Expert Analysis
Content posted in September 2009
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Microsoft Gets $388 Million Break, For Now
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Judge overturns record patent penalty, but software maker could still lose on appeal.
Carrier Ethernet Market Booming
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The market is being fueled by global service carriers struggling to meet the exploding demand for bandwidth while driving down prices.
MindShift Launches Nextdesktop, The First Affordable Hosted Windows Desktop Solution For Small And Medium-Sized Businesses
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
At under $40 a seat, NextDesktop provides cost-effective alternative to buying, maintaining, supporting and upgrading PCs
Allot Launches NetEnforcer(R) AC-5000: 10 Gbps Performance in a Small Package
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Performance and feature set for high-end enterprise as it moves towards 10 GE
Stratus Demonstrates Major Engineering Breakthrough In Software-Based Continuous Availability
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Continuous availability for symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) servers
OpTier Sets Standard For End User Experience Monitoring With New Product
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
OpTier Experience Manager is the first solution to combine data center and end user transaction visibility
CA And VMware Announce Results Of Server Virtualization Maturity Study
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
IT process institute identifies specific procedures and controls that optimize benefits and reduce risks at different levels of maturity.
Exar Expands Product Portfolio For Enterprise Storage Applications
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
New processor delivers high performance advanced data reduction and encryption offload for next generation data center storage.
Cisco Nexus 4000 Adds FCoE Momentum
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
DLP Rolling Review: Code Green's DLP Appliance
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Our Rolling Review seeks to evaluate vendor DLP solutions in many areas, including endpoint protection, data discovery, reporting, threat detection and response, range of communication channels that can be protected, along with pricing and ease of management. The CI 1500 performed well in many areas and not so well in others.
Cisco Outlines Data Center 3.0
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Cisco took the time to reiterate its data center strategy and outlined its definition of unified fabric networking, which encompasses all of the common storage networking protocols. Cisco also announced the Nexus 4000 blade switch destined for traditional blade server partners.
Record Penalty Against Microsoft Tossed
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Ruling overturns jury verdict that would have handed $388 million to Singapore's Uniloc.
LSI Ramps Up Engenio Storage System
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
LSI has rolled out a number of enhancements to its high-end Engenio 7900 storage solution. Along with support for solid state drives (SSD) and iSCSI host interfaces, the new DE6900 drive enclosure adds a significant bump in drive capacity. With room for up to 60 SATA drives, the new enclosure will help both the largest of data centers with escalating capacity needs as well as those that need to trim power, heat and space requirements.
Dataram XcelaSAN Speeds Storage Retrieval
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Dataram Corp. has released the XcelaSAN, a solid-state appliance that applies intelligent caching algorithms to data storage and retrieval requests made across an entire storage-area network to reduce latency and improve overall storage performance. The XcelaSAN begins shipping during Q4 in the United States and in the first half of 2010 throughout Europe and Asia. Pricing starts at $65,000.
Dataram's XcelaSAN Caches Block I/O
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
We've started thinking of flash based SSDs as the mainstream go-fast solution for applications starved for random I/O performance, but today's SSD solutions require storage administrators to relocate your hot data to the small amount of SSD you can afford. Wouldn't you rather just drop a magic acceleration appliance in your SAN that makes everything faster? Dataram hopes you do.
DLP Rolling Review: Safend Safeguards At The Endpoint
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Regardless of how large or complex your organization is, battling data loss threats must start with an emphasis on the endpoint. Safend estimates that 60% of corporate data resides on endpoints, and that's where Safend Protector Endpoint aims its DLP resources.
Insightix Extends Its IF-Map Support
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Insightix enables support for multiple cutting-edge access control solutions from 802.1x to identity-based clientless dynamic layer-3 enforcement
Fg Microtec To Provide FMC Client Technology To Siemens Enterprise Communications
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
fg microtec's Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) client technology delivers one mobile experience for FMC and UC to Siemens OpenScape MobileConnect users
Liquidware Labs Launches Managed Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Alliance Program
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Alliance brings together key technology vendors, enables virtual desktop infrastructure implementation
LSI Enhances Flagship Engenio 7900 Storage System
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
New high-density enclosure, solid-state drive support and iSCSI host interface increase operational efficiency in both physical and virtual environments
HP Revamps Entry Level Ethernet Switch
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
HP has made inroads in the small and medium business sector by delivering low cost, easy to maintain Ethernet switches. The company revamped one of its entry level lines, so it is more secure, simpler to deploy, and more energy efficient. The products may appeal to companies who need high speed connections but are not yet ready to embrace 10G Ethernet networking.
Carrier Ethernet Market Booming
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
The market is being fueled by global service carriers struggling to meet the exploding demand for bandwidth while driving down prices.
Rolling Review Kick-Off: Data-Loss Prevention
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Vendors offer more options for protecting data throughout its travels. We'll put their claims to the test.
Full Disk Encryption Evolves
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Full disk encryption, or FDE, is the preferred mechanism to address this threat because, as the name implies, the technology lets IT encrypt the entire hard drive so that sensitive data is protected, no matter where it resides. But unfortunately, FDE adoption comes at a price: complex and costly deployments, additional licensing fees, and one more application for IT to support.
Tek-Tools Collaborates with LSI to Bring Enhanced Monitoring and Reporting to LSI Engenio Storage Systems
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Tek-Tools Storage Profiler Integrates with LSI Systems to Deliver Comprehensive Visibility into Physical and Virtual Environments for Increased Operational Efficiencies
Whaleback Systems Reaffirms Wideband Voice Leadership
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Managed Service Provider's CrystalBlue Voice Service Delivers Best Audio Service Quality with End-to-End Wideband VoIP Support and Full Line of Polycom HD Voice Phones
Xerox To Acquire Affiliated Computer Services
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Xerox Corporation and Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement for Xerox to acquire ACS in a cash and stock transaction valued at $63.11 per share or $6.4 billion as of the closing price of Xerox stock on Sept. 25.
