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Content posted in March 2011
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VKernel Performance Analyzer Provides Real-Time Analysis Of vCenter
News  |  3/17/2011  | 
In a move that helps the company better compete with the recently announced VMware vCenter Operations, VKernel has added performance analysis functionality to its VKernel Capacity Management Suite software. VKernel Performance Analyzer provides real-time analysis of system alerts and metrics coming out of vCenter to help determine abnormal trends and their impact, as well as the root cause and a resolution of current problems in the environment.
Schwartz On Security: Security Complexity Challenge No. 1
Commentary  |  3/16/2011  | 
Still, organizations are loathe to cut vendors, fearing higher prices, greater total cost of ownership, and fewer capabilities.
For True UC, Remember Smartphones
News  |  3/16/2011  | 
IT's been pushing UC and mobility initiatives on separate tracks. But if either is to realize its full potential, CIOs must make integration a priority.
InPhonex Intros Cloud Telephony For SMBs
News  |  3/16/2011  | 
Televate adds CRM and mobile apps to traditional PBX and interactive voice response functions in a single hosted platform geared for small offices.
Splunk Releases New Version Of Software To Corral Big Data
News  |  3/16/2011  | 
Data management software vendor Splunk released version 4.2 of its solution for analyzing the massive amounts of data that are coursing through enterprise computer networks. The product is intended to help organize and search the data not just to manage the operation of the IT infrastructure, but also to measure how the business is actually doing. But, as compelling as its offering may be, Splunk faces significant competition on many fronts, says an industry analyst.
Viewfinity Privilege Management Locks Down Desktops And Laptops
News  |  3/16/2011  | 
Viewfinity has announced a new version of its Privilege Management security software. The software lets IT administrators "lock down" PCs and prevent users from having administrative privileges, but also gives users some ability to install a configured list of items on their personal computers and laptops. Version 3.5 adds features such as the ability for users to request additional privileges from IT administrators, reports on PCs that are not locked down, the ability to "record" user activity
New Virtela Technology Uses 'Predictive Analytics' To Head Off Network Outages
News  |  3/16/2011  | 
An IT infrastructure management services provider has introduced new technology that it says can identify and prevent problems that could interrupt service. Virtela Technology Services says its VirtelaPredict technology continuously monitors network event logs and other performance metrics, and, using complex algorithms, can identify early warning signs that could lead to an outage.
Zenoss Takes Cloud Management To The Next Level
News  |  3/15/2011  | 
With clouds forecast for the foreseeable future of the IT world, growing from a $37.8 billion market in 2010 to $121.1 billion in 2015, managing this new environment is critical. According to IDC, the cloud systems management software market will reach $2.5 billion by 2015 (Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software Forecast and Trends: 2010-2015).
EXo Extends Enterprise Portals To The Cloud
News  |  3/15/2011  | 
eXo, a Java portal technologies pioneer, today unveiled its roadmap to take modern enterprise portals, gadgets and mashups to cloud computing environments. For enterprise companies that have invested in Java, eXo is offering a path to the cloud that will help reduce costs, simplify administration and substantially shorten time-to-deployment for new applications. In support of this roadmap, eXo is making two announcements today:
Headlines About Japan's Nuclear Crisis Could Be Way Overblown
Commentary  |  3/15/2011  | 
An MIT research scientist has released a provocative essay that explains in layman's terms why not to be worried about the problems at Japan's nuclear reactors. The original version cited inaccuracies in media reports, but falls short of blaming the media for being sensationalist.
