Expert Analysis
Content posted in April 2011
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Do Iron Mountain And Cirtas Exits Mean The Cloud Is Falling?
Commentary  |  4/19/2011  | 
Last week, market research firm Gartner let it slip that Iron Mountain was shuttering its cloud storage service, and reliable sources are telling me that cloud storage gateway startup Cirtas has let its marketing and sales staffs go so the company can concentrate on improving the product. Is this a trend? Is the cloud falling? Will we be left choosing all our IT products from the five families ... oops ... remaining suppliers: IBM, HP, Dell, Oracle and Cisco?
Schwartz On Security: Talking Risk Equals Reward
Commentary  |  4/18/2011  | 
Understanding your business's risk appetite will help you get the money for the security threats that matter.
Keeping Up With Facebook Platform Changes
Commentary  |  4/18/2011  | 
IFrame page tabs and "secure browsing" together are causing headaches for many Facebook business page operators.
Sourcefire Enhances, Extends IPS Protection To SMEs
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
Best known for Snort, its free, open-source network intrusion prevention and detection system (IDS/IPS), Sourcefire Inc. is enhancing and broadening the for-profit portion of its IPS portfolio. The company has announced a new version of its software, Sourcefire 4.10, with enhanced awareness and third-party interoperability for the Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS); Sourcefire 8000 Series Appliances, a modular and scalable high-speed platform for enterprise customers; and Source
PacketMotion Extends Activity Monitoring To VMware Environments
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
Enterprises will be able to monitor activity within VMware environments with the release of PacketMotion's PacketSentry Virtual Probe, a virtual machine version of its security appliance. Like the physical appliance, Virtual Probe collects and analyzes network traffic for anomalous user behavior and enforces corporate policy for security and regulatory compliance.
HP Plans To Help Companies Lessen Application Backlog
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
As part of integrating its 2008 purchase of the Electronic Data Systems services company, now known as HP Enterprise Services, Hewlett-Packard announced a combination of seven products and services intended to help user organizations transform applications.
Toshiba Launches Self-Encrypting Drives With Extra Security
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
The drives are the first that can also prevent access to the data they store after repeated failed log-ins or the device is removed.
Amplidata Builds 'Unbreakable' Storage
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
While I stand by my position that we put too much of the responsibility for keeping our data safe for the long term on storage systems, as I wrote in Long Term Retention:It's More Than Media, I also believe that you bet on different horses for different courses. Startup Amplidata's new AmpliStor system has most of the features on my wish list for storing large data objects like medical images or rich media.
Intel Itanium 'Poulson' Chip Coming Next Year
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
Intel, which has had its commitment to the Itanium platform challenged by Oracle, says it will ship the next version of the server processor on schedule next year. Kirk Skaugen, VP and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, underscored the company's support for the 64-bit RISC architecture during his Wednesday keynote at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. While the next version of Itanium, code-named Poulson, will launch on time, Intel still refuses to provide a narrower timetable.
Ceelox Provides Biometric Identity Access To Cloud Applications
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
Ceelox, Inc. announced today that the company has created a solution for secure login to cloud applications using biometrics. Ceelox ID Online utilizes a fingerprint authentication and the OpenID protocol to provide an Internet server-based biometric software application. This enables users to securely authenticate without the threat of having their credentials, i.e. user name and password, compromised or stolen by eliminating the feasibility of any replay attack. Once Ceelox ID Online grants ac
Raising The Bar: Security Comes of Age With O-ISM3
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
The Open Group's new information security management standard, Information Security Management Maturity Model (O-ISM3), has been crafted to enable the creation of information security management (ISM) systems that are fully aligned with any organization's business mission and compliance needs, regardless of size, context and resources. Compatible with other ISM industry standards--such as the ISO2700x series, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and COBIT--O-ISM3 is a comprehensi
Mathias On Mobility: Cisco At A Crossroads
Commentary  |  4/13/2011  | 
Cisco's core problem is that it is too big, and it has a product line and service mix that is complex even for an analyst to understand.
