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Content tagged with Networking posted in February 2012
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Timeline For Facebook Pages Takes Getting Used To
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
Businesses that use Facebook for marketing and to connect to customers may learn to love Timeline for Facebook Pages. But designers and developers of custom tabs will have to scramble to adjust over the next 30 days.
RSA: Trio Of Next-Gen Firewalls Try To Keep Up With Evolving Threats
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Much of the attention at this week's RSA Conference 2012 will be on the next-generation firewall (NGFW) and how it is getting more sophisticated as the threats to computer networks get more sophisticated. A number of vendors will be making NGFW announcements during the conference in San Francisco, but not all solutions advertised as next-generation firewalls are created equal, says one analyst.
Dell Boosts Backup With AppAssure Acquisition
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Addition to Dell's growing storage business enables backup and recovery for both virtualized and physical servers.
Two Approaches To Network Optimization At RSA
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
It's a given that complexity grows as networks expand, as more performance demands are placed on networks and as security protections are required. One approach to tackling that complexity is network intelligence optimization, a technology in which a fabric layer sits between the infrastructure layer--the routers and switches--and the network intelligence layer--tools such as intrusion detection, application monitoring and advanced threat protection systems--and knits them all together. At the R
Dell Data Center Rollout Features Next-Gen Servers, Network Virtualization Architecture
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Dell is introducing a new line of servers, storage hardware and a network virtualization architecture framework to meet the expanding demands on data centers to crunch petabytes of data. The company introduced the 12th generation of PowerEdge servers--seven models--some targeted at hyperscale environments, others optimized for server virtualization, and one intended for use in small or remote offices.
DataSift Turns Back Clock On Twitter
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Social data processing specialist launches searchable archive of tweets going back to January 2010.
HP Ramps Up Security Focus, Portfolio
News  |  2/26/2012  | 
This week at the RSA Conference 2012 in San Francisco, HP will explain how it has integrated a number of security acquisitions in recent years and unveil HP EnterpriseView, a set of tools designed to help enterprise executives understand security risks and the business risks associated with them. The company will also be highlighting security technology to protect cloud environments and mobile devices. The HP Enterprise Security Products business unit will incorporate the company's security asse
Toward More Reliable Wireless With AirMagnet Enterprise 10
Commentary  |  2/26/2012  | 
If the phone isn't ringing, then your wireless users must not be feeling any pain, right? That can be a dangerous assumption in large, complicated wireless networks. Some issues may not be crystallized enough to raise your clients' ire, but the fact remains that performance is degraded. AirMagnet's latest Enterprise version wants to make hard-to-find problems more obvious even as the WLAN gets ever more complex.
Using MPLS In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
In the data center, the MPLS/VPN architecture offers an attractive alternative to increasing the size of Layer 2 domains. Some players in the industry are promoting protocols such as Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) to solve Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) scalability problems.
Cisco And Deloitte Wrong: Good Practices More Impactful Than Vendor Choice
Commentary  |  2/21/2012  | 
Cisco is fighting back against the notion that a multivendor network can simplify operations and reduce TCO. The networking giant commissioned a report by Deloitte that finds equipment operation costs will increase over the life of a network that uses equipment from disparate vendors. The fact is, one vendor versus multiple vendors is the wrong fight. Sound management practices and smart production selection will have a bigger impact on your IT costs than the number of vendors you use.
Aruba Networks Swings Big At BYOD And More With ClearPass
Commentary  |  2/21/2012  | 
Gone are the days of simply providing good signal in the WLAN environment. Guest requirements, the new reality of the BYOD--or bring your own device--model and increasing reliance on the wireless network as a critical resource combine to make life complicated for us in the business of enterprise wireless networking. Aruba Networks is ready to answer the back-end challenges of contemporary wireless with its new ClearPass framework, and the impressive array of features is not limited to use by Aru
AppSense Unveils Smartphone Encryption
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
DataLocker, which will enable smartphone users to encrypt sensitive information in personal cloud services such as Dropbox, is the first product to come out of the new research arm created by virtualization technology provider AppSense. Intended to create new computing technologies geared toward both end users and IT, the focus of AppSense Labs will be "to research technologies that include cloud, mobile and data, and to build prototype products that bring a consumer experience to IT," according
What Honest Abe (And Other Presidents) Would Have Said On Facebook
News  |  2/17/2012  | 
In honor of Presidents Day, we imagine what the social networking updates from some of our commanders in chief would have looked like.
The Many Styles Of Social Media Analytics
Commentary  |  2/17/2012  | 
Whether provided as self-service or with the backing of consultants, for marketing, CRM, or operations, social media analytics are snowballing in importance.
Cisco & Friends Debate Cloud Future
News  |  2/16/2012  | 
Cloud computing is evolving to the point where unique clouds will be developed for specific industry verticals, such as healthcare, government and financial services, predicts a Cisco Systems executive speaking at the CloudConnect 2012 conference this week in Silicon Valley. This runs contrary to what some have called the Coke versus Pepsi rule--that companies would not want to be in multitenant cloud environments with their competitors.
