Expert Analysis
Content posted in November 2010
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Mellanox and QLogic Play Duopoly
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
On Monday, Mellanox said it will buy Voltaire for $8.75 per share, or about $218 million. Excluding Voltaire's cash, Mellanox is getting the company for about $176 million. The $200 million per year InfiniBand networking market is now a duopoly comprising Mellanox and QLogic, the two suppliers that design their own adapter and switch chips.
The Level 3/Comcast Fight Is About Money, Not Net Neutrality
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Level 3 is positioning its peering dispute with Comcast as a net neutrality issue, when in fact it's a business conflict. By claiming that a clash over money is actually a defense of users being able to access Internet resources, Level 3 may hurt the net neutrality effort because it confuses the issue. As a supporter of net neutrality, I think this is the wrong approach by Level 3.
Data Center Convergence: Fact or Fiction?
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Recently, IT departments have had trouble keeping pace with growth in their data centers. In many cases, each time that a new application was built, they had to deploy a new server, storage system, and network switch. With IT becoming a key business enabler and the number of applications swelling, they ended up with a plethora of devices.
Trend Micro To Buy Encryption Firm Mobile Armor
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Acquisition of hardware and software endpoint encryption company is latest in a busy year of purchases involving major security vendors.
Network Computing's 2011 Gift Guide
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Whether you braved the crowds on Black Friday or joined the horde on Cyber Monday, it's the time of year when the shopping lists come out for our favorite IT guys and gals. IT folks' taste in gifts tends to range from the useful to the silly. Sometimes, getting that special gift is difficult. We hope this guide will inspire you to find that perfect gift for your favorite geek.
Quest Updates vFoglight; New Features, Better Reporting
News  |  11/30/2010  | 
Quest Software has announced version 6.5 of its vFoglight virtualization performance management software, which adds support for Microsoft's Hyper-V, a more easily customized administrative dashboard and improved reporting capabilities. Other new features in this version include improvements in automated responses to event alarms, the ability to more easily determine the root cause of virtual machine problems, broader support for common virtual machine tasks, additional information that is easie
Of Cars, Classrooms, and Bad Ideas
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
The benefits brought by wireless technologies are varied and many, but there are issues of concern for different groups of people at every step of the way. Usually the advantages gained by wireless systems of varying types outweigh the concerns, but those concerns don't simply go away because the majority is happy with their new-found connectivity. Each generation of technology helps to shape the world around us, and it's a natural step to want to use more technology to fight off the undesirabl
WikiLeaks Fallout: White House Orders Security Clampdown
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
OMB wants agencies to impose stricter limits on the number of personnel with access to classified documents and computer systems.
Survey Says Companies Struggle With Cloud In Disaster Recovery
News  |  11/29/2010  | 
An annual survey from Symantec Corp. on disaster recovery shows that trends such as virtualization and the cloud continue to have an impact on organizations' disaster recovery plans. In fact, 84 percent of survey respondents say that virtualization led them to reevaluate their disaster recovery plans in 2010, compared with 64 percent in 2009. Technologies such as virtualization and the cloud make disaster recovery more complex. Respondents cited several factors, most notably a lack of tools or h
Of Storage Systems, Software, Upgrades And TCO
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
As I've discussed previously in The Storage World Goes Xeon, the advance of mainline server technology has caught up with the storage market. Many, if not most, of the storage products introduced in the past year or 18 months are based on basically the same Xeon or Opteron processors and motherboards as the servers that connect to them. The question then becomes: When it's time for an upgrade, is the system the server or the software?
Automation Not The Solution For Human Error
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
We've all had our share of misfortunes with IT devices and services that have failed to perform as expected in an increasingly information-centric world. But as much as we may want to fault the technology, it appears that we are to blame in the majority of cases, at least as far as data-center outages. The solution is not to replace humans with lights-out automation, but provide better training, processes and procedures, says Julian Kudritzki, vice president of the Uptime Institute. "It's the sa
NetApp's Practical Path To A Future Data Center Infrastructure
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
Although storage announcements occur all year long, fall appears to be a good time for vendors to mount storage "fashion shows" in order to highlight new solutions and initiatives, and NetApp is no exception to that trend. The company's recent announcement of new products and capabilities gives it a lot of good talking points to share with IT organizations planning for 2011 IT purchases.
