Why The FCC Is Important To You
As an organization, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may not seem as relevant as the WiFi Alliance or as technologically astute as the standards folks at the IEEE, but the FCC is becoming ever more important to the IT community on a number of fronts. The agency is a worthy subject of study for anyone who cares about pending changes in the wireless world.
SEC Charges Wyly Brothers With Illegal Stock Trading
Sam and Charles Wyly, longtime computer industry figures who sold Sterling Software to Computer Associates for $4 billion in 2000, are charged with using secret overseas accounts to generate more than $550 million in illegal stock trades.
Slideshow: Network-Attached Storage
NAS products from QNAP, Buffalo Technology, Apple, Iomega, and Seagate, in this image gallery to accompany our article "Network-Attached Storage User's Guide."
Aprigo Turns GoogleDocs Into An Enterprise Application
The great thing about GoogleDocs is that it's free. The even better thing about GoogleDocs is that storage is also free. The bad thing about GoogleDocs is that it lacks all of the controls IT demands, such as security, backup and recovery, at least until now. Aprigo, Inc. introduced Aprigo NINJA for Google Docs. The tool enables IT to provide data governance for unstructured data in the company's Google Apps domain. With Aprigo Ninja, IT managers can view and approve permissions, as well as defi
Windows Server 2008: A WAN Op Strategy
Bluecoat, Citrix, F5, Riverbed and other similar vendors all offer highly functional and well performing WAN Optimization appliances. Unfortunately, those high-end solutions can be either overkill or over budget for some organizations. So, instead of buying the whole pizza, why not try a slice first?
IBM Acquires Storwize
IBM has confirmed its acquisition of Storwize, a storage optimization company that compresses data to save disk space. IBM did not disclose the purchase price, but earlier reports put the acquisition at $140 million. IBM says the deal will close in the third quarter of 2010. The Storwize acquisition gives IBM inline compression for primary storage. IBM says data reduction rates can reach as high as 50 percent with zero impact on performance. In addition to Storwize's technology, IBM also picks
A Small Step For VMware, A Giant Leap For iSCSI
On July 13, VMware announced the introduction of vSphere 4.1 to "advance the foundation for cloud computing." Advancing the foundation of cloud computing is then broken down into five sets of enhancements. Within the category of enhancements called "increased performance through open integration with storage environments," lies a diamond in the rough. It's where you find that vSphere 4.1 enables 10Gb iSCSI hardware offload.
Unified Communications And Social Media Reap Real Benefits
Enterprises continue to dance with social media, a recent study from Siemens shows. If corporate decision makers can get past the hype surrounding social media, they are left with a number of practical questions that relate to the success of social media integration. What are the realistic goals of social media integration? What are the parameters of effective implementation? How predictable and immediate are the benefits?
Network-Attached Storage User's Guide
Features on the latest NAS devices transform them into full-featured, multi-purpose computing devices which can act as media, print, and file servers, surveillance devices, and Web hosts.
What Storage System? It Depends.
When at a storage event or even responding to comments, every so often a specific question comes up about which protocol, drive type, backup application should a user implement for their specific environment. The answer that should come back most often is "it depends" because that's the truth.The reality is that for most situations, you can get almost anything to work. Its a matter of how hard you have to work at it.
Global DataGuard Unveils Next Generation 10Gb Network Behavior Analysis And Intrusion Detection/Prevention Modules
Global DataGuard, the premier provider of network behavior analysis-based (NBA) Unified Enterprise Security (UES), today announced the availability of 10Gb security devices to meet the growing demand of customers moving to higher speed networks. The Detection + Prevention Module (DPM) and Behavioral Correlation Module (BCM) are among the first appliances to utilize the next generation Xeon hardware platform, providing up to 2.5 times more memory bandwidth and twice the energy efficiency of other
Hitachi ID Systems Releases Password Manager 7.0
Hitachi ID Systems, Inc., a leading provider of identity and access management solutions, has released Password Manager 7.0, the market's first true authentication management platform, able to manage any and every authentication factor employed by a corporate user.
Dell Leads Trio Of Partners Offering SMB Security
Dell is partnering with Juniper Networks and a security services firm called SecureWorks to offer a portfolio of solutions aimed at the small-to-medium-sized business market, which is increasingly facing the same security issues as enterprises without the same budgets. Dell announced Wednesday that it is introducing the Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance line that combines general system management features with specific end-point security features, such as vulnerability assessment and remedia
Tech Field Day Part II: NEC Shows Off HydraStor
The last stop on the geek tour at Tech Field Day Seattle was NEC's Seattle office where we got a live demo of their HydraStor deduplicating backup system. For a product no one ever heard of, HydraStor is pretty darn impressive. You can buy a small HydraStor that can ingest 500MB/s to 12TB of disk and grow it to suck in over 25GB/s of backup data, dedupe it inline, and store it on up to 1.3PB of raw disk. That's much bigger than a DD880.
