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Good Technology Announces iOS 5 Support For Good For Enterprise
News  |  10/21/2011  | 
Good Technology, the leading provider of secure and managed enterprise mobility for iPhone, iPad, Android and other leading smartphone platforms, today announced support for Apple's iOS 5 mobile operating system. Now Good's customers, including 48 of the Fortune 100, will benefit from enhanced device, application and cost management features – including the ability to support volume purchasing and deployment of App Store apps – as well as stronger security.
Can You Secure A Hybrid-Private Cloud?
News  |  10/21/2011  | 
Cloud services provider Dome9 Security is looking to provide comprehensive firewall capabilities around cloud services and bring some control to the security of private, public and hybrid clouds. In essence, Dome9 is a "cloud server firewall"--basically, a cloud security service that provides complete control over access to a hosted cloud service. The product claims to keep all administrative ports closed on a hosted server, without denying access and control of the server's functions.
Implementing Automation
News  |  10/21/2011  | 
Orchestration platforms have better chances of success now that vendors are offering APIs to effectively manage their products. Routers, virtualization platforms, firewalls and storage arrays are delivering core features to enable external administration using XML-based APIs.
Can OpenFlow Unlock More of Virtualization's Potential?
News  |  10/21/2011  | 
Virtualization has bumped up against some network inefficiencies. Software-defined networking, an alternative to legacy networks, could help.
Choosing The Right Private Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  10/21/2011  | 
One of the key decisions in architecting an infrastructure for private cloud is selecting a storage platform for the deployment. Storage is a key component of the infrastructure and will play a major role in the overall performance of the private cloud. The storage decision carries additional weight due to its larger investment and typically longer refresh cycle.
Cisco Fellow On Possible Threat To Cisco Of OpenFlow: 'Folks Get This'
News  |  10/21/2011  | 
Software-defined networking, an emerging technology that moves intelligence out of switches and routers to a software controller, is seen as a potential threat to networking vendors, particularly market leader Cisco Systems. A Cisco fellow speaking at an SDN conference this week said the company is aware of the situation and is preparing to deal with it.
Storage Administrators Of 2015: Must-Have Skills
Commentary  |  10/20/2011  | 
What's your three-year career plan? Make sure you have the knowledge that will be required to handle storage systems of the future.
Google+: Users Want More Features
News  |  10/20/2011  | 
Google+ has great potential, but users of the social network are frustrated with Google's method of rolling out features that they want.
Vendors Turn Flash To Cache, Saving Cash
Commentary  |  10/20/2011  | 
Ever since EMC announced that it was putting SSDs--or, as it calls them, Enterprise Flash Drives--into its disk arrays, we as an industry have been straining our little brains to figure out the best way to use flash memory to improve our storage. We've used flash as a storage tier inside disk arrays, as a cache in those arrays and as dedicated storage systems. More recently, we've started seeing a variety of server- or system-side caching solutions. Is server-side caching the answer?
Facebook Not A Threat, LinkedIn Claims
News  |  10/20/2011  | 
People with advanced degrees are three times more likely to use LinkedIn, says LinkedIn exec Reid Hoffman at Web 2.0 Summit.
Google+, Facebook Duel On Social Media Models
News  |  10/20/2011  | 
Google+ integration with Google Apps coming soon, while Facebook sees social context added to more services.
Keynote Acquires DeviceAnywhere To Boost Mobile Monitoring
News  |  10/20/2011  | 
In an attempt to broaden its line of mobile application testing software and services, Keynote Systems has acquired DeviceAnywhere. The companies will continue to be run separately, and most of the 119 DeviceAnywhere employees are expected to join Keynote. In addition, Keynote’s Monitor Anywhere system and Mobile Device Perspective and Mobile Web Perspective services will continue to be sold. DeviceAnywhere produces a cloud-based platform for testing and monitoring mobile websites and appl
What's Next For Google+
News  |  10/19/2011  | 
Vic Gundotra and surprise guest Sergey Brin tell Web 2.0 Summit crowd what's ahead--including Google+ brand pages.
8 Best Practices For Reliable UC
News  |  10/19/2011  | 
Erratic connectivity will sink your unified communications project. Here's how to succeed.
Digg Founder Rose Shows Oink Social Tool
News  |  10/19/2011  | 
Oink, one of the first products from Kevin Rose's startup, promises to help you find good things--from wine to roller coasters.
