Defining Cloud SLAs Is Critical
Industry experts say that as IT functions are increasingly moved to the cloud, it’s important to carefully define your goals in service level agreements so that corners are not cut in an effort to increase the provider’s bottom line. SLAs written with cloud providers must remain specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely, and should leave no ambiguity as to what both service providers and service consumers expect.
Feds Greatest Security Fear? Hacktivists
Potential cyberthreats from foreign governments play second fiddle to concerns over hacktivists and the insider threat, a report finds. BYOD and mobility are second only to social media.
Google Drive: Half-Baked Cloud, With Scary License
Google Drive is an improvement over Google Docs, but it's been released without many of the features that had promised to elevate it above other free consumer cloud services such as Dropbox. Further, this Google service attempts to create a new relationship with users, one that could threaten your privacy.
Network the 'Next Big Thing' For Virtualization?
The concept of network virtualization seems to be gaining a lot of momentum across an industry that has virtualized most anything to do with IT. Can the same successes be applied to the networking market, transforming how systems communicate and revolutionizing infrastructure by abstracting the physical network from the demands of applications?
How To Hack The Password Problem
Though they are often the weakest link, passwords aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Here's how to shore up and manage your organization's passwords
FalconStor Offers More Tape Goodies
FalconStor Software's Virtual Tape Library software upgrade provides more options in deduplication, improves performance, takes up less space by offering the ability to compress metadata, and supports features that make the product more attractive to users in the federal government. Other features include improved scalability and performance with the Symantec Open Storage Technol
NPA Honors Networking Industry Excellence
The Network Professional Association will honor the achievements of two of its peers at next month's Interop event in Las Vegas. Professor Tadao Saito, CTO of Toyota, is receiving the Best Networking Professional–Career Achievement Award for his lifetime work in a variety of areas related to digital communication and computer networks. Ravikanth Chaganti is getting the Top of the Mark–Volunteer Award for his efforts in the Bangalore, India, IT community.
The Role of Storage in IBM’s New PureSystems
In the PureSystems launch, we saw the opening salvo in IBM’s use of expert integrated systems to reduce IT complexity and reduce costs. PureSystems strengthens an already strong bond between the company’s system "horse," which does the CPU pulling, and the storage "carriage," which carries the information payload.
Will VM Pricing Topple VMware Juggernaut?
The virtualization market continues to heat up, exceeding expectations across the board for servers, desktops and appliances. However, will licensing and pricing concerns, along with competition, derail the growth of industry giant VMware?
Backing Up Cloud Apps
When I first heard that Backupify had developed a backup service for cloud applications like Facebook, I must admit I snickered a little at the thought of someone thinking that Facebook data was worth backing up to anyone but Facebook. When they called again and said they could now back up Google Apps, they got my attention.
Tackling The Big Data Challenge (Part 2)
When discussing big data, it’s important to note that not all data is created on the fly; some data sets grow and expand over time and stay in the organizations for a long time. The first steps to managing big data are to focus on both the technical aspects as well as the business needs.
Skytap Streamlines VM Cloud Access
Leveraging Skytap’s cloud just got a lot easier, thanks to the company’s new SmartClient and service enhancements. Improvements to its service offering will ease the provisioning, testing and operations of new VMs.
Dell Readies 40GbE Virtual Network Switch
At next month's Interop Las Vegas 2012 networking convention, Dell will make a number of product announcements, including its first 40-Gbit Ethernet (GbE)-enabled blade server switch. This will be the centerpiece of its Virtual Network Architecture (VNA) portfolio of products for virtualizing, automating and orchestrating networking functions in its version of software-defined networking (SDN).
Kemp Balances Great Functionality, Affordability
Kemp Technologies is unveiling the successor to its flagship LoadMaster 5500, the newest addition to its family of load balancers and application delivery controllers. The LoadMaster 5300 appliance delivers faster processing, more throughput and double the concurrent connections while continuing the company’s focus on balancing performance and price for small and midsize enterprises.
Broadcom Enables Programmable 100-GbE Switches
With Internet back-haul switches being asked to handle exponentially more traffic, most service provider and Internet back-haul networks are going to completely skip over the 40 GbE step and go straight to 100 GbE. Broadcom has introduced a new line of switch processors that can be reprogrammed to add new functionality to the switch and support new protocols as they come along.
Tiptoeing Through Virtualization Licensing Minefield
Virtualization is still gaining steam in data center, and it is moving to the desktop, as well. However, many IT managers are finding that they have to tiptoe around licensing issues and deal with vendors independently to secure the best deal and not break the law.
HDS Ushers In 'No-Compromise' Unified Storage
Hitachi Data Systems is jumping into the unified storage race with what it calls the first midmarket offering to consolidate and centrally manage block, file and object data on a single platform. While HDS considers EMC and NetApp its two primary competitors, HP and IBM also offer unified storage solutions.
