Expert Analysis
Content posted in August 2011
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IBM Helps Business Partners Reach New Markets With Netezza Appliances
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Capitalizing on the successful integration of its Netezza acquisition, IBM has launched a global initiative to help its Business Partners expand their analytics portfolio with IBM Netezza appliances. The initiative includes sales, marketing, and technical resources to make it easier for partners to market and sell Netezza into industries with strong demand for business analytics such as financial services, healthcare, and energy and utilities.
Coraid Adds SSD, Management Capabilities
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Coraid, a developer of Ethernet-based SANs that has roots in the Linux environment, is introducing two new products that should provide significant cost and performance benefits, says CEO Kevin Brown. "There is a five to eight times price-performance advantage, and power and space savings are over and above that."
EMC Discontinues Clariion, Celerra Storage Lines
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Vendor throws its weight behind its newer VNX and VNXe storage arrays.
Pure Storage Offers Cheaper Enterprise Disk Alternative
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Pure Storage is unveiling an all-flash enterprise storage array that the company says is more than 10 times faster and 10 times more space- and power-efficient, at a lower per-gigabyte price, than disk-centric arrays. Its FlashArray FA-300 Series is 100% MLC flash-based, delivering hundreds of thousands of IOPS with less than 1 ms latency, and features inline deduplication and compression to achieve five to 20 times data reduction rates.
Private Cloud Success Factor: Standardization
Commentary  |  8/23/2011  | 
Private cloud architectures involve a tight coupling of software and hardware, layered with automation and orchestration. These environments can be prone to complexity, which leads to additional deployment time, administrative costs and risks. Removing as much complexity as possible will help ensure a smoother deployment and ongoing environment.
Conference Addresses The Future Of Benchmarking
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
The Transaction Processing Performance Council will be holding only its third conference to discuss the current state of benchmarking and keep pace with technological changes. The day-long event, co-located with the International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB) in Seattle on Aug. 29, will focus on a number of topics, including some that Oracle co-chair Meikel Poess calls exciting.
Google+ Eye Tracking Study Shows Potential
News  |  8/22/2011  | 
Would Google+ ads would perform at least as well as those on Facebook? One study says yes.
Dell Expands, Enhances Storage Portfolio
News  |  8/22/2011  | 
Dell is continuing the evolution of its home-grown storage portfolio with additions to the EqualLogic family and further integration with the Compellent and PowerVault lines. The company announced the EqualLogic PS6100 and PS4100 virtualized, IP-based storage systems, as well as details on integration across its storage portfolio with the forthcoming VMware vSphere 5 virtualization and cloud infrastructure platform.
Storage Tiering: Everything You Want To Know
News  |  8/22/2011  | 
Market landscape report offers vendor analysis, options, and advice for establishing a hierarchy for storing data.
Data Center Energy Efficiency Needs To Include Software And Networking, Expert Says
News  |  8/22/2011  | 
Enterprises have made great strides in improving the energy efficiency of processors, servers and storage technology, but an expert on eco-friendly IT says that attention also has to be paid to networking equipment and the addition of power management features to software.
Paper Contracts Are So Yesterday With EchoSign
Commentary  |  8/22/2011  | 
With all of the buzz afoot about goings-on in the mobile device space, it's easy to forget that the productivity enabled by the slick devices is the real story in enterprise mobility. When the gadget becomes a legitimate tool, you realize that the mobile revolution actually has substance behind the hoopla. EchoSign, recently purchased by Adobe, is among the more impressive examples of what's possible in today's everywhere-connected business world. Signing and handling contracts will never be the
You Know You're From IT In 1990s If ...
News  |  8/19/2011  | 
With a nod to the latest Facebook meme, we look back at 46 signs you worked in the tech industry two decades ago.
Cloud Storage A Good Match For Healthcare
Commentary  |  8/19/2011  | 
Cloud storage can provide transparent access to near limitless volumes of patient data. But doctors also need fast data retrieval.
Reflex Systems vCapacity Adds Monitoring And Configuration Management To VMC
News  |  8/19/2011  | 
Jumping into the busy virtualization management application space, Reflex Systems is announcing vCapacity, a capacity planning application for its Virtualization Management Center product. The module adds monitoring, performance, capacity and configuration management to VMC, which has typically been thought of as more of a security product.
Enterprise Social Networking: What's The Worst Case Scenario?
