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Content posted in October 2011
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Smooth Data Center Upgrades Depend On Application Discovery And Dependency Tracking Like HP's DDMA
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
Many data centers running today are seven to 10 years old, and some are even older. When new applications enter the picture, the process of identifying existing applications and their dependency on other applications and the overall IT infrastructure can be daunting, and errors can result in costly downtime. That's why a critical part of a data center transformation project is the use of application discovery and dependency software.
Call Centers Get Flexible Pool Of Minutes
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
VoxTrunk combines toll-free and toll call allocation, enables contact centers to use minutes where they are needed most.
2 Reasons Videoconferencing Remains A Niche
Commentary  |  10/31/2011  | 
By now, video calls and conferences should be as common as texting. So why aren't we all saying, "Can you see me now?"
Pre-Halloween Snowstorm Drives Home Power Of Social
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
A rare late-October snowstorm in the Northeast illustrates how social has changed the way we communicate--and the ways businesses can leverage social media or be burned by it.
Internap Unwraps First OpenStack Cloud Service
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
Internap Network Services, which launched its XIP Internet traffic accelerator service 18 months ago with the claim that it could improve performance of enterprise Web applications by up to 400%, is extending its reach to the public and private cloud markets with two new offerings. It calls its Open Public Cloud the world's first commercially available OpenStack service, while its new Vmware-based public and private cloud services are starting off with VMware vCloud Powered status.
HP: It's Just A Flesh Wound!
News  |  10/31/2011  | 
Hewlett-Packard says that it has decided to stay in the PC business, and, like a bad knockoff of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the company insists it is business as usual, despite copious amounts of leaking blood. Meanwhile, the sharks, like Dell, are gathering.
Improve Write Performance With SSD
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
Writes are one of the most resource-consuming things that a storage system has to do. During product selection, carefully consider how a technology deals with write I/O.
Facebook's Open Compute Summit Pushes Open Hardware For The High End
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
At the Open Compute Summit this week in New York, Frank Frankovsky, Facebook’s director of hardware design and supply chain, opened the proceedings by saying, "Open source is not just something that you can use to describe software, but also to describe the hardware space." That is the goal for the Open Compute Project, which aims to spur the development of cheaper servers and more efficient data centers.
Cisco Secures, Supercharges ISR G2s With Hardware-Accelerated VPNs
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
Customers looking for more performance and security in their branch operations should find the plug-and-play Cisco VPN Internal Service Module for the ISR G2 family very attractive, especially for the public sector, say company officials. The compact VPN blade provides up to three times better throughput for IPSec VPN encrypted traffic, as well as support for the latest encryption standards. These include stronger NSA-regulated encryption algorithms such as Suite-B, which has been selected for u
Quantum Announces Two Data Deduplication And Disaster Recovery Products For SMBs
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
In what's turning out to be a busy month for Quantum, the company is announcing two data deduplication and disaster recovery products intended for the SMB market. The Quantum NDX-8 NAS appliance includes 8 Tbytes of network-attached storage with built-in backup software and deduplication technology. The RDX 8000 removable disk library also includes 8 Tbytes of capacity, but offers the storage by way of removable cartridges that can be stored offsite for disaster recovery protection.
Cloud Success Factor: Rethink Application Development
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
In terms of performance and business agility, private cloud is the foreign import compared to your family sedan data center of today. And when you migrate to that cloud, if you bring along your old ways of thinking and siloed application development mindset, you’ll miss out on the benefits the platform provides. You need to ensure your services and applications are developed in a way that harnesses the full potential of the architecture.
Federal CIO Unveils Initiative To Push XML, Virtualization, Agile In IT Planning
News  |  10/28/2011  | 
The CIO of the U.S. government unveiled in Silicon Valley this week Future First, an initiative in which the newest approaches to developing information technology would be leveraged to run federal agencies.
Google+ Invites Enterprise Customers
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Google's social network becomes available to Google Apps users and adds content discovery features and photo editing capabilities.
Hiring App's Secret Sauce: Social Media Bragging
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Unrabble candidate screening system asks applicants to deconstruct their resumes into achievements, backed up by social media references.
Polycom Adds Whiteboard To Unified Communications
News  |  10/27/2011  | 
Whiteboard content can be shared with others on a videoconference, but only in one direction. Polycom says two-way sharing is slated for future versions.
Why Simpler Social Media Works For Network Marketers
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
Juice Plus+ reps demonstrate that sophisticated Web 2.0 strategies aren't best for all businesses. Sometimes a bare-bones approach to the Web makes sense.
