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Content posted in October 2010
Now We Know What Dell Will Do
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
Back on September 29th, Dell announced new capabilities and services to its Virtual Integrated System (VIS) architecture. A few days before VMworld I met with senior Dell representatives in San Francisco where they explained VIS and how well the overall architecture and combined Dell services have enabled their customers to heavily leverage virtual technologies. Dell customer Black Board attended this meeting providing testimonial on the implementation of the VIS architecture and that they are
IBM's DS8800: Latest Flagship Enterprise-class Disk System DS8800
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
The last blog covered the new Storwize V7000 midrange storage system. This blog covers the enterprise-class disk system announcement that IBM made at its recent New York City storage announcements, the DS8800. The new system introduced at the New York City event represents the 4th generation in IBM's DS8000 enterprise disk platform which began in 2004. Now while their sheer size makes disk enterprise disk systems appear visually and viscerally as hardware devices, they are actually tightly integ
Schwartz On Security: Zombie Internet 'Kill Switch'
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Surgically disabling crucial parts of the Internet is folly, our columnist argues, no matter the powers supposedly bestowed by legislators.
SAP Bullish Despite Q3 Shortfall
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Google Chrome 7 Is Just A Tune-Up
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
HP Introduces Slate 500 Tablet
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Interop Special Report
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
ForeScout Offers Defense Against Unknown Device Sprawl
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Like the rest of us in IT, ForeScout has watched the reign of the wired Ethernet host morph into a wireless-heavy landscape. Networks that were once tightly controlled in both reach and device count are becoming the minority as more environments realize that they have little choice but to accomodate the rush of wireless devices that departments and individuals expect to be able to leverage on the Enterprise WLAN. As an out-of-band Network Access Control solution, ForeScout seeks to be the gateke
Encrypt SAN Data At The Host? Emulex Says Yes
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Whether it's fear of losing valuable or embarrassing data or just playing it safe, the security folks in your organization are probably encouraging you to encrypt as much of your data as possible both in flight and at rest. Emulex's newest encrypting Fibre Channel HBAs (Host Bus Adapters) adds another arrow to storage admin's quiver for encrypting your data and tracking the all important keys.
Why Cloud Security Worries Are Overblown
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
Oracle's Larry Ellison can question the security of today's multi-tenant applications, but there's no denying that it's the wave of the future and it's only going to get stronger.
Releasing Firesheep: Right Intention, Wrong Action
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
Eric Butler released Firesheep, a Firefox extension that makes stealing others' Web sessions trivial. Firesheep steals the cookies associated with a user session and then uses the cookie to let you, the attacker, start a new HTTP session impersonating the victim. It's trivial. All you need is to be able to sniff the traffic over the air or off the wire. I spent all of 3 minutes downloading and installing Firesheep before I hijacked my wife's Facebook session. It also works on other common socia
Greenplum: EMC's Latest Plum?
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
In late July, EMC announced the acquisition of Greenplum, the company's entry into the data warehousing and analytics market. Greenplum uses a massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture and Scatter/Gather Streaming technologies to help computing keep up with ever larger data flows.
Data Center Top Of Mind At Interop 2010
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
Our intrepid Syracuse graduates students Harshit Kapoor, Anirudh Nagesh, Shruti Worlikar, Lingwen Zzhang returned with more reports from Interop. Cloud computing and data center are top of mind for organizations and there was no shortage sessions dedicated to dusting out the corners. But let's not forget that there is more to IT than the data center. Mobile applications are becoming key IT innovations.
