Brocade ADX 12.4 Improves App Delivery
Brocade introduced a new application delivery controller that enables service providers to manage application delivery in a way that servers or endpoint devices no longer can. A key feature of the Brocade ADX 12.4 is what the company calls an OpenScript Engine, which enables enterprise service providers to build customized versions of network applications using the open-source Perl programming language to deliver networking capabilities unique to their needs.
Riverbed Virtualizes Cascade
As use of IT grows in enterprises, so, too, do demands on networks to deliver more capacity and speed and to be able to prioritize traffic. Video gets priority over a simple email, but a VoIP call gets priority over video if the video in question is something frivolous on YouTube. The need to manage the growth and increasing complexity of networks is driving demand for network performance management technology that can monitor traffic, identify possible bottlenecks and intervene to clear bottlen
How NetFlow Keeps Networks Running, People Alive
In all the technical discussions about network routers, switches, throughput, packets and the alphabet soup of acronyms that apply, it may be easy to forget that network downtime can have life-or-death consequences. For two NetFlow users, the requirements for the network monitoring technology were less dire, but the results were still compelling.
Prepare The Mobile Ship For Ludicrous Speed!
Thinking back on the 1987 movie "Spaceballs," I picture a comical Dark Helmet standing on the bridge of his ship. In my mind, he holds a smartphone and contemplates the latest buzz on mobile network speeds, fresh from the International Telecommunications Union. As he ponders the 100-Mbps data speeds soon to be delivered by his preferred carrier, he utters the order, "Prepare for ludicrous speed," and the ship IMT-Advanced warps off to hyperspace at an impossibly crazy velocity. Speeds in
5 Basic Switch Settings You Must Know
There are five configurations a network administrator should apply to a newly provisioned switch or router. Although application of these configurations may seem like common sense, 90% of devices I see are missing at least one of these settings, and about 75% are missing two or more. Use this checklist as an action item to verify your existing devices have these settings, at minimum, and integrate these in to any templates or provisioning documents you use. You'll appreciate the results of the c
Forecast: 10GbE To Be The Top-Selling Ethernet Switch By 2016
Sales of 10-Gbit per second (Gbps) Ethernet switches are expected to reach $13 billion by 2016 and will constitute nearly half of a total $28 billion Ethernet switch market by then, a forecast from the research firm Dell'Oro Group states. And even as data center operators upgrade from 1-Gbit Ethernet switches to 10-Gbit Ethernet to handle exponentially larger volumes of network data traffic, sales of even faster 40-Gbit Ethernet and 100-Gbit Ethernet switches will also be picking up.
Sourcefire Uses Big Data Analytics To Stop Malware
Cyber security vendor Sourcefire's latest product uses big data analytics methods to search data to discover patterns in malware attacks and intervene to stop them. The release of FireAMP comes the same week that Cisco Systems released its fourth-quarter 2011 Global Threat Report that details how pervasive the malware threat is to networks. Cisco reports that in the fourth quarter, enterprise users experienced an average of 339 Web malware encounters per month. For all of 2011, the average was 3
Enterasys Addresses Wired-Wireless Pain
Network equipment vendor Enterasys is tackling the growing problem of managing wired and wireless devices with the latest addition to its suite of fabric network management technology, the OneFabric Edge Architecture. The combined wired-wireless management fabric relieves a number of network management headaches, especially in situations where the wired network is often managed by one vendor and the wireless network by another, says the company.
Intel Makes Exascale Bet on InfinBand-Based Supercomputing
Intel, which played a key role in the creation of the InfiniBand high-speed networking standard a decade ago, has come full circle and bought the IB assets of Qlogic, one of the two remaining companies still actively pushing the technology. While $125 million is chump change for a company that netted $3.4 billion in profits last quarter, Intel says the acquisition will enhance its networking portfolio and provide scalable high-performance computing (HPC) fabric technology as well as support the
Research Finds Outstanding Issues Could Derail Win 8 Migration
Migration to Windows 8 won't be a sure thing, with a number of issues remaining to be addressed before Microsoft can expect the majority of its users to migrate to the new version of the operating system. A new survey from InformationWeek Analytics, "Research: Windows 8," finds that the migration strategy appears to be predicated on people migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 8, when it's clear that a significant number of existing users are still running Windows XP. This demonstrates the sort of
F5 Networks 'Fixes' Data Center Security
Arguing that multiple point appliances intended to secure a network only add to complexity without providing the intended protection, F5 Networks is introducing what it calls a Data Center Firewall to combine multiple security solutions into one appliance. The appliance, called BIG-IP model 11050 and carrying a starting price of $129,995, delivers such security features as dynamic threat defense, DDoS protection, protocol security, SSL termination and a network firewall.
