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Content posted in June 2011
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Cloud Provider OpSource Acquired By Data Dimension
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Cloud platform vendor OpSource has been acquired by services firm Dimension Data and is slated to become a part of the company’s new Cloud Solutions business unit. OpSource is a cloud and managed hosting provider with enterprise solutions for creating and managing public, private and hybrid cloud solutions.
Scalability Experts Selects Attunity To Provide Real-time Business Intelligence Solutions Worldwide
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Attunity Ltd., a leading provider of real-time data integration and event capture software, and Scalability Experts, a global provider of data management and business intelligence (BI) solution services, announced today that Scalability Experts has selected Attunity as a solution partner to deliver affordable, turn-key data integration and BI solutions that leverage Attunity's award-winning data integration software and real-time Change Data Capture (CDC) technology.
5 Dropbox Alternatives For Cloud Storage
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Dropbox isn't the only remote storage game in town. Consider flexibility and security as you check out these alternatives.
Leave Laptop Home, Get Files Via Smartphone
Commentary  |  6/30/2011  | 
Want to travel lighter? New cloud services help you access key files quickly and easily on your phone.
In Surprise To No One, Oracle buys Pillar
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
Today, Oracle announced that it is buying SAN array vendor Pillar Data. Pillar has, since its inception, been funded by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s Tako Ventures, so the whole transaction comes as a surprise to no one who follows the storage industry.
Do You Play Bug Patch Game Badly?
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
IT managers obsessed with patching the most popular programs, including Microsoft, Adobe, and Oracle apps, miss the bigger picture about risk, research says.
Yahoo Spins Out Hadoop Startup
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
A core development group at Yahoo is being given venture capital backing and will be spun off to further the rapid enterprise-style development of Hadoop. Within a few days, "something over 20" core committers and architects of Hadoop code will move off the Yahoo campus in Sunnyvale, Calif., into offices nearby to form Hortonworks, an independent company, said Eric Baldeschweiler, Yahoo's VP of software engineering for Hadoop.
Romonet Offers Predictive Modeling Tool For Data Center Planning
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
United Kingdom-based Romonet is entering the U.S. market as of today and introducing software for data center predictive modeling that assesses how a data center would operate--particularly what its energy consumption will be--even before it is built. One industry analyst says that, while most modeling software delivers trends-based modeling--primarily studying prior performance--Romonet’s predictive modeling on data centers that are still on the drawing board is a first.
Share And Share Alike With HomePipe
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
HomePipe puts an interesting twist on sharing files across your own device fleet. But is HomePipe ready for the business network world? That probably depends on your sense of adventure and willingness to try new ways of doing things.
Enterprise, Consumer Video Conferencing Converge
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Skype, Google Talk, and other consumer systems can connect with corporate-grade video conferencing systems from Cisco, Polycom, and others via Blue Jeans Network's cloud-based service.
When Is SSD The Right Storage Choice?
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
Solid State Storage has arrived; in the right circumstances, it is more cost effective than mechanical hard drives.
4 Uses For Videoconferencing Beyond Cutting Costs
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Captech has reduced travel spending with video collaboration, but the SMB has added recruiting, training, and client interaction to its growing list of uses.
Determining a Private Cloud Delivery Model
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
When designing a private cloud infrastructure as part of a next generation data center strategy, there are several options to choose from for a delivery model. In some cases, the IT service delivery will be some subset of true private cloud. In other cases, a full cloud model will be more appropriate, and delivery will typically be in an IaaS or PaaS model, with the possibility of a mixed model.
Office 365 Partners Extend UC And Email Options
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Azaleos delivers managed hybrid services offering for UC; LiveOffice focuses on email archiving and discovery tools.
FlashSoft Says Not When Flash, But Where
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
It's no longer a case of if flash will become a major component of enterprise storage, but where, says Silicon Valley startup FlashSoft. The company is exiting stealth mode with what it calls the first commercial offering for "flash virtualization." FlashSoft SE for Windows Server 1.1.0 is an all-software, hardware-independent, tier-minus-one caching approach that eliminates the I/O bottleneck without the cost of putting all data onto flash memory and without disrupting server-tier applications,
Make Technologies Announces New ISV Suite
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Make Technologies, a leading provider of legacy application modernization technologies, today announced the launch of its innovative Make Technologies ISV Suite for independent software vendors. ISV Suite includes everything a software company needs to reinvent its products and stay ahead in its market.
