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Riverbed Adds Microsoft Security Software On WAN Appliance
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Riverbed is announcing that Microsoft's Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) will be available on Riverbed's Steelhead WAN optimization platform. TMG provides URL filtering, application proxying, and application and network-layer firewalling. With the introduction of TMG to the Steelhead platform, customers can enforce a consistent Web security policy for application protection, malware inspection and URL filtering at branch offices. Riverbed's Steelhead appliances include the Riverbed Serv
Cisco's Vision Of Trust And Security: Building It With Or Without You
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
I am pretty impressed with Cisco's breadth and depth of vision on where the information technology is heading and the role of the network in that vision. One item stuck out during Pamasree Warriors Keynote address today, and that is the requirement for trust and security in the borderless endzone, borderless Internet and the borderless data center. The inference I take from that is that security and trust have to follow information and services as they are accessed and located in the varying zon
Cisco Unveils Cloud, Data Center Technologies
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
FabricPath, a networking technology for data centers, and a hosted collaboration solution were among the announcements at CiscoLive.
3Com Leave A Bad Taste? Have a Tic-Tac.
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
I've been surprised in the past few weeks as people I respect have been saying they're wary of buying switch gear from HP/3Com because they still have a bad taste in their mouths over 3Com's temporary exit from the enterprise market a decade ago. With server virtualization driving most data centers undergoing the most significant network redesign since the 20th century, eliminating a tier one vendor because previous management made a mistake 10 years ago seems short-sighted to me.
Indiana Wesleyan University Supports Growth With New Backup And Restore Systems
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) may have started as a small, Christian liberal arts college, but in two decades, IWU's student body has grown from 1,000 to 15,400 and its staff has expanded to 200 professors and 2,600 faculty and personnel spread across three states. Needless to say, its data storage and backup needs have also grown. To keep up, the university updated the outdated and inefficient backup system that was no longer able to keep up with its backup requirements with a disk-based ba
Wyse Technology Showcases And Presents Desktop Virtualization-centric Cloud Computing Solutions At Cisco Live
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Wyse Technology, the inventor and global leader in cloud client computing, today announced its presence at Cisco Live at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, June 27th - July 1st. Wyse will showcase secure virtualized desktops and the value of its enterprise solutions with Cisco and leading virtualization partners. Wyse's superior virtualization and infrastructure software and end-point user experience runs over Cisco's unified computing and network offerings to deliver a best of
Ipanema Technologies Launches the First Integrated WAN Optimization And Application Performance Management Solution to Reach 8Gbps WAN Speeds
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Ipanema Technologies, the industry leader in integrated solutions for enterprise WAN management, today reinforced its commitment to large enterprises by launching the first integrated WAN Optimization and Application Performance Management solution to reach 8Gbps WAN speeds. Ipanema's Stack clustering architecture for Ipanema's ip|engines allows enterprises to scale Application Visibility, QoS, Control and WAN Optimization up to 8 Gbps throughput on WAN links. Both international and domestic org
Cisco Enhances WAAS 4.2
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Cisco has updated its Wide Area Application Server software WAAS so that it provides WAN optimization and application acceleration. While WAN connections speeds have been increasing, the amount of traffic flowing over the WAN is increasingly faster. Organizations often can't afford to provide the enough WAN capacity to meet demand. WAN optimization and application acceleration use a variety of techniques to speed up application delivery to end users. Cisco's enhancements to WAAS are keeping the
Pareto Networks Sets New Standard for Cloud-based Enterprise Networking
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Pareto Networks today unveiled the industry's first cloud-based distributed networking solution, transforming the way businesses will deploy and operate distributed networks. Cloud-based networking delivers enterprise-class network capabilities around the globe, via a highly resilient, multi-tenant application that requires no capital investment in networking equipment.
Cleversafe Delivers New Features To Deploy And Manage Cloud Storage
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Cleversafe Inc., the leader in resilient storage solutions ideally suited for storage clouds and massive digital archives, announced the latest release of Cleversafe software version 2.1. The latest release delivers on the key requirements necessary for service providers to easily manage cloud storage as part of their overall service offerings while providing new flexible deployment options for customers.