IP Addresses Predicted To Be Exhausted In 2011
The current IPv4 protocol has fewer than 231.5 million addresses left, but the industry has been slow to adopt IPv6, which accommodates virtually unlimited unique identifiers. With less than a year's worth of Internet addresses left, the call for the technology industry to move faster to adopt the next-generation Internet protocol is growing louder.
Verizon-Secret Service Breach Report Focuses On External Attacks
Insiders were at least partly responsible for nearly half the data breaches investigated by Verizon Business and the U.S. Secret Service in 2009, but external attacks continue to account an overwhelming majority of records stolen, according to the 2010 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report. The third annual report is the first to include data from the Secret Service, which accounts for a substantial increase (26 percent) in reported insider attacks over the previous year. However, more than 1
iPass Open Mobile Platform To Set Enterprise Mobility Standard For Nokia Employees Worldwide
iPass, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise mobility services, today announced that Nokia is migrating to the iPass Open Mobile Platform to provide enterprise mobility services for its employees. Since 2005, Nokia has used iPass as part of its enterprise mobility strategy for connecting mobile workers. This new contract makes the iPass Open Mobile client the company-wide connection manager of choice for all of Nokia's employees worldwide, working remotely or via on-campus Wi-Fi in the workplac
Compellent Fluid Data Storage And VMware vSphere 4.1 Provide Self-Managing, Next-Generation Cloud Computing
Compellent announced the integration and certification of its Fluid Data storage platforms with VMware vSphere 4.1, the latest version of the award-winning VMware virtualization platform. VMware vSphere 4.1 offers dramatic scalability and performance enhancements with new management capabilities to deliver the most powerful foundation for cloud infrastructures. The combination of Compellent virtualized storage and VMware vSphere 4.1 provides a foundation for automated, scalable and cost-effectiv
F5 Teams With Oracle To Streamline Access Management
F5 Networks, Inc, the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced that the F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) solution can now integrate with Oracle Identity Management. Specifically, Oracle Access Manager, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, can be paired with BIG-IP APM's access control capabilities for web applications. By integrating F5 and Oracle technologies, customers gain a centralized point of enforcement to simplify access control and auditing.
Numerex Unveils Its Global Gateway To Secure M2M
Numerex Corp, a leading single source provider of secure machine-to-machine (M2M) products and services, today announced that it has entered into agreements with global telecom infrastructure providers and wireless network operators that allow it to expand the reach of its network and application service platforms to over 200 countries worldwide.
2010 Data Breach Report From Verizon Business, U.S. Secret Service Offers New Cybercrime Insights
The 2010 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, based on a first-of-its kind collaboration with the U.S. Secret Service, has found that breaches of electronic records last year involved more insider threats, greater use of social engineering and the continued strong involvement of organized criminal groups. The study, released Wednesday (July 28), also noted that the overall number of breaches investigated last year declined from the total for the previous year - "a promising" indication, th
Tech Field Day, Part One: Nimble Storage
I had the good fortune last week to spend two days in the company of a dozen independent bloggers, pundits, geeks and other thought leaders in storage, networking and virtualization at GestaltIT's Seattle tech field day. We sat, not so politely, through the usual death by PowerPoint and live demos from a series of vendors ranging from those I knew well (F5 and Compellent) to those like Nimble Storage, a start-up brave enough to come out of stealth in front of the Tech Field Day crowd.
StoredIQ Makes E-Discovery User-Friendly
StoredIQ has updated its Intelligent Information Management (IIM) Platform appliance to make it easier for attorneys to use in electronic discovery. Version 6.0 includes features such as workflow, giving attorneys a step-by-step guide to using the software, as well as the ability to perform real-time analysis on data in its native location rather than having to download the data and then look at it. IIM also calculates the cost of downloading data for cost-benefit analyses. StoredIQ has enhanced
Airwide Solutions Unveils AirMessenger Rapid Service Platform
Airwide Solutions, a provider of next-generation mobile messaging infrastructure, applications and solutions, today announced a new offering designed to help operators cost-efficiently and rapidly launch core mobile messaging services or new applications, all while enhancing revenue and profitability. AirMessenger Rapid Service Platform (RSP) is applicable for operators launching applications, like mobile banking services, or for launching core network services, such as SMS and MMS. Using AirMes
Xyratex Expands Product Portfolio
Xyratex Ltd, a leading provider of enterprise class data storage subsystems and storage process technology, announced today that it has expanded its product portfolio to include Hard Disk Drive (HDD) recording head slider and head gimbal assembly automation and metrology equipment. This expanded product portfolio coincided with the recent acquisition of the assets, as well as the development teams based in Valencia, California and Singapore, of OSC (Optical Systems Corporation and Optical System
LSI Expands 6Gb/s SAS Family With New High Port Count Storage Adapters
LSI Corporation today launched in the channel new high port count 6Gb/s SATA+SAS MegaRAID and 3ware RAID controller cards and host bus adapters (HBAs). The new storage adapters support both internal storage and external JBOD expansion to provide customers with a scalable and reliable solution to address the growing storage requirements in application environments ranging from cloud computing and video streaming to high-performance computing and general-purpose servers.