Ponemon Auditors' Survey Reveals Poor Opinion Of Security Programs
News  |  3/15/2011  | 
Auditors generally take a dim view of the data security programs at organizations that they audit, according to a Ponemon Institute survey sponsored by Thales eSecurity. Only about one-third of the respondents said that the organizations are proactive in managing privacy and data protection risks. Further, three of five say they don't feel data security is a strategic priority. Fewer than half believe these organizations have sufficient resources to meet their data compliance requirements. The n
Seagate Refreshes Enterprise SSD, HDD Lines
News  |  3/15/2011  | 
Seagate is unveiling five new storage drives in what it calls the industry's largest-scale enterprise launch in years. The roll-out includes two solid-state drives (SSDs) in its Tier 0 (hot data) Pulsar family, two new products in the Tier-1 Savvio hard-disk drive (HDD) line and the 3TByte Constellation ES Tier 2 near-line drive. The company says that the new offerings bring new features, reliability and/or capacities that address different market opportunities, from offering the first multileve
An Ugly Week In My Wireless And Mobile Broadband Worlds
Commentary  |  3/15/2011  | 
Wake me up when March is over, will ya? Of late, I'm getting a wee bit exhausted from dealing with the unpretty side of my chosen vocation. Yes, wireless of all sorts is cool and sexy. Not everyone really "gets" the magic behind devices that combine radios with networking protocols, and it's a wonderful fraternity to be in for those of us who do.
WLAN Innovation Continues
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
Small and medium businesses have been deploying wireless LANs for more than a decade. However, vendors are still trying to differentiate their products because the market continues to experience very healthy growth, according to market research firm In-Stat.
Microsoft Exec Says Cloud Cost Savings Are 'Too Big To Be Ignored'
News  |  3/14/2011  | 
While many businesses are developing private clouds as a tentative first step into cloud computing, a Microsoft executive at a cloud industry conference in Silicon Valley said that, eventually, the company will plug into public cloud utilities because cost and efficiency benefits will be impossible to ignore.
AlgoSec Integrates Firewall Analysis, Workflow Products
News  |  3/14/2011  | 
AlgoSec has integrated its firewall audit and management analysis and workflow products into an integrated suite, introducing several new features, including automated rule changes, security ratings and firewall object creation. AlgoSec Security Management Suite 6.0 includes Firewall Analyzer, which automates firewall, router and VPN audit and analysis, as well as FireFlow, which automates the change control workflow process.
Apple iPad 2 Goes On Sale
News  |  3/11/2011  | 
Practical Analysis: A UC Champion's Survival Guide
Commentary  |  3/11/2011  | 
When it comes to unified communications, IT must be both the application implementer and champion for use.
What WAN Optimizers Can Learn From Firewalls
Commentary  |  3/11/2011  | 
Listening to the give and take about WAN optimizers made me remember another battle between networking giants. It was nearly 10 years ago, during the early days of firewalls, when it seemed Marcus Ranum, then with Network FlightRecorder, would go head-to-head with Check Point's Gil Schwed on a weekly basis. Ranum was among the early creators of the application proxy and was vociferous about the value of delivering a firewall that terminated and inspected every session before passing the contents
Pure-Play Vendors Rule The Storage Roost
News  |  3/11/2011  | 
With the amount of data to be stored growing at 50 percent-plus per year, it's no surprise that storage vendors are selling a lot more storage. According to Gartner, the worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage market surpassed $19.4 billion in 2010, an 18.1 percent increase from 2009 revenue and beating the previous high set in 2008 by $1.4 billion. What may come as a surprise is that EMC increased its market lead by 3 points and NetApp jumped from sixth to third spot among the to
Gemini Releases Cloudian: Amazon S3 Compliant Multi-Tenant Cloud Storage System
News  |  3/11/2011  | 
Gemini Mobile Technologies ("Gemini") announced today that several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) have started trials of its Cloudian software. Cloudian allows ISPs and CSPs to provide Amazon S3 compliant "Cloud Storage on Demand" services to web service providers and enterprise applications. Applications developed for the Amazon S3 API will work on a Cloudian system without modification. Cloudian allows the same physical storage cluster to be shared by th
Coraid And Arista Partner On High-Performance Ethernet SAN
News  |  3/10/2011  | 
Presaging a future data center with converged networking and storage, storage vendor Coraid and data switching vendor Arista Networks announced this week that they are partnering to deliver high-performance Ethernet storage area networking that the companies say could offer a five to eight times price/performance advantage over legacy storage systems, and at the same time make it easier to deploy virtualization and the cloud. The companies are doing this in two steps: first, by certifying that t
HP Builds Portfolio Of Services For Energy Efficiency And Sustainability
News  |  3/10/2011  | 
HP said on Thursday that it's rolling out an array of nine different consulting services that are all designed to help enterprises and other businesses significantly improve energy efficiency and adopt environmental sustainability practices. The services, developed in conjunction with various partners, are focused not just on data center operations but on building facilities and improved supply chain management.
