quiver for encrypting your data and tracking the all important keys.
Exagrid DeltaZone: Deduplication Without Compromise
News  |  10/27/2010  | 
Block or byte? For the longest time, that was the question for technologists in the hunt for a deduplication system had to ask. They had to decide between a more efficient, but highly customized solutions using generic byte-based deduplication or whether they could work with less efficient, but easier to deploy solution content-aware block-based deduplication.
Blue Coat Boosts Video Performance
News  |  10/26/2010  | 
Blue Coat has announced optimized video delivery for its Blue Coat ProxySG WAN optimizer. Blue Coat Optimized Video Delivery aims to improve the delivery of stored or streaming video by eliminating redundancies caused when individuals request the same video. Video usage has been steadily growing on the Internet. Telegeography, for example, estimates that streaming media now accounts for 18 percent of worldwide Internet traffic. Overall, video comprises 52 percent of worldwide Internet traffic.
T-Mobile Launching Tethering Plan
News  |  10/26/2010  | 
For an extra $14.99 per month, customers will be able to share their Internet connection with a 3G or HSPA+ device.
Force10 Targets Data Center Efficiency With Network Automation
News  |  10/26/2010  | 
Management and architectural tools will support Oracle VM server for virtualization in Linux environments.
Gladinet Adds Support For Openstack, Rackspace Cloud Files And Caringo Castor In Version 2.4
News  |  10/26/2010  | 
With continued focus on its role as an industry-leading, cloud storage access enabler, Gladinet has released Cloud Access Suite v2.4, which includes Cloud Desktop, CloudAFS, Cloud Backup and Cloud Space. The update adds Rackspace Cloud Files, OpenStack and Caringo CAStor to the long list of supported cloud storage services.
The Opennebula Project Releases Version 2.0 Of Its Open Source Toolkit For Cloud Computing
News  |  10/26/2010  | 
The OpenNebula Project announced today a major new release of its OpenNebula Toolkit, a fully open source cloud computing tool for managing a data center's virtual infrastructure. The toolkit includes features for integration, management, scalability, security and accounting that many enterprise IT shops need for private and hybrid cloud adoption. This newest release also emphasizes standardization, interoperability and portability, providing cloud users and administrators with a choice of sever
Force10 Networks Announces Support For Oracle Vm And Oracle Linux For Its Virtualization Solutions
News  |  10/26/2010  | 
Force10 Networks, Inc., a global technology leader that data center, service provider and enterprise customers rely on when the network is their business, today announced plans to build network automation solutions that support Oracle VM server for x86 virtualization software and Oracle Linux. Force10 will help ensure interoperability and complementary virtualization of network resources as they develop virtualization solutions based on their Open Automation Framework while utilizing the functio
Webroot Enhances Reporting
News  |  10/26/2010  | 
Webroot has announced a new version of its Webroot Web Security Service that is focused on reporting Web activity providing interactive reports on bandwidth trends and employee attempts to gain access to blocked websites. The service also includes a new reporting structure with improved access to data. Other new features include improved cloud-based access to scanning, providing weekly and monthly tests for more than 400 common vulnerabilities, particularly those on Microsoft Windows-based compu
Cleversafe Enhances Storage Service; Wins CIA Funding
News  |  10/26/2010  | 
Cleversafe announced a new version of its Cleversafe cloud storage platform with three key improvements in thin provisioning, secure transport, and disk balancing. Cleversafe Monday announced a strategic investment and development agreement with In-Q-Tel, a private, not-for-profit company launched by the Central Intelligence Agency in 1999 to identify and develop cutting-edge technology used for intelligence purposes.
Emulex FC Host Bus Adapter Encrypts Network Storage
News  |  10/26/2010  | 
Emulex is introducing a new data encryption appliance and software solution Tuesday that emphasizes host-based encryption, which it claims is simpler and less expensive to use than encryption on disks, in databases or elsewhere on the network. The offering includes the OneSecure host-bus adapter (HBA) hardware, the OneCommand Guardian software for encryption and the OneCommand Key Manager for securing the keys that decrypt sensitive data.
