Expert Analysis
Content posted in December 2009
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Google Loses Groovle Domain Name Dispute
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
Google has lost in its attempt to prevent a Canadian Website from using the domain name
Nuance Buys SpinVox For $102.5 Million
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The combined company will produce carrier-grade voice-to-text services capable of handling millions of voice mail messages per day.
Ethernet Services Surge In Verticals
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
A Heavy Reading report says high growth rates for carrier Ethernet appear secure as the technology is adopted across finance, healthcare, government, and other sectors.
NORAD Deploys Network For Watching Santa
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
Each December, NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command conduct a special mission, detecting, tracking and assuring the safe completion of an international flight that covers tens of thousands of miles in a 24-hour period. NORAD, you see, takes seriously the assignment of tracking Santa Claus. According to Army Major Mike Humphreys, of NORAD and US Northern Command Public Affairs, the annual project to track St. Nick falls naturally within the mission of NORAD. "We are constantly tracking the skies f
St. Mary Parish Scans Legal Records
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
St. Mary's Parish is similar to thousands of counties and parishes around the country, with a county seat (Franklin), small towns, agriculture and industry. Though it's not a major metropolitan area, the clerk of courts office stays busy with the criminal, civil and public records cases and paperwork that are common to governments of all sizes. For a small parish, St. Mary sees a consistent stream of document requests. Haydel says, "On average I'd say we make 75 copies a day. [We needed]
German Industry Association Gives Insight Into Emerging, Printed Electronics Market
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
There are numerous printed and organic technologies in development that are likely to yield a variety of applications, everything from flexible displays that enable high-res electronic posters and wallpaper to low-cost printed RFID tags instead of hard-wired circuitry that make item-level tracking and tracing a no-brainer. Still, it may be several years before any of these technologies make their way to commercial markets.
Case Study: The Value of Virtual I/O, New England Biolabs
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
When New England BioLabs realized that it had outgrown its 120 servers, it also soon discovered that options for physical expansion were limited and potentially costly--one option required the building of a tunnel. NEB provides enzymatic products for gene research and drug discovery and had housed its bioinformatics data center in an historic mansion. It was bursting at the seams; port utilization of its blade servers for networking and storage was at an unsustainable 99 percent. To address the
Microsoft Word Gets Facelift
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Year End Transitions
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
While I'm usually a "Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night" kinda guy I'm feeling a little Grinchy as the end of the year brings more news from the walking wounded of the storage vendor community. I've already written about MAID pioneer Copan's slide, but this week brings unpleasant news from Verari and the long beleaguered pair of Overland and Adaptec, with a ray of hope coming from Exanet who had looked pretty dead the last time we looked.
Beyond 802.11n: Enterprise WLAN Trends For 2010
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
While the big news coming out the enterprise WLAN market was certainly the long overdue final ratification of the 802.11n standard, this past year saw a slew of new products and new solutions that firm up wireless' role in the enterprise as well as a number of acquisitions in the WLAN market place and a number of significant shifts in the OEM relationships of several wired switch vendors. The new year is already shaping up to be similar, with Meru Networks already announcing plans to take the co
Going Green Captures Attention Thanks To Down Economy
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
In a quirk of fate, what used to be considered pricey benevolence--supporting green initiatives--is now a way to save money in these tough times. A new market research study by Frost & Sullivan's Technical Insights research group, called Green Data Centers--Emerging Trends and Developments, finds that cost savings, along with the economic downturn, have emerged as the main catalysts in green IT initiatives. The study provides a technology overview and outlook for energy technology. It covers ind
Skype, Avaya Discuss Partnership
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Silver Lake, an investor in both firms, has been working to broker a deal between the communications companies.
Are Storage Vendors Learning At Your Expense?
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
I was on a call the other day with a vendor who made a statement recalling their Solid State Disk (SSD) rollout that almost made me spray Mountain Dew all over my computer screen. They said, "We learned a lot about SSD when our customers started using them in our systems." Does that strike you as wrong? Shouldn't they know? What else are storage vendors learning at your expense?
Rivada And Agito Partner To Bridge Emergency Communications
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Agito Networks and Rivada Networks have announced a joint communications solution, Interoperable Communications Extension (ICE24), that has been selected for use in Homeland Security and Homeland Defense missions. ICE24 is designed to be a fully interoperable communications system that can be easily deployed in backpacks or command vehicles to provide 24 x 7 communications at an incident site using voice over IP (VoIP) technologies.
Adtran Expands Ethernet, UC Offerings
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
New routers provide support for multiple T1s or E1s of bandwidth and simplify installation, the company says.