Juniper Offers OpenFlow Source Code To Developers
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
Juniper Networks is jumping on the OpenFlow bandwagon, putting the OpenFlow source code in the Junos SDK. The company says that the OpenFlow application works within the SDK to change the control plane to create more dynamic network programmability for custom applications that run on top of the Junos operating system.
Cisco TelePresence Turns 5, Broadens Options
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
Cisco Systems is marking the fifth birthday of its high-definition TelePresence videoconferencing system with a flurry of product announcements, including less expensive and more portable systems. The company is also offering TelePresence as a hosted service for SMBs. And, responding to critics of its closed, proprietary ecosystem, Cisco said its technology is more interoperable with most other HD videoconferencing systems entering the market Cisco helped create.
Meru Network Embraces BYOD, Offers Beefy New Hardware
Commentary  |  10/26/2011  | 
Lately, the solutions I've analyzed through the lens of BYOD have usually had something to do with smartphone and application management. But Wi-Fi vendors are also well aware of the procedural and technical complexities spawned by clients that show up with all sorts of gadgets that need to simply work on the WLAN. Meru Networks has recently introduced a new feature set for its WLAN product line that helps with BYOD and other aspects of today's changing wireless landscape.
Practical Analysis: In Data Deduplication, Dell Surprises, EMC Lags
Commentary  |  10/26/2011  | 
IT pros we surveyed rank Dell/Compellent high on value but ding EMC/Data Domain on value, flexibility, and features.
Citrix Barcelona Blitz Includes VDI, Cloud And Acquisition News
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
Citrix Synergy2011--billed as the conference where cloud computing, networking and virtualization meet--is the epicenter of a barrage of cloud computing-, networking- and virtualization-related announcements, including the acquisition of long-time partner app-DNA, developer of the AppTitude application management software platform. New and enhanced products include Citrix VDI-in-a-Box 5, Citrix CloudPortal, Citrix Desktop Transformation Model, Citrix HDX Ready System-on-Chip (SoC) initiative and
10 Scariest Enterprise Social Networking Mistakes
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
With Halloween just around the corner, consider these 10 frightening mistakes that companies must avoid as they brave the labyrinth that is social networking.
As Cisco TelePresence Turns 5, New Flavors
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
Videoconferencing technology celebrates its fifth birthday with smaller, more portable, and less expensive products.
The Challenge Of Making Business Intelligence And Analytics Work
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
Introducing "smart" systems and business analytics into an organization is an IT challenge. Historically, IT has supported online transaction processing for internal operations and customer-facing systems, and then used batch processing to wrap up all of the activities at the end of a processing period. But increasingly, businesses are beginning to incorporate smart systems that go beyond isolated enclaves of automation built into computers and networks and tap directly into the critical thinkin
Hypervisors Are Not the Droids You Seek
Commentary  |  10/26/2011  | 
Long ago, in a data center far, far away, we as an industry moved away from big iron and onto commodity hardware. That move brought with it many advantages, but it also brought higher hardware and operating system software failure rates. This change in application stability forced us to change our deployment model and build the siloed application environment: one application, one operating system, one server.
Infineta Launches Pay-As-You-Go WAN Optimization Service
News  |  10/26/2011  | 
There are three objectives behind the launch of Infineta Systems' pay-as-you-go WAN optimization service built around the company's DMS product, says Haseeb Budhani, VP, products. Originally intended to address customers that were facing data migration projects but didn't want WAN optimization, the new service also appeals to service providers that don't want to spend anything on capex and want to do it all in opex.
IBM's Rometty To Replace Palmisano As CEO
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
Rometty, a big picture type who can also talk details, will come to the job armed with the sales exec's ability to connect with key customers.
How To Make SharePoint More Social
Commentary  |  10/25/2011  | 
Can third parties like Neudesic and NewsGator drag Microsoft's entrenched collaboration system into the era of Facebook and Twitter?
SSD Options: Tier Vs. Cache
Commentary  |  10/25/2011  | 
Solid state storage can be used as a cache or an automated tier. Both approaches will make sure that the most active data is on the fastest tier, but you need to know the differences.
Do Calendar Developers Travel?
Commentary  |  10/25/2011  | 
As a consultant, speaker and all-too-frequent conference attendee, I, like many of you, spend a good part of my life on the road, which frequently means I'm making appointments for meetings in cities and time zones across the country. Unfortunately, none of the tools I've tried really understands the life of a road warrior.
