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Content tagged with Networking posted in December 2009
Google Loses Groovle Domain Name Dispute
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
Google has lost in its attempt to prevent a Canadian Website from using the domain name
Ethernet Services Surge In Verticals
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
A Heavy Reading report says high growth rates for carrier Ethernet appear secure as the technology is adopted across finance, healthcare, government, and other sectors.
Beyond 802.11n: Enterprise WLAN Trends For 2010
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
While the big news coming out the enterprise WLAN market was certainly the long overdue final ratification of the 802.11n standard, this past year saw a slew of new products and new solutions that firm up wireless' role in the enterprise as well as a number of acquisitions in the WLAN market place and a number of significant shifts in the OEM relationships of several wired switch vendors. The new year is already shaping up to be similar, with Meru Networks already announcing plans to take the co
MobileIron Adapts To The Changing Rules Of Enterprise Mobility
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
MobileIron recently unveiled Release 2.0 of their Virtual Smartphone Platform. While previously focused as a mobile device management tool for administrators, Release 2.0 also takes aim at the mobile users themselves, delivering a wealth of self-service tools. It also provides visibility to both the user and IT into how well the mobile device, as well as the networks it uses, are serving the user's remote needs.
Las Vegas' M Resort Wins A Triple Play With A Brocade IP Network
News  |  12/22/2009  | 
M Resort, one of Las Vegas' newest resorts, has networked everything--slot machines, guest room door locks, mini-bars, VoIP phones, PCs, even a prescription-dispensing robot in the resort's pharmacy--on an all-IP network that consolidates voice, video and data. The triple-play IP network, which consists of IP switches and routers from Brocade, provides M Resort with across-the-board flexibility, says Rob Willis, VP of Information Technology.
The SMB Impact Of Avaya Completing Its Nortel Enterprise Solutions Acquisition
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
Steve Hilton, bMighty columnist and analyst at Analysys Mason, explains what Avaya finalizing its purchase of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions (NES) operation means for small and midsize businesses.
Verizon Offers Mid-Year Report On Security Breaches
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Verizon business has released a mid-year supplement to its Data Breach Report, providing details on 15 categories of attacks and exploits that its internal security teams say are the most prevalent. In addition, the report provides details on how the common attacks tend to act in operation and tips on mitigating the risks of these threats.
Nursing Facility Turns To SaaS For Network Management
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
The Jewish Home of San Francisco is a nursing facility for older adults. The home has over 420 residents on a nine-acre campus with five buildings. Richard Navarro, director of IT, is tasked with maintaining the health of the organization's network. Earlier this year he decided to implement service management software to help his small IT staff keep better tabs on network and application uptime. He chose a SaaS offering from a provider called AccelOps.
Four Ways To Rapidly Reduce Your WAN Expenses
News  |  12/21/2009  | 
Enterprise network groups are now so stretched to provide and maintain service that expense management and cost control are lower priorities. As a result, we recommend that large enterprises perform a focused telecom cost reduction exercise at least once every couple of years. In Part 1 of this article, we discussed several opportunities and strategies to address wasteful and unnecessary voice usage and local charges. We now turn our attention to other telecom services, including the Wide Area N
Where In The World Is Twitter's DNS?
News  |  12/18/2009  | 
Twitter lost control of its DNS records on Dec. 17 for about an hour, but the effects lasted a bit longer due to DNS caching. While neither Twitter nor their registrar DynDNS, is saying much other than that the DNS records were changed at around 10pm PST, there has been ample speculation that the perpetrators got control of administrative credentials for
Frost & Sullivan: IP VPN, Ethernet Preferred WAN Services
News  |  12/17/2009  | 
IP VPN (Internet protocol virtual private network) and Ethernet WAN (wide area network) services are increasingly popular as companies seek flexibility, simplicity, scalability and high bandwidth for their data communication needs. This is especially so for corporations that need to manage site-to-site connectivity across multiple regions.
EMC Speeds Up Storage Connectivity
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The Symmetrix V-Max storage array gets 8Gb-per-second connectivity for mainframe and open systems environments.
