Expert Analysis
Content posted in August 2010
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HP Negotiating 3PAR Acquisition, Dell Waiting
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
If the thin-provisioning storage firm accepts HP's offer, an 87% premium on 3PAR's stock price, Dell has three days to file a counter offer.
RIM Acquires Storefront Developer Cellmania
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Blackberry maker needs to bolster its online applications store efforts to keep pace with Apple and Microsoft.
Novell Releases Cloud Security Service
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Enforces access control and relays activity and compliance monitoring to identity management systems.
New FalconStor SAN Targets VDI To Boost Storage And Performance
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
FalconStor, a provider of disk-based storage, has introduced a new Network Storage Server SAN Accelerator for VMware View. Designed for VMware's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, the company says the product speeds VDI performance and improves data protection and recovery. FalconStor's technology, unveiled Monday, helps tackle VDI "I/O storms," in which the number of input-output instructions per second increases dramatically when virtual desktop users are all trying to access s
BackOffice Announces DataFactory Cloud-Based Data Migration Augmentation Strategy
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
BackOffice Associates, LLC, the leader in ERP data migration, data governance and master data management (MDM) solutions for SAP, Oracle and other ERP vendors, announced today its new cloud-based data migration augmentation strategy, DataFactory. DataFactory offers the full capabilities of BackOffice's onsite data migration experts, while providing remote resources across the globe and around the clock. By integrating onsite consultants with remote support, DataFactory improves collaboration, de
HP Fuels Private Cloud Adoption
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
HP today unveiled a Private Cloud Readiness Program consisting of self-assessment tools and a Cloud Boot Camp to be held during the VMworld conference next week at San Francisco's Moscone Center. The company also announced a team of experts who, as pioneers in cloud computing, are driving future innovations and assisting clients with advanced cloud deployments.
AFORE Introduces CloudLink, The On-Ramp To The Cloud
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
AFORE Solutions, Inc., a provider of cloud networking technology and Ethernet software solutions, today announced their CloudLink virtual appliance and management solution designed to securely optimize and manage enterprise application deployment for private, public and hybrid cloud computing environments.
SonicWALL Expands Smart Wireless Access SonicPoint Series For Distributed Wireless Networks
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
SonicWALL, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today announced the addition of two new secure wireless access points to its SonicPoint Series - the SonicPoint-Ni and SonicPoint-Ne. Designed for enterprises, SMBs and distributed wireless networks, the new devices are 802.11n compliant dual-band single radio wireless secure access points that integrate seamlessly into the existing SonicWALL TZ, Network Security Appliance (NSA) and E-Class NSA pro
New EMC Unified Storage Delivers Unmatched Simplicity And Efficiency In Virtual Environments
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Customers virtualizing their data centers and beginning their journey to the private cloud require a storage infrastructure that is both simple and efficient. EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced the availability of new capabilities for its market leading EMC CLARiiON and EMC Celerra midrange storage platforms to meet those requirements.
EMC Enhances Celerra, Clariion Lines
News  |  8/25/2010  | 
Next to hypervisors, storage is the most important building block for an agile virtual environment. Inefficient storage is a bottleneck in any virtualized data center. To avoid such bottlenecks, EMC has announced a number of enhancements to its Celerra and Clariion NAS product lines that increase performance and capacity, and simplify management. The enhancements bring more robust storage to companies with mid-range storage requirements.
Android Users Increasing Wi-Fi Use
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
The HTC Hero and Tatoo ranked among the smartphones consuming the most Wi-Fi bandwidth, ranging from 500 MB to 2 GB per month, reports WeFi.
IBM Rolls Out Compliance Software
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
Enhancements to BigFix platform include more than 200 upgrades in areas like virtualization management and user interfaces.
Vyatta Upgrades Open Source Network Operating System
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
Version 6.1 expands software-based networking across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures.
Dell To Trump HP Offer For 3PAR
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
Bidding war is still heating up a day after Hewlett-Packard made a $1.6 billion offer for the cloud storage firm.
Apple Patent Suggests 'iMac Touch'
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
The document hints Apple is working on a Mac that could receive touch-based input and be used like a tablet or a traditional PC.
