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The IT Pro Ranking: Networking Vendors
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
Here's how InformationWeek readers rank data center networking vendors.
Dot Hill Targets SMBs With 10GbE iSCSI Storage
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
Dot Hill Systems, who sells storage hardware and software to OEMs and the reseller channel, is claiming an industry first with the launch of 10Gb/s Ethernet iSCSI versions of its AssuredSAN 3000 family of rack-mounted SAN arrays. Due to ship in October, the 3420 (2.5-inch drives) and 3430 (3.5-inch drives) storage arrays are targeted at a variety of applications, including rich media post-production, video streaming, high performance computing and applications running on virtual servers.
Executives Demand Communications Arsenal
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
Plantronics finds business professionals use a wide variety of technologies to stay in contact with colleagues in and out of the office.
Q1 Labs Provides Insight into Social Media Activity
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
This week Q1 Labs released version 7.0 of QRadar. The software combines security event and information management (SIEM) with network behavior anomaly detection (NBAD) to help IT detect unwanted or malicious activity on the network. The latest version gives administrators visibility into social media use in the enterprise, where such use raises concerns around security, compliance and productivity. QRadar monitors and reports on user activity on hundreds of social media sites, such as Facebook,
The Case For Outbound Filtering
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
We filter and block what comes into our networks, but often forget about what goes out. Attackers know this, and their attack plans even rely on it. Malware that has compromised an internal machine is often programmed to connect to a command-and-control system that resides outside the enterprise. And of course, attackers use outbound connections to transmit stolen data to their own repositories.
All Snapshots Are Not Created Equal
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
Over the past decade or so, snapshots have become a standard feature of disk arrays, volume managers, file systems and even PCI RAID controllers. The pitch from vendors of these products is pretty much the same: "With our technology you can take a snapshot in just a second or so and it will hold only the changed blocks, taking up much less disk space than a full copy." While that statement may typically be true, there are big differences in snapshot implementations.
Avaya, Skype Partner On Business Communications
News  |  9/29/2010  | 
Quieting speculation that Cisco was considering acquiring Skype, the first phase of the partnership will provide a SIP communications channel between Skype and Avaya communications systems.
Mergers & Acquisitions: Rumors, Truths And Fantasies
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
Today IBM announced that they are swallowing Blade Network Technologies, a manufacturer of Ethernet switches for the blade enclosure and top of rack markets. Terms weren't announced, but the purchase has fueled the rumor mills that have been in high gear since the HP-Dell bidding war over 3Par.
HP Targets Migration From IBM
News  |  9/28/2010  | 
HP is rolling out their new HP StorageWorks P9500 Disk Array and enhancements to its Unix portfolio for Integrity systems, HP-UX portfolio, promoting tighter integration between its hardware and software as part of its Converged Infrastructure strategy. The intent is to improve application service delivery by reducing complexity and improving resiliency, but the announcements should appeal more to HP's existing customers, especially those on the venerable 9000 platform, rather than those on IBM
Hitachi Data Systems Unveils Next Gen Storage
News  |  9/28/2010  | 
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) today introduced a new platform that Hitachi says provides organizations with more intelligent, scalable storage and also prepares them for the next-generation data centers leveraging virtualization and cloud computing. HDS unveiled a new upgrade to its management software that, among other things, can manage more volume of objects and capacity via one management server and offers visibility and correlation of applications, virtual machines and servers and logical stor
Impulse Point 5.0 Improves Aruba Wireless Security
News  |  9/28/2010  | 
Impulse Point, a company whose technology provides network access control (NAC), has introduced an upgrade of its SafeConnect service that regulates access to wireless networks. Impulse, which began serving college campuses where students seek wireless connectivity for myriad devices, is now selling to the enterprise markets as employees in the workplace seek to do the same.
Apperian Names Patrick CEO
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Previously Xkoto CEO, David Patrick will replace founder Chuck Goldman at the helm of the iPhone application developer.
IBM To Acquire Networking Specialist
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Blade Network Technologies bid shows Big Blue is stocking up on edge offerings as rivals also round out their portfolios.
Ericsson To Acquire Nortel Unit For $65 Million
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Cash purchase of Nortel's multi-service switch business will strengthen Ericsson's CDMA innovation, said a company official.
