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Content posted in May 2013
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The Insidious Security Risks Of Thumb Drives and Paper Files
Commentary  |  5/31/2013  | 
Numerous surveys show that IT managers are worried about BYOD security but lost flash drives and manila folders remain the bigger threats.
Ethernet: A Personal History
Commentary  |  5/30/2013  | 
Ethernet is 40 years old this year. I’ve been working with the technology since it emerged. Here are a few reflections on how Ethernet has evolved, and where it’s going in the future.
SunGard Public Sector Boosts Network With Brocade VDX Switches
News  |  5/30/2013  | 
New technology will simplify network management and provide room to grow.
Microsoft Unites Skype and Lync, Cisco Protests
News  |  5/29/2013  | 
Microsoft has started integrating Lync and Skype, as expected. Phase 1 doesn't include video support, but Cisco's claims of "monopoly" indicate it's concerned.
Google and VMware: A Contrast in Cloud Architectures
Commentary  |  5/29/2013  | 
VMware's vCloud Hybrid is built for Virtualization 1.0. Google's new Compute and App Engine enhancements target apps that are built for the cloud from the start.
HootSuite Fights Social Media Account Takeovers
News  |  5/29/2013  | 
HootSuite Security Services audits social assets, monitors for unusual Twitter account activity and offers crisis plans in the event of account takeovers.
Inside Visa's Data Center
News  |  5/29/2013  | 
Visa provides a behind-the-scenes look at its top-secret, high-performance network operations.
10 Twitter Power Tips
Slideshows  |  5/29/2013  | 
Want to take your Twitter presence to the next level? These features and techniques will get you there.
The 802.11ac Paradox
Commentary  |  5/28/2013  | 
What will it take to reap the benefits of 802.11ac, the next generation of wireless networking? A whole lot of wire, and a whole lot of hardware.
Sears' Data Center Strategy: A Model For Unused Properties?
Commentary  |  5/28/2013  | 
Sears hopes to fill its empty stores with servers. Will the troubled retailer forge a new path for companies with unused space?
DIY Storage Part 3: Pricing Pitfalls
Commentary  |  5/28/2013  | 
In building my own SAN as a pilot project at work, I learned firsthand about how vendors can make it difficult to budget creatively. Here are some of the roadblocks I ran into (and workarounds to avoid them) when trying to reduce storage costs.
PC Lockdowns Eyed As IP Theft Tool
News  |  5/28/2013  | 
Controversial proposal says businesses should be allowed to lock down PCs they suspect contain stolen information. Privacy expert warns of fraud risk.
NSA Caught Unawares By Data Center Tax
Commentary  |  5/24/2013  | 
The National Security Agency, which is building a massive information-gathering data center in Utah, was caught by surprise on a tax bill that might have added millions to its costs.
WAN Optimization Part 2: Put Performance Second
News  |  5/24/2013  | 
If you’re looking to purchase WAN optimization gear, don’t get wrapped up in performance numbers. Start instead with pricing, deployment and operational issues, and the protocols and applications you need to support.
Twitter's Two-Factor Authentication: 5 Reasons To Avoid
Commentary  |  5/24/2013  | 
Two-step verification system has no provision for backup access or lost phones, doesn't address public username problem.
2013 Strategic Security Survey
News  |  5/23/2013  | 
Our 1,029 respondents are getting wise on awareness, with just 13% saying they're more vulnerable than last year. Still, 73% see mobility as a threat, and 75% admit they may be ignorant of a breach.
F5 Combines Application Acceleration With Traffic Management
News  |  5/23/2013  | 
News roundup: Big-IP AAM aims to improve SaaS performance; Hitachi unveils enterprise file sync and share; Sourcefire adds network file and device trajectory to malware protection; Lantronix supports remote power management for branch IT.
IT Vendors Need More Pricing Transparency
Commentary  |  5/23/2013  | 
Compiling our SDN product comparison provided a vivid lesson in the difficulty of getting meaningful prices for enterprise IT equipment.
Twitter Two-Factor Security Combats Takeovers
News  |  5/23/2013  | 
Authentication measure comes in wake of Syrian Electronic Army account hacks, further security steps coming.
Solving VDI Problems with SSDs and Data Deduplication
Commentary  |  5/22/2013  | 
When it comes to VDI, users don’t want to sacrifice a rich desktop experience, and IT doesn’t want to get crushed by the storage costs and management efforts required to provide that experience. Data dedupe and SSDs solve this dilemma.
