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Content posted in August 2009
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Whiteboard Tutorial: FCoE Implementaion
Whiteboard Tutorial: FCoE Implementaion
Network Computing Videos  |  8/10/2009  | 
In our final Whiteboard tutorial on Fibre Channel over Ethernet, Storage Switzerland's George Crump walks us through what an actual implementation of FCoE would look like, including what the tangible benefits will be.
Google Voice Coming To iPhone As Web App
News  |  8/10/2009  | 
The calling service enables users to funnel multiple numbers to a single number, send free SMS messages, and make inexpensive long-distance calls.
IBM ProtecTIER - Plotting Strategy for the Data Deduplication Wars
Commentary  |  8/10/2009  | 
Data deduplication is one of those rare opportunities where the economic and technological benefits are well-recognized so it should come as no surprise that vendors are moving troops into this market as quickly as they can.
QNAP Announces 2 New Ultra-high Performance 4-drive Rack Mounted NAS Servers
News  |  8/10/2009  | 
New models feature up to 8TB capacity, Intel Atom processor 1.6 GHZ CPU and 1 GB DDRII system memory in a 1U rack mounted chassis with optional redundant power supply and a host of high performance
Chelsio Delivers Unified Storage Router For Cost-Effective 10g iSCSI-To-Fibre Channel Storage Networks
News  |  8/10/2009  | 
Atrato selects USR-1000 to leverage IP networks for its V1000 storage systems
Nexsan and FalconStor Collaborate On Efficient Storage
News  |  8/10/2009  | 
SAN vendor Nexsan and de-duplication vendor FalconStor have jointly developed the Nessan DeDupe SG appliance, which uses Nexsans power efficient storage system and FalconStor's deduplication software.
Nexsan and FalconStor Announce Industry's First High-Performance, Power-Efficient Data Deduplication Product Family
News  |  8/10/2009  | 
Disk-based storage innovator and data protection leader team to deliver new nexsan Dedupe SG family to help customers eliminate data redundancy and realize significant storage and energy savings
Emulex Q4: Carpe Diem
Commentary  |  8/9/2009  | 
Given that Emulex also gained Fibre Channel HBA market share in the December quarter, this marks the second time in the last 3 quarters that Emulex has gained market share. It appears that Emulex has indeed seized the day as well as put a stake in the ground in the competition for Fibre Channel HBAs.
IBM 'Smart Analytics System' Aimed at Reinventing Data Warehousing
News  |  8/7/2009  | 
Performance-optimized products combine hardware, database and systems management with optional BI software and applications. IBM promises faster deployment, lower cost and better performance than conventional BI and warehouse deployments.
Report Finds HUD's IT Systems Severely Lacking
News  |  8/7/2009  | 
Outdated, redundant IT systems and paper-based processes are among the problems identified by the Government Accountability Office.
Cloud Computing Isn't The Emperor's New Clothes
Commentary  |  8/7/2009  | 
There is a lot of BS being spewed in the press and by bloggers, analysts, and pundits about cloud computing. There is also the requisite back-lash that cloud is just hype. A commenter on W. David Gardner's news story "'Culture' Biggest Hurdle To Cloud Computing" said "'Cloud' is just the Emperors New Clothes, much like Utility Computing and ILM [information lifecycle management]. Why can't the vendors be honest and admit that 'Cloud Computing' is just outsourcing/hosting?'" Maybe beca
Psst, Wanna Buy Some Used Networking Gear?
Commentary  |  8/7/2009  | 
Cisco got enough grief this week, after announcing a big slide in sales and earnings in its fiscal fourth quarter. Yet you can't criticize the networking giant for its execution and focus, which is why I was surprised to see them dinged in the Wall Street Journal for bypassing the $2-billion market in used networking gear.
Cluster Resources Becomes Adaptive Computing
News  |  8/7/2009  | 
The company behind Moab unified intelligent automation software expands its scope of operations to data center and cloud computing environments
SGI Announces the Scalable Workgroup Cluster
News  |  8/7/2009  | 
The new Cloudrack X2 powers 216 cores in 5-square-foot enclosure; brings scalability, flexibility and efficiency to HPC, graphics and internet applications
Fun With Electronic Redaction
Commentary  |  8/6/2009  | 
In the good old days of simple paper production, redaction was simple. The reviewer read the documents with a black marker in hand and slashed away. Now redaction is a lot -- a LOT-- harder.
Cisco Earnings Turning Around But Still Watch Competition
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
Cisco's earnings call shouldn't be shocking. The market is down and IT is no exception. Year over year, revenue is down for nearly all of Cisco's product lines, except services.