Solid State Storage First Step: SSD As Cache
Commentary  |  4/13/2011  | 
Though it's reliable and can boost performance, storage managers still struggle to properly apply solid state technology for maximum benefit without the need to rearchitect storage infrastructure.
IBM Focuses On 'Make It Work Better Or Cost Less'
News  |  4/13/2011  | 
More than 8,000 customers, partners and others have joined IBM for the Impact 2011 conference, where announcements included more than 50 new products, enhancements and services centered on the company's software-as-a-service (SaaS) portfolio. The annual event focuses on Big Blue's SaaS offerings, which span from business process management (BPM) to collaboration, social business, Web analytics, B2B commerce, supply chain management, marketing and enterprise systems management.
Lots of Changes, But Top Storage Vendor Lineup To Remain Intact
News  |  4/13/2011  | 
Having taken a closer look at networking and servers, NETWORK COMPUTING's four-part series on the changes transforming the data center now focuses on storage. With most data centers doubling storage capacity every two to three years, while budgets are only increasing in single digits, doing more with less is essential. Couple this data explosion with the changes sweeping the data center, and the major data center vendors--HP, IBM, Oracle, Dell and Cisco--have been kept very busy.
McAfee IPS Beefs Up Reputation-Based Detection, Adds Virtualization Traffic Visibility
News  |  4/13/2011  | 
The latest version of McAfee's Network Security Platform intrusion prevention system (IPS) features enhanced reputation-based threat detection and the ability to analyze traffic between virtual machines. The new virtualization capability is enabled through a partnership with Reflex Systems, which provides products for traffic monitoring, policy enforcement and configuration management within virtual environments.
Wherever You Go, There You Are
Commentary  |  4/13/2011  | 
Location-based services are big business. People are simply fascinated with knowing where they are, and the precision available today to the location-curious among us is nothing short of amazing. Whether leveraging the GPS constellation of satellites 12,000 miles above us, or using Wi-Fi access points to put users on a floor plan, location services are fun and fascinating. At a recent training seminar, I was treated to the back story of an interesting location app used at the famous American Mus
Putting Controller-Based Networks' Security Risk In Context
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
OpenFlow is starting to gain some buzz in the industry, with a demonstration at the upcoming Interop show in Las Vegas and vendors starting to adopt the protocol. However, as others begin to learn about OpenFlow and controller-based networking, complaints about single points of failure and single targets of attack get fired off in an almost knee-jerk reaction. Let's stop and take a breath. Single points of failure and single points of attack are common issues in networking and, frankly, have bee
Three Firewalls Flunk Stability Tests, NSS Labs Reports
News  |  4/12/2011  | 
Three of six leading firewalls crashed during stability tests, and five of six failed to stop an attack that allows an intruder to gain access as a trusted internal user, according to results released by NSS Labs. Fortinet, Juniper Networks and SonicWall appliances all failed under stress tests, while CheckPoint Software Technologies, Cisco Systems and Palo Alto Software firewalls continued to operate and received passing grades.
Zyrion 'Contains' Hybrid Clouds
News  |  4/12/2011  | 
A specialist in business service management (BSM) and network performance monitoring, Zyrion is beefing up its cloud capabilities with business service container technology enhancements to its Traverse network management platform. Officially created in 2007, when NetScout acquired Network General, the company's roots in infrastructure management go back to 1990, and it currently has more than 100 customers.
Iron Mountain Digital Steps Out Of Cloud Storage; Nirvanix Steps In
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
Well, it appears again that companies that are good at one thing won't necessarily be good at trying other things. Iron Mountain Digital, the public cloud offshoot from Iron Mountain--the company that stores papers in caves and giant vaults and drives around in vans all the time--has collapsed.
Avere Systems Upgrades NAS Appliance Line To Deliver More 'Horsepower'
News  |  4/12/2011  | 
Network-attached storage (NAS) vendor Avere Systems has added to its FXT line of NAS appliances with two new models that feature faster Intel Xeon quad-core processors, more DRAM capacity and both 1Gbit Ethernet and 10Gbit Ethernet ports. An industry analyst says that the new models represent a "horsepower bump" for Avere and can be paired with a customer's existing NAS appliances to deliver an extra storage tier and provide scale-out capability to handle growing data storage needs.
