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Content posted in September 2011
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Private Cloud: It's Not About ROI
Commentary  |  9/13/2011  | 
Most private cloud discussions revolve around the ROI of the architecture. Many discussions begin and quickly end with ROI. The reason is that ROI is very difficult to show in real numbers for any IT investment, but more so when the majority of the costs are soft costs.
Co3 Tackles One Of Security's Hidden Costs
News  |  9/12/2011  | 
Billions are being spent annually on protecting information, but Co3 Systems is offering a unique solution for what to do after a data breach occurs. The Cambridge, Mass., software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup is announcing an automated, repeatable way to prepare for data loss events, assess their potential impact, and generate and manage incident response plans more efficiently. Its solution can cut incident response process time by as much as half, and can significantly reduce the risk, expense
How To Make Use Of Scale-Out Storage
Commentary  |  9/12/2011  | 
IT managers are increasingly looking at high-capacity storage systems to help with server virtualization infrastructures, Big Data, and online applications.
HP Shakes Up Security Market
News  |  9/12/2011  | 
While HP has caused a furor with the uncertain future of its PC business, what is clear is its desire to be a player in the enterprise security market. The world's largest IT vendor is making a number of announcements around its Enterprise Security Solutions portfolio that will provide the required protection combined with access to the right assets without compromising risk.
CA Technologies Releases Cloud-Enabled ARCserve
News  |  9/12/2011  | 
CA Technologies is looking to leverage the power of the cloud to make it simpler to back up and protect the data on enterprise networks. The latest version of CA’s backup product, ARCserve (now in version 16), is taking a pragmatic approach to backing up data stored on enterprise networks, private clouds, public clouds and hybrid clouds--focusing on the data and not so much on where it is stored.
IBM SONAS On Life Support As BlueArc Goes To HDS
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
You may have heard of an oddly named storage product from IBM called SONAS. It stands for Scale-Out NAS. I’m concerned that, like with so many other monolithic products, SONAS may be out of gas--as Hitachi Data Systems fills up its tank with higher octane from BlueArc. As always, there’s more to the story of the BlueArc acquisition than meets the eye.
Certificate Authority Compromises Are Global In Reach
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
There has already been a lot written about the compromise at DigiNotar, GlobalSign and Comodo. One day we will look at the summer of 2011 as the time when the PKI collapsed. That's not hyperbole. The problems with certificate authorities and the inherent weakness they present have been known for years--a fact we alluded to as far back as 1997. Browsers accept certificates as trusted in that they have the signing CA certificate in their local browser store. Browsers do not check that a particular
VMware: Driving IT Innovation and Disruption
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
The big picture that VMware continues to emphasize is that a trio of disruptive trends is simultaneously transforming IT: infrastructure renewal, applications development and end user computing. Understanding these trends is necessary not only to comprehend what new products and services can do today, but also to get a better perspective of what is likely to happen in the future.
To Catch An APT
News  |  9/9/2011  | 
It's not about prosecuting the nameless, faceless attackers behind these relentless targeted attacks--it's about minimizing the damage they incur.
Skytap Brings Self-Service To Hybrid Clouds
News  |  9/9/2011  | 
More and more companies are turning to cloud technologies to build private, public and hybrid cloud solutions. However, many are finding that managing those silos of services is becoming an impossibility, surrounded by incompatibilities, complex dashboards and differing standards. Cloud services vendor Skytap has released a new set of solutions, which brings management simplicity and federation to clouds of all shapes and sizes.
Understanding UC In The Cloud
News  |  9/8/2011  | 
Unified communications isn't like other cloud apps. We outline crucial differences to help you make the best choice.
Of Body Armor, Handcuffs And Fluke Networks' AirCheck
Commentary  |  9/8/2011  | 
In the IT media business, you tend to see a lot of press releases. The majority of these are informative but benign, and seldom make you do a double-take. Then there’s "Law Enforcement Uses Fluke Networks’ AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester to Help Combat Child Pornography." While I approve of the sentiment behind the title, a couple of the points made in the release bother me.
Imperva Unveils Scalable Cloud-Based DDoS Protection
News  |  9/8/2011  | 
Subscription service defends against the majority of distributed denial-of-service attacks, says vendor.
How To Prep For The Google+ API
News  |  9/8/2011  | 
As programming access to the Google social network nears, here are some steps you can take to get ready.
5 Ways Social Will Change The IT Profession
News  |  9/8/2011  | 
Social networking changes the way that companies do business--and the way that the IT department delivers support and value.