Syracuse University, IBM Partner In Green Data Center
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
Syracuse University (SU) has just completed a new green data center that is expected to use about 50 percent less energy than a typical data center in operation today. The $12.4 million, 12,000-square-foot facility (6,000 square feet of infrastructure space and 6,000 square feet of raised-floor data center space), built in partnership with IBM and the New York state government, uses a tri-generation system to produce all the data center's required power plus chilled water to cool all the servers
PRTG Network Monitor Optimizes Virtual Computing Environments To Ensure Efficient Operations And Prevent Crippling Down Time
News  |  12/16/2009  | 
The rapid adoption of virtualization has enabled businesses of all sizes to realize incredible operational and cost efficiencies. However, the technologies and resources required demand that a move to virtualization be carefully planned and implemented to reduce the risk of failure in the system. A single server failure or the unexpected loss of a network connection can have a crippling effect on any number of mission-critical business applications and processes across all associated virtual mac
EMC Adds VMware Support To Retrospect
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
Retrospect 7.7 for Windows features integration with VMware Consolidated Backup, energy conservation, and a 64-bit engine.
Six Ways To Reduce Your Corporate Telecom Expenses
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
As IT budgets come under increased pressure, addressing wasteful telecommunications spending is more important than ever. This two-part article will outline six cost reduction opportunities that an enterprise can quickly explore without compromising network integrity or requiring in-depth negotiation with its telecom providers. Savings achieved by identifying and executing on these types of opportunities can yield a minimum ten percent reduction in telecom expenses. Let's dive into the first fi
Spiceworks Heads Upstream And Abroad With Latest Update
News  |  12/15/2009  | 
Spiceworks, provider of free, ad-supported IT management tools, has announced version 4.5 of their flagship product. The latest version brings a host of features geared both at increasingly larger networks, as well as delivering language support for users around the globe. The update also streamlines trouble ticket processing, delivers secure remote support and lets users put some spit and polish on their network maps.
Harnessing vSphere Performance Benefits For NUMA: Part 2
Commentary  |  12/14/2009  | 
In my last post I talked a great deal about native support for NUMA in vSphere on enabled Opteron and Nehalem processor platforms. NUMA is a strong technology in and of itself, but it really starts to shine when teamed with other supporting technologies. In this post, I'm going to cover the details of integrating next generation networking and interrupt technologies to improve storage and networking performance. I'll focus on MSI-X, but future posts will cover VMDq, RSS and Multiple Queue's in m
First Commercial LTE Network Goes Live
News  |  12/14/2009  | 
TeliaSonera launched its 4G wireless network Monday in Sweden and Norway.
IBM Offers Tivoli Service To SMBs
News  |  12/11/2009  | 
Tivoli Live Monitoring can monitor virtual machines running under VMware ESX Server, Microsoft's Hyper-V, and Citrix Systems XenServer.
Dell Expands Data Center Offerings
News  |  12/11/2009  | 
The company introduced infrastructure management software and 10-Gigabit Ethernet to its storage and networking switch lines.
Software AG Launches Mainframe Application Monitoring
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
The browser-based monitoring tool looks into the operating health of multiple mainframe applications.
Converged Networks: Another Interesting Week - Who Is Verari?
Commentary  |  12/10/2009  | 
With nearly all the Tier One OEM providers now supporting native FCoE on their servers and storage systems, it's pretty clear which connectivity protocol they are betting on going forward. They all see the move to network convergence as a big shift and the cost benefits it brings to users.
Microsoft To Acquire Healthcare Specialist
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
Sentillion buy gives software maker a range of identity and access management tools for hospital IT systems.
Google Search Appliance Now Finds Tweets
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
Social media is infiltrating the business world, like it or not.
Practical Analysis: 802.11 -- The Blu-Ray Of Wireless
Commentary  |  12/10/2009  | 
While useful, 802.11n is unlikely to be game-changing technology in most enterprise settings.
WiGig Completes Wireless Specification
News  |  12/10/2009  | 
The 60-GHz technology will support transmission rates up to 7 Gbps in home and small office networks.
Brocade M&A Fire Still Burning
Commentary  |  12/10/2009  | 
Considering the recent maelstrom of speculation surrounding the possible acquisition of Brocade, the timing of the take-out provision in their Form 8-K is the smoke that tells us Brocade's M&A fire is still burning.
Amazon EC2 Cloud Data Center Loses Power
News  |  12/9/2009  | 
Operations in Amazon's Northern Virginia cloud computing data center were disrupted during a five-hour period Wednesday.
Network Planners Need Next-Gen Approach
News  |  12/9/2009  | 
Telecoms need to synch their network planning with marketing data for successful rollouts of next-gen services, says a survey.
