Emerging Multitenant Data Center Markets Underserved But Heating Up
A new report from Tier 1 Research finds that the emerging North American multitenant data center (MTDC) markets--including Atlanta, Boston, Miami, Montreal, Phoenix, San Diego and Toronto--are underserved but are starting to attract interest. The 100-page-plus report looks at current supply, demand and utilization metrics, sizing up each of the next 14 of the top 20 North American markets--after New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Houston and Dallas--by existing supply levels, and identi
Companies Encrypting Data, But Not Everywhere, Venafi Survey Finds
An overwhelming majority of organizations, 90%, use encryption for data security and systems authentication, according to a survey of security practices conducted on behalf of enterprise key and certificate
management firm Venafi. Moreover, the survey showed strong overall security programs in the majority of organizations.
FCoE: Standards Don't Matter; Vendor Choice Does
During the last year or so, some Fibre Channel over Ethernet experts have been arguing nuances of FCoE and which protocols you need or don’t need. FCoE interswitch interoperability? I will be old(er) and gray(er) before that happens in any meaningful way. While these are interesting discussions—if you go for that sort of thing—ultimately, they won’t impact your purchasing decisions. You are going to use whatever your SAN vendor tells you to use.
HP Introduces New Consulting Services To Bring UC Into The Enterprise
HP unveiled three new consulting services to hasten the introduction of unified communications (UC) technology into the enterprise. The services focus on delivering multiple voice communication systems; accommodating the modern workplace, where employees work remotely and from multiple locations; and making sure the network has the capacity to deliver UC, particularly videoconferencing.
Cloud-Based UC: The Race For Midmarket
A Unified communications offering based on Cisco's Hosted Collaboration Service may allow value added reseller En Point to beat Verizon and AT&T to market.
HP On Right Track With Two Network OSes
When HP completed the 3Com acquisition, it seemed obvious that the ProCurve product line was due for termination. In the last two years, HP has steadfastly continued with ProCurve and its custom ASIC development, and maintains that both the A-Series and the ProCurve occupy different spaces in the market. Maintaining two different product lines makes sense for HP and its customers.
SonicWALL Introduces Spike Licensing To Rapidly Increase SSL VPN User Capacity And Improve Disaster Recovery Capabilities
SonicWALL, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today announced availability of the SonicWALL SSL VPN 5.5 firmware for the Secure Remote Access (SRA) Series. The release significantly enhances SonicWALL's market-leading SSL VPN technology with the introduction of spike licensing, which enables network administrators to quickly and automatically increase the concurrent user capacity of their remote access solution during disaster situations. Wi
The Five Stages of IT Grief
As IT professionals, we're all occasionally thrown curve balls by our suppliers. The most recent case is VMware changing its pricing model. When changes like these happen, the Twitterverse and blogosphere go wild with posts from folks who are affected, or are afraid they'll be affected, and those posts follow a pattern very similar to Dr. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross' path for the grieving.
Making IT Where There Is (Almost) None: More On Haiti
Back in April of this year, I was part of a group that went to Haiti to work with an educational institution to rebuild its IT operations after the January 2010 earthquake. What I discovered is that there isn’t a lot to rebuild, and the creation of an IT environment largely from scratch is what is really needed.
Endace Brings Real-World Data To Network Testing
For many businesses, testing the capabilities of their networks, and the core systems that run on those networks, requires using some form of testing device to generate a load of simulated traffic to find out where and when problems will occur under heavy loads. But what if a company could use its own traffic to test its networks? The Endace Capture Replay System makes it possible to record up to 16 TBytes of a company’s network traffic and then use that recorded traffic as a basis for net
Dell Acquires Force10, Solidifies Data Center Story
Rumors about which networking company Dell was going to acquire have been silenced today with the announcement of its intent to acquire Force10. What Dell gets from Force10 is an equipment vendor that specializes in high-performance computing and has a clearly defined strategy to support cloud computing, orchestration and automation.
Google+ Has 5 Minuses
Some of the missing pieces ought to be coming soon, but how did search wind up being one of them?
Dell Kace Applies Itself To The SMB Market
Dell's Kace business unit is looking to broaden its addressable market with a line of systems management appliances that have been designed to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses. The M300 Asset Management Appliance is targeted at SMBs with 50 to 200 employees looking for simple, reliable and affordable solutions for such routine IT tasks as hardware and software inventory, software license compliance, and asset tracking and management.
vKernel Boosts Virtualization Data Management Capabilities
Virtualization Management vKernel has added an application programming interface to its Capacity Analytics Engine family of software, which allows developers, vendors, and users to write programs that take advantage of the data that is provided by the software. The vOPS API was announced at the recent Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference and is available now.
Partners And HP Make News At Cisco Live 2011
Cisco Live was not just about Cisco; the huge exposition included a broad assortment of partners, many of which had their own announcements to make at the event. Cisco Live drew more than 5,000 attendees and another 40,000 that dropped in virtually. Even HP, which was not in attendance, had something to say in response to Cisco's claims about its switches.
