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Quantum gets NASty with shared SAN software

Quantum is targeting the high-end NAS market with version 3 of its StorNext data management software, which now includes client software for PCs and workstations to give them heterogeneous and shared access to files stored on a SAN. The basis of StorNext 3.0 is a shared file system for the SAN, similar in approach to Acopia, …
Bryan Betts, 04 Apr 2007
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Most SMBs will be virtual by 2020

Outsourced business services and hosted applications will be the norm for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) by the year 2020, according to a report by the Social Issues Research Centre. While 2020's always-on Generation C – C for content, connectivity, creativity, collaboration and/or communication, says SIRC - will be more …
Bryan Betts, 04 Apr 2007

HP ProCurve recruits allies for war on Cisco

HP ProCurve has announced an alliance scheme to take on Cisco, and signed up its first four allies, namely Mitel, AirWave Wireless, DVTel and ShoreTel. The companies will work together to test and promote each others' gear, said ProCurve's EMEA solutions boss Gejs Zantvoort. He said that while it's not joint sales, it will …
Bryan Betts, 03 Apr 2007
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Solar-powered cell phones are on the horizon

TI has developed an ultra-low-voltage DC/DC booster chip that could lead to mobile phones and other electronic devices that never need recharging. The TPS61200 step-up chip can work with input voltages as low as 0.3v at over 90 percent efficiency, TI claimed. That means it can run directly off low power energy sources such as …
Bryan Betts, 30 Mar 2007
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DVD copier scales to thousands

There's a new reason to fear the chief executive's annual pep-talk to the company – being sent away with a CD, or better yet a DVD, of the event so you can enjoy it again at home. British company Verity Systems has come up with a relatively cheap way of copying up to 2,550 CDs or DVDs at once. At £732, its LinxTower contains a …
Bryan Betts, 30 Mar 2007
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Enterasys aims for the core

Enterasys has added an uprated set of Distributed Flow Engine (DFE) blades to its Matrix N-Series secure chassis switches, with the aim of selling the devices into core networks within large enterprises. Called Diamond DFE, the new blades are a combination of switch, NAC (network access control), and firewall. They can …
Bryan Betts, 29 Mar 2007
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HP ProCurve dangles free Gigabit switch chassis

HP ProCurve has renewed its low-end stackable and chassis switches. Its range now starts at 50 quid with a fan-less, therefore silent, eight-port unmanaged Fast Ethernet switch, and runs up to chassis bundles that include a free chassis capable of hosting 188 Gigabit Ethernet ports at around £33 a port. The new models include …
Bryan Betts, 29 Mar 2007
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Adobe gets Creative with its Suites

Adobe has brought together its own apps and those it acquired with Macromedia in Creative Suite 3, a toolkit which it said will suit designers and developers working in all facets of print, web, mobile, interactive, film, and video production. "This release reflects the powerful integration between Adobe and Macromedia, and how …
Bryan Betts, 28 Mar 2007
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Lotus gets a virtual IP PBX

3Com and IBM have pulled together a converged set of IP telephony, email, messaging, and business apps, all running on IBM's System-i – the AS400, as it used to be called. The duo say it allows Lotus Sametime users to make voice calls by clicking on IM contacts, for example. "The significant bit is it's all on one platform – …
Bryan Betts, 28 Mar 2007
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Shoretel adds VoIP to Salesforce.com

Shoretel has integrated its IP phone system with Salesforce.com's call centre software. Using the two together will mean call centre agents get a reduced admin workload, with automatic call logging and screen pop-ups with the customer's record, Shoretel claimed. The integration involves an adapter which talks on one side to …
Bryan Betts, 24 Mar 2007
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The SANs of Mars

Networked storage has proved a boon for US scientists studying high-res images of Mars, which can have file sizes in excess of 2GB. The US Geological Survey (USGS) is using a clustered storage system from Isilon IQ to store thousands of images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, currently circling the Red Planet. Aboard MRO …
Bryan Betts, 23 Mar 2007
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Nexsan shrink-wraps archiving

Storage subsystem developer Nexsan Technologies has introduced two standardised file archiving appliances, aimed at helping small and mid-sized businesses store their digital documents online. The Assureon NX is 3.7TB of content-addressable storage (CAS) and allows archived data to be retrieved using a file manager. The …
Bryan Betts, 21 Mar 2007
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SuperMicro unsheathes SuperBlade

