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Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct Recognized With Connected Home 2011 Award
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
At the recent Connected Home Global Summit in London, England, the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct program from the Wi-Fi Alliance received top honors in the Best Contribution to Interconnectivity Standards. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct is a certification designation given to products that are capable of device-to-device connections without the presence of a traditional home, office or hotspot network.
ISACA Survey: Enterprises Are Addressing Mobile Device Risk
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
U.S. based enterprises are very concerned about the risks that are posed by the influx of personally owned mobile devices in the workplace, and are moving swiftly to put policies in place to control their use and protect the corporate data they hold, according to an IT risk survey conducted by ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association). Respondents also indicate that their companies are making progress integrating IT risk management with their overall approach to risk management,
Single Point Of Failure: The Internet
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
No matter how well you architect for redundancy and availability, there will certainly be single points of failure (SPOF) that you can't account for. The SPOF, in all of its forms, can make application mobility via VDI, cloud services, and netbooks like Google's Chromebook less attractive computing options when compared to fat clients, fat servers, and boring but reliable storage. While services can fail, let's not forget that the most frequent SPOF we deal with is the access networks at the Int
How Guardian Life Insurance Is Going Social
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Socialware tools are helping the life insurance company monitor social networking participation and ensure regulatory compliance.
Badgeville Introduces Social Gaming Engine, Widgets
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Gamification tools encourage user loyalty by bringing badges and virtual rewards to any website or mobile experience.
Two Convicted In Counterfeit Cisco Gear Racket
News  |  5/30/2011  | 
The scam involved relabeling and selling Chinese networking equipment as bona fide Cisco equipment, prosecutors say.
Cloud Security A Moving Target
News  |  5/28/2011  | 
Cyber-Ark’s fifth annual "Trust, Security and Passwords" report surveyed 1,422 IT staff and C-level professionals across North America and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and found that nearly one in five C-level respondents admit insider sabotage had occurred at their workplace. Another 16% believe that competitors may have received highly sensitive information or intellectual property--including customer lists, product information and marketing plans--from sources within their
Solarwinds Eases Network Device Tracking
News  |  5/28/2011  | 
In a move that will help network administrators locate specific user end nodes that might be causing problems, SolarWinds has announced the SolarWinds User Device Tracker. The software works by taking an IP address, host name or Media Access Control (MAC) address, and then responding with information about the device, such as the switch name, port, port description or and the virtual LAN on which it’s located. In addition, network administrators can set up a notification alert for when a s
The Incredible Expanding UC
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
Used to be, when IT talked unified communications we meant VoIP, presence, integrating voicemail and email, maybe video or Web conferencing—and we moaned about the complexity. Well, folks, welcome to the new UC reality, which must recognize the growing importance of collaboration, social networking channels, and mobility.
Certeon Touts WAN Optimization For Cloud Computing
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
The company's aCelera Cloud aims to boost performance and reduce bandwidth needs for cloud apps, and supports cloud platforms such as VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen, Linux KVM, and Amazon EC2.
The Incredible Expanding UC
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
Used to be, when IT talked unified communications we meant VoIP, presence, integrating voicemail and email, maybe video or Web conferencing—and we moaned about the complexity. Well, folks, welcome to the new UC reality, which must recognize the growing importance of collaboration, social networking channels, and mobility.
Citrix Creates 'Project Olympus' To Build Cloud IaaS Solution On Open Source
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
Citrix is launching Project Olympus, an initiative to help enterprises build a cloud computing infrastructure they can operate privately, behind their own firewall, or export to run in a service provider’s public cloud. It is one of a number of announcements Citrix, known for delivering a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution to enterprises, made at the Citrix Synergy 2011 conference this week in San Francisco.
Kingmax Claims First 64-GB MicroSD Card
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
The Taiwan semiconductor company hasn't said when the chip will ship or how much it will cost.
Using The Cloud To Manage The Cloud
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Managing cloud-based VMs isn't easy. Tools from IaaS vendors are rudimentary and proprietary, while integration with enterprise management consoles is complex. SaaS management software is closing the gap with new services able to manage systems in multiple clouds alongside internal VMs.
How To Manage Primary Cloud Storage
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Cloud storage is often thought of as a secondary storage area, a place to hold backup's or archives, but for an increasing number of organizations it is also becoming a primary storage area.
IO Turbine Solves VMware I/O Bottlenecks
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
New startup IO Turbine is taking the wraps off of its inaugural offering--software that addresses I/O bottleneck problems in VMware environments. By installing Accelio on a VMware server, users avoid the hardware caching constraints found on storage-area network (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS) or caching appliances that are downstream from the host and have no visibility into the source of the data that they are caching, says the company.
StillSecure Offers Cloud-Based Managed Security Services
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
StillSecure is offering its range of security services through a cloud-based option, selling largely to managed service providers and data center hosting services, as well as private cloud in government agencies and enterprises. The Cloud Security Services Platform is built on StillSecure’s ProtectPoint appliance, which is now virtualized for the full portfolio of security services, and supports multi-tenant environments in order to enable cloud deployments.
