Commit To Standards: Drop Proprietary Protocols
I'm a big proponent of standards and standards conformance, which opens up the marketplace to innovation and competition. Standardization is good whether you are a user or producer, but standards development is slow compared to how quickly a company can create a product or feature. Once a standard is available, vendors should stop promoting their proprietary protocols and migrate to the standards implementation. That shows commitment to standards.
Records Management and eDiscovery
Records management has always been painful but now it's nearly impossible given the unending growth in ESI. Since corporations are infamous for keeping every stick of data, we're looking at hundreds of terabytes of data just in the data center with many more hundreds of TBs on servers, SAN, NAS, tape, and workstations scattered throughout the enterprise. These terabyte-to-petabyte levels represent a lot of records to manage for multiple business needs including eDiscovery, compliance and data re
Do We Need Consolidated Deduplication?
In my last entry, "Can We Get to a Single Point of Deduplication?", I looked at who had the capabilities for a single point of deduplication, essentially consolidating the deduplication engine so that only one supplier and one dedupe engine...
IBM ProtecTIER Deduplication Enhanced For Disaster Recovery
IBM enhanced the disaster recovery capabilities of their ProtectTIER deduplication, adding deduplicated replication from one ProtecTIER to another. The software feature, available now on ProtecTier appliances and gateway product lines, is list priced at $2,000 per TB of data. Until IBM added remote replication, the company relied on the storage array to replicate data or used third party products. With this enhancement, deduplication is tightly integrated with the ProtecTIER product.
In Packet Inspection Race, Cisco Sees FPM As Key To Network Security
Cisco has an interesting tease for an upcoming Webcast entitled "Defending Your Router in 256 Bytes or Less." The thesis is that "the increase in accuracy and performance of network security products has pushed hackers to create attacks within the first 256 bytes of code that slip into networks under the radar." The upshot is that Cisco is pitching Flexible Packet Management (FPM), a technique it developed as a more effective way to block attacks than the deep packet inspection methods that are
Plasmon Lives To Archive Another Day
Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc. released an update on its January 2009 acquisition of key technologies from Plasmon. In the past several months, ATSI has re-established manufacturing and operational capabilities of the Plasmon product lines, including Ultra Density Optical (UDO). UDO media is based on a blue laser technology and claims a 50+ year archival data retention.
The Cloud and eDiscovery
As far as eDiscovery goes, cloud-based computing primarily presents as a cloud-based hosting site with eDiscovery services running over the hosted data.
LSI Launches Next Generation RAID Controllers
LSI Corporation unleashed their newest generation of RAID controller cards, the first in their lineup to feature 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology. The MegaRAID 9200 series cards support a mix of SATA, SAS and solid-state drives (SSDs). For the first time, LSI's SafeStore Encryption Services provides support for self-encrypting drives (SEDs). The MegaRAID 9200 series features PCIe with four and eight port options, offering a mix of external and internal connections.
Can We Get to a Single Point of Deduplication?
With the EMC-Data Domain acquisition seemingly moving along, a new point of debate is going to arise; can we get to a single point of deduplication? Meaning can you have all your data tiers; primary, archive and backup deduplicated by...
Tarmin Adds More Cloud to its GridBank Archive
Archive vendor Tarmin has added the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network to its list of supported cloud storage providers for its upcoming Gridbank 1.5.Gridbank is a software based archiving solution that, based on business rules, pulls older files off of primary storage and on to secondary storage, leveraging encryption, compression and single image techniques.
Will You Change Vendors?
Vendor relationships, and enterprise buyers' approach to them, are probably more uncertain than they've ever been.
Cisco Enhances MDS 9000 For Mainframe Storage
Cisco has enhanced the MDS 9000 storage product line, adding acceleration over wide area networks, I/O acceleration and encryption for data in flight. These enhancements extend the usefulness of IBM's mainframe systems using z/OS. The benefits of these enhancements are faster and more secure data transfers.
Network Solutions Data Breach Proves Savvy Aren't Always Secure
The data breach at Network Solutions, where hackers broke into the company's servers and stole info on 573,000 credit cards, shows how vulnerable even the presumably Net savvy can be. Hey, if a domain registrar and Web host can have their systems breached, is anyone safe?