The Cloud As An Extension
Commentary  |  8/6/2009  | 
In my recent series of entries for Byte and Switch, I attempted to categorize cloud storage. Various companies are delivering sub-sections of cloud storage that when stacked together form the solution.
'Culture' Biggest Hurdle To Cloud Computing
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
Business decision makers don't understand the potential value of private clouds, said 76% of surveyed IT executives.
Datalink Launches Multi-Site, Long-Distance Lab Capabilities
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
Virtual and physical site-to-site demos ease access & mirror real-world scenarios
Secure64 And Men & Mice Sign Agreement To Provide Integrated Ip Address Management And Dnssec Signing Solution
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
Secure64 Software Corporation and Men & Mice today announced a joint marketing agreement that will provide U.S. government and international customers with a completely integrated IPAM and Domain Name Security Extensions (DNSSEC) signing solution.
Digi Expands Anywhereusb Product Line With Industry'S First Combined Usb And Serial Over IP Solution And Compact USB Hub
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
Digi extends USB device capabilities in virtualization, retail and healthcare applications
Toshiba Announces Shipments Of 43nm MLC Nand Solid State Drives To Major PC OEMs
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
Second Generation SSD Family Delivers Improved Performance
LSI Next-Generation Preamplifier Ic Delivers Best-In-Class Performance For Hard Disk Drives
News  |  8/6/2009  | 
TrueStore PA2900 serves notebook, desktop and enterprise hard disk drive markets, lowering costs and accelerating time-to-market for HDD manufacturers
Cisco Profits Down, But IT Spending May Be Improving
News  |  8/5/2009  | 
Profits were down 46%, but CEO and Chairman John Chambers said sequential quarter-to-quarter ordering trends show signs of improvement.
How NOT To Do eDiscovery - Especially If It's On Purpose
Commentary  |  8/5/2009  | 
If the city of Washington DC could do anything to foul up eDiscovery then that's what they did. No one seemed immune to misconduct: not law enforcement, not the district attorney's office, not IT.
NetEx Claims Broadest Storage Support
News  |  8/5/2009  | 
One of the more interesting areas in data storage are de-duplication when writing to physical media and when sending data over the WAN. In the former case, de-duplication maximizes physical media. In the latter, de-duplication vastly reduces the data transferred over a relatively slow WAN connection. In a move to garner more market share, storage vendors like IBM, with their ProtecTIER product line, offer de-duplication and replication for disaster recovery. But deduplication alone isn't alway
Imation Scanner Protects Tapes
Commentary  |  8/5/2009  | 
Tape vendors have been including a little bit of flash in their tape cartridges -- and over hyping the capabilities of that memory -- since Sony added MIC (Memory in Cassette) to AIT-1 in 1996. Imation's Secure Scan extends the real usefulness of the RF accessible cartridge memory beyond identifying unique tapes and tracking error data to securely locking tapes for transport.
NEC Enterprise Server Breaks Virtualization Performance Record
News  |  8/5/2009  | 
NEC Express5800/A1160 Xeon Processor-based Server Adds First-place VMmark Benchmark to Growing List of Leading Performance Benchmarks
Texas Memory Systems Delivers The World'S First 5-Million IOs Per Second Flash-Based Solid State Disk System
News  |  8/5/2009  | 
New RamSan-6200 SSD delivers a record breaking 5-Million I/Os per second and 100 terabytes of storage while using only 6 kilowatts of power.
EMC Enterprise Flash Drive Technology Enables Liaoning Mobile to Access Billing Information Nearly 70% Faster
News  |  8/5/2009  | 
EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today announced that China Mobile Liaoning Company a subsidiary of China Mobile, has dramatically enhanced the speed and performance of its customer relations management (CRM) system by adding enterprise flash drives to its existing EMC Symmetrix DMX-4 networked storage system.
NetEx Takes HyperIP Virtual With Broadest Application Support For Wan Optimization On VMWare Infrastructures
News  |  8/5/2009  | 
NetEx announced that its HyperIP for VMware offers the broadest range of third-party support for applications.
Sipera Systems Unveils UC-Sec 100 Appliance For Comprehensive Security Of Voip And Unified Communications For Small And Medium Businesses
News  |  8/5/2009  | 
Comprehensive security plus SIP trunking in single, economical Plug-and-Play appliance
Ethernet Booming Despite Economic Slump
News  |  8/5/2009  | 
Many carriers have been embracing Ethernet as IP next-generation networks are being moved from TDM to packet-based networks.
Sony Takes On Kindle With Two New E-Readers
News  |  8/4/2009  | 
The Reader Pocket Edition and Reader Touch will have enough memory to store about 350 books and battery life of about two weeks.
