Expert Analysis
Content posted in July 2009
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Managing Early Case Assessment
Commentary  |  7/23/2009  | 
Early case assessment (ECA) is an excellent tool to decide the merits of a civil case. However, in a world of fast-growing electronic data and shrinking review times, ECA has become one cumbersome process.
Tarmin And Nirvanix Deliver Next-Generation Cloud Storage
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Delivers military-strength cloud storage security, excellent roi, superior flexibility, and comprehensive storage management
Suppliers Hammer Away At Enterprise Price Resistance To Solid State Disk
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Two major issues have slowed down enterprise adoption of solid state disk: the first is concern about media endurance because the number of SSD writes are limited and the second is cost.
Intel Delivers Industry's First 34-Nanometer NAND Flash Solid-State Drives
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
Intel Corporation is moving to a more advanced, 34-nanometer (nm) manufacturing process for its leading NAND flash-based Solid State Drive (SSD) products, which are an alternative to a computer's hard drive.
PHD Virtual Extends esXpress To Support Virtual Machine Data Protection And Recovery For VMware vSphere 4
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
esXpress Enhances virtual applicance for backup/restores benefiting VMware users
Chelsio Helps Build World's Largest 10GbE Cluster At Purdue
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
More than 1,000 chelsio IWarp RDMA adapters enable the first internationally ranked academic supercomputer wired solely for 10gb Ethernet
LucidPort Ships the World's First USB 3.0 to SATA Bridge Controller
News  |  7/23/2009  | 
LucidPort Technology has started shipping the USB300, a single chip USB 3.0 to SATA-II bridge designed for external storage devices.
Cloud Storage Arms Race
Commentary  |  7/23/2009  | 
The reason that cloud storage and cloud compute are confusing terms is that they are broad in what they could mean. In the last two entries I have tried to define some of the sub categories that cloud storage contains. In this last installment we will discuss the arms merchants, the companies that will supply the infrastructure's next wave of providers.
Whiteboard Tutorial: FCoE Benefits & Drivers
Whiteboard Tutorial: FCoE Benefits & Drivers
Network Computing Videos  |  7/23/2009  | 
In Part 3 of our Fibre Channel over Ethernet Whiteboard Tutorial series, analyst George Crump talks about the benefits & drivers behind FCoE, including simplified infrastructure, easier management, better performance, & guarantees for critical apps.
IBM's Big Partnership Play
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
IBM announced it is expanding it's OEM relationship by private labeling Brocade's 8000 FCoE switch and Junipers EX and MX series switches and router as IBM brands. IBM has also reached a reseller agreement with Cisco to sell the Nexus 5000 switch. Why all three? The four part harmony lead by IBM is choice, choice, choice. I think the reality is that IBM wants to expand it Dynamic Datacenter initiative which Brocade and Juniper are aligning themselves with at IBM's direction and Cisco is simply
The Sun Also Sets
Commentary  |  7/22/2009  | 
Just as 62% of Sun's shareholders last week approved Oracle's takeover offer multiple stories crossed my desk, OK my screen, relating to the combination of data deduplication technology and Sun's ZFS file system. Add in speculation about Oracle's plans for Sun's various product lines and what Larry Ellison will do when he controls two unrelated storage (Sun and Pillar) companies and Sun seems to be on everyone's mind.
Qlogic Q1FY10 Earnings: Growth Engine Needed
Commentary  |  7/22/2009  | 
Since peaking at $171.2 million in Q2FY09, Qlogic revenues have declined for the third consecutive quarter by a total of $48.4 million. In my opinion the magnitude of the decline is an indicator that it's not all due to "the macro." I believe slowing Qlogic revenues also reflect the continuous decline of the Fibre Channel market thus the need for the company to build or buy an engine for growth.
Stratus Technologies-ITIC Survey Finds IT Groups Still in a Fog Over Cloud Computing
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
Recent high-profile network outages support doubts about cloud's ability to maintain enterprise application uptime
IBM Introduces New Software To Help Clients More Effectively Manage Cross-Platform Virtual Servers, Reduce Data Center Costs
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
To help customers protect long-term systems investments, IBM also offers upgrade path to next-generation power servers with Power7 processors
Splunk Throttles Up IT Searches With Version 4
News  |  7/22/2009  | 
Splunk has released the fourth major iteration of its flagship product. The new version features significant performance enhancements, up to 10X faster search and 2X indexing according to the company, as well as new features including user customizable dashboards and a new Apps framework, enabling customers to extend the value of the collected data.
