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Content tagged with Networking posted in September 2010
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The IT Pro Ranking: Networking Vendors
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
Here's how InformationWeek readers rank data center networking vendors.
Executives Demand Communications Arsenal
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
Plantronics finds business professionals use a wide variety of technologies to stay in contact with colleagues in and out of the office.
Q1 Labs Provides Insight into Social Media Activity
News  |  9/30/2010  | 
This week Q1 Labs released version 7.0 of QRadar. The software combines security event and information management (SIEM) with network behavior anomaly detection (NBAD) to help IT detect unwanted or malicious activity on the network. The latest version gives administrators visibility into social media use in the enterprise, where such use raises concerns around security, compliance and productivity. QRadar monitors and reports on user activity on hundreds of social media sites, such as Facebook,
The Case For Outbound Filtering
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
We filter and block what comes into our networks, but often forget about what goes out. Attackers know this, and their attack plans even rely on it. Malware that has compromised an internal machine is often programmed to connect to a command-and-control system that resides outside the enterprise. And of course, attackers use outbound connections to transmit stolen data to their own repositories.
Avaya, Skype Partner On Business Communications
News  |  9/29/2010  | 
Quieting speculation that Cisco was considering acquiring Skype, the first phase of the partnership will provide a SIP communications channel between Skype and Avaya communications systems.
Impulse Point 5.0 Improves Aruba Wireless Security
News  |  9/28/2010  | 
Impulse Point, a company whose technology provides network access control (NAC), has introduced an upgrade of its SafeConnect service that regulates access to wireless networks. Impulse, which began serving college campuses where students seek wireless connectivity for myriad devices, is now selling to the enterprise markets as employees in the workplace seek to do the same.
IBM To Acquire Networking Specialist
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Blade Network Technologies bid shows Big Blue is stocking up on edge offerings as rivals also round out their portfolios.
Ericsson To Acquire Nortel Unit For $65 Million
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Cash purchase of Nortel's multi-service switch business will strengthen Ericsson's CDMA innovation, said a company official.
HP Achieves Breakthrough: Core Of Its Six Internal Data Centers Now "Cisco Free"
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
PALO ALTO, Calif.(BUSINESS WIRE) HP today announced that all six of its internal next-generation data centers are now running company operations worldwide on HP Networking solutions. In less than six months, HP IT engineers have replaced all of the non-HP core wide-area-network (WAN) routers and switches connecting the six data centers to each other and the internet. They also installed 75 HP A-series routers and switches and upgraded and replaced 30 circuits, with no data center downtime.
Edge Logic Simplified With Mirror Image Internet's Edge Computing Framework
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Mirror Image Internet, a leading provider of content delivery solutions powered by a patented global network, today announced the availability of its Edge Computing Framework (ECF), enabling businesses to quickly and easily execute custom edge logic on Mirror Image's content delivery network. Mirror Image's ECF can detect a wide range of conditions and settings associated with online visitors and execute logic which drives actions in real time at the edge of the network, increasing scalability w
Vitesse Delivers Lowest Power Carrier Ethernet Functionality For Stackable Enterprise Applications
News  |  9/27/2010  | 
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation, a leading provider of advanced IC solutions for Carrier and Enterprise networks, today introduced a simplified, low-power solution for high-density Gigabit Ethernet(GE) switching with its VSC7432 (E-StaX-III-48) and VSC7434 (E-StaX-III-68). When combined with Vitesse's SimpliPHY GE PHYs, the E-StaX-III GE switch engines set a new benchmark, delivering 30 percent lower power consumption than competitive solutions in a three-chip design, and making them ideal for
Building Reliability Into IT
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
There's a lot to like about Twitter; for me, the interesting discussions that crop up are a main draw. This was especially true recently, regarding a conversation about the foundations and premises of cloud computing. The discussion (sorry, I have yet to find a way to retrieve an entire Twitter thread) started with Sam Johnston saying "Legacy: unreliable software on reliable hardware. Cloud: reliable software on unreliable hardware." That's the kind of loaded statement Johnston likes to throw o
Broadcom Doubles VMware CPU Efficiency
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
A few weeks ago, VMware announced that vSphere 4.1 enables 10Gb iSCSI hardware offload in the Broadcom 957711 Converged NIC (C-NIC). Before VMware supported 10Gb iSCSI offload, data center managers connected their VMware servers to 10Gb iSCSI SANs using a combination of NIC hardware and fat iSCSI device drivers, a configuration where most of the iSCSI protocol processing is done by the VMware server. Now with vSphere 4.1, VMware supports the latest generation of converged C-NICs that use thin iS
FCC Approves 'White Spaces'
News  |  9/23/2010  | 
The so-called "super Wi-Fi" technology is the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use in more than 20 years.
