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Content tagged with Networking posted in November 2011
Ruckus Shakes Up Auto RF Management With New Paradigm
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
For those who worry about things like which channel large groups of wireless access points are on, there hasn't been a lot to get excited about during the last couple of years. For most "smart WLAN systems," you put your faith in a murky channel selection algorithm, respect that the 2.4-GHz band has only three non-overlapping channels, and hope that the vendor built the right intelligence into the product set. That changes with ChannelFly, the new channel selection method from Ruckus that challe
DataSift Offers Social Data Analytics Service
News  |  11/29/2011  | 
TweetMeme sequel adds Lexalytics sentiment analysis, Klout influence scores to social search business.
How SSDs Solved One Company's IT Performance Problems
News  |  11/23/2011  | 
When rapid growth overwhelmed AlphaStaff's ERP system, a switch to solid state drives was the answer to its capacity crisis.
Cisco's LAN Stronghold: Good As It Ever Was
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
In the networking industry there's Cisco and then there's everyone else. But in LAN switching it's even more so.
5 Tips: Avoid Being A Social Media Turkey
News  |  11/22/2011  | 
Consider these lessons learned from companies and people who have gotten the social stuffing kicked out of them.
Whiteboard Tutorial: What is FCoE?
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
In part 1 of our FCoE Whiteboard series Storage Switzerland's George Crump explains the benefits of FCoE, namely the reduction of cabling and network cards in servers, the subsequent costs savings & convergence of infrastructure management.
FedEx CIO Rob Carter: Dominant Design
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
One of the world's well-known CIOs provides an in depth look at how FedEx is building its data centers of the future. Carter discusses the trend toward "dominant design" -- the ability to leverage standards for speed and competitive advantage.
IPv6 Momentum Takes Huge Swing
News  |  11/21/2011  | 
A new Infoblox-sponsored IPv6 Census conducted by the Measurement Factory reports a 1,900% increase in the percentage of zones under .com, .net and .org that support IPv6. Only 1.27% of the zones surveyed in 2010 supported the successor to Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), compared to today's 25.4%.
Aerohive's $99 Branch Office Offering Is Not A Black Friday Sale
Commentary  |  11/21/2011  | 
For the price of an external hard drive or a printer, you can get a complete branch office network from Aerohive Networks. We're talking wired and wireless networking here. Granted, the branch that can be serviced for under a hundred bucks is a small one, but the story is still quite interesting as part of a larger trend. Cloud-managed networking continues to get less expensive and more feature-rich, and the used-to-be-wireless-only guys are laying claim to more of the wired network in cool new
4 Viral Social Software Tips From Enterprise 2.0
News  |  11/18/2011  | 
Maximize use of open social software, imitate what works for Facebook, and other expert advice from top social media maven.
Can Dell Do For Networking What It Did For Storage?
Commentary  |  11/18/2011  | 
Dell is focused and while it isn't considered by many to be a solutions provider--many consider Dell to be a box pusher--it plans on changing perception. As Fritz Nelson points out in discussing Dell's earnings, the company did a remarkable job of acquiring storage companies that fit with its overall vision, investing in the product lines, doubling or tripling the head count in some cases, and setting off on an integration path that continues today. However, Dell has a difficult road ahead if it
Avaya Goes After Cisco With New Ethernet Switches
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Avaya is updating its Ethernet switch portfolio with six new models designed to bring the capabilities of its Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture to the edge of the campus network. The additions to the ERS 4000 portfolio offer plug-and-play capabilities for IP phones, QoS management, and support for both PoE and PoE+. The company says the Stackable Chassis technology can handle almost three times more traffic than competing solutions while consuming 36% less energy and offering a 40% lower t
2012 Security Spending To Hold Strong
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Compliance, mobile devices, and data loss prevention top the list of trends driving 37% of businesses to increase IT security spending.