Deduplication And Solid State Disk, A Perfect Match?
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Solid State Disk (SSD) is the medium that storage managers are looking at to address storage performance problems in their environment. Deduplication is what they look at to address out of control capacity requirements. Rarely do you see the two technologies linked, but these two may be a perfect match.
New Hitachi Archive Blends Private Cloud With Managed Operations
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Hitachi Data Systems Corp. is announcing Hitachi Cloud Services, a suite of storage services for enterprise customers. The first out of the gate is Hitachi Cloud Service for Private File Tiering, a storage-as-a-service (Saas) offering that tiers archived data onto equipment and software that is owned, run and maintained by Hitachi, but which resides on the enterprise's premises. This lets organizations keep their archived data behind their own firewall without having to make capital expenditure
Cisco Manages Power, Reduces Costs
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Energy management is coming under scrutiny as companies try to cut costs. Power and cooling can add up to substantial sums over time, particularly if you are running under-utilized machines that do little more than eat electricity. Data center managers have long understood the economics of energy savings, but the effects are making themselves knows in building facilities as organizations launch employee programs to turn out the lights and conserve energy. Cisco announced enhancements to its Conn
Novell Releases Log Management Software Appliance
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Sentinel Log Manager records events from physical, virtual, and cloud environments, either as a virtual appliance or loaded on dedicated hardware.
Google Exec Joins Facebook
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Matthew Papakipos, a key leader in developing the Chrome operating system, is moving to Facebook as director of engineering.
Brocade 10GbE Converged Network Adapters Outpace Competition
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Brocade today announced that the Brocade 1000-series Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) lead the industry with the highest input/output operations per second (IOPS) and throughput performance, surpassing the closest competitive offerings by up to 131 percent, according to independent third-party tests.
Ariba Delivers End-to-End Category Management In The Cloud
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
The global economy is slowly moving toward recovery, yet markets for everything from oil and gas to metal stampings and temporary labor remain volatile and complex. To successfully navigate them, companies need to move beyond tactical sourcing and implement a strategic approach that enables them to identify opportunities for savings and quickly drive them to the bottom line. To help them do this, Ariba, Inc., the leading provider of collaborative business commerce solutions, today announced Arib
Virtual Machine Company's Groundbreaking Virtualization Appliance Embeds Check Point VPN-1 VETM Security
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
The Virtual Machine Company has begun offering Check Point Software Technologies' VPN-1 VETM security as an option on its pre-configured Virtualization Appliances. This is a new and unique development that, the company believes, overcomes the last remaining barrier to widespread adoption of virtualization of enterprise-wide, tier-one computing.
Dot Hill Launches Next Generation 6Gb SAS End-to-End Storage Arrays
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Dot Hill Systems Corp., a provider of world-class storage solutions and software for OEMs, open storage partners and system integrators, today announced it is now shipping its next generation 3000 Series storage arrays featuring "end-to-end" 6Gb storage to deliver high throughput and exceptional performance and to answer the industry's call for infrastructure that meets the needs of today's 24/7/365 business computing environments.
Nirvanix Launches Industry's First Hybrid Cloud Storage Service
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Nirvanix, the premier enterprise cloud storage service provider, today launched hNode - an unparalleled hybrid cloud storage solution that combines the scalability, ease of management and compelling economics of public cloud storage with the security and control of private cloud storage. Nirvanix's hNode provides large organizations with the flexibility to comply with even the most stringent corporate and legal data retention policies by containing data to within their facilities while still ena
SnagAJob.com Keeps Job Searches Running With Zeus
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
SnagAJob.com is a fast-growing, online job board that has no room for downtime. Every lost minute of uptime is potentially lost revenue. So a few years ago, SnagAJob.com realized it was time to switch out the inefficient hardware it had been using to manage its traffic and load balance its Web server farm. Around the same time, the Richmond, Va.-based online job site began expanding its computing environment into a 100 percent virtualized private cloud using blade servers running VMware.
