VMware Outlines New Strategy To Deliver IT As A Service
Virtualization platform provider VMware is outlining a new strategy to take information technology to the next level, where the cloud is the new IT infrastructure for small businesses, enterprises and end users. At its VMworld 2010 conference this week in San Francisco, VMware announced acquisitions, new products and promoted the idea of IT as a service instead of IT as a cost center for businesses.
IT Is Woefully Behind Network Updates
The focus on software features and APIs in network equipment means a renewed emphasis on network maintenance that is severely lacking today. Network automation, adaptation and virtualization are increasingly focused around the software features of network equipment. The days of "speeds and feeds" have given way to the API. It is funny, I hear so much talk about APIs from network vendors that I am waiting for someone to tell me about the "Virtual, open-source, multi-port network appliance." It is
TrendMicro Adds Enhanced Host Security & New Cloud Encryption
Trend Micro is adding an anti-malware module to its host-based security product, now Deep Security 7.5, the host-based intrusion prevention product from the acquisition of Third Brigade last year. They are also introducing SecureCloud, a hosted encryption service for protecting data in the cloud. The anti-malware capability protects individual virtual machines at the hypervisor level, eliminating the need for managing agents on each client VM. SecureCloud encrypts data to and from Infrastructure
The Challenges Of VMworld
VMworld kicked off yesterday, and despite the crowd, everything seems to be under control. The media/analyst area is no exception. It is under strict control (i.e. too much), making it very difficult for industry people like myself to get information to you about what is going on at the event. VMworld organizers will let the analysts and press in the area, but not the vendors we need to speak to. Anyone see a problem with that?
VMware-based Verizon Business Service Facilitates Hybrid Cloud
An enhanced Verizon Business computing-as-a-service (CaaS) offering will enable enterprises that need to augment internal data center computing with public cloud resources to meet fluctuating business demands by leveraging VMware vCloud capabilities. The Verizon service complements the company's existing CaaS Plus Managed Services. With the new services, companies will be able to ramp up their computing capabilities to meet spikes in demand by exporting their applications to Verizon's data cente
When To Encrypt At Layer 2 Or Layer 3
Layer 2--data link layer--encryption is a high-performance security option that offers some advantages over Layer 3--networking layer--encryption in some scenarios, particularly in unified communications environments that require low-latency, high-volume data transmission. The increased availability and popularity of high-speed carrier Ethernet services provide fast, relatively cheap transmission, particularly for voice, video and other latency sensitive traffic. Enterprises can leverage more tr
Dell'Oro Group Expands Coverage On 10Gbps Ethernet Switches (10GbE)
Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, announced today that it has enhanced its reporting on the 10 Gbps Ethernet (10GE) segment of the Ethernet Switch market. This new coverage provides more insight into the fastest growing area in data center networking, including detail on 10GE purpose built top-of-rack (ToR) switches, 10GE blade switches for the data center, and a break-out of 10GE copper and fiber ports, including 10
SolarWinds Offers Free Virtualization Management Tool
SolarWinds has released a free tool, VM Console, for managing ESX-based virtual machines. VM Console can shut down and restart a VM--also known as "bouncing a VM"--and track multiple VMs from a dashboard without administrators having to log in to VMware's vCenter or vSphere. It also lets administrators track up/down status and take a snapshot to compare the VM before and after it's bounced. Administrators can also search VM names or IP addresses. The company, which develops management software s
New Cloud Security Certification Program Launches
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), an industry group seeking to promote security standards for cloud computing, is offering an online certification program beginning September 1st. The Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) is a Web-based test for competency in CSA standards for securing private, public or hybrid cloud environments. The certification test sells for $295, although CSA is offering a discounted price of $195 through the end of 2010. The nonprofit CSA, founded in early 2009
ServerEngines Acquired By Emulex
ServerEngines Corporation, a privately held, fabless semiconductor company founded in 2004 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, today announced that it has completed its acquisition by Emulex Corporation.
10GbE: Where Money Talks And Hype Walks
Nearly everyone agrees that the 10GbE adapter market will be big. The latest forecast from the Dell'Oro Group says the market will quadruple over the next four years, reaching about $800 million. It's no wonder everyone from Broadcom to Mellanox wants a piece of the action. However, no company more than Emulex has tried to position itself as "the" 10GbE adapter company. The question is, has it worked? I don't think so.
DNSSEC Key Management Spurs Managed Services
With the signing of the root zone in July, organizations have to get serious about implementing DNSSEC, which provides DNS authentication throughout the hierarchies of the Internet. But DNSSEC also layers in significant complexity and management overhead. In particular, it requires continuous maintenance in two areas: the ongoing signing of DNS records to ensure that signatures never expire and secure, efficient management of encryption keys. These challenges make DNSSEC managed services an attr
HP, Dell Lead Server Growth
The worldwide server market grew at its fast pace since 2003 in the second quarter, according to IDC, with HP and Dell gaining market share as IBM's server revenue fell.
SonicWALL Expands Smart Wireless Access SonicPoint Series For Distributed Wireless Networks
SonicWALL, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today announced the addition of two new secure wireless access points to its SonicPoint Series - the SonicPoint-Ni and SonicPoint-Ne. Designed for enterprises, SMBs and distributed wireless networks, the new devices are 802.11n compliant dual-band single radio wireless secure access points that integrate seamlessly into the existing SonicWALL TZ, Network Security Appliance (NSA) and E-Class NSA pro
Android Users Increasing Wi-Fi Use
The HTC Hero and Tatoo ranked among the smartphones consuming the most Wi-Fi bandwidth, ranging from 500 MB to 2 GB per month, reports WeFi.
