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AT&T, IBM Team Brings Hybrid-Computing Solutions on SoftLayer Infrastructure
September 19, 2014 - 1:04 PM
IBM and AT&T alliance has been allowing many businesses to enjoy secure, first-of-its-kind "network-enabled" cloud service that uses private networks rather than the public Internet.

Partnership Expands Capability of Next Generation Firewall
September 18, 2014 - 4:29 PM
A network equipment provider announced this week that it has released a next-generation firewall that focuses on threats in a manner that its competition does not.

BRS Labs Intros Behavior-Recognizing Security Platform to Public Schools
September 18, 2014 - 6:00 AM
BRS Labs, the company behind the incredible AISight platform, plans to showcase how its artificial intelligence technology can be utilized to improve safety and security in public schools.

Highwinds Unveils New Content Delivery Network in Manila
September 17, 2014 - 11:33 AM
In order to provide more connectivity options for enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region, Highwinds has recently unveiled its new content delivery network (CDN) in Manila, Philippines.

Wheelings & Dealings: Docker Gets $40 Million in Funding
September 16, 2014 - 6:59 PM
Docker, the company behind the open source software container management platform of the same name, has raised $40 million in Series C funding, according to Gigaom.

IBM Debuts Watson Data Analytics Cloud Service
September 16, 2014 - 6:43 PM
IBM's long-awaited Watson data analytics cloud service is a step closer to being widely available. The company announced Watson Analytics will enter a public beta period within the next 30 days with a freemium service available for all IBM business clients in November.

New Version of Nuix Engine Released
September 16, 2014 - 1:46 PM
Nuix, a technology company that enables people to make fact-based decisions from unstructured data, has released a new version of the Nuix Engine and its core products.

New Software Certification Program Verifies Product Output
September 16, 2014 - 1:30 PM
A software analysis company announced this past week that it has released a new certification program that seeks to verify the output of software and therefore provide businesses with a more in-depth look at how applications function under real-world conditions.

What is Your Application Integration Plan?
September 15, 2014 - 5:44 PM
How would you rate your competitive stance in the market? Have you streamlined your business processes, increased operational efficiencies or created new innovative services? If the answer to any of these questions is in the affirmative, you're likely also focused on application integration. The challenge today is application integration has to meet with far more demands than just a few short years ago.

Middle East Energy Industry Vulnerable to Cyberattacks; Preventive Security Measures Imperative to Protect Critical Infrastructure
September 15, 2014 - 4:15 PM
The energy industry is among the largest and most important industries in many industrialized nations. Of the ten largest companies in the world, seven are energy producers and/or related providers. The Middle East power sector is booming and is expected to grow at a rate of 7 percent over the next 10 years, according to the MENA Power report. Another report, published by the Kuwait Financial Centre in September 2013, notes that investments worth $ 283 billion will be made in the energy industry between 2014 to 2018 to help Middle Eastern and North African countries cope with rising demand.

Best Practices for Key Management in the Cloud
September 15, 2014 - 3:32 PM
Though the Encryption in the Cloud report is now in its 10th year of production, the findings are perhaps particularly interesting and timely this year with respect to data protection and encryption, located right at the top of the global news agenda. The word "encryption" may make numbers-averse people uncomfortable, but the reality is that for our increasingly digital and connected world, encryption undergirds the notion of trust.

Five Tips on How to Get Your Patents Approved
September 15, 2014 - 2:56 PM
EquityNet CEO Judd Hollas provides five tips on getting patents approved based on crowfunding patent experience.

Content is King in Cloud Collaboration
September 15, 2014 - 2:02 PM
In the new cloud collaboration era, the gauntlet has been thrown down around which platforms can best drive the value of business content. The ability to store content in the cloud and access it from mobile devices is no longer differentiating features: they are now baseline capabilities that organizations expect from any platform staking a claim in the enterprise collaboration market. Fierce competition is driving innovation and expansion of capabilities for content creation and collaboration, benefitting enterprises that adopt cloud platforms to increase workforce productivity.

HP Cloud-based Load Testing Speeds Quality Large Scale App Time-to-Market
September 15, 2014 - 11:31 AM
There can be little doubt that in a world where competitive pressures and user demands means the production and dissemination of quality applications that are massively scalable and interoperable with the growing array of device and environments that need to be interacted with must be done in days not weeks and months. This raises challenges regarding performance testing and application delivery.

Mobotix: How Networked Video Solutions Can Deter Crime
September 12, 2014 - 3:13 PM
When it comes to modern telecommunications and networking, there are few ideas more important than video. Video technologies are connecting companies to their customers, law enforcement to better resources, industry to increased levels of monitoring and global employees to each other. At ITEXPO, held last month in Las Vegas, TMC Senior Editor Peter Bernstein caught up with Steven Rosenbloom, business development manager for Mobotix, a Langmeil, Germany-headquartered company that produces network camera technology.

