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Content tagged with Networking posted in June 2010
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Riverbed Adds Microsoft Security Software On WAN Appliance
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Riverbed is announcing that Microsoft's Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) will be available on Riverbed's Steelhead WAN optimization platform. TMG provides URL filtering, application proxying, and application and network-layer firewalling. With the introduction of TMG to the Steelhead platform, customers can enforce a consistent Web security policy for application protection, malware inspection and URL filtering at branch offices. Riverbed's Steelhead appliances include the Riverbed Serv
Cisco's Vision Of Trust And Security: Building It With Or Without You
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
I am pretty impressed with Cisco's breadth and depth of vision on where the information technology is heading and the role of the network in that vision. One item stuck out during Pamasree Warriors Keynote address today, and that is the requirement for trust and security in the borderless endzone, borderless Internet and the borderless data center. The inference I take from that is that security and trust have to follow information and services as they are accessed and located in the varying zon
3Com Leave A Bad Taste? Have a Tic-Tac.
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
I've been surprised in the past few weeks as people I respect have been saying they're wary of buying switch gear from HP/3Com because they still have a bad taste in their mouths over 3Com's temporary exit from the enterprise market a decade ago. With server virtualization driving most data centers undergoing the most significant network redesign since the 20th century, eliminating a tier one vendor because previous management made a mistake 10 years ago seems short-sighted to me.
Cisco Enhances WAAS 4.2
News  |  6/30/2010  | 
Cisco has updated its Wide Area Application Server software WAAS so that it provides WAN optimization and application acceleration. While WAN connections speeds have been increasing, the amount of traffic flowing over the WAN is increasingly faster. Organizations often can't afford to provide the enough WAN capacity to meet demand. WAN optimization and application acceleration use a variety of techniques to speed up application delivery to end users. Cisco's enhancements to WAAS are keeping the
Cisco Manages Power, Reduces Costs
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Energy management is coming under scrutiny as companies try to cut costs. Power and cooling can add up to substantial sums over time, particularly if you are running under-utilized machines that do little more than eat electricity. Data center managers have long understood the economics of energy savings, but the effects are making themselves knows in building facilities as organizations launch employee programs to turn out the lights and conserve energy. Cisco announced enhancements to its Conn
Brocade 10GbE Converged Network Adapters Outpace Competition
News  |  6/29/2010  | 
Brocade today announced that the Brocade 1000-series Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) lead the industry with the highest input/output operations per second (IOPS) and throughput performance, surpassing the closest competitive offerings by up to 131 percent, according to independent third-party tests.
New HP Products Draw From 3Com Acquisition
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
HP is introducing three new products and one new service as it battles Cisco Systems in the network and security markets. The products offer network security in virtual or physical environments, decrypt SSL traffic to screen for trouble, deliver intrusion prevention in a blade format and block user access to malicious Web sites. Each of the offerings build on technology from 3Com, for which HP paid $2.7 billion in 2009. The new products include the vController, which inspects network traffic bet
Layer 7 First To Launch Fifth-Generation XML Acceleration Technology
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Layer 7 Technologies, the leader in security and governance for SOA and cloud, today announced that it is the first vendor to ship fifth-generation XML processing silicon in its XML Gateway technology. Compared to software-only products, which can process less than one gigabit per second of schema validation even with 16 processor cores, fifth-generation silicon can process a full gigabit of complex, real-world schemas using less than half of one core, leaving the remaining cores available for o
Cortina Announces Industry's Smallest Quad 10G EDC Device
News  |  6/28/2010  | 
Cortina Systems, delivering innovative technologies that link people and networks worldwide, today announced CS4340, the industry's smallest quad 10G Electronic Dispersion Compensation (EDC) device. The Cortina CS4340 is a programmable 4-port SFP+ PHY with integrated EDC and is available in a small 15 mm x 15 mm BGA package that optimizes system design options. Its density and performance enables 48-port 10G or 12-port 40G line cards supporting both optical and copper links and compliant to the
HP And QLogic Enable Any Protocol On Any Port
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
HP and QLogic have pushed the ball forward in next generation networking and virtualization with an HP Flexfabric 10Gb/24 blade switch that allows the switch port to be configured as a Fiber Channel, FCoE, iSCSI and Ethernet port simultaneously. Flexfabric drives home HP's wire-once strategy. It's an industry first, and it's likely that other networking vendors will follow suit.
Cisco Extends Key Security Partnerships, Broadening Protection Portfolio
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
Cisco Systems is broadening its information security program through partnerships in three key areas, announcing tight integration with leading vendors in each. The partnership program extends Cisco's ability to deliver secure mobility, data security and security management, complementing its strength in network security, authentication/access control, and e-mail and Web security via IronPort products and services.
