Expert Analysis
Content posted in March 2010
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One Million IOPS: Moving The Data Center Bottleneck
Commentary  |  3/9/2010  | 
The first system administrator to ever upgrade a server undoubtedly experienced a mismatch in performance between the installed server and the new component. Since then, millions of data center managers have experienced first-hand the performance bottleneck constantly moving from one component in their data center to another. Have those years of experience stopped smart people in our industry from challenging whether it makes sense to deploy new generations of faster technology, because the new
More Companies Plan For Unified Communications See ROI
News  |  3/9/2010  | 
Unified communications (UC) has long been touted as a money saver and productivity booster, and according to a new vendor-backed study, the technology may be making good on that promise. For the second year, technology products and services provider CDW has conducted its Unified Communications Tracking Poll, surveying 915 IT professionals in December 2009 who work on unified communications or component technologies in business, government, healthcare and education. The company conducts the surve
The Types Of Automated Tiering
Commentary  |  3/9/2010  | 
Automated tiering, the transparent movement of data between tiers of storage, has several methods of delivery. There is some disagreement as to which is the "real" automated tiering. I'm not sure if from a storage manager's perspective it matters, but understanding the types of automated tiering will help you select the best method for your data center.
Sepaton Goes DeDupe
News  |  3/8/2010  | 
Sepaton adds deduplication along with capacity and bandwidth optimization to its enterprise storage platform with today's introduction of the S2100-MS2. The S2100-MS2 sits in the midrange of the Sepaton products. A rack-ready device with capacity to back-up and restore of up to 40TB is aimed at small enterprises, the MS2 can be equipped for up to 160TB of useable data, while the existing ES3 can be configured for up to 1.6 Petabytes of data. The 2100-MS is currently available, listing for a two-
Storage Market Posts Growth In 4Q
News  |  3/8/2010  | 
Much of the increase was driven by open networked storage.
3Par Slashes Storage Array Costs
News  |  3/8/2010  | 
3Par dramatically improves the performance of corporate storage arrays with the announcement of its support for Solid State Drives (SSD) in its autonomic storage arrays, the InServ Storage Server F-Class and T-Class storage servers. SSDs, the sort of small drives that you might find in an iPod or other consumer electronics, provide incredibly fast storage access. They're widely being seen as an alternative to higher-priced Fibre Channel access for commonly accessed files. With SSDs, IT would con
Spend More To Save More - Rethinking iPad For Enterprise Users
Commentary  |  3/5/2010  | 
The launch details of Apple's iPad tablet were just recently revealed, with the WiFi-only version of the device going on sale April 3rd and is open to pre-orders on March 12th. While the gadget geeks will certainly be standing by with credit cards at the ready, I believe that waiting a bit longer for the 3G model, and paying a bit more, is the way to go for most enterprise road warriors.
Motorola Brings Vendor Neutral WLAN Management To AirDefense
News  |  3/5/2010  | 
The enterprise mobility division of Motorola has announced its new multi-vendor WLAN management solution. The AirDefense Infrastructure Management module joins the other components of the AirDefense product line, including its Network Assurance, Advanced Troubleshooting, and the AirDefense Security and Compliance suite. The new management platform offers command and control features to Motorola's enterprise WLAN products and to its closest competitors' products as well.
Ballmer Bets Microsoft's Future On Cloud Computing
News  |  3/5/2010  | 
Thursday Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivered what was essentially a State of the Cloud address, providing a forward-looking view of what cloud computing will be like for the world in general and for his company, in particular. While much of his talk focused on consumer end-user features like a more interactive Bing Maps and the Xbox gaming console, he also spoke to the future of cloud computing for enterprises.
Opportunities, Challenges Of UC In Healthcare
News  |  3/4/2010  | 
Unified communications can solve some of the unique challenges faced by healthcare centers. We help CIOs make the business case.
Opportunities, Challenges Of UC In Healthcare
News  |  3/4/2010  | 
Unified communications can solve some of the unique challenges faced by healthcare centers. We help CIOs make the business case.
Practical Analysis: Are You Neglecting Your WAN?
Commentary  |  3/4/2010  | 
Web apps and consolidated data centers are adding pressure, and video will bring even more. It could be time to explore new options.
