Expert Analysis
Content posted in November 2011
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DOD's Data Center Budget Challenge
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
The Department of Defense surpassed its data center consolidation targets in fiscal 2011 and continues a push for more data center closures. Budget concerns, however, are a "major risk factor" for the initiative's future success, the military says in a new report outlining its plans.
Android Owners Get 50 GB Cloud Storage From Box
News  |  11/30/2011  | 
Offer for LG Android phone users mirrors Box offer for iPhone and iPad owners, announced in October.
Ruckus Shakes Up Auto RF Management With New Paradigm
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
For those who worry about things like which channel large groups of wireless access points are on, there hasn't been a lot to get excited about during the last couple of years. For most "smart WLAN systems," you put your faith in a murky channel selection algorithm, respect that the 2.4-GHz band has only three non-overlapping channels, and hope that the vendor built the right intelligence into the product set. That changes with ChannelFly, the new channel selection method from Ruckus that challe
New Hybrid Drives Shift The Storage Picture
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
A new generation of hybrid flash RAM/hard disk drive from Seagate makes near-SSD performance available at a reasonable price.
Your Next Storage System
Commentary  |  11/29/2011  | 
IT managers should be making plans to update their storage infrastructure in 2012. Consider these tips to sort through all the new features, capabilities, and options.
DataSift Offers Social Data Analytics Service
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
TweetMeme sequel adds Lexalytics sentiment analysis, Klout influence scores to social search business.
NexGen: The Next David to Battle Midrange SAN Goliaths
Commentary  |  11/29/2011  | 
Small vendors, especially startups, often tend to follow baseball great Willie Keeler's advice of "hit 'em where they ain't" by targeting a market niche that has potential, but where larger vendors either don't play or have a very small footprint. NexGen, with its NexGen n5 Storage System, does just that but with a more direct twist. And that makes it very interesting.
4 SSL Certificate Tips For Smooth Holiday Sales
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
Don't let certificate troubles break your site's Internet authentication processes during this crucial e-commerce season.
HP Dedupe Comes Of Age
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
According to HP, more than 50% of information within an organization is unconnected, undiscovered and unused, but it says it can help harness the power of 100% of this data to drive insight, foresight and action. HP is making a number of storage-related--Information Optimization--announcements, including the debut of what it calls deduplication 2.0, a market where it has had minimal participation but now expects to pose a significant challenge to the dominant vendor, EMC.
Feds Seize 150 Web Domains Before Cyber Monday
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
Federal agencies shut down websites they said were illegally selling counterfeit goods or copyrighted works. But it is easy for bad guys to set up shop under a new name.
Seagate Boosts Speed, Capacity Of Hybrid SSD
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
Momentus XT features 8 GB of solid state memory, 750 GB of storage, and can improve boot-up speed by as much as 65% over conventional hard drives, the company said.
Clouds Cannot Be Contained In A Box
Commentary  |  11/28/2011  | 
A big part of the value proposition of cloud is to ensure that you have continuous access to your data, and that you've moved beyond the physical limitations of a single box or a single data center or a single geography. While the move to the cloud can allow greater leverage of compute servers and storage, it also provides the ability to move away from aging, monolithic storage and servers, and gives cloud customers access to their data irrespective of any technical issues that may be going on a
5 More SharePoint Pitfalls To Avoid
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
Microsoft partner Azaleos offers additional advice to enterprises working with SharePoint.
Xsigo Boosts ViaWest Cloud Portfolio, Performance
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
Denver-based ViaWest, one of the largest privately held data center and managed services providers in North America, is utilizing Xsigo Systems' virtual I/O solution to increase its cloud service performance by two to four times, as well as to facilitate the creation of a new class of cloud offerings. The company, which owns and operates 22 enterprise-class data center facilities in Colorado, Texas, Oregon, Utah and Nevada, has deployed the Xsigo offering in its KINECTed Cloud services data cent
HP Launches Storage Systems For Backup, Archiving
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
HP storage systems are designed to boost data deduplication performance, enhance archiving of unstructured data in Microsoft environments.
