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Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct Recognized With Connected Home 2011 Award
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
At the recent Connected Home Global Summit in London, England, the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct program from the Wi-Fi Alliance received top honors in the Best Contribution to Interconnectivity Standards. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct is a certification designation given to products that are capable of device-to-device connections without the presence of a traditional home, office or hotspot network.
Single Point Of Failure: The Internet
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
No matter how well you architect for redundancy and availability, there will certainly be single points of failure (SPOF) that you can't account for. The SPOF, in all of its forms, can make application mobility via VDI, cloud services, and netbooks like Google's Chromebook less attractive computing options when compared to fat clients, fat servers, and boring but reliable storage. While services can fail, let's not forget that the most frequent SPOF we deal with is the access networks at the Int
How Guardian Life Insurance Is Going Social
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Socialware tools are helping the life insurance company monitor social networking participation and ensure regulatory compliance.
Badgeville Introduces Social Gaming Engine, Widgets
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Gamification tools encourage user loyalty by bringing badges and virtual rewards to any website or mobile experience.
Two Convicted In Counterfeit Cisco Gear Racket
News  |  5/30/2011  | 
The scam involved relabeling and selling Chinese networking equipment as bona fide Cisco equipment, prosecutors say.
Cloud Security A Moving Target
News  |  5/28/2011  | 
Cyber-Ark’s fifth annual "Trust, Security and Passwords" report surveyed 1,422 IT staff and C-level professionals across North America and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and found that nearly one in five C-level respondents admit insider sabotage had occurred at their workplace. Another 16% believe that competitors may have received highly sensitive information or intellectual property--including customer lists, product information and marketing plans--from sources within their
Solarwinds Eases Network Device Tracking
News  |  5/28/2011  | 
In a move that will help network administrators locate specific user end nodes that might be causing problems, SolarWinds has announced the SolarWinds User Device Tracker. The software works by taking an IP address, host name or Media Access Control (MAC) address, and then responding with information about the device, such as the switch name, port, port description or and the virtual LAN on which it’s located. In addition, network administrators can set up a notification alert for when a s
Certeon Touts WAN Optimization For Cloud Computing
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
The company's aCelera Cloud aims to boost performance and reduce bandwidth needs for cloud apps, and supports cloud platforms such as VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen, Linux KVM, and Amazon EC2.
Using The Cloud To Manage The Cloud
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Managing cloud-based VMs isn't easy. Tools from IaaS vendors are rudimentary and proprietary, while integration with enterprise management consoles is complex. SaaS management software is closing the gap with new services able to manage systems in multiple clouds alongside internal VMs.
IO Turbine Solves VMware I/O Bottlenecks
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
New startup IO Turbine is taking the wraps off of its inaugural offering--software that addresses I/O bottleneck problems in VMware environments. By installing Accelio on a VMware server, users avoid the hardware caching constraints found on storage-area network (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS) or caching appliances that are downstream from the host and have no visibility into the source of the data that they are caching, says the company.
StillSecure Offers Cloud-Based Managed Security Services
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
StillSecure is offering its range of security services through a cloud-based option, selling largely to managed service providers and data center hosting services, as well as private cloud in government agencies and enterprises. The Cloud Security Services Platform is built on StillSecure’s ProtectPoint appliance, which is now virtualized for the full portfolio of security services, and supports multi-tenant environments in order to enable cloud deployments.
LinkedIn Opens API For Company, Job Listings
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Websites and enterprise apps will be able to freely access LinkedIn company profiles and present that data within their own user interface.
Edgewater Prices SBCs For The Masses
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Targeted at small to midsize businesses and branch offices, Edgewater Networks' all-in-one EdgeMarc 250 Series Enterprise Session Border Controller, an integrated Ethernet switch, reportedly simplifies the management, improves the performance and reduces the costs of converged voice, video and data networks. However, what sets the company's latest Session Border Controller (SBC) apart from competitors is its price, says Ira Weinstein, senior analyst, Wainhouse Research.
