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Content posted in June 2012
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The Storage Problem Technology Can't Solve
Commentary  |  6/18/2012  | 
You'll never eliminate storage bottlenecks until you fix your storage administration problems.
Big Data Security: The Balance Is Shifting in Favor of IT
News  |  6/18/2012  | 
There's a perception in the marketplace that encrypting data equals a big performance hit. That's not necessarily the case anymore.
Juniper Updates its Switching Fabric
News  |  6/18/2012  | 
Juniper has announced a capacity increase and a smaller footprint for its QFabric interconnect, and increased the range of its EX-series of interconnects.
Private Cloud Infrastructure Design: Go Beyond Best Practices
Commentary  |  6/18/2012  | 
Are you designing a private cloud infrastructure? Best practices are a crutch--start with current recommended practices, ask yourself why, and more tips for building a private cloud.
Root Causes Of Today's Storage Problem
Commentary  |  6/18/2012  | 
You hear plenty of hype about why enterprise storage needs continue to be challenging. What is needed is storage that has more automation, flexibility, application- and business- linkages, resource utilization, and management ease.
Accused LulzSec Hacker Fights Extradition To U.S.
News  |  6/18/2012  | 
Alleged LulzSec participant Ryan Cleary indicted by Los Angeles federal grand jury on charges of renting botnets and launching attacks against PBS, Sony, and others.
The Dell Storage Tribe Gathers at Dell Storage Forum
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Dell Storage Forum is over. Learn what the vendor is planning, from new product announcements to insights regarding the road maps for EqualLogic and Compellent, and how customers responded.
Cisco Visual Networking Index Predicts More Video and Devices
News  |  6/14/2012  | 
According to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index, there will be much more video by 2016, which will increase bandwidth and quality-of-service demands. The growth in tablets and smartphones will lead to new management and security challenges.
Rutgers and Xerox Combine Efforts in High-Performance Computing
News  |  6/14/2012  | 
Xerox has high-performance computing resources. Rutgers has a scientific computation center and a young and eager population that's studying HPC. Find out how the partnership is progressing.
Oracle Cloud Finally Arrives, With a Focus on the Enterprise
News  |  6/14/2012  | 
It took almost seven years, but Oracle has introduced its cloud computing suite. Learn more about Oracle Cloud.
Dell Brings Object Storage, Snapshot Features to Microsoft SharePoint
News  |  6/14/2012  | 
Dell Storage Forum product announcements include specialized options that will make Microsoft products more resilient in large enterprises.
Application Performance Monitoring Coming of Age at Cisco Live
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Cisco's focusing on delivering apps when they're needed--which will lead to better application performance monitoring, according to our blogger.
The Enterprise Cloud: Are We There Yet?
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Our blogger suggests that companies working their way toward the enterprise cloud take a look at EMC's IT organization and its approach to IT as a service.
FTC Spanks Data Broker Spokeo With $800K Fine
News  |  6/14/2012  | 
FTC bills case as its first-ever enforcement related to "the sale of Internet and social media data in the employment screening context," puts other data brokers on notice.
Dell And The Next Convergence Wave
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
One announcement at Dell's Storage Forum this week shows how the next wave of converged solutions will increase ROI in highly virtualized data centers.
BGP Origin Authentication and RPKI
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
The BGP Origin Authentication is a positive step, writes our blogger, but it has a downside. Learn more about IP address theft.
Four Reasons Private Cloud Adoption Initiatives Fail
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
Diving into cloud computing sounds easy--but enterprises can quickly find there's more to it. Learn why private cloud adoption can be tricky.
Fluke's Latest Network Time Machine Offers Auto Multisegment Analysis
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
The vendor's latest version of Network Time Machine speeds up troubleshooting by a factor of five and comes in rack-mount and portable flavors.
Cisco Describes SDN Strategy, Sets Industry Back 10 Years
Commentary  |  6/13/2012  | 
Cisco says forget about SDN and separate data and control planes, it's about programmability.
Virtualization Security: Where's The Innovation?
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
Server virtualization creates new security threats while turning the hypervisor into a network black hole, hiding traffic from traditional hardware defenses--problems a new breed of virtualization-aware security software tackles head-on.
Like NASCAR, Wireless Networking Is Getting More Intense
Commentary  |  6/13/2012  | 
No, it's not about the speed of wireless networking, according to our blogger--it's about complexity. Find out why.
Cisco Answers Software-Defined Networking Challenge
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
Cisco introduces the Open Network Environment, its take on SDN, at Cisco Live. Learn about its approach.
Private Cloud Automation
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
It's not easy or inexpensive to implement, but without automation you'll never get self-service or self-healing, or realize maximum ROI. Here's how to get started.