High density computing can also mean high energy efficiency, SuperMicro claimed as it announced SuperBlade, a bladeserver capable of supporting up to 40 processors in a 7U-high box. Each chassis can have up to four power supplies for redundancy, which are over 90 per cent efficient, SuperMicro marketing veep Don Clegg said. He …
Bryan Betts, 21 Mar 2007

DLT tape reaching end of reel

DLT has lost the tape war and could be replaced by the open LTO standard in as little as two years, according to Rick Belluzzo, the CEO of Quantum, which owns DLT. He said DLT would "slide out of the way", with the last generation being either the current DLT-S4 or its projected successor, DLT-S5. "There has been massive …
Bryan Betts, 21 Mar 2007
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GigaStor to hunt zero-day breaches

Your intrusion detection system (IDS) may have just downloaded a new security rule, but you have no way of knowing if your network has already been hit by the exploit in a zero-day attack, says Network Instruments. The company claims the latest update of its GigaStor network traffic recorder could help you find out, however, …
Bryan Betts, 14 Mar 2007
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Adaptec unifies serial RAID

System builders no longer need to choose between Serial ATA and Serial Attached SCSI when it comes to RAID, claimed Adaptec as it announced a family of five unified serial RAID controllers which support both SATA for capacity and SAS for performance. The PCI-Express (PCIe) cards make use of the fact that SAS is backwards- …
Bryan Betts, 14 Mar 2007
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Red Hat aims higher with RHEL 5

Red Hat today announced version 5 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), its server operating system - but at the European launch in CeBIT the talk was not of all the technology inside, such as Xen virtualisation and JBoss middleware. Instead it was all about partnerships, packaging and support. In particular, Red Hat will now work …
Bryan Betts, 14 Mar 2007
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EMC and FSC extend their engagement

EMC and Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) have expanded and extended their 10 year old strategic alliance. The two will work together on advanced data centre architectures, while FSC will also provide services for the EMC midrange storage that it sells in Europe. "FSC is our largest partner in Europe, and our second largest …
Bryan Betts, 14 Mar 2007
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IBM touts mainframes to India

IBM is trying to sell mainframes to companies in India, Russia and China, promoting them as ways to reduce power and cooling costs. It said that the power grid in places such as Mumbai is creaking under the strain of server sprawl, as companies plug in more and more Wintel boxes. Big Blue claimed that moving parts of its System …
Bryan Betts, 10 Mar 2007
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How many VMs are on your LAN – and how sure are you?

Server virtualisation is taking companies back to the bad old days when they had no idea how many PCs and servers they had, because employees were buying them unchecked. Now it is all too easy to run up a new virtual Windows server, without realising that under Microsoft's rules, each virtual machine (VM) needs its own software …
Bryan Betts, 09 Mar 2007

HP crosses blades with IBM

The server performance battle has shifted to power dissipation. HP now claims not that its latest blade servers run database benchmarks or whatever faster than IBM, but that they put out less heat and require less airflow, thanks to "zoned cooling" and "thermal logic". The company is also touting numbers from market researcher …
Bryan Betts, 09 Mar 2007
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Network access control with fewer delays

Nevis Networks reckons it's the first to come up with a version of network access control for the LAN that doesn't get in the way of users. The company says users no longer have to log in to an 802.1x client on the desktop, or sign in to its captive portal so their PC can be scanned, before being allowed access to the LAN. …
Bryan Betts, 07 Mar 2007
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Huawei-3Com taps Expand for WAN software

The convergence of WAN optimisation with core routing may be taking a big step forward, with Huawei-3Com (H3C) buying the rights to use acceleration software from Expand Networks in its upcoming Intelligent Management Centre (iMC) integrated router platform. "We saw a compelling reason to evolve our products into more of a …
Bryan Betts, 07 Mar 2007
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Riverbed boosts SSL over WANs

Riverbed is the latest WAN optimiser to add SSL capabilities, with a version of its RiOS operating system that lets its Steelhead appliances look into and accelerate SSL traffic. Riverbed said the addition was essential given the number of mission critical Web-enabled enterprise apps which now use SSL for security. The software …
Bryan Betts, 06 Mar 2007
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NetApp pumps its midrange

Network Appliance has renewed another chunk of its midrange, sliding the 3040 series in on top of the 3020 and 3050. The new box adds technology such as 64-bit processors, 4Gig Fibre Channel and Gig Ethernet, and is in effect a half-size version of the 3070 released last year. The new box is available in two forms – the FAS3040 …
Bryan Betts, 06 Mar 2007
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Video clips go corporate

