Expert Analysis
Content posted in November 2010
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NetVision Announces Enhanced Access Rights Reporting, Netapp User Activity Monitoring
News  |  11/17/2010  | 
The newest release of NetVision's access auditing and management suite features enhanced reporting on the state of access rights in the organization and support for user activity and permission changes in NetApp network attached storage (NAS). NetVision's suite is focused on activity monitoring and access rights status reporting, what Steve Coplan, senior analyst in The 451 Group's Enterprise Security Practice, calls this access auditing or access visibility auditing. It's focused on Active Dire
Avaya IP Office: Enterprise Features For The SMB
News  |  11/17/2010  | 
On Monday, Avaya upgraded IP Office, its flagship IP-PBX for small-to-medium sized enterprises, to version 6.1, adding Linux, accommodating Nortel users, and taking a number of other steps to simplify IP Office deployment and multi-site management.
Amazon's EC2 Gains Key ISO Security Certification
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
According to an ISO 27001 audit, EC2 has a security information management system, but the certification only guarantees that certain types of controls are in place, not exactly what those controls are.
Tata Communications Launches Worldwide Ethernet Network
News  |  11/16/2010  | 
Cisco Systems' equipment is the foundation of the 802.1ah network, which has 24 nodes around the world.
Juniper Acquires Trapeze For $152 Million
News  |  11/16/2010  | 
Deal for Belden's wireless network business steps up competition against Cisco.
Downtime Rated Top Risk Of Data Breaches
News  |  11/16/2010  | 
Solera Networks survey also finds a drop in the number of organizations that have a security incident response plan in place.
Cisco Eyes New Video Opportunities
News  |  11/16/2010  | 
Cisco is continuing its assault on the telepresence and the high-definition video teleconferencing market that was accelerated earlier this year with company's $3.4 billion acquisition of Tandberg. The numbers are compelling, says Cisco: over 50 percent of all Internet traffic today is video, and within three years the volume will be 90 percent, and it wants a bigger slice of the video pie.
EMC Antes Up $2.25B For Isilon
News  |  11/16/2010  | 
EMC has ended months of speculation with the announcement it will shell out approximately $2.25 billion for Isilon Systems, Inc., a fast-growing 'scale-out NAS' (network attached storage) vendor based in Seattle, Washington. Growing at more than 70 percent year-over-year, Isilon has 1,500 customers and 2010 revenues are forecast to reach $200 million. Combined revenue from Isilon and Atmos, EMC's cloud infrastructure offering, is expected to reach a $1 billion run-rate during second half of 2012
Web 2.0: Google CEO Sees Android Phones Replacing Credit Cards
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
Near-field communication chips in the next version of Android will change mobile commerce.
Amazon Launches Supercomputing In The Cloud
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud's GPU Cluster Instance, based on NVIDIA Tesla M2050 processors, provides parallel processing for graphics rendering, simulations and other high performance computing tasks for $2.10 an hour.
Facebook Messages Gets Office Integration
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
Microsoft and Facebook move closer in effort to fend off competition from Google.
Facebook Debuts E-mail Service
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
Every Facebook user who wants a Facebook.com e-mail address will get one, the company says.
Cisco Hires Former Apple Exec Mark Papermaster
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
The microchip expert who left during the highly publicized iPhone 4 antenna problems becomes VP of Cisco's switching technology group.
IBM Pushes The Migration Of Oracle To DB2
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
IBM's recently concluded Information on Demand 2010 event in Las Vegas covered a tremendous amount of ground on numerous topics. One of the most intriguing was the dedicated push that IBM is making to have Oracle database customers migrate to its own DB2 solutions. Given that migration from one database to another has been described by many analysts as "heart surgery," how can IBM possibly expect customers to willingly embrace so difficult and potentially risky a procedure? In the immortal words
Avaya Updates IP Office Communication Appliance
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
Version 6.1 makes it easy for an SMB to manage employee phone calls, videoconferences, instant messages, and text messages.
Brocade First To Market With Native End-to-End FCoE
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
In the quest for one-ups-manship in product advances, Brocade announced it is the first vendor to bring end-to-end multi-hop Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) to the market. Brocade's VDX 6720 (the first in a planned family of products) is a top-of-rack (ToR) switch that support multi-path Ethernet, pay-as-you-grow Ethernet ports, and a new Brocade Network Operating System that unifies and simplifies switch management. The VDX is Brocade's first product to bring together the company's SAN and d
China Steals Supercomputer Crown From U.S.
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
Computing cold war looms as People's Republic's Tianhe-1A system grabs top spot from Cray system.
EMC To Acquire Isilon For $2.25 Billion
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
The deal will give EMC a bigger play in the growing scale-out network attached storage market.
Researchers Down Koobface Botnet
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
Three of the malware's command-and-control servers were taken offline, hindering its click-fraud network.
