Broadcom Unveils Converged Network Adapter
Broadcom Corporation officially entered the converged network adapter (CNA) war on December 15, 2009, at their analyst day event. At the event and in independent lab tests, the company demonstrated a 10 gigabit Ethernet adapter simultaneously running TCP/IP, iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet traffic on a single port. With multiple LAN and SAN protocols running on a single port, Broadcom leap-frogged the capability of its competition that must separate different types of traffic on different
Voltaire Splits Nanoseconds With Grid Director
You probably wouldn't think that spending a thousand dollars to save a second of productivity would be a worthwhile investment. Nor would your CFO. Yet the makers of a device costing $34,000 hope you'll spend that much to save a few hundred nanoseconds. The company is Voltaire, and its device is the Grid Director 4036E, a high-performance InfiniBand-Ethernet switch and IP accelerator that it claims delivers lower network latency than competitive products and gives securities trading applications
Rolling Review: Windows 7 Deployment Tools Kick-Off
The conventional wisdom is to never deploy a new operating system before the first service pack. But that thinking might be misguided with Windows 7. First, Windows 7 shares much of Vista's core code base, and that code has been improved and enhanced during Vista's troubled tenure. This means the new OS will look and feel more like what Vista should have been from the get-go. Second, Microsoft is combating the "wait until SP1" notion by maintaining its position in regard to Windows XP, which has
Voltaire Intros 40 Gigabit Switch
The Grid Director 4036E can deliver 2.72 terabits per second and is aimed at trading businesses and high-performance storage environments.
F5 Reigns In Both Application Access And Remote Locations
Application delivery network vendor F5 has launched their new BIG-IP Edge Gateway appliance and their new Access Policy Manager module, as well as other upgrades as part of the 10.1 release of their BIG-IP software. Both products hope to highlight F5's focus on the network edge, not only managing control of web applications, but to optimize access to the data center no matter where that access originates.
Riverbed Updates Cascade 8.4 With Application Performance Management
When WAN optimization vendor Riverbed acquired network anomaly detection vendor Mazu Networks in 2009, it was a natural fit with Riverbed optimizing applications over the WAN and Mazu providing the application detection and monitoring. With Cascade 8.4, the integration is moving along on two fronts, with Cascade providing what the company calls end-user experience monitoring and a sensor agent for the company's Riverbed Services Platform (RSP) to gather application performance statistics from Ri
Juniper and Polycom Team Up To Take on Cisco
ï¿¼The enemy of my enemy is my friend.ï¿¼ That ancient proverb is proving true in the network equipment market where Cisco combatants Juniper Network and Polycom have joined forces to integrate their network and video conferencing products.
iPass Portal Brings Management To Mobility Chaos
Hotspot provider iPass has rolled out its iPass Open Mobile Platform, a cloud-based management solution for enterprise mobile machines. Through an online management portal and mobile client, administrators can ensure that remote workers use the most cost effective method of access, as well as keep remote machines up to snuff with corporate security policies.
Clinton Calls On Businesses To Support Internet Freedom
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday called for uncensored Internet access around the world. Among other initiatives, Clinton said the U.S. government will meet next month with network services companies to advance "Internet freedom." The secretary, speaking at the Newseum journalism museum in what the Department of State billed as a major policy address, urged open access to the Internet. "In many respects, information has never been so free. Blogs, e-mail, and text messages have open
Infoblox Opines On Infrastructure 2.0
The evolution of the data center and of the enterprise network will be the hot button issues of 2010. As virtualization explodes and networks continue to sprawl, there'll be an impetus to rein in complexity. I believe that the desire to more capably manage the technologies at issue--or, more precisely, to fit everything under an easy-to-grasp intellectual umbrella--is behind the emergence of marketing-inspired monikers such as unified computing (Cisco), integrated infrastructure (HP) and dynamic
ScriptLogic Gives IT A Perspective On Network Management
ScriptLogic has enhanced its Perspective network management product by integrating it with ScriptLogic's Help Desk Authority help desk software. The latest version of Perspective also offers enhanced data collection and performance baselining. One shortcoming of many network management systems is that so-called "integration" with help desk means someone sends email from the NMS to the help desk to open a ticket. Then the help desk person has to use a variety of other tools to investigate the tic
Verizon Rolls Out Business Bundles
New SMB-oriented packages of high-speed Internet, phone, and TV services are available to customers of Verizon, and some of them come with bonus features.
