Expert Analysis
Content tagged with Networking posted in August 2011
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Cisco Unveils LAN For The Clouds
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Cisco is making a number of announcements at this week's VMworld, including a VLAN architecture and some UCS news. What it all comes down to is accelerating the adoption of the cloud, says the networking giant's Jackie Ross, VP for the server, access and virtualization technology group, by addressing three primary requirements: density, mobility and manageability.
Assessment: Brocade Network Subscription
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Network Subscription is an acquisition model that lets companies pay for network ports when they are used. As monthly demand changes, the port count and costs rise and fall. This is a good model for companies with large differences between normal and peak usage, though subscribers pay more over time compared with a capital purchase. It is not a fit for companies with small variations in demand. Network Subscription doesn't include Fibre Channel ports. .
Fusion-io Gives Virtualized Apps A Speed Boost
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Announced at VMworld, ioCache bundle accelerates performance and decreases hardware costs, I/O demands on shared storage.
Social Networking Policy: Must-Have Elements
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Consider this expert advice on the issues that should be addressed in enterprise social networking guidelines.
Most Businesses Experience Cyber Attacks, According To Symantec Survey
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
More than seven out of 10 businesses experienced at least some cyber attacks in 2010, with the overwhelming majority of those experiencing losses as a result, according to a Symantec survey of 3,300 businesses around the world. However, both those findings marked a decline from the previous year.
Brocade Announces Network Subscription And VDX Switches At VMworld
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
Brocade’s Network Subscription, new switches and Network Advisor enhancements are all aimed at establishing Brocade as a data and storage player in cloud infrastructure. Network Subscription brings flexible, on-demand costs to networking—as flexible as installing hardware can be—where enterprises only pay for the ports they need when they need them. The new VDX switches offer more options for Brocade's Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS), while Network Advisor catches up with compe
4 Remote IT Support Tips For SMBs
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
Stuck managing a hodgepodge of PCs and mobile devices for a spread-out team? Consider this advice.
Network Instruments Introduces Native Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
Enterprises can now directly monitor the status of their network devices, servers and applications in the cloud with the latest release of Network Instruments' Observer Infrastructure product. OI 3.0 also provides enhanced monitoring of virtual environments utilizing vBlocks, the pre-integrated, pre-configured virtual cloud environment packages from the partnership of EMC, Cisco, VMware and Intel, and FlexPod, a similar capability delivered by NetApp on Cisco network infrastructure.
HyTrust Sees Growing Virtualization Problems, Partners With CA
News  |  8/29/2011  | 
HyTrust is warning that more than 80% of organizations are not implementing virtualization and cloud infrastructure correctly, and are leaving themselves vulnerable to attack. And, in a related move, the developer of policy management and access control solutions for virtual infrastructure is also announcing a partnership with CA Technologies to improve security and compliance.
Juniper Adds AV, Scalability Enhancements To Virtual Security Gateway
News  |  8/29/2011  | 
Juniper Networks has added antivirus scanning to its security gateway for VMware environments, adding to its existing stateful firewall, IDS and compliance capabilities. The vGW Virtual Gateway, which was announced earlier this year, builds on the acquisition of virtualization security vendor Altor Networks in December 2010.
5 Ways Google Should Expand Google+
Commentary  |  8/24/2011  | 
Google has made a small stride toward integrating Google+ with Gmail. Here are five ways we'd like to see Google+ expand.
IPv6 Is Coming. Time To Get Prepared
Commentary  |  8/24/2011  | 
IPv6 is coming. Sooner or later, you will be deploying IPv6 on your network, data center, or co-lo servers. It may be a few years off--longer if your ISP has a well thought out transition strategy in place--but IPv6 is different enough that you can learn the ins and outs on a smaller network before you have to deploy it widely. If you are looking for resources, start there. If you have a good resource you want to share, send me an email and I will check it out.
Bunchball Brings Gamification To
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
Now that you've automated your sales force, Bunchball wants to help motivate them.
Twitter Co-Founder Launches New Startup: Lift
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
Biz Stone and fellow Web entrepreneurs have announced in a series of cryptic blog posts a forthcoming app aimed at "unlocking potential."
IT Management Gets SaaS Options
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
More management tools are available in the cloud, but drawbacks abound.
Cisco Jumps Into The M2M Market
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
Analysts predict that there will be 25 billion connected IP devices by 2015, with machine to machine (M2M) traffic expected to grow by 258% and the managed mobile M2M services market to be worth $20 billion by 2014. That's good enough reason for Cisco to release a new router that will extend corporate networks to billions of non-traditional IP devices such as ATMs, service vehicles, digital billboards and vending machines.
