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Content posted in September 2011
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Interop Video Previews
Commentary  |  9/30/2011  | 
Interop New York 2011 is upon us. Starting Oct. 3 and running through Oct. 7, UBM's Interop show sill be taking place at the Javits Center. It going to be a full week, starting with pre-conference days on virtualization, cloud computing and CIO boot camp. Wednesday through Friday, the conference kicks off with three full days of in-depth sessions and panels covering virtually every aspect of IT. The expo hall will be open Wednesday and Thursday so you can meet with vendors and see the latest gea
In-House Malware Analysis: Why, How To Do It
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
In-depth malware analysis can be part of a comprehensive vulnerability management strategy. Here's how to get started.
New SSL Alternative: Support Grows for Convergence
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Convergence, Moxie Marlinspike's crowdsourced approach to improving SSL security, wins fans. But Google's still not on board.
5 Reasons Credit, Debit Card Data Remains Insecure
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Verizon study finds 79% of merchants fall out of compliance with PCI standards between audits. These five factors feed the problem.
Attunity Replicate Handles Big Transaction Data From Databases At Half The Cost
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Attunity has announced Attunity Replicate, data replication software that the company says provides the same performance as similar software products from other major vendors but is much simpler to use, doesn't require users to install software on their computers and costs about half as much. It is mainly intended for the replication of big transaction data from databases, including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2.
Social Sounds Sweet To A Symphony's CIO
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
San Francisco Symphony's CIO explains why IT departments can't stay in the wings while their organizations push for more honest feedback from customers.
EMC Tailors Storage Systems For Big Data
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
EMC at Oracle Open World shows two system configurations for transaction-intensive applications such as databases, data warehousing, or Big Data analytics.
Qlogic Fabric Freedom Equals More Convergence
Commentary  |  9/30/2011  | 
The path to converged networking has to date been driven mostly from the networking side of the street. While we can argue whether Fibre Channel over Ethernet is more Fibre Channel or Ethernet, there's no argument that Cisco has been its biggest cheerleader. Qlogic's new Fabric Freedom product line provides a more storage-centric and incremental path to converged networking by supplying ports that can switch between 16-Gbps Fibre Channel and 10-Gbps Ethernet, with or without Fibre Channel over E
CloudFlare Rolls Out Free IPv6-to-IPv4 Translation Service
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
It may take a couple of years before an organization will have to make the switch to IPv6, but there is no question that the switch will be made. And the majority of IT professionals aren't prepared. According to a recent survey, 80% of about 2,400 respondents feel they are not educated enough on the subject to perform an IPv6 migration, half don’t know which of their network elements support IPv6 today, and 70% are concerned about whether they can successfully implement an IPv6 deployment
QLogic Sets The Stage For Networking's Future
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Networking and ASIC developer QLogic is building out its Adaptive Convergence strategy with new adapters, switches and routers that power 16-Gbit Fibre Channel or 10-Gbit data center Ethernet networks from the same hardware. The company's portfolio offers "any-to-any" connectivity by building in TCP/IP, iSCSI, FCoE and native Fibre Channel. The announcements included FlexSuite adapters, Universal Access Point switches and intelligent Storage Routers (iSR).
Cisco Adds Video Sharing, Searching To TelePresence
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Cisco customers now can archive video sessions, replay them on demand, and search them by keywords.
Mitel Expands The Reach Of Its Unified Communications Solution Into iSpace
Commentary  |  9/29/2011  | 
Mitel is one of those old dogs in the telephony world that has never had a problem learning new tricks. The corporate communications world once ran on barge-sized PBX systems, but now IP-based unified communications systems are the impressive norm. And though Mitel came from the old world, it continues to keep its offerings fresh with the latest version of Mitel Unified Communicator Advanced.
Piston Announces Enterprise Cloud OS
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Piston Cloud Computing is throwing its hat into the OpenStack-based open source cloud arena with the release of pentOS (Piston Enterprise OSTM), "an easy, secure and open cloud operating system for managing enterprise private cloud environments." The new company and its initial offering are the inspirations of Josh (Joshua) McKenty, the chief architect of NASA’s Nebula Cloud Computing Platform, which formed the cornerstone of the OpenStack project.
