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Content posted in December 2011
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2012: Veni, Vidi, VDI
News  |  12/30/2011  | 
Will 2012 be the year desktop virtualization--a.k.a. VDI, thin-client computing or anything but Wintel--finally moves from primarily a vendor push to customer pull? The vendors--and pundits--have been shouting the praises of VDI for the last several years, but the reality has not come close to the hype.
Box.net CEO Aaron Levie Takes On Microsoft
News  |  12/29/2011  | 
Box.net aims not just to provide storage in the cloud, but to change the way documents are managed and shared, and the very way companies collaborate. The company's feisty CEO demos some collaboration features and dishes on Microsoft.
Transferring DNS Registrars Not A Problem
Commentary  |  12/29/2011  | 
It's Dec. 29, and I have started to transfer personal DNS domains from GoDaddy. The company's position on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)—its reversal notwithstanding—was the nudge that pushed me over the edge. Frankly, GoDaddy has been acting poorly during the last few years, and I decided to move my domains elsewhere. So far, the transfers have gone well, with nary a hiccup.
2012: Flash To Supplant Disk?
News  |  12/29/2011  | 
It looks like 2012 could be a very big--if less profitable--year for the flash/solid-state storage industry, which should translate into good news for enterprise customers and not-so-good news for disk vendors, at least until the summer. Expectations are for a glut in flash and continued shortages in disk. For the second half of 2011, hard disk drives were predicted to account for 71% of the enterprise market, up 0.9% from the first half of the year, while SSDs were forecast to shoot up 61% to $
Cloud Storage: See You Next Year
News  |  12/29/2011  | 
If cloud storage was one of the few bright spots in IT in 2011, the trend is likely to continue through 2012, for many of the same reasons, analysts and vendors say. Predictions for 2012 in the area of cloud storage include continuing support by small and midsize businesses; improved linkages among public cloud services, private cloud services and local storage; reduced costs due to increased competition; and revenue projections of more than $1 billion for Amazon Web Services alone.
Security 2012 Outlook: Brace For New Types Of Attacks
News  |  12/28/2011  | 
Each time enterprises manage to thwart one type of cyber attack, the criminals develop a new strategy. A recently released security forecast from Cisco Systems identifies the new threats to watch out for in 2012. Meanwhile, a security industry education group predicts that salaries for security experts will grow by 4.5% next year as demand for their services grows with the threats.
2011 Was An Awesome Year For Networking
News  |  12/27/2011  | 
After about eight or nine years of networking innovation stagnation, the number of new innovations starting in 2010 and exploding in 2011 is astounding. Speed and feeds are increasing, but the exciting work in 2011 occurred in new technologies to support initiatives such as cloud computing, storage and data convergence, as well as migrating to IPv6. Here are the highlights.
iWave Raises The Flag For Storage Automation
Commentary  |  12/27/2011  | 
One of the fascinating things about the IT industry is its role as an ongoing incubator of innovation that impacts the lives of individuals, organizations and society. Now, if Raymond Kurzweil is to be believed, that trend will continue with no foreseeable end in sight. One hotbed of IT innovation is automation, particularly storage automation. And iWave plans to be a trend setter in storage automation.
Virtualization Management Hurdles Remain In 2012
News  |  12/27/2011  | 
VMware pushes management tools to help customers move into the more advanced phases of virtualization, as VM sprawl remains big worry.
Year In Review: Cloud Storage's Silver Lining
News  |  12/27/2011  | 
While many technologies blamed the laggard economy of 2011 for their failures, cloud storage was one of the few that could point to it for its success. Numerous information technology organizations, facing data growth due to factors such as the requirement to keep data for electronic discovery purposes, found themselves with growing storage requirements yet smaller budgets. But cloud storage systems and services helped users deal with the uncertain economics of 2011 by letting them fund that gro
Hey, Broadcom: Will 2012 Bring Us Gigabit Ethernet?
Commentary  |  12/26/2011  | 
We've come a long way since the early days of wireless networking. On the right 802.11n network today, you can see data rates of 300 Mbps and real throughput that tops Fast Ethernet speeds. But things change quickly in the wireless space, and after a recent conversation with chipmaker Broadcom, I can smell ridiculously fast wireless off in the distance.
Year In Review: The Good, The Bad And HP
News  |  12/26/2011  | 
As we wrap up another year of doing more with less, it's time to look back at the highs and lows of the vendors of IT products, services, panaceas and placebos. Based on the latest quarterly earnings, HP ($32.3 billion) had a comfortable lead over Apple ($28.27 billion) and third-place IBM ($26.2 billion). Microsoft ($17.37 billion) held down fourth place, followed by Dell ($15.4 billion), Intel ($14.2 billion), Cisco ($11.3 billion), Oracle ($8.4 billion) and EMC ($4.98 billion).