Catbird Security Integrates VMware vShield App
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
Virtualization security vendor Catbird Security is partnering with VMware to integrate VMWare vShield App firewalling capabilities into its flagship vSecurity product. The OEM deal combines vSecurity and vShield App controls into a single platform for broader security and compliance coverage and unified management.
Ruckus Raises A Ruckus With Unique Antenna Technology, New FlexConnect Feature Set
Commentary  |  8/24/2011  | 
Ruckus may not be one of the biggest companies in the WLAN market, but it is certainly among the most innovative. The Ruckus antenna story makes those of us who care about things like coverage patterns and beam forming get all tingly, and its latest client-facing feature set aims to balance extremely high performance with minimal client pain for getting securely connected in interesting new ways.
Ford Hosts Google+ Hangout Chat On Millennials
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Ford uses its unusual position as one of the first business brands on Google+ as part of seminar on marketing to the millennial generation.
5 Key Facts On Facebook Privacy Revamp
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Facebook has once again tweaked its privacy options, giving users more control. Here are the most important changes to understand.
Google+ Eye Tracking Study Shows Potential
News  |  8/22/2011  | 
Would Google+ ads would perform at least as well as those on Facebook? One study says yes.
Data Center Energy Efficiency Needs To Include Software And Networking, Expert Says
News  |  8/22/2011  | 
Enterprises have made great strides in improving the energy efficiency of processors, servers and storage technology, but an expert on eco-friendly IT says that attention also has to be paid to networking equipment and the addition of power management features to software.
You Know You're From IT In 1990s If ...
News  |  8/19/2011  | 
With a nod to the latest Facebook meme, we look back at 46 signs you worked in the tech industry two decades ago.
Enterprise Social Networking: What's The Worst Case Scenario?
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
Experts weigh in on some of the biggest social security risks that threaten enterprises and how to thwart them.
New Guidelines Address PCI Tokenization Issues
News  |  8/17/2011  | 
Companies interested in PCI tokenization are getting a helping hand from the PCI Security Standards Council, the standards body focused on the PCI DSS Standard. The council has published the PCI DSS Tokenization Guidelines Information Supplement to provide greater clarity on how specific technologies relate to the PCI Security Standards and impact PCI DSS compliance.
WebEx Drops Pricing For SMBs
Commentary  |  8/17/2011  | 
Companies get unlimited virtual meetings for up to 8 participants using the same software as large enterprises.
Avenda Upgrades NAC Scalability, Administration For RADIUS Server
News  |  8/17/2011  | 
Network access control (NAC) vendor Avenda Systems has improved scalability to support highly distributed enterprise infrastructures. eTIPS 4.0, Avenda’s RADIUS-based policy server, also adds more granular, flexible role-based administration, management support for mobile devices and expanded endpoint compliance assessment.
F5 Networks Acquires Assets And IP Of Crescendo Networks
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
Application delivery network provider F5 Networks has acquired intellectual property (IP) and certain technology assets from Crescendo Networks. Chief among the assets is a number of Crescendo Networks engineers at its headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel. The engineers will join F5 engineers already based in that city.
Lee's Diggin' Motoroogle
Commentary  |  8/16/2011  | 
The purchase of Motorola’s mobile line by Google is a good thing by any name, if you ask me. This is an issue of keeping the force in balance, of yin and yang. There are far bigger issues at work here than mere devices, and Google’s move is good for everyone.
Adtran-Bluesocket Deal A Potential Network Game Changer
News  |  8/15/2011  | 
Acquisition of Bluesocket may give Adtran a leg up in the wireless network market, say analysts.
Astute Boosts VMware I/O Performance 1,500 Percent
News  |  8/15/2011  | 
VMware-based virtualization could get a big boost with Astute Network's ViSX G3 accelerator, which provided one early adopter with 1,500% improved read performance on critical applications and accelerated performance on its most demanding VMs, as well as delivered a noticeable increase in the responsiveness of its database applications.
How To Build Your Personal Brand Using Google+
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
Don't wait for Google+ Business Profiles--use the existing platform to build your own personal brand.
Adtran/Bluesocket Deal Is A Potential Network Game Changer
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
Networking vendor Adtran has bought privately held Bluesocket, which sells wireless network solutions with virtual control, for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition includes all intellectual properties, technologies and the established customer base--more than 3,000 in 47 countries. The Bluesocket team and product portfolio will be incorporated into Adtran's Enterprise Networks Division.
LinkedIn Disavows Ads With User Pictures
News  |  8/11/2011  | 
The social network is rethinking social advertising after users object to the use of their images for promotions.
Twitter Tweaks Tabs, Adds Photo Sharing
News  |  8/11/2011  | 
New tabs aim to deliver more relevant content, while photo-sharing service could undercut third parties.
