Expert Analysis
Content posted in May 2010
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Embracing Virtual WAN Acceleration
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Almost every major WAN Acceleration vendor has jumped in on the virtual appliance bandwagon. The question is, are you ready to give up that shiny new appliance with your vendor's logo and replace it with just another boring server you have kicking around your data center? Let's face it, when you buy a Citrix NetScaler or a Bluecoat Proxy SG for WAN Optimization, you're really making an investment in a software solution.
Symantec Norton Everywhere Aims Beyond PCs
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Symantec Thursday announced its new Norton Everywhere initiative to extend security, backup, and infrastructure-related software beyond PCs to a variety of consumer devices, from iPhones and Android devices to media hubs.
Vizioncore Reduces Backup Times
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
In an attempt to provide faster image-level backup to users of virtualized servers, Vizioncore has enhanced its vRanger Pro Data Protection Platform. Version 4.5 has changed its block tracking capability to reduce the size of the backup archive, meaning that when performing incremental and differential backups, users can get a list of only the data blocks that have changed and back those up rather than scanning the entire system. The result, the company claims, is that it can reduce a 93-minute
ReliaCloud Releases Full Service Cloud Program To Channel Partners
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
ReliaCloud, a national cloud computing infrastructure company, has launched a full channel program centered on their enterprise-class infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud computing offering. The five year growth outlook for IT cloud services revenue from 2009 to 2013 remains strong, with an annual growth rate of 26 percent - over six times the rate of traditional IT offerings (IDC, September 2009). Enterprise and small business IT spending is moving more and more to the cloud due to its easi
Storm On Demand Adds High Availability Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Cloud Computing provider, Storm On Demand, added network load balancing for both Storm Servers and Bare Metal Dedicated Servers. This allows users to create powerful high availability networks which utilize a hybrid of flexible Cloud Servers and powerful Dedicated Servers with the same management tools. For a limited time, Storm Load Balancers are Free -- Offer expires September 1st, 2010.
Fluke Networks Offers Free Switch Port Monitor for Visibility Into Network Switches
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Fluke Networks, the leader in network installation and analysis, today announced the availability of its Switch Port Monitor, a free, downloadable network monitoring software utility that provides visibility into network switches to help IT professionals solve problems common to local area networks (LAN). Specifically, this Microsoft Windows-based utility offers monitoring via simple network management protocol (SNMP) to query switches and deliver information that is useful for identifying issue
Apple Good, Apple Frustrating
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
With media buzz proclaiming that Apple has surpassed Microsoft in aggregate value, I find myself reflecting on my running frustrations with Apple products from the perspective of the enterprise wireless network administrator. Let's get it right out there: I think Apple devices are sexy, cool, hip and unique. Steve Jobs' story is the stuff of legend, and even if you dislike the product line, you have to admire the man behind them. I get all of that and throw no stones at the coolness factor Apple
IBM Continues To Expand Midrange Storage
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Over the past several years, one of IBM's continuing areas of emphasis has been midrange storage. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the company has launched the latest model in its DS3000 line, the DS3500 Express. In addition, IBM announced the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center for Disk Midrange Edition software that works with the DS3500, as well as its other midrange storage products. IBM has four primary disk array storage families: the DS3000, the DS5000, and the DS8000, along with X
Network Instruments Increases Performance Management Capabilities
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Monitoring and managing how well networks and applications perform in today's increasingly multi-tiered, highly distributed environments is complex. It requires information culled from the myriad network devices, systems and applications to understand where problems are occurring, how they are impacting end users, and how they can be resolved. Network Instruments is tackling this complexity with new additions to its Observer performance monitoring platform.
Are Cloud Storage Providers The Same As Storage Service Providers?
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Isn't cloud storage just Storage Service Providers with new marketing? The question came up twice last week in almost identical fashion. Obviously, there is still some confusion, and the failure of Storage Service Providers (SSPs) still weighs around the neck of Cloud Storage Providers (CSP) like an albatross. Are CSPs the same as SSPs? While there is one similarity there are also dramatic differences. What's similar?