Will There Ever Be A Right Time For IO Virtualization?
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
Last year, Xsigo and Dell announced a relationship where the server vendor would resell the IOV supplier's equipment. The move was expected to position Dell at the forefront of virtualization. However, difficulties in integrating IOV into servers cleanly and advances in bus and IO performance have done little to advance IOV outside of relatively niche situations like high performance computing, data modeling and animation rendering.
The Case For Remote Office Unified Threat Management
News  |  6/25/2010  | 
Unified threat management (UTM) devices are becoming an important consideration for branch office security as enterprises look to balance cost restraints and the ever-increasing bandwidth requirements spurred by performance-sensitive, low-latency applications such as VoIP and video across the WAN. Most typically, enterprises backhaul traffic to central locations where they apply security controls such as firewalling, intrusion prevention, AV and anti-spam--the so-called hub and spoke architectur
Extreme Makeover Network Edition
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
Extreme Networks is a company with a history of delivering high-performance, high-availability Ethernet switching technology. The company's very first product won Best of Show award at Networld+Interop, and by 2001 Extreme had won the award five consecutive years with one innovative 1Gb product after another. In 2002, the company introduced its BlackDiamond modular switches featuring leading-edge 10Gb technology. By 2002, annual revenues for Extreme rocketed to over $400 million. Between 2002 an
Why You Need To Demand Standards, Now
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
In technology, there is lots of talk about the need for standards for this or that technology. I am an unabashed proponent of standards. There are lots of very smart people who work on standards either as part of their job or on their own time. The standards get pushed through the working groups, are ratified by the standards bodies, and are published to the world. Then those people move on to other things while vendors scramble to implement the standards in their products and update their data
Rogue Hunter: How To Track Wild Access Points
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Rogue access points (AP) can show up on a network for any number of reasons. A user may set up an AP so he or she can bring a laptop to the break room and still have an Internet connection. A contractor or an internal engineer may set up a wireless router to create a test network and then forget to disable it at the end of the test. People who set up unauthorized APs usually don't mean any harm, but that doesn't make it harmless. If you think attackers aren't looking for wireless connections or
FireScope Races Past Network Monitoring Competition With Dash
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
FireScope, the leading innovator of IT Service Management solutions, today announces the availability of FireScope Dash, a powerful monitoring solution that delivers more features for less cost than comparable offerings from SolarWinds, IPSwitch and others.
Nimsoft Expands Unified Monitoring Coverage, Enhances Management Interface
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
Nimsoft, a business unit of CA Technologies, today announced enhancements to the Nimsoft Unified Monitoring architecture that enable customers to better monitor and manage critical business applications across all types of infrastructure--from the data center to the cloud--including SaaS, hosted and virtualized environments.
HP BladeSystem G7 LOM: A Milestone For Converged Networks
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Converged networking is not an event. It's a continuous process that will unfold over many years. Seamless to customers, none of its many parts noticeably different from each other, but from the beginning and end, they are very different from each other. Within this continuum are milestones that stand-out because achieving them is required for convergence to succeed. One such milestone is the monumental decision by server vendors to embed a converged networking chip on their motherboards, a.k.a.
Brocade Ups HP's StorageWorks
News  |  6/24/2010  | 
Storage networking success depends largely on the SAN vendor's ability to partner with server vendors and VARs. Brocade, the touted leader in SAN switching according to Infonetics (followed by Cisco), is deepening it partnership with HP supplying 8Gbps HBAs for HP servers and extending virtualization features into virtual machines. The two companies are also offering a SAN starter kit to boost companies starting out with storage networking. While virtualization is established technology, the cap
Cisco Eats F5's Dust In WAN Optimization
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Infonetics reported that Cisco has taken a considerable hit in their application delivery controller (ADC) market share. They are trailing behind F5 Networks by 12 points, Cisco having dropped to 26 percent of the market and F5 Networks taking a considerable 38 percent of the ADC market. Does this 2Q09 report spell a weakness for the networking giant, or are they neglecting some important growth markets?
Overture Networks Switches It Up With G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Overture Networks, the industry's trusted Carrier Ethernet solutions provider, today announced the addition of G.8032 Ethernet ring protection switching to its UTS 4000 optical edge switch. The addition of G.8032 ring protection switching gives Overture's customers a technologically advanced and cost-effective solution for building secure mobile backhaul networks as they look to support the mounting bandwidth requirements of 3G and 4G services.