Meru Guarantees WLAN Uptime, With Strings Attached
Wireless vendor Meru Networks has introduced a new service assurance program that guarantees 99.99 percent uptime using its enterprise WLAN architecture. Meru's professional services group will be tasked with evaluating, architecting, and monitoring customer networks under the program. While Meru makes aggressive claims about service levels, the conditions that need to be met to achieve these metrics may give pause to some customers.
Avaya Maps Out Migration Plan for Nortel Customers
Whatï¿¼s next? IT managers often ask that question once an acquisition takes place. Nortel customers, who have been twisting in the wind for more than a year, now have a few answers to what Avaya plans to do with customersï¿¼ networking gear, some of which they will like and other they may not.
Meru Debuts WLAN Uptime Program
Its assurance plan will provide 99.99% WLAN availability with less than one hour of unplanned downtime a year, Meru Networks says.
Last Day To Comment On FCC Rules; Don't Be Swayed By EFF FUD
Last day to comment on the FCC network neutrality rules. But yet again, an organization is trying to wrongly conflate an unrelated issue with network neutrality. I suppose I should expect better from the EFF. The organization does, after all have an agenda to promote and while I think the organization has done some good work in protecting civil liberties and freedoms, they are wrong on the FCC proposed rules and their claimed loophole allowing the proposed rules to not apply to copyrighted work
Cisco's Unified Storage Fabric
Cisco has announced a product to move services that normally run on storage arrays and tape libraries into their MDS9500 storage director. The Storage Services Node-16 (SSN-16) is a blade for the MDS9500 that brings in services such as encryption, Fiber Channel over IP and migration into the MDS switch fabric. It allows those features to be used within a heterogeneous storage architecture. The SSN-16 is available now through resellers.
Verizon Business Focuses On Retail With AirDefense Offering
Verizon Business has announced plans to offer Motorola's wireless security services in a management service. Motorola's AirDefense solutions will be offered through Verizon's Framework for Retail, a program specifically focused on the issues of retail market. Wireless security is the first of a series of services that Verizon to plans to deliver to minimize the glut of point solutions that make up most retailers enterprise infrastructure.
Netgear Introduces SMB-Size Wireless Network Management
Over the next several months, networking provider Netgear will be rolling out a new line of ProSafe wireless management solutions, meant to make it easier for small and midsize businesses to set up and manage wireless networks.
Kemp's Virtual LoadMaster: Another Virtual ADC Hits The Streets
Kemp Technologies' Virtual Loadmaster is a fully functional version of the company's hardware application delivery controller. The Virtual LoadMaster is being offered to service and hosting providers on a monthly for resale to customers. In addition to Citrix's NetScalar VPX and Expand Networks Virtual Accelerator, Kemp's Virtual LoadMaster is another product that gives providers and customers a way to offer application delivery services in a virtual environment.
Cisco Video Thrust Telegraphs Bandwidth-Bandit Strategy
You gotta be impressed by Cisco's persistence. For most businesses, that line about using an economic downturn to positioning oneself for the rebound is just a meaningless mantra repeated from a motivational playbook. However, for Cisco CEO John Chambers, the recession has indeed been an opportunity -- a consumer opportunity -- that's come knocking on the networking powerhouse's door, and he's answered the call.
Ecessa Aims To Improve VoIP Reliability
Mission critical data is no longer limited to data applications. Increasingly, companies rely on voice and video connections to get their work done. Increasingly, this information flows over IP links, which are often subject to issues, such as jitter and latency. Ecessa wants to help small and medium businesses solve that problem.
Aruba Extends Mobility Management Beyond WLAN
Wireless vendor Aruba Networks has released a major update to its Airwave wireless management tool. Airwave 7 boasts a significant number of features that push the product beyond pure WLAN management and farther into both the mobility and wired networking realms. AirWave 7 will be available as a server install, an appliance, or using Aruba's hosted AirWave OnDemand (AoD) software-as-a-service (SaaS) option.