Ericom AccessNow For Enterprise Portals - Secure, Portal-based, HTML5 Web Access To Windows Applications, Desktops And Services
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
Ericom Software, a global leader in application access and desktop virtualization solutions, today announced the availability of Ericom AccessNow for Enterprise Portals, the newest capability of the AccessNow HTML5 product family. AccessNow for Enterprise Portals enables the integration of Windows applications and desktops within leading enterprise portals, including IBM WebSphere Portal, Microsoft SharePoint, Oracle WebCenter Suite, Oracle WebLogic Portal, SAP NetWeaver, JBoss Enterprise Portal
Hitachi Expands Cloud Storage Offerings
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
Hitachi Information Cloud adds file tiering, file serving, SharePoint archiving, and a cloud management portal to the mix.
Fast Food 2.0: The Burger Goes Social
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
One SMB, 4food, uses crowdsourcing, iPads, and a technology obsession to rewrite the recipe for casual dining and compete against better-funded restaurants.
Dell Boomi Upgrades Simplify Cloud Integration
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
Less than a year after acquiring Boomi, a SaaS integration developer for cloud computing, Dell is unveiling the second major release of its AtomSphere offering, Fall 11. The company says it has seen 300% year-over-year growth in overall usage, with customers now averaging 3.7 atoms (run-time integration engines), 11 connections of integrated applications and more than 600 process executions per day.
9 LinkedIn Etiquette Tips
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
Consider this advice on how to put your best foot forward on the most business-like of social networks.
Nasuni Smites Storage Goliaths
News  |  10/25/2011  | 
On Tuesday Nasuni, a relative newcomer to storage, will officially unveil multisite access for its data continuity services. By extending file-level snapshots to create an architecture that allows multiple storage controllers to have live access to the same volume of snapshots, the new service provides organizations with a simple, safe and secure way to share data across any number of sites, says Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriguez.
Will Google Music Go Social?
News  |  10/24/2011  | 
Google is said to be following in the footsteps of Apple and Facebook by linking music listening to social networking.
HP Says It's Getting Larger In Cisco's Rear-View Mirror
News  |  10/24/2011  | 
HP is responding to a Cisco Systems study that says HP's networking equipment is not as cheap as HP claims by sharing industry figures that show HP's message is resonating with Cisco customers, a third of which are reportedly switching to HP. At the same time, soon-to-be-published survey results from InformationWeek show that, while Cisco maintains a commanding lead in networking market share, awareness of HP as a credible alternative is growing.
ITrinegy Offers Packet-Based Network APM For The Masses
News  |  10/24/2011  | 
ITrinegy has announced a new generation of its AppQoS software that helps IT administrators solve APM issues associated with correlating data across different networked environments. The company is marketing an appliance, which it will sell as a real-time operational application performance management tool. Unlike competing products, which require a master-slave relationship, the appliances are aware of each other and any appliance can collect data from any other appliance.
Can Google+ Become A Biz Collaboration Tool?
News  |  10/24/2011  | 
Facebook vs. Google+ gets all the attention. But it may be Yammer that needs to watch its back.
Can ShoreTel Be Everyone's Mobility Solution?
Commentary  |  10/24/2011  | 
There are a growing number of stories to be told about management frameworks in the corporate mobile device space. Some are about one-trick ponies tied to limited device types or PBXes, while others describe solutions that are so flush with functionality that you have to study them for a while to fully appreciate what they offer. ShoreTel Mobility is one of those impressive stories that may take some review to fully appreciate.
Unified Security Management Is A Must-Have When Securing Private And Hybrid Clouds
News  |  10/24/2011  | 
While the cloud makes many things simpler for the end user, it increases complexity for the administrator, especially in the case of security. Centrify is looking to unify security management and provide the tools needed for compliance support, secure access and auditing via its latest iteration of Centrify Suite products and modules.
Cloud Application Management Gets A New Road With rPath Cloud Engine
News  |  10/21/2011  | 
Cloud software vendor rPath has announced its rPath Cloud Engine, a product that is intended to make it easier for IT administrators to install and update applications on virtual machines in the cloud, both public and private. The product, based on the company’s former rPath X6 software, doesn’t use scripts to install applications but instead generates the software configurations itself, based on an application’s current run-time environment.
VMware Gets 'Set It And Forget It' Monitoring
News  |  10/21/2011  | 
Uptime delivers enterprise-grade VMware performance and capacity management for 20% of the cost of the Big 4 vendors.
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