Facebook's Open Compute Summit Pushes Open Hardware For The High End
At the Open Compute Summit this week in New York, Frank Frankovsky, Facebook’s director of hardware design and supply chain, opened the proceedings by saying, "Open source is not just something that you can use to describe software, but also to describe the hardware space." That is the goal for the Open Compute Project, which aims to spur the development of cheaper servers and more efficient data centers.
Cisco Secures, Supercharges ISR G2s With Hardware-Accelerated VPNs
Customers looking for more performance and security in their branch operations should find the plug-and-play Cisco VPN Internal Service Module for the ISR G2 family very attractive, especially for the public sector, say company officials. The compact VPN blade provides up to three times better throughput for IPSec VPN encrypted traffic, as well as support for the latest encryption standards. These include stronger NSA-regulated encryption algorithms such as Suite-B, which has been selected for u
Juniper Offers OpenFlow Source Code To Developers
Juniper Networks is jumping on the OpenFlow bandwagon, putting the OpenFlow source code in the Junos SDK. The company says that the OpenFlow application works within the SDK to change the control plane to create more dynamic network programmability for custom applications that run on top of the Junos operating system.
Meru Network Embraces BYOD, Offers Beefy New Hardware
Lately, the solutions I've analyzed through the lens of BYOD have usually had something to do with smartphone and application management. But Wi-Fi vendors are also well aware of the procedural and technical complexities spawned by clients that show up with all sorts of gadgets that need to simply work on the WLAN. Meru Networks has recently introduced a new feature set for its WLAN product line that helps with BYOD and other aspects of today's changing wireless landscape.
Fast Food 2.0: The Burger Goes Social
One SMB, 4food, uses crowdsourcing, iPads, and a technology obsession to rewrite the recipe for casual dining and compete against better-funded restaurants.
9 LinkedIn Etiquette Tips
Consider this advice on how to put your best foot forward on the most business-like of social networks.
Will Google Music Go Social?
Google is said to be following in the footsteps of Apple and Facebook by linking music listening to social networking.
HP Says It's Getting Larger In Cisco's Rear-View Mirror
HP is responding to a Cisco Systems study that says HP's networking equipment is not as cheap as HP claims by sharing industry figures that show HP's message is resonating with Cisco customers, a third of which are reportedly switching to HP. At the same time, soon-to-be-published survey results from InformationWeek show that, while Cisco maintains a commanding lead in networking market share, awareness of HP as a credible alternative is growing.
Cisco Fellow On Possible Threat To Cisco Of OpenFlow: 'Folks Get This'
Software-defined networking, an emerging technology that moves intelligence out of switches and routers to a software controller, is seen as a potential threat to networking vendors, particularly market leader Cisco Systems. A Cisco fellow speaking at an SDN conference this week said the company is aware of the situation and is preparing to deal with it.
Google+: Users Want More Features
Google+ has great potential, but users of the social network are frustrated with Google's method of rolling out features that they want.
What's Next For Google+
Vic Gundotra and surprise guest Sergey Brin tell Web 2.0 Summit crowd what's ahead--including Google+ brand pages.
BlueStripe Provides Insight Into Why Apps Fail
BlueStripe Software wants to answer the question of why apps have performance problems with the new release of its automated application management and transaction monitoring product, FactFinder. With version 5.5, the company has enhanced the transaction-tracking analytics to more effectively map out the multiple tiers of an application.
Uptime Offers 'Set It And Forget It' VMware Performance And Capacity Management
Toronto-based Uptime software is adding VMware monitoring to the latest release of its IT systems management performance and capacity software for midmarket and enterprise organizations. Expected to ship later this month, up.time 6, billed as "set it and forget it" VMware performance and capacity management, delivers enterprise-grade VMware monitoring and management to companies of all sizes for a fraction of the cost of competing solutions, says the company.
Foursquare CEO: We're Not Groupon
CEO Dennis Crowley says his service will win by doing more for merchants and end-users--and Facebook and Google have been copying his work.
