Expert Analysis
Content posted in August 2011
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Cisco Unveils LAN For The Clouds
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Cisco is making a number of announcements at this week's VMworld, including a VLAN architecture and some UCS news. What it all comes down to is accelerating the adoption of the cloud, says the networking giant's Jackie Ross, VP for the server, access and virtualization technology group, by addressing three primary requirements: density, mobility and manageability.
Assessment: Brocade Network Subscription
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Network Subscription is an acquisition model that lets companies pay for network ports when they are used. As monthly demand changes, the port count and costs rise and fall. This is a good model for companies with large differences between normal and peak usage, though subscribers pay more over time compared with a capital purchase. It is not a fit for companies with small variations in demand. Network Subscription doesn't include Fibre Channel ports. .
Fusion-io Gives Virtualized Apps A Speed Boost
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Announced at VMworld, ioCache bundle accelerates performance and decreases hardware costs, I/O demands on shared storage.
Social Networking Policy: Must-Have Elements
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Consider this expert advice on the issues that should be addressed in enterprise social networking guidelines.
Dell Unveils Stack Of SaaS Solutions For SMBs At Salesforce.com Conference
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Dell is partnering with Salesforce.com to create a stack of software and services to help small-to-midsize companies develop IT assets that will help their businesses grow without being overwhelmed by IT cost and complexity. Dell presented details of its Dell Cloud Business Applications (DCBA) offering at Dreamforce 2011, the Salesforce user and partner conference going on this week in San Francisco.
V-locity 3 Virtual Platform Disk Optimizer
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Diskeeper Corporation announced at VMworld (Las Vegas) the release of new V-locity 3 virtual platform disk optimizer for VMware. V-locity 3 delivers invisible background optimization to give maximum I/O performance on virtual servers.
Veeam Software Boosts Virtual Machine Backup And Replication
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Veeam Software has announced version 6 of its Backup & Replication software, adding features such as enterprise scalability, advanced replication and file restore, as well as adding functionality to its vPower feature, which allows an IT administrator to run a virtual machine (VM) from a compressed and deduplicated backup file without having to extract it first. In addition, version 6 is expected to support the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor, in addition to its existing support for VMware.
Most Businesses Experience Cyber Attacks, According To Symantec Survey
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
More than seven out of 10 businesses experienced at least some cyber attacks in 2010, with the overwhelming majority of those experiencing losses as a result, according to a Symantec survey of 3,300 businesses around the world. However, both those findings marked a decline from the previous year.
EMC Rolls Out VMware-Aware Storage Management Tool
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
Virtual Storage Integrator enables server administrators to manage provisioning of servers, storage.
Brocade Announces Network Subscription And VDX Switches At VMworld
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
Brocade’s Network Subscription, new switches and Network Advisor enhancements are all aimed at establishing Brocade as a data and storage player in cloud infrastructure. Network Subscription brings flexible, on-demand costs to networking—as flexible as installing hardware can be—where enterprises only pay for the ports they need when they need them. The new VDX switches offer more options for Brocade's Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS), while Network Advisor catches up with compe
Solid State Storage Market Heats Up
Commentary  |  8/30/2011  | 
In the roughly three years since EMC stuck some STEC SSDs in its disk arrays and brought solid state to the mainstream storage market, we’ve seen flash memory work its way into disk-based storage systems both modest and grand. During the past few months, we’ve also seen vendors targeting all-solid-state systems at mainstream users and applications. Most recently, all-solid-state pioneers Texas Memory Systems and Nimbus Data introduced new versions of their systems.
4 Remote IT Support Tips For SMBs
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
Stuck managing a hodgepodge of PCs and mobile devices for a spread-out team? Consider this advice.
Network Instruments Introduces Native Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
Enterprises can now directly monitor the status of their network devices, servers and applications in the cloud with the latest release of Network Instruments' Observer Infrastructure product. OI 3.0 also provides enhanced monitoring of virtual environments utilizing vBlocks, the pre-integrated, pre-configured virtual cloud environment packages from the partnership of EMC, Cisco, VMware and Intel, and FlexPod, a similar capability delivered by NetApp on Cisco network infrastructure.
IBM Shines As Server Market Continues Recovery
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
The latest server shipment and revenue numbers (second quarter) are in from both Gartner and IDC, and while the market continues its recovery, some segments and vendors are doing much better than others. Both research companies report strong shipment and revenue growth, and with revenues more than doubling shipments, the average selling prices are growing, too.