New Dell Kace Appliances Address Midmarket
News  |  11/17/2011  | 
Dell is rolling out a new line of Kace appliances to address the midmarket, along with "pay-as-you-grow" pricing. Kace consists of two families of easy-to-use appliances that meet system management needs, from initial computer deployment to ongoing management and retirement. Targeted at organizations with 1,000 to 3,500 endpoint systems, the K-Series Advanced Appliance line that features quad-core Xeon processors, RAID 5 configuration, high-speed drivers and redundant power supplies includes the
Half Of Firewall Rules Configured Improperly, Survey Says
News  |  11/16/2011  | 
Firewall administration, audit still mostly a manual process, leads to errors and breach risks, reports survey.
It's Time To Get Your 10 Gig On
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
A spate of new products is putting high-performance 10-Gbps Ethernet within reach of almost every organization that wants it.
Dell Is Focused
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
Last week, some colleagues and I had a chance to spend the day at Dell's headquarters in Austin, Texas. It was seven hours of meetings, getting a dump on Dell's various lines of business, and was capped off with a meeting with the man himself, Michael Dell. It was an informative day, meeting with folks who run the storage, server, networking, and channel divisions of the company. I came away with one overriding thought: Here's a company that is focused.
Brocade Claims World's Largest 100GbE Deployment
News  |  11/15/2011  | 
Brocade is claiming the world's largest single-site deployment of 100 Gbit Ethernet in a research institute, improving efficiency by 50%. Janelia Farm Research Campus, the research facility for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), has chosen Brocade to replace its network infrastructure and increase performance by up to 10 times.
5 Ways Enterprises Can Stay Safer On Facebook
News  |  11/14/2011  | 
Some companies are pumping more time and money into business Facebook pages without considering the lack of control when things go wrong. Consider these security steps within your grasp.
Red Lambda: Security Revolution Or Just Evolution?
Commentary  |  11/13/2011  | 
Security statistics are depressing. The bad guys seem to be overwhelming the good guys, even when the good guys are well-known security vendors. So when an emerging company, such as Red Lambda, claims to have software that significantly improves the odds for the good guys, you need to pay close attention.
RedSeal Networks Upgrades Security Intelligence Software Offering
News  |  11/10/2011  | 
RedSeal Networks this week introduced Version 5 of its software product to proactively protect computer networks from increasing threats from cybercriminals. The upgrade monitors IT assets for key risk indicators for network security, vulnerability exposure and policy compliance, and can be managed through a customizable dashboard and a Web portal.
Sam's Club Shares Early Holiday Deals Via Social, Mobile
News  |  11/10/2011  | 
Holiday shopping season starts early as Sam's Club gives first look at Black Friday deals to Facebook fans and users of its mobile app.
BMC Treads Carefully Among The Giants
News  |  11/10/2011  | 
Since its founding in 1980, BMC Software has been successfully delivering management solutions to large enterprises. During that time, the vendor has been able to deftly maneuver around possible potholes to earn a top position in this highly competitive market sector. But more work remains. Like other high tech segments, the management segment is experiencing slowing growth.
Ethernet Fabric As Core--A Modest Proposal
Commentary  |  11/10/2011  | 
As a reformed network geek who has turned to the dark side to follow the storage market, I've been especially intrigued by the evolution of data center Ethernet as fundamentally different not only from the 10-Mbps shared media Ethernet of old but, more significantly, from the direction of campus Ethernet. As we bring DCB, TRIIL-like Layer 2 multipathing and the like into the data center network, I would like to propose that many of us can eliminate the expensive modular switch that's typically s
10 Tips For Creating Killer Social Content
News  |  11/10/2011  | 
Content is currency these days. Follow these 10 strategies for creating blogs, websites, and videos that will grab attention in all the right ways.
Pano Logic Eyes Enterprise VDI
News  |  11/9/2011  | 
Pano System 5, the latest version of Pano Logic's zero client desktop virtualization hardware and software product, introduces Pano Controller, a modular architecture that enables flexible deployment options for large, heterogeneous virtual environments, and Pano Maestro, which eases device monitoring of distributed zero client endpoints. It also improves the user experience with 30% to 40% reductions in network bandwidth utilization and 25% better video frame rate quality, as well as extends su
A Brief Introduction To OpenFlow
Slideshows  |  11/8/2011  | 
OpenFlow is a specification now managed by the Open Networking Foundation, which defines the functions and protocols used to centrally manage switches via a centralized controller.