HP's New High-End Disk Storage Array And Management Software, Services
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
HP has announced its latest addition to its StorageWorks line of disk storage systems, the P9500 Disk Array, along with an enhanced HP-UX portfolio of management software for Integrity system servers, HP-UX 11i-v3. In addition, enhancements to HP's Serviceguard Solutions for maintaining high availability of mission-critical systems are offered as part of the tech giant's Converged Infrastructure strategy of selling customers HP technology that works well together.
HP Achieves Breakthrough: Core Of Its Six Internal Data Centers Now "Cisco Free"
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
PALO ALTO, Calif.(BUSINESS WIRE) HP today announced that all six of its internal next-generation data centers are now running company operations worldwide on HP Networking solutions. In less than six months, HP IT engineers have replaced all of the non-HP core wide-area-network (WAN) routers and switches connecting the six data centers to each other and the internet. They also installed 75 HP A-series routers and switches and upgraded and replaced 30 circuits, with no data center downtime.
Edge Logic Simplified With Mirror Image Internet's Edge Computing Framework
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Mirror Image Internet, a leading provider of content delivery solutions powered by a patented global network, today announced the availability of its Edge Computing Framework (ECF), enabling businesses to quickly and easily execute custom edge logic on Mirror Image's content delivery network. Mirror Image's ECF can detect a wide range of conditions and settings associated with online visitors and execute logic which drives actions in real time at the edge of the network, increasing scalability w
HP Announces New Mission-Critical Solutions To Simplify, Consolidate Technology Environments
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
HP today announced integrated solutions that simplify operations and accelerate IT resource consolidation, enabling clients to streamline their delivery of mission-critical application services.
Vitesse Delivers Lowest Power Carrier Ethernet Functionality For Stackable Enterprise Applications
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation, a leading provider of advanced IC solutions for Carrier and Enterprise networks, today introduced a simplified, low-power solution for high-density Gigabit Ethernet(GE) switching with its VSC7432 (E-StaX-III-48) and VSC7434 (E-StaX-III-68). When combined with Vitesse's SimpliPHY GE PHYs, the E-StaX-III GE switch engines set a new benchmark, delivering 30 percent lower power consumption than competitive solutions in a three-chip design, and making them ideal for
Hitachi Data Systems Unveils 3D Scaling Storage Platform
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today introduced the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform, the industry's first three dimensional scaling platform, enabling organizations to scale up, out and deep for unprecedented levels of agility and cost savings in their virtualized data centers. The Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), in combination with the new Hitachi Command Suite management software, offers best-in-class performance, capacity and open, multi
Power Assure Optimizes Data Center Power
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Power Assure has introduced Dynamic Power Optimization, software that allows IT administrators to reduce data center power consumption by more than half without reducing service levels. This is achieved through balancing server capacity, performance and availability. Dynamic Power Optimization includes a virtualization manager for VMware, Citrix, Xen and PowerVM. In addition, the company announced Dynamic Power Management 3.5, which provides predictive analysis and includes product details for
Vantrix Launches Bandwidth Savings Calculator For Video Optimization
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Vantrix, the global leader of video optimization and delivery solutions for streaming, browsing and messaging, today announced the release of Vantrix Bandwidth Savings Calculator. This interactive tool is designed to help mobile carriers plan for the explosive growth of video in their data network.
Radware Introduces Its Virtual Application Delivery Infrastructure Strategy
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Radware, a leading provider of integrated application delivery solutions for business-smart networking, today announced the introduction of its Virtual Application Delivery Infrastructure - VADI Strategy with the objective of bringing full agility and efficiency of virtualization to application delivery solutions.
Building Reliability Into IT
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
There's a lot to like about Twitter; for me, the interesting discussions that crop up are a main draw. This was especially true recently, regarding a conversation about the foundations and premises of cloud computing. The discussion (sorry, I have yet to find a way to retrieve an entire Twitter thread) started with Sam Johnston saying "Legacy: unreliable software on reliable hardware. Cloud: reliable software on unreliable hardware." That's the kind of loaded statement Johnston likes to throw o
Avaya Flare: Eye Candy For Your CEO
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
Collaboration pundits got their drool opportunity last week with the introduction of Flare, Avaya's new communication tablet. For IT pros, Flare's real impact may have less to do what happens while in the hall and more at the desk. The Flare Experience, as Avaya calls is, a new kind of interface that will initially be available on the Avaya Desktop Video Device. Think of it as an iPad for business users.
Netflix Adds More NBC Universal TV Shows
News  |  9/24/2010  | 
Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, The Office and Battlestar Galactica are among the shows that will be offered via Netflix's online video subscription service under the expanded licensing deal.
