Expert Analysis
Content posted in February 2013
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Security Tools Show Many Dots, Few Patterns
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
Today's security software wastes valuable time by delivering data dumps, rather than focusing on trends. But you can create your own visualizations.
Facebook's Data Center: Where Likes Live
News  |  2/28/2013  | 
Welcome to the Oregon high desert, where Facebook stores all of your likes while pursuing data center energy efficiency on a new scale. Coming soon to the neighborhood: Apple.
11ac's First Wave: What to Expect
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
802.11ac will super-charge Wi-Fi, but pre-standard products will come with limitations. Here's what you can expect as 11ac products debut in 2013.
WLAN Stress Tests: What’s the Use?
Commentary  |  2/26/2013  | 
Wireless hardware testing can shed much-needed light on Wi-Fi products when every vendor claims to have the best stuff. But you have to pay attention to the testing details.
HP Launches Big Data Security Products, Threat Research
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
HP takes steps to bolster threat-intelligence gathering capabilities, better compete on big data security with the likes of IBM, EMC, SAP and startups.
Will SDN Kill TRILL?
Commentary  |  2/26/2013  | 
Layer 2 multipathing standards such as TRILL and SPB may seem redundant in an SDN world. But these standards still have a role to play while we wait to see how the SDN market matures.
IBM Turns IT into Storage Service Provider
Commentary  |  2/25/2013  | 
IBM's SmartCloud Storage Access turns premises storage into a service that IT can offer to internal users via a service catalog.
U.K., India Sign Cybersecurity Pact
News  |  2/25/2013  | 
Government and law enforcement agencies will collaborate to protect U.K. data held by Indian outsourcers and cloud vendors.
F5 Tackles BYOD with MDM Products and Services
News  |  2/22/2013  | 
News roundup: F5 announces MDM software and SaaS service; Citrix leverages Zenprise acquisition to launch XenMobile; GroundWork Monitor watches hybrid cloud environments.
Cloud Storage and Sync: A Bubble Destined to Burst
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
The proliferation of cloud file sharing services is out of control. It can only end badly for most of these companies—and their users.
Virident Unlocks PCIe Flash From a Single Server
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Virident is releasing software that makes PCIe flash behave more like a SAN or distributed cache, expanding the performance boost of PCIe flash across multiple servers.
State Of Storage: Solid State Takes Hold
News  |  2/22/2013  | 
Software is driving storage innovation, but solid-state technology is infiltrating all levels.
Road-Testing Republic Wireless and Its $19 Mobile Plan
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Republic Wireless offers unlimited mobile voice and data for $19 a month. While the data is unlimited, the carrier’s reliance on Wi-Fi means poor call quality and no ability to hand off calls between wireless and cellular connections.
Google: We've Stopped Most Gmail Account Hijacking
News  |  2/21/2013  | 
Google cites 99.7% decrease in Gmail account hijackings since 2011 peak, thanks to risk analysis defenses.
VMware Launches New VDI Software, Updates VDI Suite
News  |  2/21/2013  | 
News roundup: VMware upgrades VDI suite; GreenBytes releases virtual appliance for virtual desktops; NetIQ makes SSO for cloud easier; Seagate NAS simplifies backup for SOHOs; ITinvolve launches latest SaaS-based ITSM release.
English University Delivers Greener IT, Boosts Student Approval
News  |  2/21/2013  | 
Anglia Ruskin University's move to virtual desktops hasn't just cut bills and carbon emissions, it's also improved student ratings.
4 Ways $50K Of Flash Can Boost Performance
Commentary  |  2/20/2013  | 
You want to use solid state storage to boost your network's performance. Here's advice on adding SSDs without breaking the company.
Server-Side Caching Gets Smarter Via Startup PernixData
Commentary  |  2/20/2013  | 
Startup PernixData uses a distributed, replicated write-back cache to take full advantage of SSDs in server-side caching while addressing the risks of server failure and data loss.
Interop Preview: Expert Advice On Building Private Cloud
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Dave Roberts, founder of cloud blogging site LeverHawk, discusses the type of framework an enterprise can use to build a private cloud environment.
3 Tips From Burger King, Jeep Twitter Hacks
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
In about 24 hours, the Twitter accounts of Burger King, Jeep and other well-known companies were hacked. Follow these three strategies to avoid a similar fate.