1 Million IOPS: A Small Step For Networks, A Giant Leap For Converged Network Adapters.
Today, Emulex announced that its OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapters (UCNAs) doubled the performance of best-in-class 8Gb Fibre Channel HBAs and 10Gb Converged Network Adapters in side-by-side testing with competitive products from Broadcom, Brocade and QLogic. One of the standout statistics in the CNA performance test series was the 919,268 IOPS generated by a single port of the Emulex's OCe10102 card during the FCoE IOPS run. Considering the OCe10102 has just come out of the chute
Deadline On FCC Net Neutrality Rules Closes Soon; Go Comment Now
The comment deadline to weigh in on the FCC's proposed rules on Network Neutrality is coming to a close on January 14th, 2010. Pro or con, if you care about network neutrality, you only have a few days left to file a comment with the FCC. For a refresher on the proposed rules, can read them here.
Vyatta Announces New 3500 Series Routers
Vyatta will announce a new 3500 series of open source routers this week that run on the Intel Xeon 5500 "Nehalem" chips and promise bi-directional traffic at up to 20Gbps. Scrappy Vyatta compares the 3500s to Cisco's ASR 1006s, but it's doubtful they will take a big bite out of Cisco's sales any time soon. That said, the new series of routers provides real cost savings to small enterprise customers (users numbering in the hundreds) who can't afford proprietary options. That's a serious draw in h
The Best Acquisition Of The Decade
Yesterday I saw a Wall Street Journal article that lists the tech companies that acquired the most VC-backed companies since 2000 (Cisco led with 48, and IBM finished second with 35). The story got me wondering about all the tech purchases made over nine years, startups or otherwise, and which one had the greatest impact on the buyer and the tech markets as a whole?
VDI Rolling Review: Ericom's WebConnect Goes Above And Beyond
Our Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) rolling review continues with Ericom. Founded in 1993, Ericom established itself early on as an diverse application delivery platform. Today, Ericom's PowerTerm WebConnect makes a strong case for becoming a part of your VDI infrastructure. WebConnect supports all the major virtualization platforms out there. At the time of our review Ericom was the only vendor, other than Citrix, to offer power and state control and the ability to mass-provision virtual d
Should Your Company Be Girding up for Telepresence Services?
The popularity of HD video services could have a ripple on your small or medium business. Carriers, such as Verizon and France Telecom, and Cisco, the industryï¿¼s leading networking company, are preparing new telepresence services that eventually could make it possible for companies to conduct lifelike virtual meetings.
The Road To IPv6 Is Paved With NATs
Even though IPv6 adoption is dangerously slow, we will see adoption eventually. There are three main sections of the Internet that need to handle IPv6. The Internet networking equipment like routers, proxies and firewalls, and services like DNS and routing need to support IPv6 so that clients can talk to servers that users are connecting to from giants like Google and Amazon to smaller web, email and other hosts. Then, there are the enterprise and consumer products that will connect to Internet
Cloud Ready For App Development In 2010
The cloud is an emerging platform that can ease the strain on application development, analysts at Forrester Research conclude in a report published Monday, "The Top Five Changes For Application Development In 2010." Analysts Mike Gualtieri, John Rymer and Jeffrey Hammond conclude that Amazon Web Services' (AWS) cloud, EC2, and other public clouds, such as Salesforce.com's Force.com, AT&T Synaptic Compute cloud, Rackspace Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, are offering mature operational environments t
IPv4 Runs Low Faster Than IPv6 Is Adopted
On the Seinfeld episode, "The Dealership," Kramer takes a test drive. The salesman asks about gas and Kramer responds, "There's still some overlap between the needle and the slash below the "E"...I've been in the slash many times. This is nothing. You'll get used to it."
According to engineers at Hurricane Electric and iNetcore, by mid September, 2011, the Internet registries are expected to run out of routable IP addresses to assign. We'll be approaching "the slash" soon enough as addresses fo
Unified Computing: A New Game Plan For IT?
Unified Computing systems like we covered in Next Generation Data Center, Delivered promise to be one of the "next waves" of IT computing, and it directs itself primarily toward mid-size companies that have distributed IT assets like Wintel and Linux servers and networks. This is the space that has been targeted by virtualization initiatives over the past five years, but while virtualization has taken aim at the reduction of physical servers, it has not provided end-to-end solutions that can aut
Japanese Telecom Provider KDDI Offers Managed Services To U.S. Businesses
KDDI America Inc., the U.S. division of Japanese telecommunications solutions provider and cellular carrier KDDI Corp., is making another foray into the North American market with new managed services designed to help organizations monitor, secure and maintain their enterprise network infrastructures. The new managed network, routing and switching services feature Juniper Networks' networking equipment. The Juniper SRX Series Services Gateway is the foundation for KDDI America's Total Managed Se