MobileIron Adapts To The Changing Rules Of Enterprise Mobility
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
MobileIron recently unveiled Release 2.0 of their Virtual Smartphone Platform. While previously focused as a mobile device management tool for administrators, Release 2.0 also takes aim at the mobile users themselves, delivering a wealth of self-service tools. It also provides visibility to both the user and IT into how well the mobile device, as well as the networks it uses, are serving the user's remote needs.
Las Vegas' M Resort Wins A Triple Play With A Brocade IP Network
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
M Resort, one of Las Vegas' newest resorts, has networked everything--slot machines, guest room door locks, mini-bars, VoIP phones, PCs, even a prescription-dispensing robot in the resort's pharmacy--on an all-IP network that consolidates voice, video and data. The triple-play IP network, which consists of IP switches and routers from Brocade, provides M Resort with across-the-board flexibility, says Rob Willis, VP of Information Technology.
Deduplicating Replication - SEPATON
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Sepaton is a pure VTL solution, meaning it is not available to backup to a NAS target like some of the other companies we have reviewed thus far. Sepaton is focused on enterprise data sets, which should be able to handle the challenges of a fibre attached backup device. They are also a grid or clustered based system, scalable to 16 nodes. Each node can perform deduplication as well as replication.
The SMB Impact Of Avaya Completing Its Nortel Enterprise Solutions Acquisition
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
Steve Hilton, bMighty columnist and analyst at Analysys Mason, explains what Avaya finalizing its purchase of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions (NES) operation means for small and midsize businesses.
Verizon Offers Mid-Year Report On Security Breaches
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Verizon business has released a mid-year supplement to its Data Breach Report, providing details on 15 categories of attacks and exploits that its internal security teams say are the most prevalent. In addition, the report provides details on how the common attacks tend to act in operation and tips on mitigating the risks of these threats.
'Twas The Day Before Audit
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
'Twas the day before audit, and all through the net, all the sniffers were sniffing, the ACL's were all set. IDSs were tuned to cut out the noise, to catch hackers and crackers and steal all their toys. The servers were hardened and code all inspected while programmers fretted over SQL injected. Management hung around micromanaging us, while PCs where patched using WSUS.
Voice Of The Customer: New IBM Service Analyzes Customer Sentiment
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
IBM has introduced a new service designed to help organizations mine data from various sources, including audio recordings, call transcripts, emails, survey results and demographic data, and then analyze that data to better gauge customer sentiment and improve marketing and customer service campaigns. Called IBM Voice of the Customer Analytics (VOCA) and developed by IBM researchers, the service is an offering within IBM's Managed Business Process Outsourcing (MBPO) group. It is available now as
Nursing Facility Turns To SaaS For Network Management
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The Jewish Home of San Francisco is a nursing facility for older adults. The home has over 420 residents on a nine-acre campus with five buildings. Richard Navarro, director of IT, is tasked with maintaining the health of the organization's network. Earlier this year he decided to implement service management software to help his small IT staff keep better tabs on network and application uptime. He chose a SaaS offering from a provider called AccelOps.
Meru Networks Files Registration Statement For Proposed Initial Public Offering
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Meru Networks, Inc., a provider of virtualized wireless LAN solutions, today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock.
Quest Software Delivers Major Update To Virtual Desktop Management Platform
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Quest Software, Inc. today announced the availability of the newest version of Quest vWorkspace, an award-winning desktop virtualization solution for simplifying the provisioning, management and use of virtual desktops. In addition to its support of the VMware platform, vWorkspace also now supports VMware Linked Clones, which reduce shared storage disk space requirements.
LaCie Intros USB 3.0 Storage Device
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The USB 3.0 spec enables the transfer of data at rates up to 4.8Gbits per second.
Promise Technology Unveils NAS For SMBs
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The data hub supports Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7; and Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher, the Phone, and mobile devices running Windows Mobile or Android.
NASg: A Low-Cost Cure For Storage Sprawl
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
With last week's release to beta of NASg, a network-attached storage system from Gridstore, small businesses and service providers have a new way to fight storage sprawl that doesn't involve a forklift. The solution creates a scalable storage grid costing about a third of similar solutions available today and is managed through a Microsoft Management Console snap-in. The cost of entry will start at around US$800 for one terabyte and around $300 per terabyte thereafter.
SMBs And The Psychology Of Virtualization
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Forrester's survey of 2,600 European and U.S. IT decision-makers for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) reveals that 53 percent of SMBs have or are implementing x86 server virtualization, 36 percent have virtualized instances of operating systems (OSs) and 61 percent expect to virtualize OS instances within the next two years. It seems that SMBs are jumping on the bandwagon, but is there more to SMB psychology that makes an SMB opt in or out of virtualizing?
