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Nokia Siemens Networks Confirms Unsolicited Private Equity Interest
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Freshly separated from Motorola and at the start of a $7 billion contract to build the LightSquared nationwide 4G/LTE combo terrestrial-satellite network, the company is being approached by potential suitors.
VMware Outlines New Strategy To Deliver IT As A Service
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Virtualization platform provider VMware is outlining a new strategy to take information technology to the next level, where the cloud is the new IT infrastructure for small businesses, enterprises and end users. At its VMworld 2010 conference this week in San Francisco, VMware announced acquisitions, new products and promoted the idea of IT as a service instead of IT as a cost center for businesses.
Polycom, Aruba Partner On Cloud Video Conferencing
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Aruba will provide its Virtual Branch Networking solution to its users who can then utilize Polycom's telepresence, videoconferencing and voice communications solutions.
IT Is Woefully Behind Network Updates
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
The focus on software features and APIs in network equipment means a renewed emphasis on network maintenance that is severely lacking today. Network automation, adaptation and virtualization are increasingly focused around the software features of network equipment. The days of "speeds and feeds" have given way to the API. It is funny, I hear so much talk about APIs from network vendors that I am waiting for someone to tell me about the "Virtual, open-source, multi-port network appliance." It is
TrendMicro Adds Enhanced Host Security & New Cloud Encryption
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Trend Micro is adding an anti-malware module to its host-based security product, now Deep Security 7.5, the host-based intrusion prevention product from the acquisition of Third Brigade last year. They are also introducing SecureCloud, a hosted encryption service for protecting data in the cloud. The anti-malware capability protects individual virtual machines at the hypervisor level, eliminating the need for managing agents on each client VM. SecureCloud encrypts data to and from Infrastructure
Aircell Inflight Wi-Fi On A Third Of Planes
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
The GoGo service, which uses a terrestrial cellular network, has been installed on 1,000 U.S. aircraft.
The Challenges Of VMworld
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
VMworld kicked off yesterday, and despite the crowd, everything seems to be under control. The media/analyst area is no exception. It is under strict control (i.e. too much), making it very difficult for industry people like myself to get information to you about what is going on at the event. VMworld organizers will let the analysts and press in the area, but not the vendors we need to speak to. Anyone see a problem with that?
F5 Integrates With VMware vCloud Director To Provide Cloudbursting Solution For Enterprises
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Today at VMworld 2010, F5 Networks, Inc., a global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), announced the demonstration of a new solution that enables enterprises to more easily augment the capacity of their data centers with external cloud resources. This use case, sometimes referred to as "cloudbursting," has traditionally required time-consuming manual monitoring and intervention. Developed in collaboration with VMware, the solution works closely with VMware vCloud Director and the VM
VMware-based Verizon Business Service Facilitates Hybrid Cloud
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
An enhanced Verizon Business computing-as-a-service (CaaS) offering will enable enterprises that need to augment internal data center computing with public cloud resources to meet fluctuating business demands by leveraging VMware vCloud capabilities. The Verizon service complements the company's existing CaaS Plus Managed Services. With the new services, companies will be able to ramp up their computing capabilities to meet spikes in demand by exporting their applications to Verizon's data cente
BlueLock Introduces VMware vCloud Datacenter Service With CloudConnector
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Today at VMworld 2010, BlueLock, an experienced provider of cloud hosting and managed IT services, announced it is partnering with VMware to announce the beta availability of a new enterprise-class cloud service, VMware vCloud Datacenter Service in North America. BlueLock is one of only three North American service provider partners to offer the vCloud Datacenter Service beta. As part of BlueLock's enterprise cloud offering, the company also announces beta availability of BlueLock CloudConnector
When To Encrypt At Layer 2 Or Layer 3
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Layer 2--data link layer--encryption is a high-performance security option that offers some advantages over Layer 3--networking layer--encryption in some scenarios, particularly in unified communications environments that require low-latency, high-volume data transmission. The increased availability and popularity of high-speed carrier Ethernet services provide fast, relatively cheap transmission, particularly for voice, video and other latency sensitive traffic. Enterprises can leverage more tr
EMC Reduces TCO For Virtual Desktops 60 Percent
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced a comprehensive portfolio of services and solutions for VMware View 4.5 to help customers accelerate deployment of virtual desktop environments. By centralizing the management of desktops and deploying those virtually with VMware View 4.5 businesses can avoid much of the cost and expense associated with traditional desktop management. EMC reduces storage costs by 60 percent and decreases physical space and
EMC Transforms Management Of The Private Cloud
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Further powering its customers' journey to the private cloud, EMC Corporation today announced the beta program for EMC Ionix Unified Infrastructure Manager 2.0. This new offering completely transforms infrastructure management by unifying, and making service-driven, the management of network, compute and storage layers. Ionix UIM 2.0 will empower companies to more easily make the transition from physical to virtual to private cloud infrastructures by unifying and automating the management of Vbl
Verizon And VMware To Launch Enterprise-Class Hybrid Cloud Solution
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Verizon Business and VMware unveiled a new enterprise-class hybrid cloud solution that will enable enterprises to move their applications to the cloud more quickly without compromising security or performance. The new solution, underpinned by Verizon's world-class global IP network and the industry-leading VMware vSphere(TM) virtualization platform, will help remove the major barriers to cloud computing adoption, while enabling the delivery of "IT as a Service."