E-Discovery Needs To Move To The Cloud, Survey Finds
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Respondents to a recent unscientific survey on e-discovery indicated that they were particularly interested in adding e-discovery support for cloud applications and social media in their organizations, but that they did not think their organizations were prepared to perform e-discovery in the cloud. In addition, they seemed more interested in monitoring potential legal challenges from social media than they did in controlling their employees’ use of social media in the first place.
Flash Memory Storage Virtualization: Faster And Affordable?
News  |  6/27/2011  | 
Startup FlashSoft aims to speed storage access by virtualizing a new tier of flash between CPU and hard drive.
Goodbye Dropbox
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
I’ve been a heavy user of Dropbox ever since I moved DeepStorage Labs back to the beautiful New Jersey Meadowlands at the end of 2009. Dropbox life was easy, giving me access to all my recent work wherever I was, but a constant stream of security problems is driving me to find another solution.
Enterprise Social Networks And Security Risks
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
While attending UBM TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston last week, I heard lots of conversations about the benefits and potential pitfalls of enterprise social networking. One theme that I heard repeated more than a few times was that enterprise social networks can create a greater security risk.
Ipanema Guarantees Cloud App Performance
News  |  6/27/2011  | 
Ipanema Technologies is guaranteeing application performance in the cloud with the latest release of its Autonomic Networking System. In addition to native SLA enforcement for popular SaaS applications, ANS 7.0 features enhancements to SALSA, the ANS multitenant management platform. These enhancements include central application performance dashboards (with an iPhone/iPad version) that are able to monitor the performance of SaaS applications.
Symantec Improves Virtualized App Recovery With VMware DR Support, Dashboard Management
News  |  6/26/2011  | 
The newest version of Symantec’s application high availability product for virtual environments provides tight integration with VMware’s disaster recovery capabilities and a dashboard for monitoring and managing multiple applications through the VMware vCenter Server console. Application HA, which came to market last fall, brings deeper application awareness to VMware so that failed apps can be quickly detected and restarted.
ForeScout Virtual Appliance: Security For BYOD Era
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
Mobile devices have changed the rules for access control. ForeScout hopes that virtualization will give its customers more choice in NAC deployment.
Egnyte Brings Simple File Sharing To Local Clouds
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
Cloud services vendor Egnyte is attempting to take the mystery out of cloud storage in all of its forms (local, private, hybrid and hosted) by making storage easier to provision, manage and secure. Case in point is Egnyte’s Personal Local Cloud 6.0 service, a storage solution that falls outside of normal definitions.
Scality: Climbing The Cloud Storage Heights
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
The traditional storage business models of NAS and SAN have been worthwhile for many enterprises, but the question remains: Is NAS or SAN best for cloud computing environments? Scality, a storage vendor, asserts that, in many cases, the answer is no. Scality's RING "organic storage software" is, according to the company, the first object-based storage platform to provide the levels of performance necessary for robust Web-based applications.
SolidFire Aims SSD System At Cloud Providers
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
As fast as Dell and EMC can buy them up, startup vendors keep coming up with new ideas and solutions aimed at the specific needs of targeted markets. SolidFire’s new all SSD, scale-out, 10-Gbps iSCSI array that’s targeted directly at the cloud storage provider market is a case in point.
Active Storage Delivers Higher-Density ActiveRAID Systems
News  |  6/23/2011  | 
Active Storage, the leader in high-performance storage solutions for media and creative professionals, today announced the immediate availability of higher-density versions of ActiveRAID – its high-performance, high availability RAID storage solution.
New HP Server, Storage And Networking Products Aimed At SMB Market
News  |  6/23/2011  | 
HP this week is targeting the small-to-midsize business with new IT products that the company says are feature-rich but low-priced. The new servers, storage appliances and network switches are designed to address the unique challenges of SMBs' as they look for technology that grows as their businesses grow but is affordable for companies that are guarding cash flow.
