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Tape Backups Come To Gmail Users' Rescue
Commentary  |  3/7/2011  | 
The folks at Google installed a new version of the Gmail back-end storage software recently. As sometimes happens when code moves from development to production, it broke, and 0.02 percent of Gmail's multitudes lost access to their mailboxes. Google's techs are furiously restoring data from backup tapes while the blogosphere and twitterverse are all abuzz about how the cloud is falling. So what can we learn from this?
Vendor Consolidation Coming to Your Data Center?
News  |  3/7/2011  | 
The movement to combine server, storage, and network devices has the potential to cut costs for customers, which is a plus. However, as the dividing lines between different product categories fall, so might the vendors themselves. This change could benefit companies with the right equipment but create problems for those that have taken a best of breed approach with their data center product purchases.
ExaGrid Expands Support For Veeam Backup And Replication
News  |  3/7/2011  | 
ExaGrid Systems Inc., which makes a disk-based backup and disaster recovery appliance that includes deduplication and replication functionality, has enhanced its product to offer support for the Veeam Backup & Replication product, which provides backup and recovery software intended for VMware virtual environments. ExaGrid provides support for Veeam Backup & Replication v5, including features such as Instant VM Recovery, U-AIR (Universal Application-Item Recovery), and SureBackup Recovery Verifi
When MLAG Is Good Enough
Commentary  |  3/7/2011  | 
Do you need multi-path Ethernet in the data center using TRILL, Shortest Path Bridging (SPB), Cisco's FabricPath or Brocade's VCS in order to maximize network efficiency and reduce congestion? Probably not, unless you manage a very big data center with servers and access ports running into the tens of thousands. If you have less than 5,000 access ports in your data center, you can probably avoid routing Ethernet frames and use your vendor's multi-chassis link aggregation (MLAG) product-set to in
IBM Offers New Software For Managing Virtualization, Cloud Systems
News  |  3/4/2011  | 
IBM is introducing new software to create virtual server images in minutes and to automate the management of virtual environments and hybrid cloud systems. The software is also designed to help better protect data in the cloud. The software giant says this management software will become critical for enterprises, citing an industry forecast that the number of virtual machines under management is expected to grow tenfold between 2008 and 2012.
Cisco Unleashes Device-Agnostic Unified Communications
News  |  3/4/2011  | 
Cisco is upping the unified communications stakes with the launch of Cisco Jabber, which will bring presence, instant messaging, voice and video, voice messaging, desktop sharing and conferencing to the device of your choice.
5 Steps To Secure SaaS
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
To keep your off-site data safe, don't let vendors dodge the hard questions.
5 Steps To Secure SaaS
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
To keep your off-site data safe, don't let vendors dodge the hard questions.
Mobile, Consumer Tech Transform Corporate Networks
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
Enterprise IT managers should stop limiting employees to a single mobile computing device or vendor, according to a panel at Enterprise Connect.
Unified Communications: Making The Business Case
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
Companies should consider the business value of speeding up transactions when evaluating UC solutions, suggested a panel at Enterprise Connect.
SIP Trunking Gets Serious At Enterprise Connect
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
Attendees discussed the practicalities of the Internet telephony technology, including how to build a business case, get the implementation right, and put the right support in place.
Canadian Manufacturer Taps CA ARCserve For High-Speed Backup And Disaster Recovery In Virtualized Environment
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
CA Technologies today announced that Plant Products Company Ltd., Canada's largest horticulture plant nutrition and protection company, has selected CA ARCserve backup, replication and high availability solutions to significantly improve backup performance and provide the foundation for a complete disaster recovery (DR) strategy.
Enterprise Connect: Global Crossing Intros Cloud Audio Conferencing
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
The Communications as a Service product will be offered on a shared-seat basis to lower costs for companies, said the company.
New Palo Alto Networks Technology Secures Cloud Connections For Remote Workers
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
Palo Alto Networks, a firewall security vendor, introduced new technology Wednesday that better secures connections between remote workers and the cloud applications that they want to use. Its GlobalProtect technology provides virtual private network (VPN)-like protection for a user accessing software as a service (SaaS) applications, such as Salesforce.com, or cloud-based collaboration platforms, like Microsoft's SharePoint, as if they were on their own corporate network. GlobalProtect is one o
IBM's Smarter Planet Evolves From Vendor-Push To Market-Pull
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
IBM has been promoting its Smarter Planet concept--instrument the world's systems, interconnect them and make them intelligent--for several years, but it has always seemed to be more vendor push than customer pull. However, this week the company is making several product announcements at the Pulse conference in Las Vegas, and while the news appears to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the concept seems to be resonating with customers.
Snom Intros VoIP Server Hardware, DECT Phones
News  |  3/2/2011  | 
At Enterprise Connect in Orlando, snom releases a turnkey hardware server to go with its snom ONE VoIP server software, potentially easing integration challenges for users preferring more of a complete system from a single vendor (see the video).
Enterprise Connect: Vidyo Intros Videoconference Recording, Playback
News  |  3/2/2011  | 
Vidyo appliance uses the Scalable Video Coding protocol rather than the Multipoint Control Unit found in more traditional videoconferencing systems.