EMC Launches Storage Automation
News  |  12/8/2009  | 
The company says its fully automated storage tiering technology will cut storage acquisition costs by 20% and trim storage operation expenses by 40%.
10GigE Tipping Point Reached - Problems Remain
Commentary  |  12/8/2009  | 
In shopping for new 10gig Ethernet switches for the lab I've realized that 10gigE pricing has reached the tipping point where the purchase price of two 10gigE connections for a server is about the same as for the six 1gigE ports I frequently need. Unfortunately with the DCB/CEE/DCE standards not yet ratified and the 10gig connector/optical module situation bringing truth to the old saying "I love standards - there are so many of them," the decision isn't as easy as I hoped.
Data Center Consolidation Drives Need for High Speed Connections
Commentary  |  12/7/2009  | 
Centralization has once again become the watchword in the data center. To simplify management, businesses are collapsing autonomous devices into central products. As this occurs, companies find themselves with more information stored in select locations and need fast network links to move that data. While many IT market segments have been struggling lately, high-speed data center connections have shown dramatic growth, according to market research firm DellOro Group.
Ruckus Installs 802.11n Video On Demand
News  |  12/7/2009  | 
The Wi-Fi network converts multicast IP traffic to unicast, allowing simultaneous distribution of IP-based high-definition video.
What Goes Around Comes Around: Google's Recursive DNS
Commentary  |  12/5/2009  | 
Google's announcement about their DNS service is naturally making waves among the Interneterati. Some think it's risky (no, encryption won't help). Some think it's good for DNS in general. It's neither of these things. It's a DNS service that Google thinks will make browsing better and a potential research tool.
Updating ESX To vSphere 4
Commentary  |  12/4/2009  | 
It's no secret that the latest version of VMware's virtual infrastructure is bigger, better, faster and more capable than ever, but along with the new feature set comes a whole load of complexity. vSphere 4.0 has a ton of features designed to bring system performance to the next level, but it requires a little tweaking to get the most out of them.
EMC: Accelerating The Journey To The Private Cloud
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
Howard Elias, president and chief operating officer of EMC Information Infrastructure and Cloud Services, extended and expanded the discussion on the private cloud. The move to the private cloud will be a multi-year journey. The focus is to make IT more OPEX-based (operational expenses) rather CAPEX-based (capital expenses).
Ciena Beats Nokia To Acquire Nortel Unit
News  |  12/3/2009  | 
Nokia Siemens Networks made an unsuccessful last-ditch effort to wrest Metro Ethernet Networks from Ciena with a higher bid.
Questioning Microsoft's Cloud Data Migration Patent Application
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
On the cusp of launching its Azure cloud computing service, Microsoft has filed a patent application for migrating data to a new cloud. But is their proposal new, novel, or even patentable?
Extreme Builds VEPA Into Data Center Strategy
News  |  12/3/2009  | 
Networking vendor Extreme Networks is using Gartner's Data Center Conference as the forum to unveil its vision for data center networking. Unfortunately, this appears to be a repackaging of existing solutions, rather than a long term strategy to integrate with the changing data center. Extreme is also lacking the important OEM/reseller agreements with server vendors that Brocade and Juniper have inked this year. Extreme does, however, offer a look at an alternative approach to the virtual networ
Cisco Launches FlipShare TV
News  |  12/2/2009  | 
The wireless device streams high-definition video from a PC or Mac to a TV.
Arista Networks Expands Portfolio With New Gigabit Ethernet Switch
News  |  12/2/2009  | 
Arista Networks has introduced a new high-end Gigabit Ethernet switch that the company says is designed to handle heavy traffic flows more seamlessly with less latency between the 1Gb servers and 10Gb storage servers that make up so many data centers. The switch is ideal for heavily loaded, next-generation data centers using asymmetric 1Gb and 10Gb Ethernet connections to support storage and Web-based applications, the company says.
Broadcom To Acquire Dune For $178 Million
News  |  12/1/2009  | 
Broadcom (NSDQ: BRCM) is stepping up its data center and cloud computing offerings by agreeing to acquire Dune Networks, which has developed a 100 Gbps scalable chipset that is capable of connecting more than 10,000 servers in a single deployment. Broadcom said the deal involves a payment of about $178 million for the Israeli company.

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