Expert Analysis
Content posted in November 2011
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Aerohive's $99 Branch Office Offering Is Not A Black Friday Sale
Commentary  |  11/21/2011  | 
For the price of an external hard drive or a printer, you can get a complete branch office network from Aerohive Networks. We're talking wired and wireless networking here. Granted, the branch that can be serviced for under a hundred bucks is a small one, but the story is still quite interesting as part of a larger trend. Cloud-managed networking continues to get less expensive and more feature-rich, and the used-to-be-wireless-only guys are laying claim to more of the wired network in cool new
TwinStrata Enhances CloudArray Storage Gateway
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
TwinStrata has enhanced its CloudArray storage gateway. Version 3.0 of the product, which can run either as software or on an appliance in several form factors, now offers support for file-based storage such as network-attached storage, direct-attached storage or a storage area network, in addition to the public and private cloud integration that the product already offered.
First Mover Advantage: Risk-Reward
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
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.
4 Viral Social Software Tips From Enterprise 2.0
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
Maximize use of open social software, imitate what works for Facebook, and other expert advice from top social media maven.
Can Dell Do For Networking What It Did For Storage?
Commentary  |  11/18/2011  | 
Dell is focused and while it isn't considered by many to be a solutions provider--many consider Dell to be a box pusher--it plans on changing perception. As Fritz Nelson points out in discussing Dell's earnings, the company did a remarkable job of acquiring storage companies that fit with its overall vision, investing in the product lines, doubling or tripling the head count in some cases, and setting off on an integration path that continues today. However, Dell has a difficult road ahead if it
Who's In Your Database?
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
New guide to access control offers answers on topics like provisioning users, role-based access control, and least-privilege users.
Restore The VMTN Subscription
Commentary  |  11/18/2011  | 
I was pleased to see that blogger Mike Laverick, of, has inspired a grass-roots movement to convince VMware management to restart the VMTN subscription. Like Microsoft’s TechNet, Action Pack and MSDN subscriptions, VMTN subscriptions would get non-production licenses into the hands of geeks with home labs, independent developers and the like. VMware should restart VMTN tout de suite, not as a gesture to the power of social media, but because it will be good for business in th
Zyrion Uses Automation To Simplify Monitoring
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
Specializing in cloud and IT monitoring solutions, Zyrion wants to "dramatically" simplify monitoring the performance of distributed, heterogeneous cloud infrastructures with its Traverse Automation Module. Automation is the second element of the company's three-party strategy that was launched in April with the Data Capture and Processing module for monitoring cloud technologies like VMware, Xen and AWS, and will be completed next month with the unveiling of an Intelligence & Predictive Analyti
New Cisco WebEx Manages Total 'Meeting Lifecycle'
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Cisco also expands Jabber UC platform to mobile devices.
EMC's Unified Storage Division Is Focusing on Customer Requirements
Commentary  |  11/17/2011  | 
Storage plays a vital role in such glamorous and revolutionary IT trends as virtualization, cloud and big data. While these are fun to watch and comment on, one should not forget the importance of product evolution. Day by day, customer requirements change. Storage products have to evolve to meet these specific needs, as well as be able to deal with the larger trends. EMC's Unified Storage Division illustrates how one vendor is keeping its eye on the customer requirements ball while also partici
Avaya Goes After Cisco With New Ethernet Switches
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Avaya is updating its Ethernet switch portfolio with six new models designed to bring the capabilities of its Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture to the edge of the campus network. The additions to the ERS 4000 portfolio offer plug-and-play capabilities for IP phones, QoS management, and support for both PoE and PoE+. The company says the Stackable Chassis technology can handle almost three times more traffic than competing solutions while consuming 36% less energy and offering a 40% lower t
2012 Security Spending To Hold Strong
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Compliance, mobile devices, and data loss prevention top the list of trends driving 37% of businesses to increase IT security spending.
VMware vCloud Connector 1.5 Adds Search Power
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Free upgrade for vSphere and vCloud Director users includes search function to help you easily locate virtual workloads.
Storage System Maxed Out? Try Virtualization
Commentary  |  11/17/2011  | 
Storage virtualization can let you use multiple storage systems and manage them as if they were one.