Brocade Continues to Drive Innovation For Next-Generation Data Centers with HP
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Brocade today announced a set of innovative HP-branded Brocade 8 Gbps Fibre Channel data center and server connectivity products and a virtualization solution bundle. The new offerings extend the Brocade storage area network (SAN) and server connectivity portfolio delivered by HP. The solutions, which work with HP's industry-leading BladeSystem platform, help provide thousands of data center customers globally with highly scalable and reliable access to data in mission-critical environments. Bro
Verizon Completes Industry-Leading 100G Ethernet Field Trial
News  |  6/23/2010  | 
Continuing to lead the industry in 100G technology, Verizon has completed a field trial carrying 100 gigabit-per-second Ethernet traffic on a metropolitan Ethernet infrastructure. Using Alcatel-Lucent equipment deployed in Verizon's Switched Ethernet Services network, the trial successfully transmitted data over 12.7 kilometers (7.9 miles) of field fiber in the company's Dallas area network.
Hosted Web Security Protects Disparate Branch Offices, Mobile Workers
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
Hosted Web security services are an attractive option for distributed WAN environments, particularly when the distance to corporate hubs and the sheer number and variety of branch locations make back-hauling Internet traffic impractical and inefficient. With the rise of bandwidth-intense, performance-sensitive corporate applications, such as video and VoIP, it makes increasing sense to provide direct Internet access to remote offices, especially with users accessing YouTube, and streaming and do
F5 Enhances SSL VPN Offerings
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced a new version of its FirePass SSL VPN solution. With the 7.0 release, FirePass provides enhanced access capabilities, improved IT management through integrated access services with third-party solutions, and flexible deployment options, including an SSL VPN virtual appliance running on VMware vSphere, FirePass Virtual Edition (VE). FirePass provides browser-based access to organizations' applications,
Logrhythm Adds Visualization, Location And Host Activity To Forensic Capabilities
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
LogRhythm has upgraded its log management/SIEM product's threat detection capabilities by monitoring system processes and endpoint network connections, as well as adding visualization and geo-location tools to expedite investigation of possible attacks and compromises. Pouring through logs without an automated tool is pure pain for administrators. LogRhythm's new capabilities help administrators make the most of their limited time to hunt down and mitigate threats. The network visualization pres
Global Crossing Enhances Content Delivery Network Offer With Newest Limelight SITE Acceleration Service
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
Global Crossing, a leading global IP solutions provider, today announced that it has enhanced its Content Delivery Network (CDN) product portfolio by adding the latest version of the Limelight SITE service to its capabilities.
Sevone Speeds Netflow Collection And Reporting
News  |  6/22/2010  | 
Sevone Inc. has announced an update, Version 4.1, of its network data flow collection and reporting products. The new version doubles the speed of its Dedicated NetFlow Collector, allowing the collection of 15 million flows per minute and increasing the speed of the reports based on the data from the collectors. The update is intended to make the product more attractive to medium- to large-sized enterprises. The company has also enhanced its FlowFalcon NetFlow reporting engine to generate real-
Bluecat Networks Enhances Proteus And Adonis IPAM
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
Bluecat has updated its Proteus IP Address Management to version 3.1 and its Adonis Domain Name System/Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol has been updated to version 6.1, adding new management features and increased scalability to the existing product line. IP Address Management (IPAM) is becoming a critical element that companies no longer perform manually because the consequences of errors are extreme.
Interactive Data Launches Powerful New Data Permissioning Solution
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
Interactive Data Corporation, a leading provider of financial market data, analytics and related solutions, today announced the launch of PlusFeedSM Access Control System, a powerful permissioning and entitlement system designed to interface with PlusFeed, Interactive Data's low-latency consolidated datafeed. The new system can help clients to manage enterprise-wide data usage, reporting and associated costs quickly and effectively.
Voltaire Expands 10 GbE Portfolio With New Low-Latency Layer 2/3 Switch For Next Generation Data Centers And Cloud Computing
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
Voltaire Ltd., a leading provider of scale-out data center fabrics, today announced the immediate availability of the Voltaire Vantage 6024, a low-latency, high-performance Layer 2/3 top-of-rack switch optimized for next generation and virtualized data centers and cloud computing environments. The switch provides the industry's most power-efficient and lowest latency capabilities on 10 Gigabit Ethernet, enabling new levels of efficiency, scalability and real-time application performance. The swi
LogRhythm Closes Visibility Gaps In Network Security
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
LogRhythm, the company that makes log data useful, today announced a new version of its integrated Log Management/SIEM platform that eliminates information security blind spots by providing holistic visibility and relationship mapping of network activity. To help organizations detect and mitigate threats from inside and outside the firewall, LogRhythm now monitors system processes and network connections on endpoints, provides Geolocation of hosts, and maps relationships through network visualiz
Blue Coat Offers Simpler, More Effective DLP Appliance
News  |  6/21/2010  | 
Blue Coat Systems is branching out into data loss prevention (DLP) with today's introduction of three new appliances intended make DLP simpler and more effective to use. The new appliances are aimed at a major pain point for businesses that want to protect sensitive documents, files and other data, but find existing DLP systems so complex that they just give up, leaving their data and their businesses at risk.
