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How To Deploy An Open Area With Wireless
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Whether you provide wireless as a courtesy or use it as a money-maker, there are definite do's and don'ts to setting up and sustaining a usable local wireless environment where many clients will rely on it. There are also no hard and fast rules and individual wireless access points have different features but the general principles of AP placement are well understood. Regardless of the wireless access point vendor you use, follow these steps for a successful deployment.
If Interop Is An Indicator, Business Is Picking Up
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
After a being stuck in the press room doing briefings back to back for four days at Storage Networking World, I'm glad to be back in Vegas for the week of gambling, drinking and technology that is Interop. While the hordes of tech hungry geeks waiting for the doors to open promptly at what for those of us who indulge in those activities that should stay in Vegas is the unconscionable hour of ten a.m. were small compared to those at Comdex, or even Interop in their 1990s heydays. The show floor w
How To Set Up SSH Encrypted MySQL Replication
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
MySQL offers much to the database administrator, such as its free, open source, and has great documentation and built-in replication support. But the security admin will point out one thing missing: encryption. Governments are cracking down on data privacy, and replicating data across the LAN or WAN may require encryption.
Openbravo Takes SMBs To The Cloud with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Openbravo has announced that its flagship product, Openbravo ERP SMB Professional 2.50, is available as a native package for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition, Canonical's latest cloud-capable version of its popular Linux-based Ubuntu operating system.
Samsung Ramping Up DDR3 Production To Accommodate Demand From Server Manufacturers Seeking High Energy Efficiency
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, today announced that it is ramping up 40-nm class production of high-density DDR3 memory chips to accommodate increased demand in server applications. "Our new multi-core Xeon lines have been designed to not only accommodate the most energy-efficient memory in the market today, but also to provide IT managers with the best power-to-performance ratio for any server environment."
EMC Helps Oracle Customers Drive More Efficiency And Cost Savings From Their IT Investments
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced new EMC Proven Solutions designed to help Oracle customers gain more efficiencies and cost savings from their IT investments. These new Proven Solutions utilize EMC fully automated storage tiering (FAST) software to increase IT efficiency for Oracle database environments by reining in infrastructure sprawl, and leverage EMC's industry-leading storage virtualization, data deduplication, and archiving techno
Sonus Networks Announces Enhancements To ASX VoIP Feature Server
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Sonus Networks, Inc., a market leader in next generation IP-based network solutions, today announced enhancements to its ASX VoIP platform to triple its effective capacity, increase geographic resiliency and extend support for next generation voice over broadband, cable, 4G/WiMAX networks, as well as legacy last mile CLASS 5 deployments. Sonus ASX is a market-leading solution for IP-based subscriber features, supporting both consumer and business segments, with deployments of millions of subscri
High-Tech Industry Weathers Recession
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Despite a loss of nearly a quarter-million jobs in 2009, the high-tech industry fared better than the overall U.S. job market. That's the finding of TechAmerica Foundation's newly-released report, Cyberstates 2010: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. High-Tech Industry. The report is the group's 13th annual report that identifies national and state trends in high-tech employment, wages and other economic factors.
BlueSocket Offers Feature-Rich WLANs With Low-Cost Controllers
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Since the advent of controller-based WLAN systems, I've bemoaned the hefty price-tag and complexity that comes with another layer of network hardware. It was a big jump going from access points that could think for themselves to models that needed to get their smarts from a mothership residing elsewhere on the network. But a middle-ground market is emerging around a number of vendors including BlueSocket, Meraki and AeroHive. We tested BlueSocket's vWLAN 2.0 to see if it can provide a feature-ri
Apple CEO Explains Flash Ban
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
More Storage Doesn't Mean More Jobs
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Q1 earnings are in and for the most part the news is good, and in some cases very good. There were a few misses, but overall it looks like Q1 was a solid quarter. More importantly, most suppliers are giving upbeat guidance for the rest of the year and into 2011. Indications are that users are beginning to ramp up their storage buying, but there is little evidence to suggest that is going to come with increased head count. In short, the "do more with less" IT staffs are going to become the "do ev
HP Buys Into The Smartphone Race With Palm Acquisition
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Computer and networking giant HP has announced its definitive agreement to purchase Palm. The $1.2 billion purchase, expected to be completed in the third quarter, delivers Palm to a stable parent who seems ready and willing to push the mobile devices into broader markets, as well as extend the reach of WebOS beyond what Palm could do on its own.
Understanding Data Deduplication
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Dedupe can shrink backups and streamline data recovery.