New Dell Kace Appliances Address Midmarket
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Dell is rolling out a new line of Kace appliances to address the midmarket, along with "pay-as-you-grow" pricing. Kace consists of two families of easy-to-use appliances that meet system management needs, from initial computer deployment to ongoing management and retirement. Targeted at organizations with 1,000 to 3,500 endpoint systems, the K-Series Advanced Appliance line that features quad-core Xeon processors, RAID 5 configuration, high-speed drivers and redundant power supplies includes the
New Research: Unified Communications 2012
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
More than 300 business technology pros weigh in on their UC plans, problems, and preferred vendors.
Half Of Firewall Rules Configured Improperly, Survey Says
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
Firewall administration, audit still mostly a manual process, leads to errors and breach risks, reports survey.
New And Notable On Network Computing
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
It's been a busy year for our IT staff. We've moved to a new platform that is more stable and faster. We have a new commenting system in place, and we are adding more kinds of content. Network Computing Pro, once a subscription service, is now free (registration required). And we'll have more changes in the coming months. All of these changes have been part of a long process, but one that lets us bring you more and better news, views and actionable information. Now I'd like to hear from you. Wha
Skytap Continues Public Cloud Onslaught
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
Skytap, which provides self-service cloud automation solutions to approximately 150 midmarket customers, has updated its offering with notification services, self-healing automation capabilities for virtual private networking and support for Open Virtualization Format. The company's intent is to make cloud computing easier to use for business users, while offering the visibility and control required by IT professionals.
It's Time To Get Your 10 Gig On
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
A spate of new products is putting high-performance 10-Gbps Ethernet within reach of almost every organization that wants it.
ISACA Survey Looks At Online Shopping At Work, Shows Worrisome Side Of Mobility And BYOD
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
I'm generally not big on survey results when it comes to drawing hard conclusions about IT matters, but occasionally the right data set hooks you. Given that we're fast approaching the thick of the online holiday shopping season, ISACA's recent "Shopping on The Job" survey tickled my curiosity. Even though I don't see many smoking guns in the results, I do find it interesting to be privy to how more than 1,200 U.S. consumers in an increasingly mobile world see their own use of company time and r
CA's Executive Solution Addresses IT-Business Gap
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
Designed for the increasingly mobile workplace, CA Executive Insight for Service Assurance is intended to change the way IT communicates with the business. It enables executives, business managers and knowledge workers to answer fundamental questions about the business, regularly monitor potential risks and make time-sensitive decisions that impact business results, says Mike Sargent, general manager, service assurance, CA Technologies.
Dell Is Focused
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
Last week, some colleagues and I had a chance to spend the day at Dell's headquarters in Austin, Texas. It was seven hours of meetings, getting a dump on Dell's various lines of business, and was capped off with a meeting with the man himself, Michael Dell. It was an informative day, meeting with folks who run the storage, server, networking, and channel divisions of the company. I came away with one overriding thought: Here's a company that is focused.
Quantum, Crossroads Systems Upgrade Storage Gear
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
Both vendors offer enhancements for tape systems, proving once again that tape is not yet dead.
MasterCard Adopts Intel Two-Factor Authentication
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
Credit card giant joins Symantec to support Intel's Identity Protection Technology, which bakes security directly into chipsets.
TwinStrata Enhances Cloud Storage Gateway
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
CloudArray can create global storage-area networks by using cloud storage with existing on-premises storage gear.
Brocade Claims World's Largest 100GbE Deployment
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
Brocade is claiming the world's largest single-site deployment of 100 Gbit Ethernet in a research institute, improving efficiency by 50%. Janelia Farm Research Campus, the research facility for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), has chosen Brocade to replace its network infrastructure and increase performance by up to 10 times.
The Idle Cycle Conundrum
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
One of the advantages of a private cloud architecture is the flexible pooling of resources that allows rapid change to match business demands. These resource pools adapt to the changing demands of existing services and allow for new services to be deployed rapidly. For these pools to maintain adequate performance, they must be designed to handle peak periods, and this will also result in periods with idle cycles.