GPU Manufacturer Releases Object Recognition Processing Software
September 12, 2014 - 11:24 AM
A global provider of graphics processing units announced this week that it has released "drop in" software that seeks to help developers harness GPU acceleration and advance the fields of deep learning.

Satellite Helps Businesses Stay Connected No Matter How Bad the Outage
September 11, 2014 - 6:40 PM
When it comes to Internet connectivity and business continuity, many decision-makers think of cellular as the solution for outage situations. But cellular often is vulnerable, too.

Moving Servers in the Cloud One of Many New Challenges for IT Departments
September 11, 2014 - 6:34 PM
When the cloud first became a business opportunity, firms used it to launch new applications and services. That is changing now, however, as the cloud has found more widespread adoption and there's the need to move from one cloud to another and consolidate various servers into a tighter cloud package.

Western Digital Brings the Storage in the Ultrastar He10
September 11, 2014 - 6:02 PM
The battle between hard drive enthusiasts and solid state drive enthusiasts has gone on for some time now, and the terms of the battle have, for the most part, stayed fairly static. Solid state buffs prefer the extreme durability and rapid access times, while hard drive fans commonly point to lower prices and higher storage capability. The hard drive argument has just taken on a little more credibility with a new entry from Western Digital, the Ultrastar He10, and it's bringing with it an amazing amount of storage.

Intel Introduces Xeon E5-2600 v3
September 11, 2014 - 3:12 PM
Intel is one of the leaders in the world of microprocessors, and many of its products have opened up new possibilities in the world of computing. One of the latest products from Intel to hit the markets is Xeon E5-2600 v3. Designed for workstations and servers, this new family of microprocessors is based on Haswell microarchitecture.

SpaceMonger 3 Beta Now Supports Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive
September 11, 2014 - 3:06 PM
The invention of the magnetic tape by German engineer Fritz Pfleumer in 1928 ushered in a new way for humankind to store information. The process has been evolving at an incredible rate and today you can store one terabyte of information on a USB flash drive the size of your index finger. The ability to store more data means there is more information out there, and now the problem is managing the data efficiently to maximize storage capacity.

More Rumblings in Cloud IaaS Market as VMware Could Be Up for Sale
September 11, 2014 - 2:57 PM
Buyout rumors are running rampant this week and if they turn out to be true, the result could be a major shakeup in the cloud IaaS market. The latest murmurings, fueled by a Reuters report, maintain that EMC is considering selling its 80 percent stake in virtualization giant VMware and that HP and IBM are lined up to scoop up the shares.

IBM's SoftLayer Adding Intel TXT Brings New Security Features to the Cloud
September 10, 2014 - 3:51 PM
Thanks to cloud computing, many enterprises of all sizes have been able to streamline operations and boost productivity; employees, in fact, are able to access cloud resources and applications online when they want or need it, anywhere, anytime. Shifting to the cloud is a decision that makes sense for those that seek an efficient and cost-effective system that can be used to fulfill many business' requirements while relieving IT staff from the burden of carrying out daily system maintenance and upgrades of an on-site infrastructure.

Comings and Goings: Robert Guth is Integra's New Interim CEO and President
September 10, 2014 - 3:09 PM
Integra has brought in a new interim CEO, Robert Guth, to replace its outgoing CEO, Kevin O'Hara.

Mirantis Largest OpenStack Provider
September 10, 2014 - 2:15 PM
Mirantis, an OpenStack company, recently announced that it has made a tremendous progress in the first half of 2014 and has become the largest provider of OpenStack products and services for the telecommunications industry.

At ITEXPO, SimpleWan's Eric Knight Talks Voice and Video Diagnosis and Security
September 9, 2014 - 1:54 PM
At the recent ITEXPO event held in August in Las Vegas, TMC's Erik Linask caught up with Eric Knight, President of SimpleWan, a Phoenix-based provider of cloud-based routers. SimpleWan is a provider of vMPLS, or virtualized multiprotocol label switching that enables customers to bring together their offices and remote locations over any type of broadband connection or connections from any service provider or collection of carriers, and do it in an affordable, subscription-based manner. During the talk, Knight described the beginnings of SimpleWan.

University of Southern California and AdShare Develop Digital Fingerprinting Tool
September 8, 2014 - 5:53 PM
AdShare, a provider of social media monetization services for music, film, television, and sports rights-holders has agreed to a partnership with the University of Southern California (USC).

Facebook Ready to Roll Out New Privacy Checkup
September 8, 2014 - 5:36 PM
Facebook is well-known for its complex privacy settings that have been difficult to understand, especially for its new users. This complexity is partly because there are different settings for different actions and posts. For example, some parts of a profile can be private, and some can be seen only by friends while others are public. Users can decide what parts should have what degree of privacy, but they have to navigate through a series of settings that can be time-consuming. This complex process as well as a lack of initiative from users have created a bad reputation for Facebook.

