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Content tagged with Networking posted in March 2011
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Neebula Systems Introduces The World's First Cloud-Enabled Business Service Management Solution
News  |  3/31/2011  | 
Neebula Systems announced today the release of ServiceWatch 1.5, the world's first Business Service Management (BSM) solution with real-time service modeling. As enterprises migrate to dynamic IT environments they are no longer able to identify the location of resources that support business services. This eliminates the ability of existing management tools to provide true control of business service health.
Cisco Enhances Converged Networking In Switches, Servers
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
By pushing converged networking onto server network interface cards, Cisco is building a Unified Fabric path back to individual virtual machines.
Cisco Weaving A New Data Center Fabric
News  |  3/30/2011  | 
With improvements and additions that cut across the data center, Cisco today announced updates to its Data Center Business Advantage portfolio. This includes additions to the Nexus line of switches, the Unified Computing System and NX-OS. Cisco has also focused heavily on network fabric technology with this release, providing a response to recent fabric releases from competitors such as Juniper and Brocade.
The Importance Of Correcting Packet Loss In VDI
Commentary  |  3/30/2011  | 
Recently, on the LinkedIN WAN optimization professionals group, I participated in a conversation around whether virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is ready for the WAN. Face it, delivering responsive VDI over the WAN is going to be a challenge. One of the interesting points that came up was the importance of correcting for packet loss when considering WAN optimizers.
Businesses Shifting To 'Less Formal' Communication Methods
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
Desktop video and social media are on the rise, particularly for remote workers, while email and landline phone use are waning, according to a Skype survey.
Intellectual Capital Cybercrime Survey: Companies Reluctant To Investigate, Remediate Sensitive Data Breaches
News  |  3/29/2011  | 
In the face of growing evidence that cybercriminals are increasingly focused on intellectual capital and other proprietary business information, many organizations around the globe are nevertheless unlikely to investigate breaches and/or take remedial action. Only a quarter of organizations conduct forensic analysis of a breach or loss, and only half take steps to remediate and protect systems for the future after a breach or attempted breach, according to survey data in the McAfee-Science Appli
Spending On Videoconferencing And Telepresence To Double By 2015
News  |  3/28/2011  | 
Enterprises will spend $5 billion on videoconferencing and telepresence solutions in 2015, Infonetics predicted in a study released Monday. Last year, revenue for these technologies grew 18 percent, reaching $2.2 billion worldwide, the research firm said. As businesses around the globe continue to seek out new ways of cost-effectively and efficiently communicating, their spending on videoconferencing and telepresence is expected to increase, the study said.
Net Optics Taps Into Remote Monitoring
News  |  3/28/2011  | 
A specialist in network monitoring, Net Optics is expanding its reach with what it calls the industry's first purpose-built integrated network and application monitoring tap for branch and remote offices. Based in Santa Clara, Calif., the company has more than 7,000 customers, including 85 of the Fortune 100.
Social Media Mentions Can Boost Stock Prices
News  |  3/25/2011  | 
Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and YouTube company page views can indicate that a stock price may rise, according to a preliminary study that looked at Starbucks, Coke, and Nike.
Cisco, IBM And Other Top Vendors Push Smart Networking Standard
News  |  3/25/2011  | 
Seventeen major technology companies--including Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon and Yahoo--have banded together to develop and promote a new approach to networking called Software-Defined Networking (SDN) through a non-profit foundation, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). Other founding members of the ONF include Broadcom, Brocade, Ciena, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Ericsson, Force10, HP, IBM, Juniper Networks, Marvell, NEC, Netgear, NTT, Riverbed Technology and VMware.
Color Labs Offers Location-Based Photo Sharing App
News  |  3/24/2011  | 
The software generates a network of users based solely on proximity, and combines users' photographs from the same location and makes them viewable on social media sites such as Twitter.
IBM Leverages Experience To 'Simplify' Outsourcing
News  |  3/24/2011  | 
Building on 25-plus years of experience working with more than 1,000 clients, IBM is officially unveiling a "pre-engineered technology services model" that it says can cut deployment time by more than 60 percent and slash costs by up to 50 percent. Big Blue's new services capabilities are based on a set of server, storage, networking and help desk services "assets" that integrate process, software, industry expertise and IBM research to create reusable building blocks. The company says that by b
Tech Giants Push Smart Networking Standard
News  |  3/23/2011  | 
Rivals Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, along with Cisco and IBM to name a few others, are overlooking their differences to promote programmable networking.
Brocade Adds IPv6, Performance Increase To ADX Appliance
News  |  3/23/2011  | 
Brocade's enhancements to its Server Iron ADX appliance are aimed at service and hosting providers needing to support IPv6, manage increased demand and support automated service management. The enhancements, which are available to existing customers with a support contract, set the ADX up for high-volume installations that are going to need future proofing.