Businesses Have Tough Decisions To Make About Cloud Computing
News  |  6/23/2011  | 
A survey of attendees at a cloud computing conference this week shows that, despite ongoing concerns about what approach to take to the cloud, IT professionals and business executives know they have to adapt to the new technology. While debate continues about whether to adopt the private or public cloud model, or some hybrid, those attending the Cloud Leadership Forum 2011 say that by 2015, cloud will no longer be a concept but the status quo.
Private Cloud Automation, Orchestration, And Measured Service
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
Many infrastructures are labeled "private cloud architectures" when they are really just a subset of a private cloud. The key points that tend to be missed, based on the NIST definition, are on-demand, self-service and measured service.
Zenoss Prescribes Cure For The Common Cloud
News  |  6/23/2011  | 
Zenoss Service Dynamics both unifies and automates impact and root cause analysis for IT services that span private and public IT infrastructures. It gives service providers and enterprises visibility into the health of their hybrid IT services from a single console that is easy to configure and automatically updated in real time as workloads migrate and relationships change, states the company.
ServiceNow Makes Help Desk Social
News  |  6/23/2011  | 
ServiceNow.com, which delivers service desk functionality in a SaaS model, now includes a runbook automation process pack for Amazons Elastic Compute Cloud, more updates to its ServiceNow IT service management platform services, and two new applications--one for data certification and one for giving users better access to managed documents. The company's ServiceNow Live feature has also been improved to add more social media capability.
How To Back Up WHS Folders to External Drives
News  |  6/23/2011  | 
Here's how to back up shared Windows Home Server folders to an external hard drive.
How To Make A MS Windows 7 Bootable Flash Drive
News  |  6/23/2011  | 
Make a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 7
Call Center In The Cloud: Cheaper And Simpler
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
Car warranty business' move to a cloud-based contact center platform eased IT maintenance demands and slashed computing hardware capital expenses.
5 Questions To Ask Storage Vendor References
Commentary  |  6/22/2011  | 
Focus on getting crucial information so you can change the conversation from a love fest reference call to one that provides important details.
UC Spending Bubble Belies Uncertainty
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
IT users say they're confused about what unified communications actually is, according to a CompTIA survey. What they really don't understand is that they're already doing it.
Can Windows Servers Do WAN Optimization?
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
Certeon hopes to bring WAN optimization to the masses with aCelera Enterprise for Windows. But can a server app provide enough performance for enterprise data center links as workloads move to the cloud?
GreenSQL Brings Enterprise Edition To Database Activity Monitoring Market
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
GreenSQL has introduced an enterprise edition of its database activity monitoring (DAM)/database firewall product. The new release features data masking and high availability, in addition to other features available in the GreenSQL Pro product, including reporting, auditing, user rights management and support for multiple database instances.
Uptime First To Solve Cloud Cost Complexities
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
A new service, UptimeCloud, features dashboards to monitor and measure the cost of cloud deployments in real time, predict future cloud costs based on real workloads, provide automated cloud cost saving recommendations for cloud deployments, and help IT departments ensure cloud deployments are perfectly fitted to capacity needs.
Of Course I Build My Own Apps. Doesn't Everybody?
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
After a few weeks of getting peppered with emails about application creation portals, I caved in and decided to try a couple. Why not? I’m a pretty tech-savvy guy. So rather than stay wanting, I opted to try to build my own apps. And, so far, I must say the results aren’t that impressive.
IBM Pushes New Backup Services Into the Cloud
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
IBM has launched two new cloud-based solutions that are geared toward the data protection and data recovery markets. The new services, which are branded IBM SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery and IBM SmartCloud Archive, are available under IBM SmartCloud Resilience services.
Verizon Launches Service Based On Data Breach Report Methodology
News  |  6/21/2011  | 
Verizon Business is offering an security incident analysis service based on the Verizon Incident Sharing framework (VerIS), the foundation of its highly regarded annual Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR). The aim of the service is to generate metrics of an organization’s security incidents over time to discover the root causes of vulnerability and take preventive measures.
iTwin Vs. Dropbox: A Secure Filesharing Alternative
News  |  6/21/2011  | 
Cloud-based file-sharing has its advantages, but should you be thinking lower tech? Here's a look at a USB device that lets you share files securely via the Internet.
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