Expert Analysis
Content posted in August 2009
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Teradata Virtual Storage "Temperature Aware" Software Is Newest Innovation In Data Warehousing
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Virtual storage automatically and intelligently manages data placement while enabling system performance to remain high and predictable as data grows
On Large Drives And RAID
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
Xyratex's recent announcement that they've qualified Hitachi's 2 TB nearline drive for their disk systems got me thinking about how the RAID techniques of the past don't really address the needs of systems with many ginormous drives. As drives get bigger I worry that basic RAID-5 protection isn't sufficient for these beasts.
Culling Unneeded Data Saves Time And Money
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Knowing which information to share with partners is critical, and there are many technological aids to safe information sharing. Sometimes, though, knowing which information NOT to share can be just as critical for business and economic reasons. FTI has released a new appliance, RingTail QuickCull, to help companies when it comes to deciding what information should be shared with legal teams during pre-trail and discovery operations.
3Par Saves Mary Kay 50 Percent In Storage Capacity With A Utility Storage Makeover
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Cosmetics giant reduces storage costs by 20 percent and administration time by 60 percent with 3Par
HP Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
HP today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2009, with net revenue of $27.5 billion, down 2% from a year earlier and up 4% when adjusted for the effects of currency.
F5 Study Shows Cloud Computing Gaining Critical Mass Among Large Enterprises
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Survey reveals more than 80% of large enterprise IT managers are at least in trial stage for cloud computing initiatives; study also highlights key concerns with cloud adoption
Column Technologies Selects Savvis To Deploy Web-Based Test And Development Environment
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Global provider of infrastructure management and business intelligence solutions using Savvis Virtual Lab for customer testing
FTI Technology Launches Ringtail QuickCull Appliance For In-House E-Discovery
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Global leader empowers corporations to reduce complexity and cost for the entire e-discovery process
The Challenges Of Wi-Fi Guest Access
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
Earlier today, I was passing by a conference room in the building where I work on the Syracuse University campus. One of our business partners from a local technology incubator was sitting in the conference room working on his laptop computer, trying to make productive use of his time before a meeting. Performance was indeed abysmal, reminiscent of the days of dialup networking. Needless to say, it didn't leave our visitor, someone we very much want to spend time on campus, feeling very good abo
Brocade Q3: Sharp Vision And Execution
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
During Brocade's Q3 conference call, CEO Mike Klayko sized up the "IP Ethernet Market" consisting of layer 2-3 switches, service provider routers and enterprise routers, at $34.5 billion. He pointed out that if Brocade wins 1% more of market share, it would grow by $300 million. All things considered, I believe that Mr. Klayko and Brocade are good for that 1% because they've demonstrated sharp vision and execution.
From The Moon To The Cloud
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
CloudNAS is the Nirvanix software that allows client users and applications to see the cloud storage as just another NAS system sitting on the network. Tudor says that the cloud architecture of the backup means that researchers could continue working to analyze the data, even in a worst-case scenario.
Now U See Me, Now U Don't
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
After speaking with a number of storage and server vendors this week, it has become apparent to me that Emulex's much talked about "UCNA" is nowhere to be found. Some vendors who have standardized on Emulex's FC stack are growing increasingly concerned that their sole dependence on Emulex is causing them to be late to the game with FCoE. This means greater opportunities for Brocade and QLogic, who, as I mentioned in my previous blog, are well ahead of Emulex and its UCNA.
Cloud Storage as a Final Resting Place
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
For most IT professionals, the concern around keeping specific copies of data occurs when that data has particular value. The motivation to pay attention to this data comes from a government regulation, corporate governance or there is potential for a...
3 In 4 Canadians Oppose Nortel Deal
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
Poll results show public disfavor, but Nortel's sale of its CDMA/LTE unit to Ericsson is proceeding apace.
Sonus NetScore Offers Customers Improved Network Performance Through Real Time Network Analysis And Reporting
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
Sonus Networks Inc., providing network transformation through IP communications technology, today announced the availability of Sonus NetScore(TM), a new network performance analyzer that enables customers to increase operational efficiencies, reduce infrastructure costs and maximize return on investment.
Brocade Reports Q3 FY 2009 Results
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
Brocade today reported financial results for its third fiscal quarter, which ended August 1, 2009. Brocade reported Q3 revenues of $493.3 million, reflecting 35 percent year-over-year growth.
LeCroy Announces Industry-First Single-Source Comprehensive SuperSpeed USB Test Suite
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
LeCroy Corporation, a worldwide leader in serial data test solutions, today announced the launch of the industry's first single-source lineup of test instruments to comprehensively support the USB (Universal Serial Bus) 3.0 standard, also known as SuperSpeed USB. The LeCroy USB 3.0 Test Suite is an integrated selection of test instruments that addresses all transmitter, receiver, TDR and protocol tests currently defined in the Universal Serial Bus 3.0 specification.