Cisco Launches Unified Communications Systems For SMBs
News  |  3/2/2011  | 
The networking company introduces two new UC platforms built for small and midsize offices at its annual partner conference.
Will The Cloud Take Over Enterprise Communications?
News  |  3/2/2011  | 
Mobility was cited as a driving force for UC adoption at an Enterprise Connect panel of technology experts and vendors.
80% Of UC Projects Fail To Reach Potential
News  |  3/2/2011  | 
HP executive Arthur Filip, speaking at the Enterprise Connect conference, said only one in 10 Unified Communications projects is "truly transformational."
Enterprise Connect: Microsoft Boasts Lync UC Successes
News  |  3/2/2011  | 
The software giant trots out early customers, including LA Fitness and Revlon, to demonstrate cost savings and productivity gains from replacing legacy PBX systems with its software-based Unified Communications server.
IDC: Server Sales Growth Highest In Three Years In Fourth Quarter Of 2010
News  |  3/2/2011  | 
Worldwide server sales revenue rose 15.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with the year ago quarter, the highest growth rate in three years and the fourth straight quarter of year-over-year growth, as customers continued a refresh cycle of their IT assets, according to a report released Monday from IDC. The IDC report mirrored an earlier analysis by Gartner. One notable growth market was high-end x86 architecture servers, according to an IDC analyst.
Backup Rule #7: Encrypt Your Backups
Commentary  |  3/2/2011  | 
Last week I opened my newspaper (yes, I still read the news on paper) to see a report of, once again, a major data breach caused by a batch of backup tapes being lost in transit to the warehouse. At the very least, I had hoped that the system administrators at large organizations that hold the most personal of all information would have gotten the word to encrypt their backup tapes, but this piece of news and the results of our InformationWeek Analytics Backup Survey have proven me wrong.
HP Storage Blitz Leverages 3PAR Acquisition
News  |  3/2/2011  | 
HP is building on the storage-related portion of January's CloudSystem announcement with the integration of 3PAR Utility Storage across the company's Converged Infrastructure portfolio. With features like automated storage tiering and thin storage offerings to eliminate over-provisioning, the integration will enable clients to optimize cloud delivery and help it consolidate its storage hardware and respond to continuing data growth, according to HP. The company also says that it has simplified d
Avaya CEO Predicts Broad Adoption Of SIP-Powered UC
News  |  3/1/2011  | 
In his Enterprise Connect keynote, Kevin Kennedy pointed to growing acceptance of Session Initiation Protocol to launch voice and video calls and conferences, noting similarities to the rise of TCP/IP.
Enterprise Connect: Skype, Citrix To Partner On Conferencing
News  |  3/1/2011  | 
GoToMeeting-style data conferencing capabilities will be embedded in a future release of the Skype for Business client.
Enterprise Connect: Cisco Announces Multimedia Jabber Software
News  |  3/1/2011  | 
The multimedia version of Jabber and the planned Android-powered Cius table, support the networking giant's vision of multi-device Unified Communication and Collaboration.
Seagate Intros 3TB Hard Drive
News  |  3/1/2011  | 
The Barracuda XT hard drive ships with software that makes it possible to bypass the 2TB limit of Windows PCs running older BIOS.
InMage Boosts Recovery Options For Cloud Providers
News  |  3/1/2011  | 
InMage Systems has announced the ScoutCloud platform, which enables managed service providers (MSPs) and cloud providers to offer cloud-based disaster recovery, replication and backup recovery as a service (RaaS) to their clients.
Nexsan Eyes Primary Storage For Midmarket
News  |  3/1/2011  | 
Part of a vanishing breed, the small storage vendor Nexsan is staking out new ground with its E-Series systems, which are targeted at a different aspect of its traditional midmarket. Primarily known as a second-tier backup storage vendor that delivers rock-solid reliability, the company is now going after the primary storage market by adding impressive performance capabilities.
OpenText Brings Windows And Unix Enterprise Business Applications To Mac OS X With Release Of Exceed OnDemand 8
News  |  3/1/2011  | 
Enterprises will now have an easier time keeping their global workforces productive with the release of Exceed onDemand 8 by OpenText, an X11 window server that gives users fast, reliable and secure remote access to applications over any network connection. Exceed onDemand 8 offers support for the popular Mac OS X platform along with a number of performance and productivity enhancements that enable customers to centrally distribute and manage access to Unix, Linux and Microsoft Windows applicati
HP Flexes Its Wireless Wares
News  |  3/1/2011  | 
HP is poised to carve out a bigger slice of the growing wireless market with its Mobile Access Solution, the industry's first access points that transmit three data streams per wireless radio as opposed to two, and that can support up to 50 percent more mobile devices than existing technology. According to Dell'Oro Group, overall wireless LAN (WLAN) market revenues are expected to surpass $7 billion by 2014; 2010 revenues were up 23 percent year-over-year to $2.1 billion. During the third quarte
IBM's Watson: 'Think' Of The Implications
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
"Think" has been a watchword of IBM for a very long time. Until recently, that simple word applied only to IBM employees and the customers that would embrace the principles behind it. With the success of IBM's natural language computer system Watson in last week's "Jeopardy!" matches, "think" can now be applied to one of its computer systems, as well. However, it's the future of Watson that we would now take into account.
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