IBM and Juniper Tighten Bond
Commentary  |  7/22/2009  | 
IBM and Juniper extended their recent partnership so IBM will now be reselling Juniper EX 4200 and 8200 series of Ethernet switches and MX series of Ethernet routers. In addition to providing another distribution outlet for the Juniper gear, the agreement underscores changes in data center product design and the scrambling that vendor have been doing to position themselves to take advantage of that change.
Splunk Launches the Next Generation of IT Search
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Splunk 4 Supercharges IT Search; Offers Enterprises Broader Usability, Unequaled Scalability, and Re-defined Performance
Data Deposit Box's Continuous Online Backup Now Available for Mac Computers
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Mac users can breathe a sigh of relief. Data Deposit Box announced today that its highly rated backup and storage service is now available for Mac computers.
Quantum Improves Data Protection For VMware Virtualized Server Infrastructure
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
DXi-series deduplication and replication capabilities optimized for VMware environments with addition of esXpress software
Quantum Pairs Virtualized Backup with its De-dup Solution
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Quantum Corp unveiled their esXpress software module to specifically address the unique backup and restore needs of VMWare ESX virtual servers. The esXpress module itself runs within VMWare ESX as a virtual machine, known as a virtual backup appliance (VBA). As a virtual machine, the VBA is able to leverage a number of the advantages of the virtualized environment.
SunGard Availability Services Joins DMTF's Open Cloud Standards
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Sungard contributes information availability and recovery expertise for cloud computing
Netwitness(R) And Mnemonic Partner To Offer Next Generation Network Security Monitoring In Nordic Region
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Leading it security provider will resell Netwitness' comprehensive network visibility solutions to address advanced persistent threats
PGP Corporation Launches New Mobile Data Protection And Security Solutions
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Encryption applications enable enterprises to extend corporate-wide data security policies
How Big Will Avaya Go?
Commentary  |  7/21/2009  | 
Could Nortel just be an appetizer for Avaya?
Intel Slashes Price Of SSDs
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
The price drop is the result of Intel moving the product line to a 34-nanometer manufacturing process for NAND flash memory used in solid-state drives.
Venture Capital Flattened By Slow Economy
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Investments in semiconductors, telecom, and media sectors plunged, but dollars flowing to computer hardware and networking equipment have spiked.
Avaya Stalks Nortels Assets
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Avaya has been named as a stalking horse bidder for Nortels North American, Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) and Asia Enterprise Solutions business and an asset sale agreement with Avaya for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) portion of its Enterprise Solutions business for a purchase price of US$475 million. The bankruptcy court has to set the auction terms.
Avaya Announces Agreements to Purchase Nortel's Enterprise Solutions Business
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Avaya today announced that it has signed agreements to purchase Nortel's enterprise solutions business for US$475 million. Avaya believes the agreements are a significant step in strengthening its leadership in business communications and positioning the company to effectively deliver industry leading enterprise communications solutions to customers around the globe.
Nortel To Sell Enterprise Solutions Business
News  |  7/21/2009  | 
Enters into Sale Agreements for Enterprise Solutions Business with Avaya for US$475 million
Data Domain's DD880 - Not SMB Backup
Commentary  |  7/20/2009  | 
Face it all the other makers of VTLs and other disk based backup targets are a little jealous of Data Domain. With their mindshare in the dedupe space, and $2.1 billion of EMC's dollars, who wouldn't be. In the past they've tried to paint Data Domain as an SMB player, too small and too slow to be taken seriously in the enterprise data center. Now that the DD880 can suck up over 50TB of data during a 12 hour backup window it's getting harder to make the SMB label stick.
New Xerox E-Discovery Tool Helps Attorneys Connect Witnesses, Case Details Contained in E-mail
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
Using Xerox Litigation Services' E-mail Analytics, law firms and in-house counsel can simplify the discovery process and build stronger cases by instantly uncovering relevant correspondence and key witnesses within specific time periods.
Avaya Announces Agreements to Purchase Nortel's Enterprise Solutions Business
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
Avaya today announced that it has signed agreements to purchase Nortel's enterprise solutions business for US$475 million. Avaya believes the agreements are a significant step in strengthening its leadership in business communications and positioning the company to effectively deliver industry leading enterprise communications solutions to customers around the globe.
Data Domain Introduces DD880 Enterprise Deduplication Storage System
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
Data Domain announced the Data Domain DD880, the industry's highest performance inline deduplication storage system for enterprise backup and archive applications.