47 Percent Of IT Professionals See Security Audit Costs Increasing in 2010; Only 8 Percent Anticipate Audit Costs Decreasing
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Forty-seven percent of IT security professionals believe that security audit costs will increase in 2010, according to a recent survey by nCircle, the leading provider of automated security and compliance auditing solutions. The online survey of over 250 security professionals was conducted between February 4 and March 12, 2010, and covered a range of security topics including smartphones, healthcare, cloud computing and social media.
Mellanox Scalable HPC Solutions With NVIDIA GPUDirect Technology Enhance GPU-Based HPC Performance And Efficiency
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end connectivity solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced the immediate availability of NVIDIA GPUDirect technology with Mellanox ConnectX, 2 40Gb/s InfiniBand adapters that boosts GPU-based cluster efficiency and increases performance by an order of magnitude over today's fastest high-performance computing clusters.
NetEnrich Now Fully Integrated With ConnectWise PSA System
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Innovative "IT as a Service" provider, NetEnrich, today announced a full integration of its Global Network Operations Center (NOC) with ConnectWise, a leading Professional Service Automation (PSA) software and business operating system for IT solution providers. NetEnrich's Global NOC gives VARs a remote option for fully secure management, monitoring and remediation of their small-to-midsize business (SMB) customer's IT infrastructure.
Ethernet Switch Sales Up, Led By Cisco
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Analysts are saying that 2010Q1 and 2009Q4 sales figures of Ethernet hardware such as switches and routers are up, in some cases approaching pre-recession levels. While the analysts don't go so far as to say the recession is over or that this is a full recovery, they are saying things are getting better, which they attribute to factors such as improvements in the economy, pent-up demand and a reduction in backlog. Technological drivers include the growth of voice and video over IP, network-base
ACCESS And OKI ACCESS Technologies Announce Full Scale VoIP Solution For iPhone, Android And Windows Mobile OS
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
ACCESS CO., LTD. a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, and OKI ACCESS Technologies Co., Ltd. (OAT), today announced NetFront IP-Phone, a full scale VoIP solution with 3G and Wi-Fi air interfaces designed to support all three major smartphone operating systems: iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile. Jointly developed by ACCESS and OAT, NetFront IP-Phone is designed for commercial use by operators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs and Mob
Is Ultra-Wideband Finally Going Mainstream?
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Belkin recently announced the release of their CableFree USB Hub, and this humble accessory could mean big things in the connected world. If you didn't know better, you'd likely glance at CableFree and yawn it away as just another wireless device, in the fashion of so many wireless keyboards and mice. Oh, but you'd be wrong.
Apple Overtakes Microsoft As Most Valuable Tech Company
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
By appealing to an increasingly consumer-drive market, Apple has supplanted longtime rival Microsoft as the most valuable technology company with a market capitalization of $222.12 billion.
BroadVision Debuts Clearvale Platform
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Clearvale gives businesses the tools and infrastructures necessary to create high-performance social enterprise networks, company says.
HP Edges IBM In Server Shipments
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Worldwide server unit sales rose 23% and revenue gained 6% in the first quarter, said Gartner.
T-Mobile CEO Announces Resignation
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Deutsche Telekom has appointed its European sales lead, Philipp Humm, to take the reins from Robert Dotson.
Jobvite Recruiting Tool Taps Social Networks
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Job listings can be shared and tracked across Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, email or elsewhere on the Web.
New Developer Portal Supports Fast Integration Of Industrial Ethernet Interfaces
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Innovasic Semiconductor's new web-based Developer Portal provides access to a complete Industrial Ethernet design solution that includes development tools and personalized technical support. The portal is a secure and private workspace with tutorials, design and conformance testing resources, online access to evaluation hardware, comprehensive FAQs, and direct technical support. Having these resources in one place allows designers to quickly assess and integrate an Industrial Ethernet interface
Beyond Trust PowerBroker Express; Authentication Management for SMBs
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
BeyondTrust, a provider of privileged identity management (PIM) tools for computer networks, is re-aligning its product lineup following a 2009 merger and introducing a new access management tool for virtualized environments, PowerBroker Express, a product from the Symark acquisition in 2009. PowerBroker Express is a scaled-down and cheaper version of its PowerBroker for Servers manager for Unix and Linux environments.
