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Content tagged with Networking posted in May 2010
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Embracing Virtual WAN Acceleration
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Almost every major WAN Acceleration vendor has jumped in on the virtual appliance bandwagon. The question is, are you ready to give up that shiny new appliance with your vendor's logo and replace it with just another boring server you have kicking around your data center? Let's face it, when you buy a Citrix NetScaler or a Bluecoat Proxy SG for WAN Optimization, you're really making an investment in a software solution.
Storm On Demand Adds High Availability Fault Tolerant Load Balancing
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Cloud Computing provider, Storm On Demand, added network load balancing for both Storm Servers and Bare Metal Dedicated Servers. This allows users to create powerful high availability networks which utilize a hybrid of flexible Cloud Servers and powerful Dedicated Servers with the same management tools. For a limited time, Storm Load Balancers are Free -- Offer expires September 1st, 2010.
Fluke Networks Offers Free Switch Port Monitor for Visibility Into Network Switches
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Fluke Networks, the leader in network installation and analysis, today announced the availability of its Switch Port Monitor, a free, downloadable network monitoring software utility that provides visibility into network switches to help IT professionals solve problems common to local area networks (LAN). Specifically, this Microsoft Windows-based utility offers monitoring via simple network management protocol (SNMP) to query switches and deliver information that is useful for identifying issue
Network Instruments Increases Performance Management Capabilities
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Monitoring and managing how well networks and applications perform in today's increasingly multi-tiered, highly distributed environments is complex. It requires information culled from the myriad network devices, systems and applications to understand where problems are occurring, how they are impacting end users, and how they can be resolved. Network Instruments is tackling this complexity with new additions to its Observer performance monitoring platform.
NetEnrich Now Fully Integrated With ConnectWise PSA System
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Innovative "IT as a Service" provider, NetEnrich, today announced a full integration of its Global Network Operations Center (NOC) with ConnectWise, a leading Professional Service Automation (PSA) software and business operating system for IT solution providers. NetEnrich's Global NOC gives VARs a remote option for fully secure management, monitoring and remediation of their small-to-midsize business (SMB) customer's IT infrastructure.
Ethernet Switch Sales Up, Led By Cisco
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Analysts are saying that 2010Q1 and 2009Q4 sales figures of Ethernet hardware such as switches and routers are up, in some cases approaching pre-recession levels. While the analysts don't go so far as to say the recession is over or that this is a full recovery, they are saying things are getting better, which they attribute to factors such as improvements in the economy, pent-up demand and a reduction in backlog. Technological drivers include the growth of voice and video over IP, network-base
New Developer Portal Supports Fast Integration Of Industrial Ethernet Interfaces
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Innovasic Semiconductor's new web-based Developer Portal provides access to a complete Industrial Ethernet design solution that includes development tools and personalized technical support. The portal is a secure and private workspace with tutorials, design and conformance testing resources, online access to evaluation hardware, comprehensive FAQs, and direct technical support. Having these resources in one place allows designers to quickly assess and integrate an Industrial Ethernet interface
SMBs Work On the Go With New 'Cloud-Based' PC Data Backup And Mobile Access Service From AT&T
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Small businesses will be able to work remotely and flexibly with no worries about losing business-critical documents, thanks to AT&T Tech Support 360 Backup and Go -- the first online data backup service to be truly optimized for mobile devices. The new cloud-based service enables small businesses to virtually take their hard drives and servers on the road; users can collaborate and share documents on the go by accessing and viewing those documents on any Web-connected PC or mobile device.
Dell Provides Mass Off Switch For SMB Networks
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
Through its acquisition of KACE, Dell has gotten into the management appliance market, which lets you turn off the PCs as well as the lights before going home.