Data Domain Launches DD880; Improves Management
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
Data Domain claims 5.4 TB/hr back-up speed with the capacity of 71TB capacity with the potential for 3.5 PB after deduplication. The DD880 is powered by a 4way Intel processor and has redundant 10gb and 1gb Ethernet ports, redundant dual port 4gb Fiber Channel for VTL, redundant, hot swappable power supplies.
Cavium Networks Debuts NITROX DPI Family of Layer 7 Content Processors With Market Leading Performance
News  |  7/20/2009  | 
NITROX DPI CN17xx Family Uses Cavium's Innovative 3rd Generation Deep Packet Inspection Technology; Delivers 4 to 20 Gbps performance independent of pattern rule-set size, with support for very large number of patterns for future-proofing designs
Avaya Antes Up $475 Million For Nortels Networking Line
Commentary  |  7/20/2009  | 
Light is finally being seen in the dark tunnel that Nortel customers recently experienced. Avaya plans to acquire its rivals network equipment business unit and establish itself more firmly as a top provider of unified communications products to small and medium businesses. However, the fate of Nortels switch and router product lines is less clear.
HP Snaps up IBRIX
Commentary  |  7/18/2009  | 
Just when I thought the spring M&A frenzy was shaking out with EMC winning the Data Domain bidding war and Emulex fighting off Broadcom's advances HP announced this morning that they're buying cluster file server and scale-out NAS vendor IBRIX for an undisclosed sum. HP now has multiple scale-out solutions since they bought Windows scale-out specialist Polyserve in 2007.
HP Acquires IBRIX to Extend Scale-out Storage Capabilities to Global Customers
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
HP and IBRIX today announced a definitive agreement for HP to acquire IBRIX, a leading provider of enterprise-class file serving software that includes data protection, high-availability features and data management services for extreme scale-out, cloud and high-performance computing deployments.
Alcatel-Lucent First To Introduce 100 Gigabit Ethernet Capabilities At The Service Provider Edge
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
Leverages silicon innovations to deliver massive bandwidth where it is needed most, offering industry-leading speed, services support and power efficiency
Cloud Storage Infrastructure's Next Wave
Commentary  |  7/17/2009  | 
Cloud infrastructures are the back-end to the cloud. They are what the providers of the customer facing cloud service will eventually host their applications or services on, store their data on and they are what local applications like backup and archive software will augment as an additional tier of storage.
Interface Masters Technologies Announces 10 Gigabit Aggregation Tap For 10ge Networks
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
Niagara 3212 introduces a new type of Aggregation TAP with the ability to Monitor 10 Gigabit Networks using multiple configurations
ECM System Gradually Spread Tentacles Throughout Organization
News  |  7/17/2009  | 
Buncombe County (N.C.) found itself awash in paper documents that were difficult to track and even harder to secure. To fix the problem, the county decided to purchase an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system. Gradually, that decision impacted a handful of departments, and further expansion looms on the horizon. The county's tale illustrates the far reaching effects an ECM purchase often has on an organization.
Cisco Lays Off Hundreds Of Workers
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Some 600-700 employees in Cisco's headquarters got pink slips, part of an ongoing restructuring and cost-cutting effort.
Disposing of old media
Commentary  |  7/16/2009  | 
Discovering boxes of old backup tapes and hard drives when a client finally got around to cleaning out their PC graveyard and a press release pitching an NSA certified CD declassifier have me thinking about the process of media disposal. While I've always found a little thermite to be effective I understand that violent exothermic reactions aren't everyone's cup of tea. So how should you dispose of old tapes and disks?
Notes on a Nine Year Study of File System and Storage Benchmarking
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Benchmarks are most often used to provide an idea of how fast some piece of software or hardware runs. The results can significantly add to, or detract from, the value of a product (be it monetary or otherwise). For example, they may be used by potential consumers in purchasing decisions, or by researchers to help determine a system's worth.
SenSage Announces Cloud-Based Event Data Warehouse Offering
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
SenSage Announces Cloud-Based Event Data Warehouse Offering
IBM Beats Q2 Estimates, Raises Guidance
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Big Blue's second quarter earnings performance defies analysts' forecasts.
AIIM Study Reveals Document Capture Produces Rapid And Considerable Cost Savings
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
EMC-sponsored research highlights the value of electronic documents for compliance, improved customer service, space-saving and speed of information access
Isilon Sets Performance Bar With First-Ever Scale-Out NAS SPECsfs2008 Benchmark Results
News  |  7/16/2009  | 
Isilon iq s-series delivers more than 46,000 Specsfs2008 iops to power highest-performance file-based data applications
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