Embotics Adds Capacity Management And Self-Service Portal To V-Commander
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
Embotics, the Virtualization Automation and Control Company, today unveiled V-Commander 3.6, a virtualization management system that provides all necessary components to ensure that virtual environments are optimized for growth, while at the same time building the foundation for the cloud. V-Commander 3.6 allows organizations to gain complete control over their virtual environments without the need to invest the time, money and resources traditionally associated with deploying an enterprise virt
New FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator For VMware View Enhances Performance And Data Protection for Virtual Desktop Environments
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
FalconStor Software, Inc., the provider of TOTALLY Open data protection solutions, today announced FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS) SAN Accelerator for VMware View, an SSD-enhanced storage solution that increases the performance of VMware virtual desktop environments while delivering integrated, multi-tier data protection. FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View performs backup and recovery for the entire virtual desktop environment and for each virtual desktop - and, for the first
Arista's VM Tracer Integrates Switching And VM Provisioning
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
Arista Networks' newly released VM Tracer software integrates Arista's top-of-rack switches with VMware's vCenter to fully automate network provisioning based on defined configurations in vCenter. VM Tracer simplifies virtual machine management by applying network configurations on the switch port connecting to the VMware hypervisor and by ensuring that the configuration options such as VLANs are populated throughout the network. Equally important, VM Tracer lets network administrators see, in r
NetWitness Announces New Platform Options For The Award Winning NetWitness NextGen Solution
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
NetWitness Corporation, the world leader in real-time network forensics and next generation network security monitoring, today announced the availability of its Series 3 appliance platforms. Designed to meet expanding operational use cases and provide a pathway for growth, the new Series 3 appliance offerings include expanded portable and branch office platforms, as well as the doubling of on-board disk storage of up to 24TB, doubling of processors of up to eight cores, and quadrupling RAM up to
Novell Announces General Availability of Novell Cloud Security Service
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
Novell today announced the general availability of Novell Cloud Security Service. Part of Novell's WorkloadIQ vision, Novell Cloud Security Service gives cloud providers the ability to deliver secure access and compliance in the cloud for their customers. Novell Cloud Security Service is a critical part of Novell's broader identity and security portfolio, which enables enterprises to have a consistent framework for managing identities across physical, virtual and cloud deployments. Novell is the
Cloupia Releases Cloud Infrastructure Management And Automation Software To Build Internal Clouds
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
Cloupia, a cloud infrastructure management and automation software provider, today announced the general availability of Cloupia Unified Infrastructure Controller (CUIC) V2.2. Cloupia's announcement is a major advancement in cloud infrastructure management that will serve as the foundation for next-generation dynamic data centers.
Will HP-3PAR End EVA?
Commentary  |  8/24/2010  | 
Why is 3PAR so important and why are they getting billion dollar offers? Fellow Network Computing contributor Howard Marks outlines the specifics in his most recent entry. In short, 3PAR has been an innovator in the space. My concern with Dell-3PAR or HP-3PAR is wondering whether innovation will continue? Also, s HP prepared to make the hard choice to end its EVA storage solution?
BigFix Delivers New System Management Tool
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
System management software vendor BigFix, now part of IBM, has introduced a new version of its Unified Management Software Platform, which aims to keep multiple elements of an IT infrastructure secure and in compliance with regulations and corporate IT standards. Version 8.0 of the management platform provides one dashboard view of all the PCs, laptops, servers, point-of-sale terminals--physical or virtual--on a network. It also identifies devices that are out of compliance so that they can be f
APM Success: Know Your Requirements
Commentary  |  8/24/2010  | 
Almost a month ago, we got to know an IT manager, Jim, who was selecting an application performance management (APM) product. After releasing his RFI to 14 vendors, he received six responses. Jim structured the RFI around three major sections: data collection, visualization and reporting. For data collection, Jim wanted different options for monitoring the components of his applications, including components that might reside in a cloud environment. Data collection was also important for an app
LANDesk Acquired By Private Equity Firm
News  |  8/24/2010  | 
LANDesk Software, a provider of IT systems, security and service management software, has been acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, a move it says will provide it with resources and focus to better grow its business. Emerson, a technology giant with $21 billion in fiscal 2009 sales, acquired LANDesk last year as part of its purchase of Avocent, but soon realized the company wasn't a strategic fit.
Intel Launches Dual-Core Atom For Netbooks
News  |  8/23/2010  | 
The N550 provides a significant power boost from the single-core N450 for netbooks, while offering a similar amount of battery life, Intel says.
Malware Contributed To Plane Crash
News  |  8/23/2010  | 
Investigation into Spanair flight 5022 finds that monitoring server had been disabled by Trojan application.
Sprint Boosts 3G Coverage With Airvana Femtocells
News  |  8/23/2010  | 
Airave Access Point uses a customer's existing broadband connection to route calls to Sprint's network.
HP Bids $1.6 Billion For 3PAR, Leapfrogs Dell
News  |  8/23/2010  | 
3PAR is suddenly the most desired company in IT: HP has trumped Dell's bid for the cloud computing storage company, offering $24 per share, or $1.6 billion. Dell last week put in an offer of $18 per share, or $1.15 billion. Dell's bid represented an 87 percent premium on 3PAR's previous closing stock price. HP's offer Monday jumped the price another 40 percent. The bid is a sign HP remains strategically active despite the resignation of CEO Mark Hurd earlier this month. CFO Cathie Lesjak is serv
HP Bids $1.6B For 3PAR, Leapfrogs Dell
News  |  8/23/2010  | 
Hewlett-Packard has raised the stakes in the battle to acquire cloud storage specialist 3PAR, offering $24 per share.