Infoblox's Data Integrates With VMware; Announces IF-MAP Server
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Infoblox, known for its IP Address Management (IPAM) appliances, is extending its reach into virtualization by integrating with a virtual appliance of their IPAM appliance called vNios that will run in VMware Server and ESXi v4. Infoblox has integrated with vCenter Server to pull virtual host information into Infoblox. Finally, Infoblox is launching Orchestration Server, which is an IF-MAP server that can be the central integration point for containing network device information. The three annou
Sourcefire Expands Real-Time Application Awareness, Intelligent Cybersecurity
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Sourcefire, Inc., the creators of Snort and a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, today announced enhancements that provide the Sourcefire IPSTM, the industry's leading intrusion prevention system (IPS), with real-time visibility into the specific applications running on an organization's network. Sourcefire is expanding its existing library of more than 200 application detectors by adding support for popular applications and services such as Gmail, HTTP and RSS, making it easier than
Infoblox Unveils First Dedicated IF-MAP Server, Supports Standards-Based Orchestration of IT Infrastructure Systems & Applications
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Infoblox Inc. today announced availability of the Infoblox Orchestration Server, a dedicated appliance that automatically aggregates, correlates, and distributes data to and from different IP connected systems, in real time. Based on the IF-MAP standard from the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), the Infoblox Orchestration server replaces complex, costly and brittle system integration with a powerful standards-based approach that makes it possible to automate a tremendous range of systems, processes
Infoblox Expands Virtualized Solution Offerings
News  |  5/24/2010  | 
Infoblox Inc. today announced it has expanded its portfolio of solutions for virtualised network environments with Infoblox IPAM for Virtualization, an advanced IP address management (IPAM) solution specifically designed to track IP addresses assigned to virtual machines.
Online Consumer Spending Spikes
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
A double-digit increase in online consumer spending in the first quarter is the first since the mid 2008.
Cisco Tops Rebounded Ethernet Switch Market
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
HP and Avaya lobbed challenges at Cisco's 72% share of Ethernet revenue, as the overall market gained 4.5% in the first quarter.
The Many Shades Of Open
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
Every time I hear a vendor say "We have an open this or that" somewhere in the world, a Richard Stallman acolyte dies. Or that's the way it seems. Vendors have glommed onto "open" as if it is the all-important aspect of their product, whether the product or feature is in fact open or not. It belittles those features/protocols/standards that actually are open, while doing little to characterize what the specific feature is. There is nothing wrong with proprietary features and there are actually a
Togetherville Social Network For Kids Launches
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
Aimed at keeping kids safe, Togetherville's online social connections are managed by parents.
PBXEdge Launches Cloud-Based Hosted Business Phone System
News  |  5/21/2010  | 
With the continued evolution in IP based phone systems, more businesses are moving towards a hosted PBX solution. As per research report released by TMCnet, this market segment is expected to reach $13.6 billion by 2011. Over the past year, there has also been a rapid shift towards cloud based solutions. According to a research report by released on April 15, 2010, the cloud computing market accounted for $20.3 billion in 2009 and is anticipated to reach $100.4 billion by
CA World Could Have Been Called CA Cloud World
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
This year's CA World, held in Las Vegas, might have been called CA Cloud with all the focus the company placed on it. The keynote, by Chris O'Malley, executive vice president of the Cloud Products and Solutions business line, focused on the business issues around the cloud. His keynote also included announcements of four products that comprise the CA Cloud-Connected Management Suite. In addition, the company announced a number of other new and enhanced management products--most of which were ass
HP Targets Midsized Companies "Ten-To-One" Management Initiative
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
HP has introduced what it calls its "ten-to-one initiative," a combination of offerings to facilitate cloud computing, simplify risk management and infrastructure monitoring and strengthen HP channel partners that work with organizations with 1,000 to 10,000 employees. This in response to what HP sees as an under-served market of midsized companies that have increasingly complex IT systems but lack the internal IT staff of larger enterprises. It also sees a $7.5 billion market worth pursuing wit
Google Plans Store For Web Apps
News  |  5/20/2010  | 
In an effort to make Web apps more easily discoverable and commercially viable, Google is building a Web app store into Chrome and Chrome OS.
Are Converged Network Adaptors Suffocating The Virtual Machine?
