Expert Analysis
Content posted in September 2011
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Oracle DB Appliance Targets SMB/ROBO Markets
News  |  9/22/2011  | 
This week, Oracle President Mark Hurd announced the Oracle Database Appliance, a bundle consisting of 11g Release 2 and Real Application Clusters on a two-node Sun Fire server cluster running Oracle Linux, as well as professional services. Hurd said that the appliance can be configured in minutes; is easy to use, scalable and and affordable; and comes with single-vendor support.
Puppet Seeks Wider IT Automation Market
News  |  9/22/2011  | 
The update to Puppet Labs' IT automation software, Puppet Enterprise 2.0, includes cloud provisioning and change monitoring and management orchestration, and is intended to attract a wider audience, says CEO Luke Kanies. He believes the addition of a graphical user interface should make the software more accessible and attractive to organizations looking to provision new applications and respond to infrastructure changes faster.
Startup CacheIQ Unleashes NAS Acceleration Appliance
News  |  9/21/2011  | 
RapidCache appliance uses DRAM and solid-state storage to improve performance for network-attached storage devices.
Email Drives Daily Deal Websites
News  |  9/21/2011  | 
Social media and email complement each other and can fuel sales on daily deal sites, according to email service provider StrongMail.
HP Chairman Ray Lane On Vision
HP Chairman Ray Lane On Vision
Network Computing Videos  |  9/21/2011  | 
HP's Chairman, Ray Lane, sat down for an exclusive fireside chat and discussed the company's strategy, product direction and some of the missteps in communicating all of that to its customers.
Logitech To Launch Cloud Video Conferencing Service
News  |  9/21/2011  | 
LifeSize Connections service works this fall with Windows PCs and Macs; down the road will support unified communications platforms, smartphones and tablets.
What Facebook Should Learn From George Lucas
Commentary  |  9/21/2011  | 
Facebook's latest tweaks are reminiscent of the Star Wars creator's continued changes to his iconic films: No one asked for--or wanted--them.
The Acquisition Square Dance Continues
Commentary  |  9/21/2011  | 
This week’s acquisition of high-end NAS vendor and long-time OEM supplier BlueArc has me thinking about how various tech companies do acquisitions and how those acquisitions affect the products we put in our data centers. As my linear algebra professor used to say, it should be obvious to even the most casual observer that companies handle acquisitions differently.
Windows Server 8 Set To Change Storage Paradigms
News  |  9/21/2011  | 
Windows Server 8, the forthcoming followup to Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008 R2, sports what some may term revolutionary changes to how enterprises leverage their investments in storage. If one word could sum up what Windows Server 8 is all about, it would be "virtualization"--virtualization of servers, virtualization of desktops, virtualization of cloud services and last, but not least, virtualization of storage.
Facebook In A Shirt And Tie
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
Cloud-based collaborative project management sites like Podio combine the best of social software, SaaS.
Desktop Virtualization Today and Tomorrow
News  |  9/20/2011  | 
A new Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Dimension Data finds that the number of virtual desktop deployments will grow from 27% to 46% in the next two years. While vendors and pundits have been predicting a VDI explosion over the next few years, we're still waiting. According to the study, most organizations’ existing deployments touch less than 500 employees today, but they have plans to scale these deployments to thousands--and ultimately tens of thousands--of users during the ne
Bringing IPv6 To A Venue Near You
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
IPv6 is happening, worldwide. Interest groups of all sizes are needed to help spread knowledge and best practices about the implementation projects we will all eventually face.
Social Networking Policy Requires Regular Checkups
News  |  9/20/2011  | 
As social use evolves, revise your policy often--but not too often. Here's expert advice on periodic review of enterprise social networking policies.
Anue Network Monitoring Switches Handle 40G Networks
News  |  9/20/2011  | 
Anue Systems is releasing what it says is the first network monitoring switch that is intended to help manage networks of up to 40 Gbit. Network monitoring switches perform tasks such as filtering out only a particular type of network traffic and then routing it to a network monitoring tool specifically intended to manage that traffic but that might not have the capacity to handle and filter that volume of traffic itself.
Storage Virtualization Tour: All About Automated Tiering
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
Leverage a virtualized storage system’s granular understanding of block of data to automatically move data segments to faster or slower storage tiers, based on access patterns.
Is it Already Time To Reinvent the Cloud?