Symantec Claims 30 Times Faster Server Failover For Windows Applications
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
Symantec is introducing a new version of its storage management suite for Microsoft Windows environments that, among other things, reduces server failover times from an average of 30 minutes to as little as 1 minute. Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability (SFHA) 6.0 for Windows manages both physical and virtual servers running Microsoft’s Hyper-V hypervisor. Failover time is improved by detecting server failure more quickly using asynchronous monitoring and notification instead of th
Symantec Security Cloud Covers Lync Instant Messaging
News  |  11/14/2011  | 
In addition to public instant messenger services used for communications between companies, Symantec Instant Messaging will cover federated applications of Microsoft Lync
Microsoft, Google Struggle With New Face Of Collaboration
Commentary  |  11/14/2011  | 
Microsoft's Office 365 is not the future and neither is Google's Gdocs. But it just might be Facebook or Chatter.
Sanbolic Upgrades AppCluster For SQL Server
News  |  11/14/2011  | 
Microsoft SQL Server database-specific module for Sanbolic's Melio Enterprise software allows SQL Server to be more highly available and scale across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.
5 Ways Enterprises Can Stay Safer On Facebook
News  |  11/14/2011  | 
Some companies are pumping more time and money into business Facebook pages without considering the lack of control when things go wrong. Consider these security steps within your grasp.
Red Lambda: Security Revolution Or Just Evolution?
Commentary  |  11/13/2011  | 
Security statistics are depressing. The bad guys seem to be overwhelming the good guys, even when the good guys are well-known security vendors. So when an emerging company, such as Red Lambda, claims to have software that significantly improves the odds for the good guys, you need to pay close attention.
KineticD Offers Hybrid Cloud Backup For Servers
News  |  11/13/2011  | 
Online backup and disaster recovery service provider KineticD is now offering KineticCloud for Servers, which provides what the company calls "disk-to-disk-to-cloud" backup of data, meaning that the customer makes a backup disk that stays on premise while another backup is stored in KineticD’s cloud.
Nexsan Announces The E5510 NAS Which Provides More Than A Petabyte Of Capacity
News  |  11/13/2011  | 
Nexsan has added a new member of the E5000 family of network-attached storage systems, the E5510, which now provides more than 1 petabyte of capacity. Like the other E5000 family systems announced in August, the E5510 makes use of Nexan’s FASTier solid-state disk caching technology, which helps improve its speed by up to three times, and has support for Nexsan’s E-Centre graphical user interface for deployment and management.
Oracle Solaris 11: Too Little, Too Late?
News  |  11/11/2011  | 
Oracle is now shipping Solaris 11, which it is calling the first fully virtualized cloud operating system. Solaris 11 is already in production at more than 700 companies and deployed on thousands of Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances, as well as on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 and X2-8 and the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud engineered systems. Oracle Solaris 11 Express, which started shipping in November 2010, added network virtualization and resource management, as well as new
Duqu Malware Detection Tool Released
News  |  11/11/2011  | 
Toolkit can throw up false positives and should only be used by professionals, researchers say.
Spreecast Puts Broadcast Twist On Video Chat
Commentary  |  11/10/2011  | 
The Spreecast service combines the intimacy of video chat with a broadcast service that can include thousands of viewers.
RedSeal Networks Upgrades Security Intelligence Software Offering
News  |  11/10/2011  | 
RedSeal Networks this week introduced Version 5 of its software product to proactively protect computer networks from increasing threats from cybercriminals. The upgrade monitors IT assets for key risk indicators for network security, vulnerability exposure and policy compliance, and can be managed through a customizable dashboard and a Web portal.
Virident Unveils Big Flash Storage In Small Package
News  |  11/10/2011  | 
Virident Systems is rolling out FlashMAX MLC, a PCIe storage class memory (SCM) product. The system provides 1.4 Tbytes in a low-profile form factor with vFAS (flash management with Adaptive Scheduling), delivering more than 1.4 million IOPS. It is available in 1-Tbyte and 1.4-Tbyte versions for $13,000. The company says its vFAS now includes a data sanitization feature, of particular interest to the public sector, that allows users to remove sensitive or classified data from FlashMAX products
Sam's Club Shares Early Holiday Deals Via Social, Mobile
News  |  11/10/2011  | 
Holiday shopping season starts early as Sam's Club gives first look at Black Friday deals to Facebook fans and users of its mobile app.
Blue Jeans Network Beats Microsoft To Lync, Skype Connection
News  |  11/10/2011  | 
Cloud-based videoconferencing service will demo ability to connect Skype, Lync, and room-based systems from Cisco, Polycom, Logitech LifeSize, and others at Enterprise 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, Calif.
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