IBM Pulse2011 Conference: Helping Enterprises Get Smarter
Commentary  |  3/23/2011  | 
Yogi Berra is quoted as saying, "This is like deja vu all over again," and that is what last week's IBM Pulse2011 conference in Las Vegas felt like. The event had the same title, "The Premier Service Management Event," and the subtitle, "Optimizing the World's Infrastructure," as last year's conference. This year's conference also had essentially the same message, with some exceptions, such as an emphasis on Smarter Computing. But that is not a bad thing. As was noted many times during Pulse2011
Cisco Extends Network Security For Teleworkers
News  |  3/22/2011  | 
The Aironet 600 Series OfficeExtend wireless access points set a separate and secure channel with data encryption to access the corporate network, while still allowing an employee's family to use the home Internet connection.
Learning To Be A Twit
Commentary  |  3/22/2011  | 
I've been through my share of help desk implementations over the years. I've sat in on a fair number of process improvement teams, and have either helped to ring in new ways of doing things or suffered through other people's ideas of what network and customer support should feel like. It's just part of the game when you work in IT and you care about helping to keep the organization at the top of its support game. So why was was I taken aback when I found out that users were tweeting their beefs
Facebook iFrames: Good For Business, Bad For Security?
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
Legitimate developers will be pleased with the expanded flexibility, but malicious ones will find it easier to introduce malware, security experts warn.
ONPATH Launches All-Optical Switching Blade To Support Applications Up To 100Gbps And Beyond
News  |  3/21/2011  | 
ONPATH Technologies, the leader in scalable connectivity and monitoring solutions for high performance networks, today announced the release of an all-optical blade, called the O-Blade. The O-Blade uses a 3D MEMS-based optical switch supporting 96 ports of non-blocking, any-to-any optical connectivity. The O-Blade has been designed to operate in the same physical UCS 3900 chassis as the company's other switching blades. It can be simultaneously managed locally or remotely through ONPATH's HorizO
OpenFlow Coming To InteropNet Labs
Commentary  |  3/21/2011  | 
One of the most interesting aspects of Interop is the Interop Labs area on the show floor, which highlights new and emerging technologies. In years past these technologies have included VPNs, network access control systems and various Trusted Computing Group projects. This year, InteropNet's OpenFlow Lab is going to showcase OpenFlow, with live demonstrations of the OpenFlow protocol. Openflow may well become an important networking protocol that will have significant impact on how you can depl
Upping The Ante For SaaS Providers And Corporate CIOs
News  |  3/21/2011  | 
Although cloud services continue to be a hot IT topic, a 2010 Quest Software survey revealed that 40 percent of businesses interviewed had yet to adopt a cloud solution and that, "After an initial surge of adoption, growth will slow until remaining companies see proof of success from early adopters." A 2010 survey of senior level IT professionals conducted by Electric Cloud, a private development cloud company, and Osterman Research revealed that 52 percent of companies using cloud computing ha
Cisco Homes In On Teleworkers
News  |  3/21/2011  | 
Cisco is targeting the large and growing telework or telecommute market with a set of products intended to extend the enterprise wireless network from the office to the home. By 2016, 43 percent of U.S. Information workers will work from home at least some of the time, according to Forrester, up from 40 percent today.
Throwing Bandwidth At Your Network Problems Isn't Enough
News  |  3/18/2011  | 
The data center is undergoing an unprecedented change, with new demands, vendors, technologies and architectures. In a three-part series, Network Computing takes a closer look at what's happening in the data center, starting with networking, and followed by servers and architectures.
New Trusteer Service Spots Malware On Endpoint Devices
News  |  3/18/2011  | 
A provider of secure Web access services introduced a new service Wednesday that detects the presence of malware on endpoint devices without the need to install detection software on the device itself. Instead, Trusteer's Pinpoint service runs on the server that delivers the Web application to the device, and, if it detects malware, blocks the device from logging in or prompts the user to download a Trusteer application that removes the malware.
Vineyard Networks Upgrades Application Intelligence For OEMs, Service Providers
News  |  3/17/2011  | 
Vineyard Networks has announced the latest version of its application intelligence engine, which it sells to service providers as well as into the OEM security and network vendor markets. The Network Application Visibility Layer (NAVL) library now features thousands of applications, provides a custom application definition interface to add proprietary apps, and optimizes performance for standard multiprocessor hardware.
InPhonex Intros Cloud Telephony For SMBs
News  |  3/16/2011  | 
Televate adds CRM and mobile apps to traditional PBX and interactive voice response functions in a single hosted platform geared for small offices.
