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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.
Napatech's Line-Speed Ethernet Accelerators Target Appliance OEMs
Napatech's Line-Speed Ethernet Accelerators Target Appliance OEMs
Network Computing Videos  |  10/22/2010  | 
At Interop NYC 2010, InformationWeek TV gets a look at Napatech's line speed "accelerated" Ethernet adapters. Using acceleration firmware, the adapters do the heavy lifting of transmission and capture so a system's CPUs don't have to break a sweat.
Cloud Security To Reap $1.5 Billion By 2015
News  |  10/22/2010  | 
Market demand for secure clouds is expanding aside IT's overall shift into off-premises models, says Forrester.
Napatech’s Line-Speed Ethernet Accelerators Target Appliance OEMs
Napatech’s Line-Speed Ethernet Accelerators Target Appliance OEMs
Network Computing Videos  |  10/22/2010  | 
At Interop NYC 2010, InformationWeek TV gets a look at Napatech's line speed "accelerated" Ethernet adapters. Using acceleration firmware, the adapters do the heavy lifting of transmission and capture so a system's CPUs don't have to break a sweat.
Citrix Delivers Virtual Desktops And Apps To iPad And Other Mobile Devices
Citrix Delivers Virtual Desktops And Apps To iPad And Other Mobile Devices
Network Computing Videos  |  10/22/2010  | 
At Interop NYC 2010, InformationWeek TV gets a demonstration of how now, in addition to delivering virtualized desktops and Windows apps to PCs and Macs, Citrix can also deliver them to mobile devices including iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.
NTRglobal: Manage Mobile & Desktop Apps From The Cloud
NTRglobal: Manage Mobile & Desktop Apps From The Cloud
Network Computing Videos  |  10/22/2010  | 
As more software is offered as a cloud service, many CIOs are reluctant to move precious data and key apps to the cloud. But some important, but less strategic items make sense. NTRglobal puts asset and event management in its hosted service.
Arbor Networks' Peakflow Adds Mitigation And Geography-Based Detection
News  |  10/22/2010  | 
Arbor Networks' latest release of its flagship PeakFlow SP DDoS detection and mitigation and network management product offers geo-political IP alerting on traffic spikes from suspect countries and IPv6 BGP support for greater visibility into traffic flows. With Peakflow SP 5.5, Arbor is also offering a stand-alone version of its Threat Management System appliance, allowing carriers and enterprises to rapidly deploy DDoS mitigation in the face of attacks.
Amazon To Offer Free Cloud Services
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
A "micro" Linux server in the Elastic Compute Cloud will be free for a year as an inducement for prospects to try their first cloud experience.
Google Plans Ultrafast Broadband At Stanford
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
Several hundred homes belonging to Stanford faculty and staff will soon see Internet speeds that are 100 times faster than typical broadband speeds.
The Storage World Goes Xeon
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
Just a few years ago there was a clear division between storage products, like Windows Storage Server based NAS appliances, which were based on industry standard server platforms, and what the steely-eyed storage admin considered real hardware. Real hardware used custom ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuit), RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) processor and protocol offloads and other proprietary hardware to deliver at least midrange performance and reliability. Today the trend i
Maestro 3 Heterogeneously Choreographs, Automates App Dev Lifecycle
Maestro 3 Heterogeneously Choreographs, Automates App Dev Lifecycle
Network Computing Videos  |  10/21/2010  | 
At Interop NYC, Maestro Dev showcased its latest Maestro 3 app dev choreography environment -- a cloud-based solution that stitches together the discreet steps (build, test, deploy, etc.) of application development, using existing tools for each step
What I Learned At Interop
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
Network Computing has had a long and fruitful relationship with Syracuse University. Dave Molta, who was at various times my professor, colleague and boss, brought Network Computing to the university about 15 years ago. We still have close ties. I teach a graduate course in network security, and we provide opportunities to graduate students to come to Interop and immerse themselves in the state of our industry. This year, Harshit Kapoor, a grad student in the Telecommunications and Network Manag
WildPackets: 10Gig-Ready Packet Capture
WildPackets: 10Gig-Ready Packet Capture
Network Computing Videos  |  10/21/2010  | 
WildPackets brand new packet capture system at 11.6 Gbps will make your enterprise 10 Gig-ready. Of course, this doesn't come cheap.
