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Content posted in July 2012
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The Importance of Inbound QoS Grows
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
As SaaS and cloud adoption grow, the need for organizations to take the reins and manage inbound QoS on their own has never been greater.
Olympics Lessons For Social Media Strategists
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
London's Olympic Games are generating enormous interest on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks. Look to the Games for new ways to bolster your own social media strategies.
IBM Launches Advanced Threat Detection Appliances
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Security monitoring devices help enterprises reduce risk by controlling the applications, sites, and online services accessed by employees.
Overcome Cost Challenges Of VDI
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs) place new demands on the storage systems that support them. Here's how you can cut those costs.
Calling Xsigo Software-Defined Networking Doesn't Make It So
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Oracle snapped up Xsigo today. The technology is a great fit for Oracle clusters, but it's not software-defined networking.
Oracle Acquires Xsigo, Fills Networking Technology Hole
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Virtual networking startup Xsigo Systems brings Oracle expertise in building high-performance clusters and virtual networks. Meanwhile, Cisco increasingly finds itself alone in data center networking.
4 Bandwidth Management Tips For SMBs
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
An expert explains how to identify and eliminate data hogs from your company's network.
Who Owns Your Big Data?
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Big data may be set to take off in the enterprise, but the laws protecting it have a long way to go.
11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
When good people make bad language choices on social media, it's not pretty.
Is Intel's Romley for You? Getting the Most Out of the Xeon E5-2600
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Intel's Xeon E5-2600 supports PCIe 3.0. The increase in performance can substantial, but it can also be lost if I/O peripherals aren't up to the task. Here are the details on the new Romley chips and how to best take advantage of them.
The State of Data Storage Management: 2011 vs. 2012
Slideshows  |  7/27/2012  | 
In 2011, data storage management was all about centralization and consolidation. Now, the tide has turned to data reliability, security and performance. Learn why.
What's Next For Facebook
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Facebook's first earnings report as a public company was a mixed bag. Do you agree with our experts about what's next for the social network?
Facebook Reports $1.18 Billion Revenue, Mobile Progress
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Revenue is up 32% compared with $895 million in the same period last year. Meanwhile, Facebook said its nascent 'sponsored story' product is showing good results and could translate into mobile advertising.
Big Data Means Big Storage Choices
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
It's tough to keep up with what big data you'd like to store, especially when much of the data is unstructured text from outside--perhaps from blogs, wikis, surveys, social networks, and manufacturing systems.
Twitter Goes Down, Bounces Back
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Second outage in a little more than a month disrupts service.
Those Free Mobile Apps May Come at a Price: The Latest BYOD Threat
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Research from Black Hat shows that even legitimate mobile apps can still pose threats. Researchers share why, and how companies can address enterprise app security.
Find Sensitive Data In Cloud Before Criminals Do
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Free "Diggity" data mining tools, being released this week, can identify and extract sensitive information from popular cloud-based services like Dropbox and Google Docs.
Novell Jumps Into the Mobile Device Management Pool--Again
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
Novell's new ZenWorks Mobile Management aims to help enterprises manage their own devices and BYOD policies. Here's a look at what it offers, and where it may fall short for some.
Symantec CEO Swap: Security Opinions From Black Hat
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
What's next at Symantec following its replacement of CEO Enrique Salem with chairman Steve Bennett? Black Hat attendees say the company stands at a crossroads.
5 Facebook Rivals Hot On Its Heels
Slideshows  |  7/25/2012  | 
As Facebook tackles big challenges, its competitors are increasingly drawing new users and increased participation. Take a look at who's nipping at the heels of Facebook's success.
BMC Aims to Provide Private Cloud Accounting--Are You?
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
New lifecycle and operations management capabilities enable enterprises to better understand how cloud IT resources are consumed--but is it time for chargeback/trackback?
Black Hat: 6 Lessons To Tighten Enterprise Security
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Opening the Black Hat conference, former FBI executive assistant director says businesses can learn from how the FBI now fights terrorists.
Proximal Unveils First SSD Cache for VMware's vSphere
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
To date, server-side SSD caching products include drivers for Windows or Linux. Proximal now supports the hypervisor directly, allowing features like vMotion and Live Migration to work as intended.