All I Want For Christmas Is 10Gbase-T
Commentary  |  12/23/2011  | 
Dear Santa: The best present you, and the networking industry, could give me is general availability of 10GBase-T across switches and NIC/CNAs. Once I can just order my 10gig network gear with 10Gbase-T, I can stop worrying about how to pay for optical transceivers at $350 to $1,200 a pop, as well as about the never-ending compatibility problems with both optics and twin-ax direct connect cables.
Holiday Fun With Personal Collaboration
Commentary  |  12/22/2011  | 
Use your free time to explore new consumer-driven products--and maybe pick up some valuable IT skills.
Does E-Commerce On Social Networks Pay Yet?
Commentary  |  12/22/2011  | 
E-commerce firms search for the right way to retail on social networks, especially Facebook.
Security 2011: Attack Of The Human Errors
News  |  12/22/2011  | 
Some household names in enterprise and consumer technology suffered the embarrassment of having been hacked by cybercriminals in 2011. RSA, of all companies -- the IT security division of EMC -- had to admit that its two-factor SecureID protection technology for customers had been compromised. And the most high profile breach affecting consumers made news when the Sony PlayStation Network was hacked, affecting 77 million customers whose private information was stolen.
Ignoring BYOD Spells Disaster!
Commentary  |  12/22/2011  | 
Last week in a blog titled "BYOD--Bring Your Own Disaster," I urged caution and scope for BYOD projects. This week I'm playing devil's advocate with myself. A conversation with Greg Knieriemen got me thinking of the consequences of ignoring BYOD. Let's dive into the risk of burying your head in the sand and ignoring the BYOD push.
VKernel Enhances VM Management Automation In vOperations Suite
News  |  12/22/2011  | 
VKernel has enhanced its vOperations Suite server virtualization management product. Version 4.5 includes features such as advanced virtual machine management task automation, which is intended to provide additional automation capabilities for VM management. This is expected to be particularly helpful for cloud computing implementations.
Move Data Closer To Apps
Commentary  |  12/21/2011  | 
The future of location-based storage tiering will be dependent on vendors being able to orchestrate movement of active data closer to the application.
Year In Review: Virtualization Hot in 2011
News  |  12/21/2011  | 
Virtualization was second only to cloud computing as a priority for 2,014 CIOs representing over $160 billion in corporate and public sector IT spending across 50 countries and 38 industries in Gartner's 2011 CIO Agenda survey, released in January. While IT budgets were expected to be flat for the year, these technologies were selected as the top two technologies for 2011 and are well-suited for this budget reality, as they offer similar service levels at lower budget costs, stated Gartner.
Videoconferencing: Simple, Lower-Cost Options Grow
News  |  12/21/2011  | 
Cisco Callway, Polycom, Vidtel, others offer easier to use videoconferencing systems.
IBM's STG Is On Track With Smarter Computing
Commentary  |  12/20/2011  | 
IBM's Systems & Technology Group (STG) represents, among other things, the hardware heritage of IBM, such as the mainframe, open systems servers and storage. But STG is deeply aligned with the company's software and services capabilities. IBM's annual STG analyst meeting is designed to bring industry (not financial) analysts up to speed on the group's strategy and direction.
Data Tiering By Storage Location
Commentary  |  12/20/2011  | 
Tiering systems in the future will move data within storage systems, to different storage systems, and even into the server hosting the application.
Quest Acquires Bitkoo For Cloud Identity Management
News  |  12/20/2011  | 
Deal reflects the difficulty many businesses face in centralizing identity and access management programs.
Year In Review: VDI Explosion Coming Soon To A Desktop Near You
News  |  12/20/2011  | 
Toward the end of 2010, Gartner reported that more than 80% of enterprises have a virtualization program or project, and it joined a veritable army of research companies and vendors predicting that the desktop would be virtualized via solutions such as VDI or hosted virtual desktops. However, according to a CDW survey, companies are finding that client virtualization is more complex to implement than they realized, that ROI is difficult to calculate, and that training end users can be a challeng
Jive Unveils Free Social Media Monitoring Tool
News  |  12/20/2011  | 
Fathom will allow all Jive users to monitor, search, and analyze social media, while a Pro version will add sentiment analysis and engagement features.
Most Of Our Benchmarks Are Broken
Commentary  |  12/20/2011  | 
For years, we in the storage industry have relied on a fairly small set of benchmarks to measure the relative performance of storage systems under different conditions. As storage systems have included new technologies-- including data reduction, flash memory as cache or automated tiering--our existing portfolio of synthetic benchmarks are starting to report results that aren't directly comparable to the performance that this new generation of storage systems will deliver in the real world.
Videoconferencing In 2012: Gaining Speed
News  |  12/19/2011  | 
Unified communications will become essential to business, thanks to gains in business continuity and productivity it brings.
