Embracing Virtual WAN Acceleration
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Infoblox's Data Integrates With VMware; Announces IF-MAP Server
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
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 Expands Virtualized Solution Offerings
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.
The Many Shades Of Open
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
PBXEdge Launches Cloud-Based Hosted Business Phone System
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 researchandmarkets.com 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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Big Blue claims state is illegally withholding millions in payments, but Indiana says outsourcing job was botched so badly it should receive compensation.
XConnect Announces First IPX Platform Integrated With GSMA's PathFinder Service
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
Mozilla CEO To Step Down
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
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
Another of Apple's next-generation smartphones has supposedly been found—this time in Southeast Asia.
Akamai Expands Support For Adobe Flash
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.
Firefox 4 Previewed
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
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.
Employees Put Personal Online Security And Interests Above Their Company's
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
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
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.
Automated 802.11 Spectrum Analysis/Remediation: Benefits And Implications
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
FCC Chair Pitches Restraint In Net Neutrality
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.