Emulex & ServerEngines: A New Beginning or Armageddon?
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
Emulex may have surprised a few people with their purchase of ServerEngines; however, many in the industry knew for some time that the company was sorely lacking control of their own destiny with regard to their struggling FCoE offering. Those keeping track of the players in the FCoE space have watched Emulex run around for nearly two years promoting the heck out of privately held ServerEngines, and ultimately it appears as though Emulex will have to cough up an absurd pile of money to finally b
NetScout Adds Service-Level Management View
News  |  6/18/2010  | 
NetScout has added to its nGenius Service Solution, a real-time dashboard aimed at providing organizations with a more unified, business-centric view of the performance of critical transactions, application and networks. nGenius Service Delivery Manager is designed to help organizations view operations from a service-level perspective and automates the detection of service quality problems and emerging security threats across physical, virtual and cloud-based services from the application hostin
FCC Considers Broadband Regulation
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
Broadband carriers oppose regulation of Internet broadband while content providers favor FCC action to classify broadband as a telecommunications service.
More Firms Outsourcing Security To MSSPs
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
Managed security service provider market is expected to reach $3.9 billion in 2016 because of increased attacks and economic pressures.
Vizioncore Offers vFoglight QuickView, Free and Clear
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
To begin building relationships with new potential customers, as well as to gain information for use in future products and functions, Vizioncore has announced a free version of its vFoglight virtualization management software, vFoglight QuickView, which users can download from the company's website. While the software doesn't have all the features of the standard and professional versions, it offers enough features that organizations may never need to pay for the software. Vizioncore is fine wi
Juniper Releases SSL VPN Client For Mobile Devices
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
Juniper Networks has announced the release of Juno Pulse, a downloadable SSL VPN client for verifying a device's compliance with endpoint security policies and creating secure connections between an enterprise network and laptops, netbooks, non-mobile devices, as well as a number of smartphones, including Microsoft Windows devices, Nokia Symbian, and the forthcoming iPhone 4G. Juniper also announced the release of new AppTrack software for providing detailed information about types of applicatio
Stupid Firewall Tricks
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
Firewalls have a bad reputation in many organizations, but it's not always the firewall's fault. Often, organizations use firewalls in places where they aren't really needed. For example, common practice dictates that we should place firewalls with stateful packet inspection enabled in front of Web servers. But does this really make any sense? Why perform stateful packet inspection on a stateless protocol? Why use a firewall in front of Web property when 99 percent of the requests are allowed?
China Grapples With Online Gambling
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
Internet gambling is a thriving underground industry; the government would especially like to cut down on betting on soccer.
China Extends Broadband Lead
News  |  6/17/2010  | 
Broadband subscriptions continue to boom in Asian countries, particularly China where growth topped 5% in Q1 and reached almost 21% over the last year.
Microsoft Office 2010 Prices Cut
News  |  6/16/2010  | 
Amazon offers discounts on Redmond's latest desktop package while rival Best Buy holds line.
Juniper Releases SSL VPN Client For Mobile Devices
News  |  6/16/2010  | 
Enterprise networks gain secure connections with laptops, netbooks, and mobile devices including Windows Mobile, Symbian, and iPhone 4G.
802.16e Mobile WiMax Enhancements Approved
News  |  6/16/2010  | 
The improvements will dramatically increase capacity of WiMax networks.
NetScout Simplifies Assuring The User Experience
News  |  6/16/2010  | 
NetScout Systems, Inc., today announced the nGenius Service Delivery Manager, a real-time service dashboard that provides unified visibility into end-to-end service delivery in context with how services are delivered and consumed to more effectively manage the user experience. Building on the nGenius Service Assurance Solution's ability to collect, correlate, analyze and report on mass volumes of packet-flow data, nGenius Service Delivery Manager closes the gap between the network and business s
Shanghai Opts For Electronic Textbooks
News  |  6/16/2010  | 
The city is developing a framework for classes based on e-textbooks, but not all students have or can even afford a laptop or an electronic reader.
Enterprise 2.0: Cloud Will Boost Productivity
News  |  6/15/2010  | 
Assessing the benefits of the cloud at this early stage may be challenging, but panelists at Enterprise 2.0 agreed that cloud computing will improve productivity.
Enterprise 2.0: Google, Microsoft, IBM Embrace The Cloud
News  |  6/15/2010  | 
Microsoft and Google are pushing one another to beef up their cloud-based apps, said TechWeb's David Berlind, while IBM remains committed to its open philosophy, said IBM's Sean Poulley.
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