Dell Introduces New Thin Client Desktops, Virtual Lab 2.0 For Academia
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Dell has broadened its line of OptiPlex thin client desktop computers for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments and introduced Dell Virtual Lab 2.0 for managing VDI environments in college and university computer labs, in order to deliver in-demand academic applications. The introductions, made Wednesday, also include an OptiPlex 390 business desktop computer. New are the OptiPlex FX130 and OptiPlex FX170 thin clients, which join the OptiPlex FX100 and FX160 that are already shipping
Jericho Trumpets At Identity's Walls
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
Founded almost a decade ago by a group of international chief information security officers (CISOs) grappling with the seemingly diametrically opposed demands for both a more collaborative and more secure IT environment, the Open Group Jericho Forum has unveiled a set of identity commandments focusing on the fundamental design issues surrounding identity management and the access to systems, services and data. The forum, which focuses on defining and pro
Cisco To Sell Linksys, WebEx?
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
Shareholders are pushing the company to unload non-core businesses, fueling speculation that the consumer and small business networking brand and web conferencing service are for sale.
HP Makes IT Support More Flexible With New Portal And Mobile Device Access
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
HP has added features to its HP Support Center for enterprise IT customers through an online portal that includes answers to questions, an online community of close to a million IT professionals and a mobile application that allows customers to get answers anytime, anywhere. The enhancements to the HP Support Center, announced Tuesday, are intended to address customer demands for HP Always-on Support for an always running IT infrastructure.
Qualcomm Completes $3.1 Billion Acquisition Of Atheros Communications
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
Qualcomm Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Atheros Communications, Inc. The Atheros team will operate as Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm. In addition, the Qualcomm connectivity team will shift over to Qualcomm Atheros to combine resources and roadmaps. This creates one of the industry's most robust portfolios of connectivity, networking an
Bringing Customer Experience And Business Channel Development Together With IT
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
As one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, Marriott has over 3,500 lodging properties in the U.S. and 69 other countries and territories, and a daily workload of over 750,000 new reservations. Transaction throughput must be rapid, unfailing and 24/7. If problems arise, failover must be swift and absolute. Simultaneously, business intelligence systems must be able to "right fit" pricing and accommodations for customers during transactions--and the systems must have the ability to e
MuleSoft Unveils Cloud Integration PaaS Beta
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
According to a survey of attendees at Interop earlier this month, nearly 70 percent have deployed or plan to deploy cloud computing, but nearly as many admit to not having confidence in the strategy for managing the performance of those cloud computing resources. That sounds like good news to cloud integrator MuleSoft, which went live today with the public beta of Mule iON, its cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS). Referring to Gartner data, the company says that at least 35 per
Edgewater Intros SMB Session Border Controller
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Vendor's newest EdgeMarc gateway is aimed at smaller offices looking for device interoperability and policy-based security control for their IP-based communications systems.
Apptio And ServiceNow Combine To Improve IT Management
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Two software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors focused on business needs have announced a partnership that will result in their products working together, allowing clients to use the results of one product as input for the other. The companies are Apptio, which provides products, such as software to develop cost models, for what it calls Technology Business Management, and ServiceNow, which delivers service desk functionality in a SaaS model. Combined, users will be able to take the kinds of informati
BranchOut Bathes In Reflected Glory Of LinkedIn
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
By embedding its service in Facebook, the professional network hopes to tap a broader social network.
Avaya: IP Office 7.0 Takes The Cake
Commentary  |  5/19/2011  | 
Unified communications vendor rolls in celebrity baker Buddy Valastro to tout the latest version of its IP phone system for SMBs.
LinkedIn Not So Boring Anymore
Commentary  |  5/19/2011  | 
The business social network's IPO opened strongly and gave the company a valuation of $8.9 billion by the end of the day, prompting talk of a new tech bubble.