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
Experts weigh in on some of the biggest social security risks that threaten enterprises and how to thwart them.
Virtualization Primer: Paravirtualization
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
PV, as it's known, increases both virtual machine and hypervisor performance.
Panzura Builds Private And Hybrid Clouds
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
Until I got a detailed briefing from Panzura's Randy Chow the other day, I had lumped Panzura into the cloud storage gateway category. While its Alto controllers and panOS can use a public cloud provider like Amazon S3 or Nirvanix as a storage back end, Panzura's value proposition isn't providing an on-ramp to public cloud storage but a true distributed file system that can be accessed simultaneously from multiple locations.
What To Look For In PCIe SSD
Commentary  |  8/18/2011  | 
Tips for determining whether you will benefit from solid-state storage and how to pick the right technology for your infrastructure.
Everything You Wanted To Know About Storage Tiering And More
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
With its research indicating that tiering ranks in the top 10 planned storage investments for 2011, the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) has published its market landscape report. The report analyzes the various options, implementations, impacts and market segmentation for tiering solutions, and is among the first such analyses done, says Mark Peters, senior analyst and author of the report.
AppFirst Substantially Broadens Monitoring Options
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
On the surface, AppFirst is doing what any software vendor does--enhancing its product and offering new pricing models to appeal to a broader audience. However, with its latest announcements, the developer of a SaaS-based application problem resolution service is taking monitoring to a whole new level, says Bernd Harzog, performance and capacity management analyst for The Virtualization Practice.
Private Cloud In A Box
Commentary  |  8/17/2011  | 
With Microsoft and Google both heavily utilizing containerized data centers for compute capacity, it’s hard not to think about the applicability for enterprise and government private clouds. While containers vary widely, the general concept is that they are a self-contained data center environment complete with network, compute and storage, as well as necessary cooling.
New Guidelines Address PCI Tokenization Issues
News  |  8/17/2011  | 
Companies interested in PCI tokenization are getting a helping hand from the PCI Security Standards Council, the standards body focused on the PCI DSS Standard. The council has published the PCI DSS Tokenization Guidelines Information Supplement to provide greater clarity on how specific technologies relate to the PCI Security Standards and impact PCI DSS compliance.
5 Most-Ignored IT Security Best Practices
News  |  8/17/2011  | 
More than half of IT departments are failing at basic security measures, with 82% falling short on key practices, a new survey shows. Are you on top of these five issues?
WebEx Drops Pricing For SMBs
Commentary  |  8/17/2011  | 
Companies get unlimited virtual meetings for up to 8 participants using the same software as large enterprises.
Avenda Upgrades NAC Scalability, Administration For RADIUS Server
News  |  8/17/2011  | 
Network access control (NAC) vendor Avenda Systems has improved scalability to support highly distributed enterprise infrastructures. eTIPS 4.0, Avenda’s RADIUS-based policy server, also adds more granular, flexible role-based administration, management support for mobile devices and expanded endpoint compliance assessment.
Nutanix: Time To Ban The SAN
News  |  8/17/2011  | 
Complete Cluster helps eliminate network bottlenecks between data and CPUs, says analyst.
Horizon DataSys' Rollback Rx Is A Prescription for Personal Logical Data Protection
Commentary  |  8/16/2011  | 
There is a critical need to provide data protection for personal computing devices--notably, desktops and laptops. That protection has tended to be in the form of backup, either locally or over the Internet. While that is useful, there is also a need for safe recovery from logical data protection problems, such as restoring crashed systems to a working state. Rollback Rx, Horizon DataSys’ snapshot software product, is designed to provide that level of data protection.
mDisc Review: A Thousand Years of Storage
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
Millenniata, Hitachi and LG team up to provide write-once "read-forever" mDisc storage for consumers and enterprise.
Data Center Pricing Schedules: Driving Positive Vendor Behavior
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
One of the most scrutinized and highly negotiated elements of an IT outsourcing (ITO) agreement for infrastructure is the resource pricing schedule. Like a tax table or any other financial schedule, the ITO rate structure has a significant impact on the behavior of those governed by it--in this case, the service provider.