EMC, Isilon And The Rise Of NAS
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
I was a bit shocked this morning to get the news that EMC was buying scale out NAS vendor Isilon from the New York Post. The rumors had been flying that EMC was interested in Isilon for weeks but the Post, I wouldn't even wrap fish in the Post. That aside this acquisition bodes well for scale out NAS and in general for the pendulum to swing from block to file protocols for mainstream applications like VMware hosting.
Amazon Web Services Announces Amazon Cluster GPU Instances
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
Amazon Web Services LLC, an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced Amazon Cluster GPU Instances, a new instance type designed to deliver the power of GPU processing in the cloud. GPUs are increasingly being used to accelerate the performance of many general purpose computing problems. However, for many organizations, GPU processing has been out of reach due to the unique infrastructural challenges and high cost of the technology. Amazon Cluster GPU Instances remove this barrier by pro
Supermicro TwinBlade Offers 2,880 CPU Cores Per Rack
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMCI), the global leader in server technology innovation and green computing, today announced the launch of two new AMD Opteron??? 6100 Series processor-based SuperBlade?? modules, which the company will demonstrate at SuperComputing 2010, November 15-18 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, booth 3829. Supermicro is introducing a new TwinBlade??? and a new 4-way blade, and both modules are optimized to support the latest 12-cor
IBM and European Partners to Pioneer New Storage Cloud Architecture
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
Expanding its cloud computing strategy, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is leading a joint research initiative of 15 European partners to develop a smart cloud storage architecture, which will improve the global delivery of rich data and storage services across boundaries of countries and vendors. The research project will tackle the major challenges facing today's storage clouds, including: cost-effectiveness, data mobility across cloud providers, security guarantees, and the massive co
Abiquo Gives CIOs More Control Over Cloud Computing
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
Abiquo, which bills itself as an enterprise cloud management software company, has released version 1.7 of its flagship software for a company to set IT business policy and apply that policy to physical or virtual data centers and even to third party hosting providers. Abiquo 1.7 overcomes some of the major impediments to wider adoption of cloud computing, which is the inability of a company to decide what IT resources are available to them, said Peter Malcolm, CEO of Abiquo.
BridgeSTOR Introduces Data Deduplication Product For Less Than $20,000
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
A company called BridgeSTOR will emerge from stealth mode Tuesday and introduce a new data deduplication and compression storage appliance line that will carry a "street price" of less than $20,000. The products are targeted at the small-to-medium business (SMB) market that finds it hard to afford more expensive products. The appliances are designed for such environments as VMware virtualization, data backup, network storage and a variety of Microsoft enterprise software.
IBM & Friends Tackle Future Of Cloud Storage
News  |  11/15/2010  | 
IBM has announced plans to develop a smart cloud storage architecture over the next three years. The EU-funded joint research initiative, estimated at $21.5M, involves 15 European partners. Called VISION Cloud -- Virtualized Storage Services for the Future Internet - the group plans to develop a new approach, where data is represented by smart objects that include rich information describing the content of the data and how the object should be handled, replicated, or backed up.
Riverbed Branches Into Cloud Apps, Storage Optimization
News  |  11/12/2010  | 
Use of a specialized caching server can speed operations in the cloud, much as it speeds the enterprise WAN, said Riverbed.
Exclusive: Microsoft Altered Windows Sales Numbers
News  |  11/12/2010  | 
Internal bookkeeping change handed $259 million in additional revenue to Redmond's OS unit.
Avaya's Missing Piece: Virtual Network Architecture
News  |  11/12/2010  | 
Introduced this week, the Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA) is intended to help address the growing demand for new content and business collaboration applications in and between data centers and campuses. The company says VENA helps reduce costs and improve service by improving network connections between application servers and end users, essentially providing an end-to-end connection from the desktop to the data center.
Boxee Box Launches Without Netflix, Hulu Plus
News  |  11/12/2010  | 
The D-Link media player joins the crowded field of devices that stream web content, movies, shows, and other content to TV sets.
Extreme Makeover: FalconStor Edition
Commentary  |  11/12/2010  | 
Founded in 2000, FalconStor is one of the companies that pioneered the current generation of advanced data protection software such as Virtual Tape Library (VTL), Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and Storage Virtualization. In 2007, after seven years of steady growth in shareholder value, the price for a share of FALC hit an all-time high of $13.90, and FalconStor's market cap almost reached $600 million. By November of 2008, FALC slid to an all-time low of $2.15--but the company continued to bu
Avaya Introduces Virtual Networking Architecture
News  |  11/12/2010  | 
Avaya has launched a data networking architecture aimed at assisting enterprises utilizing virtualization and other collaborative technologies to meet the growing demand for new content and business collaboration applications in and between data centers and campuses.