IBM's Tivoli Tries To Change With The Times
In 1996, IBM purchased Tivoli Systems to bolster its systems and network management capabilities. Since then, the vendor has used acquisitions and internal development to create a comprehensive product line, garnered a significant following among large enterprises and emerged as a top-tier supplier. "IBM is IBM. It is a significant force in the network and systems management market," says Jean-Pierre Garbani, VP at Forrester Research.
IPv6: Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? In this case, the unstoppable force is the accelerating growth of the Internet combined with the imminent end of available IPv4 addresses. The current demand for Internet addresses has been averaging 250 million per year, but the ongoing growth of mobile connections is expected to surge 11% to 5.6 billion this year, according to Gartner. Meanwhile, the nascent machine-to-machine connectivity market--or, the "Internet of Things"--i
Is Your Network "Cloud Ready"?
I am as tired of the whole "cloud" blitz as you are. But I can assure you that someone will ask you if your network is cloud-ready at some point this year. It is easy to just say "yes," but is that the truth? What does being cloud-ready mean? That depends. Do you plan on being the cloud, using the cloud or both? Let's leave being the cloud alone for now and talk about using the cloud. Is your network ready to use the cloud? Here are some steps you need to take before you say yes.
Infoblox Aims To Ease Growing IP Address Management Headaches
As more and more Internet-enabled devices find their way onto company networks, the task of managing IP addresses and DNS requests for these devices becomes harder and harder. Network infrastructure vendor Infoblox has released the Trinzic Multi-Grid Manager, a new appliance designed to handle large amounts of DNS and DHCP traffic.
Fretting Over 802.11ac
Call me a downer, call me a cynic, but I consider myself a realist. The not-yet-draft version of IEEE 802.11ac is building up steam just off the wireless stage, and I'm here to tell my fellow wireless network administrators that now is the time to start worrying.
Cisco VDI Blitz Includes Tighter Citrix Relationship
Cisco is looking to carve a bigger slice out of the desktop virtualization market with new products, services and an expanded relationship with VDI powerhouse Citrix Systems. The networking company says that hundreds of customers have rolled out Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View deployments based on Cisco data center solutions.
Cisco Challenges HP Claim That Its Networking Equipment Is Cheapest
Cisco Systems has released a study it commissioned that challenges HP's claim that its networking equipment is 30% to 50% less expensive than Cisco's. The study, shared on a Cisco webcast Monday, shows that while the upfront cost of HP equipment is less, when the TCO of the network over five years is factored in, the Cisco premium shrinks to only 4% to 7% and that the quality of Cisco network technology is worth that modest premium.
Narus Adds Analytics Tool To Network Traffic Scanner
A company that offers software to scan computer networks for trouble is adding analytics capabilities to better determine the source of that trouble. Narus has upgraded its NarusInsight Solution for Cyber Protection and added NarusInsight Solution for Cyber Analytics for deeper analysis of network anomalies.
WLANs Evolve With vWLAN 2.1
The evolution of the WLAN industry has been a curious, somewhat flip-floppy study in design philosophy. Stand-alone, intelligent access points got the party started more than a decade ago, and somewhere along the line lost favor to controller-based super systems. Now the big, expensive controller has become a target for frequent criticism as a growing number of vendors present innovative alternatives to funneling all WLAN traffic back to a central processing point. Bluesocket is among the latest
Sourcefire Claims First IPS For 40 GbE
In what Sourcefire calls an industry first, the security vendor's latest additions to its intrusion protection systems appliance lineup allow quad stacking to grow throughput to over 40 Gbps of IPS inspection for Ethernet networks in 10 Gbps increments. Best known for Snort--its free, open-source network intrusion prevention and detection system (IPS/IDS)--Sourcefire is introducing the mid-market (3D7000 series) additions to its high-end (3D8000 series) systems and the SSL Appliance for "lightni
WildPackets WatchPoint Combines SNMP With Packet-Based Monitoring
WildPackets' new version of its WatchPoint network monitoring and reporting product includes support for SNMP, which means that users could conceivably use the product for most typical SNMP monitoring requirements, rather than having to buy a separate product to provide that functionality. WatchPoint 2.0 offers flow-based network monitoring and reporting functions, as well.