Vodafone Unveils Keeper(TM) Mobile, a Secure & Encrypted Data & Password Vault for Smartphones and Mobile Devices in Over 60 Countries
News  |  9/28/2009  | 
Keeper is a vital tool that provides unrivaled protection for sensitive data. Users can quickly and easily store passwords, account numbers, website logins, notes, lists and other business or personal information on their Smartphone, mobile device, laptop or desktop computer.
Foundational eDiscovery
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Legal concentrates on the review stage of eDiscovery with good reason. But if collected data was badly searched and poorly preserved, then the review process - and the reviewers - will suffer for it.
FCoE Becomes Just Another Protocol
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
ESCO Announces Introduction of Wireless, Mesh-Based Wide Area Network
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
ESCO Technologies Inc. today announced that it has acquired a minority interest in Firetide Inc., a leading provider of wireless infrastructure mesh networks, and through its Aclara RF Systems Inc. subsidiary, has entered into a strategic alliance agreement with Firetide.
Gigamon Releases Citrus 1.1 to Support New GigaStream Trunking Solution
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
Latest Version Allows Users to Manage Multiple Chassis from a Single-Browser Based GUI
Odyssey Logistics Moves To SSD
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
Danbury, Connecticut-based Odyssey Logistics provides trend planning, audits, freight bill payments, tracking and management to its vertical chemical industry customer base from the Odyssey North Carolina data center. Odyssey's challenge was meeting the expectations of its customers as a software as a service (SaaS) provider, especially during peak load times for its Oracle database.
Nominum's Skye: Still A Service Provider Product
News  |  9/25/2009  | 
Nominum, which provides IP addressing services like DNS and DHCP to service providers, announced a cloud based DNS service called Skye. The only cloud aspect is the business model where customers a pay as you go based on query volume rather than on a fixed monthly fee. Skye may make sense if your company is running numerous external sites and you want a more robust DNS solution than you have now, but I don't see enterprise customers giving Skye serious thought for internal use.
A Gmail Failure Is Not Cloud Failure
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
We need to clear the air about cloud services and hosted services (SaaS). A lot of people conflate Software As A Service (SaaS) with cloud service, and that is a wildly inaccurate view of the world. The moment that SaaS was included in any cloud definition, the definition of a cloud become entirely unusable. Anything can be a SaaS, therefore anything can be a cloud. When Gmail or some other hosted service has an interruption, it does not indicate a cloud failure. It's a service failure. The dist
Aruba Cuts Prices With New 802.11n Access Point
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
Aruba Networks has launched the latest member of their 802.11n family. The AP-105 offers a small footprint, enterprise class features, and a limited lifetime warranty at an aggressive $695 list price. Along with the new AP, Aruba is offering price cuts on its existing stable of 802.11n gear.
Voltaire 40 Gigabit InfiniBand Blade Meets SSI Specification
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
Voltaire Ltd. has announced the industry's first Server System Infrastructure (SSI)-compliant InfiniBand switch for blade server systems. Available now, the Voltaire 40 Gb/s InfiniBand Blade Switch Module is the first InfiniBand blade switch to comply with SSI specifications. Dawning Information Industry Co. will demonstrate the Voltaire switch as part of its introduction of the new TC3600 Blade System, the first blade computing system to fully comply with SSI standards.
Citrix Delivers NetScaler VPX Virtual Appliance and Unveils Citrix Ready Open Networking Program
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
New Partner Program Establishes Networking Ecosystem to Bring Virtualized Web App Delivery to Cloud and Enterprise Datacenters
Customers Protect and Accelerate Their Businesses with NetApp SnapMirror Thin Replication
News  |  9/24/2009  | 
NetApp, Inc. today announced it has added native network compression to SnapMirror thin replication, making it even more efficient in lowering customers' total cost of ownership.
eDiscovery Pros Circle the Wagons
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
A new non-profit calling itself the Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP for short) has formed to establish global standards and certification for the eDiscovery process.
The Non-Issue of 802.11n Ratification
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
After a seven-year process, 802.11n, the next generation of wireless protocols has been blessed by the IEEE and the vendor-led WiFi Alliance, officially ratified on September 11, 2009. While most industry watchers might have expected a clarion call of the news and a flurry of press releases announcing product compatibility, the industry players have been largely silent about the event.
Cisco Putting Stamp On Smart Grid
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
I confess I can't get much excited about either green or smart grid technology, but that doesn't mean that both aren't legitimate new beachheads in which -- to update Scott McNealy's famous aphorism -- the networking stuff will be the big deal. The whole deal, in fact.
Napatech Sets New Standards For Time Synchronization
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
Napatech today released new time synchronization features that will allow extremely accurate packet time stamping. This is important for measuring quality of service factors, such as latency, in packet networks.
Radware Discusses Next-Generation Data Center Strategies At Its Global Executive Exchange Forums
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
Executive Exchange forums present opportunities for partners and customers to jointly discuss 'Smart Choices' for data centers - from consolidation and SOA to virtualization, security, and cloud computing
EMC Data Domain Adds Cascaded Replication To Disaster Recovery Infrastructure
News  |  9/23/2009  | 
New replicator software enhancements also raise cross-site dedupe fan-in, 180-to-1 For remote sites, double directory replication performance
LSI To Demonstrate Industry's First Single-Root I/O Virtualization Solution At Intel Developer Forum
News  |  9/22/2009  | 
Demonstration showcases high-efficiency, low-latency storage I/O virtualization solution for sharing RAID controllers in direct-attached storage environments
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