A Rose May Be A Rose But Dedupe Is Not Necessarily Dedupe
Today just about every vendor in the storage market has data deduplication as a feature in one or more of their products. While those of us that work with multiple deduplication products on a regular basis know there are big differences between the various technologies that vendors call data deduplication many users don’t know how to pick the deduplication solution that will best fit their needs.
Networking In The Cloud
In discussing network design with my clients, I talk about how routers, firewalls and other network gear can be interconnected to provide a scalable and redundant IP network. These foundations of network design apply to networks composed of tangible components or the virtualized infrastructure that extends corporate data centers to the cloud. I find that the networking aspects of cloud computing are frequently overlooked or addressed as an afterthought.
EMC Extends Cloud Services, Buys Pivotal Labs
Just weeks after EMC unveiled five security and risk management advisory services, driven in part by the need to 'provide its customers with end-to-end solutions', the storage giant's consulting arm is at it again, with a new set of service offerings. The company says the new additions to its cloud services portfolio will accelerate the adoption, consumption, optimization, and management of cloud computing, and will align to such critical IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) elements as cloud infrastructure,
The Security Profession Is A Mess
I've been considering how to build a network security plan for a small data center with an online presence. To put the proposal together I needed to develop some sort of structure in the security space so that I could research products and vendors. What I found is that implementing firewalls and IDSes is simple. Finding competent security professionals is not.
Report From The Tape Summit
This week I spent two busy days in San Francisco at the second annual Tape Summit. While some may wonder if there’s enough life left in tape to have a summit I know tape has taken a bad rap over the past few years. In this post I’ll reflect on a few key facts that came out at the summit and expose some fallacies about tape. To start Gartner never said “71% of all attempts to restore from tape fail”.
Ping Pitches Cloud-Based SSO
Ping Identity has announced PingOne, which it calls a cloud-based multiplexed identity switch that provides single single-on (SSO) access to cloud applications. It uses standards-based, federated SSO protocols such as Security Assertion Markup Language, OAuth, and OpenID. In addition to providing SSO for users, the product also gives IT staff the ability to manage access to cloud applications in a central user directory, such as Microsoft’s Active Directory, which means there needs to be o
Akamai Boosts Web, Mobile App Performance
Akamai is adding two new products to its Terra Enterprise Solutions portfolio to use the cloud to improve IT performance in a number of areas, including application delivery, video streaming, security, Web site acceleration and more. On a Webcast Tuesday, Akamai executives introduced a new product that dramatically improves Web application performance and another that lets applications and Web sites open on mobile devices as quickly as they do on desktop computers.
60 Years Ago: IBM Invents The Hard Drive
A short promotional movie by IBM back in the 50's recounts, in the finest propaganda styles of the day, the project that brought us random access mass storage.
Is Storage A SharePoint Killer?
Unstructured data is becoming an IT buzz word these days, and it’s something organizations are grappling with: how to get a handle on email, Office documents and PDFs, among other data-clogging sources. Microsoft’s SharePoint document repository was built to provide content collaboration and version control. But as user adoption increases, so does the amount of data that is stored in SharePoint, which critics say can wreak havoc on its infrastructure and lead to poor performance, alo
Big Switch Unveils 'Open' SDN Architecture
Big Switch Networks, which is considered an early leader in the push for software-defined networking (SDN) based on the Open Flow protocol, is putting its own stake in the ground, declaring its commitment to open standards in developing new technology to bring virtualization to networking environments. This week, to mark its second anniversary, the company announced its Open SDN (a trademarked term) architecture based on 'three pillars' of open standards, open APIs and open source.
Citrix Eases Cloud-Provisioning Management
Citrix has introduced the Cloud Provider Pack, a set of software intended for its Citrix Service Providers (CSPs) to provide to its own hosted shared desktop customers, which makes it easier for the CSPs to deliver cloud-hosted applications and desktops. This is particularly true for mobile devices because the services are optimized for them. The software has three main components – app orchestration technology, which lets CSPs provide packaged offerings of software and other services; the
Next-Gen Networking Drives IT Budgets
Vice President Joe Biden once said, "Don't tell me your values, show me your budget and I'll tell you your values." If the vice president saw the enterprise IT spending budgets, he would rightly conclude that they place an increasingly higher value on their networks as the critical circulation system for all of their IT assets. As demands are placed on networks to handle more video traffic, migrate to 10GbE connectivity, connect mobile and wireless devices, and handle the increase in data traffi
WOCs Address Soaring Bandwidth Demand
The wide area network (WAN) optimization market is expected to grow almost 60% over the next five years, with sales predicted to reach $1.65 billion in 2016, from $1.05 billion in 2011. WAN optimization controllers (WOC), as they’re called, not only speed up network traffic and improve the performance of applications, they also help enterprises avoid costly upgrades to bandwidth capacity.