Information Governance In The Clouds
News  |  11/24/2010  | 
In the rush to adopt public and hybrid cloud computing services organizations appear to be ignoring the emerging risks to information governance - policy compliance and enforcement - according to a new report from EMC's Leadership Council for Information Advantage, a blue-chip panel of IT execs. Using IDC data, EMC says 75 percent of IT organizations are running or plan to deploy applications in a private cloud environment, but only 34 percent have a governance policy for cloud-based information
FCC Explores Allowing Texts To '911'
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
Chairman Julius Genachowski said texting, mobile videos and photos could help first responders, but most 911 agencies are not yet equipped to handle messaging.
Apple iOS 4.2 Includes 40 Security Fixes
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
More than half of the patches relate to the Webkit open source web browser engine.
Wave Embassy Trusted Drive Manager Simplifies Encrypted Drive Management
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
Securing data on laptops protects your company's data in the event the laptop is lost or stolen. According to the DatalossDB, which is maintained by the Open Security Foundation, by November 22, 2010, 12 million personal records have been exposed because of lost or stolen computers, laptops, disks, and other media. That tally doesn't include data loss such as intellectual property and other company secrets. Losing data is a risk most companies can't afford. Encrypting hard drives is one critical
Novell No More
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
There are still 'Is' to be dotted and 'Ts' to be crossed, but for all intents and purposes, the deal is done for Novell. The company is credited with making the local area network popular. With a large helping hand from Xerox, the benefactors of Adobe, Apple and 3Com, among others - is being bought by Attachmate for approximately $2.2 billion, excluding intellectual property assets being sold to CPTN Holdings LLC, a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft, for $450 million in c
Meraki Challenges The WLAN Market to Do More With (And For) Less
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Meraki has been the leader in cloud-based wireless networking for years. With a mission statement of providing the "easiest to manage enterprise WLAN", the cloud Wi-Fi management system challenges the controller based systems of Aruba and Cisco, and shares some characteristics with the likes of Aerohive and Bluesocket. With their latest access point offerings, Meraki goes beyond hosting their clients' central system control functions by shrinking both the size of their primary access point offer
IBM Wins Supercomputing Storage Challenge with GPFS-SNC
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
IBM unveiled a new storage architecture at the Supercomputing 2010 conference and walked away with the prize in the event's Storage Challenge which rewards the most innovative storage solution entered in the competition. GPFS-SNC (General Purpose File System-Shared Nothing Cluster) is designed to reliably store petabytes to exabytes of data while processing highly parallel applications like Hadoop analytics twice as fast as competing solutions.
HP Introduces New Video Conference Systems
News  |  11/23/2010  | 
HP is venturing further into the high-definition videoconferencing market for the purposes of business collaboration by introducing three new products it calls HP Visual Collaboration. HP's products are based on scalable video coding (SVC) technology from Vidyo Inc., which we reviewed in March, 2010, that enhances videoconferencing regardless of network bandwidth or the end point video display.
Verizon Announces 150Mbps Broadband
News  |  11/22/2010  | 
Pitted against AT&T's high-speed U-verse service, Verizon claims the $195 per month FiOS offering will be the fastest consumer broadband in the U.S.
Novell Is Dead; Cause Of Death Is Lack Of Focus
Commentary  |  11/22/2010  | 
In yet another chapter of how the once mighty have fallen once dominant network operating system vendor Novell announced today that it's being acquired by long time mainframe connectivity vendor Attachmate. Twenty years ago we would have viewed this as a marriage made in heaven, or at least Maui, as Attachmate's 3270 and 5250 connectivity tools were key to connecting NetWare networks to the IT department's "Real Computers". Today the response seems to be AttachWHO?
Attachmate To Acquire Novell For $2.2 Billion
News  |  11/22/2010  | 
A Microsoft-backed group will purchase certain Novell intellectual property assets for $450 million as part of the overall deal.