Survey Reveals Mainframe Persists As Cornerstone of Multi-Tier Enterprise Computing
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
CA today announced the results of a survey highlighting the persistent appeal of the mainframe as a cornerstone platform for multi-tier enterprise computing-as well as the specific attributes of the mainframe platform that IT managers find most compelling.
Verizon Business Helps Customers Unlock The Power Of Virtualization
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
With virtualization in high demand by enterprises looking to boost efficiency and flexibility while controlling costs, Verizon Business is offering a series of tips for effectively planning and organizing the often-complex of task of implementing virtualization technology.
Apparent Networks Joins The VMware Technology Alliance Program (TAP)
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Apparent Networks to use VMware Technology Alliance support and resources to accelerate development of network performance management tools for virtual service delivery
Diino Shares Cloud Backup Product With Partners
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Cloud storage vendor Diino has rolled out a partnership program for their backup and recovery solutions. Known as White Label Backup & Recovery, the program enables telcom service providers, ISPs and other partners to offer cloud backup services under their own brand, with a unique look and feel.
Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2008 R2
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has released Windows Server 2008 R2 to volume licensees who subscribe to Microsoft's Software Assurance program. The new server operating system, released to business users, includes a number of integration points with Windows 7.
Microsoft WINS Still Under Attack
Commentary  |  8/20/2009  | 
A Windows Internet Name Service vulnerability, which Microsoft has patched, remains in the news following an alert from the SANS Institute of what it believes is a rising level of attacks on TCP Port 42 (the port commonly used for WINS).
UC for Free
Commentary  |  8/20/2009  | 
Enterprise communications is always going to be a complex system--not a mere application or even a mere collection of applications.
The SCO Group Releases Virtualized Version Of Popular OpenServer 5.0.7 UNIX Operating System
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
OpenServer 5.0.7V optimized for VMware allows customers to take advantage of the latest hardware and application environments.
AFORE Unveils Long Distance Virtualization
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Virtual Fiber and Virtual Wire Technology Enables Virtualization between Data Centers for Enterprises and Cloud Service Providers
Memory Industry Leader Dataram To Unveil Data Storage Acceleration Product Line
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Dataram Corporation [NASDAQ:DRAM], a worldwide leader of advanced memory solutions, today announced plans to launch a unique storage product line that will deliver application performance improvements as well as cost savings without the need for an expensive storage upgrade or replacement.
Clearwell Offers Complete E-Discovery Solution With New Modules
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
Clearwell Systems has rolled out three new modules for its Clearwell E-Discovery Platform. Along with enhancements to its Processing & Analysis module, version 5.0 also adds optional modules for Pre-Processing, Review and Production. With the new modules installed, the Clearwell platform provides an end-to-end solution for managing e-discovery and legal requests.
SpringSource Launches The Enterprise Java Cloud
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
SpringSource, the leader in Java application infrastructure and management, today introduced SpringSource Cloud Foundry, a new Enterprise Java Cloud offering that enables developers to deploy and manage Spring, Grails and Java applications within a public cloud environment. SpringSource is the first vendor to offer a self-service, pay-as-you-go, public cloud deployment platform for full-feature Java web applications that unifies the entire build, run and manage application lifecycle for Java.
Managing Archives for eDiscovery
Commentary  |  8/19/2009  | 
The e-Discovery identification/collection process is no slam dunk. With huge volumes of corporate data to search through - and little time in which to do it - identification and collection can be extremely challenging.
Could What Might Have Been The Biggest Data Breach In U.S. History Have Been Prevented?
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
Regardless of Current Regulations, the Best Way to Protect Personal and Financial Information Is To Avoid Giving It Up in the First Place By Using a Secure Payment Agent That Renders Data Useless and Untraceable If Stolen
Broadweave Networks And Veracity Communications Merger Expands Local Offerings
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
New company Veracity Networks positioned to be the premier, local provider of telecommunications
Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) Deploys Wyse Technology To Green Its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
Economics and Environment Combine as Wyse Virtual Clients Replace PCs and Extend Virtualization to the Desktop
ECM Market Girds For Major Changes
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
The recent market changes have created opportunities for smaller vendors to loosen the grip that the established ECM suppliers have had on the market. As a result after a period of relative calm, the ECM could now be poised for a time filled with dramatic changes.
