Emulex Q4: Carpe Diem
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.
Cloud Computing Isn't The Emperor's New Clothes
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?
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.
Fun With Electronic Redaction
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.
The Cloud As An Extension
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.
NetEx Claims Broadest Storage Support
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
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.
F5 Bridges The Gap With BIG-IP 3900 Platform
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.
Now Is The Time For Voltaire To Acquire The InfiniBand Business of Qlogic
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.
What's Holding Deduplication Back?
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
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.
Homebrewers Abuzz Over Linksys Router Hacks
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
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.
Two Tribes, One Future: Bringing Mainframes Into the IT Mainstream
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.
150 Million Reasons Why Cisco Is Targeting FICON
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.