Blue Coat Systems has added video to the list of network services it can optimise over WANs. Like most others in the internet gateway business, it used to treat video as potentially unwanted network traffic, but has picked up on its increasing use in business. "In the past you either didn't want video at all, or you didn't want …
Bryan Betts, 01 Mar 2007
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Intel pushes denser data centres

Intel has kicked off a campaign to make data centres more efficient and less environmentally damaging. Paradoxically, one of its key messages seems to be that companies need to refresh their servers - ie. buy new ones - more often. On the plus side, the company is also promoting the use of server virtualisation to make systems …
Bryan Betts, 24 Feb 2007
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India's wave of e-waste

India's production of high-tech waste is far higher than previously thought, according to a report by Delhi-headquartered environmental organisation Toxics Link. The report claims that the country now generates around 150,000 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) a year, including computers, TVs, fridges, …
Bryan Betts, 23 Feb 2007
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DiVitas turns mobiles into enterprise clients

Californian start-up DiVitas has claimed that its mobile convergence system can link smartphones to enterprise applications, including voice over IP (VoIP), email, instant messaging, and others such as CRM. It also provides cellular to Wi-Fi roaming, the company said. The system requires software on the handset which then …
Bryan Betts, 23 Feb 2007

AirMagnet bids to analyse Cisco

WLAN analysis outfit AirMagnet has brought out software designed to work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network. AirMagnet already has a version of the tool, which is called Enterprise Analyzer, for Aruba's Mobile Edge Architecture. Enterprise Analyzer for Cisco uses existing Cisco lightweight access points as sniffers to …
Bryan Betts, 21 Feb 2007
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SNIA promises new push for IP SANs

The Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) says it will put more effort into promoting IP-based storage area networks, or SANs. That means iSCSI, although you might not realise it from reading the trade group's statements on the topic. Planning the IP SAN push are two SNIA sub-groups - the IP Storage Forum (IPSF) in the US …
Bryan Betts, 21 Feb 2007
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When is a dollar not worth a dollar?

Microsoft's shameless assumption of a 1:1 exchange rate when re-pricing Vista for the UK market brought back memories of the bad old days when most IT companies simply swapped the dollar sign for a pound sign when preparing their UK price lists. It also rang alarm bells when a call came in about an item we published yesterday, …
Bryan Betts, 20 Feb 2007
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EqualLogic doubles up its enterprise SAS

IP-based storage is thoroughly enterprise-ready, claimed iSCSI specialist EqualLogic as it doubled the capacity of its high-end SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) storage box with almost no change in price. The new PS3900XV array uses Seagate 300GB SAS drives to provide 4.8TB of capacity for around £40,000 - just £1,000 more than the 2 …
Bryan Betts, 19 Feb 2007
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Packeteer gets wide with WAN accelerators

Packeteer is extending its WAN acceleration range this week, with new systems at each end of the spectrum. The biggest is a box capable of optimising a 622 Mbit/s OC12 link, and aimed at linking primary and backup data centres. The other extreme is a software client for a desktop or laptop PC. The SkyX Accelerator 750-622 is a …
Bryan Betts, 19 Feb 2007
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Swiss SOA firm puts modelling over programming

Swiss company E2E has set up a UK office to sell its enterprise application integration software. It's taking an unorthodox approach to EAI - instead of selling tools to help programmers build interfaces that translate between applications, it has designed a interpreter, called E2E Bridge, that takes business models written in …
Bryan Betts, 19 Feb 2007
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The danger of Daylight Saving Time

If the fuss currently being made about Dubbya's attempt to save energy by making the US go to Daylight Saving Time a fortnight early reminds me of anything, it's the hype we had to endure eight years ago about the Millennium Bug. At the time, we were told that computers hard-coded to accept only 19xx dates would be crashing …
Bryan Betts, 18 Feb 2007
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Brocade intros McDATA-capable SAN switch

Brocade has introduced its first Fibre Channel switch that can be used within both Brocade and McDATA SANs. Available next month, the 4Gbit/s Brocade 5000 switch comes with 16 of its 32 ports enabled; more can be enabled by purchasing software keys. It will replace both the Brocade Silkworm 4100 and the McDATA Sphereon 4700, …
Bryan Betts, 16 Feb 2007
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Novell and Microsoft swing both ways

The possibilities for recursive virtualisation have just increased, with Novell and Intel announcing that you can now run Windows unmodified on Novell's SUSE Linux, via Xen and an Intel VT-capable processor, while Microsoft says an upcoming service pack will let its Virtual Server run SUSE Linux as a virtualised guest. First …
Bryan Betts, 13 Feb 2007
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IBM plants Linux on the desktop

IBM has announced an open-source desktop, running Lotus apps and Firefox on top of Red Hat or SUSE Linux. It's based on an internal project which has deployed Linux desktops to several thousand IBM staff, in what IBM said was one of the largest corporate Linux roll-outs to date. It added that its Open Client Solution can also …
Bryan Betts, 13 Feb 2007
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10GBase-T: overheated and out of spec?