Quotas Are Evil, Or At Least Counterproductive
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
I, like most of you, spend much of my time managing ever growing piles of data, so I was intrigued when an email with the subject "Five ways to manage data growth" arrived in my inbox, along with the usual press releases and spam. I was appalled when I saw that the first suggestion was to impose strict quotas on user mailboxes and home directories.
LinkedIn Opens API For Company, Job Listings
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Websites and enterprise apps will be able to freely access LinkedIn company profiles and present that data within their own user interface.
Edgewater Prices SBCs For The Masses
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Targeted at small to midsize businesses and branch offices, Edgewater Networks' all-in-one EdgeMarc 250 Series Enterprise Session Border Controller, an integrated Ethernet switch, reportedly simplifies the management, improves the performance and reduces the costs of converged voice, video and data networks. However, what sets the company's latest Session Border Controller (SBC) apart from competitors is its price, says Ira Weinstein, senior analyst, Wainhouse Research.
Dell Introduces New Thin Client Desktops, Virtual Lab 2.0 For Academia
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Dell has broadened its line of OptiPlex thin client desktop computers for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments and introduced Dell Virtual Lab 2.0 for managing VDI environments in college and university computer labs, in order to deliver in-demand academic applications. The introductions, made Wednesday, also include an OptiPlex 390 business desktop computer. New are the OptiPlex FX130 and OptiPlex FX170 thin clients, which join the OptiPlex FX100 and FX160 that are already shipping
EMC World 2011 Stresses Both The Cloud And Big Data
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
IT trade shows or vendor events act as a barometer of the IT industry in two ways. The first is to measure the current state of the health of the industry, and the second is to point out the trends that will affect the future of the industry. Based upon the recently concluded EMC World 2011 in Las Vegas, the IT community is alive and well today and the future is very bright, but with a number of challenges. Hey, IT wouldn’t be worth living if there weren’t ongoing challenges.
Jericho Trumpets At Identity's Walls
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
Founded almost a decade ago by a group of international chief information security officers (CISOs) grappling with the seemingly diametrically opposed demands for both a more collaborative and more secure IT environment, the Open Group Jericho Forum has unveiled a set of identity commandments focusing on the fundamental design issues surrounding identity management and the access to systems, services and data. The forum, which focuses on defining and pro
Quest And StorSimple Collaborate On Cloud-Based Backup
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
In an attempt to provide users of Quest Software Inc.'s vRanger software for virtualized systems the ability to back up data to the cloud, the company has announced a partnership with StorSimple, which makes the StorSimple Hybrid Cloud Storage Appliance. The combination of the two products will give vRanger users the ability to back up VMware virtual machines to disk with automated cloud archiving and storage tiering, as well as virtual machine-level restores from the cloud.
Cisco To Sell Linksys, WebEx?
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
Shareholders are pushing the company to unload non-core businesses, fueling speculation that the consumer and small business networking brand and web conferencing service are for sale.
Fujitsu America Unveils Free Cloud Services
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
As one of the biggest IT vendors you've never heard of, at least as far as the U.S. market goes, Fujitsu America understands a business-as-usual approach to launching its cloud platform might not be the best approach. So the world's third-largest IT services provider, and fifth-largest server and PC vendor, is debuting a trial of the North American version of its 2-year-old Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform of the Fujitsu Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering, beginning May 31 and ending Aug.
Zenprise Retools For Security
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
Ah, the dreaded consumerization of IT. Chances are you're as guilty as the rest of us when it comes to getting a little too familiar with the company-issued smartphone.  Sure, you've rationalized away putting skee ball on the iPhone as a harmless distraction, and your kids like to play Angry Birds on "your" device when they get bored.  You've simply gotten used to seeing the business-oriented icons next to the ones that launch the fun stuff, and it's all very comfortable to have the wo
HP Makes IT Support More Flexible With New Portal And Mobile Device Access
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
HP has added features to its HP Support Center for enterprise IT customers through an online portal that includes answers to questions, an online community of close to a million IT professionals and a mobile application that allows customers to get answers anytime, anywhere. The enhancements to the HP Support Center, announced Tuesday, are intended to address customer demands for HP Always-on Support for an always running IT infrastructure.
How Microsoft And Google Could Change Smartphones
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
Voice calls are dumb; maybe Microsoft bought Skype to make them smarter.