Symantec Upgrades Storage Management Products
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
New pricing model for Storage and Availability Management products lets IT departments pay based on usage.
Storage For Virtual Environments
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
VMs are transforming storage. Here's what you need to know.
OpenStack.org Releases Open Source Cloud Stack Dubbed 'Diablo'
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
OpenStack.org, a group developing an open source stack to deliver cloud computing, has released the fourth iteration of its project Diablo, which adds 70 new features to three main components of the project: OpenStack Compute for cloud computing cycles; OpenStack Storage for data storage; and OpenStack Image Service for establishing, tracking and maintaining virtual machine images.
Most Organizations Fall Short On PCI DSS, Verizon Reports
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
This year's Verizon 2011 Payment Card Industry Compliance Report validates the findings of the first report issued last year: About one in five organizations for which Verizon provided QSA services were fully compliant in their Initial Report on Compliance (IROC), but the balance were found lacking, on average passing about 80% of the QSA evaluation tests.
Always-On With Amazon S3
Commentary  |  9/28/2011  | 
Amazon S3 continues its steady growth, attracting storage users from the startup to the enterprise. But many are concerned about putting all their eggs in the S3 basket, and other companies are rising to the challenge. Recently, Nasuni and Gemini briefed me on products that might ease the concerns of Amazon S3 users.
NetEx Addition Of Hyper-V Support A Game-Changer
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
The addition of Microsoft Hyper-V support to the NetEx HyperIP WAN optimization virtual appliance solution will be greeted with open arms by customers using the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 platform. Originally expected to ship last year, shortly after the company unveiled the appliance supporting the VMWare ESX hypervisor, it is now a part of HyperIP Version 6.0.
Next Killer Tablet App: Multisite Videoconferencing
Commentary  |  9/27/2011  | 
Tired of TSA pat-downs? The cost of a plane ticket now buys a year's worth of multiparty virtual chats via a SaaS model.
Violin Memory: This Is The Impact Event Before The Extinction Of Hard Disks
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Hailing the arrival of all-silicon enterprise storage and the end of mechanical storage arrays, Violin Memory is rolling out new products that deliver 80% reduction in cost per input/output operations per second (IOPS) and a 15-to-1 reduction in physical consolidation of hardware from a disk array vendor. The company says its new 6000 series and the addition to the 3000 series of solid-state drives mark the beginning of the end for hard disk drives, equivalent to the impact event that killed off
No One Uses GPS, Do They?
Commentary  |  9/27/2011  | 
There are some technologies that you just don't monkey with. Running water, for example. And the global positioning system that is the enabler to about a zillion different location applications found in many aspects of modern civilized life. But courtesy of newcomer 4G wannabe LightSquared, a somewhat exotic mobile network technology threatens to lay functional waste to millions of consumer, commercial and military GPS-enabled devices.
Violin Memory Expands Solid State Storage Lineup
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Violin 6000 Series flash Memory Arrays offer single-level and multi-level cell versions, redundancy, and new levels of capacity and throughput.
Playkast Promotes All Video Comments, All The Time
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Embed this video player on your Website or Facebook page, and viewers can respond with their own video comments.
Load The Right Data On Server SSDs
Commentary  |  9/27/2011  | 
Consider booting from SSD to bring servers back online quickly and using PCIe SSD with caching software to accelerate operating system and application data functions.
Oracle Unveils SPARC SuperCluster System With T-4 Processors
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Oracle has rolled out the SPARC SuperCluster integrated computer system, the third such computer built from the ground up with Oracle servers, storage, operating system, processors, database, middleware and application software in one complete unit.
How To Catch Recruiters' Eyes On LinkedIn
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
Through savvy use of LinkedIn, IT pros may soon be on their way to a better job.
QLogic Expands Multiprotocol Product Lineup
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
Adapters, switches, and routers support multiple protocols and provide interoperability to free buyers from architectural lock-in.
