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FCC Releases Mobile Market Analysis
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
For the first time since 2002, the Federal Communications Commission in its federally mandated annual Mobile Wireless Competition Report did not conclude that the market is competitive, rather that it has become more concentrated over recent years. The report, which reflects the state of the cell phone market for 2008 and 2009, determined that the mobile wireless ecosystem is "sufficiently complex" so that several factors need to be taken into consideration when doing an analysis of competitive
Cisco Tops Rebounded Ethernet Switch Market
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
HP and Avaya lobbed challenges at Cisco's 72% share of Ethernet revenue, as the overall market gained 4.5% in the first quarter.
Mistaken Identity: The Meaning Of The Symantec-VeriSign Deal
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
Symantec's decision to spend $1.28 billion on acquiring VeriSign's identity and authentication business drew strong praise from technology analysts, but left some business-side thinkers wondering about the long term benefits of the acquisition. The deal will give Symantec VeriSign's Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate Services, the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Services, the VeriSign Trust Services and the VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) Authentication Service. The iDefense unit stays wi
The Many Shades Of Open
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
Every time I hear a vendor say "We have an open this or that" somewhere in the world, a Richard Stallman acolyte dies. Or that's the way it seems. Vendors have glommed onto "open" as if it is the all-important aspect of their product, whether the product or feature is in fact open or not. It belittles those features/protocols/standards that actually are open, while doing little to characterize what the specific feature is. There is nothing wrong with proprietary features and there are actually a
Togetherville Social Network For Kids Launches
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
Aimed at keeping kids safe, Togetherville's online social connections are managed by parents.
New White Paper From Cloud Computing Centre Provides Advice To Companies Moving From On-Premises Into The Cloud
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
A new White Paper, entitled 'Moving from On-Premise to the Cloud - the importance of partnership' by hosted managed services provider the Cloud Computing Center explains the key issues facing organizations - from infrastructure to business model - and explains the pitfalls & opportunities, as well as highlighting the critical factors of a strong cloud computing partnership. The White Paper provides recommendations and direction to companies who are looking to migrate to cloud-based applications.
PBXEdge Launches Cloud-Based Hosted Business Phone System
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
With the continued evolution in IP based phone systems, more businesses are moving towards a hosted PBX solution. As per research report released by TMCnet, this market segment is expected to reach $13.6 billion by 2011. Over the past year, there has also been a rapid shift towards cloud based solutions. According to a research report by researchandmarkets.com released on April 15, 2010, the cloud computing market accounted for $20.3 billion in 2009 and is anticipated to reach $100.4 billion by
Automated Tiering Needs Metadata
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
EMC's announcements of FASTcache and sub-LUN FAST, the feature formerly known as FAST 2.0, has got me thinking once again about how to get the best bang for the big bucks flash memory will cost you. The whole idea of automated tiering is supposed to move the hot data to flash while leaving the less frequently accessed cold data on spinning disks. My question, is how do you determine what data is hot?
Novell Acquisition Bids Going Public
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
Hedge funds have intensified their efforts to take over Novell, a signal that the software company appears destined to be broken up. After hedge fund Elliott Associates made a public bid for Novell in March, the company said it would solicit offers from other firms in a tactic that could drive up Novell stock. Elliott's bid resulted in Novell's stock price jumping 30% to more than $6 a share.
Google Previews Android 2.2 As Apple Antidote
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
Android 2.2 is coming soon, with support for Flash, speed improvements, and expanded enterprise features.
Google Wi-Fi Breach Spurs Calls For Investigation
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
The company's Street View cars collected data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks 'by mistake', Google says.