Four Ways To Rapidly Reduce Your WAN Expenses
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Enterprise network groups are now so stretched to provide and maintain service that expense management and cost control are lower priorities. As a result, we recommend that large enterprises perform a focused telecom cost reduction exercise at least once every couple of years. In Part 1 of this article, we discussed several opportunities and strategies to address wasteful and unnecessary voice usage and local charges. We now turn our attention to other telecom services, including the Wide Area N
Where In The World Is Twitter's DNS?
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
Twitter lost control of its DNS records on Dec. 17 for about an hour, but the effects lasted a bit longer due to DNS caching. While neither Twitter nor their registrar DynDNS, is saying much other than that the DNS records were changed at around 10pm PST, there has been ample speculation that the perpetrators got control of administrative credentials for
FTC Won't Seek Intel Breakup
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
The Federal Trade Commission's punitive campaign against chip making giant Intel will not include efforts to break up the company , a senior official said. The FTC has "no goal of breaking up Intel," said Richard Feinstein, director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition, in a call with reporters Wednesday. The FTC announced its suit against Intel earlier in the day, claiming the company uses its dominance to stifle competition in the market for microprocessors that run personal computers.
DHS Plots Its Cloud Computing Strategy
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
The Department of Homeland Security will use its data center consolidation effort as a launchpad into shared services and a private cloud strategy, Keith Trippie, executive director of DHS' enterprise system development office, said Thursday. Speaking at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association breakfast panel in Bethesda, Md., Trippie said that the as-yet unnamed DHS cloud will be serving up SharePoint and enterprise e-mail before the end of fiscal 2010, with a development tes
The Dark Side Of Data Loss Prevention
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
Plugging data leaks requires more from IT than just software deployment.
Frost & Sullivan: IP VPN, Ethernet Preferred WAN Services
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
IP VPN (Internet protocol virtual private network) and Ethernet WAN (wide area network) services are increasingly popular as companies seek flexibility, simplicity, scalability and high bandwidth for their data communication needs. This is especially so for corporations that need to manage site-to-site connectivity across multiple regions.
SK Telecom Builds Cloud Computing Platform with IBM
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
IBM Smart Business Test Cloud Helps Company Deliver "Apps" Faster
Green Data Centers to Pave Way For Energy-Efficient Data Storage, Says Frost & Sullivan
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
The economic downturn has emerged as an unlikely driver for the adoption of green data centers. In an attempt to cut costs, data center owners are investigating technologies and solutions that would enhance the energy efficiency of their data centers. Information technology (IT) companies running data centers are also keen on implementing green technologies that might not have been a high priority if not for the economic slump.
New EMC Symmetrix V-Max Capabilities Deliver Increased Cost Savings And Flexibility For Virtualized Data Centers
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
EMC Symmetrix V-Max First to Market With 8Gb/s FC and FICON
IBM Targets SMBs With NAS Storage
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
IBM last week quietly revealed that it would sell a network-attached storage solution for its System X server platform. This is the first time IBM has offered small and medium businesses an alternative to direct-attached storage. Central to the strategy is a deal with Scale Computing, maker of high-performance storage arrays. Scale began shipping its Intelligent Clustered Storage SATA-based systems using IBM's General Parallel File System (GPFS) in June. ICS will now be offered for IBM's System
Citrix Receiver On Android: Your Desktop Anywhere
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Citrix's Receiver for Android is available as a Tech Preview (beta, don't use in production, etc) and runs on Android 2.0. Receiver, which Citrix expects to be out of Tech Preview and generally available by Q2 2010. Receiver is the company's universal client for desktop and mobile devices, providing a seamless remote application experience to end users regardless of where they are and what device they are using. Receiver on Android is surprisingly usable, given the Droid's relatively small scree
Gridstore Puts Scale-out NAS In Reach Of SMBs
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
I've always been partial to scale-out storage systems based on the RAIN (Redundant Array of Independent Nodes) model. If data grows faster than predicted, and it always does, I can just add another node or two to the cluster (or grid, cloud, fogbank or whatever the vendor wants to call it), and I never have to fire up the forklift for an upgrade. Now, an Irish startup, Gridstore, is taking the idea downscale by bringing the per-node cost of their SMB NASg to just $400.
Will They Make It? The Perfect Presentation
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
I heard this question twice yesterday, once from a CIO and once from a financial analyst: "Why won't they just tell me what their product does?" It's not the first time I have heard that plea, and I'm sure it won't be the last. One of the ways to tell if a company will make it is how quickly can they get you to understand why they exist and what makes them different.
EMC Speeds Up Storage Connectivity
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The Symmetrix V-Max storage array gets 8Gb-per-second connectivity for mainframe and open systems environments.
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