Mellanox and QLogic Play Duopoly
On Monday, Mellanox said it will buy Voltaire for $8.75 per share, or about $218 million. Excluding Voltaire's cash, Mellanox is getting the company for about $176 million. The $200 million per year InfiniBand networking market is now a duopoly comprising Mellanox and QLogic, the two suppliers that design their own adapter and switch chips.
The Level 3/Comcast Fight Is About Money, Not Net Neutrality
Level 3 is positioning its peering dispute with Comcast as a net neutrality issue, when in fact it's a business conflict. By claiming that a clash over money is actually a defense of users being able to access Internet resources, Level 3 may hurt the net neutrality effort because it confuses the issue. As a supporter of net neutrality, I think this is the wrong approach by Level 3.
Data Center Convergence: Fact or Fiction?
Recently, IT departments have had trouble keeping pace with growth in their data centers. In many cases, each time that a new application was built, they had to deploy a new server, storage system, and network switch. With IT becoming a key business enabler and the number of applications swelling, they ended up with a plethora of devices.
Automation Not The Solution For Human Error
We've all had our share of misfortunes with IT devices and services that have failed to perform as expected in an increasingly information-centric world. But as much as we may want to fault the technology, it appears that we are to blame in the majority of cases, at least as far as data-center outages. The solution is not to replace humans with lights-out automation, but provide better training, processes and procedures, says Julian Kudritzki, vice president of the Uptime Institute. "It's the sa
Wave Embassy Trusted Drive Manager Simplifies Encrypted Drive Management
Securing data on laptops protects your company's data in the event the laptop is lost or stolen. According to the DatalossDB, which is maintained by the Open Security Foundation, by November 22, 2010, 12 million personal records have been exposed because of lost or stolen computers, laptops, disks, and other media. That tally doesn't include data loss such as intellectual property and other company secrets. Losing data is a risk most companies can't afford. Encrypting hard drives is one critical
Novell No More
There are still 'Is' to be dotted and 'Ts' to be crossed, but for all intents and purposes, the deal is done for Novell. The company is credited with making the local area network popular. With a large helping hand from Xerox, the benefactors of Adobe, Apple and 3Com, among others - is being bought by Attachmate for approximately $2.2 billion, excluding intellectual property assets being sold to CPTN Holdings LLC, a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft, for $450 million in c
Verizon Announces 150Mbps Broadband
Pitted against AT&T's high-speed U-verse service, Verizon claims the $195 per month FiOS offering will be the fastest consumer broadband in the U.S.
Novell Is Dead; Cause Of Death Is Lack Of Focus
In yet another chapter of how the once mighty have fallen once dominant network operating system vendor Novell announced today that it's being acquired by long time mainframe connectivity vendor Attachmate. Twenty years ago we would have viewed this as a marriage made in heaven, or at least Maui, as Attachmate's 3270 and 5250 connectivity tools were key to connecting NetWare networks to the IT department's "Real Computers". Today the response seems to be AttachWHO?
Fulcrum Has Designs On 10G/40G Ethernet Switch Space
Fulcrum Microsystems has used this week's Supercomputing 2010 conference in New Orleans to release its Alta 1U Reference Platform, a single-board 10G/40G Ethernet switch reference design intended to speed time to market of high-port-count data center top-of-rack (ToR) switches. Code-named Barcelona, it is built on Fulcrum's low-latency FocalPoint FM6364 10G/40G Ethernet switch chip, and can be used to evaluate the performance of that chip in either a test environment or a live data center networ
RainStor and Teradata Target Big Data
Teradata Corporation and RainStor are combining forces to grab a larger slice of the growing 'big-data' pie. RainStor's data compression and reduction software will be incorporated into Teradata's 'Purpose Built' Platform family and BAR solutions to offer customers an up to 50x-plus compression rate and 'the lowest price per terabyte', and storage footprint reduction of up to 97 percent. Additionally, data is online and accessible and can be queried using standard SQL and a number of business in
Enterasys Throws Down Data-Center Virtualization Gauntlet
Building on its June announcement of a data-center strategy, Enterasys Networks has introduced its Data Center Manager, a unified management solution designed to deliver automation, visibility and control over the data center fabric, including network, servers, storage and applications, across both physical and virtual environments. The Siemens Enterprise Communications company says that by providing integrated tracking and monitoring of virtual machines(VMs), applications and an integrated view
Brocade And Cisco Maintain SAN Lock-In Status Quo With FCoE
If you are a storage administrator, you are used to vendor lock-in driven by your storage vendor and you choose SAN equipment based on a qualified equipment list. You might even defend the lock-in as being preferable. If you are a network administrator looking at FCoE, you are going to chafe under these restrictions because you'll find your product choices restricted to whatever products the SAN vendor, Brocade or Cisco, has qualified with. If you go off the qualified equipment list, you won't g
Lumeta Announces New Release of IPsonar
Lumeta Corporation , the leading provider of network discovery, mapping and network leak detection solutions for large enterprises and government agencies, today announced a new release of IPsonar??, which includes advancements in the product's discovery, visualization and analysis capabilities.
Brocade, Cisco, End-to-End FCoE And Who's On First
I took some heat, in a good natured way, about my article Brocade First To Market With Native End-to-End FCoE . Brad Hedlund, Brian Gracely, and Stu Miniman contend that Cisco is first with end-to-end FCoE. In my original story, the headline "Brocade First To Market With Native End-to-End FCoE" was inaccurate. After talking to Brocade and Cisco in depth, the more accurate title is "Brocade First To Market With End-to-End Ethernet FCoE." I was sort of right and sort of wrong. Let me explain.