News  |  9/20/2011  | 
Although cloud computing persists as a top priority for CIOs, cloud is still in its infancy and already is undergoing significant revisions to improve its value proposition for more discerning customers. They are increasingly expecting cloud services providers to deliver solutions with the ability to make major operational and financial impacts on strategic areas of the business.
Dome9 Offers Cross-Platform Cloud Security Management Service
News  |  9/20/2011  | 
Start-up Dome9 Security's SaaS offering provides centrally managed, cross-platform, native security controls for cloud-based infrastructures. The hosted service provides security for public and private cloud infrastructures, as well as for dedicated and virtual private servers (VPSes).
Iomega Corporation Takes The Lead In New Cost-Effective Video Surveillance Storage Management Solutions For SMBs And Distributed Enterprises
News  |  9/19/2011  | 
Iomega, an EMC company and an innovator in data storage solutions for small and medium businesses, today announced leading edge video surveillance storage management solutions utilizing cost-effective Iomega StorCenter network storage devices that provide superior yet economical local and cloud video surveillance solutions for SMBs and distributed enterprises.
Probing The State Of The Flow Record Data Market
News  |  9/19/2011  | 
When it comes to network monitoring, probes appear to be an endangered species in large organizations, according to a new study from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). Conducted on behalf of Lancope, a vendor of NetFlow-based solutions, the research examined the usage, priorities and practices surrounding network-based flow data records, also known as Flow Record Data, including NetFlow, sFlow, jFlow and IPFIX.
VMworld In Retrospect
Commentary  |  9/19/2011  | 
It would be hard to call the recent VMworld anything but a rousing success. After all, 20,000 attendees descended on The Venetian in Vegas, and the vast majority would agree the trip was worth it. However the total experience wasn’t perfect, and as someone who’s attended, covered and occasionally exhibited at conferences for more than 25 years, I think it’s time for VMware to stop running the whole show itself and hire a professional trade show management company.
Security: Living In A State Of Compromise
News  |  9/19/2011  | 
The bad guys appear to be winning--or, at least sharing information on vulnerabilities and attack methodologies--faster and more readily than the good guys, and the regulatory environment is lagging reality, says RSA's Chief Security Officer Eddie Schwartz. "What is out there in the public [regarding attacks] is the tip of the iceberg of what's really happening."
Hypervisors May Break Storage Vendor Lock-In
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
All that's needed is to address some of the core storage shortcomings of the hypervisor, like providing solid performance while using thin provisioning, snapshots, and clones.
I/O: The Next Standards Battleground
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
PCI-SIG hopes Express 3.0, SR-IOV and MR-IOV can head off proprietary I/O virtualization schemes.
Amazon Cloud Services Meet Federal Security Standards
News  |  9/16/2011  | 
Key pieces of Amazon Web Services' (AWS) cloud-computing infrastructure have achieved certification with the federal standard for IT security solutions, making the services a more viable option for adoption among federal agencies.
Cisco Rules SaaS UC Conferencing Market
News  |  9/16/2011  | 
WebEx gives Cisco a 58% share of the second quarter SaaS unified communications webconferencing market, reports Synergy research.
Google+ Releases First APIs
News  |  9/16/2011  | 
Initial set of application programming interfaces provides access to profiles and activity streams on Google+.
Extreme Networks' Pint-Sized Wireless Powerhouse
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
In this era of waning wired client connectivity, there are lots of used and vacant UTP runs scattered about. At the same time, many wireless access points are poor candidates for taking advantage of the typical knee-high data jacks that pervade most modern buildings. And then there’s the slick little Snap-On Wi-Fi access point from Extreme Networks, which brings an innovative form factor and decent feature set to market.
10 LinkedIn Tips for IT Pros
News  |  9/16/2011  | 
Your career arguably depends on your LinkedIn presence. Here are 10 tips for making the most savvy use of the business social network.
Purpose-Built Or Off-The-Shelf Hardware: A Tale Of Two Systems
Commentary  |  9/15/2011  | 
As AMD and Intel have boosted the performance of x86 processors, some industry observers have suggested that the days of custom hardware are numbered. Recent solid-state storage system announcements from Kaminario and Astute Networks demonstrate that this argument is far from over.
