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Content posted in September 2012
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How To Share Local Storage
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
Local storage can now provide capabilities like virtual machine migration and distributed resource management.
Microsoft Klout Stake Equals New Bing Data
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Microsoft's Bing search engine will use Klout to identify experts for display in its social media sidebar.
Hitachi Targets Small Enterprises With Virtualized Block and File System
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
The Hitachi Unified Storage VM offers up to 3.4 petabytes of raw capacity internally, and can virtualize third-party storage to expand up to 64 PB.
Facebook Gifts Tests Social Commerce Jitters
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Gifts service could open new revenue streams for retailers, but Facebook's privacy and security history could give users pause.
IaaS Is a Stepping-Stone on the Path to PaaS
Commentary  |  9/27/2012  | 
IaaS shouldn't be the end goal--enterprises should reach for PaaS and more dynamic cloud computing models. Start the transition by demanding applications written for the cloud.
SDN: Your Next Network
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Software-defined networking has the potential to bring new levels of automation and efficiency to networks, but competing visions mean IT has to pay close attention to the differences.
Outage Blackballs BlackBerry, Guides Arrow to BYOD Strategy
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
After finding the right management tool, Arrow Container dumps RIM smartphones for BYODs. Find out why.
BYOD: The New IT Management Headache
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Businesses are frantically searching for tools to manage employees' handheld devices. Here's why.
Is Shared Storage's Price Premium Worth It?
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
As local storage improves, shared storage proponents' justifications for investing more in SANs and NAS just aren't cutting it.
Hitachi Unveils SMB Storage Array
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Midrange Hitachi Unified Storage VM mixes block, file, and object storage with heterogeneous virtualization under a single management interface.
There's No 'I' in Team--Or App and Network Performance Management
Commentary  |  9/26/2012  | 
Much like in football, successful application and network performance requires all teams to work together. Learn why you should abandon the siloed approach to infrastructure and start working with the other teams.
Arista Bolsters Programmability, Latency With 7150S Switch Line
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Arista's new 7150S switches connect to third-party SDN controllers and provide support for VXLAN tunnels for better virtual machine mobility.
Upcoming IT Events for Networking and Storage Professionals
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
Get a rundown of major IT events for networking, storage and IT admins, from next week's Interop to Cisco Live in June.
Catbird Releases Guide to Help Virtual Enterprises Stay PCI-Compliant
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
The Catbird PCI Solution Guide helps businesses learn how they can virtualize their PCI systems while maintaining needed compliance with strict PCI standards.
DH2i Rolls Out Enhanced Application Virtualization, Load Balancing
News  |  9/24/2012  | 
Application load balancer DxSRM lets admins set up apps to move across physical, virtual, and cloud computing environments to meet changing workloads and conditions.
Cloud Data Centers Wasteful, Inefficient, Says NY Times
News  |  9/24/2012  | 
Are enterprise data centers a waste of natural resources? The New York Times says yes--find out why, and what the industry is doing to combat such criticisms.
Of IOPS and RAID: How Raid Affects Application Performance
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
We conclude our look at storage performance metrics with RAID. Learn how a theoretical RAID controller behaves while reading and writing to some common RAID configurations, and how that affects performance.
Apple, IPhone 5 Change Balance of Power Between IT, Vendors
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
With the release of the iPhone 5, corporate network managers get a glimpse of their unpleasant future in vendor contract management.
Automation, Cloud Can Eliminate Storage Headaches
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
After virtualization, automation and the cloud are the next two most important ways to ensure storage provides the performance and capacity your company needs.
Fill Your Drives With Helium: HGST Fits Seven Platters Into 3.5 Inches
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
HGST has announced that it has put seven platters onto a 3.5-inch form factor, thanks in part to replacing the air in the drive with helium. Find out what this could mean.
IBM X-Force Midyear Report: Vulnerabilities Up, Mobile Exploits Down
News  |  9/20/2012  | 
There has been an onslaught of newly disclosed vulnerabilities during the first half of 2012, according to a new report from IBM. Mobile vulnerabilities are conspicuously declining, however. Find out why.
EVault Makes Its Management Dashboard 'Social'
News  |  9/20/2012  | 
The latest version of EVault's cloud-connected backup doubles its predecessor's speed and resiliency while streamlining management with a more social interface.
