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Hurricane Sandy Delivers Tricks, No Treats, to Tech Infrastructure
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Superstorm Sandy and last year's nor'easter turned Halloween into fright nights for technology users. This year's storm downed 25% of cell towers on the East Coast, flooded data centers and knocked websites offline.
Porticor Beefs Up Cloud Security with Split-Key Encryption
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Porticor's Virtual Private Data service encrypts information stored in private and public clouds, and uses homomorphic encryption techniques to protect master keys.
Superstorm Sandy Lessons: 100% Uptime Isn't Always Worth It
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Sandy brought out the worst in some tech pundits who were ready to pounce on companies that went offline in the face of a 100-year catastrophe. But in cases like Sandy, continuous uptime is the wrong goal.
Cisco's Next Big Challenge
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
In this Valley View interview, CEO John Chambers discusses Cisco's long record of wins, and its biggest challenge yet: the move to software-defined networks.
The Physical-to-Virtual Cookbook Part 1
Commentary  |  10/30/2012  | 
Migrating applications from a physical to a virtual environment is no easy task. This multipart series presents a real-world migration project. Part 1 looks at the client’s environment, examines the rationale for the migration, and walks through efforts to inventory the data center and map application dependencies.
Riverbed Tackles APM with Acquisition of OPNET
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
WAN optimization and network performance management vendor Riverbed is acquiring OPNET, which will broaden its application performance management capabilities.
Hurricane Sandy: Will Social Media Inform Or Distract?
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
You don't want to find yourself tweeting from your smartphone as you blow away in the wind.
Twitter, Facebook, Smartphones and Other Drugs
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Internet addiction isn’t an official diagnosis yet, but always-on mobile devices and ever-updating social sites can lead to obsessive behavior.
Hurricane Sandy: Social Media Resources
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Businesses should tap into Facebook, Twitter and other social resources to inform and support employees and business partners.
MIT Researchers Turn Heads With WLAN Tech: Coded TCP
Commentary  |  10/29/2012  | 
Today's WLANs are jam-packed with engineering whiz-bang, from antenna technology to proprietary tweaks under the hood. Now a new approach, called Coded TCP, may yield even more amazing results.
Startup Aryaka Unveils Application Delivery-as-a-Service
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
Aryaka has built out a private network via multiple points of presence to help speed application traffic without the need for hardware at the customer premises.
Reach Out, Touch Facebook Friends With Hugging Vest
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
A vest that inflates to 'hug' users when their updates are liked opens up a host of possibilities.
How To Speak Data Center: Power vs. Energy
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
IT pros need to learn the proper language to communicate with the data center facilities team. Lesson one: the difference between power and energy.
Android, iPad Tablets Drive Enterprise App Development
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
Android and iPad tablets are fueling custom development for business applications. Smart IT shops will leverage tablet advantages in screen size and capabilities for app success.
Cisco CEO John Chambers Ready For Battle
Cisco CEO John Chambers Ready For Battle
Network Computing Videos  |  10/25/2012  | 
It's been a tough couple years for Cisco CEO John Chambers, but he has emerged from the struggle just as spry and confident as ever. CRN editor-at-large Chad Berndtson sits down with Chambers to talk about the competition and the future.
Cisco CEO John Chambers Ready For Battle
Cisco CEO John Chambers Ready For Battle
Network Computing Videos  |  10/25/2012  | 
It's been a tough couple years for Cisco CEO John Chambers, but he has emerged from the struggle just as spry and confident as ever. CRN editor-at-large Chad Berndtson sits down with Chambers to talk about the competition and the future.
Tely Labs Debuts Affordable Business Video Conferencing System
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
The new TelyHD Business Edition lets groups of callers participate from six locations with high-quality video and audio while sharing documents, PDFs, images and more.
Big Bird, Binders, Bayonets: Debate's Social Lessons
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Presidential debate memes prove that speed, humor, and relevant data all key to effective use of social media.
Facebook Overload: Just Getting Worse
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
The more we use Facebook, the more overwhelmed we feel, study finds. User reaction to Facebook's revamped news feed not so positive.
BYOD: A Comprehensive Guide
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
The BYOD market is crowded and confusing. A new report from InformationWeek brings order to the chaos with a product matrix that includes 40 vendors in three categories: MDM, MAM and wireless access control.