Solid "Slate" Storage
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
In my last entry, I discussed how solid state storage could make its way into the enterprise. What is sometimes forgotten in that discussion is that the other markets solid state storage participates in potentially dwarf the enterprise market. One of the subjects made clear at the Flash Memory Summit was how big the market for smartphones and slates or tablets like the Apple iPad is going to become. Solid "slate" storage may end up dwarfing every other market that solid state storage participate
HP Tops Dell Offer For 3PAR
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Just as I was sitting down to write what I thought of Dell's proposed acquisition of 3PAR, HP swooped in and offered $1.6 billion dollars for 3PAR, a third more than Dell's initial offer. Only time will tell if this turns into an old fashioned bidding war like the one NetApp and EMC got into over DataDomain last year, but it's certainly brought some excitement to the dog days of summer.
Notebooks, Servers Boost Processor Sales
News  |  8/23/2010  | 
While shipments and revenue in the PC processor market were strong in the second quarter, some troubling signs point to slower growth in the second half of the year.
HP Confirms WebOS Tablet
News  |  8/20/2010  | 
New Free VMware Management Tool Released By Veeam
News  |  8/20/2010  | 
Veeam Software, innovative provider of data protection, disaster recovery and systems management solutions for VMware virtual datacenter environments, today announced the availability of a new free version of its popular Veeam Reporter product for VMware. Now all VMware administrators can experience the power of capacity planning, change management, and enterprise reporting and chargeback with Veeam.
Fasthosts Launches Online Storage Service
News  |  8/20/2010  | 
Fasthosts Internet Ltd, a leading web hosting provider, has launched a brand new online storage solution especially designed for archiving valuable business data. The service provides secure off-site storage space within a state-of-the-art UK data center.
Virtual Instruments: Early Incumbents In The VIO Market
Commentary  |  8/20/2010  | 
Privately held Virtual Instruments is a company to watch. The company is a 2008 spin-out of Finisar Corporation that has established early incumbency in the nascent market for Virtual Infrastructure Optimization [VIO], the next big wave in management of information technology. Founded in 2008, the company is funded by a group of highly experienced, well known IT industry veterans including CEO John Thompson. The former CEO of Symantec Corporation, Mr. Thompson played a key role in the de
Intel-McAfee Deal Is A Head Scratcher
News  |  8/20/2010  | 
Chipmaking giant Intel is going to acquire security software vendor McAfee for $7.68 billion, in an effort to closely align processing power and security in the next generation of Internet-connected devices. But one security software analyst doesn't see the synergy or the value of the deal to McAfee. The proposed acquisition, announced Thursday, is intended to help Intel, whose processors are largely used just in PCs and servers, power Web-connected technology in ATMs, automobiles, medical equip
Intel-McAfee Fallout: Who Will Buy Symantec?
News  |  8/20/2010  | 
McAfee rival is now in play and will likely garner attention from a long list of possible suitors.
My Next Data Center: Power Distribution
Commentary  |  8/20/2010  | 
Now that we've resolved that I'm using AC power coming out of a modular UPS in my next data center, we can look at how I'll get power from the UPS to my server and storage racks. Over the years I've seen all sorts of solutions, from L5-20 twist-lock outlets in the ceiling and orange extension cords under the raised floor, to APC's pre-built whips running in cable troughs on top of the racks. After all that, I definitely know what I like, and don't.
Intel-McAfee Could Dominate Security Market
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
One scenario sees Intel bundling McAfee security with every chip it sells to PC makers.
Brocade's New Data Center: Less Space, Efficient Design
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
Data network technology vendor Brocade is booting up a new data center that is a showcase for energy-efficient design and a guide for other companies seeking to upgrade their facilities. The new center consolidates three data centers occupying a total 7,000 square feet that were scattered around Brocade's headquarters city of San Jose, Calif., into one 5,000-square-foot facility in one of three buildings on a brand new campus built for the company.
Vizioncore FlashRestore Runs VMs From Archive
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
Vizioncore has announced plans for FlashRestore, which allows VMware servers to boot virtual machines from the vRanger back-up device rather then restoring to a hypervisor before booting. The feature should be available later 2010. Currently, recovery of virtual machine (VM) images requires that the entire Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) file be copied from the backup repository to the hypervisor system over the network, which can take hours depending the disk size and network capacity. With FlashRe
Dell Adds Aruba 802.11n Networking
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
Wireless LAN technology will be incorporated with Dell's PowerConnect W-Series controllers.
Intel To Acquire McAfee
News  |  8/19/2010  | 
Intel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire McAfee, Inc., through the purchase of all of the company's common stock at $48 per share in cash, for approximately $7.68 billion. Both boards of directors have unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close after McAfee shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other customary conditions specified in the agreement.
When Will Solid State Dominate? It's Not That Complicated
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
Sitting at the very well attended Flash Memory Summit, by far the number one question being asked is "When will solid state storage dominate the market?" Is it really that complicated? SSD domination or at least acceptance, like all things in storage comes down to performance, reliability and price. While performance should be a clear winner for solid state storage there are issues to be addressed. The first is dealing with write performance.
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