New HP Products Draw From 3Com Acquisition
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
HP is introducing three new products and one new service as it battles Cisco Systems in the network and security markets. The products offer network security in virtual or physical environments, decrypt SSL traffic to screen for trouble, deliver intrusion prevention in a blade format and block user access to malicious Web sites. Each of the offerings build on technology from 3Com, for which HP paid $2.7 billion in 2009. The new products include the vController, which inspects network traffic bet
Social Network Security Policies Lacking
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Symantec survey finds half of social networking at work is for business purposes, but many organizations don't have appropriate security policies or enforcement.
Wyse Introduces New Mobile App for Android; Securely Fusing Cloud Computing, Desktop Virtualization Snd Mobile Internet For The Enterprise
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Wyse Technology, the inventor and global leader in cloud client computing, today announced the public beta of its Wyse PocketCloud application for the Android operating system. Wyse PocketCloud Beta is available immediately at the Android Market as a free download.
Layer 7 First To Launch Fifth-Generation XML Acceleration Technology
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Layer 7 Technologies, the leader in security and governance for SOA and cloud, today announced that it is the first vendor to ship fifth-generation XML processing silicon in its XML Gateway technology. Compared to software-only products, which can process less than one gigabit per second of schema validation even with 16 processor cores, fifth-generation silicon can process a full gigabit of complex, real-world schemas using less than half of one core, leaving the remaining cores available for o
Cortina Announces Industry's Smallest Quad 10G EDC Device
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Cortina Systems, delivering innovative technologies that link people and networks worldwide, today announced CS4340, the industry's smallest quad 10G Electronic Dispersion Compensation (EDC) device. The Cortina CS4340 is a programmable 4-port SFP+ PHY with integrated EDC and is available in a small 15 mm x 15 mm BGA package that optimizes system design options. Its density and performance enables 48-port 10G or 12-port 40G line cards supporting both optical and copper links and compliant to the
Exar Delivers Scalable, Data Security And Reduction Solutions For The Emerging Unified Storage And Network Infrastructure
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Exar Corporation today announced the DX 1700 series of PCI Express-based cards for the emerging unified storage and network infrastructure. The DX 1700 series is comprised of four cards and offers customers the industry's most power-efficient encryption and compression solutions addressing the SOHO to Enterprise markets.
Shake Up Your APM
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
One of the challenges surrounding APM is figuring out what do do with our legacy management tools. Sure, end-to-end APM makes sense in a new, greenfield environment where we can drop in a just purchased suite of tools to provide holistic monitoring. There are many software tools that can help us accomplish this. However, the reality is that most IT organizations have already invested in an array of framework or point management solutions. The challenge for them is how to eek more performance out
Ocarina Expands Its ECOsystem Licensing
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
In a move that could make its ECOsystem data reduction technology more widely available later this year, Ocarina Networks has announced a software-only version, ECOsystem for OEMs, that is available for license by other vendors, though no specific licensees were named. ECOsystem uses a variety of techniques to reduce data that can't normally be compressed or deduplicated to as little as one-tenth of its original size, either in-band, post-process or hybrid. The company currently is in developme
Motorola Shows Support-Oriented Flexibility With Latest 802.11n Offering
Commentary  |  6/26/2010  | 
Motorola casts a big shadow across a number of wireless niches. The communications giant dominates the public safety communications market, and it has scored a body blow in the battle for smart phone supremacy with the Droid franchise, and it's 802.11-based wireless products continue their impressive evolution. I recently caught up with Dr. Amit Sinha of Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Solutions unit to talk about his group's latest offering and Motorola's competitive differentiators when it come
HP And QLogic Enable Any Protocol On Any Port
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
HP and QLogic have pushed the ball forward in next generation networking and virtualization with an HP Flexfabric 10Gb/24 blade switch that allows the switch port to be configured as a Fiber Channel, FCoE, iSCSI and Ethernet port simultaneously. Flexfabric drives home HP's wire-once strategy. It's an industry first, and it's likely that other networking vendors will follow suit.
Cisco Extends Key Security Partnerships, Broadening Protection Portfolio
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
Cisco Systems is broadening its information security program through partnerships in three key areas, announcing tight integration with leading vendors in each. The partnership program extends Cisco's ability to deliver secure mobility, data security and security management, complementing its strength in network security, authentication/access control, and e-mail and Web security via IronPort products and services.