Dropbox Adopts Single Sign-On Technology
News  |  5/22/2013  | 
Dropbox says any off-the-shelf or homegrown identity management system that's compatible with the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) standard can be configured to automatically sign users into its service.
Google's Wireless Sensors: Big Data or Big Brother?
Commentary  |  5/22/2013  | 
Google demonstrated a network of wireless environmental sensors at its I/O conference last week. These sensors, combined with projects like Google Glass, expose the potential for the use and misuse of relentless data collection.
Pinterest Adds Value To Pins
News  |  5/22/2013  | 
Pinterest goes mobile, works with vendors to add more useful information to pins.
How Server Vendors Can Compete In Storage
Commentary  |  5/22/2013  | 
Imagine if every server you bought already included all the storage capacity and performance you needed. Here's how server vendors could make it happen.
University College London's Huge Cloud Storage Plan
News  |  5/22/2013  | 
UCL's new 100-PB, cloud-based storage facility will save money and help the school meet compliance goals.
EMC Navigates the IT Transformation Waters
Commentary  |  5/21/2013  | 
Here's what I took away from this year's EMC World, including thoughts on Pivotal and ViPR.
VMware Reveals Hybrid Cloud Details
News  |  5/21/2013  | 
VMware says its hybrid cloud service will offer a "seamless extension" of customers' virtualized on-premises data centers. In a surprise, VMware undercuts Google on price.
Why Corporate File Sharing Services Can't Compete
Commentary  |  5/21/2013  | 
Novell is the latest vendor to offer file sharing software that gives IT managers control over data, but it won't stop the stampede to Dropbox-like services.
Aruba's 802.11ac Rollout Cleans Up Sticky Clients
Commentary  |  5/21/2013  | 
Aruba Networks is announcing 802.11ac access points and new software that addresses roaming problems caused by “sticky” wireless clients.
Veeam Courts Enterprises With WAN Acceleration
News  |  5/20/2013  | 
Built-in WAN acceleration will enable companies to copy data to off-site locations up to 50 times faster than a regular file copy, the company says.
VMware Vs. Microsoft: 8 Cloud Battle Lines
Slideshows  |  5/20/2013  | 
How does the VMware vs. Microsoft cloud war stack up right now? We explore key areas.
Google Hangouts To Support Voice Calls
News  |  5/20/2013  | 
An enhanced Google Hangouts offers video chat, texting and photo sharing for free on multiple devices. More change is en route.
Yahoo's Mayer Promises: We Won't Ruin Tumblr
News  |  5/20/2013  | 
$1.1 billion deal represents Yahoo's bid to win new users and remain relevant.
Software-Defined Storage Vs. Traditional Storage Systems
Commentary  |  5/20/2013  | 
Here's why software-defined storage won't drive established storage companies out of business.
How Password Strength Meters Can Improve Security
News  |  5/20/2013  | 
Color-coded password-strength meters nudge users to improve the strength of their important passwords, but have little effect on unimportant ones, researchers say.
3 Things Tumblr Brings Yahoo
News  |  5/20/2013  | 
Yahoo is making a billion-dollar play for Tumblr -- and for increased relevancy.
Networking Gets Interesting Again
Commentary  |  5/17/2013  | 
From software-defined networking to fabrics to powerful new switches, network vendors are fighting for a revitalized market.
British IT Pro 'Cracks' Call Center Menus
News  |  5/17/2013  | 
British project manager and programmer creates service that lets frustrated customers bypass call center phone menus.
Amazon, Microsoft Partner Up for Cloud Management
News  |  5/16/2013  | 
New software lets Microsoft System Center users manage both AWS and Windows Azure cloud services from a single console.
Fusion-io Leaders Step Down in Executive-Suite Turmoil
Commentary  |  5/16/2013  | 
Fusion-io CEO David Flynn and CMO Rick White have departed the flash memory company just weeks after acquiring NexGen Storage, a startup. Reports say Fusion-io's board wasn't satisfied with revenue growth.
Google+ Gets 5 Smart Changes
News  |  5/16/2013  | 
At Google I/O, Google rolls out new photo, editing and other features for its Google+ social platform, in search of new momentum.
Eliminating Noisy Neighbors in the Public Cloud
Commentary  |  5/15/2013  | 
An IaaS provider is using all-SSD arrays and storage QoS to ensure that some tenants can’t disrupt performance of others by overconsuming resources.
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