Expert Analysis
Content tagged with Networking posted in September 2011
Interop Video Previews
Commentary  |  9/30/2011  | 
Interop New York 2011 is upon us. Starting Oct. 3 and running through Oct. 7, UBM's Interop show sill be taking place at the Javits Center. It going to be a full week, starting with pre-conference days on virtualization, cloud computing and CIO boot camp. Wednesday through Friday, the conference kicks off with three full days of in-depth sessions and panels covering virtually every aspect of IT. The expo hall will be open Wednesday and Thursday so you can meet with vendors and see the latest gea
Social Sounds Sweet To A Symphony's CIO
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
San Francisco Symphony's CIO explains why IT departments can't stay in the wings while their organizations push for more honest feedback from customers.
Qlogic Fabric Freedom Equals More Convergence
Commentary  |  9/30/2011  | 
The path to converged networking has to date been driven mostly from the networking side of the street. While we can argue whether Fibre Channel over Ethernet is more Fibre Channel or Ethernet, there's no argument that Cisco has been its biggest cheerleader. Qlogic's new Fabric Freedom product line provides a more storage-centric and incremental path to converged networking by supplying ports that can switch between 16-Gbps Fibre Channel and 10-Gbps Ethernet, with or without Fibre Channel over E
CloudFlare Rolls Out Free IPv6-to-IPv4 Translation Service
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
It may take a couple of years before an organization will have to make the switch to IPv6, but there is no question that the switch will be made. And the majority of IT professionals aren't prepared. According to a recent survey, 80% of about 2,400 respondents feel they are not educated enough on the subject to perform an IPv6 migration, half don’t know which of their network elements support IPv6 today, and 70% are concerned about whether they can successfully implement an IPv6 deployment
QLogic Sets The Stage For Networking's Future
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Networking and ASIC developer QLogic is building out its Adaptive Convergence strategy with new adapters, switches and routers that power 16-Gbit Fibre Channel or 10-Gbit data center Ethernet networks from the same hardware. The company's portfolio offers "any-to-any" connectivity by building in TCP/IP, iSCSI, FCoE and native Fibre Channel. The announcements included FlexSuite adapters, Universal Access Point switches and intelligent Storage Routers (iSR).
Most Organizations Fall Short On PCI DSS, Verizon Reports
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
This year's Verizon 2011 Payment Card Industry Compliance Report validates the findings of the first report issued last year: About one in five organizations for which Verizon provided QSA services were fully compliant in their Initial Report on Compliance (IROC), but the balance were found lacking, on average passing about 80% of the QSA evaluation tests.
No One Uses GPS, Do They?
Commentary  |  9/27/2011  | 
There are some technologies that you just don't monkey with. Running water, for example. And the global positioning system that is the enabler to about a zillion different location applications found in many aspects of modern civilized life. But courtesy of newcomer 4G wannabe LightSquared, a somewhat exotic mobile network technology threatens to lay functional waste to millions of consumer, commercial and military GPS-enabled devices.
Playkast Promotes All Video Comments, All The Time
News  |  9/27/2011  | 
Embed this video player on your Website or Facebook page, and viewers can respond with their own video comments.
How To Catch Recruiters' Eyes On LinkedIn
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
Through savvy use of LinkedIn, IT pros may soon be on their way to a better job.
10 Social Networking Don'ts
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
Savvy IT pros know how to guide and support their organizations' social efforts--and know how to avoid mistakes that can cause internal and external trouble.
Liferay Portal Adds Social Features, Marketplace
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
Open source Java portal LifeRay 6.1 improves social capabilities, welcomes app developers.
Identified: Because LinkedIn Is For Old People
Commentary  |  9/23/2011  | 
Startup career site taps Facebook social and professional graphs of those too cool for LinkedIn.
Meg Whitman Replaces Apotheker As CEO At HP
News  |  9/23/2011  | 
In a surprise development, HP has named former eBay CEO Meg Whitman to replace Leo Apotheker as president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, based on disappointment in Apotheker's failure to execute on the company's new strategy. Whitman pledged support for HP's strategy of building its enterprise software business and making a decision by the end of the year on whether to spin off its Personal Systems Group (PSG), which sells desktop, laptop and tablet computers to consumers.
Proprietary Networking Kills Opportunity
News  |  9/22/2011  | 
When we ask IT about proprietary vs. standards-based purchases, the majority of responses indicate that standards are nearly always preferred. So why are the network fabrics proprietary? There is a disconnect between what we are hearing from IT and what vendors are offering, and it seems to me that vendors are collectively shooting themselves in the foot.
Email Drives Daily Deal Websites
News  |  9/21/2011  | 
Social media and email complement each other and can fuel sales on daily deal sites, according to email service provider StrongMail.
What Facebook Should Learn From George Lucas
Commentary  |  9/21/2011  | 
Facebook's latest tweaks are reminiscent of the Star Wars creator's continued changes to his iconic films: No one asked for--or wanted--them.