How Siri Could Make Collaboration Mobile
Commentary  |  11/28/2011  | 
Breaking the form factor vs. interface logjam would be revolutionary. All we need is an open API.
Rapid Backup And Retrieval With Riverbed's Whitewater
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
Cloud storage brings cost effective offsite backup and retrieval capabilities to small and midsize businesses, but using cloud storage as an external disk is not as effective as it seems, particularly as the data set grows. It takes time to send and retrieve files to a cloud storage provider and often means using another set of tools to do so. Riverbed's Whitewater appliance makes the cloud storage appear as a backup target and balances the competing needs of speedy read/writes and long-term bul
5 Ways To Secure The Consumer IT Invasion
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
Worker-owned devices flood corporate networks; here's how to cope.
5 SharePoint Pitfalls To Avoid
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
Microsoft SharePoint has become a collaboration tool that some people love to hate. Here, Azaleos offers advice to help you steer clear of common mistakes.
LiveOffice Streamlines Migration From Microsoft's Exchange Hosted Archive To LiveOffice’s Cloud Archiving
News  |  11/28/2011  | 
LiveOffice is partnering with Microsoft to streamline the migration process for some of Microsoft's Exchange Hosted Archive users to LiveOffice’s cloud archiving product. This is a followup to Microsoft’s launch of Office 365, which is when Microsoft began transitioning existing EHA users to Exchange Online Archiving. However, some users' needs aren't met by either Exchange Online Archiving or the built-in archiving features of Office 365, such as users who want to archive other cont
Trend Micro Offers Secure Cloud Storage For Workgroups
News  |  11/23/2011  | 
Though pricey, Trend Micro's SafeSync for Business has better security and service guarantees than other cloud-collaboration apps.
Fat Apps Are Where It's At
Commentary  |  11/23/2011  | 
Virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI, is seeing something of a revival lately due to the increased penetration of mobile tablets. Why lug a laptop around that has a short battery life and takes forever to load when you can use a lighter, more responsive tablet? If you can get your desktop on your tablet, all the better, right? No. Not at all. More over, server-based desktop applications, such as those served from the likes of Citrix XenApp and VMware ThinApp, or just the UI components. We need
How SSDs Solved One Company's IT Performance Problems
News  |  11/23/2011  | 
When rapid growth overwhelmed AlphaStaff's ERP system, a switch to solid state drives was the answer to its capacity crisis.
Smartphone Bloatware Is Bad For Everyone
Commentary  |  11/23/2011  | 
It was time to switch out my beloved Motorola Droid for something new. I did my research, placed my order, and was delighted after getting home from work one day to find that FedEx had done its thing. As I dug into learning and configuring my new device, I found myself experiencing another sentiment shared by fellow smartphoners--the angst of discovering that your device is loaded with garbage programs that you can’t remove. Ah, yes, bloatware.
Adaptive Computing Addresses Converging HPC-Cloud Market
News  |  11/23/2011  | 
After a less-than-stellar 2009, the high-performance computing industry turned in a strong showing in 2010, surging 22.4% to $25.6 billion in total product and services revenue. It will continue to grow at a 7% compound annual growth rate, reaching $36 billion in 2015 (Intersect360 Research Worldwide). HPC specialists Adaptive Computing are looking to cash in on this growth with the launch of the Torque 4.0 beta and the new Moab HPC Suite Enterprise Edition.
Examine The True Cost Of Storage Performance
Commentary  |  11/23/2011  | 
Boosting performance in a data center involves more than just adding more hard disks. Here are key factors to consider.
Best Paying IT Security Jobs In 2012
News  |  11/23/2011  | 
Compensation for security pros expected to increase 4.5% in 2012, survey finds. Which jobs will see better than average salary bumps?
Verizon Service Blends Call Center, Customer Service
News  |  11/22/2011  | 
Verizon touts its cloud-based offering as a one-stop-shop solution, but enterprises should carefully consider which contact services to outsource.