AT&T Announces New Managed Security Features
Building on its position as a leader in managed security, AT&T, a leader in managed cloud based security, today has announced two separate enhancements to its suite of cloud-based security services - the launch of AT&T Security Center, a new Web-based security administration tool that is accessible via the AT&T BusinessDirect Portal, as well as enhancements to AT&T Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) defense protection.
Open Source Release Of 'Hibari,' A Database For Big Data
Gemini Mobile Technologies announced at Wireless Japan 2010 in Tokyo that it will release Hibari (meaning Cloud Bird in Japanese) as open source. Hibari is a database optimized for the highly reliable, highly available storage of massive data, so-called Big Data. Hibari can be used in Cloud Computing Applications such as web mail, Social Networking Services (SNS), and other services requiring storage of tera-bytes and peta-bytes of new daily data.
CA Technologies And SAP Reduce The Risk In Risk Management
CA Technologies and SAP recently announced a collaborative partnership to help their customers better manage risk and compliance initiatives across both business and IT infrastructure processes. That has the potential of both reducing the risk in risk management, as well as the risk in not being compliant. Before we examine the CA Technologies and SAP partnership specifically, let's consider its broader context. Beyond the "real" physical world our five senses were designed to perceive lies the
Dole Gets A Fresh Perspective On IT With Application Performance Management
For Dole Food Company, the ability to produce, transport and deliver fresh fruits and vegetables around the world is its heritage and its future. Vital to these operations are a number of mission-critical applications, including an ERP system, an equipment and pallet tracking system, and Dole's Maritime Port Management system. These applications must perform at optimal capacity at all times. To ensure that happens, the company has implemented an end-to-end application performance management solu
Tripwire Adds Remediation Manager To Enterprise 8.0
Tripwire has added a feature called Remediation Manager to their Enterprise 8.0, a product that already protects and identifies changes to the network that may create security risks. Remediation Manager adds the capability to correct those changes automatically. When Enterprise 8.0 detects configuration changes or changes in files that conflict with policy, Remediation Manager automatically makes the necessary changes to bring the system back into compliance with the security requirements of ind
HP's Cookie Cutter Data Center: Flexible DC
HP sees a future in flexible, modular data center designs. FlexDC from HP's Critical Facilities Services division is a modular data center design that covers all the physical requirements including building, cooling and electrical power. Similar to the design build methodology used in retail and warehouse building where a company contracts for a fixed amount of square footage at a location and takes the keys when it is complete, HP Flex Data Center is built from predefined components, shipped to
AT&T Expands Wi-Fi Hotzones Trial
Following the success of the Time Square trial, AT&T has announced the launch of a free Wi-Fi hotzone in downtown Charlotte, NC and plans for another in Chicago.
Vizioncore's Free Management Pack For VMware
Vizioncore, a subsidiary of Quest software, has announced a free, downloadable application that allows users to monitor their VMware systems using Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. The Quest Management Pack for VMware is made up of a combination of features from Vizioncore that provide performance and availability monitoring, capacity trending, and server data collection. Paid product support is available as an additional option that is priced at $99 per socket for one year and $238 pe
Request For Information: Data Center Networking
In the coming months, I am going to be spending a lot of time getting up close and personal with networking vendors' data center product sets. Jim Metzler and I are working on a data center networking RFI that Network Computing will publish, along with the vendor responses, in October. Jim and I are also going to present the results at the Interop NY show in October. I am looking forward to developing the RFI and reviewing the responses. In the last two years, there have been a ton of changes in
SSD Failure Rates
Ever since SSD drives began their slow march to mainstream storage, there has been a constant chorus over concerns about SSD failure rates and questions on if the technology was ready for the enterprise. Most of the concern lies around how many writes a SSD drive can sustain. Vendors of enterprise SSD drives have gone to great lengths to make sure that today's SSD drives used in the data center will not have premature write issues. With the improvements in the quality of the NAND and the capabil
Application Performance Management: Laying The Groundwork
This week I was working with a client, we will call him Jim, who was telling me about their mission critical business application. It's primarily a billing system, but also has service catalog and fairly detailed security and reporting modules built into the system. As a web-based application, the backend database is distributed and the application services just under 2,000 users. The CIO is seeking to establish key performance indicators around the application including performance metrics and