10 Social Networking Don'ts
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
Savvy IT pros know how to guide and support their organizations' social efforts--and know how to avoid mistakes that can cause internal and external trouble.
Cisco's Virtualization Play With Windows Server 8
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
Networking giant plans to meld its Nexus 1000V virtual switch and Virtual Machine Fabric Extender with Windows Server 8 Hyper-V hypervisor.
Will Windows 8 Secure Boot Block Linux?
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
A security feature designed to block malware could result in PCs no longer booting alternate operating systems, open source advocates warn.
Liferay Portal Adds Social Features, Marketplace
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
Open source Java portal LifeRay 6.1 improves social capabilities, welcomes app developers.
The Great Storage Protocol Debate
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
As the Great Debate: iSCSI Beats Fibre Channel session I’m moderating at Interop NY next month will demonstrate, passions run high when you get storage and server administrators talking about their favorite storage protocols. While the iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel debate gets the most attention, the even older battle between file and block protocols is again heating up.
Symantec Foundation 6.0 Creates Private Cloud On Existing IT
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
On Oct. 4, storage management vendor Symantec is releasing version 6.0 of its Storage Foundation and Availability Management software portfolio, which offers new tools to create a private cloud without the need to rip and replace existing IT assets.
Identified: Because LinkedIn Is For Old People
Commentary  |  9/23/2011  | 
Startup career site taps Facebook social and professional graphs of those too cool for LinkedIn.
FedEx CIO Rob Carter: Dominant Design
FedEx CIO Rob Carter: Dominant Design
Network Computing Videos  |  9/23/2011  | 
One of the world's well-known CIOs provides an in depth look at how FedEx is building its data centers of the future. Carter discusses the trend toward "dominant design" -- the ability to leverage standards for speed and competitive advantage.
FedEx CIO Rob Carter: Dominant Design
FedEx CIO Rob Carter: Dominant Design
Network Computing Videos  |  9/23/2011  | 
One of the world's well-known CIOs provides an in depth look at how FedEx is building its data centers of the future. Carter discusses the trend toward "dominant design" -- the ability to leverage standards for speed and competitive advantage.
Meg Whitman Replaces Apotheker As CEO At HP
News  |  9/23/2011  | 
In a surprise development, HP has named former eBay CEO Meg Whitman to replace Leo Apotheker as president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, based on disappointment in Apotheker's failure to execute on the company's new strategy. Whitman pledged support for HP's strategy of building its enterprise software business and making a decision by the end of the year on whether to spin off its Personal Systems Group (PSG), which sells desktop, laptop and tablet computers to consumers.
Compuware Ships Load Testing On Steroids
News  |  9/23/2011  | 
Compuware is now shipping a new load-testing offering that is expected to reshape the market. Compuware Gomez 360° Web Load Testing leverages testing solutions--Gomez Web Load Testing and dynaTrace Test Center Edition--to find and fix performance and scalability problems across the entire application delivery chain. The company says the integrated solution accelerates time to market by identifying user experience performance problems and isolating the root cause down to the line of code.
Drobo FS: Safe, Uncomplicated Network Storage For Non-Techies
News  |  9/22/2011  | 
If setting up a RAID system for your home or small office is too daunting, this plug-and-play device is easy to install and reconfigure as your storage needs change.
Proprietary Networking Kills Opportunity
News  |  9/22/2011  | 
When we ask IT about proprietary vs. standards-based purchases, the majority of responses indicate that standards are nearly always preferred. So why are the network fabrics proprietary? There is a disconnect between what we are hearing from IT and what vendors are offering, and it seems to me that vendors are collectively shooting themselves in the foot.
Which Server SSD Should You Choose?
Commentary  |  9/22/2011  | 
Solid-state storage can solve performance problems in the data center. But which form factor is the best to install in your server?
Salesforce.com Acquires Assistly
News  |  9/22/2011  | 
Salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced it has acquired Assistly, an instant customer-service help desk built for the cloud.
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