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Content posted in August 2012
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Cisco Squeaks Past Microsoft In Gartner UC Ranking
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
Despite its strength in networking and telephony, Cisco has been chasing Microsoft in unified communications. Now, mobile emphasis may be giving it an edge.
Riverbed Extends VMware Partnership With Flurry of News at VMworld
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Riverbed introduces new products at VMworld that address application deployment for cloud architecture, software-defined networking and virtual desktop infrastructure. Learn more about how the vendor is building on its VMware partnership.
Dell Gains In Lackluster Server Market
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
While global server revenue fell in the second quarter, Dell grabbed its largest market share to date. HP's share stays flat as it fights roadmap and identity problems.
Calculating the Cost of Full Disk Encryption
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
The price of FDE goes beyond hardware and software--but according to a recent study, the benefits far outweigh the costs.
Zappos Tries To Cash In On Pinterest
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Zappos and Pinterest combine e-commerce and social media with PinPointing. Will it stick?
Dell, Nimble, GreenBytes and NetApp Up the Ante to Support VDI
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
A virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can be difficult to launch and expensive. Is the storage infrastructure ready to support VDI? Learn how storage vendors Dell, Nimble, GreenBytes and NetApp are answering that question.
VMware Previews Impressive Mobile Offering With Horizon Suite
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
BYOD support is often about what users can't do. VMware's Horizon Suite focuses on what users can do. The preview of the alpha stage software combines good user experience with enterprise controls.
VMworld Has VXLAN Winning the Network Overlay War
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
Several vendors, including VMware, showed VXLAN implementations with vSphere. That's a good start for a new protocol, and with VMware's backing we'll see even greater support coming up.
Second LulzSec Sony Hacker Suspect Arrested
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
FBI files charges against a second man in hack that used SQL injection attack to access one million unencrypted Sony usernames and passwords.
New EMC Suite Tackles Storage Management in Virtual Environments
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Data center volume and files are projected to grow to 50 and 75 times their current size in the next decade. EMC's Storage Resource Management aims to help overburdened storage staffs prepare for the onslaught.
Dropbox Adds 2-Factor Authentication
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Dropbox users can set their account to require a second authentication code when accessed from an untrusted computer. The code can be obtained via SMS text message from Dropbox or through a mobile app on available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7.
The Tao Of Twitter: Power Tips For Networking
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Twitter's secret is that it is not intuitive, but it can be a powerful business networking tool once you learn to use it properly, says author Mark Schaefer.
Hotel Keycard Lock Hacker Questions Firmware Fix
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Lock maker previews two fixes to the keycard hack demonstrated at Black Hat. But are these changes enough--and will hotels pay to install them?
EMC's VFCache Now Supports vMotion and Deduplication
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Prior to vSphere 5.1, vMotion and server-side SSD caches weren't compatible. Now, cache-hungry apps can be made mobile, too. Here's how EMC's VFCache works with vMotion.
Is Amazon's Glacier Cloud Storage a Good Deal?
Commentary  |  8/28/2012  | 
Amazon's new cloud storage service, Glacier, looks like a deal--1 cent per gigabit per month. But can you wait three to five hours to access your data? Learn what other factors you should be aware of when it comes to Amazon's latest storage offering.
VMworld: Brocade Announces Support for VXLAN
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Brocade announces support for VMware’s preferred networking overlay protocol. Learn more about the ADX Series.
VMware Ends vRAM, Goes All in on the vDataCenter
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
The VMware brass takes the stage at VMworld to announce a top-down and bottom-up approach that promises better support for integration and better management of storage and networking in its software-defined data center vision.
Eight Mobile Apps to Help Road Warriors Boost Productivity, Efficiency
Slideshows  |  8/27/2012  | 
It's a BYOD world out there. Here are eight mobile apps that could make things easier for your road warriors and your enterprise.
VMworld: Quantum Rolls Out Q-Cloud Storage
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Quantum introduces Q-Cloud backup and disaster recovery for small and mid-sized businesses. Meanwhile, VMware integrates Avamar deduplication.
10 Social Lessons IT Should Teach
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Here's how IT can take the lead to make sure social media is used safely and effectively.
Virtualization Security Oft Misunderstood; Sourcefire Rolls Out Answers
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
According to experts, control and visibility are often the greatest barriers to virtualization security in the enterprise. Sourcefire's FireAMP Virtual and Virtual Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems aim to make things clearer.
Wireless LAN's New Standard, 802.11ac: Prep Time
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
First products appearing based on wireless LAN standard that delivers 1.3 Gbps, and up to 7 Gbps in some cases. Start planning now.
Maginatics Debuts Storage Platform At VMworld
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Maginatic's platform blends enterprise, mobile, and cloud storage; separately, Scale Computing debuts a converged system.