Cisco's Answer to SDN: Open Network Environment
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
Cisco introduces Open Network Environment, its take on software-defined networking, at Cisco Live. Learn how it's approaching SDN.
Fusion-io Puts a Little Flash Into Cisco Blades to Boost Productivity
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
The company says ioMemory in Cisco Unified Computing System Servers will amplify in-server performance and cut latency.
Dell Keeps It Simple With New Storage Platform, System Updates, More
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
Day two of the Dell Storage Forum included announcements of a new Compellent storage platform, updates to Fluid File System and AppAssure, and more.
Facebook: Are The Kids Alright?
News  |  6/13/2012  | 
As Facebook explores ways to officially welcome pre-teens, businesses consider the security, privacy, and legal implications of that change.
Cisco's Cloud Connected Solutions Unveiled
Commentary  |  6/12/2012  | 
Cisco rolls out Cloud Connected Solution, a suite of products focused on delivering apps from the private cloud. Learn what it includes.
SSDs: Understand The Options
Commentary  |  6/12/2012  | 
IT managers face an overwhelming number of options when selecting solid state drives. Here's how to cut through the marketing hype and balance your performance gains against the costs.
MySQL Database Flaw Leaves Passwords Vulnerable
News  |  6/12/2012  | 
Major flaw in popular MySQL and MariaDB databases is trivial to exploit and leaves the databases highly vulnerable to brute-force attack.
Experts: Deploy IPv6 Now, Prepare For New Normal
News  |  6/12/2012  | 
As Google and other big players push for deployment, implementation of Internet Protocol Version 6 and its crucial new supply of IP addresses gains ground.
Identity Management Becoming a Critical Issue for the Cloud as Well
News  |  6/12/2012  | 
Cloud services are being adopted by more and more business units--but who's accessing what? New identity management tools are being released to help companies figure that out.
BYOD and Cloud Storage: How Dropbox Has Changed the Game
News  |  6/12/2012  | 
Dropbox and other consumer-facing cloud storage services are fast becoming a focus for enterprise IT. Find out why you should be concerned about your network security.
EqualLogic Blade Array Makes Splash at Dell Storage Forum
News  |  6/12/2012  | 
The "data center in a box" combines an EqualLogic storage array, PowerEdge blade servers, and Force10 or PowerConnect networking switches. Learn more about the EqualLogic Blade Array and other announcements from Dell.
Four Signs of SDN Support to Watch for from Vendors
Commentary  |  6/11/2012  | 
Is your vendor using APIs or SDKs? Is it using its own APIs? Learn what signs to look for from vendors to indicate SDN support.
Per-VM Snapshots from Virsto and Tintri
Commentary  |  6/11/2012  | 
Both vendors offer per-VM snapshots: Tintri's comes as a hybrid storage system; Virsto sells a storage hypervisor. Our blogger takes a look at their offerings.
Experts: Deploy IPv6 If You Haven't, and Prepare for the New Normal
Commentary  |  6/11/2012  | 
In the wake of last week's World IPv6 Launch, Google's chief Internet evangelist says it's time to deploy IPv6--laggards will start catching up due to embarrassment.
Dell Storage Forum Brings Wave Of New Products
News  |  6/11/2012  | 
With its new EqualLogic blade storage, vStart blade datacenter system, and migration services, Dell strives for performance and cost efficiency.
Dell Storage Forum Kicks Off: Can Dell Compete in Enterprise Storage?
News  |  6/11/2012  | 
EqualLogic and Compellent are strong performers in the SMB space, but can Dell gain a foothold in the enterprise storage market? Analysts assess the situation as Dell Storage Forum starts today.
Push Your Servers To The Limit
News  |  6/11/2012  | 
Server virtualization, consolidation, and converged infrastructure are essential to optimizing data center utilization while controlling costs.
Storage Snapshots in a vSphere World
Commentary  |  6/8/2012  | 
Snapshots are important--but they're less valuable in a virtual environment. Our blogger explains why.
HP Discover 2012 Report Card Finding: HP Can--and Must--Do Better
Commentary  |  6/8/2012  | 
Hewlett-Packard could have used HP Discover to come out strong and definitive after a tough year. Our blogger says it didn't--find out why.
Sepaton Update Tackles Large-Enterprise Database Deduplication
News  |  6/8/2012  | 
DeltaStor DBeXstream is the only tool that can dedupe multistream and multiplexed data, according to Sepaton. Learn more about the database deduplication technology and other features of DeltaStor 6.1.
Flame Malware Tapped World Class Crypto
News  |  6/8/2012  | 
Flame's ability to evade security without using zero-day flaws relied on a never-before-seen crypto attack, imbuing the malicious code with the equivalent of a "god mode" against Windows security.
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