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HP BladeSystem G7 LOM: A Milestone For Converged Networks
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Converged networking is not an event. It's a continuous process that will unfold over many years. Seamless to customers, none of its many parts noticeably different from each other, but from the beginning and end, they are very different from each other. Within this continuum are milestones that stand-out because achieving them is required for convergence to succeed. One such milestone is the monumental decision by server vendors to embed a converged networking chip on their motherboards, a.k.a.
Cloud Update: Providers
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
As we continue through our quick update of the cloud storage market, this entry will focus on the providers. I describe this group as the data asset holders and as predicted last year, this segment is getting crowded in a hurry, with big names and ones you never heard of. Cloud storage providers are coming from everywhere; software companies, storage hardware companies, server hardware companies, managed hosting services, telecommunications companies and E-commerce book retailers. Providers will
Zmanda Targets Cloud Backup Toward Asia And SMBs
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
Zmanda has enhanced its open source Zmanda Cloud Backup 3.0 product to make it more attractive to companies with a presence in Asia. The new version is specifically intended for SMBs, as well as for departments of larger companies. In addition, the new version of the software has been optimized to back up Microsoft Exchange more efficiently. New features include backup support for Asia, whereas previous versions provided backup support for the U.S. and Europe. This is important not only for Asia
Brocade Ups HP's StorageWorks
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
Storage networking success depends largely on the SAN vendor's ability to partner with server vendors and VARs. Brocade, the touted leader in SAN switching according to Infonetics (followed by Cisco), is deepening it partnership with HP supplying 8Gbps HBAs for HP servers and extending virtualization features into virtual machines. The two companies are also offering a SAN starter kit to boost companies starting out with storage networking. While virtualization is established technology, the cap
SMB Storage Replication: Acceleration VS More Bandwidth
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
With the cost of secondary storage and bandwidth plummeting, does it really make sense to invest in expensive acceleration solutions to service your storage replication needs? Faced with tight capital budgets, small organizations in particular should consider a "backward thinking" approach. Today, you can get 5TB of Amazon S3 storage for $150/month, and for another $100, you can get a nice fat business class internet pipe to ship your storage there. Compare that annual operational cost with the
Cisco Eats F5's Dust In WAN Optimization
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Infonetics reported that Cisco has taken a considerable hit in their application delivery controller (ADC) market share. They are trailing behind F5 Networks by 12 points, Cisco having dropped to 26 percent of the market and F5 Networks taking a considerable 38 percent of the ADC market. Does this 2Q09 report spell a weakness for the networking giant, or are they neglecting some important growth markets?
IBM To Acquire Storwize?
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Rumors have it that the Storwize may be the next Israeli storage player to become part of the IBM portfolio. According to a report in Haaretz, the Israeli daily, Storwize is in talks with IBM for an acquisition to the tune of $140 million. The deal is expected to close by end of July. Storwize officials declined to comment. If successful, Storwize will be the second Israeli storage startup to be acquired by IBM in three years.
Silver Peak Announces Virtual WAN Optimization Platform
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Silver Peak joins the ranks of other WAN optimizers such as Blue Coat, A10 Networks, Riverbed, Certeon and others with a virtual platform under the VX family name. But Silver Peak is the first vendor to claim to optimize the IP layer, which is used by real-time protocols such as SIP and video. More efficient protocols should translate into better sounding calls. Competing accelerators accelerate the TCP layer, which is rarely used by SIP-based systems.
Overture Networks Switches It Up With G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Overture Networks, the industry's trusted Carrier Ethernet solutions provider, today announced the addition of G.8032 Ethernet ring protection switching to its UTS 4000 optical edge switch. The addition of G.8032 ring protection switching gives Overture's customers a technologically advanced and cost-effective solution for building secure mobile backhaul networks as they look to support the mounting bandwidth requirements of 3G and 4G services.
