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ShareFile Adds Android, iPhone Access To Storage Platform
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
ShareFile on Thursday announced both iPhone and Android applications for its file sharing and storage platform. The company had previously offered non-native mobile access, but decided to build apps specifically for Apple's iPhone and Android-based devices in response to a growing number of customer requests, according to ShareFile CEO and founder Jesse Lipson.
Neebula Systems Introduces The World's First Cloud-Enabled Business Service Management Solution
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
Neebula Systems announced today the release of ServiceWatch 1.5, the world's first Business Service Management (BSM) solution with real-time service modeling. As enterprises migrate to dynamic IT environments they are no longer able to identify the location of resources that support business services. This eliminates the ability of existing management tools to provide true control of business service health.
It's World Backup Day
Commentary  |  3/31/2011  | 
Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all ages, today has been declared World Backup Day to bring attention to the fact that many of the computers we rely on in our daily lives are not backed up. Since I spend an inordinate amount of my time writing, lecturing and consulting with people about their backup architectures, I'm celebrating World Backup Day, and I hope you are too.
Cisco Enhances Converged Networking In Switches, Servers
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
By pushing converged networking onto server network interface cards, Cisco is building a Unified Fabric path back to individual virtual machines.
Cisco Weaving A New Data Center Fabric
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
With improvements and additions that cut across the data center, Cisco today announced updates to its Data Center Business Advantage portfolio. This includes additions to the Nexus line of switches, the Unified Computing System and NX-OS. Cisco has also focused heavily on network fabric technology with this release, providing a response to recent fabric releases from competitors such as Juniper and Brocade.
The Importance Of Correcting Packet Loss In VDI
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
Recently, on the LinkedIN WAN optimization professionals group, I participated in a conversation around whether virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is ready for the WAN. Face it, delivering responsive VDI over the WAN is going to be a challenge. One of the interesting points that came up was the importance of correcting for packet loss when considering WAN optimizers.
HP Opens Showcase Green IT Data Center In Colorado
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
HP on Wednesday opened a new data center that is designed to be a research lab for environmentally sustainable practices that use energy efficiently and have as little environmental impact as possible. The 50,000-square foot facility in Fort Collins, Colo., will be unique among HP research facilities in that it will be the first built at scale, running a full complement of 2,000 to 4,000 servers versus the typical research lab that runs on just 10 to 20 servers.
Businesses Shifting To 'Less Formal' Communication Methods
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
Desktop video and social media are on the rise, particularly for remote workers, while email and landline phone use are waning, according to a Skype survey.
Intel Unveils Bigger, Faster SSDs
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
The third-generation solid-state drives are 25-nanometer devices that pack up to 600 GB of memory.
Data Breach Notification Laws Influence Storage Location Decisions
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
McAfee and SAIC study finds that about 70% of organizations that store sensitive data abroad choose to do so in countries with lenient breach notification requirements.
Amazon EC2 Dedicated Server Offering Addresses GRC Niche
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting, published at the end of 2010, placed Amazon and its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) offering in the Visionary quadrant. It called Amazon a "thought leader" and "extraordinarily innovative, exceptionally agile and very responsive to the market." On the negative side, it cautioned that the company was the only vendor that did not offer dedicated non-virtualized servers. Until now.
ZeroPC, 'Transferable, Lifetime Desktop In The Cloud,' Debuts Globally And At Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
ZeroDesktop, Inc., provider of next-generation Web Desktop solutions, today announced its global launch of ZeroPC, a revolutionary cloud-based "transferable, lifetime Web desktop" that empowers consumers, schools and business users to securely move their full desktop experience online using any browser and Web-enabled device. ZeroPC provides the most comprehensive and functional desktop in the cloud with its rich combination of supported Web apps, local apps and native apps ranging from producti
Intellectual Capital Cybercrime Survey: Companies Reluctant To Investigate, Remediate Sensitive Data Breaches
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
In the face of growing evidence that cybercriminals are increasingly focused on intellectual capital and other proprietary business information, many organizations around the globe are nevertheless unlikely to investigate breaches and/or take remedial action. Only a quarter of organizations conduct forensic analysis of a breach or loss, and only half take steps to remediate and protect systems for the future after a breach or attempted breach, according to survey data in the McAfee-Science Appli
Spending On Videoconferencing And Telepresence To Double By 2015
News  |  3/28/2011  | 
Enterprises will spend $5 billion on videoconferencing and telepresence solutions in 2015, Infonetics predicted in a study released Monday. Last year, revenue for these technologies grew 18 percent, reaching $2.2 billion worldwide, the research firm said. As businesses around the globe continue to seek out new ways of cost-effectively and efficiently communicating, their spending on videoconferencing and telepresence is expected to increase, the study said.