Enterprise Dropbox Envy: Nasuni Rolls Out Mobile Cloud Storage Option
News  |  9/20/2012  | 
IT's problem isn't so much BYOD, as it is bring your own storage. That's why Nasuni and others are rolling out mobile cloud storage options to compete with Dropbox.
Exploring Private Cloud Pipes
Commentary  |  9/19/2012  | 
Traditional networking is static; clouds need systems that can scale. What's the answer for a private cloud: APIs? SDN? OpenFlow? VXLAN? Take a look.
Cisco Flexes Custom Silicon Muscle for High-Frequency Trading Crowd
News  |  9/19/2012  | 
The Cisco Nexus 3548 employs a new ASIC design to provide ultra-low latency and high-powered monitoring features aimed at high-performance computing in general, and high-frequency trading in particular.
Twitter 'Business-Friendly' Design Draws Mixed Reactions
News  |  9/19/2012  | 
Facebook-like user interface leaves some users cold, but analysts say it gives businesses and advertisers better ways to showcase their brands.
Tufin Tracks Applications for Better Firewall Policy Management
News  |  9/19/2012  | 
SecureApp is designed to help administrators keep up with enterprise app connectivity changes based on business requirements. Learn more about the tool, and how it can affect firewall policy management.
Eliminate Storage Headaches: Virtualize
Commentary  |  9/18/2012  | 
Learn how virtualization, automation, and cloud computing can make your data center a competitive advantage, not a cost center.
Tech Alone Not Enough To Manage Big Data
Commentary  |  9/18/2012  | 
Studies show that big corporations worry about hiring enough skilled humans to manage big data--a surprising need considering all the advanced automation tools at our disposal.
Private Clouds Will Change IT Jobs, Not Eliminate Them
Commentary  |  9/18/2012  | 
Forget the technical issues in building a private cloud. You can solve those. Help your staff overcome fear and resistance to change so your project can move forward.
Testing of Enterprise Mobile Apps Falls Behind, Capgemini/HP Study Finds
News  |  9/18/2012  | 
Fewer than 18% of enterprises test for security issues on their mobile apps before pushing them out, according to a new study by Capgemini and HP. Learn more about the findings.
Google Buys Snapseed Photo Sharing App Maker
News  |  9/17/2012  | 
Nik Software acquisition seems to be Google+'s answer to Facebook's $1 billion purchase of Instagram.
Aerohive does an End-Run Around Apple's Bonjour Protocol Issues
Commentary  |  9/17/2012  | 
Users want their iPhones and iPads on the network. That means dealing with Apple's Bonjour protocol. Aerohive's Bonjour Gateway is a scalable workaround--and now it's free.
Attack Of The Rude Facebook Shoes
Commentary  |  9/14/2012  | 
What should you tell your Facebook friends to do when their accounts are hijacked by rogue sites that spam their feeds or worse? Here are some steps they can take.
Western Digital Boosts Hard Drive Capacity With Helium
News  |  9/14/2012  | 
Western Digital's HGST subsidiary has designed helium-filled hard disk drives that increase storage space while reducing energy costs.
Dell Strengthens VNA, Thanks to Force10; Refreshes PowerConnect
News  |  9/14/2012  | 
The Force10 purchase has helped Dell Networking boost its Virtual Network Architecture to compete in the enterprise data center market, while still supporting midmarket customers and campus networks.
Amazon's Glacier Cloud Service Puts Data in the Storage Deep Freeze
Commentary  |  9/13/2012  | 
The new cloud storage-as-a-service option from Amazon should bring attention to the too-often neglected area of "cold" storage. Learn why it's a good option for data you won't need right away.
GoDaddy Outage a Harsh Reminder That Enterprises Need DNS Redundancy
News  |  9/13/2012  | 
This week's GoDaddy outage proves that whether threatened by internal errors or outsider forces, enterprises need to ensure that their DNS is safeguarded just as much as mission-critical data.
Visual Tour: Microsoft SkyDrive For Android
Slideshows  |  9/13/2012  | 
Microsoft's long-awaited SkyDrive for Android lets users of Android devices tap into Microsoft's cloud storage service. This 1.0 release, despite a few minor weaknesses, provides a fairly good cloud storage alternative to services like Dropbox, especially if you use Microsoft Office every day.
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