Dell'Oro Group Expands Coverage On 10Gbps Ethernet Switches (10GbE)
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, announced today that it has enhanced its reporting on the 10 Gbps Ethernet (10GE) segment of the Ethernet Switch market. This new coverage provides more insight into the fastest growing area in data center networking, including detail on 10GE purpose built top-of-rack (ToR) switches, 10GE blade switches for the data center, and a break-out of 10GE copper and fiber ports, including 10
Akorri's BalancePoint 3.5 Manages Virtual Work Loads
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Akorri updated its BalancePoint 3.5, which models physical and virtual applications to better manage resources, now includes analytics for virtual machines running under Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor and VMware's ESX Server in a single system. In addition, BalancePoint is both a VMware-ready management tool able to work with vSphere 4, and one that plugs into and extracts information from Virtual Machine Manager in Microsoft's System Center.
Virtensys Adds New I/O Virtualization Solution To Further Enhance Performance Of Virtualized Environments
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Virtensys, Ltd, a provider of I/O virtualization solutions, today expanded its product offerings with the introduction of the VIO-4004, a high-performance I/O virtualization system that consolidates and virtualizes network connectivity to a rack of servers and provides up to 80 Gbps of sustained Ethernet bandwidth per server. The VIO-4004 increases the performance of virtualized environments to unprecedented levels by providing servers and Virtual Machines (VM) with the highest connectivity band
NETGEAR Shakes Up Security Market With New ProSecure Appliance
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
NETGEAR, Inc., the global networking company that delivers innovative products to businesses, consumers and Internet service providers, today announced the introduction of the NETGEAR ProSecure UTM50 Unified Threat Management Appliance (UTM50). The UTM50 is the latest addition to NETGEAR's award winning ProSecure UTM line, which protects businesses from the exponentially growing number of virus and malware threats, dangerous websites, spam emails, and hackers that threaten business environments
Primary Storage Deduplication: GreenBytes
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
I concluded in a recent blog entry "Do We Need Primary Storage Deduplication?" about how primary storage deduplication can bring significant value to the data center, and it is becoming a must for suppliers to provide. In our own testing on two different deduplication platforms, we are seeing an almost 70 percent reduction of capacity requirements on real world data sets.
EMC Extends Security And Compliance Leadership For Cloud Computing
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
EMC today unveiled the RSA Solution for Cloud Security and Compliance for comprehensively managing security, risk and regulatory compliance of cloud infrastructures, helping increase customer confidence to virtualize business-critical applications.
HP CloudStart Accelerates Private Cloud Startup
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Package of blade hardware, storage management software, and consulting will launch a private cloud in 20% of the time it typically takes.
Community Wi-Fi Models Inexpensive Alternative To Cable Broadband
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Ruckus Wireless 802.11n equipment installed by Veracity Networks at a 300-home community in Utah offers residents 3 to 5 Mbps service for about $21 a month.