IT Hall Of Shame, Part 2
News  |  9/24/2010  | 
Spammers Transferring Operations To Russia
News  |  9/24/2010  | 
Following China's security clampdown, Russian registrars have seen a rise in spam-related domain registrations.
iPad Hits Target Stores Next Month
News  |  9/24/2010  | 
Apple looks to broaden the tablet's appeal beyond the technologically hip smart set.
Broadcom Doubles VMware CPU Efficiency
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
A few weeks ago, VMware announced that vSphere 4.1 enables 10Gb iSCSI hardware offload in the Broadcom 957711 Converged NIC (C-NIC). Before VMware supported 10Gb iSCSI offload, data center managers connected their VMware servers to 10Gb iSCSI SANs using a combination of NIC hardware and fat iSCSI device drivers, a configuration where most of the iSCSI protocol processing is done by the VMware server. Now with vSphere 4.1, VMware supports the latest generation of converged C-NICs that use thin iS
It's Not The Same Old Block Storage
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
As recently as the turn of the century, block storage was pretty simple. A controller joined a group of disk drives into a RAID set and then offered fixed slices of that RAID set up as logical volume or LUN. All the controller had to do to map a block in the volume to a physical location was calculate offset from the beginning of the RAIDset to the beginning of the volume and the RAID stripe. With features like thin provisioning, automatic tiering and data reduction via deduplication and compres
Facebook Blames Outage On Database Failure
News  |  9/24/2010  | 
Programming chief says lengthy downtime was traced to an automated system designed to detect and fix error conditions.
Oracle Exalogic/Exadata Raise Questions About Vendor Lock-In
News  |  9/24/2010  | 
At its Oracle Open World convention, which ended Thursday in San Francisco, the IT giant promoted its Exalogic Elastic Cloud machine for establishing private clouds, dubbed a "cloud in a box," and its Oracle Exadata Database Machine, version X2-8, for data warehousing as the next big things in enterprise computing. While Oracle touts the simplicity and reliability of an integrated system, some analysts warn about the dangers of having to buy so much technology from just one company.
FCC Approves 'White Spaces'
News  |  9/23/2010  | 
The so-called "super Wi-Fi" technology is the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use in more than 20 years.
Netflix Apologizes For Misleading Media
News  |  9/23/2010  | 
Extras hired for the Toronto launch event promoting the debut of the movie subscription service's online video offering in Canada were told to act excited when talking to media.
Cisco's Curious Choice For New High-Speed Wireless Bridges
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
The 802.11 wireless standard includes bridging, and Cisco's history with wireless bridge products is long and distinguished. When Cisco purchased Aironet back in 1999, the networking giant started down the path towards what would become market domination in wired access and bridging, but Cisco hasn't been what anyone would call progressive when it comes to their wireless bridge product line.
Continuity Software Sets The Bar High For Disaster Recovery Testing
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
After a major IT operational problem or even a disaster, getting applications working again with the data they need is vital to any enterprise (public, private or government). Yet how many enterprises could honestly raise their right hands in response to the question: Are you very confident in your business continuity plan? Those enterprises that use Continuity Software's RecoverGuard solution (and maybe a few other enterprise solutions) could honestly answer in the affirmative.
Blockbuster Goes Bust, Files Chapter 11 Plan
News  |  9/23/2010  | 
Iconic movie rental house failed to keep up with new services that stream digital content directly to consumers' PCs and televisions.
My Next Data Center: Server Console Access
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
Over the years, I've used a wide variety of systems to access and manage the servers in the various data centers I've worked in. At the turn of the century we used CRT monitors and standard keyboards and mice on rack shelves with single user analog KVM (keyboard, video, Mouse) switches. Today most of the mid-market data centers I work in have pull out LCD consoles with touchpads in each rack, but I'm starting to think it's time for a big change.
Verizon CEO: No iPhone Yet
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg said he hopes Apple will allow Verizon to sell the iPhone once its LTE network is up and running.
Global Crossing Introduces New Desktop And Mobile Collaboration Applications
News  |  9/23/2010  | 
Global Crossing, a leading global IP solutions provider, today introduced Global Crossing Connect Solutions, a family of applications built on a scalable, standard application programming interface (API) that enables a faster, integrated and seamless collaboration experience. The new downloadable applications - Global Crossing Connect Desktop and Global Crossing Connect Mobile - expand how customers can use Global Crossing Ready-Access collaboration services.
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