New Relic Delivers 'Real User Monitoring' In APM Tool
News  |  5/19/2011  | 
New Relic, a provider of application performance monitoring (APM) tools, has added a free new feature that delivers real user monitoring to clock the time from when a Web page is requested to when it finishes loading in the browser. The APM tracks multiple metrics, including network speed, the performance of the application server, defects in the code and the performance of various browsers to determine where bottlenecks may occur.
Will IPv6 Make Us Unsafe?
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
IT pros who see NAT as essential to network security are worried about a wide-open, any-to-any connection model. Should they be?
Microsoft, Cisco Partner On Data Warehouses, Virtualization
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
Reference design combines Cisco Unified Computing System with Microsoft's Hyper-V and SQL Server, also includes storage partners NetApp and EMC.
Cloud Services, SaaS Pose WAN Bandwidth Challenges
News  |  5/17/2011  | 
Cisco exec Pat Calhoun discusses the challenges of ensuring enough bandwidth over wired and wireless networks to handle the needs of a modern enterprise.
Serena Software Beefs Up ALM Suite To Improve App Development
News  |  5/17/2011  | 
On Monday Serena Software announced new features for its Orchestrated Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) suite that manages application development from the requirements stage through building and testing an app to its deployment. New to Orchestrated ALM, Serena says, is a dashboard that lets people involved in a project view the whole project from end to end.
Avaya Intros IP Office 7.0 For SMBs
News  |  5/17/2011  | 
Unified communications platform gets a data migration tool, touchscreen phones, and full integration of Nortel Enterprise Solutions.
Interop Premieres New Technology; Everyone Wins
Commentary  |  5/17/2011  | 
One of the coolest displays I saw at Interop was not in Start-up City nor in the Czech Republic zone. It wasn't the Lamborghini that Securent rolled onto the floor, nor was it the Barracuda Bus. It was the fiber backplane that HP brought out from its R&D facility and had running as a proof of concept, as well as the number of vendors that had products--nearly all proof of concepts--in the InteropNet Openflow lab. Staying awake is hard after sitting through the sixth top-of-rack switch of the day
Survey: Half Of Enterprise Software Will Be Open Source Within Five Years
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
A survey being released today at an open source conference in San Francisco shows that 56 percent of respondents predict that more than half of the software purchases made by businesses and other enterprises over the next five years will be of open source software. The organizers of the Open Source Business Conference 2011 say that this is because customers have overcome their reluctance toward using open source, such as concerns about licenses, and are embracing its virtues, such as flexibility
Wired Networks Face Limited Future
Commentary  |  5/16/2011  | 
Xirrus CEO Dirk Gates sees major growth in WLANs as enterprises deploy bigger and faster wireless networks to meet demand from pervasive mobility and consumerization of IT.
Cisco Intros Branch Solution Amid Restructuring, Financial News
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
Sandwiched between announcing a major restructuring and reporting its latest quarterly financial results, Cisco unveiled new cloud initiatives at Interop that were originally scheduled to debut a month earlier (on April 19) as part of a major Borderless Networks update.
Learning To Fake Sincerity, Spontaneity In Social Media
Commentary  |  5/13/2011  | 
The puzzle of sincerity and spontaneity versus security and control.
Interop's Best Of The Best, Network Concerns
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Interop, the IT industry's biggest networking event, closed out its 25th annual outing by selecting the best of the best of products to allocate, secure, manage and improve the performance of the increasingly extended IT environment. A total of 135 entries qualified for the Best of Interop, an event produced by UBM TechWeb, the publisher of Network Computing. Additionally, according to two surveys at Interop, there are major concerns about cloud management and the flood of consumer devices invad
D-Link Targets SMBs With Switches, Routers, Cloud Management
News  |  5/12/2011  | 
A Web-based management GUI is designed to greatly simplify remote management of devices that often will be deployed in situations where local IT expertise is lacking.