F5 Bridges The Gap With BIG-IP 3900 Platform
News  |  8/4/2009  | 
Application Delivery Networking vendor F5 Networks announced their latest hardware platform, the BIGIP 3900. Designed with the mid-sized enterprise in mind, the BIG-IP 3900 offers many of the performance enhancements and capabilities of the larger appliances, while still maintaining the 1U form factor of the entry-level F5 platforms. With an MSRP of $39,995, the new appliance is expected to be available in August 2009.
Security Still Troubling In Mid-2009
News  |  8/4/2009  | 
Symantec Report Sees Trends Continuing in Malware and Spam
GSA Outlines U.S. Government's Cloud Computing Requirements
News  |  8/4/2009  | 
A newly issued RFQ details what's expected from cloud computing vendors in terms of security, SLAs, geographic location, and data ownership.
Now Is The Time For Voltaire To Acquire The InfiniBand Business of Qlogic
Commentary  |  8/4/2009  | 
Qlogic has world-class InfiniBand ASIC technology that Voltaire needs. As for Qlogic, the company will generate about $30 million in InfiniBand switch revenue in 2009, less than 10% of overall revenue. Selling the InfiniBand switch business to Voltaire would allow Qlogic to focus on their core business of storage controllers and host bus adapters.
Microsoft Revamps Office Communicator Mobile
News  |  8/4/2009  | 
The latest version enables mobile professionals to join conferences, make and receive work calls, and potentially reduce roaming costs while on the go.
What's Holding Deduplication Back?
Commentary  |  8/4/2009  | 
Despite the recent jump in attention because of EMC's purchase of Data Domain, data deduplication is old news to the typical Byte and Switch reader. Interestingly though the overall penetration is not what you may think. Our research indicates less...
BlueArc Storage Solution Powers Animated Film 9
News  |  8/4/2009  | 
BlueArc Corporation today announced that Canada's leading high-quality digital animation studio Starz Animation Toronto relied on a BlueArc storage solution in the production of this fall's highly anticipated feature film, 9.
Farstone Announces Treasurestone, The First Plug And Play Backup And Recovery Appliance
News  |  8/4/2009  | 
The TreasureStone backup and recovery appliances come in 5TB, 8TB and 15TB and supports iSCSI storage.
Server Technology Launches A New Version Of Sentry Power Manager Software
News  |  8/4/2009  | 
Server Technology announces the availability of the newest version of the Sentry Power Manager (SPM) software, version 4.1.0. SPM is a product capable of monitoring and managing multiple Sentry devices in IP-based enterprise networks.
Homebrewers Abuzz Over Linksys Router Hacks
Commentary  |  8/3/2009  | 
Want to turn a low-cost consumer router into a heavy duty piece of enterprise networking gear? Well, there's a large community of Linksys homebrewers who are ready to help you. I was turned onto this the other day by a Twitter tweet; read on for the details.
Extreme's New Warranty Nearly On Par With ProCurve
News  |  8/3/2009  | 
If your vendor isn't Cisco, then they're battling it out for your share of the remaining 30% of the enterprise switch market. Extreme Networks is enhancing their standard warranty for their switches in an attempt to attract price conscious IT shops. The new warranty applies to switches purchased after June 29th, 2009, the end of Extreme's fiscal year. Extreme's warranty is taking aim at HP ProCurve.
Unisys Delivers Secure Cloud Solution
News  |  8/3/2009  | 
Solution Brings New Level of Data Protection to Delivery of IT Infrastructure and Software "as a Service"
Two Tribes, One Future: Bringing Mainframes Into the IT Mainstream
News  |  8/3/2009  | 
Too many enterprises are running parallel IT operations, with big iron and distributed groups barely crossing paths, let alone sharing hard-earned expertise. CIOs need to get this schism under control lest businesses end up the ultimate casualties of high-tech turf warfare.
WeRecoverData.com Unveils Specialty In NetGear Storage Central NAS Data Recovery
News  |  8/3/2009  | 
Pioneer in data recovery research is first and only company to reverse engineer proprietary file system on Netgear SC101 storage central units.
F5's New BIG-IP 3900 Platform Enables Mid-Sized Enterprises to Consolidate IT Infrastructure And Deploy Flexible Application Services
News  |  8/3/2009  | 
New system supports multiple software modules and enables mid-sized organizations to cost-effectively integrate advanced functionality into their application delivery infrastructures and maximize IT agility
150 Million Reasons Why Cisco Is Targeting FICON
Commentary  |  8/3/2009  | 
Customers are pausing at the 8 Gigabit technology inflection point to re-evaluate their installed base of storage networking products and vendors - including an installed base of FICON directors dominated by Brocade with old McData and Inrange products. IT Brand Pulse estimates that Brocade owns 75% of the FICON Director installed base.
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