Two MDM Vendors Make Tablets Into Purpose-Specific Devices
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
MDM vendors Soti and AirWatch add features to tightly lock down tablets. Here's how one company is making a business from the technology.
How To Stop Storage Node Sprawl
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
Many IT departments deal with capacity demands in scale-out storage by adding nodes. That may not be the best way to fix the problem.
Will Broadband Internet Metering Hurt SMBs?
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
As some major ISPs test usage-based Internet service plans, startups and other smaller companies worry that "metering" could adversely affect how they do business.
Juniper, Riverbed Announce Joint Product Development Deal
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Juniper Pulse and the company's multiservice router will both get an infusion of Riverbed technology, with products to be released next year.
HP Brings Just-in-Time Discovery to Cloud Computing
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
HP's Configuration Management System 10 provides enterprises with a better view of logical and physical dependencies in the data center to improve management and scaling of cloud services.
VMware Finally Gets a Network Strategy
Commentary  |  7/24/2012  | 
After some ill-fated attempts, VMware has left private cloud networking to its partner Cisco. By purchasing Nicira, the company regains control of its virtual network strategy in a big way.
Survey: BYOD Security Policies Must Also Address Privacy
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
More employees are using mobile devices--that doesn't mean they want the company poking into their personal information. Learn why BYOD security policies must tackle privacy.
Proximal, Texas Memory Release Server Acceleration Tools
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
VMware acceleration supplier Proximal Data exits stealth mode, while Texas Memory releases bootable PCIe Flash drive firmware.
VMware Buys Nicira: Validates Software-Defined Networking as Strategy
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
VMware makes a strong move into network virtualization, but at what cost to its relationship with Cisco? We take a look at VMware's latest move toward a software-defined data center.
VMware Buys Nicira: Start Of Networking Wars?
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
VMware's $1.26 billion bid for OpenFlow startup Nicira may herald a new round of competition between physical, virtual network switch vendors.
Five Steps to Building a Private Cloud
Commentary  |  7/23/2012  | 
Taking a staged approach to building a private cloud helps ensure success along the way. Here's how to break it down.
Seven Habits of Highly Successful Enterprise App Stores
News  |  7/23/2012  | 
What does it take to launch a successful enterprise app store? Get seven tips to help you evolve your application management tactics.
Five Reasons Why You Need an Enterprise App Store
News  |  7/23/2012  | 
BYOD policies are great--but now that mobile device management is a priority, what about the applications on those devices? Learn why an enterprise app store may be just what you need.
Meraki's Managed Wireless Gets Stronger Security, But ...
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
Meraki's new code release includes the Air Marshal security module as well as several other features. If you're new to managed wireless, however, here are some things to note.
Amazon.com DDoS Attacker Busted In Cyprus
News  |  7/20/2012  | 
Attacker and accomplice allegedly also launched botnet-driven attacks against eBay and Priceline, then offered to fix the problem.
Storage Goes Scaled Out, Solid State, And Cloud-Enabled
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
New innovative products may be a better fit for today’s enterprise storage than monolithic systems.
Compliance In The Cloud Era
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
Just as we're finally getting to a good place with controls, a new pressure is emerging, say the 422 respondents to our 2012 Regulatory Compliance Survey.
From Apple to VMware: The Lab Schools' Virtualized Environment
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
The University of Chicago Lab Schools had to abandon its Apple server infrastructure; here's how it launched a virtualized environment and cut its server count in half.
EMC and VMware's Leadership Shuffle: Beginning of the End?
Commentary  |  7/19/2012  | 
VMware's independence contributed greatly to its dominance. A tighter tie to EMC may spell bad news for IT pros.
Which Scale-Out Storage Architecture Is Best?
Commentary  |  7/19/2012  | 
The future of solid-state storage is scale out, according to our contributor. But which approach should you take with your scale-out storage architecture?
Fortune 500 CEOs Shy Away From Social
Commentary  |  7/18/2012  | 
70% of Fortune 500 CEOs have zero presence on social networks, according to new report. Perhaps newly minted Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, with her 183,022 Twitter followers, will inspire them.
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