Expert Analysis
Content posted in October 2011
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Build for IT Nirvana
Commentary  |  10/5/2011  | 
In many data centers large and small there is a history of making short-term decisions that affect long-term design. These may be based on putting out immediate fires, such as rolling out a new application, expanding an old one or replacing failed hardware. They may also be made by short-sighted or near-sighted policies, or, more commonly, old policies that aren't questioned in light of new technology. These types of decisions can range from costly to crippling for data center operations.
Cisco's WAAS Appeal: 5x Bandwidth, 3x User Increases
News  |  10/5/2011  | 
Cisco is refreshing its Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) appliances for WAN applications. The company says the number of Internet-based applications is expected to reach 1 million this decade, and it wants to help customers scale the delivery of rising volumes of applications and video traffic across networks to any user and device. The new solutions will "substantially" improve application performance and user experience by providing up to five times the bandwidth and supporting up to thre
Red Hat Expands Storage Portfolio With Gluster Acquisition
News  |  10/5/2011  | 
With $136 million buy, Red Hat will integrate Gluster's unstructured data management into its storage offerings.
IBM And Intel Jump Deeper Into Security Event Management Market
News  |  10/5/2011  | 
Both IBM and Intel's security arm, McAfee, are going the acquisition route to beef up their security information and event management (SIEM) capabilities. Big Blue is buying Q1 Labs, a provider of security intelligence software, while McAfee is purchasing NitroSecurity, a SIEM developer.
F5 Launches IPv6 Professional Services
News  |  10/4/2011  | 
While Nemertes Research recommends that enterprises should already have started planning for an IPv6 transition, the reality is that it's not even on the radar for almost 80% of respondents to the company's 2011 to 2012 benchmark. IT professionals at 78% of companies said that their organization has no transition plan yet.
Radvision Does Big-Time Small-Device Video Conferencing
Commentary  |  10/4/2011  | 
Ah, the BYOD craze. Users demand to use their own mobile devices for work, network admins fret over how to properly manage these odd little gems, and industry players continue to roll out some pretty amazing mobile capabilities--like Radvision's new SCOPIA Mobile video conferencing application, which extends enterprise-quality conferencing to consumer-grade smart devices.
Oracle Exalytics Invites Comparisons To SAP's Hana Appliance
News  |  10/4/2011  | 
Oracle headlined its Oracle OpenWorld 2011 convention this week by unveiling the Exalytics appliance for business intelligence (BI), which can analyze data instantaneously since the data runs in memory rather than being retrieved from storage. The appliance seems similar to one already on the market from rival SAP, the Hana appliance, but an Oracle executive begs to differ.
Predictive Analysis: Not Just For Stockbrokers
Commentary  |  10/4/2011  | 
Virtualization-aware tools from Netuitive and, soon, IBM SPSS will help IT head off problems before they start.
InteropNet's IPv6 Network Evolves For Interop New York
News  |  10/4/2011  | 
Some of the most interesting technology to be seen at this week's Interop will be running inside of the show’s InteropNet network. That’s because, as was the case at the spring Interop show in Las Vegas, IPv6 will be a big part of InteropNet, serving as both a demonstration of the technology that will run the Internet in the near future and, at the same time, providing a good set of lessons learned for businesses deploying IPv6.
Data Breach Response Plans: Yours Ready?
Commentary  |  10/4/2011  | 
The smart money treats data breaches as a 'when' not an 'if,' proposition. Don't wait until the last minute to do this homework.
The Fear And Loathing Of /64s On Point-To-Point Links
Commentary  |  10/4/2011  | 
I discussed in a previous article the necessity of abandoning IPv4 thinking when creating IPv6 address designs, and how our deeply ingrained need to conserve addresses can muddle our thinking. Nowhere does this conservative aversion to address waste snarl at us as menacingly as when we consider – completely compliant with the recommendations of ARIN and other RIRs – assigning /64 subnets to point-to-point links.
Oracle Unveils Business Analytics Machine At Annual Convention
News  |  10/4/2011  | 
As its annual Oracle Open World 2011 commences in San Francisco, Oracle has made a play in the business analytics space, unveiling the Exalytics Intelligence Machine, which analyzes business data in memory to provide response times that the company claims are 18 times faster than other business intelligence systems.
Will Tuesday Bring iPhone5-ageddon To Your Network?
Commentary  |  10/3/2011  | 
Maybe, maybe not. But it still behooves IT to plan so that traffic bursts don't dent collaboration.
Hitachi-LG Pleads Guilty To Rigging Optical Drive Prices
News  |  10/3/2011  | 
Company will pay $21.1 million dollar fine for over-charging Dell, HP, and Microsoft for optical drives used in their PCs and laptops.
EMC Unveils New Proven Solution And Best Practices For Oracle
News  |  10/3/2011  | 
At Oracle OpenWorld today, EMC Corporation announced a new EMC Proven Solution, as well as a best practices white paper developed by EMC IT that can help dramatically improve Oracle customers' database performance and accelerate their journey to the cloud. Based on EMC VNX unified storage and using EMC FAST Cache, an extendable cache with up to 4TB of Flash drives that automatically responds to busy workloads, the new EMC Proven Oracle Performance Solution can double Oracle transactions per min
Fusion-io Doubles Enterprise Flash Performance
News  |  10/3/2011  | 
Two new releases from Fusion-io--ioDrive2 and ioDrive2 Duo--double the performance of the first-generation flash offering, with better latency, endurance and reliability, says company CEO and President David Flynn. The new features include 15-microsecond latency, 900,000 write IOPS, 700,000 read IOPS, 3-Gbyte per second bandwidth, nearly symmetrical read and write access, up to 2.4 Tbytes of capacity and system-level integration with Fusion-io VSL 3.0 software subsystem.
Is Google+ Down For The Count?
News  |  10/3/2011  | 
Some experts say reports of Google+'s death are premature, but others question whether the platform can succeed in the shadow of Facebook and Twitter.
How The BlueArc Acquisition Tightens HDS' Storage Strategy
Commentary  |  10/3/2011  | 
On the one hand, the recent acquisition by HDS of BlueArc simply affirmed the symbiotic relationship that the two companies have. But in another sense, it represents tighter integration, such as for product development plans and resources allocated to their implementation, as a key piece of HDS' greater storage strategy. And understanding that strategy will hopefully shed some light on where the storage industry is going as a whole.
Juniper Is 'Simply Connected'
News  |  10/3/2011  | 
Juniper has announced a new go-to market strategy for the enterprise LAN called Simply Connected. The strategy has two connotations, according to Juniper: Users simply want to connect to the network easily and quickly, and IT wants easy-to-manage networking extending from the user to the core.
Facebook Frictionless Sharing: 4 Privacy Steps
News  |  10/1/2011  | 
New social applications can post what you're reading, watching, or listening to without you clicking the "Like" button. Should you let them?
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