New Version Of Precise APM Helps Shipping Company Manage SAP Performance And Prepare For Virtualization
News  |  3/28/2011  | 
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services is a global container shipping company serving more than 30,000 customers and offering end-to-end multimodal services reaching destinations on five continents. The 66-year-old company also offers full-service logistics. Its global operations rely on the robust, solid performance of its applications, particularly the applications that serve as the core of its business operations: SAP business intelligence, ERP, and portal applications and underlying databases.
More On Chunking
Commentary  |  3/28/2011  | 
The last time we looked at the chunking process in data deduplication engines ("Your Mileage Will Vary: Chunking"), we were looking pretty favorably at variable chunking that used the contents of the data to assign chunk boundaries. However, as deduplication moves from backup appliances accepting tape, or other backup application-specific format data, into backup applications and primary storage, the advantages of fixed-chunk deduplication start to become apparent.
Net Optics Taps Into Remote Monitoring
News  |  3/28/2011  | 
A specialist in network monitoring, Net Optics is expanding its reach with what it calls the industry's first purpose-built integrated network and application monitoring tap for branch and remote offices. Based in Santa Clara, Calif., the company has more than 7,000 customers, including 85 of the Fortune 100.
Nearbuy's Luneta Adds A New Dimension To WLAN Management- With Strings
Commentary  |  3/27/2011  | 
It's been a while since there was much to talk about in the WLAN management platform space. Each major vendor offers a pane of glass for controlling its own wireless networks, and AirWave's AMP is the closest thing to a "manage any WLAN" solution we've seen. This simple equation has been the status quo, but most wireless management systems are far too complex to unleash beyond the IT inner circle, even where help desk-level roles can be created. But now, Nearbuy Systems' Luneta enables just that
NComputing 'Office In A Box' Offers Small And Medium Sized Businesses State-Of-The-Art Technology At A Fraction Of The Cost
News  |  3/25/2011  | 
NComputing, a global leader in desktop virtualization, today launched "Office in a Box" in response to the growing need of small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) to have access to state-of-art office productivity solutions at a fraction of the cost. This is the second vertical market solution to be delivered by NComputing - the first being Classroom in a Box which was designed to help budget-strapped educational institutions maintain a more viable and less costly IT model.
Social Media Mentions Can Boost Stock Prices
News  |  3/25/2011  | 
Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and YouTube company page views can indicate that a stock price may rise, according to a preliminary study that looked at Starbucks, Coke, and Nike.
Cisco, IBM And Other Top Vendors Push Smart Networking Standard
News  |  3/25/2011  | 
Seventeen major technology companies--including Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon and Yahoo--have banded together to develop and promote a new approach to networking called Software-Defined Networking (SDN) through a non-profit foundation, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). Other founding members of the ONF include Broadcom, Brocade, Ciena, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Ericsson, Force10, HP, IBM, Juniper Networks, Marvell, NEC, Netgear, NTT, Riverbed Technology and VMware.
Color Labs Offers Location-Based Photo Sharing App
News  |  3/24/2011  | 
The software generates a network of users based solely on proximity, and combines users' photographs from the same location and makes them viewable on social media sites such as Twitter.
Tintri Tackles VM Storage Challenges
News  |  3/24/2011  | 
Organizations are losing the fight against the rising tide of data, and while IT vendors are reaping the rewards of throwing more storage at the problem, it's not a long-term solution. According to the third annual InformationWeek Analytics State of Enterprise Storage Survey, the amount of actively managed storage continues to expand at around 20 percent per year, with many IT staffs dealing with growth rates exceeding 50 percent and most data centers doubling storage capacity every two to three
IBM Leverages Experience To 'Simplify' Outsourcing
News  |  3/24/2011  | 
Building on 25-plus years of experience working with more than 1,000 clients, IBM is officially unveiling a "pre-engineered technology services model" that it says can cut deployment time by more than 60 percent and slash costs by up to 50 percent. Big Blue's new services capabilities are based on a set of server, storage, networking and help desk services "assets" that integrate process, software, industry expertise and IBM research to create reusable building blocks. The company says that by b
'Only The Blocks That Have Changed' And Other Platitudes
Commentary  |  3/24/2011  | 
Many of the technologies we've come to rely on in the storage world nowadays use one form or another of changed block tracking. Snapshots, replication (especially the point-in-time kind), automated tiering and data deduplication all work by identifying changed, or different, blocks and treating them in some special way. The problem is that while parts may be parts, blocks are most definitely not blocks.
Tech Giants Push Smart Networking Standard
News  |  3/23/2011  | 
Rivals Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, along with Cisco and IBM to name a few others, are overlooking their differences to promote programmable networking.
Brocade Adds IPv6, Performance Increase To ADX Appliance
News  |  3/23/2011  | 
Brocade's enhancements to its Server Iron ADX appliance are aimed at service and hosting providers needing to support IPv6, manage increased demand and support automated service management. The enhancements, which are available to existing customers with a support contract, set the ADX up for high-volume installations that are going to need future proofing.
