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Content posted in April 2011
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IBM, Akamai Partner To Speed Cloud Apps
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Combining Akamai's network and IBM's DataPower appliances lets businesses and cloud service providers bypass the Internet and accelerate the delivery of applications.
The Future Of Networking On Display At Interop
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Saying there is a lot of change in networking is like saying the sun is hot. Virtually every aspect of networking in the LAN and the WAN is developing new core protocols and technologies to meet growing demand. Networking isn't just about bigger, faster, denser. The changes are about smarter networking that discovers optimal paths from point to point, ensuring zero packet loss. The changes are being driven by (and are driving) server, storage and network virtualization. And the changes are about
Intel Atom Processor Offers Storage Value
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Using a low-cost Atom processor from Intel in a storage system can lower costs, improve power efficiency, and take up less rack space while also providing acceptable performance.
Veeam ONE Boosts Virtualization Management Capabilities
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Saying that existing systems management software products for VMware are inadequate, Veeam Software has announced Veeam ONE, which performs trend analysis, resource optimization, hardware provisioning planning and what-if modeling. Compared with competing products, Veeam ONE makes recommendations for server and storage upgrades to address upcoming capacity shortfalls, instead of just predicting them.
Cisco Attacks Multi-Vendor Networks
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
The right network, from Cisco of course, can drive innovation, productivity, and enable new business models.
Distributed Core And East-West Routing--The Network Is Changing
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
Applications and data center infrastructures are changing, and this puts a strain on conventional IT architecture. A number of recent announcements have really put this in perspective, with key network infrastructure components devolving from a centralized "hub and spoke" model to one that might even deserve to be called "cloud." Two key harbingers of this change are the shift from "North-South" to "all direction" network traffic and the decentralization of network device intelligence.
Microsoft Heats Up IPv4 Market
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
The $7.5 million acquisition of 666,624 IPv4 addresses from Nortel shows that there's a growing market for the dwindling commodity.
TwinStrata Announces Availability Of CloudArray Version 2.5
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
TwinStrata, Inc., the leading innovator in data storage and data protection solutions leveraging cloud storage, today announced the availability of CloudArray Version 2.5. With the latest release, customers will enjoy a host of new features and performance enhancements including volume expansion, bandwidth throttling and scheduling, and automatic metadata backup to the CloudArray portal. In addition, two new physical appliances position CloudArray to meet ever more stringent performance and ava
Open Source Cloud Stack Community Grows Quickly
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
A coalition of technology companies has come together in just nine months to deliver an open source software stack to enable cloud computing. At the OpenStack Conference and Design Summit going on this week in Santa Clara, Calif., participants in this open source community provided details on two interrelated open source projects: OpenStack Compute for developing a cloud-based server environment and OpenStack Object Storage for cloud-based storage. Project organizers said open source software wi
Force10 Aims 100-Gbit Ethernet Switch At Clouds
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Open Cloud Networking Framework also features a converged virtualization switch and a boost to the Open Automation management system.
Force 10 Lays Out Standards-Based Next Generation Networking Vision
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Force 10 is the latest networking vendor to announce a comprehensive vision for data center networking. Dubbed Open Cloud Networking, the idea is to use standard protocols to interconnect networking gear paired with their Open Automation capabilities, and offer integration and interoperation with network management and systems orchestration management servers. The company's announcement includes additional automation features and new hardware to support the vision. Force 10 is not the first to t
Time To Get Off The IPv6 Fence
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
We've known for almost 20 years that IPv4 addresses were a dwindling resource. Yet here we are.
Data Centers: Who's On First?
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
For the fourth installment in NETWORK COMPUTING's five-part examination of the changes transforming the data center, we start with the shot heard around the IT world, when in March 2009, network powerhouse Cisco announced that it was taking on its server/data center rivals--HP, IBM and Sun (now Oracle)--with its Unified Computing System strategy, a.k.a. Project California. In a video supporting the March 16 announcement, John Chambers said, "It isn't just a new technology, it's an approach to vi
What's Next In Storage Interfaces
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
Storage infrastructures need the ability to handle more random I/O, deliver higher IOPS performance, and take away some of the load from the primary CPU.
Dell Adds To Boomi's Cloud Integration Capabilities
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
Acquired by Dell last November to help businesses "reap the full value of cloud computing," Boomi is getting a facelift to help customers achieve greater enterprise efficiency while leveraging existing IT investments. According to the 2011 InformationWeek Analytics State of Cloud Computing Survey, integration is one of the six major areas being underfunded or ignored by CIOs. Dell wants to offer streamlined integration connections across the enterprise.
EMC Isilon Wins 3TIER Data Management Bid
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
Moving to network attached storage will allow the rapidly growing company to consolidate big data management, simplify IT infrastructure, and maximize storage.
