Vox Launches VoIP Video Phone
Ojo Vision offers unlimited calling, videoconferencing, and TV display connections to small and midsize businesses and home users.
Apple Boosts iPhone Sales Projections
First-quarter 2011 forecast indicates that the company is making up to 6 million handsets for CDMA-based wireless networks, the standard used by Verizon.
IBM Predicts Top IT Innovations
The IT giant's "Next Five in Five" list says that, by 2015, we'll have holographic cell phone displays, breathing batteries, and adaptive traffic systems.
Down For The Count; Happy Holidays To All
We are going on hiatus between Christmas and the beginning of the new year, returning on Jan. 3. I'd like to thank everyone who visited the site, and particularly, those of you who took the time to comment on news stories and blogs. Whether you are agreeing with us, correcting us or challenging our positions, your comments are appreciated and considered. I'd like to thank our bloggers and news contributors who make Network Computing possible, as well as our production and IT department for runni
Moving To The Cloud Is Not Cut And Paste
One of the issues I have been thinking about is the requirements necessary to move an application to a cloud service and, to some extent, move it with little impact to end users. Amazon's VM Import service is getting a lot of buzz lately, but the service itself is about as interesting as converting a Microsoft Word Document to PDF. Sure, it's useful, but it's only half the story. Virtual machine (VM) conversion certainly isn't a game changer for hybrid clouds. Just because you have a VM in your
Spares Beat Service Contracts Hands Down
I'm sometimes amazed at how much of my clients' IT budgets go to pay for service and support contracts they don't really need. Too many IT guys can only sleep soundly under the security blanket provided by a 24-7 service contract with guaranteed four-hour response times, so they just have the vendor include gold-plated service on everything they buy. I've found that, in many cases, a few spares and next business-day service can save my clients a bundle.
NetApp Kills Off DataFort; Encryption A Feature, Not A Product
Reports that NetApp is killing off the DataFort encryption product line it acquired with Decru in 2005 signals the last gasp of the once-promising storage encryption market. While we argued over Data Domain and whether deduplication was a product or a feature, the market decided that encryption alone does not a product make.
HP, IBM, VMware Rank Highest For Configuration Management Tools
An industry analysis released this month rates Hewlett-Packard, IBM and VMware as "value leaders" for configuration management tools that can identify software applications running on a network and the impact of network configuration changes that will affect how those applications run. The report, from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), rates those vendors high based on their product strengths and cost efficiencies. Other vendors ranked as a "strong value," the second highest ranking, were
C'mon, Julius ... What Is The FCC Thinking?
The Federal Communications Commission seems to have again exceeded its charter with the recent Net neutrality decision. Even though the FCC pulled the trigger, I suppose Congress is guilty of aiding and abetting the agency's latest foible by not intervening, yet. Charged with "regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable," the agency continues to favor one industry player over another and shows, yet again, why Congress needs to step in an
Cirtas Expands Amazon S3 Support To Cut Cloud Data Storage Costs
Cirtas Systems has enhanced its Bluejet Cloud Storage Controller cloud storage offering by adding support for Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) option, which lets users lower their cloud storage charges in return for reducing the protection Amazon gives to their data. In addition, Cirtas has increased the number of cloud systems that organizations can use by adding support for EMC's Atmos and for the AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service platform. Previously, the
Correlsense Makes Finding A Needle In A Haystack Easy
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Correlsense, a business transaction management company, along with one of its customers, GAINSCO Insurance. We discussed Correlsense's product, SharePath, which monitors and tracks all of an application's transactions in real time, and can rapidly deliver root-cause analysis and display where transactions are slowed or stalled. In fact, SharePath can pinpoint transaction bottlenecks spanning from the discrete user client to the IT infrastructure to th
New AppFirst Monitoring Product Integrates With Top Cloud Providers
AppFirst, a company that provides detailed monitoring and management of computing resources running in cloud environments, has introduced a new version of its solution that integrates with the systems of major cloud providers. The company announced this week that its AppFirst system--which constantly, rather than intermittently, monitors performance-- works with cloud providers such as Amazon EC2, Rackspace, SoftLayer and GoGrid, and will support additional cloud providers in the near future.
AOL Acquires About.me
Aggregator lets users create an online "business card" that offers a single access point for social networks, email, personal blogs and more.
