Expert Analysis
Content tagged with Networking posted in November 2009
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IT Owns E-Discovery
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Organizations are realizing technological expertise is just as essential as sharp legal analysis when it comes to e-discovery.
BLADE: Juniper Networks' Trojan Horse
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
While many are delighted by the availability of products from Juniper, a frontal assault on the biggest data center switch opportunities can bring together the corporate networking team and incumbent vendors to fortify their defenses against the barbarian. In these accounts Juniper now has a stealthy and powerful new weapon for penetrating data center networks, and for standing out in a crowded switch market: Ethernet blade server switches designed by BLADE and running Junos.
Q&A: Intel CTO Justin Rattner
Commentary  |  11/28/2009  | 
In the unexpurgated version of my InformationWeek interview with the chip giant's chief technology officer, Rattner dishes on multicore processors as data-center-class solutions, Internet-wide subnets for cloud security, HPC trickle-down, and building Gigabit-class routers out of standard parts.
Integrated Network Management Is A Critical Asset
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
It seems almost too basic to state, but managing a network begins with understanding the traffic and activity moving across the network. When the company's business includes managing networks for hundreds of other companies, the monitoring functions become more critical and far more complicated.
Rolling Review: Acronis Deploys Windows 7 With Ease
News  |  11/19/2009  | 
The software gets the new OS to your users quickly and easily, but lacks management features.
Encryption Is Cloud Computing Security Savior
Commentary  |  11/19/2009  | 
I'm beginning to think that fears about cloud security are overblown. The reason: an intellectual framework is already in place for protecting data, applications, and connections. It's called encryption. What's evolving now, and isn't anywhere near fully baked, is a set of agreed-upon implementations and best practices. Today's post talks about some relevant and interesting work from Trend Micro and from IBM.
Interop 2009 Day 1: Vendors, Vendors And More Vendors
Commentary  |  11/19/2009  | 
One of the main reasons I come to shows it is to get some face time with people I have spoken with on the phone and then catch up with new vendors not yet on my radar. Yesterday, I spent the day in a room meeting a stream of vendors. It was like speed dating, but more fun. There are definitely some interesting products coming out of large and small vendors alike.
HP's Vision: Virtual Resource Pools In Its Converged Infrastructure
Commentary  |  11/19/2009  | 
The vision thing is "in" among IT vendors. Recently, HP made a big splash with its Converged Infrastructure announcements just a day after Cisco, EMC and VMware launched their Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition. Meanwhile, IBM's Smarter Planet through Dynamic Infrastructure pervades radio and TV, as well as the online and print media. Is this flood of visions a good thing? Optimism is warranted, but some skepticism is justifiable since saying is easy but doing is hard, especially over
Interop: Net Optics Launches Monitoring Tools
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Solutions are designed to boost network performance and security.
Riverbed Expands Support In The Cloud
News  |  11/18/2009  | 
Riverbed pulled out the stops at the Chelsea Pier in NYC today, before Interop NY 2009 gets going, with a late day announcement that in 2010, the company will ship a virtual Steelhead appliance for cloud environments. Also next year, Riverbed is promising to optimize iSCSI traffic. Both product announcements will expand Riverbed's feature set and is another step forward in WAN optimization.
No Doubt: Network Connectivity Is A Heavyweight Bout
Commentary  |  11/18/2009  | 
Last week was a busy week in the world of network connectivity, and this week appears to be shaping up to be a watershed moment for the connectivity market as a whole. Last week, my colleagues at the Dell'Oro group published their market share estimates for Fibre Channel connectivity products and made mention, via caveat, of some FCoE volume estimates. Some of the vendors mentioned in the Dell'Oro report subsequently sent out press releases heralding their respective successes.