Atlantis Enhancements Slash VDI Storage-Related Costs
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
With the release of ILIO 2.0, a software virtual appliance that complements Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) deployments, Atlantis Computing says that it is cutting VDI capex costs by up to 75% while enabling the use of lower-cost storage options. Pricing starts at $150 per desktop, as opposed to the approximately $1,000 per desktop VDI users must pay for storage to achieve a level of performance comparable to a physical PC. While there are a variety of reas
Big-Time Reality Check-- Haiti
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
In technology, as in life, it's all too easy to take what we have for granted. Chances are, right now you are personally equipped with more technology than was used to put the first man on the moon. And though most of us tend to be technologically loaded for bear these days, we're always on the prowl for the faster, lighter, higher capacity, shinier, cooler and generally better. Most of us are fortunate to exist in our high-tech personal bubbles, where the basic needs of food, clothing and shelt
Big Switch Bets On OpenFlow, Network Virtualization
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
An enterprise OpenFlow controller is expected later this year from startup Big Switch Networks, which just raised $13.75 million in Series A funding.
Scientists Launch Internet Protocol Research Center
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
The global Network Development and Deployment Initiative formed to facilitate research on new platforms and architectures based on OpenFlow technology.
LabTech Software Unveils New Features, Tools In Release Of LabTech 2011 Remote Monitoring And Management Software
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
LabTech Software, a powerful and robust Remote Monitoring, Management (RMM) and Automation solution for managed services, today announced the release of LabTech 2011, with new features and enhancements highlighting LabTech's commitment to the channel. The company's continuing and rapid development of new features that resonate with current and future partners have put LabTech even further ahead of competitors in speed and capabilities. Learn more about LabTech's next waves of innovation in the L
HP Beefs Up Consulting To Help Clients Better Align IT And Business Strategies
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
HP on Monday introduced a package of a half-dozen IT consulting services whose goal is to help client firms better align their business and IT strategies. The HP Strategic IT Advisory Services portfolio is designed to help CIOs better achieve business goals through effective use of information technology. "We view there to be a gap between business consulting and technology consulting. There's been a lot of talk in the past about business-IT alignment, and we view that as critical," says Brad Bo
Tape Summit Predicts Tape Renaissance
Commentary  |  4/25/2011  | 
Summing up the recent Tape Summit in Nevada, the basic message was that tape is not only about to see a resurgence but rather a renaissance. This would seem to be counter-intuitive to many, but the claim has merit. Let's explore that and see why, since IT will be the major benefactor if the claim can be proven.
Amazon's Cloud May Seem Magical, But It Isn't
Commentary  |  4/22/2011  | 
By now you have heard that Amazon Web Services had a massive disruption yesterday, affecting Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) instances in the company's northern Virginia data center. The disruption was/is long-lived (Amazon's dashboard is still showing problems), and certainly blew any claims for an annual uptime of 99.9 percent, which is 8.76 hours downtime per year. In fact, it likely blew 99.8 percent uptime, which is 17.52 hours of downtime. While 99.8 percent sounds good, the fact that some s
Virtela Offers Cloud-Based Solution To Manage Mobile Devices
News  |  4/22/2011  | 
The increasing use of employees' personal mobile devices on corporate networks has prompted Virtela Technology Services to introduce a cloud-delivered mobile device management (MDM) service. The service delivers a network connection to smartphones, tablet computers and other devices, monitors usage of voice and data plans, and archives text messages.
Dell Enhances Popular Kace Management Appliance
News  |  4/22/2011  | 
Acquired less than a year ago, the Dell Kace K1000 Management Appliance line, which combines general system management features with specific endpoint security features, is getting a face-lift. The most significant updates to version 5.3 include easier license management, new Dell warranty integration and an improved Windows agent that simplifies deployment to Windows-based systems.
No Happy Ending To The Fable Of 'Zodiac Island' And The Cloud Storage Provider
Commentary  |  4/22/2011  | 
Alas, the tales spun by vendors, analysts and other cloud computing cheerleaders that paint the cloud as an infinitely expandable, reliable and affordable kingdom--where "The winter is forbidden till December/And exits March the second on the dot"--are as fantastical as Camelot itself. WeR1 Production, which produces the syndicated children's show "Zodiac Island," is learning this lesson after Binky the sheep and Sonny the tiger went to the bit bucket.