Interop: Weaving New Fabrics
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
I sat down and said, with a grin, "Infiniband is dead." Asaf Somekh VP of marketing and Christy Lynch, director of corporate communications for Voltaire, took the shot well, but my comment framed the conversation in a way that was useful. Over the last few days at Interop, the differentiator--the long term differentiator--in Ethernet switching is not going to be speeds and feeds. Network performance will always improve, sometimes in baby steps, sometimes in leaps. The differentiator is services,
SonicWALL Adds To Its Security Virtualization Suite With Email Security Virtual Appliance
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
SonicWALL, Inc., a leading secure network infrastructure company, announced April 27 at Interop the availability of its SonicWALL Email Security Virtual Appliance, providing one more deployment option for its powerful, easy-to-manage and highly scalable email security and anti-spam solutions. SonicWALL customers now have multiple options when it comes to deploying email security, including SonicWALL Email Security (SES) Appliances, server software deployed on a third-party Windows based server,
InformationWeek Analytics And Interop Announce 'Best of Interop' 2010 Award Winners In Nine Key Technology Categories
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
InformationWeek Analytics, the leading service for peer-based IT research and analysis, and Interop, the leading global business technology event series, today named Arista Networks as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 Best of Interop Awards following the keynote presentations at Interop Las Vegas 2010. Also selected were Best of Interop winners in nine categories, including IBM, Vidyo Inc., Mellanox Technologies, Arista Networks, ExtraHop Networks, Spirent Communications, TippingPoint, Citrix
Emulex Partners With Leading 10Gb/s Ethernet Companies To Help Customers Through The 10Gb/s Ethernet Transition
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Emulex Corporation today announced that it is partnering with leading 10Gb/s Ethernet companies to develop joint solutions that help customers make the transition from 1Gb/s Ethernet to 10Gb/s Ethernet, so they can reap the benefits of network consolidation and convergence. Emulex and its expanded partner ecosystem, including Arista Networks, BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE), Extreme Networks, Force10 Networks, Ixia, Juniper Networks and Voltaire, are collaborating to solve the challenges inhe
F5 Extends Application And Data Security To The Cloud
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced enhanced BIG-IP solution capabilities delivering new security services for applications deployed in the cloud. Application security provided by F5 solutions, including BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager, BIG-IP Edge Gateway, and BIG-IP Application Security Manager, ensures that enterprise applications and data are safe even when deployed in the cloud. The new BIG-IP Version 10.2 software enhances F5's securi
Oracle Consolidates Network Monitoring, Management Onto Single System
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
With the $7 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems now completed, Oracle has to watch over more than 13,000 network devices and services--everything from access switches, core network routers, wide-area-network (WAN) routers, firewalls, load balancers and more--and it takes a comprehensive network management system. But what used to be an unwieldy patchwork of various network monitoring and management tools, some purchased, some open-source and some home-grown, has been whittled down to one: an
Interop: Session Round-Up, 4/28
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
As mentioned in my previous blog, since we can't make all of the sessions ourselves, we have some reps out there doing the legwork for us, and we have a round-up from the yesterday's sessions by Jay Sumresh Bhansali, Ashutosh Tusharbhai Bhatt, Paridhi Nadarajan and Benson Mathews Poikayil.
Virtual ADCs Go 64-Bit
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
The market for virtualized Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) heated up yesterday with the A10 Network's introduction of SoftAX, a virtualized ADC providing local and global load-balancing and application acceleration. SoftAX enables high-density ADC and load-balancer deployments on a single platform, consolidating older load-balancers or under-utilized ADCs. With AX Series and SoftAX, IT managers can mix and match appliance and virtual machine options.
Virtual And Converged I/O At Interop
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Since I'm scheduled to speak about I/O virtualization here at Interop on Wed, I spent Tuesday morning tracking down new IOV and converged networking stories and products. In no small part so I could avoid looking like an idiot by describing last month's technology as cutting edge while someone from the audience shouted that a new vendor on the floor was had even better vaporware.
Interop Las Vegas 2010 - ShoreTel's Brilliantly Simple Unified Communications - www.interop.com
Interop Las Vegas 2010 - ShoreTel's Brilliantly Simple Unified Communications - www.interop.com
Network Computing Videos  |  4/28/2010  | 
Here we had a demonstration of how the ShoreTel Unified Communications system simplifies the escalation of communications paths within your organization from instant messenger (IM), to voice over IP, to video conferencing and web collaboration.
HP To Buy Palm For $1.2 Billion
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The deal shakes up the smartphone market and gives HP its very own mobile platform: webOS.
Telemedicine Searches For Strategy, Adoption
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Slow adoption of telemedicine reflects few reimbursement opportunities, lack of cohesiveness among key players, study finds.