Nokia Moving N-Series To MeeGo
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
The Linux-based operating system will power Nokia's flagship smartphones, while lower-end phones will still run on Symbian.
HP Opens Age Of Converged Networks
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
The week's announcements from HP's annual Technology Forum brought the new world of converged data and storage networks into the mainstream. HP's new blades and Proliant servers have Emulex silicon providing 10Gbps Ethernet and FCoE as standard equipment on the motherboard and in optional mezzanine cards. Since Qlogic supplies the cool new Virtual Connect 10Gb/24 port switch module both companies get to claim a design win.
Will There Ever Be A Right Time For IO Virtualization?
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
Last year, Xsigo and Dell announced a relationship where the server vendor would resell the IOV supplier's equipment. The move was expected to position Dell at the forefront of virtualization. However, difficulties in integrating IOV into servers cleanly and advances in bus and IO performance have done little to advance IOV outside of relatively niche situations like high performance computing, data modeling and animation rendering.
The Case For Remote Office Unified Threat Management
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
Unified threat management (UTM) devices are becoming an important consideration for branch office security as enterprises look to balance cost restraints and the ever-increasing bandwidth requirements spurred by performance-sensitive, low-latency applications such as VoIP and video across the WAN. Most typically, enterprises backhaul traffic to central locations where they apply security controls such as firewalling, intrusion prevention, AV and anti-spam--the so-called hub and spoke architectur
Extreme Makeover Network Edition
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
Extreme Networks is a company with a history of delivering high-performance, high-availability Ethernet switching technology. The company's very first product won Best of Show award at Networld+Interop, and by 2001 Extreme had won the award five consecutive years with one innovative 1Gb product after another. In 2002, the company introduced its BlackDiamond modular switches featuring leading-edge 10Gb technology. By 2002, annual revenues for Extreme rocketed to over $400 million. Between 2002 an
V.i. Labs Launches SaaS Software Piracy Tool
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
For small and midsize independent software vendors, CodeArmor Software Intelligence Online collects usage data and tracks unlicensed copies.
Oracle Q4 Profits Up 25%
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
Recently acquired Sun Microsystems contributed $1.8 billion in revenue and new software licenses increased 14% to $3.1 billion.
Why You Need To Demand Standards, Now
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
In technology, there is lots of talk about the need for standards for this or that technology. I am an unabashed proponent of standards. There are lots of very smart people who work on standards either as part of their job or on their own time. The standards get pushed through the working groups, are ratified by the standards bodies, and are published to the world. Then those people move on to other things while vendors scramble to implement the standards in their products and update their data
Rogue Hunter: How To Track Wild Access Points
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Rogue access points (AP) can show up on a network for any number of reasons. A user may set up an AP so he or she can bring a laptop to the break room and still have an Internet connection. A contractor or an internal engineer may set up a wireless router to create a test network and then forget to disable it at the end of the test. People who set up unauthorized APs usually don't mean any harm, but that doesn't make it harmless. If you think attackers aren't looking for wireless connections or
Strategy Session: UC And The Cloud
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
Virtualization and cloud computing have taken over the mantle of hottest tech that only a few years ago was held by IP telephony and unified communications, but that doesn't mean it's easy to align the two areas.
Strategy Session: UC And The Cloud
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
Virtualization and cloud computing have taken over the mantle of hottest tech that only a few years ago was held by IP telephony and unified communications, but that doesn't mean it's easy to align the two areas.
FireScope Races Past Network Monitoring Competition With Dash
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
FireScope, the leading innovator of IT Service Management solutions, today announces the availability of FireScope Dash, a powerful monitoring solution that delivers more features for less cost than comparable offerings from SolarWinds, IPSwitch and others.
Nimsoft Expands Unified Monitoring Coverage, Enhances Management Interface
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
Nimsoft, a business unit of CA Technologies, today announced enhancements to the Nimsoft Unified Monitoring architecture that enable customers to better monitor and manage critical business applications across all types of infrastructure--from the data center to the cloud--including SaaS, hosted and virtualized environments.
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