The Hardest Part of BYOD Management? Policy
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
Sure, BYOD is a hot topic--but you don't have to allow it. If you do, though, here's why determining your policy should be the first step to BYOD management.
License Changes, Backup Software, Spin out: VMware Rumors Settled next Week
Commentary  |  8/24/2012  | 
VMworld kicks off in San Francisco next week: What does the vendor have in store? What do its partners and competitors have planned?
Embotics Tackles Virtual Machine Management With V-Commander
News  |  8/24/2012  | 
Embotics takes IT as a Service into the cloud with the newest version of V-Commander. Learn more about the tool, which enterprises can use to select services, automate billing and chargeback, and provision required assets.
Quest's vRanger 6.0 Combines Physical and Virtual Server Backup
News  |  8/24/2012  | 
VRanger 6.0 delivers data protection for both virtual and physical environments, but easy and quick recovery of data will be the key differentiator moving forward.
Nimbus Gemini Solid-State Storage Built From the Ground Up
Commentary  |  8/24/2012  | 
Nimbus rolls out Gemini, the replacement for its S-Class storage system, offering its first set of fully custom hardware, and much more. Get all the details.
Does DNA Hold the Keys to the Future of Data Storage?
Commentary  |  8/23/2012  | 
Remove storage as the biggest factor restricting the size of PC hardware, and you open up a whole new world of augmented reality.
Application Defined Networking: The Next Wave
News  |  8/23/2012  | 
Application defined networking's top-down approach is the next big wave in virtualized environments. Get on board or get left behind.
Networking and Data Center Salary Survey: Is 2012 What You Expected?
Slideshows  |  8/22/2012  | 
We're three-quarters of the way through 2012. Have you had your salary review yet? Did you get that raise? Take a look at what networking and data center professionals anticipated at the start of the year.
New Research: The Next-Gen WAN
News  |  8/22/2012  | 
Cloud services shake things up as carriers go slow.
Social Business Moves Beyond Facebook's Coattails
Commentary  |  8/22/2012  | 
Facebook's stock market plummet leaves LinkedIn and Jive Software looking good.
Private Cloud 'Vending Machine' Eases IT Service Delivery for Wyoming
News  |  8/22/2012  | 
The CIO of the state of Wyoming shares how a new approach to IT service delivery via the private cloud has helped save time and better allocate resources. Find out how the state settled on a vendor and launched the system, and what it learned.
Amazon Glacier Offers Low-Cost Data Archiving
News  |  8/21/2012  | 
Amazon Glacier will store your data for a long time at a low price. But if you need to access the data, don't expect to get it quickly.
Stop SSD Sprawl
Commentary  |  8/21/2012  | 
Solid state storage devices are being implemented in servers, networks, and storage systems, leading to sprawl and performance problems in data centers. This has to change.
Skyera's SkyHawk Swoops In With Affordable, High-Performance Storage
News  |  8/21/2012  | 
Startup Skyera rolls out what "what may be the most revolutionary storage system we've seen in years." Find out why SkyHawk is grabbing attention.
Storage Players Try To Improve Solid State
News  |  8/21/2012  | 
NetApp, Astute Networks, GreenBytes, and Whiptail Technology venture more deeply into solid state technology with new products that boost its performance.
Security Skills Shortage, Or Training Failure?
News  |  8/21/2012  | 
Most IT security groups are short-handed and can't find good people to hire, research says. But the real issue may be failure to invest in training new and current personnel.
Social Media Vs. Water Cooler: Time Sink Showdown
News  |  8/20/2012  | 
Surprise: Survey finds that we waste more work time at the water cooler than on Facebook and social sites.
Reimagining Cisco: You Aren't a Box Seller
Commentary  |  8/20/2012  | 
For the duration of its existence, Cisco has been all about selling hardware and adding software that can run on only its hardware. It's time for a change of attitude.
SimpliVity's OmniCube Ties Data To VM, Not Hardware
News  |  8/20/2012  | 
Startup's new assimilated system packs server, networking, storage, and other resources in one appliance.
Organizations Still Need Niche Vendors to Round Out Mobility Strategy
News  |  8/20/2012  | 
Organizations are turning to managed service providers for a more holistic approach to a mobility strategy, according to a recent survey. The problem? Providers and vendors still aren't able to offer end-to-end services. That's where niche vendors come in.
About That Antenna: The Key Component of a Wireless System
Commentary  |  8/17/2012  | 
Graphical planning tools and predictive utilities are demystifying wireless network design. But you still need to know how to set up different antennae. Learn why.
5 Lessons SMBs Can Learn From
News  |  8/17/2012  | 
Is's crowdfunded prototype a model for disruptive startups, or a social media mirage?
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