Coca-Cola Drinks In New Social Data
News  |  10/19/2011  | 
How does a drink dispenser become a "connection machine"? Web 2.0 Summit attendees heard about Coca-Cola's social and big data plans.
Enterprises Begin To Embrace Primary Data Deduplication
News  |  10/19/2011  | 
GreenBytes becomes latest vendor to launch an appliance to deduplicate primary storage to help users reduce spending on infrastructure.
Dell And EMC Exit Partnership Stronger Than Ever
News  |  10/19/2011  | 
While Dell and EMC may not be parting best of friends after ending their 10-year relationship two years before the latest agreement was to expire, they are both better off than when they became the IT industry's best-known odd couple. Prior to hooking up, EMC was a major player in the enterprise storage market, while Dell was a PC company best known for its selling expertise. Both companies had relatively narrow markets and primarily sold direct. It was a multibillion-dollar relationship while i
Symantec Improves NAS Appliance
News  |  10/19/2011  | 
FileStore N8300 lets users deduplicate and store volumes of primary unstructured data for archiving, cloud, or VMware environments.
Quantum Introduces vmPRO 4601 Appliance To Provide VM Backup For SMBs
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Making use of its acquisition of Pancetera Software in June, as well as hardware it announced a few weeks ago, Quantum has introduced the vmPRO 4601 Appliance, a hardware/software bundle that is intended to perform virtual machine backup for small to midsize businesses with requirements of 10 Tbytes less. The company also announced vmPRO Software, which works with its family of DXI deduplication appliances for larger organizations.
BlueStripe Provides Insight Into Why Apps Fail
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
BlueStripe Software wants to answer the question of why apps have performance problems with the new release of its automated application management and transaction monitoring product, FactFinder. With version 5.5, the company has enhanced the transaction-tracking analytics to more effectively map out the multiple tiers of an application.
Uptime Offers 'Set It And Forget It' VMware Performance And Capacity Management
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Toronto-based Uptime software is adding VMware monitoring to the latest release of its IT systems management performance and capacity software for midmarket and enterprise organizations. Expected to ship later this month, up.time 6, billed as "set it and forget it" VMware performance and capacity management, delivers enterprise-grade VMware monitoring and management to companies of all sizes for a fraction of the cost of competing solutions, says the company.
Foursquare CEO: We're Not Groupon
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
CEO Dennis Crowley says his service will win by doing more for merchants and end-users--and Facebook and Google have been copying his work.
Tintri Upgrades Storage Appliance For VMware
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
VMstore can report on bottlenecks from the guest operating system layer through to the storage layer and identify latency affecting a virtual machine.
Cisco Counters HP Data Center Refresh
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
New additions to Nexus 7000 and 3000 lines provide high density, high performance Ethernet, and improved security and virtualization support.
Major Extension Of VMware's Management Vision
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
VMware is announcing three major launches; a revamped VMware vCenter Operations and two new suites, the VMware vFabric Application Management and VMware IT Business Management. The company says that unlike traditional--and failing--approaches characterized by physical distributed systems and siloed management disciplines, VMware’s solutions take advantage of cloud infrastructure, are focused on eliminating IT complexity rather than orchestrating it, and will support IT’s ability to a
Virtualization ROI: How One SMB Saved $814,000
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Baldwin-Wallace College CIO finds benefits beyond dollars-and-cents, shares advice for IT leaders at other small and midsize businesses.
VMware Unveils Cloud Management Tools
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Virtualization specialist wants to automate many of the tasks demanded by SaaS environments.
Twitter CEO: Google+, Facebook Can Wage Features War
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Dick Costolo tells Web 2.0 Summit audience that Twitter will compete and win on simplicity, not match every rival feature.
Facebook Is Web's Future, Say Parker and Benioff
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
Spotify, Salesforce.com execs tee off on leveraging Facebook's tight grip on power for their companies' benefit.
Cisco Broadens Data Center Portfolio
News  |  10/18/2011  | 
With spending on data center hardware recovering and expected to grow to $98.9 billion this year and approach $130 billion by 2015, Cisco is expanding its data center portfolio. The networking giant is introducing second-generation capabilities for the Nexus 7000 family and Cisco FabricPath support for the Nexus 5500 switch; new switches with sub-microsecond latency to the Nexus 3000 ultra-low-latency switching family; and a virtualized version of its Adaptive Security Appliance to deliver consi
IBM's Tivoli Tries To Change With The Times
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
In 1996, IBM purchased Tivoli Systems to bolster its systems and network management capabilities. Since then, the vendor has used acquisitions and internal development to create a comprehensive product line, garnered a significant following among large enterprises and emerged as a top-tier supplier. "IBM is IBM. It is a significant force in the network and systems management market," says Jean-Pierre Garbani, VP at Forrester Research.