CA World Could Have Been Called CA Cloud World
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
This year's CA World, held in Las Vegas, might have been called CA Cloud with all the focus the company placed on it. The keynote, by Chris O'Malley, executive vice president of the Cloud Products and Solutions business line, focused on the business issues around the cloud. His keynote also included announcements of four products that comprise the CA Cloud-Connected Management Suite. In addition, the company announced a number of other new and enhanced management products--most of which were ass
EMC World: Steps To A Private Cloud
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
The unifying theme at the recent EMC World 2010 conference in Boston was that the journey to the private cloud starts now. While that vision permeated company executives' keynote presentations, do not make the mistake that EMC has its head in the clouds. Large vendors need to take a leadership role so that customers believe that they will be able to meet their evolving requirements. Those vendors also have to have a clear understanding of what customer requirements are today, a point to which EM
HP Targets Midsized Companies "Ten-To-One" Management Initiative
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
HP has introduced what it calls its "ten-to-one initiative," a combination of offerings to facilitate cloud computing, simplify risk management and infrastructure monitoring and strengthen HP channel partners that work with organizations with 1,000 to 10,000 employees. This in response to what HP sees as an under-served market of midsized companies that have increasingly complex IT systems but lack the internal IT staff of larger enterprises. It also sees a $7.5 billion market worth pursuing wit
SAP, Cisco, EMC And VMware Team To Speed the Journey To Cloud Computing
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
Reinforcing its commitment to co-innovate with partners to help companies around the globe reap the key benefits of virtualization and cloud computing, SAP AG unveiled progress toward delivering enhanced agility while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) for customers looking to transition to next-generation data center architectures. Through the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition and its Vblock Infrastructure Packages, Cisco, EMC and VMware have committed to extensive and ongoing i
Digital Fuel Enables Full Benefits Of Cloud Computing Through IT Cost Management
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
Digital Fuel, the leader in SaaS IT Business Management solutions, today announced the debut of IT Cloud Cost Management, a pioneering, out-of-the-box solution that allows enterprises to take full advantage of emerging cloud computing technologies and services. IT Cloud Cost Management provides an easy way to compare the TCO, unit cost and performance of IT services among different cloud and non-cloud alternatives and vendors, as well as compare to industry benchmarks. Through IT Cloud Cost Mana
Google Plans Store For Web Apps
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
In an effort to make Web apps more easily discoverable and commercially viable, Google is building a Web app store into Chrome and Chrome OS.
Amazon Launches $0.10 Per Gigabyte Online Storage
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
Amazon Web Services is targeting the new Reduced Redundancy Storage as a lower-cost alternative for companies already using its S3 online storage offering to share media content.
Juniper '3-2-1' Architecture Seeks To Streamline Data Centers
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
Juniper Networks says its new products enable legacy data center networks to be reduced almost immediately from three to two layers.
Google Partners With VMware
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
Silver Peak Tightens Partnership With HDS
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
Network admins may be from Venus and storage admins may be from Mars, but there is no doubt that as data and storage converge, they will need each other. One of the fundamental benefits of virtualization is the ability to move VMs from location to location, even over a WAN. That has driven storage networking vendors to support data replication and transmission over a wide area. However, storage protocols can consume lots of bandwidth and need fast interconnects--two requirements that WAN optimiz
Are Converged Network Adaptors Suffocating The Virtual Machine?
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Last week I reviewed real-world results of a test between the Emulex UCNA and the QLogic 8152 CNA. The testing illuminated a performance delta between the products, and it demonstrated another important issue: a big difference in CPU utilization while running FCoE. For the past few months, Emulex has been making some fairly broad claims that its UCNAs can support nearly one million IOPS, which it says towers over the performance available from all other CNAs in the marketplace. Emulex said that,
CA Announces Mainframe Management Tool
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
The mainframe remains very much alive, despite efforts of personal computing advocates to forecast the date of its final unplugging. CA Technologies is increasing its portfolio of mainframe products and announced Tuesday the latest round will make the mainframe easier to use.
Arkeia Source Side And Sliding Window Deduplication
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Arkeia Software is next up on the examination table as we plow our way through the source-side deduplication vendors. Arkeia is a backup application software supplier known mostly for their Linux product, but they also have a strong solution set for Windows and virtualized environments. They are adding deduplication to their offerings through the acquisition of Kadena Systems.