Vidyo Announces Availability of VidyoTechnology Support For Smart Phones And Tablets Running Android And Moblin
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Vidyo, Inc., today announced the availability of its VidyoTechnology Software Development Kit (SDK), enabling developers to build multipoint video conferencing applications into Android and Moblin-based smart phones and tablets running Intel Atom Processor Z6xx series-based platforms (formerly Moorestown) and on ARM processor-based platforms. In addition, VidyoTechnology will support the MeeGo software platform when it becomes available. VidyoTechnology is currently used by OEM customers to inte
You Got Flash In My Hard Drive
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
Even though hybrid hard drives have been on the market for the last four years, I've never met anyone that had a kind word for them. The first generation of hybrid hard drives were more like the accidental combination of peanut butter and chocolate bar in the old commercials than a polished Reese's cup. Seagate's new Momentus XT finally realizes some of the potential inherent in combining Flash and spinning disk in a single affordable package.
Google Generated $54 Billion For Economy
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
AdWords advertisers on average see $2 in revenue for every $1 spent on ads with Google, the company claims.
Novell's ID Manager 4 In The Cloud
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Novell has enhanced its Identity Manager software in an attempt to provide a consistent set of identity, security and compliance tools to let users manage physical networks, virtual networks and the cloud. Identity Manager 4 now features integrated modules for functions such as role-based management that used to be added on. In addition, the company announced an advanced version that incorporates workflow-based tools such as data cleansing, policy design and the ability to define roles using dra
Expanding Role Of Data Deduplication
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Data volumes continue to explode: Of the 437 business technology professionals InformationWeek Analytics surveyed for our data deduplication report (available free for a limited time at dedupe.informationweek.com), more than half manage more than 10 TB of data, compared with just 10% who control less than 1 TB. Seven percent manage between 201 TB and 500 TB, and 8% are charged with wrangling more than 500 TB of data. These massive volumes may be a recent development--25% of the 328 business tech
NitroSecurity, Encari Partner On NERC CIP
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Security vendor NitroSecurity and electric utilities consulting specialists Encari are collaborating to launch a package of industry-specific products and services to help utilities achieve compliance with the North American Energy Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) cyber security standards, mandated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). NitroSecurity has announced NitroView CIP, a version of its suite NitroView products, centering on its Enterpri
NVerzion's Elite Delivery For Pitch Blue Answers The Content Delivery Question
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Improving work flow efficiency for Pitch Blue users, NVerzion, a 20-year provider of automation control, monitoring and integrated storage management solutions, announced today the release of Elite Delivery, a complete hardware and software solution enabling stations to easily and economically maximize their use of the industry's newest standard in program delivery systems.
SMBs Work On the Go With New 'Cloud-Based' PC Data Backup And Mobile Access Service From AT&T
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Small businesses will be able to work remotely and flexibly with no worries about losing business-critical documents, thanks to AT&T Tech Support 360 Backup and Go -- the first online data backup service to be truly optimized for mobile devices. The new cloud-based service enables small businesses to virtually take their hard drives and servers on the road; users can collaborate and share documents on the go by accessing and viewing those documents on any Web-connected PC or mobile device.
Liquidware Labs Stratusphere v4.6 Sheds Desktop Agent, Beefs Up Assessments & Service Assurance For Citrix XenDesktop And VMware View
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Liquidware Labs, the leader in Assessment, Migration, and User Experience Management for next generation desktops, today announced the availability of Liquidware Labs Stratusphere v4.6 with a new agent-less desktop monitoring design, a user experience calibration feature, and a one-click proof-of-concept (POC) validation report for planning and implementing next generation desktops such as Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View.
