Whiptail Breaks Vendor Lock-in On Storage Replication
Replication between data centers typically required customers to buy two of the same storage arrays from a vendor. Storage company Whiptail has added heterogeneous replication to its array, which lets customers use Whiptail and any other system.
DIY Storage: Why I Built My Own SAN
I built my own SAN to meet some storage needs at my job. In a series of posts I’ll cover the reasons why, how I did it, and the hardware and software I used.
As The PayPal Vs. VMware Story Turns
PayPal is adopting OpenStack for its cloud infrastructure, but it's not necessarily dumping VMware for virtualization infrastructure. Here are some conclusions from this saga.
Meeting The MSP/CSP Storage Challenge
As customers push for more storage and hosting solutions, managed and cloud service providers are turning to a software-defined approach to purchasing resources. Here's how it works.
In IT, Everything Old Is New Again
Software-defined storage? Old news. Non-volatile memory? Same deal. Rogue business units that get around IT with a credit card and outside resources? I was doing it long before SaaS showed up.
IBM Pulse 2013: Lessons Learned
Three compelling themes emerged from IBM’s annual gathering: the continued diffusion of the data center, the need for open cloud standards and the rise of data-driven IT intelligence.
False Disk Drive Failures Are a Real Problem
New information shows disk drives report false failures with alarming frequency. False failures have real costs for data center operators. Here’s what the industry can do about it.
How APIs Transform Data Center Management
APIs are helping to usher in new mechanisms for making data center management more automated and scalable. They’re also key to network virtualization and private clouds.
VMware Vs. Amazon? Try VMware Vs. OpenStack
Does VMware want to be a big player in Amazon's public cloud territory, or is the new vCloud service a defensive move to counter an OpenStack insurgency? I say the latter.
Can Ruckus, San Jose Revive Municipal Wi-Fi?
San Jose's downtown is newly awash in Wi-Fi from Ruckus Wireless. But is a catchy slogan and established technology enough to triumph in the failure-prone municipal wireless space?
Symantec 4.0: A New Strategy
Symantec has announced a new initiative, Symantec 4.0, that will revise both its product and corporate strategies. We'll look at what it means for the company and its customers.
GE Targets Data Centers With New Business Unit
GE has launched a new business unit called Critical Power that combines products and services for industries such as data centers and telco providers that require reliable, efficient electrical systems.
BYOD Security: Do You Really Need MDM?
IT is being stampeded into adopting MDM to protect mobile devices. But it's not a silver bullet, and it may be overkill for many needs where conventional wireless network security best practices will suffice.
Mersive Cuts Wires for Projection Systems
Mersive's Solstice software lets mobile devices connect wirelessly to projection systems and flat screens, eliminating the need for cords and adapters in conference rooms and campuses. But we're still a ways away from ubiquitous connectivity.
EMC Amps Up Flash Product Line
EMC announced new high-performance PCIe SSDs to extend its range of flash drives, and said its all-flash array, XtremIO, is now available for customers. The company also rebranded its server-side caching software.
Aerohive Launches Cloud-Managed Switches
Aerohive Networks widens the field of cloud-managed switching, which has largely been ruled by Meraki. Aerohive's three new switches unify both wired and wireless network access.
Next-Generation Firewalls 101
Next-generation firewalls combine application awareness and deep packet inspection to give companies more control over applications while also detecting and blocking malicious threats.