HP Fast Tracks Private Cloud With Cloud Start
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
HP is banking on the fact that setting up a private cloud today is far too labor intensive for most organizations to tackle in a reasonable time. Their new Cloud Start service galvanizes private cloud deployments by combining HP's consulting expertise in deploying large-scale cloud systems along with a reliance on HP's hardware and software. HP claims to deliver a private cloud service in 30 days from start to finish. That's faster than most organizations can deploy a new software application.
Public Cloud APM Is Useless. Focus On Private Cloud APM
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
APM in the public cloud services is of very little value, since you can't get to the root cause of problem. As distributed application workloads move to cloud environments, the fundamental architecture of applications is poised to change dramatically. One of the barriers to cloud adoption is that legacy applications do not yet function in a virtualized, cloud environment. As new applications are developed that operate divorced from physical hardware, the data collection techniques must shift to
MetroPCS Launching LTE In Dallas, Las Vegas
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
The country's first long-term evolution wireless network will go live in September, says Samsung, which is making a 4G smartphone for the carrier.
SolarWinds Offers Free Virtualization Management Tool
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
SolarWinds has released a free tool, VM Console, for managing ESX-based virtual machines. VM Console can shut down and restart a VM--also known as "bouncing a VM"--and track multiple VMs from a dashboard without administrators having to log in to VMware's vCenter or vSphere. It also lets administrators track up/down status and take a snapshot to compare the VM before and after it's bounced. Administrators can also search VM names or IP addresses. The company, which develops management software s
Summertime Tech Bidding Wars, Part Deux
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
In 2009, we saw what we thought was a bit of an anomaly within the Information Technology industry: a multi-billion dollar summertime bidding war between two tech heavy-weights over a smaller technology company. EMC battled it out with Network Appliance over the acquisition of much smaller Data Domain which had cornered the market on data deduplication. This year, in a similar time frame, we are experiencing another summertime bidding war, this time between Hewlett Packard (HP) and Dell over uti
New Cloud Security Certification Program Launches
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), an industry group seeking to promote security standards for cloud computing, is offering an online certification program beginning September 1st. The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) is a Web-based test for competency in CSA standards for securing private, public or hybrid cloud environments. The certification test sells for $295, although CSA is offering a discounted price of $195 through the end of 2010. The nonprofit CSA, founded in early 2009
The Joys And Frustrations Of Wireless Printers
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
I'm the university's primary wireless network administrator, the parent of a college student and Tier 3 support, otherwise known as the poor unfortunate that gets the connectivity problems that are too weird for my colleagues to handle. Like my contemporaries in other schools, I've watched our wired network usage in the dorms drastically decrease as our once-proud Ethernet networks become high-speed gaming frameworks as clients demand portability and mobility out of their computers. Laptop usag
Gluster Launches Beta That Stores VMs On NAS Devices
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Gluster is launching a beta program for VMStor, new software that will let administrators use NAS devices for virtual machine storage rather than SANs. The functionality, which will be offered as a module in the Gluster Storage Platform product, virtualizes storage by providing open source software on commodity x86 hardware that is clustered under a global name space. It can scale to multiple petabytes, supports NFS and works with a number of networking configurations, including 10GbE, 1GbE and
HP Raises 3Par Bid To $2 Billion
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
After Dell matched its $27 a share offer, HP increased upped the bid to $30, positioning 3PAR stockholders to reap more than a 200% premium.
SteelCloud Announces The First Department Of Defense Virtual Appliance For BlackBerry Enterprise Server
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
SteelCloud, Inc., a leading developer of mobility computing appliance solutions today announced, SteelWorks FedMobile VM, its newest innovation for deploying BlackBerry Enterprise Server in Department of Defense virtual machine (VM) environments.
New Software Provides VM Capacity Planning, Self-Service
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Embotics has announced version 3.6 of its V-Commander virtualization management software, which includes capacity management that helps system administrators track server resources, a self-service portal that lets users see the virtual machines that have been designated to them--including the ability to run their own reports without having to get too-broad permissions--and the ability to run reports on a schedule. Users with the appropriate permissions can also power-on, power-off, or suspend VM
Google's Enterprise Communications Play
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
Enterprise IT professionals have reputations as curmudgeons who can cite 32 reasons why deploying a particular codec won't work on a particular link, or why choosing that particular application isn't the smartest thing to do (aka a really dumb thing to do). But have we missed the mark by being skeptical of Google's communication revolution? Surely you've had to field questions like "Why can't we just use Google Docs?" or "Can't I just run GTalk inside the firewall?" But there's good reason for t
HP Raises 3PAR Bid To $1.8 Billion
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
HP has raised its bid for 3Par to $27 per share in another escalation of its bidding war with Dell for the high-end storage company. HP had previously offered $24 a share, an offer that Dell topped with a bid of $24.30. The latest move by HP appears to show a willingness to pay a large premium for 3Par to keep it out of Dell's hands. Observers had previously speculated that HP was merely bidding to prevent Dell from entering the high-end storage business at too low a price.