Certes Unveils Cloud Encryption Virtual Appliance
Concern about the security of cloud-based data is a big issue for enterprises. Several technology companies, now joined by Certes, are trying to allay customer concerns about data security by giving them control of the keys that protect their data in the cloud.
4 Keys To Hybrid Cloud Planning
When blending private and public cloud infrastructure, IT leaders must consider everything from IT skill sets to management tools. Prioritize these four topics.
How To Tackle The Big Data Challenge (Part 1)
Big data is a term getting bandied about a lot these days. It describes the phenomenon of information that keeps growing in organizations, thanks in part to the growth in social media. According to the InformationWeek Research: The Big Data Management Challenge survey of technology professionals, regardless of industry, the five top data drivers are financial transactions, email, imaging data, Web logs, and Internet text and documents.
The two main benefits of big data management are being able
RingCentral Puts A PBX In The Palm Of Your Hand
Telephony has certainly done its share of morphing during the last decade, as IP networks have invaded pretty much all communications spaces. The traditional PBX has given way to server-based voice systems, and wireless networking has stretched the paradigm even further. Enter both the cloud and mobile apps, and we have RingCentral’s latest strike in the battle for ever-more-powerful business communications.
HP: When 'Good' Security News Isn't
HP is just the latest in a long list of security vendors touting its comprehensive cyber security report showing what the most recent threats are, how they’ve changed and--sometimes subtly, sometimes not--how their security technology can protect you. But its study is another illustration of how the tech industry is constantly playing catchup with the criminals. HP’s report also illustrates how seemingly good news can turn out to be bad.
ASC Addresses Key Workload Automation Issue
Advanced Systems Concepts is expected to ship in June a new version of its ActiveBatch Workload Automation and Job Scheduling Software. Version 9.0 of the product adds integrated capabilities to join reactive and predictive forms of resource management to optimize service level agreements (SLAs) for enterprise business services.
Brocade Broadens 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Portfolio
Brocade is broadening its line of 16-Gbps Fibre Channel switches with the introduction of the entry-level 24-port 6505 Switch, and has identified IBM as its first OEM partner to deliver a 16-Gbps Brocade switch as a component of the IBM Flex System x240. Finally, the network infrastructure vendor's stand-up 16-Gbps HBAs are now available for integration with IBM System x in rack and tower form factors.
It’s A Solid-State Symposium
Next week I’m off to sunny San Jose for the first Solid State Symposium and Storage Field Day. While Storage Field Day follows the general blogger’s tech-day format, the Solid State Symposium is a public event on Wednesday, when we’ll try to wrangle the future of solid state storage out of the sponsoring vendors and industry luminaries.
Confusion Reigns On Cloud Storage, Backup
Enterprises once relied on a variety of physical storage devices, both on-site and off, to manage backups--everything from tapes, disks and DVDs to USB drives. Now the cloud is replacing these storage options, providing additional functionality that enables users to not only back up data but also share and collaborate. However, while there are of plenty of cloud storage options available to businesses, there is a lot to consider before selecting a provider.
Cisco Offers More SDN Hints, Confirms Insieme
Despite months of rumors and speculation, the networking industry's most powerful and influential vendor, Cisco Systems, is continuing to keep its plans for software-defined networking (SDN) largely to itself. In an exclusive interview during this week’s Open Networking Summit (ONS), Shashi Kiran, senior director of market management at Cisco, also an ONS member, says that OpenFlow and SDN are both so new that companies should not be deciding whether to use OpenFlow but rather how they can
Is CISPA Worth Saving?
Cybersecurity bill continues to draw fire from privacy groups even as it is revised. Some experts predict the entire bill will be tabled.
SDN Implementations Proving Its Value
"SDN is ready to go," says Kaoru Yano, chairman of the Japanese tech giant NEC to his audience at the Open Networking Summit in Silicon Valley this week. At a conference last fall on software-defined networking (SDN), many presenters spoke of the promise of SDN to bring the same type of virtualization to the network that has made server and storage IT resources more efficient. This time, presenters such as Yano described actual implementation of SDN in production data centers. Although SDN has a
Help Desk Replacement Cuts Costs By $100,000
Customer service is a key watchword in business today. With a system upgrade looming on the horizon, Optimal Payments decided to look for a more efficient way to service its customers than its existing Remedy help-desk solution from BMC Software. After the payment software and service supplier went out to the marketplace in search of alternatives, it purchased a solution--Zoho’s ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus--that reduced its operating costs by $100,000 annually.
Quantum Extends LTFS/LTO Tape Market
Quantum has chosen to announce its Scalar Linear Tape File System (LTFS) appliance at this week's National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas. The Scalar LTFS appliance uses a self-describing file system and is intended to act as a gateway between a tape library supporting the Linear Tape Open (LTO) standard and network-attached storage (NAS), providing the benefits of LTFS to library users as well as to users of standalone LTO drives.