Vox Launches VoIP Video Phone
Ojo Vision offers unlimited calling, videoconferencing, and TV display connections to small and midsize businesses and home users.
Apple Boosts iPhone Sales Projections
First-quarter 2011 forecast indicates that the company is making up to 6 million handsets for CDMA-based wireless networks, the standard used by Verizon.
IBM Predicts Top IT Innovations
The IT giant's "Next Five in Five" list says that, by 2015, we'll have holographic cell phone displays, breathing batteries, and adaptive traffic systems.
Moving To The Cloud Is Not Cut And Paste
One of the issues I have been thinking about is the requirements necessary to move an application to a cloud service and, to some extent, move it with little impact to end users. Amazon's VM Import service is getting a lot of buzz lately, but the service itself is about as interesting as converting a Microsoft Word Document to PDF. Sure, it's useful, but it's only half the story. Virtual machine (VM) conversion certainly isn't a game changer for hybrid clouds. Just because you have a VM in your
Spares Beat Service Contracts Hands Down
I'm sometimes amazed at how much of my clients' IT budgets go to pay for service and support contracts they don't really need. Too many IT guys can only sleep soundly under the security blanket provided by a 24-7 service contract with guaranteed four-hour response times, so they just have the vendor include gold-plated service on everything they buy. I've found that, in many cases, a few spares and next business-day service can save my clients a bundle.
HP, IBM, VMware Rank Highest For Configuration Management Tools
An industry analysis released this month rates Hewlett-Packard, IBM and VMware as "value leaders" for configuration management tools that can identify software applications running on a network and the impact of network configuration changes that will affect how those applications run. The report, from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), rates those vendors high based on their product strengths and cost efficiencies. Other vendors ranked as a "strong value," the second highest ranking, were
New AppFirst Monitoring Product Integrates With Top Cloud Providers
AppFirst, a company that provides detailed monitoring and management of computing resources running in cloud environments, has introduced a new version of its solution that integrates with the systems of major cloud providers. The company announced this week that its AppFirst system--which constantly, rather than intermittently, monitors performance-- works with cloud providers such as Amazon EC2, Rackspace, SoftLayer and GoGrid, and will support additional cloud providers in the near future.
Think Net Neutrality Will Kill Innovation And Jobs? Think Again
I simply do not understand how Net neutrality detractors think that the proposed rules the FCC wants to put into place could hurt innovation. Even a cursory read of the rules shows that they are trying to set a level playing field, ensuring that those who control the last mile cannot arbitrarily limit or restrict access to Internet services. Open access does not stifle innovation. Open access to Internet services is the catalyst to innovation. Let's face it: Telcos and cable companies are the le
WikiLeaks Attacks Bringing Needed Attention To DDoS Prevention
The recent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks by supporters of the WikiLeaks organization were relatively small among all DDoS attacks, but the outsized media reaction to them brings needed attention to the threat of DDoS attacks in general and to the protections enterprise networks need to take, according to IT security experts.
WAN Issues Drive Application Deployment And Architecture
If you're in the hospitality industry, nothing is more central to your business than ensuring premium service and accommodations for your guests. This goes beyond offering attractive living suites, fine restaurants, and every imaginable personal and business convenience. It also includes friendly customer service and ease of booking reservations. Sometimes the best option is to re-design your IT systems.
Cloudkick Deal Turbocharges Rackspace Cloud Management
Just days after announcing a managed cloud service, Rackspace Hosting is upping the ante with the acquisition of Cloudkick and its cloud-server management tools portfolio. Serving more than 1,500 customers, a number of them from the more than 100,000 using Rackspace, Cloudkick helps administrators navigate the cloud world. Customers can manage and monitor their servers across multitenant virtualized servers and dedicated hardware, including hardware from multiple providers, within a single dashb
Cisco's FabricPath and IETF TRILL: Cisco Can't Have Standards Both Ways
Standards are standards for a reason. Standards allow customers to interconnect products with a hope that they will all work together easily and simply. It's how the Internet was built, though not without some problems, and how all the networking vendors built their businesses. No vendor, not even Cisco or Hewlett-Packard, can go it alone in enterprise networking. Even the whisper that a vendor is not standards-compliant can ruffle feathers and get danders up, so vendors come up with ways to giv
IT Hiring Picture For 2011 Mixed
A survey of various IT sector hiring forecasts for 2011 show a mixed bag, with companies planning to bring in more people but still relying, at least in part, on contract or temporary workers rather than making permanent hires. The technology consulting firm Janco Associates reports a slight increase in hiring in some IT areas, but not enough to offset the job losses in IT during the recession. But a survey of hiring managers and recruiters by the tech employment Web site Dice.com reveals six in
Unisys Enhances Managed Security Services Offering
Unisys Corporation today announced that it has added the Security Event and Log Management solution to its Unisys Managed Security Services (MSS) offering. This new solution gives clients enhanced capabilities to identify and deflect potential cybersecurity breaches as they emerge from anywhere in the enterprise IT infrastructure, as well as to create and maintain the detailed audit trails of threats and responses increasingly required by regulatory and industry bodies. This solution can help cl
Ethernet Switch Sales Shine
The Ethernet switch market has come back with a bang, with 2010 sales shooting up 29 percent from 2009 to $18.5 billion. According to Infonetics Research's third quarter 2010 Enterprise Routers and Ethernet Switches market share and forecast reports, Ethernet switch sales, driven primarily by the United States and EMEA markets, grew 3 percent quarter over quarter to $4.7 billion, beating the previous high of $4.68 billion in the third quarter of 2008.