The Storage World Goes Xeon
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
Just a few years ago there was a clear division between storage products, like Windows Storage Server based NAS appliances, which were based on industry standard server platforms, and what the steely-eyed storage admin considered real hardware. Real hardware used custom ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuit), RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) processor and protocol offloads and other proprietary hardware to deliver at least midrange performance and reliability. Today the trend i
What I Learned At Interop
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
Network Computing has had a long and fruitful relationship with Syracuse University. Dave Molta, who was at various times my professor, colleague and boss, brought Network Computing to the university about 15 years ago. We still have close ties. I teach a graduate course in network security, and we provide opportunities to graduate students to come to Interop and immerse themselves in the state of our industry. This year, Harshit Kapoor, a grad student in the Telecommunications and Network Manag
What's Right And Wrong About IOV On The Motherboard
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
Two months ago we were talking about when IOV would make it to the motherboard. Representatives from Xsigo played down the whole concept, arguing it was still premature . Perhaps they were right, or perhaps it was just misdirection on the part of Jon Toor, vice president of marketing at Xsigo, because buried in the details of HP's new server introduction, the SL6500 was IOV on the motherboard. The back and forth illustrates what's right and wrong in today's IOV world.
BelAir Makes Wireless Worlds Collide
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
What do you do if you're a mobile carrier and hundreds of users swamp your carefully designed cell at Times Square? If you're AT&T, you cozy up to BelAir Networks and let them solve your problem, with a methodology that is currying increasing favor as the number of smart-phone equipped mobile users continues to explode.
Storwize V7000 IBM's Brand New Midrange Storage Array
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
IBM recently held a fall storage event for press and analysts at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Although a number of updates were discussed, the focus of the event was around the two biggest announcements: the introduction of a new midrange storage product, the IBM Storwize V7000, and the latest model in IBM's enterprise-class disk storage systems, the DS8800. This blog will cover the Storwize V7000.
Faster Fibre Channel, Slower Adoption
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
Then there's the pressure from the various 10Gbps Ethernet storage technologies. Smaller organizations that may have implemented Fibre Channel in the past can use NFS or iSCSI over 10Gbps Ethernet while large enterprises can use FCoE and retain the Fibre Channel management tools they've been using. These factors, along with server virtualization, will reduce Fibre Channel port sales, leaving a smaller number of ports across which FC vendors must amortize their development costs.
xG Technology Trials Cognitive Radio At Fort Bliss
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
Tactical communications often benefit from thinking outside of the box. Whether dealing with civil emergency, act of God, or the fluidity of a combat environment, what we consider normal for voice and data unfortunately often fails when we most need it. xG Technology has recently teamed with the US Army to demonstrate an interesting communications alternative in the form of it's xMax Cognitive Cellular Network solution.
Storage: A Dell Growth Engine
Commentary  |  10/14/2010  | 
The week's Dell EqualLogic User Conference in sunny San Diego wrapped up Friday, October 8th. I left the conference with a belief that storage will play a bigger role in Dell's future success. The following are the top ten reasons why storage will be a growth engine for Dell:
IBM's Storwize V7000 Is A Disk Array And A Storage Virtualization Platform
Commentary  |  10/11/2010  | 
It's been a busy fall in the storage market with HDS announcing their new VSP and IBM announcing new versions of their high-end DS8800 array and Storage Volume Controller (SVC), along with a new mid-range array the Storewize V7000. While IBM slapped the Storewize moniker on the V7000, the company didn't include Storewize's real-time compression technology in the array. Frankly, I think that's going to confuse some folks.
Compellent: Rising To The Enterprise Challenge
Commentary  |  10/8/2010  | 
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Compellent and spend some time talking with them on a few hot topics. High on my list to talk about was getting their impression of the bidding war for 3Par. We discussed that subject and much more. I have been meaning to blog about Compellent for some time, taking a deeper look at their Auto Tiering capability, which is leading Compellent into enterprise opportunities. It appears the time is right to provide a glimpse into a storage company th
EqualLogic User Conference: Michael Dell
Commentary  |  10/8/2010  | 
The highlight of day two at the EqualLogic User Conference in San Diego was the involvement of Michael Dell, whose company acquired EqualLogic in 2007. Mr. Dell walked the halls talking to end-users, presented a lively keynote and participated in a small Q&A for bloggers. The presence of Mr. Dell, an industry icon, delivered this message to conference attendees: EqualLogic customers are important.