Drowning in Data: Is Software The Solution?
News  |  9/8/2011  | 
Enterprises are drowning in data, but just throwing money and resources at bigger, faster and more efficient storage doesn't seem to be working. According to the IDC study "Extracting Value from Chaos," data is doubling every two years, and enterprises will manage 50 times more data and files will grow 75 times in the next decade.
Hitachi Buys BlueArc, In Big Data Move
News  |  9/7/2011  | 
Storage market consolidation continues; Hitachi Data Systems gains technology targeted at big data analysis.
AMD Bulldozer Rolls Into View
Commentary  |  9/7/2011  | 
New chips could flatten Intel in shops with multicore workloads.
Imperva Unveils Scalable Cloud-Based DDoS Protection
News  |  9/7/2011  | 
Imperva is launching a new subscription service, starting at $12,000 a year, that will provide protection against the majority of DDoS attacks, says Rob Rachwald, director of security strategies. Powered by Imperva’s cloud-based subsidiary Incapsula and scaling up to 4 Gbps, key capabilities include defense against all types of DDoS threats, including network-based attacks, like SYN or UDP floods, and application attacks.
Automation and Orchestration
News  |  9/7/2011  | 
Now that virtualization is either implemented or under way at most organizations, vendors are focusing on orchestration and automation of their infrastructure to extract pounds instead of pennies from their customers. The vision that is espoused by vendors goes something like this: Companies are spending time and resources to build servers, script OS and application installations, make storage array and network configuration changes, deliver firewall rules etc., etc. If only we had some clever s
CA Jumps Into Hybrid Cloud Data Protection
News  |  9/7/2011  | 
ARCserve data protection suite adds support for cloud storage, replication, and failover for virtual and physical servers.
GlobalSign Puts Holds On New Certificates Pending Security Investigation
News  |  9/7/2011  | 
After boasts by the Comodo hacker that he'd compromised GlobalSign, the certificate authority (CA) on Tuesday announced that it would temporarily cease issuing any new certificates.
How Google+ Suggested User List Works
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
Here are tips for getting on--or off--the Google+ suggested user list. Hint: Being a celebrity helps.
Certificate Authority Hack Points To Bigger Problems
Commentary  |  9/6/2011  | 
What with hurricanes, earthquakes and Kardashian weddings dominating recent media coverage, you may have missed the news about a recent security breach that clearly displayed a serious weakness in one of the core security mechanisms of the Internet.
Build Your Social Applications With Open Source
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
Author of Programming Social Applications discusses his favorite social open standards and open source tools.
CA Technologies Helps NEC Offer Comprehensive Systems Management For Improved IT Services
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
CA Technologies today announced that NEC Corp. is licensing CA Configuration Automation r12.5 to enhance its systems management product suite, known as WebSAM in Japan and MasterScope outside of Japan. The addition of CA Configuration Automation to NEC's product suite will help customers to expedite their move to a virtualized, dynamic cloud computing infrastructure.
Brocade Debuts Subscription Pricing For Network Infrastructure
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
Also unveils new Fibre Channel, Ethernet switches for converged fabrics.
Quantivo Launches Cloud-Delivered Data Analytics Service
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
A data analytics firm whose corporate lineage is traced back to BigFix, an IBM acquisition, has emerged as Quantivo, which is offering data analytics as a cloud-based service. Quantivo, whose CEO, Dave Robbins, grew BigFix from a start-up to a $400 million business, is targeting customers that may not be the biggest companies around but still have "big data" issues to handle.
HP Continues To Nip At Cisco's Heels In Q2 Enterprise WLAN Sales
News  |  9/4/2011  | 
The enterprise accounted for almost half of the very robust wireless LAN revenues in the second quarter, according to two new reports. Dell'Oro Group put the market growth at 24%, driven in large part by the enterprise segment, which surged 40%. IDC reported year-over-year revenue growth of 29.7% for the overall market, reaching $1.52 billion, and up 13.4% from the first quarter. Enterprise spending grew 43.4% year over year to nearly $725 million, and 21.9% quarter on quarter.
Why Storage Performance Metrics Mean Little
Commentary  |  9/2/2011  | 
Storage performance benchmarks only show you what the systems can do if the organization has an unlimited IT budget.
Trend Micro Looks To Secure Cloud And Virtual Systems
News  |  9/2/2011  | 
While security concerns don’t always get the attention they deserve in discussions about the cloud and virtual infrastructures, this week’s VMworld 2011 conference saw an increased interest in security solutions. Joining this trend was security vendor Trend Micro, which announced Deep Security 8, a product that adds increased capabilities for monitoring and securing virtual environments.