Zmanda Releases Third Generation Cloud Backup
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Zmanda, the industry's leading provider of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions, today announced Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB) 3.0. ZCB 3.0 offers several new product features including: enhanced geography control across datacenters on three continents; support for international character sets; optimized backup of Microsoft Exchange data; support for cloud-based disaster recovery; and Internet bandwidth management. Zmanda also announced a price reduction for ZCB, making it the lowest c
Brocade Continues to Drive Innovation For Next-Generation Data Centers with HP
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Brocade today announced a set of innovative HP-branded Brocade 8 Gbps Fibre Channel data center and server connectivity products and a virtualization solution bundle. The new offerings extend the Brocade storage area network (SAN) and server connectivity portfolio delivered by HP. The solutions, which work with HP's industry-leading BladeSystem platform, help provide thousands of data center customers globally with highly scalable and reliable access to data in mission-critical environments. Bro
Quest Software Unlocks Cloud Data with Toad For Cloud Databases
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Quest Software, Inc. today launched a beta program for Toad for Cloud Databases, a data access and management tool for non-relational data stored in cloud databases, also known as NoSQL databases. Toad for Cloud Databases helps users unlock data stored in the cloud by using the familiar SQL language or Toad's popular visual query and data access capabilities. Users can query and report on non-relational data, migrate data in both cloud and relational databases from one to the other, and create q
New AMD Processor Focused On Energy Efficiency Over High Performance
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Chip maker AMD has introduced its new Opteron 4000 series processor line, code-named Lisbon, that focuses on energy efficiency rather than raw performance, because that's what cloud providers and small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) want in their data centers. Two models in the 4000 series operate at as little as 32 watts for a six-core processor, versus a comparable Intel chip that operates at 40 watts. A six-core 4000 series processor operates on 24 percent less power than an older 6-core 2
Verizon Completes Industry-Leading 100G Ethernet Field Trial
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Continuing to lead the industry in 100G technology, Verizon has completed a field trial carrying 100 gigabit-per-second Ethernet traffic on a metropolitan Ethernet infrastructure. Using Alcatel-Lucent equipment deployed in Verizon's Switched Ethernet Services network, the trial successfully transmitted data over 12.7 kilometers (7.9 miles) of field fiber in the company's Dallas area network.
LSI Launches Family Of Configurable Storage Components For White Box Channel Partners
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
LSI Corporation today introduced the CTS2600 family of configurable storage components, offering white box channel partners a quick, efficient and cost-effective approach to build, customize, brand and sell a wide range of external storage system configurations. The unique approach using configurable components is designed to provide channel partners with the flexibility to assemble complete systems to their customers' specifications without the need for costly stocking of pre-configured systems
Cloud Services To Top $68 Billion In 2010
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
Large enterprises flocking to cloud services will drive upwards of 15% growth in cloud services this year says Gartner with projected growth approaching $150 billion in 2014.
Hosted Web Security Protects Disparate Branch Offices, Mobile Workers
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
Hosted Web security services are an attractive option for distributed WAN environments, particularly when the distance to corporate hubs and the sheer number and variety of branch locations make back-hauling Internet traffic impractical and inefficient. With the rise of bandwidth-intense, performance-sensitive corporate applications, such as video and VoIP, it makes increasing sense to provide direct Internet access to remote offices, especially with users accessing YouTube, and streaming and do
Top 10 Cloud Computing Complaints
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
Leading industry experts respond to gripes that IT professionals have about the security, cost, and portability of cloud computing in the enterprise.
Google Voice Open To All
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
The online call routing and voicemail service has over a million users and is ready for more.
HP Expands Proliant Line; Adds More Data Center Innovations
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
HP is using its annual TechForum conference in Las Vegas this week to say it is placing "huge bets" on adding new high-performance ProLiant blade servers and technology it calls the HP BladeSystem Matrix, a platform that allows customers to quickly create and provision infrastructure to run software applications. HP is introducing new technology Monday to further its "Converged Infrastructure" strategy of selling servers along with improved networking and management tools to boost data center ef
F5 Enhances SSL VPN Offerings
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced a new version of its FirePass SSL VPN solution. With the 7.0 release, FirePass provides enhanced access capabilities, improved IT management through integrated access services with third-party solutions, and flexible deployment options, including an SSL VPN virtual appliance running on VMware vSphere, FirePass Virtual Edition (VE). FirePass provides browser-based access to organizations' applications,
Logrhythm Adds Visualization, Location And Host Activity To Forensic Capabilities
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
LogRhythm has upgraded its log management/SIEM product's threat detection capabilities by monitoring system processes and endpoint network connections, as well as adding visualization and geo-location tools to expedite investigation of possible attacks and compromises. Pouring through logs without an automated tool is pure pain for administrators. LogRhythm's new capabilities help administrators make the most of their limited time to hunt down and mitigate threats. The network visualization pres
Global Crossing Enhances Content Delivery Network Offer With Newest Limelight SITE Acceleration Service
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
Global Crossing, a leading global IP solutions provider, today announced that it has enhanced its Content Delivery Network (CDN) product portfolio by adding the latest version of the Limelight SITE service to its capabilities.