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Last week I reviewed real-world results of a test between the Emulex UCNA and the QLogic 8152 CNA. The testing illuminated a performance delta between the products, and it demonstrated another important issue: a big difference in CPU utilization while running FCoE. For the past few months, Emulex has been making some fairly broad claims that its UCNAs can support nearly one million IOPS, which it says towers over the performance available from all other CNAs in the marketplace. Emulex said that,
McAfee, Inc. Provides Increased Protection Against Malware And Botnets
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
McAfee, Inc. today announced the release of McAfee Web Gateway version 7 in response to the overwhelming increase in Web-borne malware and botnets. As the reliance on Web 2.0 applications increases, so does the risk to organizations that need flexible access to "Web 2.0 ready" security. The new platform enables secure end-user access to today's Web 2.0 applications.
Next Generation Network OSS/BSS Market And Forecast 2010-2015 Now Available On ReportsandReports
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
Next Generation Networks (NGN) promises a high quality end-user experience. Telecommunications service providers expect the NGN framework to provide them with tools that would ensure customer loyalty. However, the path towards achieving the ideal NGN is fraught with formidable challenges. The most critical challenge confronting operators is optimizing their OSS and BSS platforms, systems, and processes.
New Fortinet Firewall Appliances Meet Enterprise Needs
News  |  5/18/2010  | 
New enterprise-class firewall appliances introduced Monday by Fortinet offer faster performance to keep up with the growing amount of network traffic customers need to screen for security threats. Fortinet introduced the FortiGate 3950B and 3951B appliances that combine firewall protection with unified threat management security that provides an intrusion prevention system (IPS), application security, anti-virus and anti-malware protection and other security features. The 3950B firewall screens
Virtual Networking Is Not A Requirement
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Our clients ask us how network virtualization can help them and what it means for their IT priorities. I think most concepts of network virtualization add significant complexity to our IP networks where we really don't need it. In most cases, we tell our customers that it won't help much and that there are many other things they should worry about first.
Emulex's Encrypting Host Bus Adapter Secures Data
News  |  5/17/2010  | 
In a move that is expected to help EMC users improve data security without affecting their network performance, the company has announced that it will begin to use Emulex's OneSecure Adapter, an 8Gb/s Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) with onboard processors to provide encryption functionality. EMC said it intends to integrate the HBA with its products, including its EMC PowerPath Encryption with RSA, EMC CLARiiON network storage and EMC Celerra unified storage systems. The HBAs will make use
Net Neutrality Debate Intensifies
News  |  5/14/2010  | 
The battle lines over Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to classify broadband as a telecommunications service are hardening, as some Republican lawmakers are claiming the FCC chairman is seeking "to hurtle the agency down a misguided path." On the other side of the issue, new Democratic commissioner Mignon Clyburn said the broadband discussion is being overly influenced by lobbyists.
IBM, Indiana Haul Each Other To Court
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
Big Blue claims state is illegally withholding millions in payments, but Indiana says outsourcing job was botched so badly it should receive compensation.
Adobe Ads Challenge Apple's Flash Policy
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
The maker of Flash argues that Apple's iPhone rules undermine the Web.
XConnect Announces First IPX Platform Integrated With GSMA's PathFinder Service
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
XConnect, the leader in next-generation interconnection and carrier ENUM-registry services, today announced availability of the first IP eXchange (IPX) platform to offer seamless integration with PathFinder, the GSMA's Number Translation Service, enabling interoperability and convergence between fixed and mobile networks. A full suite of IPX services is available within XConnect's national federation environments in North America, Korea, Europe and South Africa, as well as accessible from XConne
Verizon Widens Cloud Security Offerings
News  |  5/13/2010  | 
Security as a service, network firewalls, and denial of service detection from the cloud will be added to Verizon Business' portfolio.
EMC Expands Private Cloud Partnerships
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
AT&T, Dell, and Unisys are among the flood of service providers using EMC's Atmos platform to help IT departments develop their private cloud.
HTC Seeks Ban On iPad, iPhone, iPod
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
Google phone manufacturer claims Apple's best-selling devices infringe on its patents.
Mozilla CEO To Step Down
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
John Lilly will take his open source, enterprise, and consumer Internet software experience to venture firm Greylock Partners.
Guidance To Buy Tableau For $12.3 Million
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
The deal to buy the forensic hardware maker Tableau aims to provide Guidance Software with 'write-blockers' to protect data during computer forensics evidence-gathering.
iPhone 4G Spotted, Again
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
Another of Apple's next-generation smartphones has supposedly been found—this time in Southeast Asia.