Enterprise Embraces Flash, But Battle Looming
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
Solid-state drive technologies and high-speed memory are being openly embraced by the enterprise market, but while adoption appears to be skyrocketing, the market will be hotly contested, according to a new study from Storage Strategies NOW. The report, "Solid State Drives and High-Speed Memory: Adoption, Practice and Deployment," which includes the results of a co-sponsored Storage Networking Industry Association/Storage Strategies NOW IT survey, indicates what's driving this growth and examine
Roamware Unveils RoamCloud, World's First Cloud-based Roaming Service for Mobile Operators
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
RoamCloud reduces time to market by enabling on demand roaming services supported by a 24x7 managed services infrastructure
Nutanix: Time To Ban The SAN
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
Go big or go home seems to be the philosophy of Nutanix, whose initial product aims to ban the SAN from virtualized data centers. It says that the Complete Cluster, an all-in-one, scale-out converged solution, enables customers to save 40% to 60% on equipment alone for Nutanix-based virtualization projects.
F5 Networks Acquires Assets And IP Of Crescendo Networks
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
Application delivery network provider F5 Networks has acquired intellectual property (IP) and certain technology assets from Crescendo Networks. Chief among the assets is a number of Crescendo Networks engineers at its headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel. The engineers will join F5 engineers already based in that city.
Kaseya Unveils Integrated, Automated Mobile Device Management
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
From a pure revenue perspective, the mobile device management market is just starting to take off. But by all indications, it will be a gold mine, so Kaseya is joining the more than 60 vendors already staking a claim in this segment with an integrated and automated solution initially targeted at Apple and Android users. BlackBerry and Windows users may have to wait, but they will be included eventually, say company officials.
Lee's Diggin' Motoroogle
Commentary  |  8/16/2011  | 
The purchase of Motorola’s mobile line by Google is a good thing by any name, if you ask me. This is an issue of keeping the force in balance, of yin and yang. There are far bigger issues at work here than mere devices, and Google’s move is good for everyone.
Xsigo Compute Fabric Threatens Switch Vendors
News  |  8/15/2011  | 
Xsigo Systems says that the launch of the industry’s first fully virtualized infrastructure for cloud-optimized data centers enables one-click network connections from virtual machines to any data center resource--including servers, networks, storage and other virtual machines. With the Xsigo Server Fabric, new services can be brought to market 10 times faster, delivered at guaranteed levels of performance and seamlessly scaled to a thousand physical hosts--all at a 50% lower cost of opera
HP Offers Service That Spots Inefficiencies In Data Center
News  |  8/15/2011  | 
HP has introduced a new service to help enterprises improve the efficiency of their data centers by automating the process of identifying where applications are running and on what IT assets. The purpose of the HP Discovery and Dependency Mapping Service for Data Center Transformation is to redesign the data center for optimal operational efficiency, as companies implement virtualization and cloud computing technology.
Adtran-Bluesocket Deal A Potential Network Game Changer
News  |  8/15/2011  | 
Acquisition of Bluesocket may give Adtran a leg up in the wireless network market, say analysts.
Astute Boosts VMware I/O Performance 1,500 Percent
News  |  8/15/2011  | 
VMware-based virtualization could get a big boost with Astute Network's ViSX G3 accelerator, which provided one early adopter with 1,500% improved read performance on critical applications and accelerated performance on its most demanding VMs, as well as delivered a noticeable increase in the responsiveness of its database applications.
Flash Goes Mainstream: Part 1
News  |  8/15/2011  | 
A new study from SSG-NOW finds that solid-state drives and high-speed memory have evolved from their consumer roots into highly regarded--and in-demand--enterprise solutions. The report, "Solid State Drives and High-Speed Memory: Adoption, Practice and Deployment," which includes the results of a co-sponsored SNIA/SSG-NOW IT survey, indicates that more than 70% of respondents are planning to deploy SSDs and high-speed memory, with 25% already implemented, 32% evaluating and 31% currently impleme
Thin Provisioning Key Feature Of Storage Virtualization
Commentary  |  8/12/2011  | 
Thin provisioning can convince an application that is has more storage available than is actually allocated to the app.
How To Build Your Personal Brand Using Google+
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
Don't wait for Google+ Business Profiles--use the existing platform to build your own personal brand.
Adtran/Bluesocket Deal Is A Potential Network Game Changer
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
Networking vendor Adtran has bought privately held Bluesocket, which sells wireless network solutions with virtual control, for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition includes all intellectual properties, technologies and the established customer base--more than 3,000 in 47 countries. The Bluesocket team and product portfolio will be incorporated into Adtran's Enterprise Networks Division.
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