IBM Pulse2011 Conference: Helping Enterprises Get Smarter
Commentary  |  3/23/2011  | 
Yogi Berra is quoted as saying, "This is like deja vu all over again," and that is what last week's IBM Pulse2011 conference in Las Vegas felt like. The event had the same title, "The Premier Service Management Event," and the subtitle, "Optimizing the World's Infrastructure," as last year's conference. This year's conference also had essentially the same message, with some exceptions, such as an emphasis on Smarter Computing. But that is not a bad thing. As was noted many times during Pulse2011
PowerCloud Systems Enhances Industry's Only Cloud-Based Wi-Fi Platform For SMBs
News  |  3/23/2011  | 
PowerCloud Systems, creator of the world's first cloud-based management platform for networking OEM companies, today announces the latest release of its CloudCommand virtualized network controller platform. The new release includes features and enhancements that deliver improved ease of use, manageability and security. It demonstrates the ability of PowerCloud Systems and its cloud-based technology to rapidly aggregate user experience, respond to feature requests and seamlessly push a signific
Microsoft System Center Offers Private Cloud Advisor
News  |  3/23/2011  | 
Microsoft unveiled a new way of delivering expert configuration and troubleshooting information for Windows Server and Windows applications at its Management Summit in Las Vegas Tuesday. By the end of the year, System Center, the management console for Windows Server, Hyper-V and other Microsoft systems, will get an add-on component, System Center Advisor, which automatically collects information on your server configurations, notifies you of known or potential problems and recommends a best pra
Cisco Extends Network Security For Teleworkers
News  |  3/22/2011  | 
The Aironet 600 Series OfficeExtend wireless access points set a separate and secure channel with data encryption to access the corporate network, while still allowing an employee's family to use the home Internet connection.
Gridstore Enhances Scale-Out NAS Lineup
News  |  3/22/2011  | 
Specializing in scale-out network attached storage (NAS), Gridstore is releasing the second generation of its NASg system, which is targeted at small businesses and service providers and providing some information for the next two releases scheduled for Q4 2011 and Q1 2012, respectively. Founded in 2007, the Mountain View, CA-based company unveiled the beta of its first product at the end of 2009, a scalable storage grid costing about a third of similar solutions and started volume shipments las
Dear RSA, Trust Is Earned Every Day--You're Not Earning It Today
Commentary  |  3/22/2011  | 
Trust is earned every day, and in information security, your customers' trust is easy to lose and hard to earn back. RSA had a breach with unknown ramifications. RSA Chairman Art Coviello's cryptic notice, and RSA's relative silence since then, is not helping customers feel confident in SecurID as a product or RSA as a company. Just look at what's happening on Twitter for gems like this: "Dear #RSA, open your pants and show us the problem, or we will never trust you again."
rPath Buttons Up Software Automation And Control
News  |  3/22/2011  | 
rPath, a software developer focused on automation and control for enterprise systems, is rolling out X6, an IT-as-a-service platform that automates deployment and update of the entire system stack--including application, middleware and operating system software and configuration settings--across physical, virtual and cloud environments, with the click of a button.
Learning To Be A Twit
Commentary  |  3/22/2011  | 
I've been through my share of help desk implementations over the years. I've sat in on a fair number of process improvement teams, and have either helped to ring in new ways of doing things or suffered through other people's ideas of what network and customer support should feel like. It's just part of the game when you work in IT and you care about helping to keep the organization at the top of its support game. So why was was I taken aback when I found out that users were tweeting their beefs
Facebook iFrames: Good For Business, Bad For Security?
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
Legitimate developers will be pleased with the expanded flexibility, but malicious ones will find it easier to introduce malware, security experts warn.
ONPATH Launches All-Optical Switching Blade To Support Applications Up To 100Gbps And Beyond
News  |  3/21/2011  | 
ONPATH Technologies, the leader in scalable connectivity and monitoring solutions for high performance networks, today announced the release of an all-optical blade, called the O-Blade. The O-Blade uses a 3D MEMS-based optical switch supporting 96 ports of non-blocking, any-to-any optical connectivity. The O-Blade has been designed to operate in the same physical UCS 3900 chassis as the company's other switching blades. It can be simultaneously managed locally or remotely through ONPATH's HorizO
Dell's Storage Strategy To Wean Itself Off Of EMC
News  |  3/21/2011  | 
Dell is laying out its storage strategy to: exploit the value of several recent acquisitions, expand its product lines and gradually (though not completely) wind down its reseller relationship with storage hardware vendor EMC. Dell's $960 million acquisition of Compellent, completed in February, gives it a multiprotocol tiered storage area network (SAN) product line that's a direct competitor to EMC offerings. Also, the data compression and deduplication software Dell gained with the acquisition
OpenFlow Coming To InteropNet Labs
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
One of the most interesting aspects of Interop is the Interop Labs area on the show floor, which highlights new and emerging technologies. In years past these technologies have included VPNs, network access control systems and various Trusted Computing Group projects. This year, InteropNet's OpenFlow Lab is going to showcase OpenFlow, with live demonstrations of the OpenFlow protocol. Openflow may well become an important networking protocol that will have significant impact on how you can depl
Commvault Turns Snapshots Into 'Proper' Backups
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
As we discussed a few weeks ago, you can certainly argue that snapshots, when combined with replication, could serve as an adequate backup system. My biggest objection was that snapshots lack the catalog that conventional backup applications build as they back up data. Commvault's SnapProtect fills that gap by providing catalogs and a management console for snapshots across a variety of arrays and other snapshot providers.