Arista's VM Tracer Integrates Switching And VM Provisioning
Arista Networks' newly released VM Tracer software integrates Arista's top-of-rack switches with VMware's vCenter to fully automate network provisioning based on defined configurations in vCenter. VM Tracer simplifies virtual machine management by applying network configurations on the switch port connecting to the VMware hypervisor and by ensuring that the configuration options such as VLANs are populated throughout the network. Equally important, VM Tracer lets network administrators see, in r
NetWitness Announces New Platform Options For The Award Winning NetWitness NextGen Solution
NetWitness Corporation, the world leader in real-time network forensics and next generation network security monitoring, today announced the availability of its Series 3 appliance platforms. Designed to meet expanding operational use cases and provide a pathway for growth, the new Series 3 appliance offerings include expanded portable and branch office platforms, as well as the doubling of on-board disk storage of up to 24TB, doubling of processors of up to eight cores, and quadrupling RAM up to
BigFix Delivers New System Management Tool
System management software vendor BigFix, now part of IBM, has introduced a new version of its Unified Management Software Platform, which aims to keep multiple elements of an IT infrastructure secure and in compliance with regulations and corporate IT standards. Version 8.0 of the management platform provides one dashboard view of all the PCs, laptops, servers, point-of-sale terminals--physical or virtual--on a network. It also identifies devices that are out of compliance so that they can be f
LANDesk Acquired By Private Equity Firm
LANDesk Software, a provider of IT systems, security and service management software, has been acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, a move it says will provide it with resources and focus to better grow its business. Emerson, a technology giant with $21 billion in fiscal 2009 sales, acquired LANDesk last year as part of its purchase of Avocent, but soon realized the company wasn't a strategic fit.
Notebooks, Servers Boost Processor Sales
While shipments and revenue in the PC processor market were strong in the second quarter, some troubling signs point to slower growth in the second half of the year.
Virtual Instruments: Early Incumbents In The VIO Market
Privately held Virtual Instruments is a company to watch. The company is a 2008 spin-out of Finisar Corporation that has established early incumbency in the nascent market for Virtual Infrastructure Optimization [VIO], the next big wave in management of information technology. Founded in 2008, the company is funded by a group of highly experienced, well known IT industry veterans including CEO John Thompson. The former CEO of Symantec Corporation, Mr. Thompson played a key role in the de
Intel-McAfee Deal Is A Head Scratcher
Chipmaking giant Intel is going to acquire security software vendor McAfee for $7.68 billion, in an effort to closely align processing power and security in the next generation of Internet-connected devices. But one security software analyst doesn't see the synergy or the value of the deal to McAfee. The proposed acquisition, announced Thursday, is intended to help Intel, whose processors are largely used just in PCs and servers, power Web-connected technology in ATMs, automobiles, medical equip
Verizon Introduces iPad App For FIOS TV
The Apple iPad application makes is possible for subscribers to access programming over a Wi-Fi network and watch a different show than is being viewed through a Verizon traditional set-top box.
FCC Report Confirms Slow Broadband Speeds; Don't Panic Yet
The new FCC Broadband Performance OBI Technical Paper No. 4 is already fueling the hype machine with the headline that consumers get roughly half the stated upload and download speeds Internet service providers claim. What the FCC found simply confirms what we knew already: the speeds advertised by ISPs are not what end users actually receive, but the reality isn't as bad as the numbers suggest. The report states that 80 percent of broadband users need only four megabits per second (Mbps), whi
CA Client Manager Eases Windows 7 Migration Woes
IT organizations that have jumped operating systems in the past and are now overdue for their refresh will find migrating to Windows 7 much easier using CA's latest client manager. Baker Tilly, one of the world's largest accounting firms, was looking to update. Using CA solutions, it maximized employee productivity while migrating 2,400 users to Windows 7 in just four weeks.
FaceTime's Socialite SaaS Controls Social Media
User organizations are increasingly interested in controlling employee access to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, not only to prevent employees wasting time on such sites but also to prevent them from posting sensitive information there. FaceTime Communications Inc. has introduced a SaaS version of its Socialite software that gives IT administrators access and content-control features for these social media sites.
QLogic Enters The Ethernet Switch Market
On June 23, 2010, QLogic announced that its new FCoE ASIC, code-named Bullet, is now incorporated into the HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port modules used inside of HP blade servers. This marks an important design win for QLogic as well as a stealthy entry into the Ethernet switch market.
Replay Director 3.1 Makes Fault Isolation Easy
Replay Solutions Inc. has added log amplification and defect searching to its Replay Director 3.1, an application monitoring and software debugging product. Replay Director watches while an application runs in real time and logs what actions the application performs and what the results were. Replay calls this "log amplification," which lets users recreate any level of logs, even if the application log data was not originally generated. This is particularly useful for intermittent events where t
Sorrento Networks' GigaMux 3200 Platform Now Includes Tunable XFPs
Sorrento Networks announced today the availability of its new Tunable XFP, a new feature in its GigaMux 3200 platform for all of its 10G services. An XFP is the 10G laser signal on Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) platforms. A traditional XFP has a discrete channel assigned to it as it is manufactured. Up until now, if a WDM network had only one specific channel available, the network operator had to purchase a discrete XFP for that channel. Today, using Sorrento's world-class management s
Know Your Product's Security Capabilities
To build-out enterprises we utilize technologies in all forms. From the routers that shape the network to interrupters that understand the software powering our web servers, third parties have a hand in how secure our enterprise is. It is important when selecting third party technologies that security be kept in mind but we don't always get much of a choice. If we need a desktop operating system, we are pretty limited. If we need a widget for our website, however, we have more options. No matte