NetApp, Nexsan Debut New NAS Options
News  |  11/8/2011  | 
NetApp releases two NAS systems for the midmarket, while Nexsan targets large enterprises.
Brocade Scores An 'A' In Enterprise Campus Networking
News  |  11/8/2011  | 
Brocade is looking to shake up enterprise campus networking with a set of solutions that will deliver a 35% TCO advantage. Due out this month with a starting price of $5,595, the ICX 6610 is an Ethernet access switch that combines chassis-like reliability and performance with the flexibility and affordability of a stackable switch, says the company/ The solution delivers five times the stacking bandwidth of the leading competitor and provides 8-by-10 Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and the highest
Palo Alto Networks Introduces Next-Generation Firewalls For Branch Offices, Apple Devices
News  |  11/8/2011  | 
Palo Alto Networks, which earlier this year launched the PA-5000 series of next-generation firewalls, has introduced the new PA-200, which protects branch offices and home offices as well as the bigger models. It has also upgraded its GlobalProtect technology for secure remote access to specifically protect Apple computers and mobile devices.
The Long-Distance LAN
News  |  11/7/2011  | 
Linking data centers for high availability is tricky. We have the plan you need.
Sprint Only Carrier On Mobile Security Council
News  |  11/7/2011  | 
Wireless carrier Sprint Nextel is so far the only carrier serving on a new industry panel called the Mobile Security Council, which seeks to collaborate to protect against mobile network threats and respond to attacks when they occur. The council met for only the second time last week during the Sprint Open Solutions Conference in Santa Clara, Calif.
Survey: Three Of Four Companies Say They’re 'Likely' To Be Hit By Cyber Attack ... Again
News  |  11/4/2011  | 
In a survey by the research firm Enterprise Strategies Group (ESG), 59% of respondents said their company has been hit by a cyberattack called an "advanced persistent threat" (APT), and 72% believe they’ll be hit again. The report urges IT security professionals to educate company executives about the risks and urges vendors to develop security architectures offering centralized management and distributed enforcement.
Convergence Protects Against Fraudulent Web Security Certificates
Slideshows  |  11/3/2011  | 
Recent problems with certificate authorities have exposed major problems with the trustworthiness of Web browser security. Rather than simply trusting a signed SSL certificate, Convergence, a free Firefox extension, checks with several trusted certificate sites, or notaries. If all of the notaries agree that the certificate is accurate, Convergence gives the go-ahead to use the site.
Emulex Tunes Up I/O Monitoring And Analysis Solution
News  |  11/3/2011  | 
The new 2.0 release of OneCommand Vision delivers increased scalability, usability improvements, custom alerting, and added operating system and hypervisor support, says Emulex. The software, which addresses the proverbial "blind spot" in the data center--namely, I/O--analyzes end-to-end I/O latency, various protocol events and other critical performance metrics, says Emulex VP Shaun Walsh. "That has really been the key, understanding the latency; the more you eliminate latency, the easier it is
New Infoblox Appliance Manages Flood Of DNS Queries On Networks
News  |  11/2/2011  | 
Network infrastructure services management vendor Infoblox is introducing a new appliance that handles DNS queries five times faster than legacy systems can. The Infoblox-4010 is designed to handle the explosion of DNS queries as more devices, including smartphones and tablet computers, seek access to corporate and service provider networks and more IP addresses are being created.
Infoblox Reinforces Virtual Networks For BYOD Era
News  |  11/2/2011  | 
Appliance answers DNS queries five times faster than legacy systems to cope with the consumerization of IT, company says.
It's Time To End The Wireless Client Insanity
Commentary  |  11/2/2011  | 
What would our wireless networks be without clients? Things can be quirky enough with power-save settings, local RF conditions, and general machine health and resources when it comes to wireless performance, but add to the mix the general confusion that the wireless client adapter industry has created, and you can hardly fault your users for not understanding the nuances of different wireless adapters in a given network.
Live Migration Brings Flexibility To Storage
Commentary  |  11/1/2011  | 
Alternative to replacement or wholesale migration lets you easily add capacity or performance as needed.

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