Citrix, Carpathia Launch XenServer Cloud Service
News  |  3/4/2010  | 
Carpathia Hosting and Citrix Systems have combined resources to offer a XenServer-based set of cloud services, called Carpathia InstantOn. Such services are likely to appeal to heavy users of Citrix XenServer hypervisor or Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor, since both use a shared VHD virtual machine file format which would lend itself to export to a XenServer based cloud. InstantOn is one of the first cloud offerings to be based on XenServer.
Is All Storage Hype Bad?
Commentary  |  3/4/2010  | 
Cloud Storage, Automated Tiering, FCoE and deduplication are the current over-discussed technologies in storage. At some point, a technology gets discussed so much that it becomes over-hyped. The reality is that most of the potential users of any of these technologies are not even close to adopting them. Especially right now, most IT professionals are just trying to keep their heads above water. Is all storage hype bad, though?
Smart Grid Integration A Daunting Task As Green Energy Comes Online
News  |  3/4/2010  | 
As alternative green energy sources come online, power plants and energy distribution substations find their networks challenged by smart grid demands that call for rapid changes between traditional and alternative energy sources. System and network integration on a smart grid that manages hybrid energy sources is on technology road maps for virtually every utility company now, but a majority are still not diversified with alternative energy. Consequently, the prospect of integrating traditiona
More Businesses Plan To Implement UC
Commentary  |  3/4/2010  | 
The implementation rates for UC remain steady, but the numbers of organizations building strategic plans for UC adoption has increased.
Vendor Metamorphosis, Or Resurrection?
Commentary  |  3/4/2010  | 
Back in July, I was skeptical that longtime tape automation vendors Tandberg Data and Overland Storage would successfully transit the tempest that is the SMB storage market in the recession. Both are announcing products and road maps that fit their SMB customers better, and Overland has both managed to raise another $12 million and hire Geoff Barrall to be their CTO, which could keep them around long enough to deliver on the vision. MAID pioneer Copan wasn't so lucky, however.
Microsoft's Scott Charney Calls For Disrupting Cybercrime Activities
News  |  3/3/2010  | 
It's not enough to build defenses against cybercriminals, the good guys have to put the bad guys out of business, according to Scott Charney, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group, in a keynote address Tuesday morning at the RSA Conference 2010 in San Francisco. "We are committed to collaborating with industry and governments worldwide to realize a safer, more trusted Internet through the creative disruption and prevention of cybercrime," says Charney. While focusin
TiVo Launches Internet-Enabled DVR
News  |  3/3/2010  | 
The TiVo Premiere digital video recorder combines TV and the Internet into one device that could replace the PC for entertainment.
Net Optics Director Pro Combines Deep Packet Inspection And Load Balancing
News  |  3/3/2010  | 
Anyone who need to view network traffic for application, network or security monitoring knows the difficulty in getting traffic from the wire to the analyzer. Physical and network interfaces have to match exactly, or IT is forced to use switch-span ports that can place additional load on the switch fabric and limit the output speed. Netoptics announced a new inline tap that supports 40Gbps pass through traffic, a Gigabit Zero Delay TAP and a Director Pro with hardware based deep packet inspect
Nexenta Deduplicates ZFS
News  |  3/3/2010  | 
Nexenta Systems Inc. has enhanced its NexentaStor 3.0 product to include in-line deduplication for Zettabyte File System (ZFS). The company also used NexentaStor 3.0 as the basis for its Nexenta Virtual Machine Datacenter (VMDC) 3.0 product, which adds support for Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization environment.
Chip Outlook Brightens
News  |  3/3/2010  | 
Surging demand for smartphones and strong revenue predictions for PC and server markets are boosting semiconductor sales.
Take Our Server Survey
Commentary  |  3/3/2010  | 
The server space has changed rapidly over the past few years, forced into a technological transition by four broad and simultaneously emerging trends: the ongoing push toward consolidation, the business imperative to rein in out-of-control power and cooling costs, the rise of cloud computing and a looming push for next-generation data center architectures.