Xiotech Makes ISE Continuously Available
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
While replicating data in real time does a pretty good job at protecting the data from loss in the event of an array--or larger--failure, replication alone does nothing to ensure that the applications that access that data keep running. If there's a disaster, there had better be a recovery procedure or our apps could be offline a long time. Xiotech, with ISE Continuous Availability, is the latest vendor to come up with a solution that not only keeps the data safe but also keeps it available even
SunGard Sheds Light On Private Cloud With Automation And Management
News  |  4/12/2011  | 
SunGard, a software and services company that's grown rapidly in the past few years via acquisition and successful execution, has been on a mission to consolidate its IT operations. The aggressive plan started with server virtualization, a stage that is largely complete. But the Wayne, Penn.-based company, which serves about 25,000 customers in 70 countries and operates four different businesses, knew it would also need a comprehensive management solution that would help it create, track and dec
With HP, Egenera Poised For Explosive Growth
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Not so long ago, Engera, a developer of an open converged infrastructure and unified computing solution, was considered at best a marginal player with an "opportunity to become less irrelevant." Fast forward to February, and the company reported its best financial year on record, with software orders doubling quarter over quarter. Its software sales were up 200 percent year over year, with the average PAN (Processing Area Network) Manager order size doubling during that time frame.
EMC Isilon Delivers Breakthrough Performance For Big Data
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced new generations of its EMC Isilon scale-out NAS hardware and software platforms, delivering industry-leading performance, throughput and replication for big data. Isilon's new hardware platform enables customers to choose from a range of drive configurations, including solid state drives (SSD) with either serial attached SCSI (SAS) or serial ATA (SATA) drives, and combine them with a large, globally cohere
Welcome To The WAN Optimization Shell Game
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
In the early days of Ethernet switch vendors, IT organizations would routinely hear vendors profess to deliver better line rate performance at 20 percent less than the market leader. The catch, because there was always a catch in this industry, was that performance was only achievable in specific circumstances. Turn on port monitoring or enable encryption and Ethernet switch performance would skid to a halt. A similar story may be brewing in the WAN optimization space. While vendors, such as Blu
Four Steps On The Path To IPv6
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Does this remind you of Y2K? The hard reality that the Internet is running out of IPv4 addresses recently hit the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. You know what comes next: business executives get to wondering just how this IPv6 thing will impact their businesses.
OCZ Continues To Push The SSD Envelope
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. is shipping the Vertex 3 SATA (serial advanced technology attachment) III SSD (solid-state or flash disk) Series in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. Built around the SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor with the 6Gbps SATA III interface to deliver double the performance of the previous generation, the Vertex 3 provides up to 550MB/s of bandwidth and up to 60,000 IOPS (4k random write). An enterprise version, the Vertex 3 Pro, is scheduled to ship later this quarter.
The SNW Report: Lots Of Flash, Cache Is King
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
This week I kicked off my spring trade show and conference season at Storage Network World at the Santa Clara Convention Center. It was the first time in recent memory that the show was in Silicon Valley, the center of the tech universe, and that seemed to have brought out a crowd with more end-users than in the past. Aside from the all encompassing cloud, I heard a lot of buzz about flash memory based products, especially those using flash as cache for other storage systems.
Getting Real About SSD Performance
Commentary  |  4/8/2011  | 
Solid state storage has moved beyond the learning stage and storage managers are trying to decide how to best use the new technology.
Openness As Social Media Strategy
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
Pardot co-founder Adam Blitzer discusses turning customer conversations -- dirty laundry and all -- into keyword-rich content.
InteropNet's IPv6 Plans
Commentary  |  4/8/2011  | 
One of the more interesting aspects of attending Interop is seeing the demonstrations that the InteropNet team is putting on. At the upcoming show, the InteropNet is running several IPv6 capable networks that are supporting both exhibitors and attendees. This marks the first show since Interop returned its Class A address space to ARIN in 2010. If you are at Interop, check out the various InteropNet locations offering IPv6. I caught up with some of the InteropNet team by phone to talk about IPv6
Internap Takes Accelerated IP Internet Traffic Accelerator Service Global
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
A year ago, Internap Network Services announced its Accelerated IP Internet traffic accelerator service (XIP), which the company claimed could improve performance of enterprise Web applications by up to 400 percent by eliminating some of the belt-and-suspenders reliability protection provided by TCP. The company is now announcing that the service is available worldwide, after having been tested in several cities during the past year.