Bottomline Launches Paymode-X
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
Paymode-X combines electronic invoicing and electronic payments for financial supply chain automation.
Akamai Expands Support For Adobe Flash
News  |  5/12/2010  | 
Adobe’s flash platform is getting a substantial shot in the arm from Akamai Technologies which said it plans to integrate Adobe’s HTTP Dynamic Streaming and Adobe Flash Access 2.0 into the Akamai HD Network.
FCC Mulls Mobile Phone 'Bill Shock' Warnings
News  |  5/11/2010  | 
The agency is inviting comment about ways to help mobile phone users understand why they're being charged so much.
Firefox 4 Previewed
News  |  5/11/2010  | 
Mozilla has outlined its goals for Firefox 4, which is scheduled for release before the end of the year.
Xsigo In-Rack Virtual IO Reduced Rack Space
News  |  5/11/2010  | 
Xsigo Systems Inc. is introducing a smaller version of its virtual I/O appliance that takes up half the space in a rack and is intended to help users more easily build smaller, modular "pods" of standardized virtualized computing devices on a single rack, rather than having storage all on one rack and servers all on another rack. Compared with the company's existing VP780 I/O Director, the VP560 I/O director takes up just 2U and supports from six to 60 servers, rather than hundreds of servers.
EMC Inks Brocade 10GbE Reseller Deal
News  |  5/11/2010  | 
The agreement likely squelches reports that Brocade would be acquired by HP, EMC's chief rival in the data center and cloud computing market.
Employees Put Personal Online Security And Interests Above Their Company's
News  |  5/11/2010  | 
From prowling social networking sites at work, to overriding their Company's installed security so they can access restricted Web sites, most employees were found to be generally imprudent and ambivalent when it comes to their company's overall security health, according to the 2010 Trend Micro survey on corporate and small business end users.
ClearCube Launches Secure Blade PC And Secure Workstation
News  |  5/11/2010  | 
ClearCube Technology, the leader in rack mounted secure workstations, blade PCs and centralized computing, today announced the launch of the R3040SS secure workstation blade and R3080DS secure blade PC, which deliver unprecedented network computer security, by utilizing the Intel Advanced Encryption Standard-New Instructions (AES-NI) for encryption acceleration and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT).
Organizations Slow To Adopt SaaS Governance Policies
News  |  5/11/2010  | 
A survey of organizations by Gartner conducted in December, 2009 that spanned nine countries -- four in Asia/Pacific, three in Europe, the U.S. and Canada totaling 270 companies either using SaaS or expecting to use it within the next year -- found larger investments planned compared with on-premises software, but that few had set up policies to govern its use.
Aruba To Acquire Azalea In $40 Million Deal
News  |  5/10/2010  | 
The purchase will boost Aruba's outdoor mesh offerings and give it an operations center in Beijing.
Automated 802.11 Spectrum Analysis/Remediation: Benefits And Implications
News  |  5/10/2010  | 
With recent press releases by Cisco and Aruba Networks regarding their emergent distributed spectrum analysis capabilities, many of us in the WLAN big leagues are sitting up and taking note. Sure, we've had tools like all of the Cognio-esque spectrum analyzer variants to schlep around when need be, and today's better wireless systems try their hardest to express their discomfort graphically when interference is afoot, but what is about to be unleashed is nothing short of huge. Huge on the order
Alcatel-Lucent Hopes U.S. Sales Upturn Will Stop Losses
News  |  5/7/2010  | 
Alcatel-Lucent turned in another loss in its first quarter, but its chief executive Ben Verwaayen said the firm will be helped later this year by a predicted turnaround in its North American business.
FCC Chair Pitches Restraint In Net Neutrality
News  |  5/7/2010  | 
Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski revealed his "Third Way" to attempt to solve the Net neutrality issue that has been dogging Internet regulation negotiations for weeks. Genachowski's plan generally calls for regulation of Web transmission by Internet service providers, but would renounce some requirements on carriers, such as rules that they would have to share lines with competitors.
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