QLogic Positions Itself As Next InfiniBand Citadel
Commentary  |  11/16/2009  | 
Today, with a certain amount of sangfroid, QLogic announced what can arguably be called a clean sweep via OEM relationships with HP, IBM, and SGI. The tier one systems vendors will build in the QLogic 7300 Series 40Gb/sec QDR InfiniBand host channel adapters and 12000 Series QDR switches and directors. Additionally, I have learned that QLogic has formed a collaborative relationship with Dell that will enable Dell users to deploy the 7300 adapter and 12000 switches as they build out their IB infr
Ruckus Positions 802.11n As WiMax Rival
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
The wireless broadband access system can be deployed cheaper and faster than WiMax, Ruckus said.
Voltaire's New Ethernet and InfiniBand Networking Solutions Available through HP
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
Voltaire 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 40 Gb/s InfiniBand Director Switches and UFM Software added to HP Unified Cluster Portfolio for Scale-Out Data Centers, HPC and Cloud Computing
QLogic Selected by SGI to Provide Quad Data Rate InfiniBand Switches and Directors for High Performance Environments
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
QLogic 12000 Series 40Gb/s Switches and directors offer industry-leading performance with SGI Cloudrack and Rackable HPC servers and clusters for faster results
Ethernet Alliance Members Expand Support of Converged Data Center Fabrics with iWARP Initiative
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
The Ethernet Alliance today announced a new initiative focused on the advancement and market education of Internet Wide-Area RDMA Protocol (iWARP). iWARP brings low-latency fabric services to the world of Ethernet data centers. With rapid deployment of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) technology in the data center underway and the availability of cost-effective, dense 10GbE switches, iWARP is poised for significant penetration of the data center.
AT&T Unveils Network-Based 'On Demand' Computing for Companies of All Sizes
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
'AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service' enables businesses to address their dynamic needs
F5 Delivers Advanced Web Security Solutions to Help Customers Efficiently Address Threats to Web Applications and Enhance Business Performance
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
New Release of F5 BIG-IP software offers innovative web security capabilities to protect businesses from costly attacks, ensure compliance, streamline management, and optimize application performance
Don't Swap One Management Problem For Another
Commentary  |  11/16/2009  | 
It's all about defining and adhering to change management.Utility computing is useful and cool, but before committing to a system, I'd have a real heart to heart with the software vendor about potential failures and recovery steps, and I'd want demos of both.
Measuring DNS: Measurement Factory's Fifth Annual Survey
News  |  11/16/2009  | 
DNS is the service no one thinks about but everyone uses. It's the possibly the largest federated, distributed data base known to man, yet its operation is relatively simple and straight forward. The Measurement Factory's Fifth annual DNS survey results, underwritten by Infoblox, indicates some interesting statistics on the state of DNS. The number of DNS servers on the Internet is up 40 percent in two years. That's a huge increase in DNS servers, and the more DNS servers in the world, the more
What IT Teams Bring To Green Building Efforts
News  |  11/12/2009  | 
IT offers network, security, and process skills to buildings management. But IT involvement's the exception, not the rule.
Fujitsu Debuts 26-port 10-Gig Switch
News  |  11/12/2009  | 
Fujitsu Frontech North America today announced the XG2600 10Gb Ethernet switch. The 26-port XG2600 utilizes SFP+ optical modules and is designed for use with SFP+ twinax copper cables, a physical connection option that is finding greater acceptance as data center managers look for ways to balance reduced cost and easier physical installation. The XG2600 is also designed to reduce costs by lowering power consumption to less than five watts per port. Fujitsu is taking orders for the XG2600 now for
Wi-Fi LANs Connecting On Campus
News  |  11/12/2009  | 
College campuses are deploying 802.11n wireless networks at a much higher rate than other markets.
Radar Picks Up CNA Growth In Q3
Commentary  |  11/12/2009  | 
On November 11, Emulex and QLogic issued press releases announcing their respective Fibre Channel HBA market share gains in Q3CY09. Emulex highlighted a 4 percent gain in the standalone 8Gb HBA segment while QLogic emphasized their strength in blade server mezzanine cards that led to a overall 1.9 percent gain in market share. As the two giants in the Fibre Channel HBA market slug it out for a percentage or two each quarter, the new market for CNAs is quickly appearing on the radar.
