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Virtualization: Microsoft Picks Up Momentum, VMware Lags, Citrix Stumbles
News  |  4/6/2012  | 
An increasing move to second sourcing came as a particular surprise to Gartner in its list of 'Top Five Server Virtualization Trends, 2012', says Tom Bittman, a vice president and analyst with Gartner Research.
Google, HP Raise Data-Center PUE Bar
News  |  4/6/2012  | 
Running rows and rows of servers, storage appliances and networking equipment makes the electric bill a data center receives at the end of each month a whopper. That’s why data-center operators are constantly working on ways to improve energy efficiency. A couple of tech companies in Silicon Valley have reported considerable progress in improving energy efficiency, and a national organization shows the average energy efficiency also improving, though some data-center operators are having m
Dachis Group Service Finds, Rates Social Advocates
News  |  4/5/2012  | 
Analytics service searches social posts to find who does the best job spreading brand messages.
Science Probes Why Tweets Go Viral
News  |  4/5/2012  | 
Whether it's a cat video or a news story, what is a Twitter post's likelihood to spread? The answer has more to do with the structure of the network and our limited attention spans than the content or author, says an Indiana University study.
Data Safety In A Time Of Natural Disasters
News  |  4/5/2012  | 
If a tsunami or tornado hit your business today, would your data survive? Here's how to prepare your hardware for an impending natural disaster.
Virsto’s Storage Hypervisor Enables Storage to Play Nicely with Server Virtualization
Commentary  |  4/5/2012  | 
On the whole, server virtualization has been a blessing due to physical machine to logical machine consolidation that leads to better system and CPU utilization and attendant improved IT cost economics. But servers are only part of broader interlocked “systems” of hardware components (including networks and storage) and software (including operating systems and applications) that must work in harmony together. And any change in one component (in this case, servers) may cause complica
The Promise of LTFS
Commentary  |  4/5/2012  | 
A bit more than a year ago the folks behind the LTO tape format standards, primarily IBM, with some contributions from HP and Quantum, added the Linear Tape File System to LTO's feature list. While some niche markets, primarily the media and entertainment business, have adopted LTFS, it won't live up to it's promise without support from archiving and eDiscovery vendors.
Where Do Hypervisors Go From Here?
News  |  4/5/2012  | 
The history of the personal computer is a series of wars--operating system wars, network OS wars, browser wars and then virtualization wars. But while virtualization at first followed the lead of the OS in battles between hypervisors, such as VMWare’s vSphere and Microsoft’s Hyper-V, virtualization is increasingly following the leads of the other pieces of infrastructure before it and is enabling user organizations to set up heterogeneous virtualization networks by supporting multipl
Shadow Networks an Unintended IPv6 Side Effect
News  |  4/5/2012  | 
IPv6 is gaining traction--problem is, "shadow networks" may find their way into enterprises as well. Learn more about this potential security hazard.
Security Regs Could Create 'Cyber Havens'
News  |  4/4/2012  | 
A new report on network security threats says that if some countries adopt tougher security and user privacy regulations, companies may look for cloud service providers in countries where it is cheaper but with lax security. It’s what the Information Security Forum (ISF) calls "cyber havens." The ISF also warns that regulations that impose more disclosure of security weaknesses in the name of transparency may have the unintended effect of inviting cyberattacks on them.
SSDs Continue Enterprise Penetration
News  |  4/4/2012  | 
Flash/solid-state disk (SSD) drives are changing the way enterprise storage vendors are developing their products, says Gary Watson, CTO of disk-based data storage systems provider Nexsan, which just came out with its NST-Series of unified storage systems. The release follows LSI’s ongoing transition from spinning disks to solid state with its latest Nytro products, which are focused on bringing flash into the server. And in February, EMC announced that its PCIe/flash-based server cache te
The Dangers of Unmanaged Clouds
News  |  4/4/2012  | 
Cloud computing is becoming pervasive, and IT needs to take control now or risk exposing enterprises to threats and loss of data control. The unchecked spread of unmanaged clouds is a recipe for disaster.
Arista Puts Real-Time Apps On New Switch
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
Andy Bechtolsheim, Arista Networks' founder and chief development officer, explains his company's AppSwitch 7124FX, which takes ultra-low-latency networking to a new level. Check out the video interview.
A Storage Industry In Transition Meets In Dallas
Commentary  |  4/3/2012  | 
The big trend storage is there is no single big trend, which is why the agenda at one of the industry's largest gathering is so diverse and varied.
LSI Storage Bundles Eye Speed
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
Nytro portfolio includes second-generation PCIe Flash SSDs, caching software, and MegaRAID DAS accelerator to increase speed and ease server workload.
