Transferring DNS Registrars Not A Problem
It's Dec. 29, and I have started to transfer personal DNS domains from GoDaddy. The company's position on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)—its reversal notwithstanding—was the nudge that pushed me over the edge. Frankly, GoDaddy has been acting poorly during the last few years, and I decided to move my domains elsewhere. So far, the transfers have gone well, with nary a hiccup.
Security 2012 Outlook: Brace For New Types Of Attacks
Each time enterprises manage to thwart one type of cyber attack, the criminals develop a new strategy. A recently released security forecast from Cisco Systems identifies the new threats to watch out for in 2012. Meanwhile, a security industry education group predicts that salaries for security experts will grow by 4.5% next year as demand for their services grows with the threats.
2011 Was An Awesome Year For Networking
After about eight or nine years of networking innovation stagnation, the number of new innovations starting in 2010 and exploding in 2011 is astounding. Speed and feeds are increasing, but the exciting work in 2011 occurred in new technologies to support initiatives such as cloud computing, storage and data convergence, as well as migrating to IPv6. Here are the highlights.
Hey, Broadcom: Will 2012 Bring Us Gigabit Ethernet?
We've come a long way since the early days of wireless networking. On the right 802.11n network today, you can see data rates of 300 Mbps and real throughput that tops Fast Ethernet speeds. But things change quickly in the wireless space, and after a recent conversation with chipmaker Broadcom, I can smell ridiculously fast wireless off in the distance.
Year In Review: The Good, The Bad And HP
As we wrap up another year of doing more with less, it's time to look back at the highs and lows of the vendors of IT products, services, panaceas and placebos. Based on the latest quarterly earnings, HP ($32.3 billion) had a comfortable lead over Apple ($28.27 billion) and third-place IBM ($26.2 billion). Microsoft ($17.37 billion) held down fourth place, followed by Dell ($15.4 billion), Intel ($14.2 billion), Cisco ($11.3 billion), Oracle ($8.4 billion) and EMC ($4.98 billion).
All I Want For Christmas Is 10Gbase-T
Dear Santa: The best present you, and the networking industry, could give me is general availability of 10GBase-T across switches and NIC/CNAs. Once I can just order my 10gig network gear with 10Gbase-T, I can stop worrying about how to pay for optical transceivers at $350 to $1,200 a pop, as well as about the never-ending compatibility problems with both optics and twin-ax direct connect cables.
Security 2011: Attack Of The Human Errors
Some household names in enterprise and consumer technology suffered the embarrassment of having been hacked by cybercriminals in 2011. RSA, of all companies -- the IT security division of EMC -- had to admit that its two-factor SecureID protection technology for customers had been compromised. And the most high profile breach affecting consumers made news when the Sony PlayStation Network was hacked, affecting 77 million customers whose private information was stolen.
Networking APIs Should Be A Critical Feature
When you are looking at your next network equipment refresh, be sure to take a long, deep, look at the APIs the vendors are exporting and importing. Integration features should be near the top of your must-have feature list.
Roll Your Own Interference Signatures With AirMagnet
As anyone who has an understanding of Wi-Fi will tell you, interference is the one threat to the WLAN that you can't really do much to prevent from a configuration standpoint. When interference does show up, accurate classification and remediation can be the key to client success or frustration. Fluke Networks has just freshened up its AirMagnet Spectrum XT analysis tool as a leading weapon in the war on interference.
The Cable Conundrum Continues--Vendors Respond
After my initial adventures with 10 Gigabit Ethernet cabling, as recounted in "The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Cable Conundrum," I realized I needed to research this matter further. I put together a few simple questions about 10 Gigabit Ethernet connection technologies and sent them to some leading vendors to see what challenges a system administrator building a multivendor network would face in the real world.
New Identity Automation Tool Enables Self-Service ID, Access Management
Identity Automation has introduced an update of its business and enterprise identity and access management software to enable workers to manage access tools without having to bother the IT department. Version 2.4.0 of its Access Request Management System (ARMS) adds a form-based application for single sign-on (SSO) access to network resources.
Embrane Launches Cloud-Based Network Services
Embrane, whose cofounders include two former Cisco executives, has announced its initial product offering, says Dante Malagrino, CEO. A distributed software platform for powering on-demand elastic network services such as load balancers, firewalls, VPNs and WAN Optimization, Heleos is aimed at CSPs and enterprises, says the cofounder, who spent more than a decade at Cisco.
Verizon Lands High-Level Federal Security Certification
Verizon has earned Level 3 certification by the U.S. government for its Universal Identity Services (UIS) identity and access management technology to protect computer networks. Verizon says it is the first identity access provider to reach Level 3 certification.
Video Powers Latest Riverbed RiOS Release
Not content with more than half of the WAN optimization market, and more than twice the share of its closest competitor, Riverbed Technology is looking to broaden its lead with a major update to the software that powers its line of Steelhead application acceleration appliances and Steelhead Mobile client software. "RiOS [Riverbed Optimization System] 7 is a big release for us," says Naveen Prabhu, senior product marketing manager. "We're paying a lot of attention to enterprise video."
Sourcefire Unveils First NGFW Appliances
Intrusion prevention system vendor Sourcefire is delivering on its October 2010 promise to add next-generation firewalls to its security portfolio. The company says the NGFW, built around its contextual-awareness technologies, delivers advanced firewall capabilities, as well as integrated application control and the "world’s most powerful IPS" in a security appliance that provides enterprise visibility, adaptive security and advanced threat protection.
The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Cable Conundrum
As we enter the 10 Gigabit Ethernet era in the data center, we're facing some difficulties regarding cables and optics. While I'm happy all the vendors have settled on SFP+, eliminating the nightmare of figuring out if a given device uses XFP, Xenpack or X2 optics to make 10 Gigabit Ethernet affordable, we're going to have to use copper cables for the 10-Mbps or shorter connections within the data center. I just wish that was as easy as grabbing a cable that meets industry standard specs and plu