Amazon Web Services Introduces Reduced Redundancy Storage Option For Amazon S3
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
Amazon Web Services LLC, an Amazon.com company, today announced Amazon S3 Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS), a new storage option within the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) that enables customers to reduce their costs by storing non-critical, reproducible data at lower levels of redundancy than Amazon S3's standard storage. It provides a cost-effective solution for distributing or sharing content that is durably stored elsewhere. The RRS option stores objects on multiple devices across
Pricing Elastic Application Delivery
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
One of the claimed benefits of cloud computing is that you can scale up or scale down applications based on demand. Autoscaling is supposed to be automated and on demand, which is great in theory, and can even be done in practice, but automatic scaling ignores a related but important issue: licensing. Citrix announced their Burst-Packs for Netscalar at their user conference. It's an interesting concept, but it's inelastic.
Iron Mountain Redefines Hosted eDiscovery With Free Early Stage Filtering And Powerful Low-Cost Review
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
Iron Mountain Inc, the information management company, today announced the release of Stratify Legal Discovery OnPoint, a new hosted eDiscovery offering that simplifies eDiscovery while reducing costs by delivering free processing and loading of unlimited data for early stage filtering to drive high-productivity review. Hands-on control of data from the start of a matter coupled with advanced analytics and filtering technologies will enable attorneys to leapfrog linear review methodologies while
Global Communications Leaders Form Industry Alliance To Deliver Unified Communications Interoperability
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
Citing the need to fully leverage customers' investments in communications systems and unite their global organizations, five global technology companies today joined to form the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), an alliance dedicated to enabling standards-based, inter-vendor unified communications (UC) interoperability. HP, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Logitech / LifeSize, and Polycom, seek to unify the vibrant but fragmented UC ecosystem through this shared mission.
HP Labs Designs Data Center Fueled by Manure
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
HP today presented new research from HP Labs, the company's central research arm, showing how the manure output of cows and the heat output of data centers can be combined to create an economically and environmentally sustainable operation.
New Motorola Mobile And Wireless Managed Services Help Maximize Performance Of Enterprise Mobility Solutions
News  |  5/19/2010  | 
The Enterprise Mobility Solutions business of Motorola, Inc. today announced two new managed services, the Managed Infrastructure Service and the Managed Device Service, to help IT organizations remove the complexities of managing multi-vendor wireless networks and devices, and help make mobility solutions accessible to more enterprise and government customers. With Motorola managed services, customers can benefit from predictable uptime, lower cost of ownership and faster response and restore t
Seagate Plans 3TB Hard Drive
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
A 3TB hard disk drive is planned for release this year Seagate confirms; the hardware maker must upgrade products to support the high-capacity drive.
Tape Is Back? When Did It Leave?
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
Tape has been pronounced dead more often than I can remember, but it's important to note that it's usually disk vendors making the pronouncement. The reality is that tape is very much alive. When I ask about tape utilization in seminars, an overwhelming majority of attendees indicate they are still using tape. I've also seen several studies recently indicate tapeless environments account for less than 15 percent of the data centers. Tape is back, it really never left, and I believe it may be the
Veriwave WaveDeploy: A New Way To Site Survey
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
Veriwave wants to shake up the 802.11 site survey world with Wave Deploy, a wireless assessment product that uses simulated wireless devices to measure and report on wireless networks performance. WaveDeploy can map the results of radio frequency monitoring onto a map or floor plan like any site survey tool, but it goes further by testing measuring layer 3+ issues like capacity, delay and jitter which focus on quality of experience. Compared to other site survey tools like Cisco Clean Air, which
Samsung Boosts Manufacturing, R&D Investment
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
Rising demand for semiconductors and memory products calls for new and improved production facilities and intense R&D efforts.
McAfee, Inc. Provides Increased Protection Against Malware And Botnets
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
McAfee, Inc. today announced the release of McAfee Web Gateway version 7 in response to the overwhelming increase in Web-borne malware and botnets. As the reliance on Web 2.0 applications increases, so does the risk to organizations that need flexible access to "Web 2.0 ready" security. The new platform enables secure end-user access to today's Web 2.0 applications.
Imperva Introduces Virtual Data Security Suite
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
Imperva, the leader in data security, today announced the availability of its SecureSphere Virtual Appliances to accommodate the unique data security needs of dynamic and virtualized enterprise environments. The SecureSphere Virtual Appliances provide the same best-of-class security protection, compliance and risk management of Imperva's hardware-based solutions as well as flexible, fast deployment, enabling organizations to quickly provision and configure new security services.
