Expert Analysis
Content posted in October 2010
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Skype Names Cisco Exec CEO
News  |  10/4/2010  | 
Tony Bates, a Cisco senior vice president who has been with the company almost 15 years, will take the helm of the Internet-based video and telephone service as it prepares for an IPO.
Samsung Demos 330 Mbps WiMax 2 Mobile Broadband
News  |  10/4/2010  | 
Commercial products for the backward-compatible 4G wireless technology are expected by the end of 2011.
You Can Eliminate Backups
Commentary  |  10/4/2010  | 
One of the questions in backup circles lately asks if the entire backup process can be eliminated now that most storage systems have some combination of snapshots, deduplication, compression and replication? The idea sounds good. Let primary storage take care of itself and eliminate one of the more troublesome processes in the data center, but there are some holes in the strategy. The question is, can primary storage accomplish everything we expect from a backup target?
Verizon PCI Report: Compliance Weakest Where Continuous Effort Is Required
News  |  10/4/2010  | 
According to the Verizon 2010 Payment Card Industry Compliance Report, organizations are generally doing a good job meeting most PCI DSS requirements but struggle when they have to engage in continuous security activity, such daily monitoring of logs, according the business analysis of its PCI assessment clients. In addition, Verizon found that organizations that had suffered data breaches of cardholder information performed dismally in terms of compliance with most PCI requirements.
Kemp Tackles SMB Server Failures, Outages
News  |  10/4/2010  | 
Kemp Technologies is releasing two appliances - LoadMaster DR (disaster recovery) and Virtual LoadMaster - to address server failures and outages in small and medium-sized businesses. The physical (LM-DR) and virtual (VLM-DR) appliances can divert Web and application traffic from one data center to another in the event of an outage to ensure business continuity to organizations of all sizes.
Brocade Achieves Major Milestone With Server Qualification Of 10 Gigabit Ethernet CNAs And Fibre Channel HBAs
News  |  10/4/2010  | 
Brocade today announced that the best-in-class Brocade 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) dual-port Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) and its 8Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) have been successfully qualified and are available from Dell, offering significant performance, virtualization, management and pricing advantages over competing products.
Broadcom Delivers Industry's Broadest Portfolio of Energy Efficient Ethernet Silicon Solutions
News  |  10/4/2010  | 
Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that it has the industry's broadest portfolio of available silicon solutions supporting the newly ratified IEEE Std. 802.3az-2010 Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) standard.
FireID Extends Google Two-Factor Authentication
News  |  10/4/2010  | 
FireID has seamlessly integrated support for Google's recently released two-factor authentication offering into the FireID mobile security solution - extending the Google offering to a broader range of mobile platforms, The FireID solution means that businesses can have the functionality of Google's two-factor security on a wide variety of phones and platforms beyond the BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android devices supported by Google, a capability that affords the enterprise low long-term costs arou
Damaka Unveils Volga Live Streaming Video To And From Any Device On Any Network
News  |  10/4/2010  | 
Damaka, a technology pioneer in Mobile Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC), today introduced Volga, the first scalable solution to stream video from any smartphone to any smartphone or browser, over any network, including WiFi, 3G and 4G (WiMAX, LTE).
The Skype-Avaya Matchup May Transform The Call Center
Commentary  |  10/4/2010  | 
Avaya and Skype have announced a joint integration that makes Skype services available on a variety of Avaya platforms. Under the terms of the relationship, Avaya customers in the US will be able to make global calls via Skype right from their Avaya communications system. This is good news for enterprises today because the partnership can help them cut costs. In the long term, it may be even better news for contact centers because it will provide greater opportunity for businesses to connect wi
Verizon Report Finds Link Between Data Breaches And Failure To Comply with PCI Standards
News  |  10/4/2010  | 
While credit card data breaches remain all too common, a new report from Verizon Business shows that following industry security standards can dramatically reduce such incidents. In a first-of-its-kind "Verizon Payment Card Industry Compliance Report," the company examines the state of compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which was created in 2006 to protect cardholder data and reduce credit card fraud. Company investigators found that breached organizatio
CEATEC 2010 HLDS to Launch World's First SSD Embedded Optical Disc Drive 2nd Generation, 'Hybrid Drive'
News  |  10/4/2010  | 
Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. (HLDS), a global leader and technology innovator in optical disc storage(ODD) revealed to introduce SAT 6.0Gbps based 2nd Generation, 'Hybrid Drive,' as a successive product to ODD Hybrid Drive 1st Generation introduced in Taiwan last June which was loaded with SSD(Solid State Drive) for the first time in the world, at CEATEC 2010 held in Makuhari Messe, Japan, from October 5 to 9.
HP Taps Ex-SAP Head Leo Apotheker As New CEO
News  |  10/1/2010  | 
Following nearly two months of intense speculation since the sudden resignation of Mark Hurd, HP late Thursday announced the selection of former SAP head Leo Apotheker as its new CEO and president. Apotheker himself is no stranger to sudden changes in the executive suite, having himself unexpectedly resigned as CEO of SAP in February. HP characterized Apotheker's 20 years at SAP as positioning him ideally for the HP gig.
NitroSecurity Intros Security Monitoring For Critical Infrastructure
News  |  10/1/2010  | 
In the wake of Stuxnet, tool adds control system data to real-time security information and event monitoring.
Earthlink To Acquire DeltaCom For $516 Million
News  |  10/1/2010  | 
Purchase of fiber optic network provider expected to boost Earthlink's Internet-based products, decrease ISP cost structure.
Egnyte Hybrid Storage Bridges Local And Cloud Storage
News  |  10/1/2010  | 
Egnyte Inc. has integrated their Hybrid Storage cloud file server service with Google Docs. Users can edit Google Docs documents online from within the Egnyte Cloud File Server and external partners will have access to documents using Google Docs. In addition, Egnyte's users can edit the documents from within the cloud rather than having to download the document, make changes to it and then upload it. Egnyte also integrated its Cloud File Server with File Transfer Protocol, which the company say
A New SAN Improves Application Performance And Saves Paydays
News  |  10/1/2010  | 
Imagine gathering all your employees together at 5:00 p.m. on payday to tell them their checks haven't arrived. After applying bandages to your wounds, imagine the phone call you'd make to the payroll processor who blew the delivery. Jack Rahner has never sat on the receiving end of such a call, and never intends to. But AlphaStaff, where Rahner is VP of IT operations, runs a legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, and sometimes latency in the system has meant the human resources outso
Can Backups Be Eliminated?
Commentary  |  10/1/2010  | 
There seems to be much discussion around backups lately. One of the big issues is if legacy backup platforms stand a chance against new dedicated server virtualization solutions, but what I'd like to discuss in this blog is if the entire backup process itself can be eliminated by the intelligent use of snapshots, replication, compression and data deduplication.
White Spaces Wireless: A Chat With The Wi-Fi Alliance
Commentary  |  10/1/2010  | 
The list of groups who applaud the FCC's recent decision to allow new wireless connectivity in the frequencies between TV channels includes biggies like Microsoft, xG Technology and the Wi-Fi Alliance. Given the Obama administration's goals of getting all Americans connected, the FCC's ruling probably wasn't much of surprise to most people. "Super Wi-Fi" (or "White-Fi"-- let's hope that one doesn't stick) as it is being nicknamed, will bring obvious advantages to the current 802.11-based Wi-Fi l
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