Content 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
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
Mitel Expands The Reach Of Its Unified Communications Solution Into iSpace
Commentary  |  9/29/2011  | 
Mitel is one of those old dogs in the telephony world that has never had a problem learning new tricks. The corporate communications world once ran on barge-sized PBX systems, but now IP-based unified communications systems are the impressive norm. And though Mitel came from the old world, it continues to keep its offerings fresh with the latest version of Mitel Unified Communicator Advanced.
Always-On With Amazon S3
Commentary  |  9/28/2011  | 
Amazon S3 continues its steady growth, attracting storage users from the startup to the enterprise. But many are concerned about putting all their eggs in the S3 basket, and other companies are rising to the challenge. Recently, Nasuni and Gemini briefed me on products that might ease the concerns of Amazon S3 users.
Next Killer Tablet App: Multisite Videoconferencing
Commentary  |  9/27/2011  | 
Tired of TSA pat-downs? The cost of a plane ticket now buys a year's worth of multiparty virtual chats via a SaaS model.
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.
Load The Right Data On Server SSDs
Commentary  |  9/27/2011  | 
Consider booting from SSD to bring servers back online quickly and using PCIe SSD with caching software to accelerate operating system and application data functions.
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.
Which Server SSD Should You Choose?
Commentary  |  9/22/2011  | 
Solid-state storage can solve performance problems in the data center. But which form factor is the best to install in your server?
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.
The Acquisition Square Dance Continues
Commentary  |  9/21/2011  | 
This week’s acquisition of high-end NAS vendor and long-time OEM supplier BlueArc has me thinking about how various tech companies do acquisitions and how those acquisitions affect the products we put in our data centers. As my linear algebra professor used to say, it should be obvious to even the most casual observer that companies handle acquisitions differently.
Facebook In A Shirt And Tie
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
Cloud-based collaborative project management sites like Podio combine the best of social software, SaaS.
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.
Storage Virtualization Tour: All About Automated Tiering
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
Leverage a virtualized storage system’s granular understanding of block of data to automatically move data segments to faster or slower storage tiers, based on access patterns.
VMworld In Retrospect
Commentary  |  9/19/2011  | 
It would be hard to call the recent VMworld anything but a rousing success. After all, 20,000 attendees descended on The Venetian in Vegas, and the vast majority would agree the trip was worth it. However the total experience wasn’t perfect, and as someone who’s attended, covered and occasionally exhibited at conferences for more than 25 years, I think it’s time for VMware to stop running the whole show itself and hire a professional trade show management company.
Hypervisors May Break Storage Vendor Lock-In
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
All that's needed is to address some of the core storage shortcomings of the hypervisor, like providing solid performance while using thin provisioning, snapshots, and clones.
I/O: The Next Standards Battleground
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
PCI-SIG hopes Express 3.0, SR-IOV and MR-IOV can head off proprietary I/O virtualization schemes.
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.
Purpose-Built Or Off-The-Shelf Hardware: A Tale Of Two Systems
Commentary  |  9/15/2011  | 
As AMD and Intel have boosted the performance of x86 processors, some industry observers have suggested that the days of custom hardware are numbered. Recent solid-state storage system announcements from Kaminario and Astute Networks demonstrate that this argument is far from over.
IBM Storage Systems Research Envisions the Future
Commentary  |  9/14/2011  | 
What is the future of storage and storage management? While all crystal balls are partly cloudy at best, one of the best bets would seem to be in IBM’s vision. Whether particular technologies make the grade or not--and, if so, when--is uncertain. However, the company’s general direction seems clear, and there are many important and exciting changes ahead. Let’s take a look at some of the developments that IBM Storage Systems Research is working on to bring about the future of s
The Myth Of Vertically Integrated Storage Systems
Commentary  |  9/14/2011  | 
Vertically integrated storage systems have some benefits, but too many vendors make claims about vertical integration that aren't backed up by their products.
Private Cloud: It's Not About ROI
Commentary  |  9/13/2011  | 
Most private cloud discussions revolve around the ROI of the architecture. Many discussions begin and quickly end with ROI. The reason is that ROI is very difficult to show in real numbers for any IT investment, but more so when the majority of the costs are soft costs.
How To Make Use Of Scale-Out Storage
Commentary  |  9/12/2011  | 
IT managers are increasingly looking at high-capacity storage systems to help with server virtualization infrastructures, Big Data, and online applications.
IBM SONAS On Life Support As BlueArc Goes To HDS
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
You may have heard of an oddly named storage product from IBM called SONAS. It stands for Scale-Out NAS. I’m concerned that, like with so many other monolithic products, SONAS may be out of gas--as Hitachi Data Systems fills up its tank with higher octane from BlueArc. As always, there’s more to the story of the BlueArc acquisition than meets the eye.
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
VMware: Driving IT Innovation and Disruption
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
The big picture that VMware continues to emphasize is that a trio of disruptive trends is simultaneously transforming IT: infrastructure renewal, applications development and end user computing. Understanding these trends is necessary not only to comprehend what new products and services can do today, but also to get a better perspective of what is likely to happen in the future.
Of Body Armor, Handcuffs And Fluke Networks' AirCheck
Commentary  |  9/8/2011  | 
In the IT media business, you tend to see a lot of press releases. The majority of these are informative but benign, and seldom make you do a double-take. Then there’s "Law Enforcement Uses Fluke Networks’ AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester to Help Combat Child Pornography." While I approve of the sentiment behind the title, a couple of the points made in the release bother me.
AMD Bulldozer Rolls Into View
Commentary  |  9/7/2011  | 
New chips could flatten Intel in shops with multicore workloads.
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.
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.
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.
Everything's Bigger At VMworld
Commentary  |  9/1/2011  | 
Hey, it's Vegas, baby. Why not a data center the size of a shopping mall?
Viva VMworld!
Commentary  |  9/1/2011  | 
Despite Hurricane Irene’s best efforts, I finally made it to Las Vegas for VMworld late Monday night, and I have to say the joint is jumping. VMworld is starting to feel more like Comdex or Interop in their heyday than a vendor-driven education conference. I, for one, was ecstatic to get back to the days when people were excited about the tech as opposed to the stock price, and the tech talk spread from the show floor and breakout rooms to the craps tables.
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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