Ponemon-Symantec Report: Compliance Is Biggest Encryption Driver
Regulatory compliance has moved up as the primary driver for encryption in the United States, according to a Ponemon Institute-Symantec report, moving ahead of data breach mitigation. The fifth annual U.S. Enterprise Encryption Trends report also reported a rise in the number of organizations that have experienced more than five breaches.
NetVision Announces Enhanced Access Rights Reporting, Netapp User Activity Monitoring
The newest release of NetVision's access auditing and management suite features enhanced reporting on the state of access rights in the organization and support for user activity and permission changes in NetApp network attached storage (NAS). NetVision's suite is focused on activity monitoring and access rights status reporting, what Steve Coplan, senior analyst in The 451 Group's Enterprise Security Practice, calls this access auditing or access visibility auditing. It's focused on Active Dire
Amazon Launches Supercomputing In The Cloud
The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud's GPU Cluster Instance, based on NVIDIA Tesla M2050 processors, provides parallel processing for graphics rendering, simulations and other high performance computing tasks for $2.10 an hour.
Brocade First To Market With Native End-to-End FCoE
In the quest for one-ups-manship in product advances, Brocade announced it is the first vendor to bring end-to-end multi-hop Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) to the market. Brocade's VDX 6720 (the first in a planned family of products) is a top-of-rack (ToR) switch that support multi-path Ethernet, pay-as-you-grow Ethernet ports, and a new Brocade Network Operating System that unifies and simplifies switch management. The VDX is Brocade's first product to bring together the company's SAN and d
Avaya's Missing Piece: Virtual Network Architecture
Introduced this week, the Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA) is intended to help address the growing demand for new content and business collaboration applications in and between data centers and campuses. The company says VENA helps reduce costs and improve service by improving network connections between application servers and end users, essentially providing an end-to-end connection from the desktop to the data center.
Avaya Introduces Virtual Networking Architecture
Avaya has launched a data networking architecture aimed at assisting enterprises utilizing virtualization and other collaborative technologies to meet the growing demand for new content and business collaboration applications in and between data centers and campuses.
IBM Unveils Industry-Specific Software Platforms, Solutions
At an invitation-only summit for hundreds of its most advanced customers and partners, IBM is announcing additions to its industry framework portfolio. The new technology platform for the manufacturing industry and new solutions will provide real-time tracking for valuable assets and the ability to automate real-time data integration into a central dashboard that aggregates and controls all business operations.
RockMelt Social Web Browser Revealed
RockMelt, a new browser backed by Mosaic and Netscape web pioneer Marc Andreessen, tightly integrates web browsing with social networking, letting users easily track their Facebook friends, Twitter feeds and changing news feeds, while surfing the web. RockMelt is not the first attempt to reimagine the web browser as a social tool. Back in 2005, the Flock browser was released with similar ambitions. Initially based on Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine, the forthcoming 3.0 version of Flock will, li
On-Switch Scripting Should Be On Your Radar
Time to go brush up on your automata theory if you want to be an effective data center manager. Event-based automation is creeping in everywhere; before you know it, your data center will be pretty self-sufficient, perhaps, dare I say it, self-healing, at the software level. At least that's the theory. For the first time, equipment vendors are adding automation features such as scripting to switches and routers. These little automata scripts can, collectively, save you time and reduce errors.
Cisco Earnings Rise, Stock Drops
Investors punished the firm due to declining sales to state governments and cable companies that led the company to lower its second-quarter forecast.
Apple Updates Mac OS X
Snow Leopard version 10.6.5 includes security fixes and resolves problems with third-party software.
VMware, Cisco, EMC Coalition Unveils SAP, VDI And FCoE
Cisco and EMC's VCE (Virtual Computing Environment) Coalition, cofunded by VMware and Intel, has announced the latest evolution of its Vblock platform, including SAP, VMware and Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) enhancements. Through Vblock, VCE (www.vce.com) is delivering what it calls the industry's first completely integrated IT offering, pre-integrated and tested product suites that combine virtualization, server, networking, storage, management and security technologies.
Enterprise 2.0: Cisco Broadening Quad To Cloud
The networking powerhouse is poised to extend its Unified Communications-centric collaboration product, currently available as a hosted version for large enterprises, by adding a cloud-based iteration aimed at the SMB market.
Top 20 Apps For Managing Social Media
Social media from Twitter to Facebook, LinkedIn to YouTube creates opportunities for building relationships, cultivating customers and promoting business, but the sea of updates and input awash with data both important and consequential can drown all but the most dogged of users. Fortunately, app developers have created more than a few devices to make keeping afloat in the social media waters manageable, sane and even productive. Yet even the tools intended to help users navigate social media ar
Cisco Rolls Out Rugged Embeded Services Router
Cisco is rolling out a new family of routers that will eventually replace its 3200 series of rugged Integrated Services Routers (ISRs). The networking giant says it has done well with the 3270 router, which will be retired December 2011, but the biggest customer complaints were that Cisco got the size, weight and power wrong. It's replacement is already being called a "game-changer".
Force10 Enhances Open Automation Framework With SmartScripts And HyperLink
Force10 is announcing SmartScripts, which lets administrators write and run scripts on Force10 switches. The company is also announcing HyperLink, which integrates Force10 switches with hypervisors. Both features are part of Force10's Open Automation Framework initiative announced in March, 2010. SmartScripts and Hyperlink streamline switch management by automating the many tedious network management tasks. Automation is foundational for getting the most out of a virtualized data center design.
96% Of Businesses Plan To Adopt UC
Google is challenging Microsoft on corporate email and Cisco is the leader in VoIP, according a survey on Unified Communications from Infonetics Research.