Qualcomm Completes $3.1 Billion Acquisition Of Atheros Communications
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
Qualcomm Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Atheros Communications, Inc. The Atheros team will operate as Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm. In addition, the Qualcomm connectivity team will shift over to Qualcomm Atheros to combine resources and roadmaps. This creates one of the industry's most robust portfolios of connectivity, networking an
ExaGrid Pushes Backup And Disaster Recovery Appliances To 13 Terabytes
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
ExaGrid Systems Inc., which makes a disk-based backup and disaster recovery appliance that includes deduplication and replication functionality, has announced a 13-terabyte model, the EX13000E. Because users can use them to build grids of up to 10 devices, the new model means network administrators can now build a grid with a capacity of up to 130 TB, which is a 30 percent improvement over one built with the company's existing products. The device also has half the power and cooling requirements
How To Tune Apps For Solid State Storage
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
Just because you put a race car engine inside your storage system does not mean that your application will instantly go faster.
Survey Shows Public Sector Support For Hybrid Clouds, Little For Public Clouds
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
A survey of public sector IT professionals in the federal government, that was released on Monday, reveals that only 6.9 percent of those surveyed think that accessing IT resources from a public cloud service is a viable strategy, while a vast majority of 68 percent support a private or hybrid cloud approach. The survey by Quest Software Public Sector, a division of Quest Software, also found that there's still confusion among users about the differences between virtualization and cloud computi
Bringing Customer Experience And Business Channel Development Together With IT
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
As one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, Marriott has over 3,500 lodging properties in the U.S. and 69 other countries and territories, and a daily workload of over 750,000 new reservations. Transaction throughput must be rapid, unfailing and 24/7. If problems arise, failover must be swift and absolute. Simultaneously, business intelligence systems must be able to "right fit" pricing and accommodations for customers during transactions--and the systems must have the ability to e
MuleSoft Unveils Cloud Integration PaaS Beta
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
According to a survey of attendees at Interop earlier this month, nearly 70 percent have deployed or plan to deploy cloud computing, but nearly as many admit to not having confidence in the strategy for managing the performance of those cloud computing resources. That sounds like good news to cloud integrator MuleSoft, which went live today with the public beta of Mule iON, its cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS). Referring to Gartner data, the company says that at least 35 per
SNIA Releases Enterprise SSD Testing Spec
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
The Storage Networking Industry Association specification is designed to standardize how the performance characteristics of solid-state products are measured.
Edgewater Intros SMB Session Border Controller
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Vendor's newest EdgeMarc gateway is aimed at smaller offices looking for device interoperability and policy-based security control for their IP-based communications systems.
New E-Discovery Products Target Backup, SharePoint
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Two new e-discovery products are coming to market to help IT tackle significant pain points: finding relevant information in data backups and SharePoint. At EMC World earlier this month, Index Engines announced that its collection engine can work with Data Domain, the widely-deployed deduplication and backup appliance from EMC. And Sherpa Software announced a new version of its Discovery Attender software that can find and collect files from Microsoft's SharePoint platform. E-discovery is the pr
Avaya Expands Mobile Unified Collaboration Choices
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
The one-X soft client will now be supported on Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy II, on the Apple iPhone 3GS and 4G, and on RIM's Blackberry touchscreen devices, in addition to Symbian and Windows devices.
Texas Memory Upgrades Flash Memory Card
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
The RamSan-70 card is half the size and three times as fast as previous models of flash storage from TMS.
Sepaton Unveils Backup ROBO Cop
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Sepaton, Inc. is reaching out from its backup stronghold in enterprise data centers to the ROBOs (remote office/branch offices), with three new systems that address what the company calls the 'last 30 percent of unprotected enterprise data'. Starting with 10 or 20TB usable capacity options in a 2u form factor, the S2100-DS3 Series 1000, 2000 and 2000e can deliver backup speeds of up to 1500 MB/sec, and performance optimization features include automated load-balancing of backup, restore, dedupli
Apptio And ServiceNow Combine To Improve IT Management
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Two software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors focused on business needs have announced a partnership that will result in their products working together, allowing clients to use the results of one product as input for the other. The companies are Apptio, which provides products, such as software to develop cost models, for what it calls Technology Business Management, and ServiceNow, which delivers service desk functionality in a SaaS model. Combined, users will be able to take the kinds of informati
PowerCloud Promises Easy, Full-Featured Wi-Fi Hotspots
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
It's always a trip to pull into a small-town diner, walk in the door and see the sign. It might be printed in simple font or, better yet, hand-scrawled. Whether it says "We Have Wi-Fi," "Wi-Fi Here" or whatever, our expectation that wireless will simply be anywhere we land is more frequently being realized. Free wireless is always best from the user perspective, but it's completely reasonable for a business owner to try to make a buck, or at least cover his or her costs, on the signal provided f
Symantec Moves Further Into E-Discovery With Acquisition
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
Adding Clearwell Systems' platform will bolster its Enterprise Vault product.
BranchOut Bathes In Reflected Glory Of LinkedIn
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
By embedding its service in Facebook, the professional network hopes to tap a broader social network.
Solid-State Disk Or Solid-State Storage?
Commentary  |  5/20/2011  | 
SSD, or solid-state disk, is a term that gets overused when we talk about solid-state storage. SSD is incorrectly applied to seemingly everything related to memory-based storage.
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