New Alcatel-Lucent Ethernet Switch Outperforms Enterprise Core Market
Alcatel-Lucent today announced the global availability of a powerful new 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GigE) enterprise switch that sets a new standard in non-blocking switch capacity, port density, low power consumption and price per port. The OmniSwitch 10K Modular LAN Chassis is the first of a generation of network infrastructure offerings that exemplify Alcatel-Lucent's approach to enabling Application Fluent Networks.
LSI Launches Industry's First 6Gb/s SAS Switch In The Channel
LSI Corporation today introduced in the channel the industry's first 6Gb/s SAS switch. The LSI SAS6160 switch is designed to significantly extend the capabilities of SAS in direct-attached storage (DAS) environments by allowing multiple servers to connect to one or more independent external storage systems. The 6Gb/s SAS switch offers customers a high-performance, low-cost and easy-to-use storage networking option for rack-mount server and storage installations in cloud computing, data center an
Sonus Networks Launches Suite Of Performance Management Products
Sonus Networks, Inc., a market leader in next-generation IP-based network solutions, today announced the availability of its new Network Analytics Suite of performance management products. The Network Analytics Suite is made up of three products -- NetAssure, NetScore and NetEng -- that deliver advanced collection, monitoring, reporting and notification of performance metrics to help lower operational costs and maximize network performance.
M86 Integrates Web Security, URL Filtering Reporting, Improves Social Media Controls
M86 Security has added Web security reporting capabilities to its Reporter product, adding information from its Web Security Gateway appliances to its existing reports from its URL filtering products. The security vendor also announced Secure Web Gateway 10.0, with improved on-box reporting, more granular social media controls and enhanced ability to filter out malicious code from compromised websites. The reporting enhancements are a significant step towards the integration of M86 product lines
Fortinet Virtualizes Unified Threat Management
Fortinet has released virtual appliance versions of its Fortigate unified threat management (UTM) and FortiManager central management tool for managing both virtual and physical appliances through a common console across the enterprise network. FortiGate Virtual Appliance enables companies investing in virtual infrastructure a way to deploy security inside that environment. The options of virtual or hybrid security, mixing security appliance form factors to suit the environment, gives enterprise
NetScout Expands Application Performance Management Tools To HP Switches
NetScout's nGenius product portfolio now integrates its software probes into HP switches. The products provide a unified, business-centric view of the performance of critical transactions, application and networks. The nGenius Integrated Agent for HP combines NetScout's nGenius intelligent data sources, or probes, with the HP AllianceONE Advanced Services zl Module so they can be used with the E8200 or E5400 series switches. The nGenius probes collect and analyze user traffic on a distributed ba
EqualLogic User Conference: Michael Dell
The highlight of day two at the EqualLogic User Conference in San Diego was the involvement of Michael Dell, whose company acquired EqualLogic in 2007. Mr. Dell walked the halls talking to end-users, presented a lively keynote and participated in a small Q&A for bloggers. The presence of Mr. Dell, an industry icon, delivered this message to conference attendees: EqualLogic customers are important.
Nitro Extends Monitoring Support To Utility Control Systems
Security vendor Nitro Security has announced that its SIEM product, Enterprise Security Manager (ESM), can import, normalize and correlate data from industrial control systems used in electric utilities. ESM will support OSIsoft's PI System data historian, which records all control systems activity in a database. Control systems, such as programmable log controllers (PLCs), and remote terminal units (RTUs) and the sensors and actuators they control are typically serially connected and difficult
QLogic Launches New Attack On Network Convergence Landscape
QLogic's announcement today of their Adaptive Convergence strategy is the equivalent of a nuclear blast across the converged networking landscape, metaphorically leveling the competition in its wake. As I have predicted in the past, QLogic is seriously committed to the converged networking sector and is innovating at a rapid pace, gaining material market share and bringing fundamentally new technologies to market that will benefit cloud service providers and highly virtualized environments. This
VDI Vendor Pano Logic Adds Hyper-V Support
Desktop virtualization vendor Pano Logic is extending its market reach with the latest update to its desktop virtualization platform. Pano System 3.5 adds Microsoft Hyper-V to its existing VMware hypervisor support. The Pano System is a complete virtual desktop environment that includes the Pano Manager, a virtual machine manager and connection broker; the Pano device, a 1.1-pound thin client that is used to connect peripherals such as keyboard, mouse and monitor; and Pano Direct, which connects
New Tool Simplifies Windows 7 Migration For Small Deployments
Prowess is offering a free beta migration tool called SmartMigrate for companies moving from Windows XP to Windows 7. The tool lets users maintain their applications and desktop environments by facilitating a physical-to-virtual migration of Windows XP onto a virtual machine that runs on top of a computer running Windows 7. It follows the Microsoft wizard installation method, but can only migrate one desktop at a time. The beta is available now.