A Great Decade For Tape
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
As I wrote about in my most recent entry, LTO-5 adds some capabilities that will lead to this being a great decade for tape. This time, the latest generation of LTO is bringing more to the table than just speed and capacity. LTFS, as we describe in our recent article "What is LTFS," is a great example of that. In fact, while capacity did see its normal upgrade in this generation, speed was only upgraded slightly. Fear not, speed upgrades will be back on track in generation 6. Holding LTO-5 back
Feds Advance Cloud Adoption Plans
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
The federal government has made a number of moves on several fronts in the past two weeks with respect to its cloud computing initiatives. It has issued a new request for quotations for infrastructure-as-a-service, updated its Apps.gov cloud computing store, released a report on the state of public sector cloud computing, revealed details about a cloud security effort, and formally launched a cloud standards effort.
Dell Provides Mass Off Switch For SMB Networks
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
Through its acquisition of KACE, Dell has gotten into the management appliance market, which lets you turn off the PCs as well as the lights before going home.
Infoblox's Data Integrates With VMware; Announces IF-MAP Server
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Infoblox, known for its IP Address Management (IPAM) appliances, is extending its reach into virtualization by integrating with a virtual appliance of their IPAM appliance called vNios that will run in VMware Server and ESXi v4. Infoblox has integrated with vCenter Server to pull virtual host information into Infoblox. Finally, Infoblox is launching Orchestration Server, which is an IF-MAP server that can be the central integration point for containing network device information. The three annou
Startup AppDynamics Offers A Free, Lite APM
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
AppDynamics, a startup which early this year introduced application performance management (APM) software to manage applications running in cloud, virtual and service-oriented architecture (SOA) environments, is now offering a free edition of the software, AppDynamics Lite. The new edition has been available for download from AppDynamics' site since mid-May and provides much--but not all--of the capability of the company's full-blown software, AppDynamics 2.0. The free software can be downloaded
Sourcefire Expands Real-Time Application Awareness, Intelligent Cybersecurity
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Sourcefire, Inc., the creators of Snort and a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, today announced enhancements that provide the Sourcefire IPSTM, the industry's leading intrusion prevention system (IPS), with real-time visibility into the specific applications running on an organization's network. Sourcefire is expanding its existing library of more than 200 application detectors by adding support for popular applications and services such as Gmail, HTTP and RSS, making it easier than
Infoblox Unveils First Dedicated IF-MAP Server, Supports Standards-Based Orchestration of IT Infrastructure Systems & Applications
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Infoblox Inc. today announced availability of the Infoblox Orchestration Server, a dedicated appliance that automatically aggregates, correlates, and distributes data to and from different IP connected systems, in real time. Based on the IF-MAP standard from the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), the Infoblox Orchestration server replaces complex, costly and brittle system integration with a powerful standards-based approach that makes it possible to automate a tremendous range of systems, processes
Infoblox Expands Virtualized Solution Offerings
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Infoblox Inc. today announced it has expanded its portfolio of solutions for virtualised network environments with Infoblox IPAM for Virtualization, an advanced IP address management (IPAM) solution specifically designed to track IP addresses assigned to virtual machines.
HP And Alcatel-Lucent Deliver Unified Communication And Collaboration Solutions
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
HP and Alcatel-Lucent today announced they will provide new communication solutions, allowing clients to easily adopt and deploy Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) to drive greater organizational value.
Holistic APM, 24 months later
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
Two years ago, we completed an ambitious test of nine APM vendors over the course of almost a year. We designed a thesis around holistic APM products that not only identify problems but take corrective action to resolve performance issues before they impact users and customers. Actions may include allocating additional bandwidth or server processing capacity, even rolling back configuration changes.
Online Consumer Spending Spikes
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
A double-digit increase in online consumer spending in the first quarter is the first since the mid 2008.
Beware Typhoid Adware
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
Computer scientists have identified a novel approach to spreading adware.
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