Flexibility Key To Next-Gen Networks
News  |  2/16/2012  | 
Data centers are becoming more scalable, but networking equipment can't keep up, and that's causing problems. In the new world of virtualization, cloud and data center consolidation, networks must become as flexible as virtualization has made servers.
Networking Evolves, Getting Easier And More Flexible
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
New protocols SDN and OpenFlow look like promising ways to cut costs and increase automation.
LiveJournal Shines Spotlight On User Content
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
LJ Media launch aims to promote selected LiveJournal communities with a mix of technical and marketing support.
IPv6: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
Examine compliance and security considerations for your network as you migrate from IPv4.
Vmware/Mitel Compete With Cisco For Contact-Center Desktop Virtualization
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
VMware and Mitel have announced an integrated desktop virtualization product that the companies say will enable contact center managers to manage their agents anywhere in the world with cloud-based access to contact center functionality. Additionally, Mitel is making available its virtualized Unified Communicator Advanced client software for VMware View.
HP Unveils All-SSD Storage Array
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
LeftHand storage family's P4900 includes software that monitors the solid state drive and estimates when it will reach the end of its life.
Cybercriminals Building Intricate, Multiuse Malnets
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
Cybercriminals have gotten so sophisticated that they can build an intricate network infrastructure and use it repeatedly for the distribution of malware, according to a new study from the network security company Blue Coat Systems. These malware networks, or malnets, lure targets through trusted websites, then route them to malware through relay, exploit and payload servers to deliver the malware payload. While malnets are becoming increasingly sophisticated, Blue Coat says these assets can be
Lighthouse Launches Next-Gen Cloud-Based IAM
News  |  2/15/2012  | 
Lighthouse Security Group is releasing the next generation of its Lighthouse Gateway cloud-based identity and access management (IAM) service with new self-service and federated single sign-on features, in addition to updated identity and access intelligence.
Cisco's Rumored Quasi-Proprietary SDN Strategy Irks Some, Surprises Few
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
Cisco Systems' hint that it may introduce software-defined networking (SDN) technology that would not be based on the OpenFlow protocol prompted complaints from competing networking vendors and the OpenFlow community that Cisco was making another vendor lock-in play by offering proprietary technology, rather than standards-based products. Industry analysts say it's to be expected that Cisco would go the proprietary route as a way to preserve its industry-leading market share, and rival vendors a
Shoutlet Fires New Round In Social Campaign Automation
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
Shoutlet makes it easier to organize sophisticated social media marketing campaigns by offering the ability to fire off social posts based on triggers.
Our Love-Hate Relationship With Enterprise Social Networking
Commentary  |  2/14/2012  | 
In honor of Valentine's Day, we offer 10 things to love about social networking in the enterprise, and 10 things that are leaving businesses cold. (In some cases, they are one and the same.)
IPv6: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
News  |  2/14/2012  | 
IPv6 is coming, and we've reported in this series some of the issues network operators have to deal with in the near future. Two issues that require more than just checking boxes on a to-do list concern compliance and security. However, making sure the IPv6 network is as compliant and secure as the existing IPv4 network can be accomplished with the proper planning.
Emulex and Mellanox Drive Down 10 Gig Cost
Commentary  |  2/14/2012  | 
While we've grown to believe that technologies follow steady geometric price decreases with confidence-inspiring names like Moore's or Kryder's Laws, the truth is market forces aren't as predictable as the word "law" would imply. Those of us who follow the Ethernet market are used to an occasional vendor making a dramatic price move for its own reasons. Most recently, Emulex and Mellanox are making moves to make 10-Gbps Ethernet cheaper.
Centrify's New MDM Strategy Priced To Move
Commentary  |  2/14/2012  | 
The mobile device management space is relatively new, but is already showing signs of being a study in same-old, same-old. How much can you really do with Apple's API for iDevices, after all? Judging by the current players, you'd think that all MDM solutions require a stand-alone management server and yet another console to administer. Though many MDM vendors put different faces on the same basic functionality, Centrify promises a unique methodology, at a price you won't believe.
Hitachi Unveils Nondisruptive Data Migration
News  |  2/13/2012  | 
Service moves data from older Hitachi arrays to new Virtual Storage Platform arrays without downtime, company says.
Can Nicira's Network Virtualization Platform Keep Its Promises?
News  |  2/13/2012  | 
Analysts weigh in on whether the new platform can really deliver network services via software through all of the layers of a typical enterprise network.
Citrix Cloudstack 3.0: Better Networking, Bigger Community, Improved Orchestration
News  |  2/13/2012  | 
Cloudstack 3.0 adds support for XenServer 6.0 with tighter integration with the hypervisor and tight integration with Citrix's Netscaler application delivery controller.
Kaspersky And Sophos Top Security Vendor Survey
News  |  2/13/2012  | 
The annual InformationWeek security survey finds wiggle room for lesser-known vendors in large IT shops, but it's a lack of mobile device security strategies that should raise eyebrows.