IBM Unveils Industry-Specific Software Platforms, Solutions
News  |  11/12/2010  | 
At an invitation-only summit for hundreds of its most advanced customers and partners, IBM is announcing additions to its industry framework portfolio. The new technology platform for the manufacturing industry and new solutions will provide real-time tracking for valuable assets and the ability to automate real-time data integration into a central dashboard that aggregates and controls all business operations.
Riverbed Gets Cloudy
Commentary  |  11/12/2010  | 
While cloud applications and WAN (Wide Area Network if I have to spell it out) acceleration seem like they would go together like Chicken and Waffles running a WAN acceleration appliance, even a virtual one, on your favorite cloud provider's platform would mean you had to keep a VM up, running and ticking off per hour charges all the time. If your cloud application was sending data to a storage provider like Iron Mountain or Nirvanix you wouldn't even have that option. Now Riverbed's Cloud Stee
LTE Not Meeting Demand From Smartphones, Tablets
News  |  11/11/2010  | 
HSPA+ will continue as the bridge between CDMA and LTE in the near term and early-stage LTE networks will carry only data until deployments ramp up, according to Infonetics.
IBM Completes Netezza Acquisition
News  |  11/11/2010  | 
$1.7 billion buyout of data warehousing pioneer puts Big Blue on a more even footing with Oracle and Teradata.
RockMelt Social Web Browser Revealed
Slideshows  |  11/11/2010  | 
RockMelt, a new browser backed by Mosaic and Netscape web pioneer Marc Andreessen, tightly integrates web browsing with social networking, letting users easily track their Facebook friends, Twitter feeds and changing news feeds, while surfing the web. RockMelt is not the first attempt to reimagine the web browser as a social tool. Back in 2005, the Flock browser was released with similar ambitions. Initially based on Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine, the forthcoming 3.0 version of Flock will, li
Mozilla Releases Faster Firefox 4 Beta
News  |  11/11/2010  | 
Browser speeds page loading and graphics and includes JagerMonkey compiler to boost JavaScript performance.
Facebook 'Friends' North Carolina With Data Center
News  |  11/11/2010  | 
The company's data center brings with it $450 million and hundreds of jobs.
Verizon Deploying 100G Network From Paris To Frankfurt
News  |  11/11/2010  | 
First commercial 100G Ethernet net uses Juniper routers and Ciena coherent optical transport for 555-mile route.
YouTube Tries Being Topical Directory
News  |  11/11/2010  | 
The video community site is experimenting with category-oriented content discovery.
On-Switch Scripting Should Be On Your Radar
Commentary  |  11/11/2010  | 
Time to go brush up on your automata theory if you want to be an effective data center manager. Event-based automation is creeping in everywhere; before you know it, your data center will be pretty self-sufficient, perhaps, dare I say it, self-healing, at the software level. At least that's the theory. For the first time, equipment vendors are adding automation features such as scripting to switches and routers. These little automata scripts can, collectively, save you time and reduce errors.
Cisco Earnings Rise, Stock Drops
News  |  11/11/2010  | 
Investors punished the firm due to declining sales to state governments and cable companies that led the company to lower its second-quarter forecast.
IBM Lotus Connections 3.0 Includes Social Business Features
News  |  11/11/2010  | 
IBM used a conference on enterprise collaboration this week to introduce Lotus Connections 3.0, an update of its enterprise collaboration platform that also includes features to help set up a social networking site to connect a company's employees, partners and customers. Despite some resistance from enterprises to engage in social networking, such as on Facebook, IBM said there are aspects of it that are helpful to business growth.
Apple OS X 10.6.5 Patches 131 Security Flaws
News  |  11/11/2010  | 
About 40% of the fixes involve Adobe Flash, lending some credence to Apple's criticism of the plug-in.
Motorola WiNGS It's Way To A New Wireless Architecture
Commentary  |  11/11/2010  | 
Controller-based wireless networks might be the norm today, but Motorola is challenging the conventional wisdom of big wireless control boxes. With wireless devices spreading like weeds and the rise of 802.11n, Motorola's interesting new WiNG 5 framework just may be a sign of things to come in the WLAN market.
Apple Updates Mac OS X
News  |  11/11/2010  | 
Snow Leopard version 10.6.5 includes security fixes and resolves problems with third-party software.
VMware, Cisco, EMC Coalition Unveils SAP, VDI And FCoE
News  |  11/11/2010  | 
Cisco and EMC's VCE (Virtual Computing Environment) Coalition, cofunded by VMware and Intel, has announced the latest evolution of its Vblock platform, including SAP, VMware and Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) enhancements. Through Vblock, VCE (www.vce.com) is delivering what it calls the industry's first completely integrated IT offering, pre-integrated and tested product suites that combine virtualization, server, networking, storage, management and security technologies.
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