Amazon APIs Are Fine ... For Amazon
Commentary  |  4/3/2012  | 
If I didn't know better, I'd say that there are many in the cloud community who are happy to capitulate standards to Amazon. What's next? Letting Cisco define networking standards? Microsoft define OS, Web content and document standards? Apple define mobile platform standards? Or Oracle define SQL standards? Hitching the standards wagon to a vendor is a fundamental problem.
Infoblox Automates Network Virtualization Changes
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
Infoblox has introduced a new platform to automate the previously manual process of making network changes associated with virtualization deployments. The launch of its automation offering is accompanied by the release of an Infoblox-backed industry survey that shows communication and collaboration across various IT silos, including servers, storage, networking and software, is sorely lacking.
Buddy Media Jazzes Up YouTube Page Control
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
Facebook marketing toolmaker brings page customization and embedded applications to YouTube business pages.
Blue Jeans’ New Pricing Dubbed An ‘MCU Killer’
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
Blue Jeans Network, which offers videoconferencing in the cloud, has introduced a new pricing model targeted as a direct broadside to expensive systems from vendors such as Cisco Systems and Polycom. It will now offer its service at a rate of $299 per port, per month, which should be dramatically less expensive that those competitors that sell customers a multipoint control unit (MCU) to install and maintain on the customers’ premises. Blue Jeans calls this strategy an “MCU Killer.&#
LSI Goes All Flashy
Commentary  |  4/3/2012  | 
LSI has made several moves in the past few months that make it clear the company wants to evolve with the storage market as it makes the transition from spinning disks to solid state. LSI's latest solid-state products, the Nytro line, concentrate on bringing flash into the server, a transition I'm especially interested in. The company has also announced the first tool I’ve seen to help you figure out how flash can speed up your applications.
Citrix Gives CloudStack To The Apache Software Foundation
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
Less than a year after acquiring Cloud.com, Citrix is sending CloudStack, the open-source software designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines as a highly available, scalable cloud computing platform, to the Apache Software Foundation Incubation program, joining such as OpenOffice and Wave, which was spun out from Google. Citrix will continue to sell and support a commercial CloudStack offering, and there is no change in pricing or support. Last year's cloud announcement, Pr
The Google Enterprise Collaboration Story +1
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Google Enterprise leader Amit Singh talks about how Google+ is changing the company's enterprise collaboration story.
Security Practices From The Front Lines
Commentary  |  4/2/2012  | 
In the age of LulzSec, industrial espionage, and everyday breaches, it's more important than ever to be proactive about security. These security measures and best practices will help keep your information safe.
LoopUp Challenges Cisco, Citrix With Simpler Conference Calls
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Company aims to solve conference call problems by taking the best, eliminating the worst features of audio and Web conferencing.
Wyse Can Add Up to $2.5B to Dell Revenues
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Financial details of the purchase price of today's announcement that Dell will acquire privately-held Wyse Technology were not released, but company executives put Wyse' 12-month revenues at $375 million, up 45% year-over-year. The associated server, storage and services revenues attached to the original thin-client sale average 5X, i.e. $5 of additional hardware, software and service sales for every $1 of the Wyse sale.
I'm Your Customer, Not Your QA Department!
Commentary  |  4/2/2012  | 
Bugs are operational failures by vendors and that not only wastes company's time tracking down, but has the long term impact of stopping companies from adopting new products and features for the sake of reliability. Here are 4 misconceptions vendors tell themselves, and us, about software bugs.
Aternity Goes Beyond Simple MDM
Commentary  |  4/2/2012  | 
Better network management products have always been about rapidly boiling down complex environments into words and graphics that network administrators can easily draw accurate conclusions from. Server admins and router jockeys alike know the value of good management frameworks for end-user experience measurement, and now Aternity looks to bring the same philosophy and deep views to the mobile device realm.
Intel/InMage Delivers Business Continuity to the Lilliputian Server World
Commentary  |  4/1/2012  | 
Many IT vendors tend to focus on the mid-market to enterprise market space, yet there is a sizable SMB market where customers actively purchase physical servers on a one-at-a-time basis. This might be called (in fond memory of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels) the Lilliputian server market.
Apple Continues Enterprise Blitz-Crawl
News  |  4/1/2012  | 
Thanks to the rising popularity of the iPad, Apple’s influence within the enterprise is growing, but not with rocketing speed as one might suspect. Still, the advantage appears to be on Apple’s side, even if corporate IT managers view the vendor’s hardware as an afterthought.
More Security Breaches: Denial Not An Option!
News  |  4/1/2012  | 
It has happened again. Another breach. Another report of millions of credit card numbers at risk. Another round of media coverage. Another reminder that despite all the sophisticated technology that enterprises have deployed to protect computer networks, these breaches still happen. But despite the negative publicity that comes from continuing reports of such breaches, the need to be vigilant about thwarting such attacks remains, says Steve Durbin, global vice president of the Information Securi
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