Year In Review: Flash Comes of Age
News  |  12/19/2011  | 
If disk is the heavyweight segment of the storage market, dominated by seven vendors--three pure-play (EMC, NetApp and HDS) and four IT generalists (IBM, HP, Dell and Oracle/Sun)--holding more than 80% of the market, then flash (or solid state) is the cocky up-and-comer and 2011 was the year that flash finally made the jump to legitimate contender. And while disk continues to muscle along, accounting for the lion's share of the storage market being driven by data growing at almost 60% per year,
Don't Let Broadband Scrooges Ruin the Gift Of Cloud Backup
Commentary  |  12/19/2011  | 
It's the time of year for giving gifts. If you're the go-to techie in your family (like me), my shopping advice is this: Give some cloud this holiday season--specifically, cloud backup. It's good for you and good for the recipient. But there are challenges, largely because of the FCC's spectacularly unambitious broadband plan.
ADARA Networks Looks To Virtualize Entire Networks
News  |  12/19/2011  | 
In a development that the company claims will give IT organizations the ability to virtualize the entire network, ADARA Networks has launched its Unified Dynamic Management for Network and Data Center Optimization software--which has previously been sold only to government agencies such as the Department of Defense--to the commercial marketplace.
BMC Eases Application And Infrastructure Dependency Mapping
News  |  12/18/2011  | 
BMC Software has added collaborative application mapping to its BMC Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping product. Instead of having to work with IT to produce such maps, the new functionality means that application owners can provide a small amount of basic information, such as the application type and host names, to the IT department, which then uses ADDM’s search and query-building capabilities to discover information about the application.
Network Computing's 2012 Geek Gift Guide
Slideshows  |  12/16/2011  | 
Network Computing's staff has put together its list of the top gadgets and apps that will appeal to the hard-core IT geeks on your gift list.
Networking APIs Should Be A Critical Feature
Commentary  |  12/16/2011  | 
When you are looking at your next network equipment refresh, be sure to take a long, deep, look at the APIs the vendors are exporting and importing. Integration features should be near the top of your must-have feature list.
Roll Your Own Interference Signatures With AirMagnet
News  |  12/16/2011  | 
As anyone who has an understanding of Wi-Fi will tell you, interference is the one threat to the WLAN that you can't really do much to prevent from a configuration standpoint. When interference does show up, accurate classification and remediation can be the key to client success or frustration. Fluke Networks has just freshened up its AirMagnet Spectrum XT analysis tool as a leading weapon in the war on interference.
CollabNet Adds Git Source Code Management To Codesion Enterprise Cloud Development Platform
News  |  12/16/2011  | 
CollabNet, the global leader for enterprise cloud development and Agile ALM products and services, today announced that the Git source code management (SCM) tool is now available as a fully hosted, enterprise-grade solution directly from its Codesion cloud development platform. This cloud-enabled version of Git follows the company's recent launch of CollabNet Connect that made Git available as an integrated tool within the TeamForge Agile ALM platform. Both options make Git a viable choice for e
IBM Acquires Emptoris Analytics
News  |  12/16/2011  | 
IBM said it has inked a deal to buy out Emptoris, a Burlington, Mass.-based developer of software that helps businesses improve the efficiency of their procurement and supply chain operations through the application on business analytics tools. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Year In Review: Disk-y Business
News  |  12/15/2011  | 
The good news is that storage costs continue to drop, with third quarter disk capacity shipments up 30.7% year over year. Meanwhile, vendor revenues have increased only 8.5%, meaning enterprises can buy more storage for less money. The bad news is that information volumes are growing at a minimum rate of 59% annually, so that even with the cost per byte dropping rapidly, falling prices can't keep pace with increasing storage demands.
10 Tips For Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
News  |  12/15/2011  | 
SOX regulations remain one of security's biggest drivers in public companies. Here are some tips on how to keep your organization in check.
The Cable Conundrum Continues--Vendors Respond
Commentary  |  12/15/2011  | 
After my initial adventures with 10 Gigabit Ethernet cabling, as recounted in "The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Cable Conundrum," I realized I needed to research this matter further. I put together a few simple questions about 10 Gigabit Ethernet connection technologies and sent them to some leading vendors to see what challenges a system administrator building a multivendor network would face in the real world.
Are Storage Vendors Shopping For SSD Companies?
Commentary  |  12/15/2011  | 
This is the beginning of a larger trend where storage systems vendors get serious about integrating solid-state storage companies into their portfolios.
UC In The Smartphone Era
Commentary  |  12/14/2011  | 
In this age of IT consumerization, dedicated, centrally managed enterprise voice infrastructure is inconsequential.
Hitachi Boosts Private Cloud Storage Gateway
News  |  12/14/2011  | 
Hitachi Data Systems announced on Wednesday that it has added new capabilities to its Hitachi Data Ingestor private cloud gateway that lets customers share data among themselves, migrate data between NAS devices and file servers to the Hitachi Content Platform, and restore previously deleted files.
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