Virtela Launches Industry's First Global Cloud Service For Managing And Securing Mobile Devices
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
Virtela, the world's largest independent managed network, security and cloud services company, today announced the availability of the industry's first global cloud-based mobile device management service, offering enterprises an easy approach to manage the explosive growth of smartphones and tablets, whether corporate- or employee-owned, that delivers faster service delivery and a faster return on investment. Virtela's new cloud-based MDM Service leverages the company's global cloud infrastruct
Facebook Tools For Building Brands
Commentary  |  4/21/2011  | 
HyperArts' Tim Ware is teaching businesses how to use reveal tabs, iFrames, and other development tools to lure fans and market companies.
Federal Government Makes A Push Into Cloud Computing
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
The U.S. government is undertaking an effort to promote cloud computing by requiring federal agencies to deliver one IT service in the cloud within 12 months and two more within 18 months. While the initiative is expected to save the government $14 billion in its first year, a survey shows there are budgetary and security issues that may make the transition difficult.
Rackspace Balances Functionality With Ease Of Use
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
Just weeks after Rackspace Hosting unveiled Rackspace Cloud Builders, a new professional cloud services offering based on OpenStack that helps enterprises deploy private cloud services, the company is officially launching Rackspace Cloud Load Balancers. Designed to be easy to set up and use, highly configurable and interoperable with cloud servers or dedicated servers, the automated component distributes workloads across multiple cloud servers to minimize response time and avoid server overload.
BufferBloat And The Collapse Of The Internet
Commentary  |  4/21/2011  | 
It seems that every few years there's yet another prognosticator that the Internet is about to collapse. Once it was the stellar growth in bandwidth demand driven by the phenomenal increase in Internet-connected devices. At other times, it was the lack of Net neutrality (see this video). Still other times, it was sinister attacks on BGP or the fact that we've run out of IPv4 addresses.
The Future Of Networking On Display At Interop
Commentary  |  4/20/2011  | 
Networking isn't just about bigger, faster, and denser any more. Virtually every aspect of networking is developing new core protocols and technologies to meet growing demand.
67% Of Companies Fail Credit Card Security Compliance
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is seen as a burden by half of security pros, and 59% don't think it helps them become more secure, according to a study from Ponemon.
Social Media Research May Expose Discrimination Claims
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Hiring managers walk a fine line between vetting candidates online and putting themselves at risk for lawsuits from passed-over candidates, say employment law experts.
IPv4 Depletion Not Boosting IPv6 Adoption
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Slow rate of adoption is caused by technical and design hurdles, lack of economic incentives, and a lack of IPv6 content, found Arbor Networks study.
Cisco 'Primes' Its Borderless Networks Portfolio
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Cisco is expanding its Borderless Networks portfolio--the architecture that incorporates routing, switching, mobility, security and wide-area network (WAN) optimization--with new security, management and video capabilities. Highlights include the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), the centralized policy engine for the Cisco TrustSec solution that enforces a context-aware access security policy, distinguishes between organization-owned and personal user devices, and automates security with net
Aruba Networks Brings Layer 3 To Wireless Mesh Networks
Commentary  |  4/20/2011  | 
Wireless mesh networks have always been big on promise, but often disappointing on performance. It's no secret that the marketing folks for wireless vendors can be a bit adventurous with range and throughput claims, and that many wireless mesh products just don't live up to the hype. Part of the problem has been the traditional repeater-style "lose half your throughput with every hop" principle, which can be exacerbated by poor network design. Aruba Networks addresses pretty much all of the pote
Criminals Cast Wide Net: Verizon Reports More Numerous But Smaller Breaches
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Cyber criminals have apparently switched gears dramatically, eschewing big data breaches in favor of more low-risk attacks against poorly defended targets. The 2011 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report shows a precipitous drop in the number of records stolen--from 141 million in 2009 to 4 million in 2010, even as the caseload of breaches investigated increased more than six-fold.
Keeping RAID Alive
Commentary  |  4/19/2011  | 
When it comes to protecting data on disk, few technologies are more universal RAID; it faces challenges in the future data center, but is hardly alone in that.
Forum Systems Integrates XML Gateway, Web Application Firewall On Single Appliance
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
Forum Systems has announced a unified Web application firewall (WAF) and XML gateway on a single platform, combining identity management and authentication, threat detection and blocking, malware filtering and XML processing for complex, high-volume Web transaction environments, such as financial services.
Forum Systems Delivers Industry's First Unified Content Firewall
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
Forum Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Crosscheck Networks, Inc., today announced the next generation of its flagship XML Gateway fueling faster, more powerful and seamless Web experiences for users.
Survey Shows Conflicting Attitudes About Security Of Financial Assets
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
A survey out Tuesday from NES Financial, which handles complex financial accounts through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering, shows customers conflicted about how secure their accounts are. The survey of 150 executives in financial services firms or in finance positions at other companies showed 80 percent are confident that the money in these accounts is safe. However, more than 50 percent think there should be more security and transparency about how these accounts are managed.
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