Interop 2010 News Roundup
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
There's a lot of news coming out of Interop this week. Here are highlights of a few interesting announcements. The first comes from Gale Technologies. The company announced its GaleForce software on Tuesday. GaleForce is orchestration software that lets enterprises and service providers build templates of virtual and physical servers, application software, network resources and storage. Business units can then choose from among these templates to quickly access and deploy software and hardware
Cisco Raises The Stakes For Mission-Critical WLAN
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Cisco Systems has rolled out its new CleanAir technology with an aim to thwart one of the biggest challenges to the enterprise WLAN, RF interference. Using CleanAir, the Cisco wireless network monitors the air quality within the environment, identifies sources of interference, and if necessary, moves affected access points to cleaner channels. This new level of airspace intelligence and proactive optimization is raising the bar for wireless networks and bringing the dream of self-healing, missio
Spirent Enables CIOs To Realize The Promise Of Cloud Computing
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Spirent Communications today announced the industry's first holistic test methodology to validate the performance, availability, security and scalability (PASS) of cloud computing. The Spirent PASS methodology includes both physical and virtual appliances specifically designed to test services and infrastructure between any points in the cloud environment. "Our PASS testing approach is an extension of our converged data center and virtualization test solutions. Testing is how CIOs will truly rea
Ixia Demonstrates High-Density 10GE Testing For IxN2X Platform at Interop
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Ixia, a leading, global provider of converged IP network test solutions, today demonstrated its new NGY high-density 10GE load module running the company's recently acquired IxN2X platform at its Interop 2010 booth (#1359). NGY load modules provide the industry's highest-density 10GE traffic generation solution, and offer complete with layer 2-7 packet generation, routing emulation, and application testing functionality in a single load module. The new NGY 10GE hardware uses the same field-prove
Virtualization Market Accelerates Out Of The Recession As Users Adopt "Virtualize First" Mentality, According To IDC
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Server Virtualization Tracker, 18.2 percent of all new servers shipped in the fourth quarter of 2009 (4Q09) were virtualized, an increase from 15.2 percent in 4Q08. New server shipments virtualized in 4Q09 increased year over year for the first time in 2009 to 352,533 units, as customers came out of the economic downturn with a "virtualize first" mentality.
AirHop Joins eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance To Further Enable The Mobile Internet Via Widespread Adoption Of eSON On Multi-Core Processors
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
AirHop Communications, the leader in software enabling the next wave of the mobile internet, today announced that it has become a member of the eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance, a premier industry organization founded to drive best-in-class innovations in multi-core parallel processing platforms and software development. Supported by a broad base of world-class hardware and software providers, the eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance serves as the foundation upon which original equipment manufacturers (OEMs
FiberTower Provides High Capacity Ethernet Service To DSCI
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
FiberTower Corporation, a wireless backhaul services provider, has completed its interconnection to DSCI Corporation, Inc. and has begun delivering wireless Ethernet service to select DSCI enterprise accounts. The partnership will allow DSCI to strengthen its footprint by adding more connectivity options and, most importantly, expand its coverage where no high capacity was previously available.
Cybersecurity Will Reach New Heights; Security Risk Expected To Be Reduced by 2020
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
While online business transactions and consumer use of the Internet are continuing to increase dramatically, cybersecurity breaches are starting to level off, and in the next 10 years security protection will become more effective and widespread as organizations band together to fight cybercrime. That assessment was made Wednesday (April 28) by Verizon's top Internet security expert, Peter Tippett.
EMC Arms Customers With Enhanced Network And IT Operations Management Solutions Further Driving Their Journey To The Private Cloud
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Reinforcing its continued innovation in delivering one of the market's leading automated network and IT operations management solutions, EMC Corporation today announced key enhancements to its flagship IT infrastructure monitoring and analysis portfolio, EMC Ionix for IT Operations Intelligence (formerly Smarts). The new technologies provide core network management functionality to help customers transition from a physical to virtual IT infrastructure - and eventually - a private cloud model.
Interop: Dog Fooding IT
Commentary  |  4/28/2010  | 
Interop is like a box of chocolates and my chocolates are filled with nuts. I spend the better part of my day talking with vendors about their product plans and what I see happening in IT and the market. My view doesn't always jibe with what they see in the market. Whether it's Cisco who still hasn't deployed NAC too deeply, HP who is crowing about their all HP data center, or F5 who was also bitten by McAfees dat file debacle last week, It's also good to remember that these companies are themse
HP's Superdome 2: Bigger, Badder Computing
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
In the realm of high-performance computing, more is better. HP has announced an upgrade to it's Cache Coherent Non-Uniform Memory Access (ccNUMA) computing platform, Superdome, named Superdome 2. Superdome 2 provides flexible scalability and fault tolerance necessary for high-performance computing. While NUMA-based systems like Superdome and Superdome 2 have been relegated to relatively niche markets focused on high-performance computing and high-speed transactions, as IT moves towards virtualiz
SSD's New Role: Operational Efficiency
Commentary  |  4/27/2010  | 
Thanks to the decreased cost of Solid State Disk (SSD) its role within the enterprise continues to evolve. As we discussed in our last entry (http://www.networkcomputing.com/backup-recovery/ssds-new-role---power-efficiency.php) this is leading SSD out of the realm of being used to solely solve the performance demands of the fringe use cases and more into mainstream. Beyond the power utilization improvements that SSD can bring there are also operational improvements to consider.