Bringing IPv6 To A Venue Near You
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
IPv6 is happening, worldwide. Interest groups of all sizes are needed to help spread knowledge and best practices about the implementation projects we will all eventually face.
Social Networking Policy Requires Regular Checkups
News  |  9/20/2011  | 
As social use evolves, revise your policy often--but not too often. Here's expert advice on periodic review of enterprise social networking policies.
Anue Network Monitoring Switches Handle 40G Networks
News  |  9/20/2011  | 
Anue Systems is releasing what it says is the first network monitoring switch that is intended to help manage networks of up to 40 Gbit. Network monitoring switches perform tasks such as filtering out only a particular type of network traffic and then routing it to a network monitoring tool specifically intended to manage that traffic but that might not have the capacity to handle and filter that volume of traffic itself.
Dome9 Offers Cross-Platform Cloud Security Management Service
News  |  9/20/2011  | 
Start-up Dome9 Security's SaaS offering provides centrally managed, cross-platform, native security controls for cloud-based infrastructures. The hosted service provides security for public and private cloud infrastructures, as well as for dedicated and virtual private servers (VPSes).
Probing The State Of The Flow Record Data Market
News  |  9/19/2011  | 
When it comes to network monitoring, probes appear to be an endangered species in large organizations, according to a new study from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). Conducted on behalf of Lancope, a vendor of NetFlow-based solutions, the research examined the usage, priorities and practices surrounding network-based flow data records, also known as Flow Record Data, including NetFlow, sFlow, jFlow and IPFIX.
Security: Living In A State Of Compromise
News  |  9/19/2011  | 
The bad guys appear to be winning--or, at least sharing information on vulnerabilities and attack methodologies--faster and more readily than the good guys, and the regulatory environment is lagging reality, says RSA's Chief Security Officer Eddie Schwartz. "What is out there in the public [regarding attacks] is the tip of the iceberg of what's really happening."
Google+ Releases First APIs
News  |  9/16/2011  | 
Initial set of application programming interfaces provides access to profiles and activity streams on Google+.
Extreme Networks' Pint-Sized Wireless Powerhouse
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
In this era of waning wired client connectivity, there are lots of used and vacant UTP runs scattered about. At the same time, many wireless access points are poor candidates for taking advantage of the typical knee-high data jacks that pervade most modern buildings. And then there’s the slick little Snap-On Wi-Fi access point from Extreme Networks, which brings an innovative form factor and decent feature set to market.
10 LinkedIn Tips for IT Pros
News  |  9/16/2011  | 
Your career arguably depends on your LinkedIn presence. Here are 10 tips for making the most savvy use of the business social network.
Facebook Subscribe Changes Personal Profile Rules
News  |  9/15/2011  | 
For the first time, you can have others follow your personal profile without a reciprocal "friend" connection.
Tufin Looks To Take Firewall Management To The Next Level
News  |  9/15/2011  | 
Tufin Technologies has long offered tools for managing firewalls and has even provided capabilities to monitor next-generation, application-aware firewalls. But with the release of the Tufin Security Suite 6.0, the company makes it possible to directly set and define next-generation firewall policies from their management tools.
5 Facebook Rules Retailers Need To Know
News  |  9/14/2011  | 
Buddy Media combs its logs for what--and when--to post to win customers and avoid being ignored as spam.
13 Must Have Android Tools For IT
Slideshows  |  9/14/2011  | 
Put your Android phone to work with these handy utilities.
Blue Coat Triples Cache Performance
News  |  9/14/2011  | 
A leader in the WAN optimization controller market, Blue Coat Systems is supercharging its CacheFlow 5000 appliance with more than three times greater throughput and cache storage in the same 4U footprint. Targeted at service providers, and now shipping with IPv6 support, the upgrade is intended to address the explosion of rich Web 2.0 content, especially videos and large files that are "severely straining service provider networks, making it challenging to both provide a top-quality user experi
Cisco Rolls Out IPv6-Ready Carrier-Class Routers
News  |  9/13/2011  | 
Cisco has announced three additions to its ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers System portfolio. As with all of its new releases, the latest service provider offerings are IPv6-ready, but it's the mobile solution that is expected to be the big draw initially. The network giant says the proliferation of mobile Internet services and devices such as tablets and smartphones are fueling demand for bandwidth and quality experiences.
Co3 Tackles One Of Security's Hidden Costs
News  |  9/12/2011  | 
Billions are being spent annually on protecting information, but Co3 Systems is offering a unique solution for what to do after a data breach occurs. The Cambridge, Mass., software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup is announcing an automated, repeatable way to prepare for data loss events, assess their potential impact, and generate and manage incident response plans more efficiently. Its solution can cut incident response process time by as much as half, and can significantly reduce the risk, expense
HP Shakes Up Security Market
News  |  9/12/2011  | 
While HP has caused a furor with the uncertain future of its PC business, what is clear is its desire to be a player in the enterprise security market. The world's largest IT vendor is making a number of announcements around its Enterprise Security Solutions portfolio that will provide the required protection combined with access to the right assets without compromising risk.