Companies touting full TCP offload engines (TOEs) for 10Gig Ethernet are barking up the wrong tree - and worse than that, they do not comply with the specs for 10GBase-T, a chipset supplier has claimed. "When Gigabit Ethernet came out, servers could only handle 300Mbit/s [of TCP processing], so people are worried about how to …
Bryan Betts, 07 Feb 2007
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Slacker or hacker?

The vast majority of insider IT sabotage is carried out by employees - or ex-employees - who have already showed signs of concerning behaviour such as tardiness, truancy, arguing with colleagues, and poor job performance, according to US researchers. According to the research - which ought to worry anyone who has difficulty …
Bryan Betts, 06 Feb 2007

Cisco pulls its security together

Cisco claims that it is finally getting its act together on security. The company has unveiled a new strategy, called Threat Control and Containment, or TCC, which it said would get its assorted security products working together more effectively. "TCC comprises several key initiatives - more collaboration between products, …
Bryan Betts, 06 Feb 2007
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Check Point adds hardware UTM

Check Point has announced its first universal threat management (UTM) appliance in a bid to win over mid-sized organisations who want their own security systems, but don't want to buy security software and install it themselves. Called UTM-1, the box will compete with similar devices from Cisco and Juniper, and from a host of …
Bryan Betts, 06 Feb 2007
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Storage virtualisation back on the menu

Storage virtualisation is finally going mainstream, DataCore Software has claimed, as it limbers up for a major new release of its flagship SANsymphony app later this week. The new software - SANsymphony Enterprise Edition 6.0 - includes several significant features, such as virtual SANs, iSCSI/Fibre Channel agnosticism, …
Bryan Betts, 06 Feb 2007
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Inefficient Ethernet wastes over $1bn a year

Energy saving has so far focused on PCs, servers and the like, but now networks have been fingered as major wasters of power. An industry group has claimed that Ethernet's poor use of energy could be wasting as much as $450m a year - or 5.8TW-h - in the US. And perhaps three times that much, worldwide. The figures come from the …
Bryan Betts, 05 Feb 2007
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Cisco goes power-crazy

Cisco has announced a bunch of Gigabit and Power-over Ethernet (PoE) switches at its annual Networkers beanfest in Cannes. The new switches include the Catalyst 3750-E stackable, its standalone sibling the 3560-E, and the fan-less and silent 2960 and 3560 Compact models. Cisco also announced a stonking 8700W power supply for …
Bryan Betts, 31 Jan 2007
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3Com adds Linux blade to routers

Interoperability and openness will be the keys to the network in the future, 3Com claimed, as it announced Linux-based blades for its 6000-series routers that will let them run third-party apps. The vendor also unveiled a technology partner programme to help others make their hardware and software interoperate with 3Com's. The …
Bryan Betts, 31 Jan 2007
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Allied Telesis punts low-cost Gig PoE switch

Powered Gig Ethernet just got cheaper. Allied Telesis said its new AT-GS900/8POE switch provides eight Gigabit ports plus a fibre uplink option, all the ports are powered - either eight at 7W each or four at the full 15W - and it's only £230, so around £30 a port. The lack of full power on every port may be an issue for some, …
Bryan Betts, 31 Jan 2007
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Adaptec wants to make backup a Snap

Adaptec has topped off its revised NAS range with the rack-mount Snap Server 650, which is built around two dual-core AMD Opteron processors and is capable of scaling to over 64TB of disk storage. The new model runs the same GuardianOS operating software as the smaller Snap Servers that were introduced last year, so it supports …
Bryan Betts, 29 Jan 2007
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Virtual firewalls get clustered

Check Point has added cluster support and more granular controls to its virtual firewall software, memorably named Check Point VPN-1 Power VSX NGX. Virtual firewalls can now be distributed around a server cluster, with standby firewalls on alternative servers. System administrators can also shift processor power around, taking …
Bryan Betts, 29 Jan 2007