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Content posted in March 2013
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Schneider Electric Targets Data Center Lifecycle
Commentary  |  3/14/2013  | 
Schneider Electric has launched a new business unit and consulting business that aims to improve data center energy efficiency by better integrating design, construction and operations.
Riverbed Delivers Customization Via Developer Tools
News  |  3/14/2013  | 
News roundup: Riverbed's FlyScript includes REST APIs; SolarWinds launches free Alerts Central; Sepaton adds encryption to backup appliance; Dell SonicWall rolls out SuperMassive firewall; Veeam extends VMware support for backup.
France Investigates Skype's Telco Status
News  |  3/14/2013  | 
French telecom regulator Arcep launches investigation into Skype that could have broad regulatory implications for Microsoft.
How Server-Side Storage Memory Impacts VDI Costs
Commentary  |  3/14/2013  | 
Server-side storage memory can provide a cost-effective solution to VDI projects if you overcome challenges in mobility and data protection. Here's how.
Symantec 4.0: A New Strategy
Commentary  |  3/13/2013  | 
Symantec has announced a new initiative, Symantec 4.0, that will revise both its product and corporate strategies. We'll look at what it means for the company and its customers.
VMware's Network Virtualization Plans Crystallize in NSX
News  |  3/13/2013  | 
VMware announces NSX, a software platform that combines its vCloud Network and Security software with Nicira's NVP. The combined platform provides network virtualization via vswitches and a centralized controller.
The Future Is Wireless, but Enterprises Hesitate
News  |  3/13/2013  | 
Enterprise Wi-Fi traffic is rising, and the 802.11ac standard will put radio waves on par with wired networks, but IT isn't ready to go all in.
Dropbox 2.0.0 Pretties Up the Menu
News  |  3/12/2013  | 
The best part of the Dropbox cloud storage service is their easy-to-use software. Version 2.0 makes it even easier.
Demand for IT Security Experts Outstrips Supply
News  |  3/12/2013  | 
IT security professionals are in high demand, especially those with certifications, and security salaries are on the rise. But a shortage of talent leaves companies struggling to get their hands around breaches.
GE Targets Data Centers With New Business Unit
Commentary  |  3/12/2013  | 
GE has launched a new business unit called Critical Power that combines products and services for industries such as data centers and telco providers that require reliable, efficient electrical systems.
BYOD Security: Do You Really Need MDM?
Commentary  |  3/11/2013  | 
IT is being stampeded into adopting MDM to protect mobile devices. But it's not a silver bullet, and it may be overkill for many needs where conventional wireless network security best practices will suffice.
Google Vs. Zombies -- And Worse
News  |  3/11/2013  | 
Take an inside look at how Google prepares for catastrophes, from flesh-eating zombies to earthquakes. This disaster prep team keeps it real and keeps it interesting.
IBM Adds OpenStack to Cloud Portfolio
News  |  3/11/2013  | 
IBM announced private cloud software built on OpenStack, and said it would base all its cloud services and software on an open cloud architecture.
Data Center Rock Stars
News  |  3/8/2013  | 
Members of the rock band Live are investing in a company that's building new fiber networks and data centers from Pennsylvania to New York City.
Mersive Cuts Wires for Projection Systems
Commentary  |  3/7/2013  | 
Mersive's Solstice software lets mobile devices connect wirelessly to projection systems and flat screens, eliminating the need for cords and adapters in conference rooms and campuses. But we're still a ways away from ubiquitous connectivity.
EMC Amps Up Flash Product Line
Commentary  |  3/6/2013  | 
EMC announced new high-performance PCIe SSDs to extend its range of flash drives, and said its all-flash array, XtremIO, is now available for customers. The company also rebranded its server-side caching software.
10 Ways To Foster Effective Social Employees
News  |  3/6/2013  | 
Social business tools can be used effectively, or they can be a huge time sink.
10 Free and Low-Cost Mobile Wireless Tools
Slideshows  |  3/6/2013  | 
There's no replacing meaty, licensed tools for wireless network support. But a growing number of free and low-cost apps are available when all you have is a smartphone or tablet at hand. Most of the gems live in the Android space, so you iOS developers need to get to work.
Don't Trade High Availability for Flash Performance
Commentary  |  3/5/2013  | 
The rise of SSDs has also resurrected the single-controller architecture--along with its single point of failure. IT shouldn't gamble on high availability just for flash's amped-up performance.
Aerohive Launches Cloud-Managed Switches
Commentary  |  3/5/2013  | 
Aerohive Networks widens the field of cloud-managed switching, which has largely been ruled by Meraki. Aerohive's three new switches unify both wired and wireless network access.
Evernote: We're Adding Two-Factor Authentication
News  |  3/5/2013  | 
After data breach and wide password reset, Evernote accelerates plans to offer additional security to users.
Why Flash Storage Excels In Virtual Environments
Commentary  |  3/4/2013  | 
All-flash systems do more than replace a lot of hard drives. They let you create extremely dense virtual server environments that eliminate physical server hosts.
Virtual SANs: Scale Out's Next Iteration
News  |  3/4/2013  | 
Shared, block storage SANs have been the exclusive domain of big, centralized storage arrays, but distributed systems are about to crash the party.
Kim Dotcom Plans Mega IPO
News  |  3/4/2013  | 
MegaUpload founder, still sought for extradition by the U.S. government, hires CFO to help float his new cloud storage service.
Facebook's Futuristic Data Center: Inside Tour
Slideshows  |  3/1/2013  | 
Facebook's cutting-edge data center in the high desert of Oregon represents the future. Take a look at the technologies and choices that make it tick.
Next-Generation Firewalls 101
Commentary  |  3/1/2013  | 
Next-generation firewalls combine application awareness and deep packet inspection to give companies more control over applications while also detecting and blocking malicious threats.
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