HP Labs Reveals Work On Next-Generation Network Technology
News  |  8/10/2011  | 
The HP Labs research facility is working to make IT networks faster, more scalable and more reliable, including replacing copper wire computer cables with optical interconnects. The open house at HP Labs comes as the technology giant goes after the network equipment business of industry leader Cisco Systems and as HP portrays itself as an innovator and not just a low-cost alternative to Cisco.
RIP Classic Twitter, Welcome New Twitter
News  |  8/9/2011  | 
Twitter Classic is officially retired, leaving only the new interface for all users. Here's a look at the new reality.
Datotel Uses CA Tool To Reduce Energy Consumption
News  |  8/9/2011  | 
When management suites first emerged, companies were concerned with items such as, "Is the server up or down?" or "How much network bandwidth is being used?" With those issues now sitting firmly in the rear-view mirror, businesses are looking for new types of management solutions. Datotel, an IT data center services provider, based its recent purchase on an emerging area: "We needed to get a better understanding of our energy usage," notes David Brown, president of Datotel, which now finds itsel
Zettaset Analyzes Petabytes Of Data To ID Security Risks
News  |  8/9/2011  | 
A security firm has introduced a security data warehouse stack that analyzes reams of data on a network to identify and intervene to thwart security threats. Zettaset’s software, based on the open source Hadoop software framework, mines security information from network firewalls, security devices, website traffic, business processes and other transactions.
21st Century Automation And What It Means
News  |  8/8/2011  | 
For the first time in history, we have an economic recovery without corresponding rehiring because corporate automation and other factors are allowing companies to function leaner. It’s a frightening change for some, but it also opens opportunities for IT professionals who are gifted in analytics, workflow re-engineering, vendor management and integration. One case in point is warehousing, and what has happened there to allow companies to respond rapidly to market conditions while keeping
Two Different Worlds, Two Different Wireless Networks
Commentary  |  8/8/2011  | 
Just back from a whirlwind two weeks working in both Great Britain and Haiti, and I feel compelled to reflect on the specifics and profound differences of creating WLAN environments in each location as I document the efforts. Certainly the cultures are dramatically different, but so were the solutions used, and neither is what I typically deal with in my day-to-day network administration duties. It’s been interesting, to say the least.
Why Your Organization Needs A Social Networking Policy
News  |  8/5/2011  | 
The key to striking the balance between blocking social networking altogether and giving end users free reign is strong, clear policy. But it's not just about telling users what they can't do.
New WAN Emulator Measures App Performance As Enterprises Migrate To 10-Gbps Networks
News  |  8/5/2011  | 
Apposite Technologies is introducing a new emulator appliance to test how applications work on enterprise WANs. The Apposite Netropy 10G2 WAN Emulator is designed to test applications that will run on new 10-Gbps networks. An Apposite executive says the migration from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps networks, suspended during the recession, is now picking up speed.
Should You Be Selling On Facebook? Early Lessons
News  |  8/4/2011  | 
College deal site Kembrel embeds its social store in Facebook, but doesn't insist on closing the deal there.
VMware Boosts vRAM Allocations
Commentary  |  8/4/2011  | 
In a stunningly rare example of a company actually listening to its customers, VMware has modified the license model for vSphere 5, increasing the vRAM allotments from 33% to 100%, with the biggest boosts going to the Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions. Combined with other changes, the new model seems to be enough to mollify all but the most rabid of VMware’s critics.
Skydera C3 Developer Edition Populates The Cloud With Self-Service Solutions
News  |  8/4/2011  | 
Skydera aims to make it easier to build platform-as-a-service (PaaS) systems with C3 Developer Edition, speeding up the creation and deployment of private cloud solutions.
'Operation Shady Rat' Perpetrated Five Years Of Long-Term Attacks On Government, Enterprises
News  |  8/4/2011  | 
More than 70 government agencies, large commercial enterprises and other organizations have been victims of a series of long-term targeted attacks resulting in the loss of sensitive information and intellectual property during the last five years, according to an investigation by McAfee. In a probe dubbed Operation Shady RAT, researchers gained access to one of the attack servers and obtained detailed insight into the victims, the information stolen and the methods used.
Switches: Who's On First?
News  |  8/4/2011  | 
In the conflict currently raging between HP and Cisco, both vendors are claiming victory in the enterprise switch market. As the growing propaganda broadsides include market research that can support both camps, and disputed product comparisons that feature new and not-yet-shipping products, Network Computing will try and bring a little clarity to the situation.
Facebook For Business: 5 Lessons Learned
News  |  8/3/2011  | 
Generating value from social networking requires more effort than merely launching a Facebook page. Get started with these guidelines.
Facebook, Twitter Posts Can Be Voice Recordings
News  |  8/3/2011  | 
Talk to your social media followers, directly, by phoning in posts to's free service.
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