Cisco's LAN Stronghold: Good As It Ever Was
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
In the networking industry there's Cisco and then there's everyone else. But in LAN switching it's even more so.
Radware Covers All The ADC Bases
News  |  11/22/2011  | 
Application delivery and security specialist Radware is announcing the next step in its Virtual Application Delivery Infrastructure strategy, including new application delivery controller platforms, enhanced data center management and orchestration interoperability, hypervisor support, and new AppShape technology to provide "the industry’s first application delivery fabric."
Adobe Muse: Web Authoring For Designers
Slideshows  |  11/22/2011  | 
Released as a preview or early beta, Adobe Muse is a code-free tool for building websites. Muse uses a drag-and-drop interface to make it possible to construct a site’s entire architecture, build and design pages and add rich content without having to know any HTML, CSS or JavaScript.
5 Tips: Avoid Being A Social Media Turkey
News  |  11/22/2011  | 
Consider these lessons learned from companies and people who have gotten the social stuffing kicked out of them.
Next DIY Stuxnet Attack Should Worry Utilities
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
The recent water system hack in Illinois points to the dangers of insecure, Internet-connected industrial control systems. Environments like this can't ignore known security weaknesses anymore.
The Tape Format Rot Fear Factor
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
As I speak with users at the backup seminars I teach around the country, I often hear them say that they avoid using tape for long-term data retention, expressing their concern with something like, "They come out with a new format every few years, and then you can't read your tapes." While it is technically true that, eventually you'll have to migrate data from old tapes to new media, and you should probably be able to go longer between migrations with tape than with disk archives.
Whiteboard Tutorial: FCoE Benefits & Drivers
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
In Part 3 of our Fibre Channel over Ethernet Whiteboard Tutorial series, analyst George Crump talks about the benefits & drivers behind FCoE, including simplified infrastructure, easier management, better performance, & guarantees for critical apps.
Whiteboard Tutorial: FCoE - The Necessary Elements
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
In part 2 of our FCoE Whiteboard series Storage Switzerland's George Crump discusses some of the elements of a fibre channel over ethernet infrastructure, covering both the converged network adapter and the switch.
Whiteboard Tutorial: What is FCoE?
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
In part 1 of our FCoE Whiteboard series Storage Switzerland's George Crump explains the benefits of FCoE, namely the reduction of cabling and network cards in servers, the subsequent costs savings & convergence of infrastructure management.
ReviewCam: Sychron's Virtual Desktop Management
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
Our hands-on evaluation of Sychron's virtual desktop management revealed a product that is adept at automating the rapid provisioning and the ongoing management of VMWare ESC and Microsoft Hyper-V environments.
ROI For UC, Social Media Hard To Find
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
Enterprises that have adopted unified communications and social networking report benefits, but can't always put a dollar figure on them.
First Mover Advantage: Risk-Reward
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
A panel of CIOs talk about making big bets on technology -- mobile, social, cloud and more -- and how it has helped their organizations move quicker on behalf of customers and employees.
Solar-Powered Mobile Device Charging Goes Social
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
German startup Changers launches solar-powered charger for mobile phones and a community and marketplace for turning energy produced into tangible credit.
How To Recover Your Data In Minutes
Commentary  |  11/21/2011  | 
One option to speed data recovery: Use a system that can spawn virtual machines and recover the failed host plus its data.
FedEx CIO Rob Carter: Dominant Design
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
One of the world's well-known CIOs provides an in depth look at how FedEx is building its data centers of the future. Carter discusses the trend toward "dominant design" -- the ability to leverage standards for speed and competitive advantage.
IPv6 Momentum Takes Huge Swing
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
A new Infoblox-sponsored IPv6 Census conducted by the Measurement Factory reports a 1,900% increase in the percentage of zones under .com, .net and .org that support IPv6. Only 1.27% of the zones surveyed in 2010 supported the successor to Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), compared to today's 25.4%.
Managing Identity Effectively in the Cloud
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
With thousands of cloud services proliferating on the Internet, managing identity becomes a real challenge for most of us.
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