Nicira's Network Virtualization Platform Release Raises Questions
News  |  2/13/2012  | 
Nicira, which has just emerged from stealth mode, says it has cracked the code to deliver true network virtualization. The company claims its Network Virtualization Platform brings the capabilities and benefits of server and storage virtualization to the network, addressing what has been a physical barrier in the path to further virtualization progress. The news has been heralded as a "game-changer" and "the biggest change to networking in 25 years," and a number of major companies such as AT&T,
Social Media Survey: Privacy, Security Concerns Persist
News  |  2/10/2012  | 
Facebook and other social networking sites don't do enough to protect privacy, say users.
Security Is Falling Short When It Comes To Dealing With Growing Cyber Attacks
News  |  2/10/2012  | 
The total number of network breaches is on the rise, although data loss from cyber attacks has decreased significantly. Customer records continue to be a primary target for attackers, comprising 89% of breached data investigated.
The New Storage Bottlenecks
Commentary  |  2/10/2012  | 
To eliminate performance bottlenecks, you have to look past the solid state disk and consider the system as a whole.
Good Project Management The Difference Between Success And Failure
News  |  2/9/2012  | 
Demand--and budgets--are growing for IT projects in 2012, but the lack of proper project management typically results in a failed project, according to a new report from InformationWeek.
Deploying Dual-Stack IPv4 and IPv6 Networks
News  |  2/9/2012  | 
Doing an IPv6 implementation project does not involve tearing down an aging IPv4 network and replacing it with a new IPv6-enabled network. Instead, the IPv4 and IPv6 networks will run in parallel in what the industry calls a "dual-stack" network. But IPv4 and IPv6 are so significantly different in design that network management tools designed for an IPv4 network may not work the same in an IPv6 environment.
Social Business: What's An Introvert To Do?
News  |  2/9/2012  | 
Extroverts and introverts both bring advantages to the loud cocktail party that is social networking.
Distribution Management Uses F5 To Solve Virtualization Challenges
News  |  2/9/2012  | 
Wholesaler Distribution Management is using F5's new VDI support to take advantage of growing mobility and virtualization opportunities while addressing many of the accompanying challenges, including increased infrastructure costs and performance issues.
Network Managers: Know Thyself
News  |  2/9/2012  | 
As few as 25% of network managers have a clear understanding of what traffic courses through their networks and how to best manage it. Gigamon now offers technology that provides visibility for various network management tools that track performance, quality of service, security and other important metrics.
App Adapter To Help Solarflare Beat Out 10-GbE Competitors Like Broadcom, Intel, Emulex
News  |  2/8/2012  | 
Solarflare, a maker of network interface software and hardware, has announced a new 10-Gbit Ethernet (GbE) adapter that improves application performance for high-demand computing environments such as financial services firms. Many of those firms tried to develop their own field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to speed up performance but were stymied by the cost and engineering complexity.
Encryption, Data-Centric Approach Needed To Secure Cloud, Mobile Users
News  |  2/8/2012  | 
The ever-growing mobile workforce with its head in the cloud has created what seems like an endless list of IT challenges to overcome, and with anywhere, anytime access to information a necessity for many enterprises, the new IT world is having an impact on the kind of encryption enterprises need to protect their sensitive and proprietary data.
Cloud Application Management Complexity A Growing Challenge
News  |  2/8/2012  | 
IT organizations are already using cloud in highly sophisticated ways in spite of the added level of complexity it introduces in managing applications. That was one of the surprise findings from Enterprise Management Associates' "Radar for Application Performance Management for Cloud Services: Q1 2012," according to the report's author, Julie Craig, research director, application management, at EMA.
Time To Buckle Down And Start An IPv6 Project
News  |  2/8/2012  | 
While the Internet Society (ISOC), a global Internet standards-setting group, has seen a pickup in adoption of IPv6 by some measures, conversion from the IPv4 standard is still relatively slow. The ISOC has scheduled another IPv6 Day for June 6, hoping to build on the momentum for adoption of the new Internet Protocol from IPv6 Day on June 8, 2011. In a three-part series, Network Computing will look at how companies can develop a road map for IPv6 conversion, the technical implications of runnin
3 Things To Remember Before Investing In Facebook
Commentary  |  2/7/2012  | 
Zuckerberg letter makes one thing perfectly clear: Investing in Facebook is about more than business--it's about funding a new worldview.
Wajam: New Alternative To Google Social Search
News  |  2/7/2012  | 
Google factors Google+ into search results, but Wajam makes connections with all of your social networks
SMB Builds $10 Million Business With No Marketing
News  |  2/7/2012  | 
ConnectAndSell used its own "live conversation automation" service to go from zero to $10 million in annual revenue without spending a dime on traditional marketing.
IBM Adds Speed, Flexibility To Big Data Storage
News  |  2/7/2012  | 
XIV Storage Systems, tuned for cloud, virtualization, big data implementations, get solid state drives to triple storage speed, plus iPhone app for remote monitoring.
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