ElcomSoft Releases An All-in-One Wi-Fi Cracking Solution
News  |  9/23/2010  | 
ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. upgrades Wireless Security Auditor, a wireless key recovery solution for Wi-Fi networks, to being a true all-in-one wireless cracking solution. Elcomsoft Wireless Security Auditor can automatically locate wireless networks, intercept data packets, and crack WPA/WPA2 PSK passwords. Adding the support of AirPCap family Wi-Fi adapters, ElcomSoft Wi-Fi password recovery tool turns any modern laptop with discrete graphics into a mobile wireless security audit system, and provides m
AccelOps "All In One" Infrastructure Monitoring
News  |  9/23/2010  | 
Targeted at service providers and large enterprises, AccelOps 2.1 SP (Service Provider) edition is a data center and cloud service monitoring solution that delivers operational intelligence and automation to enable service providers and large enterprises to meet service-level-agreement (SLA) commitments, reduce costs and capitalize on service opportunities. Starting at $60,000 and available as a virtual appliance or SaaS, it consists of the SIEM (Security Information Event Management) SP Module,
Cisco Expands SMB Offerings
News  |  9/22/2010  | 
Video monitoring, managed network switches and IP phones are among the products and services the networking provider has introduced for small and midsize businesses.
ArcSight Offers Log Management Software For $49
News  |  9/22/2010  | 
ArcSight has announced the 5.0 version of its Logger log management software. Logger 5 stores and indexes logs from more than 300 sources, such as firewalls, network devices and more. It includes structured and unstructured search capabilities, allowing IT to run queries against the logs for troubleshooting, investigations and other uses. ArcSight offers an introductory version of the software for $49, which lets customers collect up to 750Mbytes of log data per day from as many as 10 devices, f
ONPATH Expands Portfolio With High Performance Connectivity And Monitoring Solution
News  |  9/21/2010  | 
ONPATH Technologies, the leader in scalable connectivity and monitoring solutions for high performance networks, today announced the release of the ONPATH Universal Connectivity System (UCS) 3900, a complete family of highly flexible, scalable physical layer switching systems designed to accommodate high-performance connectivity and monitoring applications. With the addition of the 3900 to the company's UCS product suite, ONPATH now offers the most scalable, secure, future-proof solutions in the
Broadband Use In China Soars, U.S. Slows
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
Worldwide, broadband subscriber lines now exceed 500 million with China accounting for 43% of the new subscriptions added in the second quarter of 2010, according to the Broadband Forum.
HP CEO Search Focusing On Internal Candidates
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
David Donatelli, Ann Livermore, Vyomesh Joshi and Todd Bradley are among the current HP executives reported to be in the running to take the helm.
ArcSight Announces Industry-Leading Universal Log Management Solution, Logger 5.0
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
ArcSight, Inc., a leading global provider of cybersecurity and compliance solutions, today announced an industry-leading Universal Log Management solution, Logger 5.0, for security, compliance and IT operations. The solution enables organizations to capture, store and search on any type of information, anytime.
Telco Systems Announces New Service Management Platform
News  |  9/20/2010  | 
In order to overcome the service deployment and management challenges faced by providers in their IP and Carrier Ethernet networks, Telco Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of BATM Advanced Communications (London stock exchange BVC), has announced a new service management platform which addresses full life cycle deployment of services in Carrier Ethernet and MPLS edge networks. Telco Systems' EdgeGenie Service Management System revolutionizes the way providers manage the Ethernet edge network.
Report States Web Attacks Becoming More Sophisticated
News  |  9/17/2010  | 
A new security research report shows that cyber-criminals are developing more sophisticated attacks on computer networks. The most vulnerable targets are Web-based software applications. "The Top Cyber Security Risks Report" recommends that networks adopt a "smartphone model," such as on Apple's iPhone, where only vetted and secure executable code is allowed, adopt stronger configuration management practices, be careful about adopting Web-based apps, as that's where most of the new attacks occur
AT&T Says LTE Roll-Out Coming Mid-2011
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
An AT&T executive said Thursday that its 4G Long Term Evolution network is scheduled for a launch by the middle of 2011.