IBM Bolsters The Case For Information Governance
Commentary  |  3/3/2010  | 
IBM recently staged a coming of age party for information governance. Information governance is nothing new for the company, its latest announcement simply heightens its growing emphasis. IBM, along with some other vendors, is increasing the drumbeat for a very good reason: governance is critical to leveraging information as effectively as possible. Since many enterprises are still unclear on what information governance is--let alone its benefits and how to do it--putting an information governan
Cloud Security's Seven Deadly Sins
News  |  3/3/2010  | 
A new study, Top Threats to Cloud Computing V1.0, conducted by the Cloud Security Alliance, identifies seven types of security risks present in cloud computing. Many of the threats also apply to corporate networks, but can be exacerbated by both the openness and scale of cloud services. The study was released at the RSA Conference 2010. Hewlett-Packard funded the study and is using its release to promote its Secure Advantage services, which help businesses sort through the myriad security produc
Windows 7 Rolling Review: Wrap-Up
News  |  3/2/2010  | 
Deploying a new operating system across a company is a bit like conducting an orchestra: You need the proper instruments in place, and your timing and execution must be right to evoke harmony. Get it wrong and all you get is noise. So for all those would-be maestros of Windows 7, now is the time to take a close look at OS deployment software, which we've tested in our Rolling Review.
Symantec E-mail Security Appliances Focus On Targeted Attacks, SMB Markets
News  |  3/2/2010  | 
Today at RSA, Symantec announced the release of a small business edition with identical feature sets to its Brightmail, but simplified licensing and SMB-scaled pricing. Symantec's latest release for its e-mail security appliances boasts enhanced ability to detect and block increasingly prevalent targeted e-mail attacks, real-time updates and customer-centric protection.
Automated Tiering: Cost Savings Or Performance Enhancer?
Commentary  |  3/2/2010  | 
One of the questions that came up quite a bit in response to my last entry was whether or not Automated Tiering Systems (ATS) were designed to drive cost savings or to be a performance enhancers. In that entry, I took the stance that ATS is a performance enhancer, while some of the comments and emails suggested that it was a cost enhancer. The real answer is that it's what you make of it.
Start-Up Pays You To Recycle Old Mobile Phones
News  |  3/2/2010  | 
When the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block LP moved its offices last year, it found that many employees disposed of old cell phones by sticking them in a drawer. Wanting to be environmentally responsible, the firm decided to recycle the phones rather than just throw them out. It turned to CorporateRenew.com, a start-up created by two Yale University undergrads that pays businesses for old cell phones and PDAs and resells them on the secondary market.
Is Emulex Running The HP Table?
Commentary  |  3/2/2010  | 
On February 26, Emulex announced that its OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapters are available from HP. This is a massive opportunity, given that HP is the largest OEM consumer of host adapters in the world. It is also significant because time-to-sales will be quick since the new HP-branded products are available for high-volume HP ProLiant rack, tower and blade servers. This also marks a ground floor opportunity for Emulex. These products are the first host adapters available from HP t
Cloud Security Alliance To Tackle Cloud Standards
News  |  3/1/2010  | 
Members of the standards body include Novell, Microsoft, Dell, Rackspace, Qualys, HP, Intel, Cisco, McAfee, Salesforce.com, and Symantec.
Netgear Unveils NAS For SMBs
News  |  3/1/2010  | 
The refreshed ReadyNAS network-attached storage appliances support up to 500 users with data storage along with integrated replication and backup options.
Broadband Sales Pick Up
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
A year they would like to forget, this is how network equipment providers would describe 2009. While sales of broadband access systems declined 12 percent for the year, they showed signs of life as the year closed: DellOro Group determined that revenue increased by double digits in the fourth quarter of the year.
Fortinet Branches Into Wireless With Enterprise WLAN
News  |  3/1/2010  | 
Security vendor Fortinet has announced its first entry into the enterprise WLAN market space with its FortiAP access points. The company has extended the operating system of its FortiGate security appliances to serve as controllers for these deployed, thin access points, adding another dimension to Fortinet's already multitasking appliances.
Default Passwords Can Kill You
Commentary  |  3/1/2010  | 
It's been widely reported that Czech security experts recently uncovered a large botnet that exploited the weak and default passwords of many broadband routers and DSL/Cable modems. The impact? DNS redirects to malware sites, DDoS attacks and data leakage for many unsuspecting broadband users. Don't let this happen to externally-facing gear in your datacenter. There are a couple of easy and free ways to pen test your network.
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