Why Cloud Security Worries Are Overblown
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
Oracle's Larry Ellison can question the security of today's multi-tenant applications, but there's no denying that it's the wave of the future and it's only going to get stronger.
Releasing Firesheep: Right Intention, Wrong Action
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
Eric Butler released Firesheep, a Firefox extension that makes stealing others' Web sessions trivial. Firesheep steals the cookies associated with a user session and then uses the cookie to let you, the attacker, start a new HTTP session impersonating the victim. It's trivial. All you need is to be able to sniff the traffic over the air or off the wire. I spent all of 3 minutes downloading and installing Firesheep before I hijacked my wife's Facebook session. It also works on other common socia
Greenplum: EMC's Latest Plum?
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
In late July, EMC announced the acquisition of Greenplum, the company's entry into the data warehousing and analytics market. Greenplum uses a massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture and Scatter/Gather Streaming technologies to help computing keep up with ever larger data flows.
Apple 'iDataCenter' Ready To Open
News  |  10/25/2010  | 
A new $1 billion data center in North Carolina may be the precursor to future iTunes streaming services.
Businesses Hazy On Security Of Cloud Applications
News  |  10/25/2010  | 
Nearly two-thirds of organizations don't have a complete picture of what resources their employees are accessing, finds a Courion survey.
OpenStack Is Now Open For Windows Server
News  |  10/25/2010  | 
Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has partnered with Cloud.com to provide integration and support of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V to the OpenStack project, an open source cloud computing platform. The addition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V provides organizations and service providers running a mix of Microsoft and non-Microsoft infrastructure with greater flexibility when using OpenStack.
Checkpoint's Mobile Access Blade: VPN For iPad And iPhone
News  |  10/25/2010  | 
Check Point Software Technologies is entering the device access control market with their Mobile Access Software Blade. The new blade provides secure SSL VPN connectivity and certificate-based two-factor authentication to a mobile device-specific portal to email and other business applications -- CRM, Share Point, inventory tracking, purchasing systems, corporate intranet, etc. Mobile Access Software initially supports Apple's iPhone and iPad, and other device support is forth coming.
Shortel Gets Enterprise Mobility Platform With Agito Buy
News  |  10/22/2010  | 
BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia Symbian and Windows Mobile phones are interoperable with Agito's platform, which enables users to communicate on any device at any location over any network.
Data Center Top Of Mind At Interop 2010
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
Our intrepid Syracuse graduates students Harshit Kapoor, Anirudh Nagesh, Shruti Worlikar, Lingwen Zzhang returned with more reports from Interop. Cloud computing and data center are top of mind for organizations and there was no shortage sessions dedicated to dusting out the corners. But let's not forget that there is more to IT than the data center. Mobile applications are becoming key IT innovations.
Kubisys Takes Snapshots Of Production Environments For Testing
Kubisys Takes Snapshots Of Production Environments For Testing
Network Computing Videos  |  10/22/2010  | 
At Interop NYC 2010, Kubisys shows InformationWeek TV how to use its appliance to take a snapshot of a entire production environment, and then to do regression testing of patches and upgrades against that (instead of the production setup).
Kubisys Takes Snapshots Of Production Environments For Testing
Kubisys Takes Snapshots Of Production Environments For Testing
Network Computing Videos  |  10/22/2010  | 
At Interop NYC 2010, Kubisys shows InformationWeek TV how to use its appliance to take a snapshot of a entire production environment, and then to do regression testing of patches and upgrades against that (instead of the production setup).
Interop Tchotchke Report: Attendee Scores A Bag Of Schwag
Interop Tchotchke Report: Attendee Scores A Bag Of Schwag
Network Computing Videos  |  10/22/2010  | 
At Interop NYC 2010, InformationWeek's Fritz Nelson finds an attendee roaming the floor with a bag so full of schwag that would make most professioanl trick-or-treaters jealous.
Virtualization Moving From Data Center To Desktop
News  |  10/22/2010  | 
Virtualization has sparked a paradigm shift in the IT industry. Because this computing technique enables companies to more effectively maximize use of their hardware, many corporations who have virtualized their servers are starting to think about applying that same principle to their desktops.
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