Open-FCoE: Will Software Initiators Win Again?
Commentary  |  3/10/2011  | 
Now that second- and, for some components, third-generation Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) equipment is coming to market, Intel is once again promoting the use of Open-FCoE software initiators with its X520 10Gbps network cards as an alternative to Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) that process the FCoE protocol traffic on-card. The question for Open-FCoE is: Will the FCoE market develop like the Fibre Channel market or the iSCSI market did?
Standardizing Cloud APIs Is Useless
Commentary  |  3/9/2011  | 
In a session on open source in the cloud at the Cloud Connect show in Santa Clara, Calif., Randy Bias of Cloudscaling dropped a bombshell of a statement: "API's don't matter." What Bias was really asking was, "What role do standards play in cloud computing?" With a wry smirk, Bias went on to explain that mimicking Amazon's APIs, for example, is useless if providers don't have the ability to deliver all of the features and functions of Amazon's service, including the things you don't see like rel
Avaya Plugs SMB Apps Into UC Platform
News  |  3/9/2011  | 
The IP Office unified communications system adds collaboration, SIP trunking, customer service, and other features developed by third-party partners in Avaya's DevConnect program.
Empirix/Harris Poll Seeks To Illuminate Mobile Carrier Issues From Customer Perspective
Commentary  |  3/9/2011  | 
If you happen to be a service provider, the only way to stay in favor with your customers is to keep an ear to the ground for signs of discontent and then meaningfully respond as needed. Sure, the help desk can provide some satisfaction metrics, but we all know that we tend to not hear about more problems than actually get reported. To see how customers of several mobile carriers really feel about their service experiences, the network testing big-gun Empirix commissioned a survey of almost 300
U.S. Data Breach Costs Still Increasing, Ponemon Survey Reports
News  |  3/9/2011  | 
The cost of U.S. data breaches continues to rise, according to a Ponemon Institute survey, reaching an average cost of $7.2 million in 2010, up 7 percent from $6.8 million the previous year. The cost has increased every year since the first was released in 2006. That broke down to $214 per record, up from $204 the previous year, according to the sixth annual "U.S. Cost of a Data Breach" report, sponsored by Symantec.
Western Digital Buys Hitachi GST, And Then There Were Four
Commentary  |  3/9/2011  | 
Just as the sports-crazed among us have recovered from Super Bowl Sunday and are preparing for March Madness, Western Digital announced that it is buying Hitachi's Global Storage Technologies division, which will bring the hard drive market to a final four vendors a full month before the NCAA tournament does. The new Western Digital will be far and away the largest hard drive vendor, selling 49 percent of the world's hard drives.
CA's 3Tera AppLogic Graphically Deploys Stacks To Data Centers
CA's 3Tera AppLogic Graphically Deploys Stacks To Data Centers
Network Computing Videos  |  3/9/2011  | 
At Cloud Connect 2011 in Silicon Valley, TechWeb's David Berlind gets a demonstration of CA's recently acquired 3Tera AppLogic graphical private cloud deployment tool.
CA's 3Tera AppLogic Graphically Deploys Stacks To Data Centers
CA's 3Tera AppLogic Graphically Deploys Stacks To Data Centers
Network Computing Videos  |  3/9/2011  | 
At Cloud Connect 2011 in Silicon Valley, TechWeb's David Berlind gets a demonstration of CA's recently acquired 3Tera AppLogic graphical private cloud deployment tool.