Hard Drives Have A Future
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
As flash-based solid state disks have entered the mainstream, users and analysts alike have been contemplating the end of the hard disk era. Even my compatriot George Crump wondered last week when SSDs would dominate the data center. While flash has displaced spinning disks in some applications like MP3 players where small size and shock resistance are at a premium over capacity, I don't see the disk drives we all know and love going away any time soon.
HP Raises 3Par Bid To $1.8 Billion
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Extending the bidding war with Dell another round, HP increased its offer from $24 to $27 a share for the high-end storage company.
3PAR And HP Vs. Dell: Its On!
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
As last year's duel between NetApp and EMC showed, there is nothing more fun than a bidding war, especially if you are the company being sought after. It also makes it so much easier to come up with blog content. As expected, Dell has countered HP's bid for 3PAR and made it clear to everyone that the quest for enterprise class storage virtualization is on, or to at least make HP spend more money.
Dell Wins 3Par Acquisition Battle With $1.6B Bid
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
HP left in cold, as storage company accepts Dell's sweetened offer.
Xenos Enterprise Server 2.0 Transforms Enterprise Information Into Intelligent Content
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Actuate Corporation, the people behind BIRT and the leader in open source Business Intelligence, today announced the availability of Xenos Enterprise Server Version 2.0. Over 30 years of experience in transforming High Volume Transactional Output (HVTO) and enterprise information into intelligent content has resulted in the latest release, which updates and enhances functionality for online presentment and improves performance and scalability to optimize Enterprise Content Management (ECM) inves
Study: Cloud Services From On-Premises To On-Demand
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
According to AMI's latest worldwide SMB Cloud Services Practice, there are roughly 750,000 (12 percent) small businesses and 20,000 (24 percent) medium businesses already using software as a service (SaaS). However, looking at today's SaaS users, 78 percent of SBs and 31 percent of MBs are leveraging a SaaS plus on-premise mix (or hybrid model), while approximately only a third of SaaS users are using an actual pure-SaaS product.
3PAR Accepts Dell's Increased Price Of $24.30 Per Share, With Total Enterprise Value Of $1.6 Billion
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Dell announced today that 3PAR has accepted its increased offer to acquire the storage leader for $24.30 per share in cash, or approximately $1.6 billion, net of 3PAR's cash. 3PAR is a leading global provider of storage solutions with advanced data management features for multi-tenant cloud-computing environments.
ServerEngines Acquired By Emulex
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
ServerEngines Corporation, a privately held, fabless semiconductor company founded in 2004 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, today announced that it has completed its acquisition by Emulex Corporation.
10GbE: Where Money Talks And Hype Walks
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
Nearly everyone agrees that the 10GbE adapter market will be big. The latest forecast from the Dell'Oro Group says the market will quadruple over the next four years, reaching about $800 million. It's no wonder everyone from Broadcom to Mellanox wants a piece of the action. However, no company more than Emulex has tried to position itself as "the" 10GbE adapter company. The question is, has it worked? I don't think so.
DNSSEC Key Management Spurs Managed Services
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
With the signing of the root zone in July, organizations have to get serious about implementing DNSSEC, which provides DNS authentication throughout the hierarchies of the Internet. But DNSSEC also layers in significant complexity and management overhead. In particular, it requires continuous maintenance in two areas: the ongoing signing of DNS records to ensure that signatures never expire and secure, efficient management of encryption keys. These challenges make DNSSEC managed services an attr
HP, Dell Lead Server Growth
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
The worldwide server market grew at its fast pace since 2003 in the second quarter, according to IDC, with HP and Dell gaining market share as IBM's server revenue fell.
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