Hosted Solutions Introduces Stratus Cloud Storage; Most Flexible, Cost-Effective Service Solution, Delivered Via The Web
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
Hosted Solutions, the East Coast's premier provider of enterprise-class managed hosting solutions, today announced the immediate availability of its Stratus Cloud Storage product. The new offering enables companies of all sizes to manage and archive corporate-critical data, allowing them to do so at a fraction of the usual costs associated with building and maintaining a storage infrastructure. Stratus Cloud Storage includes the replication of data between Hosted Solutions' SAS-70 Type II data c
Sevone Speeds Netflow Collection And Reporting
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
Sevone Inc. has announced an update, Version 4.1, of its network data flow collection and reporting products. The new version doubles the speed of its Dedicated NetFlow Collector, allowing the collection of 15 million flows per minute and increasing the speed of the reports based on the data from the collectors. The update is intended to make the product more attractive to medium- to large-sized enterprises. The company has also enhanced its FlowFalcon NetFlow reporting engine to generate real-
Cisco NSS 300: Big Features For SMBs
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
In an attempt to support SMBs, Cisco has announced a family of easy-to-use network storage products. The Cisco Small Business NSS 300 Series Smart Storage network appliance systems are specifically designed for companies of fewer than 100 employees rather than being downsized from mid-market devices. The NSS 300 also include a suite of built-in business applications such as a Web server, a WordPress publishing platform and security and management servers.
Cloud Update - ISVs
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
The cloud storage market consists of three segments: Independent Software Developers (ISV) that put a face on cloud storage, providers that actually hold the data assets and cloud storage hardware and software suppliers that arm the providers with the solutions they need to hold and manage those assets. Over the next few entries I'll provide an update on how each of these segments is doing. First up is what I believe is the most important aspect of cloud storage, the ISVs.
HP Intros Social Network For IT Pros
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
48Upper, expected to start beta testing this year, will help IT professionals connect to share information and solve problems.
Bluecat Networks Enhances Proteus And Adonis IPAM
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
Bluecat has updated its Proteus IP Address Management to version 3.1 and its Adonis Domain Name System/Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol has been updated to version 6.1, adding new management features and increased scalability to the existing product line. IP Address Management (IPAM) is becoming a critical element that companies no longer perform manually because the consequences of errors are extreme.
Interactive Data Launches Powerful New Data Permissioning Solution
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
Interactive Data Corporation, a leading provider of financial market data, analytics and related solutions, today announced the launch of PlusFeedSM Access Control System, a powerful permissioning and entitlement system designed to interface with PlusFeed, Interactive Data's low-latency consolidated datafeed. The new system can help clients to manage enterprise-wide data usage, reporting and associated costs quickly and effectively.
Voltaire Expands 10 GbE Portfolio With New Low-Latency Layer 2/3 Switch For Next Generation Data Centers And Cloud Computing
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
Voltaire Ltd., a leading provider of scale-out data center fabrics, today announced the immediate availability of the Voltaire Vantage 6024, a low-latency, high-performance Layer 2/3 top-of-rack switch optimized for next generation and virtualized data centers and cloud computing environments. The switch provides the industry's most power-efficient and lowest latency capabilities on 10 Gigabit Ethernet, enabling new levels of efficiency, scalability and real-time application performance. The swi
LogRhythm Closes Visibility Gaps In Network Security
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
LogRhythm, the company that makes log data useful, today announced a new version of its integrated Log Management/SIEM platform that eliminates information security blind spots by providing holistic visibility and relationship mapping of network activity. To help organizations detect and mitigate threats from inside and outside the firewall, LogRhythm now monitors system processes and network connections on endpoints, provides Geolocation of hosts, and maps relationships through network visualiz
Blue Coat Offers Simpler, More Effective DLP Appliance
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
Blue Coat Systems is branching out into data loss prevention (DLP) with today's introduction of three new appliances intended make DLP simpler and more effective to use. The new appliances are aimed at a major pain point for businesses that want to protect sensitive documents, files and other data, but find existing DLP systems so complex that they just give up, leaving their data and their businesses at risk.