Verizon iPhone Reportedly On Way
The largest U.S. carrier will reportedly start selling the popular smartphone early next year, which could spark big changes in the U.S. wireless market.
Infoblox Brings IPAM To Microsoft's DNS And DHCP Servers
Infoblox has released a new module for its networking appliances that makes it easier for corporations to manage Microsoft's DNS and DHCP servers. The Infoblox Microsoft Management module provides Internet Protocol Address Management (IPAM) capabilities, letting IT administrators manage and maintain Microsoft DNS/DHCP servers. It uses a Web-based interface for role-based administration and provides audit logs and automated disaster recovery. The product also helps protect against security and s
Force10 Introduces High Performance 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet Top-of-Rack Switch
Force10 Networks, Inc., a global technology leader that data center, service provider and enterprise customers rely on when the network is their business, today announced the extension of its S-Series??? family with the new S55 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) top-of-rack (ToR) access switch. Optimized for data center environments, the new S55 provides a resilient and energy-efficient hardware design that delivers non-blocking, line-rate switching performance as well as support for the Force10 Open A
Service-now Adds Automation, Lifecycle And Portfolio Management
Service-now.com, which delivers service desk functionality in a SaaS model, is launching a fall release of its service. New features include runbook automation, software development lifecycle management, sales force automation, IT cost management, project and portfolio management, visual dispatch using drag-and-drop assignment, improved section 508 compliance for the visually impaired, a content management system for developing self-service portals and the ability to create wiki articles to use
ProQueSys Launches Flow Monitoring Tool
Process Query Systems (ProQueSys) will ship its FlowTraq network flow monitoring product later this month. FlowTraq offers three major functions: monitoring the network to look for problems, performing forensics to determine whether the problem has occurred previously and anticipating threats by using baseline information to look out for problems in the future. Network flow data is generated by infrastructure devices such as switches and routers. The company, ProQueSys has been licensing the Flo
Cisco Announces Umi Home Telepresence Service
The $599 video conferencing system, which includes a video camera and a device to connect to a HD TV, will compete with low-cost, video-conferencing leader Skype in the consumer market.
Cisco Umi Takes Telepresence To The Home
Cisco has spent the past four years pounding "telepresence" into the brains of business and IT professionals, and now it has introduced Umi, a full telepresence solution for the home. From Umi, you can have video chats with other Umi users (or, it supports Google Video chat), leave video messages and upload video to share with your Umi contacts.
AT&T Debuts HSPA, LTE Capable Devices
The LG Adrenaline, Sierra Wireless Shockwave and Huawei 900, all USB connectable, will operate on AT&T's HSPA mobile broadband network today, but also on the carrier's LTE network when it debuts next year.
EqualLogic User Conference: The Virtual Era
I believe iSCSI will emerge as the dominant type of storage area network (SAN) within five years, exceeding Fibre Channel and FCoE storage in external arrays shipped by 2015. Underneath this technology transition, the interaction between leading iSCSI vendors and data center managers is where the rubber hits the road. That means Dell's EqualLogic User Conference in rainy San Diego is the perfect place to hear the market leader's vision for the future, the reaction from IT professionals, and ulti
HP's Unveils PODs, New Servers And Application Control
Hewlett-Packard, at a company event this week in Barcelona, is unveiling a number of new products, including an assembly line for quickly turning out its performance optimized data center (PODs) containers to quickly add computing capacity as needed for customers. In addition, HP is launching three new ProLiant servers and an application management tool that not only protects apps from security threats but regulates how employees may use them.