Facebook Earnings Highlight Mobile Opportunity
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
Months after it began targeting mobile by embedding ads in the news feed, Facebook says it's getting 14% of its ad money from mobile.
Whole Rack Servers: A Data Center Alternative?
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
The Open Compute Project seeks to turn server racks into giant blade systems and preserve the modularity and convenience of blades without the proprietary lock-in.
Play Offense On Security In 2013: Gartner
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
Enterprises can't count on defensive security strategies any more, Gartner execs tell IT leaders at Symposium/ITxpo conference.
Rackspace Launches OpenStack-Based Cloud Storage
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
Rackspace's new Cloud Block Storage takes on Amazon EBS. Rackspace offers spinning disk and Flash-based storage options, and uses OpenStack APIs to counter customer concerns about data lock-in.
HP's New SaaS Application Delivers IT Service Management
News  |  10/22/2012  | 
HP Service Anywhere will compete with BMC, ServiceNow, IBM and other vendors offering cloud-based IT management services with a new service desk application for small enterprises and departments of large companies.
Motorola's New Computing Headset Pushes Mobile Boundaries
Commentary  |  10/22/2012  | 
Motorola has released a computing platform that straddles the juncture of science-fiction and real-world technology.
BYON: New Acronym, Same Problem
News  |  10/22/2012  | 
Bring Your Own Network is a new name for an old threat, but it emphasizes an important rule: unsecured data is at-risk data.
Avere, Fujitsu Team Up for New Storage Offering
News  |  10/19/2012  | 
Avere and Fujitsu are partnering to build a 100TB, 100,000 IOPS storage system that will sell for $100,000.
EMC, VMware, Cisco Earn Top Scores for Data Center Management
Commentary  |  10/19/2012  | 
IT pros rate 10 data center management products in an InformationWeek survey. EMC emerges as the surprise leader. IT puts a priority on system health and service monitoring.
Microsoft Buys Cloud Gateway Provider StorSimple
Commentary  |  10/18/2012  | 
Microsoft’s acquisition validates the market for premises-based storage that also links to the cloud, and inaugurates the software giant as a provider of IT hardware.
SDN Startup Midokura Takes on IT Giants
News  |  10/18/2012  | 
Midokura this week announced its MidoNet software, which promises to virtualize networks to enable infrastructure as a service.
LinkedIn Profiles: Not Just For Resumes Anymore
News  |  10/18/2012  | 
Profiles update makes the platform less resume-focused and more like a true social network. But users are still griping about LinkedIn Endorsements.
Crowdstrike Puts APT Attackers On Notice
News  |  10/18/2012  | 
Much-watched startup takes an offensive, not defensive, approach to enterprise security. Learn more in this video from Valley View.
Microservers Take Aim at the Data Center
News  |  10/17/2012  | 
Microservers using dozens of low-power CPUs can be a better fit for many application workloads while dramatically reducing energy costs.
Huawei, ZTE: 4 Security Fears
News  |  10/17/2012  | 
Trojan equipment? Spy tool? Sloppy code? The information security debate rages on over these Chinese telecom equipment makers.
7 MiniFlame Facts: How Much Espionage Malware Lurks?
News  |  10/17/2012  | 
Discovery of Flame and MiniFlame revealed a cyber-espionage operation targeting Lebanon. But many similar threats have yet to surface, say security experts.
Amazon Cloud Costs Scrutinized By Startup
News  |  10/17/2012  | 
New analytics player Newvem applies a rules engine to Amazon cloud pricing to help AWS customers find savings.
Keep Old Apps Private, Make New Apps Public
Commentary  |  10/17/2012  | 
Just because you slip a hypervisor under an application doesn't make it equally suited to private and public clouds. Know the differences to get the most from your application deployments.
Gamification Engages the Enterprise
Commentary  |  10/16/2012  | 
Gamification isn't just for luring consumers to click a "like" button. Enterprises may find surprising uses to boost productivity.
Cisco Launches Own Version Of OpenStack Cloud Software
Commentary  |  10/16/2012  | 
The Cisco Edition of OpenStack aims to simplify private cloud deployments and offers an open source alternative to VMware’s cloud software.
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