On Large Drives And RAID
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
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.
HP Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results
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.
The Challenges Of Wi-Fi Guest Access
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
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
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
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
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...
Brocade Reports Q3 FY 2009 Results
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
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.
Verizon Business Helps Customers Unlock The Power Of Virtualization
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.
Diino Shares Cloud Backup Product With Partners
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
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
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
Enterprise communications is always going to be a complex system--not a mere application or even a mere collection of applications.
Clearwell Offers Complete E-Discovery Solution With New Modules
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
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
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.
ECM Market Girds For Major Changes
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
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.
NextIO I/O Virtualization Solutions Now Support Intel's 1G And 10G Ethernet Controllers
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.
Zmanda Sees The Sunshine In Cloud Backup
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
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
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.
VMware Moves To Next Level Of Enterprise Virtualization
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
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
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)
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.