Certificate Authority Compromises Are Global In Reach
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
There has already been a lot written about the compromise at DigiNotar, GlobalSign and Comodo. One day we will look at the summer of 2011 as the time when the PKI collapsed. That's not hyperbole. The problems with certificate authorities and the inherent weakness they present have been known for years--a fact we alluded to as far back as 1997. Browsers accept certificates as trusted in that they have the signing CA certificate in their local browser store. Browsers do not check that a particular
How To Prep For The Google+ API
News  |  9/8/2011  | 
As programming access to the Google social network nears, here are some steps you can take to get ready.
5 Ways Social Will Change The IT Profession
News  |  9/8/2011  | 
Social networking changes the way that companies do business--and the way that the IT department delivers support and value.
Imperva Unveils Scalable Cloud-Based DDoS Protection
News  |  9/7/2011  | 
Imperva is launching a new subscription service, starting at $12,000 a year, that will provide protection against the majority of DDoS attacks, says Rob Rachwald, director of security strategies. Powered by Imperva’s cloud-based subsidiary Incapsula and scaling up to 4 Gbps, key capabilities include defense against all types of DDoS threats, including network-based attacks, like SYN or UDP floods, and application attacks.
Automation and Orchestration
News  |  9/7/2011  | 
Now that virtualization is either implemented or under way at most organizations, vendors are focusing on orchestration and automation of their infrastructure to extract pounds instead of pennies from their customers. The vision that is espoused by vendors goes something like this: Companies are spending time and resources to build servers, script OS and application installations, make storage array and network configuration changes, deliver firewall rules etc., etc. If only we had some clever s
GlobalSign Puts Holds On New Certificates Pending Security Investigation
News  |  9/7/2011  | 
After boasts by the Comodo hacker that he'd compromised GlobalSign, the certificate authority (CA) on Tuesday announced that it would temporarily cease issuing any new certificates.
How Google+ Suggested User List Works
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
Here are tips for getting on--or off--the Google+ suggested user list. Hint: Being a celebrity helps.
Certificate Authority Hack Points To Bigger Problems
Commentary  |  9/6/2011  | 
What with hurricanes, earthquakes and Kardashian weddings dominating recent media coverage, you may have missed the news about a recent security breach that clearly displayed a serious weakness in one of the core security mechanisms of the Internet.
Build Your Social Applications With Open Source
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
Author of Programming Social Applications discusses his favorite social open standards and open source tools.
Brocade Debuts Subscription Pricing For Network Infrastructure
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
Also unveils new Fibre Channel, Ethernet switches for converged fabrics.
HP Continues To Nip At Cisco's Heels In Q2 Enterprise WLAN Sales
News  |  9/4/2011  | 
The enterprise accounted for almost half of the very robust wireless LAN revenues in the second quarter, according to two new reports. Dell'Oro Group put the market growth at 24%, driven in large part by the enterprise segment, which surged 40%. IDC reported year-over-year revenue growth of 29.7% for the overall market, reaching $1.52 billion, and up 13.4% from the first quarter. Enterprise spending grew 43.4% year over year to nearly $725 million, and 21.9% quarter on quarter.
Why Storage Performance Metrics Mean Little
Commentary  |  9/2/2011  | 
Storage performance benchmarks only show you what the systems can do if the organization has an unlimited IT budget.
Trend Micro Looks To Secure Cloud And Virtual Systems
News  |  9/2/2011  | 
While security concerns don’t always get the attention they deserve in discussions about the cloud and virtual infrastructures, this week’s VMworld 2011 conference saw an increased interest in security solutions. Joining this trend was security vendor Trend Micro, which announced Deep Security 8, a product that adds increased capabilities for monitoring and securing virtual environments.
IPv6 Design: Forget The IPv4 Rules
Commentary  |  9/2/2011  | 
You've acquired a nice new IPv6 address block, and now you need to come up with an IPv6 address allocation design for your network. If there is one bit of advice I can offer you as you begin your IPv6 address design, it's this: Abandon almost everything you've learned about IPv4 address design. Throw it right out the window.
VKernel Boosts VM Management With Version 4 Of Its vOperations Suite
News  |  9/2/2011  | 
Virtualization management software vendor VKernel has announced version 4 of its vOperations Suite software, which adds support for the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor, a visualization engine called vSCOPE and a virtualization cost index called vCI to help IT administrators get more information about virtual machine (VM) performance, capacity and cost across data centers, resources and hypervisors. The software now also includes Smart Business Views, which lets IT administrators build collections o
Hacking Everything
Commentary  |  9/1/2011  | 
Here’s a puzzle for you: What do a new Dodge Ram pickup truck, a digital road sign, a young English lady’s cell phone and a modern lighting control system have in common? They’re not all necessarily made in the same Third World country, if that’s what you’re thinking. But they are all exploitable by virtue of their network connectivity, and the implications can be quite worrisome.

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