Aerohive Makes Fat Wireless Phat
When you do the marketing math, Aeorhive's case is easily made. Big WLAN vendors are having a field day making whopping throughput claims to hawk their latest 802.11n hardware, and the prevailing undercurrent through all IT media centers on the explosion of mobile and portable devices that are becoming mainstream computing devices. Take all those devices, using all of that bandwidth, and you have to wonder if sending it all to the network core is the best strategy. Aerohive says the wireless con
Avaya: CEBP Too Complex
Avaya upgraded its Communication Enabled Business Process (CEBP) under the brand Avaya Agile Communication Environment (ACE) release 2.3, in the process essentially admitting that its initial attempt to incorporate Web services into PBX design was too much for many of today's business users. With the new release, Avaya is pushing three themes: tighter integration with Avaya Aura; enhanced integration with systems such as Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS), IBM Lotus Notes and Sametime
Enterasys Announces IPv6 Support For IPS
Enterasys Networks' intrusion prevention system (IPS) now supports IPv6, meeting the federal procurement mandate that went into effect this year and future-proofing business customers that will eventually adopt the expanded network addressing protocol. "The federal government mandates Ipv6 support; they're not using it, but everything they buy has to have it," says Charles Kolodgy, IDC research VP for secure products. "You need that check box if you want to sell to the government, especially
Uncle Sam Slow On Wireless Uptake
To those of us installing, supporting and using wireless networks, it often seems like the whole world is going wireless in a big way. We see mobile applications changing lifestyles and culture, an endless pipeline of new wireless devices and even exotic new machine-to-machine applications enabled by pervasive signals.But, despite the wireless revolution at hand, there is one major sector that is not so quick to cut the cord. The U.S. government is a laggard when it comes to adopting and leverag
Dell's Compellent Deal Should Hurt, Not Kill, EMC Relationship
Dell's proposed acquisition of Compellent Technologies should mean that the EMC Clariion relationship, which took a big hit with Dell's acquisition of EqualLogic and suffered another body blow when Dell lost out to Hewlett-Packard in the 3Par bidding war, is pretty much over. Dell is seeking to acquire all outstanding common stock of Compellent for $27.50 per share, a deal valued at more than $800 million.
IBM Offers IT Service Desk Fix
IBM estimates that only 5 percent of service and support issues are resolved by self service, which makes the $1.2 billion IT service desk market (Gartner "Magic Quadrant for the IT Service Desk," Nov. 4, 2010) ripe for automation and integration products such as Big Blue's new cloud-based Tivoli Live -service manager. According to Gartner's IT Key Metrics Data, the IT service desk accounts for about 4 percent of the total IT budget, and since 86 percent of the cost of an IT service desk is staf
Dell Accelerates Windows 7 Deployment
On Friday, Dell will release the latest version (3.3) of the Kace K2000 Deployment Appliance, its Microsoft Windows 7 deployment and Windows XP migration product that will feature
policy-based migration, offline migration and continuous driver feed updates. Pricing starts at $4,500 for the first 100 nodes or $39,000 per appliance; educational pricing is also available.
HP's E-Series ZL Ethernet Modules Sip Power
Hewlett-Packard's new E-Series ZL v2 modules for the HP 8200 and 5400 switch chassis, which are targeted at the campus LAN, sport increased port density and support for the IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet standard. This standard defines how an Ethernet port can switch to a sleep mode when not being used, which leads to less energy consumption. HP is also changing its licensing models with the 8200 and 5400, doing away with the premium license for advanced features such as advanced routing
Internet Domain Security Virtually Non-Existent
The sixth-annual survey of the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure on the public Internet, conducted by the Measurement Factory and underwritten by Infoblox, finds that while DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) adoption increased dramatically, by 340 percent, this year, it was on such a small base that DNS security is virtually nonexistent for the almost 200 million registered domains. DNSSEC is a suite of Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) specifications for securing informa
Novell Cloud Manager: There's An iPhone App For That
Novell has updated its Novell Cloud Manager cloud management tool with a number of new features, including an application for access from an Apple iPhone. Novell Cloud Manager 1.1 also adds an enhanced ability to import existing hosts and virtual machines into the cloud. Cloud Manager was introduced in September to help enterprises manage private cloud environments that they operate within their own data centers.
Altor Strengthens Juniper's Virtualization Security
Juniper Networks' decision to increase its stake in virtualization security specialist Altor Networks to 100 percent was a fairly obvious move, says analyst Zeus Kerravala of the Yankee Group. "Juniper has been trying to strengthen their enterprise portfolio, trying to become a more relevant vendor. This seems to fit in where Juniper is already strong and gives them a stronger presence," Kerravala says.
BMC Bulks Up DBMS Portfolio With GridApp Acquisition
With its acquisition of GridApp Systems, BMC Software is expanding its portfolio of application, server, network and client configuration management to include database automation. BMC says the addition of GridApp's automated database provisioning, patching and administration capabilities will enable it to offer full-stack, end-to-end enterprise application deployment and management.
FCC's Copps Calls For Broadband Reclassification
Setting up a conflict with FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, the commissioner Michael J. Copps has publicly advocated for net neutrality deliberations to weigh changes that would bring carriers and cable companies under increased regulation.