IPv6 Design: Forget The IPv4 Rules
Commentary  |  9/2/2011  | 
You've acquired a nice new IPv6 address block, and now you need to come up with an IPv6 address allocation design for your network. If there is one bit of advice I can offer you as you begin your IPv6 address design, it's this: Abandon almost everything you've learned about IPv4 address design. Throw it right out the window.
Salesforce Pushes The "Social Enterprise" At Dreamforce Conference
News  |  9/2/2011  | 
Software-as-a-service vendor Salesforce.com is introducing a number of new services to enable companies to use social networks to understand their customers and their employees, as well as to improve their businesses. The "social enterprise" was a big theme pushed at this week’s Dreamforce 2011 conference in San Francisco. While the company is developing new services to use social networking tools in order for companies to be competitive, a survey of attendees shows that some still have re
VKernel Boosts VM Management With Version 4 Of Its vOperations Suite
News  |  9/2/2011  | 
Virtualization management software vendor VKernel has announced version 4 of its vOperations Suite software, which adds support for the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor, a visualization engine called vSCOPE and a virtualization cost index called vCI to help IT administrators get more information about virtual machine (VM) performance, capacity and cost across data centers, resources and hypervisors. The software now also includes Smart Business Views, which lets IT administrators build collections o
Virsto's Multihypervisor Solution To Transform VM Storage
News  |  9/2/2011  | 
Virsto Software has announced a new release of its VM-centric storage hypervisor software for VMware vSphere. Currently in beta, and due to ship next quarter, Virsto for VDI vSphere Edition is "the industry’s first multihypervisor solution" to address the storage challenges specific to virtualized environments. Initially launched in April, the software, priced at $2,800 per host, can reduce overall storage costs for VDI projects by 70% or more, says the company.
IBM Introduces 16-Gbps SAN Hardware
News  |  9/1/2011  | 
IBM has announced a series of 16-Gbps SAN products, as well as enhancements to its existing line of network management software, to enable network administrators to manage the new hardware and integrate with the company’s existing line of Tivoli network management software. While IBM is not the first to announce 16-Gbps network storage hardware--computer network equipment maker Brocade was the first to announce a line of 16-Gbps Fibre Channel switches in May 2011--IBM contends that it will
EMC's Pat Gelsinger: One-On-One At VMworld
News  |  9/1/2011  | 
EMC is headed for 100% virtualization of its own data center, Gelsinger says. In this Q&A, he talks about VMware and what's coming next for data centers and IT teams .
Everything's Bigger At VMworld
Commentary  |  9/1/2011  | 
Hey, it's Vegas, baby. Why not a data center the size of a shopping mall?
Viva VMworld!
Commentary  |  9/1/2011  | 
Despite Hurricane Irene’s best efforts, I finally made it to Las Vegas for VMworld late Monday night, and I have to say the joint is jumping. VMworld is starting to feel more like Comdex or Interop in their heyday than a vendor-driven education conference. I, for one, was ecstatic to get back to the days when people were excited about the tech as opposed to the stock price, and the tech talk spread from the show floor and breakout rooms to the craps tables.
OVA Supporters UC4, Red Hat To Collaborate On Virtual And Cloud Infrastructure Solutions
News  |  9/1/2011  | 
Considered by some to be the biggest automation company you've never heard of, UC4 is looking to get a lot more respect with its collaboration with Red Hat to enhance automated open source solutions for virtual and cloud infrastructures. Based in Austria, with U.S. headquarters in Bellevue, Wash., UC4's technology is designed to automate IT and business processes across physical, virtual and cloud computing environments, with the automation either time- or event-based.
Hacking Everything
Commentary  |  9/1/2011  | 
Here’s a puzzle for you: What do a new Dodge Ram pickup truck, a digital road sign, a young English lady’s cell phone and a modern lighting control system have in common? They’re not all necessarily made in the same Third World country, if that’s what you’re thinking. But they are all exploitable by virtue of their network connectivity, and the implications can be quite worrisome.
Silver Peak Announces Entry-Level And High-End WAN Optimization Solutions
News  |  9/1/2011  | 
Silver Peak is looking to significantly expand the wide area network (WAN) optimization market with two new solutions intended to attract new users: a free appliance, the VX-Xpress (VX-X), and a 20-times performance boost to its high-end enterprise data center VRX-8 appliance.
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