StrataScale Powers Private Cloud Services With Isilon Scale-Out NAS
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
Isilon Systems today announced that StrataScale, Inc. has deployed Isilon scale-out NAS to power its new Private Cloud service, offering organizations a responsive, reliable and secure cloud computing platform utilizing dedicated physical resources. Using Isilon IQ, featuring its OneFS operating system, StrataScale has unified its hypervisor-based Private Cloud onto a single high performance, highly scalable shared pool of storage, maximizing the performance of its virtual servers to provide cli
Next Generation Network OSS/BSS Market And Forecast 2010-2015 Now Available On ReportsandReports
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
Next Generation Networks (NGN) promises a high quality end-user experience. Telecommunications service providers expect the NGN framework to provide them with tools that would ensure customer loyalty. However, the path towards achieving the ideal NGN is fraught with formidable challenges. The most critical challenge confronting operators is optimizing their OSS and BSS platforms, systems, and processes.
New Fortinet Firewall Appliances Meet Enterprise Needs
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
New enterprise-class firewall appliances introduced Monday by Fortinet offer faster performance to keep up with the growing amount of network traffic customers need to screen for security threats. Fortinet introduced the FortiGate 3950B and 3951B appliances that combine firewall protection with unified threat management security that provides an intrusion prevention system (IPS), application security, anti-virus and anti-malware protection and other security features. The 3950B firewall screens
Citrix Boosts Virtual Desktop With Wyse 'Zero Client'
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
Wyse Technology has entered what heretofore had been an innovator's market: the zero-footprint client for virtualized desktops. A zero client is a small piece of hardware to which peripherals and a display may be attached. But it dispenses with everything in a traditional operating system that's not needed to display virtualized applications. Pano Logic and other startups have produced little boxes that host an application's pixel display, with a minimalist CPU. Now Wyse, the thin client maker,
Virtual Networking Is Not A Requirement
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Our clients ask us how network virtualization can help them and what it means for their IT priorities. I think most concepts of network virtualization add significant complexity to our IP networks where we really don't need it. In most cases, we tell our customers that it won't help much and that there are many other things they should worry about first.
SafeNet Announces Upgrades to Strengthen Security With Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
SafeNet, Inc., a global leader in information security, today announced that its Luna SA and Luna PCI Hardware Security Modules (HSM) help secure Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. The SafeNet HSMs work with the database management system to provide organizations with a highly secure platform for storing and managing sensitive data. This combination delivers enhanced cryptography and encryption as well as high-speed and seamless installation.
Silicom Server Adapter Achieves VMware-Ready Status
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
Silicom Ltd. today announced that its dual-port gigabit fiber server adapter has achieved VMware Ready status. This designation indicates that the Silicom server adapter has passed a detailed evaluation and testing process managed by VMware and is now listed on the VMware Hardware Compatibility List.
HP Helps Clients Improve Business Performance With BI Services In Support of SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
HP today announced a new suite of business intelligence (BI) services in support of environments running the SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) component, enabling clients to store increasingly large volumes of data on one system. The services help clients reduce their hardware footprint and make faster decisions by allowing quicker access to that data through a single view.
Facebook Fight Calls For Flight
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
Citing privacy concerns, at least two groups are calling for organized protests. One is urging members to quit the social networking site.
File Systems 2.0
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Storage management challenges are often being addressed by either storage hardware vendors or storage software developers. It is time for file systems to step up and offer a little help to the process. Most of the third-party software and hardware actually do a good job of solving many of the problems, but there are a few areas where the file system could help out like thin provisioning, backup and deduplication.
Emulex's Encrypting Host Bus Adapter Secures Data
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
In a move that is expected to help EMC users improve data security without affecting their network performance, the company has announced that it will begin to use Emulex's OneSecure Adapter, an 8Gb/s Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) with onboard processors to provide encryption functionality. EMC said it intends to integrate the HBA with its products, including its EMC PowerPath Encryption with RSA, EMC CLARiiON network storage and EMC Celerra unified storage systems. The HBAs will make use
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