Compellent Eyes Enterprise Storage Market
News  |  11/22/2010  | 
On Tuesday Compellent Technologies plans to extend its reach from its SMB base into the enterprise market with the release of enhancements to its storage management software (Storage Center 5.4) that will feature server virtualization integration, as well as a new controller platform that supports everything from FCoE to 10Gb iSCSI and from 6Gb/s SAS drives to a 2.5-inch 24-bay enclosure. Also new is Live Volume, software which acts as a storage hypervisor and addresses a number of data mobility
Dell Signs New Partner Deals To Advance Cloud Computing
News  |  11/22/2010  | 
Dell has announced two new partnership deals that it says will improve its competitiveness in cloud computing. The company has partnered with Joyent, a cloud computing software and service provider, and Aster Data, a data management and analytics firm, to deliver their technology through Dell's Data Center Solutions (DCS) business.
NetApp Offers Its Version Of Shared Infrastructure
News  |  11/22/2010  | 
NetApp has introduced a new suite of storage products, an updated operating system, management software and solid state disk drives that, combined, are its offering of a converged IT infrastructure, the current trend in data center design. The different products form a pool of shared IT resources that serve an organization's needs more efficiently than so-called "siloed" data centers.
Fulcrum Has Designs On 10G/40G Ethernet Switch Space
News  |  11/19/2010  | 
Fulcrum Microsystems has used this week's Supercomputing 2010 conference in New Orleans to release its Alta 1U Reference Platform, a single-board 10G/40G Ethernet switch reference design intended to speed time to market of high-port-count data center top-of-rack (ToR) switches. Code-named Barcelona, it is built on Fulcrum's low-latency FocalPoint FM6364 10G/40G Ethernet switch chip, and can be used to evaluate the performance of that chip in either a test environment or a live data center networ
Microsoft: Bringing Supercomputing To The Masses
News  |  11/19/2010  | 
At this week's Supercomputing (SC) 2010 conference, Microsoft Corp. took the next step in its self-appointed mission to bring high-performance computing - aka supercomputing - to the masses. Company officials say its "democratizing" aim is to bring supercomputing capacity into the hands of everybody who has a need for it and wants to use it. Microsoft puts the current HPC market at 15 million users, with 1 million accounting for 80 percent of the total capacity. There are another 55 million orga
Hacker Cracks Secure Hashing Algorithm Using Amazon Cloud
News  |  11/19/2010  | 
Using EC2's cluster GPU power, security researcher spent only $2.10 to decrypt 14 SHA1 passwords in under an hour; other experts aren't concerned.
RainStor and Teradata Target Big Data
News  |  11/19/2010  | 
Teradata Corporation and RainStor are combining forces to grab a larger slice of the growing 'big-data' pie. RainStor's data compression and reduction software will be incorporated into Teradata's 'Purpose Built' Platform family and BAR solutions to offer customers an up to 50x-plus compression rate and 'the lowest price per terabyte', and storage footprint reduction of up to 97 percent. Additionally, data is online and accessible and can be queried using standard SQL and a number of business in
Web 2.0 Summit: 'Sacred' Cloud Computing Defies Lock-In
News  |  11/18/2010  | 
Executives from Amazon, Salesforce.com, and VMware see freedom in the cloud.
Wi-Fi Direct Is Here; Hang On For The Ride
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
Way back when, the original IEEE 802.11 standard provided for peer-to-peer wireless communication along with the more mainstream access point-based Wi-Fi that has become pervasive. Anyone who has taken a basic wireless networking class has learned about the Independent Basic Service Set (IBSS) which is the technical name for ad-hoc client connectivity. Before the advent of high capacity thumb drives, peer-to-peer wireless might have been used to get files from your machine to the person next to
Enterasys Throws Down Data-Center Virtualization Gauntlet
News  |  11/18/2010  | 
Building on its June announcement of a data-center strategy, Enterasys Networks has introduced its Data Center Manager, a unified management solution designed to deliver automation, visibility and control over the data center fabric, including network, servers, storage and applications, across both physical and virtual environments. The Siemens Enterprise Communications company says that by providing integrated tracking and monitoring of virtual machines(VMs), applications and an integrated view
Brocade And Cisco Maintain SAN Lock-In Status Quo With FCoE
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
If you are a storage administrator, you are used to vendor lock-in driven by your storage vendor and you choose SAN equipment based on a qualified equipment list. You might even defend the lock-in as being preferable. If you are a network administrator looking at FCoE, you are going to chafe under these restrictions because you'll find your product choices restricted to whatever products the SAN vendor, Brocade or Cisco, has qualified with. If you go off the qualified equipment list, you won't g
Facebook Bug Disables Women's Accounts
News  |  11/17/2010  | 
Thousands of members knocked offline one day after company introduces new messaging system.