Brocade's New 10Gb Switch And CNA For IBM BladeCenter
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
Brocade has announced that it is the first vendor to release an embedded 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch module and Converged Network Adapter (CNA) for IBM BladeCenter server environments. Customer benefits include a reduction of 50 percent switches and adapters while preserving RAS features and 50 percent fewer managed nodes (switches and adapters). There are also 50 percent fewer cables, lower power and cooling costs, and ten times the performance and lossless converged networks. It is 100 pe
Quest Manages Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device To Any Virtual Desktop
Quest Manages Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device To Any Virtual Desktop
Network Computing Videos  |  10/21/2010  | 
From the show floor at Interop 2010 in NYC, InformationWeek TV gets a demonstration of Quest Software's vWorkspace virtual desktop and application management solution.
WildPackets: 10Gig-Ready Packet Capture
WildPackets: 10Gig-Ready Packet Capture
Network Computing Videos  |  10/21/2010  | 
WildPackets brand new packet capture system at 11.6 Gbps will make your enterprise 10 Gig-ready. Of course, this doesn't come cheap.
HP Starts New Certification Programs For Multi-Vendor Environments
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
HP said Wednesday that it's revamping its certification programs to reflect the reality that most data centers are heterogeneous environments with multiple brands of equipment in them. It also plans to create a converged infrastructure certification program to train people how to operate the overall data center, not just siloed training in servers, storage, software or networking.
Quest Software Launches Integrated Network and Application Performance Management At Interop 2010
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
Quest Software, Inc. is showcasing its network and application management expertise at Interop New York 2010, Oct. 18-22, at the Javits Convention Center. At booth 236, Foglight Network Management System (NMS) is demonstrating comprehensive standalone network management capabilities, as well as integration with Foglight, the industry-leading application performance monitoring solution. This pairing provides IT Operations teams a robust offering that not only lowers the cost of end use, but also
HP Completes Tender Offer For ArcSight, Inc.
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
HP today announced that it has completed its tender offer for ArcSight, Inc. that was commenced on September 22, 2010 at a price of $43.50 per share in cash.
Xirrus Delivers Superior Performance Using 75 Percent Fewer Devices Compared To Leading Wi-Fi Competitor
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
Xirrus, the only Wi-Fi Power Play in the industry, today announced that its XN series of Wi-Fi Arrays provided superior performance compared with Cisco's latest Wi-Fi solution based on tests conducted in association with The Tolly Group, a provider of third party validation of IT products and services. Among the results were demonstrated advantages in user density, data capacity, voice capacity, roaming, and coverage. The results were accomplished using 75 percent fewer devices in the Xirrus sol
GigaSpaces Integrates With Citrix OpenCloud Platform To Ease Creation Of Elastic Data Center Environments
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
GigaSpaces, a leading provider of a new generation of application platforms for Java and .Net environments, has partnered with Citrix to provide an open and elastic cloud-enabled platform. Integrating GigaSpaces eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) with Citrix OpenCloud virtualization and networking infrastructure provides enterprise IT a fully integrated, optimized and elastic application platform. The joint solution provides an "evolutionary" path to "revolutionary" IT solutions without incurrin
Palo Alto Application Usage And Risk Report Suggests Policy On Acceptable Use
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
In its latest edition of the Application Usage and Risk Report, Palo Alto Networks, the network security company, draws attention to several realities that typically fall outside of the approved enterprise communications mechanisms. These applications can enhance business responsiveness and performance - but, conversely - introduce inbound risks such as malware and vulnerability exploits, and outbound risks such as data loss and inadvertent sharing of private or proprietary data. The report adv
What's Right And Wrong About IOV On The Motherboard
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
Two months ago we were talking about when IOV would make it to the motherboard. Representatives from Xsigo played down the whole concept, arguing it was still premature . Perhaps they were right, or perhaps it was just misdirection on the part of Jon Toor, vice president of marketing at Xsigo, because buried in the details of HP's new server introduction, the SL6500 was IOV on the motherboard. The back and forth illustrates what's right and wrong in today's IOV world.
IBM Offers Cloud Security Planning And Assessment Services
News  |  10/21/2010  | 
IBM is augmenting its cloud security offerings with three new professional services to help enterprises plan for and implement appropriate security policies, processes and controls in migrating to the cloud. These include Security Strategy Roadmap for organizations planning to purchase or provide cloud services, Security Assessment for existing and/or planned cloud initiatives, and Application Security Services to determine appropriate controls to secure business applications and the sensitive d
BelAir Makes Wireless Worlds Collide
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
What do you do if you're a mobile carrier and hundreds of users swamp your carefully designed cell at Times Square? If you're AT&T, you cozy up to BelAir Networks and let them solve your problem, with a methodology that is currying increasing favor as the number of smart-phone equipped mobile users continues to explode.