Verizon On Track For 4G LTE Rollout
News  |  9/16/2010  | 
The high-speed long-term evolution network will launch this year in 30 U.S. cities, with the country covered by 2013, said a company executive.
Avaya Announces Android Video Communications Products, Services
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
The Avaya Desktop Video Device, a tablet running the company's Flare software, offers users a "touch and swipe" interface for communicating in different modes, including video, voice and text.
Researcher Pins Broadband Price Stagnation On Supplier's Market
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
With only two wireline providers and no government incentive to lower consumer costs, competition is based on features, not pricing, finds Northwestern professor.
Brocade's MLXe And 100Gb: Bigger, Faster, Denser
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
Brocade is announcing a new switch chassis, the MLXe, that has more capacity than older models and a dual-port 100Gb line card that the company claims is 1/8 of the price expected by the market, though competitors will eventually catch up. The hardware announcements are focused on speeds and feeds at lower price points, but equally interesting for enterprises is Brocade's unified management platform of data, storage and wireless networking into a single management platform and Brocade's integra
Brocade Announces Unified Management Software
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
Brocade has announced Network Advisor, new software that provides a single management console across the company's product lines, including SAN switches, Ethernet switches and WLANs. Network Advisor also supports Fibre Channel, FCoE, IP and MPLS. The offering unites the company's previously separate management products, Brocade Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) and IronView Network Manager (INM), which came from the 2008 acquisition of Foundry Networks. In addition to managing its own products,
Novell's Cloud Manager Runs Private Clouds
News  |  9/15/2010  | 
Software maker Novell has introduced Novell Cloud Manager to help businesses create and then manage private cloud environments in their own data centers. Novell officials stress that their software is ideal for heterogeneous data centers populated by multiple brands of hypervisors, operating systems, application software and hardware, and that Cloud Manager will help private clouds serve as a stepping stone to adoption of public cloud computing down the road.
Chattanooga Launches 1 Gbps Broadband Service
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
Alcatel-Lucent built the passive optical network infrastructure, which covers a 600-square-mile area and delivers the fastest Internet service in the U.S.
Sentrigo Combines Database Vulnerability Scanning With Activity Monitoring
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
Sentrigo's new, integrated database discovery and vulnerability assessment scanner addresses corporate security and compliance requirements for locating important data across the enterprise and uncovering and remediating issues that could lead to compromise and data breach. Inclusion of the new Hedgehog DBscanner is the major enhancement in Hedgehog Enterprise 4.0, Sentrigo's flagship database activity monitoring and intrusion prevention suite. DBscanner, which is also available as a stand-alone
Ether2 Launches 'The Q.' To Resolve Network Bandwidth Bottlenecks
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
Today Ether2 launched "The Q." at Fall Demo 2010. The Q. is a breakthrough network technology that eliminates bottlenecks by applying broadcasting economies to broadband communications. Like original TV and radio, The Q. enables an unlimited number of users to share the network without incurring additional overhead.
Cisco's Unified Network Services Embeds Security, Optimization In The Network
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
As part of Cisco's Data Center Business Advantage, the company is announcing two virtual services products, the Virtual Security Gateway (VSG), originally announced at VMworld 2010, and virtual Wide Area Application Services (vWAAS). VSG and vWAAS are Cisco's first offerings that provide application services embedded in the virtual network. They are tightly coupled to individual virtual machines through a policy-based management framework that can be applied to both virtual machines in the loca
Cisco's Big Plans: Data Center Business Advantage
News  |  9/14/2010  | 
Cisco is revamping its data center go-to market strategy from Data Center 3.0, which was focused on data center technologies to Data Center Business Advantage. The program positions various technology strategies under a common umbrella of solutions from networking through application delivery. The strategy rests on three pillars: Unified Fabric, which defines data and storage networking; Unified Network Services, which includes security services, application delivery, and network design and cons
Paetec To Acquire Cavalier Telephone
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
The $460 million all-cash deal would broaden Paetec's service area to include operations in 86 of the top 100 U.S. metropolitan areas.
FCC Expected To Approve White Spaces
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
Microsoft and Google have both been testing white spaces networks though estimates of when devices capable of using the spectrum might reach the market vary widely.