QLogic Launches New Attack On Network Convergence Landscape
Commentary  |  10/7/2010  | 
QLogic's announcement today of their Adaptive Convergence strategy is the equivalent of a nuclear blast across the converged networking landscape, metaphorically leveling the competition in its wake. As I have predicted in the past, QLogic is seriously committed to the converged networking sector and is innovating at a rapid pace, gaining material market share and bringing fundamentally new technologies to market that will benefit cloud service providers and highly virtualized environments. This
Digital Reef Offers Virtual Governance Warehouse For E-Discovery
Commentary  |  10/7/2010  | 
Change has always been a constant for IT organizations. Information management, which relates to content and decision-making relationships for information throughout its life is and will be a major area of change because enterprises need to know what and where their data is at a very fine level of granularity, such as the contents of a particular e-mail and how that document relates to other e-mails. The still-exploding requirements for eDiscovery have been a primary driver in this change. And t
EqualLogic User Conference: The Virtual Era
Commentary  |  10/6/2010  | 
I believe iSCSI will emerge as the dominant type of storage area network (SAN) within five years, exceeding Fibre Channel and FCoE storage in external arrays shipped by 2015. Underneath this technology transition, the interaction between leading iSCSI vendors and data center managers is where the rubber hits the road. That means Dell's EqualLogic User Conference in rainy San Diego is the perfect place to hear the market leader's vision for the future, the reaction from IT professionals, and ulti
How Far We've Come Since Netstumbler
Commentary  |  10/6/2010  | 
Back in 2001, a generous fellow named Marius Milner gave the world a utility called Netstumbler and a new culture was born. Milner is a software engineer who did the rare thing for his fellow man: he gave away a kicking program that he likely could have made some serious dollars from if he had sold it. Even better, he provided updates to Netstumbler through the years, along with a discussion forum that would become a repository for a wealth of information regarding wireless networking in general
Intelligence Sources From Unlikely Places
Commentary  |  10/6/2010  | 
No matter how hard we try to protect our networks, there is always the chance something will go awry. From hackers breaking into our mail servers to laptops infected with malware, we must watch for issues and get help where we can. Most of us have our traditional tools in place to watch for issues from the desktop to the servers: log analysis tools, IDS, AV reporting, and anything else we can possibly gather information from to help us fight threats and know what has burrowed into our infrastruc
You Can Eliminate Backups
Commentary  |  10/4/2010  | 
One of the questions in backup circles lately asks if the entire backup process can be eliminated now that most storage systems have some combination of snapshots, deduplication, compression and replication? The idea sounds good. Let primary storage take care of itself and eliminate one of the more troublesome processes in the data center, but there are some holes in the strategy. The question is, can primary storage accomplish everything we expect from a backup target?
The Skype-Avaya Matchup May Transform The Call Center
Commentary  |  10/4/2010  | 
Avaya and Skype have announced a joint integration that makes Skype services available on a variety of Avaya platforms. Under the terms of the relationship, Avaya customers in the US will be able to make global calls via Skype right from their Avaya communications system. This is good news for enterprises today because the partnership can help them cut costs. In the long term, it may be even better news for contact centers because it will provide greater opportunity for businesses to connect wi
Can Backups Be Eliminated?
Commentary  |  10/1/2010  | 
There seems to be much discussion around backups lately. One of the big issues is if legacy backup platforms stand a chance against new dedicated server virtualization solutions, but what I'd like to discuss in this blog is if the entire backup process itself can be eliminated by the intelligent use of snapshots, replication, compression and data deduplication.
White Spaces Wireless: A Chat With The Wi-Fi Alliance
Commentary  |  10/1/2010  | 
The list of groups who applaud the FCC's recent decision to allow new wireless connectivity in the frequencies between TV channels includes biggies like Microsoft, xG Technology and the Wi-Fi Alliance. Given the Obama administration's goals of getting all Americans connected, the FCC's ruling probably wasn't much of surprise to most people. "Super Wi-Fi" (or "White-Fi"-- let's hope that one doesn't stick) as it is being nicknamed, will bring obvious advantages to the current 802.11-based Wi-Fi l


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