Upping The Ante For SaaS Providers And Corporate CIOs
News  |  3/21/2011  | 
Although cloud services continue to be a hot IT topic, a 2010 Quest Software survey revealed that 40 percent of businesses interviewed had yet to adopt a cloud solution and that, "After an initial surge of adoption, growth will slow until remaining companies see proof of success from early adopters." A 2010 survey of senior level IT professionals conducted by Electric Cloud, a private development cloud company, and Osterman Research revealed that 52 percent of companies using cloud computing ha
Cisco Homes In On Teleworkers
News  |  3/21/2011  | 
Cisco is targeting the large and growing telework or telecommute market with a set of products intended to extend the enterprise wireless network from the office to the home. By 2016, 43 percent of U.S. Information workers will work from home at least some of the time, according to Forrester, up from 40 percent today.
Forecast: Shakeups Looming in the Cloud
Commentary  |  3/18/2011  | 
There are a number of rumblings in the cloud. One IT behemoth is believed to be eying a strategic acquisition of a powerful cloud software and storage offering, another seems to be repositioning an existing product, and VCs sharpen their focus on what really adds value in the cloud. There are a number of pivotal events that I believe will transpire over the next year in this rapidly changing and expanding market. From start-ups to behemoths, there will be significant changes that will shake up t
Throwing Bandwidth At Your Network Problems Isn't Enough
News  |  3/18/2011  | 
The data center is undergoing an unprecedented change, with new demands, vendors, technologies and architectures. In a three-part series, Network Computing takes a closer look at what's happening in the data center, starting with networking, and followed by servers and architectures.
New Trusteer Service Spots Malware On Endpoint Devices
News  |  3/18/2011  | 
A provider of secure Web access services introduced a new service Wednesday that detects the presence of malware on endpoint devices without the need to install detection software on the device itself. Instead, Trusteer's Pinpoint service runs on the server that delivers the Web application to the device, and, if it detects malware, blocks the device from logging in or prompts the user to download a Trusteer application that removes the malware.
Your Mileage Will Vary: Chunking
Commentary  |  3/18/2011  | 
I've said many times that nowhere in the field of information technology are the words "your mileage my vary" truer than when discussing data deduplication. How much your data will shrink when run through a given vendor's data deduplication engine can vary significantly depending on the data you're trying to dedupe and how well that particular deduplication engine handles that kind of data. One critical factor is how the deduping engine breaks your data down into chunks.
Pro Softnet Expands IDrive Online Backup Offering With New IDrive Unlimited, Providing Affordable Unlimited Online Data Storage
News  |  3/17/2011  | 
Pro Softnet Corporation, a world-class provider of cloud storage, online backup, compliance, and remote access solutions for consumers and business, today announced an expansion to their popular IDrive online backup plan lineup with the new IDrive Unlimited plan. As its name suggests, IDrive Unlimited provides unlimited online backup storage for an attractively priced fixed annual fee. IDrive Unlimited is targeted to the home consumer market segment where vast and ever-growing amounts of digital
Vineyard Networks Upgrades Application Intelligence For OEMs, Service Providers
News  |  3/17/2011  | 
Vineyard Networks has announced the latest version of its application intelligence engine, which it sells to service providers as well as into the OEM security and network vendor markets. The Network Application Visibility Layer (NAVL) library now features thousands of applications, provides a custom application definition interface to add proprietary apps, and optimizes performance for standard multiprocessor hardware.
FTI Technology: Running Rings Around e-Discovery
Commentary  |  3/17/2011  | 
That information is an enterprise asset is well-known. That it may unfortunately be a liability is also true, even though we would like to have that concern go away. Enterprises must know how to deal with the liability side of their information when civil litigation arises. As a result, the e-discovery business has risen among IT vendors that hope to help enterprises manage their litigation/liability issues. FTI Technology, with its Ringtail software, is at the forefront of improving the product
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