InteropNet's Live Wire Act
Commentary  |  2/19/2013  | 
InteropNet is the technological backbone of the Interop conference. Built four days before conference doors open, InteropNet serves more than 10,000 users and 300 exhibitors each day of the conference. Here’s how it comes together.
3 Lessons Learned from Wireless Field Day
Commentary  |  2/19/2013  | 
WLAN location-based services are hot, wireless technology is getting more complex, and WLAN interoperability just isn’t going to happen. These are the three big ideas I took away from Wireless Field Day.
McAfee Launches Real-Time Security Policy Software
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
News roundup: McAfee connects ePolicy Orchestrator to Enterprise Security Manager; Arista Launches Data Analyzer; Zscaler goes big with Security Cloud analytics; Anturis unveils beta IT monitoring tool
EMC Merges High Availability, Disaster Recovery into One
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
EMC is combining products and services to turn high availability and disaster recovery into a single concept it calls Continuous Availability.
Automation Is Good For The Business And IT's Career Prospects
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
Rather than dismissing the idea of automating processes like failover, embrace it. The alternative is more interest in IaaS.
SDN Startup Targets Cloud Providers
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
SDN startup Anuta Networks is launching a controller for IaaS cloud providers to manage physical network infrastructure—switches, routers, load balancers and more—and to automate the provisioning of network services.
Brocade Wins Another Round in A10 Patent Lawsuit
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Brocade notched another victory in its patent lawsuit against A10 Networks as a federal judge denied a request from A10 to undo a permanent injunction that bars A10 from selling products that infringe on Brocade's patents.
10 Tools To Prevent Cloud Vendor Lock-in
Slideshows  |  2/14/2013  | 
Nobody wants to be caught in proprietary traps in the cloud. These tools can help you avoid being hemmed in by one vendor.
Cisco's Future Focuses On Cloud, SDN
News  |  2/14/2013  | 
Cisco posted record revenue for the eighth consecutive quarter even as it redefines its business for a future of virtualized networks and the Internet of Everything.
IT Not Ready to Quit on BlackBerry
Commentary  |  2/13/2013  | 
IT pros hope BlackBerry can reverse its fading fortunes, but they recognize end user choice is going against the once-dominant mobile vendor. Network Computing readers weigh in on BlackBerry’s fate.
HTML5 Mobile Development: 7 Good Ideas (and 3 Bad Ones)
Slideshows  |  2/13/2013  | 
HTML5 can be a boon to enterprise mobile app development, but you have to identify the right use cases to make it work. Here are 7 scenarios that make sense for HTML5, and 3 you might want to avoid.
Facebook Graph Search: One Group's Early Lessons
News  |  2/13/2013  | 
Farm Sanctuary shares lessons learned during its first steps with Facebook's new search engine, including privacy considerations.
VMware Acquires Virsto To Enhance Virtual Storage Performance
Commentary  |  2/12/2013  | 
VMware is acquiring Virsto, which provides software to accelerate virtual machine I/O and improve overall storage performance in virtual environments.
F5 Acquires SDN Startup LineRate Systems
News  |  2/12/2013  | 
News roundup: F5's LineRate Systems acquisition targets data center programmability, scalability; Dell launches a new switch and rolls out OpenFlow support; CA simplifies IAM offerings; Veeam offers VM backup up to 15 cloud providers.
RCS, WebRTC Will Unlock Mobile UC Potential
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
New standards such as RCS and WebRTC aim to bring unified communications (UC) capabilities to browsers and mobile devices, which may open a new competitive front for enterprise UC providers.
When Security Experts Forget Passwords
News  |  2/11/2013  | 
What happens when you forget a crucial password? Here's what WhiteHat Security's CTO learned from his experience.
Digital Pen Improves the Tablet Experience
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
The DuoSense digital pen from N-Trig captures the experience of pen on paper for tablet users. But OS and device support are limited, and more apps are needed before this technology can go mainstream.
Ospcode's Private Chef Gets Cooking with Facebook
News  |  2/8/2013  | 
News roundup: Opscode updates Private Chef automation software; AirWatch and ForeScout team up for mobile security; WatchGuard unveils seven XTM appliances; HP gets agile.
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