IBM And NEC Leverage OpenFlow For High-Performance Networking
IBM and NEC are collaborating on high-performance OpenFlow deployments. OpenFlow, developed at Stanford University, has enjoyed acceptance in university networks because an OpenFlow network can run alongside the campus production network without impacting it. In 2011, OpenFlow broke out of its education niche into the mainstream with announcements from Big Switch, Fulcrum and NEC. IBM's and NEC's announcement is a proof point that OpenFlow has a role in enterprise IT and can be used in high-perf
Rise Of HTML5 Brings With It Security Risks
HTML5 is the new "it" protocol on the Internet. Among other things, it is an alternative to Adobe's Flash for displaying content through a Web browser. No less an industry authority than the late Steve Jobs declared in 2010 that browsers on Apple devices such as the iPad would support HTML5 and not Flash. But as HTML5 gains wider adoption, some of its security flaws are beginning to get noticed, including the WebSocket specification that renders Web pages more quickly than does Flash.
Meraki Ups The Cloud-Based Networking Ante
Mainstream network players and those chasing them are out to erase the lines between wireless and wired networking. As the network edge gets redefined and the cloud makes its presence felt in LAN and WLAN spaces, announcements like Meraki's latest update are getting to be more commonplace--and exciting. With a number of interesting product updates to share, Meraki is starting 2012 with a bang.
Thought Experiment--Forget ROI
Boys and girls, today's homework assignment is a thought experiment. I want you all to put yourselves in the shoes of the CXO team making a decision to move to private cloud. There is, of course, one catch: You may not factor in ROI. We're dropping ROI because it clouds the subject (bad pun intended.) Let's skip the why-should-I-do-this-experiment; I'd of course default to,"Because I told you so."
Freeware Increases RJ Lee's Management Efficiency
Faced with rapid growth and increases in the amount and complexity of data and its IT operations, RJ Lee Group went looking for a way to simplify its computing infrastructure. The company selected Spiceworks as an alternative to adding staff or spending a lot of money on network and system management software.
Atlantis VDI Ups IOPS Performance By 10 To 20 Times
Atlantis Computing has announced Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI, a virtual desktop infrastructure product that makes use of server-based blade storage that it claims eliminates storage for Citrix and VMware virtual desktop operating system images. This means that users can reduce the capital expenses associated with VDI to less than $200 per desktop while providing boot times of 12 seconds. The company has tested the product with Cisco UCS blade servers, which can deploy up to 6,400 virtual desktops
Microsoft System Center 2012 Revealed
Microsoft's System Center 2012, which we discussed in Microsoft's System Center 2012: Building A Private Cloud, is the latest attempt by a big vendor to bring private cloud to the masses. While there are many improvements to System Center, building a private cloud using anyone's software is far from easy. At Microsoft's private cloud reviewers' workshop, we got a peek at the sausage factory. There are a lot of components to configure, but Microsoft has done a good job of streamlining many of the
Thales and Infoblox Address Weak DNSSEC Demand
Information systems and communications security vendor Thales has integrated its nShield hardware security module (HSM) with the Infoblox DNS platform to provide customers with simple deployment of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), a security protocol designed to protect the Internet from attacks like cache poisoning.
Are There No Fans For The FAN?
A few years ago, Brad O'Neill, then an analyst with the Taneja Group, coined the term FAN (file area network) to describe a virtualized file storage system. Organizations that build FANs that integrate multiple heterogeneous file stores presenting a single unified, optimized name space should be able to save a significant amount of time, effort and money. The collapse this month of AutoVirt is just another example of how this promising technology has never gained any traction with paying custome
Nearbuy Brings Shopper Analytics To Retail Wi-Fi Spaces
As more consumers prowl store aisles equipped with smartphones, retailers have multiple reasons to want to harness the capabilities of these user endpoints for their own benefit. Nearbuy Systems is bringing an interesting tool set to merchants that should also benefit tech-savvy shoppers with its new Captive Portal and analytics utilities.
Port 80 Report Highlights Network Risks
If IT security professionals think they are protecting their organizations from Web application-related threats by securing Port 80 on their network--the firewall port through which Web traffic passes--they need to think again, according to a new report from a network security provider. The latest "Applications Usage and Risk Report" from Palo Alto Networks discloses that 35% of the Web applications and 51% of the Web traffic in enterprises does not traverse Port 80.