DevOps: May Help, May Not
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
DevOps is one of the ongoing trends that is shaping IT organizations by merging developers and operations staff into dedicated or shared teams, with the goal of breaking down the barriers between the two groups to improve communications, speed application delivery time, and better design applications and the systems on which they run. However, you do need to set your expectations on what DevOps can provide. Your organization may already be efficient and well-run.
Utilities Don't Consider Security To Be A Strategic Priority, Ponemon Study Shows
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
Utility and energy industry executive management hasn't fully bought into IT security, according to a Ponemon Institute survey of IT and security practitioners in these critical infrastructure companies. Fewer than half the respondents said that security is a strategic priority across the enterprise, and only 29 percent said that their C-level executives fully understand and appreciate security initiatives.
Social Media Influences Website Traffic Indirectly
News  |  4/7/2011  | 
Almost 20% of visits to company sites are prompted by social media, whereas less than 1% come via direct links, according to ForeSee study.
T-Mobile Lowers Rates, AT&T Raises Upgrade Fees
News  |  4/7/2011  | 
An unlimited everything plan -- data, voice, and SMS messages -- for $79.99 is about to be unleashed by T-Mobile, while AT&T plans to boost early upgrade fees by $50.
New EMC Database Appliances Come Preloaded With SAS Business Analytics Software
News  |  4/7/2011  | 
On Tuesday, EMC introduced three additions to its Greenplum database appliance line that are paired with SAS High-Performance Analytics software. The appliances leverage massively parallel processing architecture to quickly process and analyze the growing volume of data that businesses are accumulating.
Sophisticated Targeting, Spike In Web Attacks Highlight Symantec Threat Report
News  |  4/7/2011  | 
Web-based attacks nearly doubled in 2010, and criminals are now making use of social networks and other information sources to launch targeted attacks against both enterprises and small and midsize businesses, according to the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report. Symantec reports a 93 percent increase in Web-based attacks, driven by the proliferation of attack toolkits that put sophisticated malicious software in the hands of a broad base of criminals.
Riverbed Broadens Backup, Cloud Storage Appeal
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Riverbed Technology is expanding the total addressable market for its Whitewater family of cloud storage accelerator and backup products with the addition of EMC NetWorker, Quest vRanger and CA ARCserve Backup support. The company says that this gives it access to more than 75 percent of the backup market.
Enterasys Launches Latest Network Switches
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Enterasys Networks has announced the K-Series, a new family of edge switches, as well as the A4, a new model of stackable switch. The devices are managed with the Enterasys Network Management Suite.
Latest CA Workload Automation Release Enables Dynamic Service And Application Automation Across Physical, Virtual And Cloud Infrastructures
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
CA Technologies today announced the general availability of CA Workload Automation 11.3, which provides the ability to initiate, monitor and manage workloads in private, public and hybrid clouds for increased agility and better business outcomes.
HP Prescribes Cure For Information Management Malaise
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Setting the stage for the next evolution of the Instant-On Enterprise, which it started talking about late last year, HP is updating its information management (IM) portfolio, in part based on a customer survey indicating that 70 percent of organizations lack a holistic approach to managing business-critical information and instead are focused on managing infrastructure.
Add A Dash of Trellia To Thicken The Mobile Management Stew
Commentary  |  4/6/2011  | 
And I thought that the Wi-Fi space could be fast moving ... It seems like every time I turn around of late, there is yet another mobility management vendor with a story to tell. Given that one analyst report after another hammers us with the fact that mobile devices are taking over the world, it makes sense that the management of these devices is a growth market unto itself. The latest player in this space that I've gotten wind of is Trellia Networks. Like its competitors, Trellia answers many o
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