Nefsis Delivers Videoconferencing Infrastructure From The Cloud
Nefsis has begun offering, as a cloud-delivered service, the network connectivity and bandwidth management tools necessary to send video over corporate networks. Nefsis says that its cloud offering includes tools to maintain quality of service (QoS) standards for videoconference feeds and to help network administrators set traffic priorities that, when necessary, give video traffic right-of-way over applications such as email.
AppSense Upgrades User Virtualization Platform In 8.1 Release
AppSense, a provider of user virtualization technology to enterprise computing environments, has upgraded its flagship platform to enable workers to use a customized, personalized virtual desktop but with management features that give IT professionals the control they need.
New Fluke Networks Time Machine Speeds Up Problem Solving
Fluke Networks' latest version of its Network Time Machine (version 8) now offers both instant identification of network versus server problems and root-cause analysis of network and application problems. The all-in-one, 100% packet capture appliance reduces finger pointing and enables users to much more quickly identify the source of a problem, which means they can work on resolving it faster, says the company.
HP, Cisco Dispute Meaning Of Latest Networking Market Share Numbers
HP is touting a new set of market share numbers as evidence that it is drinking Cisco Systems' milkshake by winning network routing and switching sales away from its more established rival. But a Cisco spokesman responds that with the proper perspective, HP's boast amounts to less than meets the eye.
Cisco Unveils New Security To Thwart 'Targeted' Attacks
Cisco Systems, which reported recently that mass spam email attacks on computer users are being replaced with more sophisticated, targeted attacks, has introduced a new security technology to thwart those attacks. At its Cisco Live conference, the company unveiled Cisco IronPort Outbreak Filters, which, when spotting a suspicious email containing what might be a malware link, rewrites the link to direct it to a Cisco security tool that will determine if it is malware and, if so, block it.
Cisco Catalyst Update Lowers Cost and Triples Performance Of HP Switch
At its annual customer event, Cisco Live, Cisco said that the latest Catalyst 6500 40Gbit-ready switch features the Supervisor Engine 2T (Sup-2T), a 2-Tbit card that unlocks 80 Gbits per second per slot, 10-Gbit and 10-Gbit Ethernet line cards, IPv4 and IPv6 support from the switch's hardware platform, network virtualization capabilities, L4 to L7 integrated services modules, and application performance and visibility monitoring through a revamped NetFlow.
Lancope Unveils High-Speed StealthWatch FlowCollector 4000
Lancope, Inc., a leader in flow-based security, network and application performance monitoring, has unveiled the StealthWatch FlowCollector 4000, one of the fastest flow collectors on the market. Highly scalable to meet the needs of any enterprise, the FlowCollector (FC) 4000 increases the maximum monitoring capacity of the StealthWatch System to 3 million flows per second (fps), significantly boosting network visibility, performance and security.
Don't Get Snagged By Spear Phishers
For one growing security concern, basic security systems and good user awareness may not be enough to keep users and businesses protected. In some of the recent cases of spear phishing, even trained security personnel were tricked into surrendering personal data or infecting systems with malware.
New Polycom Videoconference System Comes With Microsoft Lync
Videoconference system vendor Polycom has introduced a new room video telepresence system that comes with the Microsoft Lync unified communications platform built right in. Because the Polycom CX7000 Unified Collaboration System features tight integration with Lync, participants in video meetings will experience the same user interface (UI) they are familiar with when using Lync on their desktop computers, as well as the familiar Polycom UI.
Broadcom Revs Up Cisco Live With Fastest CNA-Based FCoE
Promising 80% better performance over its nearest competitor and up to 1.7 million input/output operations per second, Broadcom kicked off Cisco Live with a new Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) solution on what it calls the world’s fastest Converged Network Adapter (CNA).
BeyondTrust Acquires Assets Of Likewise Software To Expand Access Management Business
BeyondTrust, a maker of identity and access management software, has acquired some of the assets of Likewise Software in order to enable access management in cross-platform environments of Windows, Linux, Unix and Mac OS X operating systems. The Likewise acquisition will also further enable BeyondTrust to protect customers in both cloud and on-premise environments.
In Search of Infrastructure Visibility
As companies get comfortable with cloud technology, even smaller organizations are venturing into the idea of having their own private clouds. This fact was corroborated by a Unisphere Research survey of 267 members of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) at the end of 2010. The survey revealed that 29% of organizations had already deployed an internal cloud, while another 15% were piloting, planning or considering private clouds.
Search Engine Poisoning: One More Thing To Worry About
A report from security firm Blue Coat Systems identifies a rising threat to computer users in the enterprise and in the home: Search Engine Poisoning (SEP), in which Web pages delivering a malware payload are made to look like legitimate pages and include keywords that would cause them to come up in search results.
ID Watchdog And AVAST Software Launch Ground-Breaking Integrated Identity Protection Suite
ID Watchdog Inc., in partnership with anti-virus leader AVAST Software, today announced the availability of its latest consumer identity theft detection feature set. ID Watchdog's proprietary identity protection and detection technology has been fully integrated into the updated version of AVAST Software's award-winning 6.0 antivirus software, available to all US consumers for free.