Think Net Neutrality Will Kill Innovation And Jobs? Think Again
I simply do not understand how Net neutrality detractors think that the proposed rules the FCC wants to put into place could hurt innovation. Even a cursory read of the rules shows that they are trying to set a level playing field, ensuring that those who control the last mile cannot arbitrarily limit or restrict access to Internet services. Open access does not stifle innovation. Open access to Internet services is the catalyst to innovation. Let's face it: Telcos and cable companies are the le
CSA Updates Cloud Security Framework
The question isn't will cloud computing become the future of IT, but when. According to MarketsandMarkets (M&M), the global cloud computing market will reach $121.1 billion by 2015 ("Global cloud computing market: global forecast, 2010-2015"). Although it represents just a portion of the overall IT cloud market, public cloud providers' revenues will reach $45 billion by 2013, according to IDC. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 26 percent, more than six times the forecast growth ra
WikiLeaks Attacks Bringing Needed Attention To DDoS Prevention
The recent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks by supporters of the WikiLeaks organization were relatively small among all DDoS attacks, but the outsized media reaction to them brings needed attention to the threat of DDoS attacks in general and to the protections enterprise networks need to take, according to IT security experts.
WAN Issues Drive Application Deployment And Architecture
If you're in the hospitality industry, nothing is more central to your business than ensuring premium service and accommodations for your guests. This goes beyond offering attractive living suites, fine restaurants, and every imaginable personal and business convenience. It also includes friendly customer service and ease of booking reservations. Sometimes the best option is to re-design your IT systems.
Cloudkick Deal Turbocharges Rackspace Cloud Management
Just days after announcing a managed cloud service, Rackspace Hosting is upping the ante with the acquisition of Cloudkick and its cloud-server management tools portfolio. Serving more than 1,500 customers, a number of them from the more than 100,000 using Rackspace, Cloudkick helps administrators navigate the cloud world. Customers can manage and monitor their servers across multitenant virtualized servers and dedicated hardware, including hardware from multiple providers, within a single dashb
Cisco's FabricPath and IETF TRILL: Cisco Can't Have Standards Both Ways
Standards are standards for a reason. Standards allow customers to interconnect products with a hope that they will all work together easily and simply. It's how the Internet was built, though not without some problems, and how all the networking vendors built their businesses. No vendor, not even Cisco or Hewlett-Packard, can go it alone in enterprise networking. Even the whisper that a vendor is not standards-compliant can ruffle feathers and get danders up, so vendors come up with ways to giv
IT Hiring Picture For 2011 Mixed
A survey of various IT sector hiring forecasts for 2011 show a mixed bag, with companies planning to bring in more people but still relying, at least in part, on contract or temporary workers rather than making permanent hires. The technology consulting firm Janco Associates reports a slight increase in hiring in some IT areas, but not enough to offset the job losses in IT during the recession. But a survey of hiring managers and recruiters by the tech employment Web site Dice.com reveals six in
EMC Boosts Its Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform
EMC has enhanced its Atmos cloud service with the EMC Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform, which provides Atmos users, such as Internet service providers, with functionality such as provisioning, metering and billing so licensees don't have to provide those capabilities themselves. The product means that the Atmos users can deliver cloud services to their own customers more quickly and with smaller in-house development teams. In addition, EMC has enhanced its Atmos service by improving its multitenanc
What Comes After RAID? Erasure Codes
As I mentioned a few blog entries ago, the basic math behind parity based RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives) solutions is starting to break down. While I think it's important for those of us that spend our days thinking about these things to raise the alarm, it's more important to think and write about the technologies that can take us past parity RAID. One major contender is Reed-Solomon erasure codes, which vendors are starting to use as an efficient alternative to parity or mirrorin
Unisys Enhances Managed Security Services Offering
Unisys Corporation today announced that it has added the Security Event and Log Management solution to its Unisys Managed Security Services (MSS) offering. This new solution gives clients enhanced capabilities to identify and deflect potential cybersecurity breaches as they emerge from anywhere in the enterprise IT infrastructure, as well as to create and maintain the detailed audit trails of threats and responses increasingly required by regulatory and industry bodies. This solution can help cl
Ethernet Switch Sales Shine
The Ethernet switch market has come back with a bang, with 2010 sales shooting up 29 percent from 2009 to $18.5 billion. According to Infonetics Research's third quarter 2010 Enterprise Routers and Ethernet Switches market share and forecast reports, Ethernet switch sales, driven primarily by the United States and EMEA markets, grew 3 percent quarter over quarter to $4.7 billion, beating the previous high of $4.68 billion in the third quarter of 2008.
Amazon Dropping WikiLeaks Should Have No Impact On Your Cloud Plans
Amazon kicking WikiLeaks from its Amazon Web Services does not mean in any way, shape or form that you and your company can't trust cloud services. Extreme examples like WikiLeaks are rarely applicable to the rest of the world and only show that extreme cases lead to extreme reactions. What WikiLeaks may show, by way of extreme example, is that end user license agreements (EULAs) and terms of service (ToS) need to be carefully reviewed prior to signing on the dotted line. Organizations can, and