HP Shakes Up Market With 3Com Acquisition
News  |  11/11/2009  | 
Networking vendor HP has announced a definitive agreement to purchase 3com. The $2.7 billion purchase is expected to close in the first half of 2010. The deal will bring 3Com, TippingPoint and H3C into the HP stable, as well giving the company greater depth in the Chinese markets. The acquisition is transformative for HP and 3Com. Whether it is transformative for the networking market remains to be seen.
HP's 3Com Buy Adds To Its SMB Networking Arsenal
Commentary  |  11/11/2009  | 
Consolidation is the watchword in the data center marketplace. Companies are collapsing their network, storage, and server equipment into single-function devices. The consolidation theme also applies to vendors, as one noteworthy networking supplier leaped into HPs arms today.
Logitech To Acquire Video Communications Vendor
News  |  11/11/2009  | 
The $405 million purchase of LifeSize would give Logitech entry into the growing corporate videoconferencing market.
Android For The Enterprise?
News  |  11/11/2009  | 
The Droid is arguably the first phone since the iPhone to really make a splash in the market and there are many reviews of the handset. While aimed at the consumer, chances are you will be supporting them in the enterprise. Rim's Blackberry has a foothold in the enterprise today and with a few more features, Android based phones like the Droid are more than capable of replacing them. The question is, how well will the Droid and Android fit into your enterprise?
Fujitsu Unveils 10 Gb Ethernet Switch
News  |  11/11/2009  | 
The low-power XG2600 runs on less than five watts per port, a 30% reduction from other switches in Fujitsu's line of XG Layer 2 Ethernet switches.
VMware Releases View 4
News  |  11/11/2009  | 
VMware is making a determined bid to get a grasp on the desktop virtualization market before competitors Microsoft and Citrix Systems can bring to bear their combined desktop expertise and entrenched advantages. The result is VMware View 4 announced Monday and generally available Nov. 19 for desktop virtualization.
KEMP Technologies Adds VLAN Trunking and Link Interface Bonding to Family of Load Balancers
News  |  11/11/2009  | 
LoadMaster 5.0 improves performance and high availability for Web applications in one affordable hardware platform
Platform Computing Announces General Availability of Platform ISF for Managing Private Clouds
News  |  11/11/2009  | 
Comprehensive cloud management software delivers a shared computing infrastructure from heterogeneous physical and virtual resources
Netgear Introduces Revolutionary New Category of Configurable Switches for Businesses to Build Better Networks
News  |  11/10/2009  | 
The ProSafe Plus Switch is Netgear's breakthrough offering that, for a slight premium over unmanaged switches, supports Quality of Service, VLANs and cable testing for better visibility and control of Ethernet networks
EMC Offers Portfolio of New Products and Services Enhancing Performance, Security and Management of VMware View(TM) Deployments
News  |  11/10/2009  | 
EMC Offerings Combine with VMware View(TM) 4 to help enable new opportunities for improving cost, management and security over traditional desktop computing models
Lancope Goes With The Flow
News  |  11/9/2009  | 
In the world of application performance management and network security monitoring, visibility is key. If you can't detect it, you can't do anything about it. That is why networks are populated with probes, taps and in-line sensors. Lancope, in addition to a system wide software upgrade, announced a new probe, the FlowSensory AE, that collects Netflow v9 records and sends them to a collector for collection and analysis. In addition, Lancope has extended Netflow v9 with additional fields that the
Commentary  |  11/9/2009  | 
I'm told at the Brocade sales meeting last week in Las Vegas, CEO Mike Klayko put up a slide that read "NOT FOR SALE." I for one am joining the Brocade sales team in taking it at face value and moving on. It's not going to happen, at least not now.