Juniper Outlines QFabric Roadmap
News  |  5/12/2011  | 
The company plans to make its Ethernet switching fabric smaller, faster, and cheaper--but not all at once.
Study Shows Companies Struggle To Calculate Cloud ROI
News  |  5/12/2011  | 
A survey released Monday shows that while more and more businesses are embracing cloud computing, they are having a difficult time determining what the return on investment (ROI) in a cloud project actually is. The study by a vendor-neutral organization called The Open Group also finds that most of those surveyed have no idea how cloud computing may impact their business processes.
EMC Isilon Announces 15-Petabyte NAS
News  |  5/11/2011  | 
SmartLock archiving capability for the big data storage device was introduced at EMC World.
OpenFlow Will Change Network Architecture
News  |  5/11/2011  | 
Big Switch Networks co-founder Kyle Forster says the new technology finally will let IT departments make the network fit the org chart.
Arbor Networks Offers Enterprise Data Center Appliances To Counter Application-Based DDoS
News  |  5/11/2011  | 
Arbor Networks is introducing a new line of appliances designed to protect Internet-facing enterprise data centers against application-layer distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The Pravail Availability Protection System (APS) family of appliances complements Arbor's network-based Peakflow appliances, which are primarily sold to carriers and service providers.
Cisco Unveils First Wireless Cloud Offering
Commentary  |  5/11/2011  | 
It was just a matter of time. Cisco is often fashionably late to the party, but does know how to impress once it gets there. While smaller players like Meraki and Aerohive have enjoyed calling the wireless cloud space their own until now, Cisco branch office customers have been without viable cloud options for wireless. Given the IT talent constraints typically found in the branch model, combined with the complexity of WLAN done right, Cisco's new Flex 7500 Series Cloud Controller will likely fi
40-Gbps Ethernet Makes Its Debut At Interop
Commentary  |  5/10/2011  | 
The new high-speed ports can be seen on systems from Hewlett-Packard, Enterasys, Extreme, and others, even if the products won’t be available until later this year.
Extreme Networks Pitches 40-Gbps Ethernet Switch Fabric
News  |  5/10/2011  | 
Aimed at cloud computing, virtualization, and mobility, the switches offer 1.28 Tbps per slot and new management software that support 128,000 virtual machines per switch.
Verisign Studies: Externally Managed DNS Improves Uptime; DDoS Hits Two-Thirds Of U.S. Organizations
News  |  5/10/2011  | 
Organizations that outsource DNS management to specialized service providers experience half the downtime of those that manage DNS internally or rely on their ISPs, according to a study commissioned by Verisign. And, in another report, a Verisign survey showed that nearly two-thirds of the responding companies experienced distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, although more than 80% of them have some sort of DDoS protection, either on premises or through a service provider.
HP Offers New Networking Hardware To Target Cisco Competition
News  |  5/10/2011  | 
HP is introducing several new networking switches, wireless access points and other products on Monday in a direct challenge to market leader Cisco Systems. In launching the new products, HP shared benchmarking results that showed significant improvements in capacity, performance, energy efficiency and latency over comparable Cisco switches and access points. The new products are being unveiled at Interop IT Conference and Expo 2011 in Las Vegas.
Dell Stretches Its Networking Reach
News  |  5/9/2011  | 
While better known for its PCs and servers, Dell has been morphing into more of a full-line IT vendor with storage, appliances and software capabilities. So it should come as no surprise that the company is flexing its networking muscles at this week's Interop. The latest additions to its PowerConnect lineup include the M8024-k Ethernet switch, W-Series wireless solutions and B-Series switch solutions.
Sophos To Buy Unified Threat Management Vendor Astaro
News  |  5/9/2011  | 
With its entry into the UTM space, endpoint antivirus firm Sophos is looking to position itself as a comprehensive, one-stop enterprise security vendor.
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