Vu Introduces Telepresence System For Remote Offices, SMBs
News  |  10/20/2010  | 
Vu TelePresence Pro and Premier provide video and audio connections for up to five locations and can functions with as little as 700 to 800kbps upstream speed, according to the vendor.
Alertsite Adds Mobile Performance To Its Web App Benchmarking Suite
Alertsite Adds Mobile Performance To Its Web App Benchmarking Suite
Network Computing Videos  |  10/20/2010  | 
Alertsite was at Interop 2010 NYC and gave InformationWeekTV a demo of how its ability to test Web application performance from anywhere in the world can now be used to test the performance of the mobile end-user's experience.
Alertsite Adds Mobile Performance To Its Web App Benchmarking Suite
Alertsite Adds Mobile Performance To Its Web App Benchmarking Suite
Network Computing Videos  |  10/20/2010  | 
Alertsite was at Interop 2010 NYC and gave InformationWeekTV a demo of how its ability to test Web application performance from anywhere in the world can now be used to test the performance of the mobile end-user's experience.
Logitech Videoconferencing System Scales To Contain Costs
News  |  10/20/2010  | 
LifeSize Bridge offers 16-port building block so users can choose a bridge at a time and avoid a large upfront investment.
LifeSize: Less Expensive, High Quality Telepresence
LifeSize: Less Expensive, High Quality Telepresence
Network Computing Videos  |  10/20/2010  | 
LifeSize introduced several enhancements to its telepresence solutions, including a 10x high def camera for its room-based systems, an executive solution in partnership with LG, and new MCUs for high-def multipoint video.
Net Optics Director Helps Conquer Spans Inadequacies
Net Optics Director Helps Conquer Spans Inadequacies
Network Computing Videos  |  10/20/2010  | 
There are lots of problems with using Spans ports, and usage is starting to decline, especially because they can introduce errors. Net Optics Director provides a better return on investement because it can isolate key traffic.
LifeSize: Less Expensive, High Quality Telepresence
LifeSize: Less Expensive, High Quality Telepresence
Network Computing Videos  |  10/20/2010  | 
LifeSize introduced several enhancements to its telepresence solutions, including a 10x high def camera for its room-based systems, an executive solution in partnership with LG, and new MCUs for high-def multipoint video.
Logitech's LifeSize Taps Into Growing HD Videoconferencing Demand
News  |  10/20/2010  | 
LifeSize, a division of Logitech, is unveiling a 16-port bridge that makes high-definition videoconferencing significantly more affordable than ever before. At $4,062 per port, less than a third the price of the competition, LifeSize Bridge 2200 deploys easily and scales across existing resources, geographies and standards-based video conferencing offerings. It supports any codec, speed, resolution, layout or port without losing capacity or HD video quality.
Net Optics Director Helps Conquer Spans Inadequacies
Net Optics Director Helps Conquer Spans Inadequacies
Network Computing Videos  |  10/20/2010  | 
There are lots of problems with using Spans ports, and usage is starting to decline, especially because they can introduce errors. Net Optics Director provides a better return on investement because it can isolate key traffic.
Storwize V7000 IBM's Brand New Midrange Storage Array
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
IBM recently held a fall storage event for press and analysts at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Although a number of updates were discussed, the focus of the event was around the two biggest announcements: the introduction of a new midrange storage product, the IBM Storwize V7000, and the latest model in IBM's enterprise-class disk storage systems, the DS8800. This blog will cover the Storwize V7000.
LogRhythm Claims Broadest Support For Log Management & SIEM Virtualization
News  |  10/20/2010  | 
Boulder, Colorado-based LogRhythm is jumping on the virtualization bandwagon with what it calls the most deployment options for enterprises, managed security services providers (MSSPs) and cloud service providers. The developer of log and security event management, file integrity monitoring and network and user monitoring in an integrated solution is announcing support for the three leading virtualization platforms: VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. LogRhythm says that by suppo
Lancope Flowsensor 250 Monitors Remote Offices
News  |  10/20/2010  | 
Lancope is introducing a new Stealthwatch appliance specifically sized and priced for branch offices. The StealthWatch FlowSensor 250 provides NetFlow capabilities for traffic monitoring on smaller networks that may not be large enough to have the NetFlow feature in their routers or switches. The target markets for the FlowSensor 250 are health care institutions, government agencies or retailers that have scores of clinics, offices or stores for which they need network visibility, but the NetFlo
Faster Fibre Channel, Slower Adoption
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
Then there's the pressure from the various 10Gbps Ethernet storage technologies. Smaller organizations that may have implemented Fibre Channel in the past can use NFS or iSCSI over 10Gbps Ethernet while large enterprises can use FCoE and retain the Fibre Channel management tools they've been using. These factors, along with server virtualization, will reduce Fibre Channel port sales, leaving a smaller number of ports across which FC vendors must amortize their development costs.