Cloud Storage Stability
Commentary  |  8/19/2009  | 
Every week or so one major internet service or another goes down for a moment, Amazon S3, Google Apps, Twitter etc... As a result I get a few emails using this as proof that the cloud is not reliable for business storage. While I agree that various providers have to improve their uptime, this does not mean that the whole cloud needs to be thrown out.
IT Operating, Capital Budgets To Dip
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
U.S. enterprises this year are expected to lower IT capital and operating budgets an average of 3%, market researcher says.
NextIO I/O Virtualization Solutions Now Support Intel's 1G And 10G Ethernet Controllers
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NextIO (www.nextio.com), the premier provider of next-generation I/O solutions, today announced that its I/O virtualization (IOV) solutions now support Intel's 1G and 10G Ethernet Controllers. NextIO is the industry leader in providing intelligent, rack-optimized I/O virtualization solutions based on high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) switching technology.
HP Profits Fall 19%, But Business Stabilizing
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
Revenue declined in nearly every business unit, including PCs, storage, and servers and printers. But Hewlett-Packard is looking ahead to a fourth-quarter turnaround.
Zmanda Sees The Sunshine In Cloud Backup
Commentary  |  8/18/2009  | 
Among the rays of sunshine in the current economic climate are the innovations and acquisitions of the large information infrastructure companies. They are not immune to the recession, but they are taking advantage of the situation to better position themselves for the future. Smaller companies also contribute to this market dynamism in more targeted contexts. One of those companies is Zmanda which sees a silver economic lining in cloud backup.
Motorola Boosts WLAN Security
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
The wireless network security product enables IT departments to simulate hacker attacks on their WLANs to spot and fix vulnerabilities.
Log Management Takes Center Stage In Global DataGuard Enhancements
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
Global DataGuard, a provider of enterprise Unified Threat Management (UTM), has beefed up its log file management by enhancing its Firewall/Syslog Module (FSM) technology with the release of version 3.4. The new version provides increased storage - up to 1.5 terabytes of onboard storage - as well as advanced search capabilities for locating and analyzing specific log events over vast periods of time and more sophisticated log parsing and alerting.
Recommind Powers Proactive Information Management With Automated Categorization Solution
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
MindServer Categorization Helps Enterprises Dramatically Reduce the Information Risks and Costs Associated With Records Management, eDiscovery and Data Storage
Nissan North America Signs Server And Storage Management Services Agreement With EDS
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EDS, an HP (NYSE:HPQ) company, today announced it has signed a multiyear technology and services agreement with Nissan North America Inc. (NNA) to support new product development and growth while reducing operational costs.
NETGEAR Announces First Gigabit Firewall With DMZ For Small Businesses
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
ProSafe FVS318G 8-Port VPN Firewall Offers Gigabit LAN Speeds, a Software-Selectable DMZ Port and Remote Access for Business-Class Protection, Flexibility and Connection Rates
McAfee, Inc. System Security And Vulnerability Management Products Verified As Citrix Ready
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
McAfee, Inc. (NYSE:MFE) today announced that McAfee, VirusScan, Enterprise, McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise, McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and McAfee Vulnerability Manager have been verified as Citrix Ready.
VMware Moves To Next Level Of Enterprise Virtualization
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
Since introducing virtualization software for lower-end servers in 2001, VMware has continued to expand its virtualization footprint within enterprises and SMBs for a commanding 85% of the enterprise market. The value proposition for its customers has been to reduce server sprawl, energy consumption and licensing costs in data centers--but with most of those objectives met, the ante is being raised.
Brocade And Net One Systems Extend Strategic Business Alliance
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
Brocade and Net One Systems, the largest independent network integrator in Japan, today announced that the companies have agreed to extend their strategic business alliance to help enable the two companies to better address high-growth, emerging opportunities in the data center and service provider networking segments in Japan, particularly in the areas of virtualization and cloud computing.
The Hidden Value Of iSCSI Networks: Over $500 Million And Growing
Commentary  |  8/17/2009  | 
IT Brand Pulse gives credit for the rapid growth of iSCSI to Microsoft, who started shipping an iSCSI software driver with Windows in 2003. There will be 750,000 Ethernet host ports and 1.2 million Ethernet switch ports configured for iSCSI in 2009. An average sales price of $300 per port puts the value of the 1.95 million Ethernet iSCSI host and switch ports that will ship in 2009 at $585 million.
Cybersecurity Challenge: Is Your Network Safe? (Probably Not)
Commentary  |  8/17/2009  | 
Recent criticism of NIST's cybersecurity guidelines for federal agencies raises the logical question: If government networks are at risk, how do I ensure that my operation is protected? One place to start is US-CERT's IT Security Essential Body of Knowledge.
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