Juniper and Cisco Square Off in Enterprise Switching Ring
How intense is the rivalry between Cisco and Juniper. One day after Cisco made its most significant switch announcement in years, Juniper followed with its own magnum opus. Coincidence? Hardly, but a competition that will benefit small and medium businesses.
vThere: A Fine Model Mashup
Sentillion saw a business opportunity, talked to its customers, and mashed up a novel solution to a problem that already had a couple of "answers."...
Juniper's NAC Strategy, Refined
Juniper's switch announcement is raising a lot of eyebrows. Many in the industry point to this announcement as the play Juniper needed to make to get into the enterprise. The switches -- at first blush -- look like any other switch supporting the common layer two and three protocols.
Poking Cisco In The Eye
Cisco frowns on resellers of used network hardware because it doesn???t get a cut of aftermarket sales. Network Hardware Resale (NHR), a prominent reseller, is going a step further by offering an alternative to Cisco???s SMARTnet maintenance service -- a...
The Integration of Storage and Switching Takes a Giant Step Forward
At one time, networking functions were placed in stand-alone devices. Recently, suppliers tried to reduce the number of products needed ï¿¼ and simplify deployment and maintenance -- by integrating different functions into one device, a trend industry giant Cisco heartily endorsed.
Today was one of those days that makes you wonder 'just how may PR firms are working the virtualization sector?'
Full Nelson: Cisco's Nexus -- Because They Can
Cisco's brand-new Nexus 7000, a big, honkin' data center switch that unifies Ethernet and Fibre Channel onto one platform, is about everything relevant to the data center and then some.
Happy Data Privacy Day!
The United States and Canada have joined 27 European countries to acknowledge Data Privacy Day. It's a shame we need to, but it's a testament of the kind of world we live in.
Trying To Have It Both Ways
Shimel's latest blog post takes vendors to task that have added NAC functionality to their existing product line and specifically goes after LANDesk's NAC which, he states, is an afterthought. Shimel has often said that host assessment is critical to NAC.
SunGard On Virtualization? 'Been Doing It For Years'
I spoke with Don Norbeck out of Wayne, Pa., this morning. He's director of product development for SunGard Availability Services, though a more appropriate title might be SunGard Virtualization Guru. Or Evangelist.
No iSCSI Love From Apple
I'm not ready to drop $200 for a Leopard-friendly iSCSI initiator for the test lab. Aside from writing our own it looks like Atto Technology's Xtend SAN is the only game in town.
Leaky Nuke Lab Is Poor Endorsement For A Security Product
A new startup has licensed technology from Los Alamos National Laboratory to help enterprises respond to security incidents. But does the company really want to be associated with a lab that routinely mishandles nuclear weapons secrets?...
LeftHand Helps Spin Straw Into Gold
Alright, no actual transmutation occurs, but LeftHand Networks can help customers repurpose existing x86 storage into iSCSI SANs with its Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) for ESX....
Virtualized Stock-Option Dates?
Stay with me for a minute. I was going to write on topic about storage options for virtualized environments but got led astray by current events....
NAC And The Hypervisor
Chris Hoff points out a limitation with NAC appliances and virtualization. But the example he describes is somewhat silly when compared with how virtualization and NAC are deployed.
Hip To Be Square
ASG released Version 7 of ASG-becubic, focused on Application Portfolio Management.
Vernier Networks Video Review
Vernier Networks video review segments. The videos illustrate the points we make in print and provide you visual context for the review.
ConSentry Video Review
ConSentry Networks video review segments. The videos illustrate the points we make in print and provide you visual context for the review.
NAC Video Reviews Are Here
Adding to our ever-expanding coverage on network access control products, I am starting to post video reviews of the products we have in the lab and should complement our print and online reviews.
Lower-Powered 802.11n Chipset Makes Necessary Compromises
Powering the new enterprise-grade 802.11n access points continues to be one of the necessary talking points for vendors and an item of concern for enterprises. That's interesting because, before 802.11n, powering APs hasn't really been a significant discussion item. Some...
EMC To Sell Flash Memory To Enterprise
The sad truth is that every computing problem has at least one performance bottleneck. Those of us lucky enough to run applications where the slowest component of the chain is the user don't often have to worry about it....
Virtualization Blogging For Fun And Profit
I???ve had a number of recent requests for additional virtualization sites and resources. While I???m reluctant to admit that one might need to find valuable info outside of Network Computing or InformationWeek, read on to find my favorite bloggers and vendor sites on the topic.
Keeping IT Awake All Night
The SANS Institute's Top 10 Menaces of 2008, developed by panel of security experts, predicts key threats in 2008.
Following Up With Paul Marcoux
Last week I blogged about conflicting reports on new plans laid out by Cisco's new Green Guru, Paul Marcoux. I had a chance to catch up with Paul this morning -- here's what I learned....
Strange goings on in cyberspace as Second Life gets tough on virtual banks
Parallels Server Public Beta
Mac admins rejoice. Others may want to read, too. SWSoft/Parallels has just released the first virtualization platform for hosting Mac OS on Apple/Intel hardware. Yes, it does Windows, too. Oh, and it runs on non-Apple hardware, with a catch.