Splunk Releases New Version Of Software To Corral Big Data
News  |  3/16/2011  | 
Data management software vendor Splunk released version 4.2 of its solution for analyzing the massive amounts of data that are coursing through enterprise computer networks. The product is intended to help organize and search the data not just to manage the operation of the IT infrastructure, but also to measure how the business is actually doing. But, as compelling as its offering may be, Splunk faces significant competition on many fronts, says an industry analyst.
Viewfinity Privilege Management Locks Down Desktops And Laptops
News  |  3/16/2011  | 
Viewfinity has announced a new version of its Privilege Management security software. The software lets IT administrators "lock down" PCs and prevent users from having administrative privileges, but also gives users some ability to install a configured list of items on their personal computers and laptops. Version 3.5 adds features such as the ability for users to request additional privileges from IT administrators, reports on PCs that are not locked down, the ability to "record" user activity
New Virtela Technology Uses 'Predictive Analytics' To Head Off Network Outages
News  |  3/16/2011  | 
An IT infrastructure management services provider has introduced new technology that it says can identify and prevent problems that could interrupt service. Virtela Technology Services says its VirtelaPredict technology continuously monitors network event logs and other performance metrics, and, using complex algorithms, can identify early warning signs that could lead to an outage.
Zenoss Takes Cloud Management To The Next Level
News  |  3/15/2011  | 
With clouds forecast for the foreseeable future of the IT world, growing from a $37.8 billion market in 2010 to $121.1 billion in 2015, managing this new environment is critical. According to IDC, the cloud systems management software market will reach $2.5 billion by 2015 (Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software Forecast and Trends: 2010-2015).
Ponemon Auditors' Survey Reveals Poor Opinion Of Security Programs
News  |  3/15/2011  | 
Auditors generally take a dim view of the data security programs at organizations that they audit, according to a Ponemon Institute survey sponsored by Thales eSecurity. Only about one-third of the respondents said that the organizations are proactive in managing privacy and data protection risks. Further, three of five say they don't feel data security is a strategic priority. Fewer than half believe these organizations have sufficient resources to meet their data compliance requirements. The n
An Ugly Week In My Wireless And Mobile Broadband Worlds
Commentary  |  3/15/2011  | 
Wake me up when March is over, will ya? Of late, I'm getting a wee bit exhausted from dealing with the unpretty side of my chosen vocation. Yes, wireless of all sorts is cool and sexy. Not everyone really "gets" the magic behind devices that combine radios with networking protocols, and it's a wonderful fraternity to be in for those of us who do.
WLAN Innovation Continues
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
Small and medium businesses have been deploying wireless LANs for more than a decade. However, vendors are still trying to differentiate their products because the market continues to experience very healthy growth, according to market research firm In-Stat.
AlgoSec Integrates Firewall Analysis, Workflow Products
News  |  3/14/2011  | 
AlgoSec has integrated its firewall audit and management analysis and workflow products into an integrated suite, introducing several new features, including automated rule changes, security ratings and firewall object creation. AlgoSec Security Management Suite 6.0 includes Firewall Analyzer, which automates firewall, router and VPN audit and analysis, as well as FireFlow, which automates the change control workflow process.
Coraid And Arista Partner On High-Performance Ethernet SAN
News  |  3/10/2011  | 
Presaging a future data center with converged networking and storage, storage vendor Coraid and data switching vendor Arista Networks announced this week that they are partnering to deliver high-performance Ethernet storage area networking that the companies say could offer a five to eight times price/performance advantage over legacy storage systems, and at the same time make it easier to deploy virtualization and the cloud. The companies are doing this in two steps: first, by certifying that t
Avaya Plugs SMB Apps Into UC Platform
News  |  3/9/2011  | 
The IP Office unified communications system adds collaboration, SIP trunking, customer service, and other features developed by third-party partners in Avaya's DevConnect program.
U.S. Data Breach Costs Still Increasing, Ponemon Survey Reports
News  |  3/9/2011  | 
The cost of U.S. data breaches continues to rise, according to a Ponemon Institute survey, reaching an average cost of $7.2 million in 2010, up 7 percent from $6.8 million the previous year. The cost has increased every year since the first was released in 2006. That broke down to $214 per record, up from $204 the previous year, according to the sixth annual "U.S. Cost of a Data Breach" report, sponsored by Symantec.