Big Switch Networks Intros Open-Source OpenFlow Controller
Big Switch Networks, a new vendor in the nascent but growing field of OpenFlow-based networking, has introduced an open source controller for companies that want to build applications on top of the controller in an environment where the network intelligence is in the software-based controller rather than in the physical hardware of routers and switches. Big Switch, which also has a commercial controller offering in beta release, said it is offering the open source controller, called Floodlight,
Start Planning Your Ipv6 Transition Now
Businesses need to begin moving now to the IPv6 standard for Internet addresses from the IPv4 standard because IPv4 addresses are running out quickly, states The Internet Society (ISOC). It says while businesses that operate websites are more aware about the coming IPv6 standard than they were a year or so ago, they need to start planning for the transition in 2012. To accelerate the transition, the group is introducing a Web portal, called Deploy 360, to better inform companies of what they hav
Facebook Timeline: Will It Benefit Your Business?
Social networking site hints that its Timeline feature may soon be available for brands. Here are some things to consider about Facebook Timeline and the value it could add to your business' social networking presence.
Brocade Acquisition Rumors Resurface
Brocade Communications is reportedly in negotiations with a private equity firm for a potential acquisition, Reuters said this week. According to reports in the financial press, the storage and networking infrastructure vendor has been working with Qatalyst Partners, the boutique investment bank run by Frank P. Quattrone, for two years to shop itself around, including several failed acquisition attempts with companies such as Hewlett-Packard. However, an analyst who follows the company believes
Networking Buyers Put Reliability And Performance First
When evaluating which company to buy their networking equipment from, business IT buyers say their top priorities are product reliability and performance, ahead of acquisition or operating costs and well ahead of product innovation, according to a survey of IT professionals released this week.
Network Buyers Survey: Standards Trump Features
When it comes to buying new network equipment, enterprise customers prefer technology built to industry standards over products that may have innovative, but proprietary, features, a newly released survey shows. Although network vendors, including industry leader Cisco Systems, are introducing innovations such as 40 Gbit Ethernet connectivity, multipath schemes such as fabric networks and converged Fibre Channel and Ethernet, buyers ranked 'adherence to industry standards' as their highest prior
Survey: Cisco's Network Domination At Risk
Cisco Systems’ dominance of the networking technology space remains strong but it will have to work harder to keep it that way, according to a recently released survey of IT professionals. Increasingly, the people who buy networking equipment are considering other vendors, such as Dell, HP or IBM, as an alternative to Cisco. In addition, while Cisco is known for its networking innovations, customers prize technology that adheres to common industry standards over products offering unique fe
Shared Data Plans Will Have Significant Impact
As the major U.S. carriers get closer to unleashing shared data plans for mobile devices, it’s worth noting how this change in offering will likely impact both the private and corporate sides of the mobile client world. Smartphones and tablets have already been profoundly disruptive in a number of ways, and new multidevice data plans will only magnify the effect.
Google Marries Google+ To Search Results
Google's own social network will now mingle with search results--which will soon include Google+ photos, posts,
profiles, and pages. New privacy choices accompany changes.
ESG Provides Big-Data Primer
Tackling big-data challenges is a growing concern for enterprises looking to mine their data stores, according to the Enterprise Strategy Group. ESG defines big data as data sets that exceed the boundaries and sizes of normal processing capabilities, forcing organizations to take a non-traditional approach. Big-data sets can range from ten to hundreds of terabytes in size.
Cisco Delivers Long Awaited Wireless Management Upgrade
While others in the wireless market seem to float one press release after another about new products and features, Cisco tends to be more deliberate in releasing its latest wireless offerings . In my opinion, Cisco has been a bit too slow in updating the company's aging wireless management framework for its market-leading customer base. But it's here now, and worth talking about.
HP-Cisco Networking Rivalry To Intensify
As cloud computing, consumerization, and mobility boost demands on enterprise networks, HP and Cisco will escalate their battle to supply the IT infrastructure.
As IT Demands More Of Networks, Expect HP-Cisco Rivalry To Intensify
Across IT, many observers have identified three broad trends going forward: mobility, cloud computing and the consumerization of IT. When it comes to networking, these trends are expected to drive demand for more bandwidth capacity and, increasingly, wireless network architecture. In addition, 2012 is expected to see a continuation of the intense rivalry between industry leaders Cisco Systems and HP, as the latter tries to chip away market share from the former.