Netgear Adds Features To Unmanaged Switches For SMBs
Commentary  |  11/9/2009  | 
The company hopes to differentiate its new ProSafe Plus "unmanaged switches" with a few key network monitoring and configuration features, including support for Virtual LANs (VLANs), Quality of Service (QoS), and cable testing.
Our First Virtual Event: Next Generation Networking
Commentary  |  11/9/2009  | 
On November 12th, we will be hosting our first virtual event covering next generation networking. You can register here. We have a great line-up of speakers, including a keynote by Rob Roy, CEO of Switch Communications, which runs the SuperNAP in Las Vegas. The rest of the day includes presentations on key networking topics delivered by IT practitioners and experts as well as sponsors. I've seen the presentations, and like what I see.
Alteon Is Back; Radware Delivers on Promise to Advance Acquired Product Line
News  |  11/9/2009  | 
New Alteon 5412 signifies customer commitment delivering an advanced product roadmap, long-term support and a revitalized brand experience
Vendors Should Do No Harm
Commentary  |  11/8/2009  | 
Like most technogeeks I have an affection for new products, technologies and even new versions of Windows (except for Vista and Windows ME). I do, however, have a bone to pick with vendors who decide to change how their products work just for sport. I'm now asking tech vendors to adopt the Hippocratic Oath's "First do no harm" and resist retiring perfectly good commands from their CLIs.
ServerEngines For Sale? A New Land Grab May Be In Play
Commentary  |  11/8/2009  | 
Industry sources in the investment community have told me that Ethernet NIC vendor ServerEngines may be looking for a buyer. ServerEngines is one of the key providers of 10GbE NIC connectivity. Apparently, there are a number of companies interested in acquiring the vendor, with LSI as the top suitor. LSI, which has seen its adapter business ramp up in recent quarters, wants to capitalize on a window of opportunity and gain market share from established vendors such as Emulex, QLogic and to some
HP Offers Data Center Scalability
News  |  11/6/2009  | 
HP is bidding to offer enterprises converged data center management based on virtualized resource pools, including networks and storage as well as servers, and managing them as an 'elastic' data center that can expand and contract with the economy. HP's customer research during the current recession found that 80% of IT professionals out of 550 interviewed lacked confidence in their data centers' ability to scale up and scale down again, in response to economic fluctuations
Emulex Goes Elephant Hunting
Commentary  |  11/4/2009  | 
It appears the Emulex strategy is to be first-to-market with OEMs in the soon-to-be massive DCE-based NIC market, then build-out FCoE storage networking capabilities in a way that customers can deploy via field upgrades. This aggressive Elephant hunting strategy gives Emulex the highest probability of disrupting the status quo of the rapidly growing 10Gb segment of the NIC market.
Nokia Siemens To Restructure, Lay Off 5,700
News  |  11/3/2009  | 
Parent company Nokia's sweeping reorganization plan will cut $740 million annually from the networking unit.
Riverbed Steelhead Mobile 3 Debuts
News  |  11/3/2009  | 
Riverbed Technology has announced Steelhead Mobile 3.0, an update to its network optimization product aimed at mobile users of enterprise networks. The new version is intended to more closely work with the recently-released RIOS 6.0 to increase network user productivity while on the road, working from home or connecting wirelessly in the office.
Cisco Blurring Lines Between Enterprise, Consumer Net
Commentary  |  11/3/2009  | 
Analysts who've lately focused on a Cisco's decade-long buying binge will surely weigh in on the networking powerhouse's Monday announcement that it plans to acquire Hong Kong set-top-box maker DVN. Yet most of these financial musings, which focus on Cisco's stock price, are missing the point. It's all about bandwidth, stupid.
Riverbed's Steelhead Mobile Controller 3.0 Adds Windows 7 Support And Extends "Branch Warming"
Commentary  |  11/2/2009  | 
The WAN optimization vendor says the latest version also includes HTTP and HTTPS acceleration and support for 64-bit applications.
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