Survey Shows Businesses Interested, But Still Conflicted, About The Cloud
News  |  3/8/2011  | 
A study released at the start of a cloud computing industry conference in Silicon Valley shows businesses embracing cloud computing, although cautiously. The study of companies of all sizes and industry types shows that companies are primarily attracted to cloud computing because of the improved elasticity of IT resources, lower costs and less time to deploy than when a company builds its own IT capacity. However, concern remains about the privacy of a company's data in a cloud environment, cont
Migrating To IPv6 Will Dominate Your IT Budget
News  |  3/7/2011  | 
The last two or three years has seen a bubble in budget planning for investing in virtualization, mainly around VMware and, to a much smaller extent, HyperV. HP and Cisco have been particularly aggressive in creating and exploiting this market with VMware. This has expanded into hardware and peripherals, especially storage and storage connectivity, to support virtualization capability.
Spam-a-bot: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
News  |  3/7/2011  | 
CompTIA's Eighth Annual Global Information Security Trends study, published last November, found that many companies continue to play catch-up, struggling to keep pace with new threats and vulnerabilities. Since 2008, security has been increasing as an organizational priority, from 35 percent to 49 percent in 2010 and an expected 62 percent in 2012.
Vendor Consolidation Coming to Your Data Center?
News  |  3/7/2011  | 
The movement to combine server, storage, and network devices has the potential to cut costs for customers, which is a plus. However, as the dividing lines between different product categories fall, so might the vendors themselves. This change could benefit companies with the right equipment but create problems for those that have taken a best of breed approach with their data center product purchases.
When MLAG Is Good Enough
Commentary  |  3/7/2011  | 
Do you need multi-path Ethernet in the data center using TRILL, Shortest Path Bridging (SPB), Cisco's FabricPath or Brocade's VCS in order to maximize network efficiency and reduce congestion? Probably not, unless you manage a very big data center with servers and access ports running into the tens of thousands. If you have less than 5,000 access ports in your data center, you can probably avoid routing Ethernet frames and use your vendor's multi-chassis link aggregation (MLAG) product-set to in
IBM Offers New Software For Managing Virtualization, Cloud Systems
News  |  3/4/2011  | 
IBM is introducing new software to create virtual server images in minutes and to automate the management of virtual environments and hybrid cloud systems. The software is also designed to help better protect data in the cloud. The software giant says this management software will become critical for enterprises, citing an industry forecast that the number of virtual machines under management is expected to grow tenfold between 2008 and 2012.
Cisco Unleashes Device-Agnostic Unified Communications
News  |  3/4/2011  | 
Cisco is upping the unified communications stakes with the launch of Cisco Jabber, which will bring presence, instant messaging, voice and video, voice messaging, desktop sharing and conferencing to the device of your choice.
SIP Trunking Gets Serious At Enterprise Connect
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
Attendees discussed the practicalities of the Internet telephony technology, including how to build a business case, get the implementation right, and put the right support in place.
New Palo Alto Networks Technology Secures Cloud Connections For Remote Workers
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
Palo Alto Networks, a firewall security vendor, introduced new technology Wednesday that better secures connections between remote workers and the cloud applications that they want to use. Its GlobalProtect technology provides virtual private network (VPN)-like protection for a user accessing software as a service (SaaS) applications, such as, or cloud-based collaboration platforms, like Microsoft's SharePoint, as if they were on their own corporate network. GlobalProtect is one o
IBM's Smarter Planet Evolves From Vendor-Push To Market-Pull
News  |  3/3/2011  | 
IBM has been promoting its Smarter Planet concept--instrument the world's systems, interconnect them and make them intelligent--for several years, but it has always seemed to be more vendor push than customer pull. However, this week the company is making several product announcements at the Pulse conference in Las Vegas, and while the news appears to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the concept seems to be resonating with customers.
Cisco Launches Unified Communications Systems For SMBs
News  |  3/2/2011  | 
The networking company introduces two new UC platforms built for small and midsize offices at its annual partner conference.
OpenText Brings Windows And Unix Enterprise Business Applications To Mac OS X With Release Of Exceed OnDemand 8
News  |  3/1/2011  | 
Enterprises will now have an easier time keeping their global workforces productive with the release of Exceed onDemand 8 by OpenText, an X11 window server that gives users fast, reliable and secure remote access to applications over any network connection. Exceed onDemand 8 offers support for the popular Mac OS X platform along with a number of performance and productivity enhancements that enable customers to centrally distribute and manage access to Unix, Linux and Microsoft Windows applicati
HP Flexes Its Wireless Wares
News  |  3/1/2011  | 
HP is poised to carve out a bigger slice of the growing wireless market with its Mobile Access Solution, the industry's first access points that transmit three data streams per wireless radio as opposed to two, and that can support up to 50 percent more mobile devices than existing technology. According to Dell'Oro Group, overall wireless LAN (WLAN) market revenues are expected to surpass $7 billion by 2014; 2010 revenues were up 23 percent year-over-year to $2.1 billion. During the third quarte
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