Nimbus Offers Green, Cost-Efficient Storage With SSD
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Taking a "green technology" approach, Nimbus Data Systems Inc. says that its Sustainable Storage solid-state drive (SSD) network storage devices could result in energy costs up to 95 percent lower than those of traditional network storage based on spinning disk storage technology, but what impressed most analysts briefed on the product line was the price. The traditional hard drive has not kept pace with technology, and the best way to address its power and performance limitations is to do away
Internap Speeds Past TCP With XIP
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
The original purpose behind TCP was to provide reliable transmission over the IP protocol through a set of checks and retransmissions until the data was guaranteed to have arrived. However, in today's more reliable networks, this belt-and-suspenders method can result in slower transmission time. That's the theory behind Internap Network Services' Accelerated IP Internet traffic accelerator service, (XIP), which the Atlanta company claims can improve performance of enterprise web applications by
QSAs Look For PCI Guidance On Encryption, Tokenization
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
A large number of Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) believe that tokenization is the emerging data protection technology the PCI DSS Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is most likely to address in the organization's October 2010 update. That's according to a new survey by the Ponemon Institute: PCI DSS Trends 2010: QSA Business Report. The institute surveyed 155 QSAs. The report was commissioned by Thales e-Security. QSAs are the organizations responsible for policing the PCI Data Security S
RIM Adds WiFI Support To Its PBX Mobility Solution
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Smartphone vendor Research in Motion has revealed the latest update to their mobile PBX integration solution, BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 (MVS 5). Along with a number of other features, MVS 5 adds support for Voice over WLAN to WiFi-equipped Blackberries, enabling enterprise users to drop their desksets and leverage both WLAN and cellular networks to make and receive calls from their office line.
Verdiem Announces OEM Agreement with Cisco To Deliver First Energy Management System For PCs And Networked Devices
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Verdiem today announced that it has entered into an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement in which Verdiem's next generation energy management software serves as the foundation for Cisco's EnergyWise Orchestrator, creating the first unified energy management solution for PCs and networked devices.
Ixia, Cisco, And Emulex Demonstrate An End-to-End Converged Data Center At Interop Interop Las Vegas 2010
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Ixia, a leading, global provider of converged IP network test solutions, today announced that they will partner with Cisco and Emulex to demonstrate a proof-of-concept data center carrying combined network and storage traffic between server-assets across a converged data center infrastructure under high traffic loads. The demonstration, taking place at Interop Las Vegas, booth #1359, will be using a combination of Ixia, Cisco, and Emulex equipment.
Plurality Ltd. Announces the World's First Scalable 256 Multicore Processor For Wireless Infrastructure.
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Plurality Ltd. announced today at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, California, the world's first scalable 256 multicore processor for wireless infrastructure, the HyperCore family of low power, small footprint, ManyCore processor IP for wireless markets.
Spectrum Releases TrueVue v4.0
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Spectrum Inc., a national telecom lifecycle management (TLM) company, unveiled the latest chronicle of its award-winning B2B software, TrueVue. Version 4.0 was released today and includes a multitude of enhancements that are engineered to improve the end users' functionality when managing wireless and wireline services
Netlist Introduces Low Voltage HyperCloud, Industry's First 1.35V Virtual Rank Memory Module
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Today at Interop 2010, Netlist, Inc. introduced its low voltage HyperCloud, the industry's highest density 1.35V virtual rank memory module. Supporting up to 384GB of DRAM populated in a single dual socket server, low voltage HyperCloud now offers datacenters the ability to realize up to 19 percent in memory power savings when compared with traditional 1.5V solutions.
Arbor Networks Offers Virtual Network Security Tool
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Arbor Networks, whose technology detects abnormal network traffic flow, now offers its PeakFlow monitoring tool for use in virtualized environments. PeakFlow X Virtual 4.2 is the alternative to PeakFlow X software that monitors packet flow through network routers and switches, alerting system administrators if traffic spikes above normal patterns, such as in the case of a dedicated denial of service (DDOS) attack. The virtual version of the software is designed to run in VMware's ESX and ESXi hy
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