Intelligence Sources From Unlikely Places
No matter how hard we try to protect our networks, there is always the chance something will go awry. From hackers breaking into our mail servers to laptops infected with malware, we must watch for issues and get help where we can. Most of us have our traditional tools in place to watch for issues from the desktop to the servers: log analysis tools, IDS, AV reporting, and anything else we can possibly gather information from to help us fight threats and know what has burrowed into our infrastruc
Qualys Integrates With Cyber Ark For Secure Credential Management
Qualys is integrating its network vulnerability scanning and risk management software with Cyber-Ark Software to securely store passes used to look deeper inside networks to find and fix vulnerabilities. Companies can store and manage credentials required by the vulnerability and compliance scans in the Cyber-Ark Enterprise Password Vault (EPV). This makes the QualysGuard scan more effective because it can see and do more on the client network with better access to the PIM without revealing PIM
Netgear Enters The 10Gb Switch Market
Netgear has announced two new products, the ProSafe 24-port 10 GE Managed L2+ Switch (XSM7224S) 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch and the Netgear ProSafe Network Management System (NMS200). The NMS200 enables IT administrators to discover, configure, monitor, and manage all Netgear Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches through a consistent interface from one console. In the future, the NMS200 is expected to be able to manage other Netgear products and may be able to manage products from other vendors, as well.
Cisco Extends Borderless Networks With WaaS Express And UCS Express
Cisco is enhancing its Borderless Networks product portfolio around application delivery and remote access. Cisco is retooling its Integrated Services Router (ISR) line to run WaaS Express, a lightweight version of its WAN optimization software, within IOS and without requiring an additional Service Ready Engine (SRE). This allows enterprises to save money at remote sites because they won't have to deploy additional application delivery hardware.
Cisco's High-Performance ASA Appliance, New Version Of Anyconnect
Cisco Systems has announced its newest high-end ASA security appliance, stressing high-connection and concurrency rates as well as throughput to support high-performance, low-latency application environments. It has also announced enhancements to its Anyconnect remote VPN client. Cisco has a comprehensive vision of a borderless network, and today's announcements are driving it forward. That's good news if you're a Cisco shop, but the company still has more to do.
HP's Converged Infrastructure Branches Out
Just days after making storage, server and competitive mid-market announcements as part of its Converged Infrastructure strategy, HP is at it again with a number of new product launches, including a major thrust into the branch-office market. The world's largest IT vendor is rolling out a multi-vendor solution that reportedly eliminates the need for local IT resources.
Symantec Announces Encryption Enhancements, File Reputation-Based Anti-Malware
Symantec is introducing removable storage data leak prevention, enhanced performance and laptop anti-theft protection, the first encryption product announcements following the simultaneous acquisition of GuardianEdge and PGP in April. Symantec also unveiled its file reputation-based anti-malware technology, Ubiquity, designed to counter the "long tail" malware distribution model, in which millions of malicious variants are distributed to small numbers of users.
Start-Up Invincea Draws Malware Into Virtual Browser
Start-up company Invincea is launching Virtual Browser, a completely virtualized browser environment meant to combat the increasing problem of web-based malware. Quickly overwhelming browser-based malware, new variants are proliferating at the rate of tens of thousands per day. Virtual Browser launches each time a user initiates a new session, complete with a virtual Windows XP or Vista (Windows 7 coming soon) operating system. The company claims it detects and stops malicious behavior, such as
Mellanox NICs Available For Dell Hardware
In a move that could make InfiniBand technology more widely available, Mellanox Technologies has made its ConnectX-2 I/O mezzanine adapter card available through Dell for the PowerEdge M1000e Dell Chassis and M-Series Blade Servers. The ConnectX-2 mezzanine cards can be used with both Dell's 10Gb Ethernet Pass Through II module or the Mellanox InfiniScale IV InfiniBand-based M3601Q blade switch. This means that M-Series servers can attach to either InfiniBand or 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks usin
Crossbeam Launches New Hardware To Run Multiple Security Apps
Crossbeam Systems is overhauling its X-Series appliances, which run multiple security applications, to offer a wider range of throughput and security application support. Crossbeam offers four new appliances designed for smaller data centers and branch offices, as well as high-end platforms for large data centers. The appliances' traffic inspection speeds range from 5Gb/sec to 150Gb/sec. The emphasis in the new line, which Crossbeam calls a complete refresh of their X-Series, is on more flexible
Skype Names Cisco Exec CEO
Tony Bates, a Cisco senior vice president who has been with the company almost 15 years, will take the helm of the Internet-based video and telephone service as it prepares for an IPO.