FalconStor Software Ensures Seamless Data Backup And Immediate Recovery For Healthcare Providers
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
FalconStor Software, Inc., the provider of Totally Open data protection solutions, today announced that healthcare organizations worldwide are deploying FalconStor's data protection solutions for high availability and disaster recovery (DR) of business-critical applications that must comply with data security, privacy and retention policies. Healthcare customers are discovering that by implementing FalconStor's data protection solutions effectively, they are cutting the time of managing their da
Blue Coat Introduces New Data Loss Prevention Appliances To Ease Deployment And Operational Complexity Of DLP
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
Blue Coat Systems, Inc., the technology leader in Application Delivery Networking, today introduced the Blue Coat Data Loss Prevention (DLP) family of appliances that provides comprehensive data loss protection in a single integrated appliance to enable compliance without complexity. With the addition of the DLP appliances to its hybrid Secure Web Gateway solution, Blue Coat now provides protection against both inbound malicious threats and outbound data loss.
Six Questions To Ask Before Buying End-To-End APM
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
While the market for end-to-end APM is heating up, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered before plunking down your hard fought IT budget on new tools. With several dozen APM vendors in the market, it can be confusing to weed through the marketing hype and determine what capabilities you really need. While good overall requirements will guide your decisions, be sure to ask the right questions before getting too far down the path with a vendor. I've summarized six key questions to
Verizon Certifies LTE Devices
News  |  6/18/2010  | 
Cisco, Juniper Networks, and Motorola products are among those certified for use with Verizon Wireless' LTE network.
Emulex & ServerEngines: A New Beginning or Armageddon?
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
Emulex may have surprised a few people with their purchase of ServerEngines; however, many in the industry knew for some time that the company was sorely lacking control of their own destiny with regard to their struggling FCoE offering. Those keeping track of the players in the FCoE space have watched Emulex run around for nearly two years promoting the heck out of privately held ServerEngines, and ultimately it appears as though Emulex will have to cough up an absurd pile of money to finally b
Cisco Integrates Tandberg Telepresence
News  |  6/18/2010  | 
Demonstrating that its $3.4 billion acquisition of Tandberg earlier this year is progressing smoothly and on schedule, Cisco has announced updates to three lines of products in the telepresence, or high-definition video teleconferencing, marketplace. The Tandberg acquisition was announced last October 1 and closed on April 19. The intent of telepresence is to use high-quality, high-definition video and audio to provide an experience that is as good as being in person.
Internet Fraud Alert Program Launched
News  |  6/18/2010  | 
Microsoft, FTC, PayPal back program for sharing information on compromised account credentials.
NetScout Adds Service-Level Management View
News  |  6/18/2010  | 
NetScout has added to its nGenius Service Solution, a real-time dashboard aimed at providing organizations with a more unified, business-centric view of the performance of critical transactions, application and networks. nGenius Service Delivery Manager is designed to help organizations view operations from a service-level perspective and automates the detection of service quality problems and emerging security threats across physical, virtual and cloud-based services from the application hostin
Desktop Virtualization May Break Storage
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
As day two of the BD Event drew to a close, the closing keynote was delivered by Peter Levine of Citrix. Mr. Levine gave an excellent presentation on desktop virtualization and closed with a warning for storage vendors. The key issue is the impact that desktop virtualization will have on storage capacity and I/O demands, and desktop virtualization vendors need help addressing it.
FCC Considers Broadband Regulation
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
Broadband carriers oppose regulation of Internet broadband while content providers favor FCC action to classify broadband as a telecommunications service.
More Firms Outsourcing Security To MSSPs
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
Managed security service provider market is expected to reach $3.9 billion in 2016 because of increased attacks and economic pressures.
Vizioncore Offers vFoglight QuickView, Free and Clear
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
To begin building relationships with new potential customers, as well as to gain information for use in future products and functions, Vizioncore has announced a free version of its vFoglight virtualization management software, vFoglight QuickView, which users can download from the company's website. While the software doesn't have all the features of the standard and professional versions, it offers enough features that organizations may never need to pay for the software. Vizioncore is fine wi
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