HyTrust Sees Growing Virtualization Problems, Partners With CA
News  |  8/29/2011  | 
HyTrust is warning that more than 80% of organizations are not implementing virtualization and cloud infrastructure correctly, and are leaving themselves vulnerable to attack. And, in a related move, the developer of policy management and access control solutions for virtual infrastructure is also announcing a partnership with CA Technologies to improve security and compliance.
FlashSoft's Answer For Slow Virtualized Applications
News  |  8/29/2011  | 
FlashSoft SE-V, debuting at VMworld 2011, caches data on server to avoid I/O slowdowns.
HP Introduces New Storage Systems Based On Technology From 3PAR Acquisition
News  |  8/29/2011  | 
HP has introduced a new storage system based on technology from its $2.35 billion acquisition of 3PAR storage in 2010, as well as new Peer Motion software for managing federated storage environments on both virtual and cloud computing IT resources.
Acronis Tries To Ease Virtual Machine Backup Pain
News  |  8/29/2011  | 
At VMworld 2011, rolls out simplified disaster recovery tools for virtual machines running on VMware vSphere.
VMware Makes Global Cloud Push At VMworld 2011
News  |  8/29/2011  | 
VMware rolls out new cloud offerings with data center providers from Europe to Asia, plus new tools for cloud data.
Juniper Adds AV, Scalability Enhancements To Virtual Security Gateway
News  |  8/29/2011  | 
Juniper Networks has added antivirus scanning to its security gateway for VMware environments, adding to its existing stateful firewall, IDS and compliance capabilities. The vGW Virtual Gateway, which was announced earlier this year, builds on the acquisition of virtualization security vendor Altor Networks in December 2010.
VMware Focuses On Cloud Services
News  |  8/29/2011  | 
While VMware is best known for virtualization technologies, the company is making a significant push into cloud services by enabling service providers to run VMware products and seamlessly integrate with enterprise installations. It’s a fairly targeted move that counters other initiatives like OpenStack, which is an open source alternative being developed for public and cloud providers.
Can Storage Virtualization Ease Vendor Lock-In?
News  |  8/26/2011  | 
Storage virtualization systems let you use any vendor's hardware and bring it under a single storage services umbrella. It's not nirvana yet--but we're making progress.
Astute Networks - Attacking Server Virtualization I/O Bottlenecks
Commentary  |  8/26/2011  | 
For cash-strapped IT organizations, server virtualization has many compelling benefits, such as better use of IT assets and energy savings. But at some point, as the number of physical servers drops and the percentage of virtualized workloads and applications rises,application service-level performance suddenly goes to hell in a hand basket. I/O bottlenecks are the problem here, and Astute Networks has a solution in the form of a flash-memory-based appliance.
vSphere 5.0's Early-Warning System
Commentary  |  8/26/2011  | 
Storage DRS adds abstraction while keeping loads in balance.
IBM Unveils New Hybrid Cloud Solution for the Enterprise
News  |  8/25/2011  | 
Analysts from North Bridge Venture Partners, GigaOM Pro and 451 Group agree: The need for hybrid cloud solutions is growing. The joint "Future of Cloud Computing Survey, 2011" reports that 39% of cloud users say that the hybrid cloud is currently part of their strategy, with this figure expected to grow to 61% in the near future. This is the result of both private and public cloud users evolving towards the use of a hybrid strategy.
Oracle's VM 3.0 Plays Catch-Up
News  |  8/25/2011  | 
Oracle's enhancements to its hypervisor, VM 3.0, are significant for current and potential Oracle VM customers but aren't likely to woo those using other hypervisors. The new features address automated VM management, centralized management and integration features. Oracle's VM hypervisor doesn't have the market penetration that VMware's vSphere does, but by packaging virtual machine images with Oracle applications, the company offers a relatively pain-free way to step into Oracle's application s
Citrix Revolutionizes The Virtual Desktop
News  |  8/25/2011  | 
adding that company's personalization technology to a new release of Citrix Systems' software. In addition to RingCube's Personal vDisk solution, XenDesktop 5.5 features the "most significant enhancement to Citrix high-definition HDX user experience technology," promising up to three times faster delivery for both LAN and WAN users at a fraction of the cost of competing solutions.