Windows Server 8 Embraces Private Clouds
News  |  9/15/2011  | 
Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Server 8 promises to meld server technologies with services in the cloud--at least that is the theme that was presented by Microsoft’s Jeff Woolsey, the principal program manager lead for the Server and Cloud Division.
Facebook Subscribe Changes Personal Profile Rules
News  |  9/15/2011  | 
For the first time, you can have others follow your personal profile without a reciprocal "friend" connection.
Tufin Looks To Take Firewall Management To The Next Level
News  |  9/15/2011  | 
Tufin Technologies has long offered tools for managing firewalls and has even provided capabilities to monitor next-generation, application-aware firewalls. But with the release of the Tufin Security Suite 6.0, the company makes it possible to directly set and define next-generation firewall policies from their management tools.
Replication Key To Protecting Data
News  |  9/15/2011  | 
IT's role in keeping an organization's doors open for business rest on a tripod--business continuity, disaster recovery and high availability--and, increasingly, these initiatives are being supported by replication technologies, says senior analyst David Chapa, Enterprise Strategy Group. The author of Replication Technologies for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery says this trio is centered on the attempt to keep IT systems and applications available, regardless of what happens.
IBM Storage Systems Research Envisions the Future
Commentary  |  9/14/2011  | 
What is the future of storage and storage management? While all crystal balls are partly cloudy at best, one of the best bets would seem to be in IBM’s vision. Whether particular technologies make the grade or not--and, if so, when--is uncertain. However, the company’s general direction seems clear, and there are many important and exciting changes ahead. Let’s take a look at some of the developments that IBM Storage Systems Research is working on to bring about the future of s
Microsoft Systems Center: Poised for Takeoff?
News  |  9/14/2011  | 
When one talks network and systems management tools, four companies come to mind: BMC, CA, HP and IBM. Should a fifth, Microsoft, be included? "Microsoft certainly has gained a lot of ground in the management space and now has a large, well-entrenched customer base," notes Mary Johnston Turner, research VP, enterprise system management software, at IDC.
5 Facebook Rules Retailers Need To Know
News  |  9/14/2011  | 
Buddy Media combs its logs for what--and when--to post to win customers and avoid being ignored as spam.
Intel, LSI Expand SSD Options
News  |  9/14/2011  | 
Startup Kaminario and flash memory vendor Anobit also unveil new products at Intel Developers Forum.
13 Must Have Android Tools For IT
Slideshows  |  9/14/2011  | 
Put your Android phone to work with these handy utilities.
The Myth Of Vertically Integrated Storage Systems
Commentary  |  9/14/2011  | 
Vertically integrated storage systems have some benefits, but too many vendors make claims about vertical integration that aren't backed up by their products.
Blue Coat Triples Cache Performance
News  |  9/14/2011  | 
A leader in the WAN optimization controller market, Blue Coat Systems is supercharging its CacheFlow 5000 appliance with more than three times greater throughput and cache storage in the same 4U footprint. Targeted at service providers, and now shipping with IPv6 support, the upgrade is intended to address the explosion of rich Web 2.0 content, especially videos and large files that are "severely straining service provider networks, making it challenging to both provide a top-quality user experi
Mainframe Still Plays Key Role In Modern Data Center
News  |  9/13/2011  | 
A survey released by IT management software vendor BMC Software shows that mainframe computers still play a central role in large data centers and that businesses are using them to run new applications as well as legacy software. The 2011 Annual Mainframe Research Results show that enterprises are doing more work on mainframes because of the platform's advantages in security, reliability and cost-effectiveness, compared with the distributed client-server computing architecture.
Quantum Adds To StorNext Family Of Storage Appliances
News  |  9/13/2011  | 
Quantum is announcing several new members to its StorNext family of storage appliances that make the products more scalable, improve their performance and provide access to other types of storage. The family of appliances, the first members of which were announced in June of this year, is intended for smaller organizations that have relatively high storage capacity and performance demands, such as companies that do media production. The products also offer support for tape, including forthcoming
Cisco Rolls Out IPv6-Ready Carrier-Class Routers
News  |  9/13/2011  | 
Cisco has announced three additions to its ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers System portfolio. As with all of its new releases, the latest service provider offerings are IPv6-ready, but it's the mobile solution that is expected to be the big draw initially. The network giant says the proliferation of mobile Internet services and devices such as tablets and smartphones are fueling demand for bandwidth and quality experiences.
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