Vendor-Neutral Storage Training Comes to the Midwest
Storage systems have evolved into complex IT structures that require increasing numbers of skilled and experienced technical specialists. To meet this growing demand, Data Center Enhancements Inc. has developed a series of comprehensive storage training classes for release in major metropolitan areas throughout the Midwest.
New Research Warns IT: Network Controls at Risk
Multi-dimensional growth of user roles, applications and devices increases it burden. "Lan sprawl" dilemma exposes it infrastructure deficiencies and highlights need for context in the lan as the basis for enabling control
Fusion-io Makes SSDs More Affordable
Solid state drive (SSD) technology is generally expected to grow in importance in enterprise-class storage as the performance tier of choice. In fact, over time, while tier 1 FibreChannel (FC) and serial-attached SCSI (SAS) drives will not be entirely displaced. The SSD market will bifurcate into a performance tier and a capacity tier that will coordinate with each other.
LSI buys OnStor, VCs take Bath
In a continuation of the busy storage industry M&A season LSI has snapped up midmarket NAS vendor ONStor for $25 million in cash. While I'd consider selling DeepStorage Labs for $25 million a success; the venture capitalists that put over $130 million into OnStor over its 9 year life it was just a way to get away with something. At $25 million it may be a good deal for LSI but the waitresses on Sand Hill Road will take yet another hit on their tips.
Announcing The Return Of Network Computing
Network Computing, the magazine you once relied on for straightforward, informed insight into the ever-changing landscape of technology, has returned in digital form. Now, more than ever, you need a reliable source that shares knowledge and insight from your peers and helps you cut through the tangle of emerging technologies with focused explanations and enlightened opinions on today's pressing IT issues.
Network Computing Is Back!
You read that right. Network Computing, the only IT magazine For IT, By IT is back with the first digital issue on WAN optimization and application delivery in a virtualized data center. Sure, IT is changing due to economic pressures forcing IT departments to cut costs and maximize investments, but the interesting changes are occurring due to the technology itself. That's where Network Computing steps in to shed light what's new and shaking, and what it means.
EMC's 2Q Revenue Up, Profits Down
Along with earnings, the company also disclosed more information about its $2.1 billion acquisition of deduplication specialist Data Domain.
Blade, Intel Push Parallel Programming, Software's Holy Grail
The two vendors are teaming up to teach parallel programming to students, on the heels of the release of Intel Parallel Studio. (I know, you're thinking they should teach them regular programming first.) But maybe such mainstream tools will help us bridge the shocking gap between multithreaded, multicore processors and poorly parallelized software.
Plowing the Road: Mapping and eDiscovery
Retention policies should do three things: protect business value, comply with regulations, and an infrastructure that streamlines content searches. This is IT's domain but impacts the legal arm as the attorneys are often the bearers of the torch for compliance,...
What Should Cloud Storage Software Do?
Unfortunately cloud storage is often thought of as a big holding tank, where you dump data in case you need it some day, but the truth is that even today you can do much more with it. Assuming that we want the cloud to be more than a data dumping ground somewhere on the internet, what should you expect cloud storage software to do?
Speculation About Avaya's Plans Are Just That
I should have expected this. The buzz about what Avaya is going to do with Nortel's switching and routing business is fodder for discussion. Frankly, it's all wild speculation. Avaya winning the stalking horse bid is very, very far from a done deal.
Mellanox Q2FY10 Earnings: Blasting thru the Macro
Yesterday Mellanox announced second quarter revenues of $25.3 million for the period ended June 30, 2009. The company's results shine brilliantly through dreary global economic conditions that are smothering their competitors. After declining for two consecutive quarters that correspond with the bail-out period; Mellanox revenue bounced back onto the growth track with a strong 12% quarter over quarter increase.
802.11n Nears The End of the Approval Road
A pair of events have resonated through the wireless LAN market in recent days, marking the beginning of the end for the ratification of the 802.11n standard. The first was a blog post by Matthew Gast, chief strategist for Trapeze Networks and member of the IEEE's 802.11 working group, proclaiming that the 802.11n is in essence, one meeting away from final approval, which could come as soon as September