Rackspace Unveils OpenStack
News  |  3/8/2011  | 
At Cloud Connect, Rackspace unveiled a new professional services offering, called Rackspace Cloud Builders, that helps enterprises deploy private cloud services based on OpenStack. The offering includes training, design consulting and support from Rackspace.
Skype Adds Advertising To Windows App
News  |  3/8/2011  | 
Some users of the paid version of the communications service are objecting to the ads.
RainStor Reins In Soaring Data Costs
News  |  3/8/2011  | 
RainStor, which specializes in online data retention and retrieval, has tweaked its software for machine-generated data--data that, like the rest of the data universe, is expanding explosively. Using research from a recent Cisco study (Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2010-2015), the company says that data traffic nearly tripled in 2010.
Antenna's Volt Looks To AMP Up The MEAP Market
Commentary  |  3/8/2011  | 
The Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) space continues to stay hot with the increasing number of mobile devices landing in employee hands. If not managed properly, the task of tending to smartphones and tablets used in the enterprise has the potential to be as frenetic as herding cats. Antenna Software answers the challenge of the consumerization of the workplace simply and elegantly; it's new Volt app is designed to turn potential chaos into business advantage with an HTML 5-based ut
Anametrix Releases InstaVista 3.0 Cloud-Based Business Analytics Technology
News  |  3/8/2011  | 
Anametrix, the leader in cloud-based business marketing intelligence, has released patent-pending breakthrough technology upgrades to its suite of business analytics solutions. InstaVista 3.0 features real-time multi-channel attribution continually correlating data points from disparate sources and locations with seamless Microsoft Excel bi-directional synchronization.
Survey Shows Businesses Interested, But Still Conflicted, About The Cloud
News  |  3/8/2011  | 
A study released at the start of a cloud computing industry conference in Silicon Valley shows businesses embracing cloud computing, although cautiously. The study of companies of all sizes and industry types shows that companies are primarily attracted to cloud computing because of the improved elasticity of IT resources, lower costs and less time to deploy than when a company builds its own IT capacity. However, concern remains about the privacy of a company's data in a cloud environment, cont
Cloud Connect Is All About Automation
Commentary  |  3/8/2011  | 
Automation. That is the theme I continue to come back to while at Cloud Connect. I think organizations are going to be getting the most benefit from automation in the near term, and automation is one of the many steps on the road to private cloud computing. Automation, when done right, can save you and your staff loads of work and can ensure that deployments go more smoothly. I sat down with representatives from VMWare, Gale Technologies, HP, TransLattice and Cloud.com, and got the lowdown on au
How Will Thunderbolt Affect Enterprise Storage?
Commentary  |  3/8/2011  | 
Last week, Intel and Apple dropped a bombshell on the consumer computer peripheral market. The new Thunderbolt port, a 10G bps interconnect found on Apple's latest MacBook Pro laptop computers, combines DisplayPort video and PCI Express and is opening a new world of expansion options. But how will this technology, formerly known as Light Peak, impact enterprise storage?
Cisco Goes After 'Underserved' Mid-Market With VoIP Solution
Commentary  |  3/7/2011  | 
Cisco has packaged the core technology behind its Unified Communications Manager portfolio for companies of 300 people or less.
Migrating To IPv6 Will Dominate Your IT Budget
News  |  3/7/2011  | 
The last two or three years has seen a bubble in budget planning for investing in virtualization, mainly around VMware and, to a much smaller extent, HyperV. HP and Cisco have been particularly aggressive in creating and exploiting this market with VMware. This has expanded into hardware and peripherals, especially storage and storage connectivity, to support virtualization capability.
Spam-a-bot: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
News  |  3/7/2011  | 
CompTIA's Eighth Annual Global Information Security Trends study, published last November, found that many companies continue to play catch-up, struggling to keep pace with new threats and vulnerabilities. Since 2008, security has been increasing as an organizational priority, from 35 percent to 49 percent in 2010 and an expected 62 percent in 2012.
Western Digital To Acquire Hitachi GST For $4.3 Billion
News  |  3/7/2011  | 
Deal is meant to give WD the global scale and reach to challenge HDD market leader Seagate.
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