Microsoft Launches Massive Wireless Hotspot
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
The "White-Fi" network on the company's Redmond, Wash. campus runs over white space spectrum left over from the conversion of TV signals from analog to digital.
Pros And Cons Of HP's ArcSight Acquisition
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
Having just outbid Dell for 3Par by more than doubling the initial agreed-upon price--$2.4 billion versus $1.15 billion--HP is back at it, offering $1.5 billion for ArcSight Inc. According to analysts, HP paid a very stiff premium to outbid Dell, more than 14.9x 3Par's book value, 342.3x its cash flow and 10.1x its sales. Based on ArcSight's latest financial results, HP is again paying top dollar to expand its security portfolio. Its fiscal first quarter ended July 31, 2010, and ArcSight report
HP To Buy ArcSight For $1.5 Billion
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
Acquisition will further bolster Hewlett-Packard's enterprise security services portfolio.
ADTRAN Expands Fiber-to-the-Premises Portfolio With Advanced Active Ethernet Solutions
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
ADTRAN, Inc., a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced the addition of a portfolio of advanced Active Ethernet solutions to its Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) offering. The Active Ethernet solutions include a new Total Access 5000 Optical Line Terminal (OLT) and an enhanced suite of new Total Access 300 Series Optical Network Terminals (ONTs). Active Ethernet is the latest addition to the broad portfolio of capabilities offered by the Total Access 5000 Multi-Serv
Vitesse Adds To Synchronous Ethernet Portfolio With Dual-Port Gigabit Ethernet PHY
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation, a leading provider of advanced IC solutions for Carrier and Enterprise networks, is addressing the cost and power optimization needs in wireless base station and mobile backhaul markets by offering a two-port version of its popular SimpliPHY VSC8664 Quad PHY-layer device. The new VSC8662 is ideal for lower cost, lower power, and lower port count wireless and access equipment requiring Carrier Ethernet features such as timing synchronization across links.
StillSecure's PCI Compliant Managed Service
News  |  9/13/2010  | 
StillSecure is offering a PCI-specific managed services package, PCI Complete, that secures credit card data processing, policy and process controls, and other security technologies required by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Companies can leverage PCI Complete through their own data centers, across the corporate WAN, or in hosted data centers owned by ViaWest. StillSecure says other data center hosting partners will be announced.
IBM Sues Exec Who Jumped To CSC
News  |  9/10/2010  | 
Big Blue claims former VP David Zolet welched on a $350,000 signing bonus.
Apace Packages Private Media Cloud In An Appliance For Global IP And Mobile Access
News  |  9/10/2010  | 
Apace Systems Corporation, a leading media workflow and storage solution provider for media content creation, distribution and archive, announces immediate availability of its uTube in the Box, its advanced collaborative media access platform for interactive global access, search/query, and two-way collaborative communication via video accessible over private and public IP networks.
Cautious Optimism Drives IT Employment Growth
News  |  9/10/2010  | 
U.S. CIOs appear to be bullish going into the fourth quarter, with 45 percent more confident about investing in IT against 18 percent that are less confident, with 36 percent sitting in the middle, according to the latest Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report. They're less optimistic about hiring, with only 9 percent planning to add IT staff, compared to 6 percent that foresee cutbacks before year-end. The survey is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from
Are The Networking Leaders Ready For A Shakeup?
Commentary  |  9/10/2010  | 
Being the market leader has its advantages. You set the agenda, for instance, but every so often the agenda is driven by outside forces. In technology, this happens when a new standard is going to become widely adopted, and at that point there is a chance for one of the third or forth-place companies to become the new leader. We saw this when storage area networking came to prominence, and we may be seeing it again as we potentially reach the end of spanning tree protocol (STP).
iPod Touch 4G Gets Price Cut
News  |  9/9/2010  | 
Consumers looking to save when purchasing the new iPod touch won't get the best deal from Apple.
The Deal On FCoE
Commentary  |  9/9/2010  | 
In the 500 or so years it feels like I've been working with computers of one sort or another, I've noticed that shiny new technologies follow similar trajectories. With FCoE, we've reached what Gartner calls the "Peak of Inflated Expectations," and what I call the "ATM Can Fix Everything" moment, named after the timely combination of IBM introducing desktop ATM cards and a Visa commercial in the mid 1990s. As we head towards the "Trough of Disillusionment" we need to take a good hard look at whe
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