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EMC Acquires NetWitness To Investigate Network Security Breaches
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
EMC on Monday announced the acquisition of NetWitness, a company whose technology monitors computer networks to detect and re-mediate security threats while also automating the process of investigating security incidents. NetWitness will operate as part of EMC's security business, RSA. Coincidentally, the acquisition closed on April 1, the same day RSA disclosed that its own systems were the target of a phishing attack. RSA categorized the event as an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT).
BridgeStor Launches Storage Optimization Appliance
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
BridgeStor LLC has announced a storage appliance intended to bring high-end features such as data deduplication and compression to the small-to-midsize business/small-to-midsize enterprise market. The Application Optimized Storage Appliance for Network Storage can reduce storage capacity requirements, power, cooling and management costs in network-attached storage and iSCSI storage area network environments by up to 70 percent.
Tenuous Chains Of Trust In Digital Certificates
Commentary  |  4/6/2011  | 
Hot on the heels of RSA suffering an attack of unknown origin and resulting in a loss of unknown data with an unknown impact, news that certificate authority Comodo issued nine fraudulent certificates that browser vendors and OS vendors have had to issue a patch for highlights the fragility of the security systems that protect your data in transit across the Internet. In Comodo's case, neither the root CA nor any of Comodo's systems were compromised, according to its own incident report. Rather,
Cisco Faces Uphill Battle Selling Data Center Servers
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Servers take center stage in the second of NETWORK COMPUTING 's four-part series on the changes transforming the data center. Server sales came back with a bang last year, rising 15.3 percent in the fourth quarter, the highest growth rate in three years and capping the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.
An SMB Masters Business Intelligence
News  |  4/5/2011  | 
Tales of data cleanup and normalization, massive integration and major workflow revisions in decision-making make it difficult for small and midsize businesses to compete against larger concerns when it comes to developing business intelligence (BI) for their markets and their operations. But with the right kind of support from upper management, an appropriately trained IT staff and a vision, SMBs can attain great results.
Queplix Links On-Premise Apps To The Cloud
News  |  4/5/2011  | 
Queplix Corp., which produces the Queplix Virtual Data Manager platform - a software framework that lets users extract data and metadata from certain source database applications for use in data integration and harmonization with other database applications - has announced an Application Software Blade for Hadoop. Support for Hadoop means that the Virtual Data Manager now supports Hive, HBase and Cassandra.
Practical Analysis: Cisco's Conundrum
Commentary  |  4/5/2011  | 
Why John Chambers' memo to employees underplays the challenges ahead for the world's largest networking company.
Kemp Intros Microsoft Exchange Load Balancer
News  |  4/5/2011  | 
Loadmaster Exchange appliance features a SMB-friendly price point for firms trying to manage server traffic due to the proliferation of Web and other applications.
Fired Employee Indicted For Hacking Gucci Network
News  |  4/5/2011  | 
Former network engineer accused of using stolen VPN token to delete corporate data and email boxes.
Amplidata Unveils 'Unbreakable' Unstructured Data Storage
News  |  4/5/2011  | 
Amplidata has seen the future, and it's unstructured data, especially in the cloud. According to a new report from IDC (Leveraging Metadata Framework Technology to Take Control of the Information Explosion), unstructured data and metadata are the fastest-growing categories, increasing at an average annual growth rate of 62 percent, with up to 90 percent of the digital universe unstructured data and metadata. Corporations will be responsible for 85 percent of that data, so a solution like AmpliSt
Airesham Redefines Wireless Convergence
Commentary  |  4/4/2011  | 
Been in IT long, Sailor? Anyone who has spent any time at all in IT in the last decade is familiar with at least a few different variations of the concept of convergence. Whether we're talking about voice over IP, streaming video, or how the low-voltage world of fire and security systems are migrating to the IP network, convergence has been all around us for so long that we hardly notice it anymore. But now WLAN startup Airesham is redefining convergence, as an exciting and strange new breed of
Obama Upgrades Campaign Website For 2012
Commentary  |  4/4/2011  | 
A Facebook app encourages people to join the campaign and invite their friends, and the website solicits donations.
Long-Term Data Retention: It's More Than Media
Commentary  |  4/4/2011  | 
The other day I managed to get one of those rare moments where I was sitting with a group of storage guys that worked for vendors but weren't trying to sell me any thing, not even their companies' ideas. The topic of the conversation turned to long-term archiving, and I realized that we--as an industry--have been spending too much time worrying about where we store our data and not enough about how.
Facebook App Connects Buyers To Manufacturers' Resellers
News  |  4/4/2011  | 
Channel Intelligence's Where to Buy Facebook helps brands use the social network to direct consumers to the retailers that sell their wares.
Simple Just Got More Powerful: MaxxVault Enterprise 5 To Be Released On April 18, 2011
News  |  4/4/2011  | 
MaxxVault LLC, a leading provider of Electronic Document Management Systems (EDMS) software, is pleased to announce that MaxxVault Enterprise 5 will be made available on April 18th, 2011. With the new release, MaxxVault adds additional power and ease of use. Mid-sized and large companies will find MaxxVault Enterprise 5 to be more appealing with the addition of new features and enhancements to existing tools.
Marvell Tackles The I/O Problem
News  |  4/4/2011  | 
Marvell Technology Group--primarily known for its storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions--is unveiling a virtual storage accelerator that addresses the I/O choke-point that has been plaguing the IT industry for years. The company says that its DragonFly VSA board, which plugs directly into all commercially available servers, will deliver 10x server I/O performance; reduce network-attached storage/storage-area network/direct-attached storage (NAS/SAN/DAS) costs by more than 50 per
Web-Based Attacks Rise Sharply, HP Reports
News  |  4/4/2011  | 
Attacks on servers shifted dramatically from traditional protocols, such as SMB (Server Message Block) to Web-based attacks during the course of 2010, aided by a proliferation of sophisticated, inexpensive toolkits, according to a report by HP. And, while the number of newly discovered software vulnerabilities has leveled off somewhat in recent years, Web application vulnerabilities now comprise about half the total, according to the "2011 Top Cyber Security Risks Report."
Acer CEO Resigns
News  |  4/1/2011  | 
Acer chief executive Gianfranco Lanci has resigned, following disagreements with the board over the future direction of the world's third-largest computer maker, which recently reported a dim outlook on PC revenue. The Taiwanese company said Thursday that Lanci's resignation was effective immediately, and board chairman J.T. Wang would be acting CEO until a permanent replacement is found.
Narrowcom To Unveil Wi-FiBASE-T
Commentary  |  4/1/2011  | 
The wireless LAN market is unusual in enterprise IT: It deals primarily with end users and features an unreliable physical medium, and getting a wireless design right requires experience beyond what most systems administrators posses. But all that is about to change, as leading WLAN chipmaker Narrowcom unveils Wi-FiBASE-T, a wired variant of the familiar protocol. By leveraging commodity Ethernet hardware, Wi-FiBASE-T reduces cost and improves reliability and performance. The initial wave of pro
FCoTR To Take Over The World
Commentary  |  4/1/2011  | 
Market research firm The D'Plata Group today released its sesquicentennial report on the future of data center networking. One surprising prediction in the report was that the still experimental Fibre Channel over Token Ring protocol will become the dominant data center storage protocol in 2020. The report uses the now familiar hockey stick-shaped graph to indicate that FCoTR sales will start small in 2012 but will grow exponentially, exceeding Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet in ma
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