IBM Continues To Drive Storage Efficiency
Commentary  |  10/17/2011  | 
In its fall storage announcement, IBM continued to emphasize the efficiency of its storage products. Efficiency is always a good thing, as it has been defined by the late revered management guru Peter Drucker as "doing things right," and everybody wants to do things right. But saying that you want to do things right is easier than doing it. Continual improvement is the prime ingredient, and that is well-demonstrated in the latest IBM storage announcements.
IPv6: Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? In this case, the unstoppable force is the accelerating growth of the Internet combined with the imminent end of available IPv4 addresses. The current demand for Internet addresses has been averaging 250 million per year, but the ongoing growth of mobile connections is expected to surge 11% to 5.6 billion this year, according to Gartner. Meanwhile, the nascent machine-to-machine connectivity market--or, the "Internet of Things"--i
CEO of salesforce.com speaks to the impact of Social Media on enterprise decision-making
CEO of salesforce.com speaks to the impact of Social Media on enterprise decision-making
Network Computing Videos  |  10/17/2011  | 
Marc Benioff, CEO of salesforce.com, uses social media as a way to gauge the reaction of consumers to the enterprise decisions surrounding their lives. What will the future of enterprise-consumer relationships look like?
IBM Posts Q3 Gains On Smarter Planet, Analytics Push
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
Big Blue sees strong growth in strategic segments, but shares slump after sales disappoint.
EMC Boosts/Enhances VCE Vblock Provisioning
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
EMC's Ionix UIM/Provisioning software is getting a facelift for the VCE Vblock platform. The Virtual Computing Environment coalition of Cisco, EMC and VMware is targeting the data center with pre-packaged, pre-validated solutions that combine virtualization, networking, computing, storage, security and management technologies called Vblocks. Unified Infrastructure Manager 3.0, which will ship early next month, is software designed to simplify the transition from physical to virtual to private cl
Plantronics Extends UC Headsets To Mac, iPhone
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
Apple users get improved unified communications features with Spokes for Mac and Instant Meeting for the iPhone.
IBM Adds Predictive Analysis To BI Software Line
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
IBM said that it is adding predictive analytics capabilities to its lineup of enterprise business intelligence software, which studies business process and IT operations to see where changes should be made to improve the business. With these new offerings, IBM seeks to maintain its leading role in the BI and analytics market, where, according to research from Gartner, it is among the top five BI software vendors in the space, although behind SAP, Oracle and SAS Institute.
Is Your Network "Cloud Ready"?
Commentary  |  10/17/2011  | 
I am as tired of the whole "cloud" blitz as you are. But I can assure you that someone will ask you if your network is cloud-ready at some point this year. It is easy to just say "yes," but is that the truth? What does being cloud-ready mean? That depends. Do you plan on being the cloud, using the cloud or both? Let's leave being the cloud alone for now and talk about using the cloud. Is your network ready to use the cloud? Here are some steps you need to take before you say yes.
OS33 Cloud Drive Creates A Unified Cloud File System
News  |  10/17/2011  | 
OS33 has announced its OS33 Cloud Drive, which enables MSP clients to offer their users a technology that creates a unified file system by bringing together storage from various different private and public cloud technologies. The technology unifies the storage capabilities of Amazon Simple Storage, SharePoint 2010 Doc Libs for Enterprise Content Management, and Microsoft Windows on NTFS.
Big Data Means Big File Sharing
Commentary  |  10/14/2011  | 
Need to move a few 60-MB CAD files cross-country? To the cloud, by way of Aspera's new virtual appliance.
The Case Against Orchestration
Commentary  |  10/14/2011  | 
I outlined the case for orchestration. Now I want to answer "Why now? What's different?" After all, management platforms have failed to deliver automation and orchestration for the last 20 years, at least. Why would today's software be any more likely to actually work? Can we try for operational nirvana once again?
Microsoft And HP Announce SQL Server Appliance
News  |  10/14/2011  | 
Microsoft and HP announced on Thursday the November availability of the HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance for SQL Server. The hardware-software package is aimed at speeding deployment and simplifying management of hundreds, if not thousands of database instances in a virtualized "private cloud" environment.
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