Ruckus Seeks To Re-Invent Muni-Wireless
Around 2005, several US cities tried to make a go of metropolitan wireless networking. Many of the initiatives were costly failures, and just as many morphed into shadows of their intended scales and uses. But in IT, sometimes old ideas come back with new teeth. In a recent announcement, Ruckus Wireless announced a new urban wireless project, and in the most curious of locations. It will be interesting to see how this one pans out, and for multiple reasons.
Cloud Focus For Alcatel-Lucent Upgrades
Network equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise is introducing new switches and other feature enhancements to a collection of technologies it calls the “Application Fluency” network. This network platform recognizes the device seeking access to the network, authenticates a particular user and identifies the application they are running, and provides the appropriate degree of connectivity required. The company says these innovations are designed to enable enterprises to deliver clo
Evaluating Cloud-Based ID Management Solutions
The process of managing identity for enterprise applications and services is hard to begin with, but a lack of identity standards across cloud-based applications means that organizations looking to manage employee access to those applications will find it doubly hard.
Finding Fault With App Management
According to the Fifth Annual State of the Network Study released by Network Instruments, 83% of IT professionals surveyed said problem number one with application management is “determining whether problems are caused by the network, the system or the application.”
Capturing the Hidden ROI in Applications
When ROI (return on investment) is used in an IT context, it invariably boils down to how quickly a company can realize a return on hardware, software licensing and the day-to-day expenses of running a data center. Enterprises’ results in this area have been impressive, with many companies realizing cost-savings benefits in the tens of millions of dollars.
Adaptive Enhances HPC Scalability, Integration
For companies struggling with the complexity involved in using high-performance computing tools, Adaptive Computing is offering new releases – version 7.0 – of its Moab Cloud and Moab HPC product suites. The enhanced scalability and ease of integration, the company hopes, will enable more organizations to “gain the benefits of HPC,” and “expand the market,” especially as they move to the cloud, says Adaptive CEO Robert Clyde.
IBM Pulse 2012: A New Storage Hypervisor
IBM is promulgating a storage management concept that it calls a “storage hypervisor” though the final product name has not been determined. The company claims the technology will offer benefits – such as better storage utilization – leading to better storage cost economics, and data mobility – leading to increased flexibility, such as non-disruptive storage refreshes – and parallels the acceptance of server hypervisors and virtualization. But there are also b
6 Social Sites Sitting On The Cutting Edge
Your company's Facebook and Twitter presence are established, but don't rest there. Consider these other social sites--some familiar, some less so--that you need to have in your sights.
Cloud Enthusiasts Worry About Data Security
IT professionals at companies around the world are all in for cloud computing, but they still worry about the risks the technology may present to their organizations, according to a new survey. The study shows that top challenges to adoption of cloud computing include security, compliance issues, bandwidth capacity and a lack of interoperability with existing applications.
Dell's SonicWall Acquisition Follows Cheap 'n Easy Blueprint
Dell's Sonicwall acquisition makes sense. Dell's strategy is to sell low-cost desktops, laptops, and servers that are cheap and easy to use to everyone from small companies up to mid-size enterprises with the occasional large enterprise in the mix. Dell is going to do with security what they did with storage and are doing with networking. Remove complexity, bring important features to the surface, and make the resulting products available to the largely under served SMB/SME market.
Internet Crime Focus Of Black Hat Europe
Security and cryptography experts at Amsterdam conference consider the enormity of securing a world where everything--from smartphones to power plants to cars--is connected to the Internet.
Bandwidth Dominates Videoconferencing Concerns
A new study shows that companies are expanding their use of videoconferencing, but many worry that they may not be able to keep up with the network bandwidth demands of the technology. The concerns are documented in a survey that looks at three networking-related issues: video, cloud computing and application management. In the first of a three-part series, Network Computing looks at videoconferencing and the network.
Dell Acquires Security Specialist SonicWall
Dell on Tuesday said it reached a deal to acquire SonicWall with an eye to expanding its presence in the market for systems that help businesses fend off a wide range of cyber-attacks. Privately-held SonicWall specializes in so-called Unified Threat Management platforms, which combine multiple security systems into a single appliance.
How To Make Backup And Recovery Foolproof
Nobody wants the nerve-wracking job of backup guy. But there's good news: Intelligent disk-based backup, virtualization, and lots of practice recoveries can make it safe to be in charge of the backup process.
Your IT Is Broken
Right this minute your data center(s) are broken. You, monitoring systems or NOC may or may not know it. All of the blinky lights may be green, all systems reporting normal, but the data center is broken, and it’s costing you money and business agility.
IT Buyers Seek Flexible Pricing
Capital spending by businesses took a beating during the recent recession, but IT spending held up pretty well by comparison. Still, as the economy slowly recovers from the downturn, businesses are keeping tight control of their capital budgets and are looking for flexible pricing on IT products and services, industry analysts say.