Verizon Wireless To Announce Tiered Data Plan
News  |  10/19/2010  | 
AT&T introduced a two-tier pricing structure for smartphones, including Apple's iPhone, four months ago and now Verizon is reported to be prepping a $15 per month plan with 150 MB of data.
EMC Profits, Revenue Soar On Cloud Computing
News  |  10/19/2010  | 
The storage giant set earnings records in its third quarter and raised its projections for the full year.
Cisco Outs The 'Workerless' Office
News  |  10/19/2010  | 
Forget about the future of the paperless office; according to a new survey from Cisco, we need to focus more on the future of the 'workerless office'. The survey of 2,600 IT and non-IT staff in 13 countries, called The Cisco Connected World Report, found that 60 percent of workers believe it is not necessary to be the office to be productive. The same percentage of respondents also claimed they would choose jobs that were lower-paying but had leniency in accessing information outside of the offi
xG Technology Trials Cognitive Radio At Fort Bliss
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
Tactical communications often benefit from thinking outside of the box. Whether dealing with civil emergency, act of God, or the fluidity of a combat environment, what we consider normal for voice and data unfortunately often fails when we most need it. xG Technology has recently teamed with the US Army to demonstrate an interesting communications alternative in the form of it's xMax Cognitive Cellular Network solution.
Broadband Over Power Line Gets Surge From Standard
News  |  10/18/2010  | 
Apps could open up in smart energy, transportation and LANs after IEEE ratifies 1901 for data rates exceeding 500 Mbps.
Ruckus Intros Wi-Fi System To Ease Wireless Traffic
News  |  10/18/2010  | 
The end-to-end 802.11n product allows carriers to offload data from clogged cellular networks and keep up with the exploding demand for mobile data.
HSPA, LTE Spur Backhaul Boom
News  |  10/18/2010  | 
Sales of Ethernet infrastructure equipment jumped 36% to $4.8 billion in 2009, forecast to hit $8.2 billion by 2014, as carriers rush to deploy advanced mobile networks.
Venafi Survey: Seventy-Eight Percent Of Organizations Experienced Downtime Due To Mismanaged Encryption
News  |  10/18/2010  | 
Venafi, Inc., the leading provider of automated encryption management solutions including SSL certificate management and enterprise key management recently hosted a live webinar entitled "Security and Availability: SSL Certificate and Key Management," with record registrations and attendance. Venafi invited the 150-plus registrants from the world's largest companies to weigh in on the market problem of downtime caused by increasing encryption deployments, coupled with an acute lack of enterprise
Level 3's New Converged Business Network Simplifies Telecommunications Services For Enterprises
News  |  10/18/2010  | 
Level 3 Communications, Inc. today announced the introduction of its Converged Business Network service, offering its enterprise customers a comprehensive solution to handle all their voice, Internet and data networking needs through one carrier, one circuit and with one bill. The new converged service offers simplified and economical bundles, enabling more efficient management of telecommunications services.
NetLogic Microsystems Expands IPv6 Processing Portfolio
News  |  10/18/2010  | 
NetLogic Microsystems, Inc., a worldwide leader in high-performance intelligent semiconductor solutions for next-generation Internet networks, today announced the availability of its innovative NL10k knowledge-based processors, which are designed in the advanced 40nm process node, to further expand the IPv6 processing portfolio for next-generation switches and routers. The NL10k knowledge-based processors deliver 1.6 billion decisions per second (BDPS) of IPv6 processing while maintaining compat
Qualys Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Service
News  |  10/18/2010  | 
Qualys is now providing two-factor authentication technology to its vulnerability management service customers for free. The software-as-a-service offering is Symantec's VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) Authentication Service. Symantec completed its acquisition of VeriSign in August. The VIP Authentication Service is software that is installed on a device, such as a desktop or laptop computer or a smartphone. The user enters a username and password, after which the software generates a six-dig
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