Microsoft, Verizon Announce Bundled UC&C
News  |  11/17/2010  | 
The cloud-based Unified Communications and Collaboration subscription service combines Verizon voice and Internet with Microsoft's BPOS suite.
Big Data: Store Everything And Watch Storage Grow
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
One of the big stories from the Teradata Partners conference that just finished up in San Diego was the huge advantage that retailers gain by the tracking the buying actions of their customers online and the enormous impact that's going to have on your storage assets in the years ahead. Business managers can't predict what questions they want to ask about their customers and can't say which collected data is useful or not. The answer is to store it all.
Violin Unveils Multi-TB-Capacity NFS Cache
News  |  11/17/2010  | 
Mountain View, California-based Violin Memory, a developer of scalable memory arrays, has introduced what it calls the first multi-terabyte capacity Network File System (NFS) cache, leveraging technology from its Gear6 acquisition. Designed to accelerate performance for high-end enterprise applications, vCache reportedly eliminates upgrades, increases bandwidth and lowers user latency.
Silver Peak Virtual WAN Optimizer Targets Data Center Replication
News  |  11/17/2010  | 
Silver Peak announced on Tuesday version 4.0 of its operating system and a new virtual appliance for data center replication. Silver Peak's VRX-8 is a virtual WAN optimization appliance built on VMWare ESX and targeted at applications that require data center replication, such as business continuity. The appliance offers a whopping throughput of 1 Gbits/s, the highest claimed rate for any virtual appliance and includes support for popular Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (
AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Launch Mobile Payment Network
News  |  11/17/2010  | 
Isis, backed by three major wireless providers, will let consumers make in-store purchases using smartphones.
FireScope Declares End to Disconnected, Siloed Cloud Management
News  |  11/17/2010  | 
FireScope, Inc., the fastest growing IT service management solutions company, today announced a new cloud offering to deliver business service views of hybrid cloud infrastructures spanning multiple vendors.
Lumeta Announces New Release of IPsonar
News  |  11/17/2010  | 
Lumeta Corporation , the leading provider of network discovery, mapping and network leak detection solutions for large enterprises and government agencies, today announced a new release of IPsonar??, which includes advancements in the product's discovery, visualization and analysis capabilities.
Hitachi GST Enters Enterprise SSD Market
News  |  11/17/2010  | 
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is claiming to be the first hard-drive supplier to deliver enterprise class Serial Attached SCSI and Fibre Channel solid state drives. Built around Intel NAND flash technology and available in 100, 200 and 400Gb capacities, the Ultrastar SSD400 family features both 2.5-inch 6Gb/s SAS and 3.5-inch 4Gb/s FC interfaces.
Brocade, Cisco, End-to-End FCoE And Who's On First
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
I took some heat, in a good natured way, about my article Brocade First To Market With Native End-to-End FCoE . Brad Hedlund, Brian Gracely, and Stu Miniman contend that Cisco is first with end-to-end FCoE. In my original story, the headline "Brocade First To Market With Native End-to-End FCoE" was inaccurate. After talking to Brocade and Cisco in depth, the more accurate title is "Brocade First To Market With End-to-End Ethernet FCoE." I was sort of right and sort of wrong. Let me explain.
Ponemon-Symantec Report: Compliance Is Biggest Encryption Driver
News  |  11/17/2010  | 
Regulatory compliance has moved up as the primary driver for encryption in the United States, according to a Ponemon Institute-Symantec report, moving ahead of data breach mitigation. The fifth annual U.S. Enterprise Encryption Trends report also reported a rise in the number of organizations that have experienced more than five breaches.
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