FalconStor Software Updates Product Line To Provide Larger Volumes And Increased Scalability
News  |  8/25/2011  | 
FalconStor Software has announced version 7.0 of its data protection product family, offering new features across the company’s product line. New features in this version of the software include increasing the logical unit number (LUN) size, from 16 Tbytes to 64 Tbytes, which allows the software to support larger physical disks of up to 3 Tbytes and in general helps provide support for larger volumes and increased scalability for users.
5 Ways Google Should Expand Google+
Commentary  |  8/24/2011  | 
Google has made a small stride toward integrating Google+ with Gmail. Here are five ways we'd like to see Google+ expand.
IPv6 Is Coming. Time To Get Prepared
Commentary  |  8/24/2011  | 
IPv6 is coming. Sooner or later, you will be deploying IPv6 on your network, data center, or co-lo servers. It may be a few years off--longer if your ISP has a well thought out transition strategy in place--but IPv6 is different enough that you can learn the ins and outs on a smaller network before you have to deploy it widely. If you are looking for resources, start there. If you have a good resource you want to share, send me an email and I will check it out.
Bunchball Brings Gamification To Salesforce.com
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
Now that you've automated your sales force, Bunchball wants to help motivate them.
Twitter Co-Founder Launches New Startup: Lift
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
Biz Stone and fellow Web entrepreneurs have announced in a series of cryptic blog posts a forthcoming app aimed at "unlocking potential."
IT Management Gets SaaS Options
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
More management tools are available in the cloud, but drawbacks abound.
Cisco Jumps Into The M2M Market
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
Analysts predict that there will be 25 billion connected IP devices by 2015, with machine to machine (M2M) traffic expected to grow by 258% and the managed mobile M2M services market to be worth $20 billion by 2014. That's good enough reason for Cisco to release a new router that will extend corporate networks to billions of non-traditional IP devices such as ATMs, service vehicles, digital billboards and vending machines.
HP Launches 3PAR Array, Migration Software
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
With cloud needs in mind, HP rolls out business-critical 3PAR storage system; new migration software eases moves of changing application workloads between storage systems.
Catbird Security Integrates VMware vShield App
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
Virtualization security vendor Catbird Security is partnering with VMware to integrate VMWare vShield App firewalling capabilities into its flagship vSecurity product. The OEM deal combines vSecurity and vShield App controls into a single platform for broader security and compliance coverage and unified management.
Ruckus Raises A Ruckus With Unique Antenna Technology, New FlexConnect Feature Set
Commentary  |  8/24/2011  | 
Ruckus may not be one of the biggest companies in the WLAN market, but it is certainly among the most innovative. The Ruckus antenna story makes those of us who care about things like coverage patterns and beam forming get all tingly, and its latest client-facing feature set aims to balance extremely high performance with minimal client pain for getting securely connected in interesting new ways.
Iomega Raises Bar For SMB, ROBO Storage
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
EMC's Iomega is replacing its top-end StorCenter ix12-300r with the StorCenter px12-350r Network Storage Array, which starts at less than $6,000, with up to 36 Tbytes of storage for under $10,500. Featuring Intel Core2 Duo Processors; 7,200 RPM hard drives; optional solid state drives; VMware, Citrix and Windows certifications; Hyper-V live migration support; and deduplicating backup with EMC Avamar, the 2U rackmount NAS px12-350r comes in two base configurations: four 2 Tbyte drives and four 3
Ford Hosts Google+ Hangout Chat On Millennials
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Ford uses its unusual position as one of the first business brands on Google+ as part of seminar on marketing to the millennial generation.
Defending Tape, Once Again
Commentary  |  8/23/2011  | 
Tape and disk both have a role to play, especially in the larger enterprise. Be wary of the vendor that says you only need one or the other.
5 Key Facts On Facebook Privacy Revamp
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Facebook has once again tweaked its privacy options, giving users more control. Here are the most important changes to understand.
Apps Developed on eXo Cloud IDE Can Be Deployed On VMware’s Cloud Foundry
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
A provider of a cloud-based IDE for Java applications, eXo, has announced that apps built on its platform can now be deployed on VMware’s Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering. The eXo support of Cloud Foundry means that developers can gain the same advantages of cloud computing--simplicity, lower costs, no maintenance--to write applications that are deployed by Cloud Foundry.
Dell Upgrades EqualLogic Storage Arrays
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Expands virtualization support for Compellent, PowerVault, EqualLogic arrays.
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