Wheelings & Dealings: DataStax's New Round of Funding Brings Total to More than $190 Million
September 8, 2014 - 1:17 PM
Although the value of data is very much appreciated by researchers, it is just now being recognized by businesses across all industries. No matter how inconsequential a piece of data might seem, when combined with related information and analyzed it can provide valuable insight. This has made companies that provide solutions for dealing with big data a valuable commodity, and investors have been funding these organizations because of the opportunities they offer. DataStax, the commercial face of the open source Apache Cassandra database, is continuing its torrid pace of funding from some of the largest VCs in the U.S. The company announced it has landed $106 million in Series E Funding, which brings its total to $190 million.

Encryption: What You Can't See Can Hurt You
September 8, 2014 - 11:13 AM
The security industry has shifted its focus to the client side. Malware and other malicious programs are increasingly being installed unknowingly on client computers where they can replicate to other clients, and relay information to malicious entities. Security vendors provide tools to detect and mitigate these problems by inspecting the traffic between client and the untrusted side of the network (the Internet). At the same time, most online Web services or cloud applications now use TLS/SSL to secure the session with the client. While this is a good strategy for many reasons, it introduces a problem for active traffic inspection tools-the information is encrypted and thus, unreadable.

With Current Events in Mind, LinkedIn Beefs Up Security Features
September 8, 2014 - 7:46 AM
LinkedIn has long been a company that seems to understand it is never going to be able to take on bigger sites, but it is hoping to carve out that little corner of the social media world for its very own.

Certes Networks Ensures Traffic Protection
September 5, 2014 - 4:22 PM
Certes Networks is known for providing protection for data in motion. Its CryptoFlow solutions protect data traffic in physical, virtual and cloud environments, and that means users will get secure connections without hurting application or network performance.

Riverbed Enhances Network Planning and Configuration Management Solution
September 5, 2014 - 2:33 PM
SteelCentral NetCollector is a network data management solution that reduces time and effort spent manually collecting and reconciling network data. Its integration with Riverbed SteelHead automatically detects and collects configuration and operational data and validates configurations to check for errors and violations.

CradlePoint Continues to Offer Secure Solutions at Distributed Enterprises
September 5, 2014 - 10:14 AM
CradlePoint, a provider of 4G LTE wireless networking solutions for distributed enterprises, has announced CradlePoint Secure Threat Management. It is an Intrusion Prevention Solution (IPS) integrated with its cloud network management solution called, Enterprise Cloud Manager.

Storage Provider Cites Need for Flexibility as Demand for SSDs Rises
September 4, 2014 - 4:32 PM
A data storage provider recently announced that it is noticing a surge in the demand for both hybrid and flash storage arrays as the overall market continues to grow, and businesses latch on to flexible storage mediums.

Validian Collaborates to Develop Secure Access of Servers, Databases and the Cloud
September 4, 2014 - 9:58 AM
Servers and databases are the backbones of any modern day company's business these days. They have made life easier for companies as they make it very easy to access and retrieve valuable company information. But interestingly, there is no technology in existence that can secure the access to servers, databases and clouds.

Orasi Partners with AppDynamics to Offer Complete Visibility
September 3, 2014 - 5:18 PM
Understanding the real-time user experience is the best way to monitor your business-critical Web services. It will help to identify performance issues, understand user and customer behavior and improve web application performance-this is what Orasi Software and AppDynamics are trying to do.

IBM Recognized as a Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant
September 3, 2014 - 5:12 PM
Gartner, Inc., the world's premier information technology research and advisory company, recently positioned IBM as a leader, in its newly published "Magic Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing and Infrastructure Utility Services" reports for North America and Europe.

Google, UCSB Partner to Build AI's Quantum Computing Backbone
September 3, 2014 - 1:50 PM
It's still very early days as far as both quantum computing and artificial intelligence go, but it's likewise clear that the one is likely to prosper with the rise of the other. Quantum computing might well be able to put forth the kind of sheer power that will be necessary to run an AI system properly, and working AI might prove the reason to invest the time and resources necessary to generate quantum computing systems in the first place. Each side works to help the other, and the idea of a computer program that can do potentially as much as AI can be a sufficiently tempting target to make developing quantum computing systems seem more necessary to help close the gap between what we have now and what we would need to get to that point.

Study Finds Heartbleed-style Attacks Pose Considerable Security Threat
September 3, 2014 - 9:36 AM
The Heartbleed bug went undiscovered for two years, leaving many sites vulnerable and was responsible for exposing usernames, passwords, encryption keys and other sensitive data. The bug in the OpenSSL's heartbeat extension was attributed to poor coding lacking bounds checking.

IT Security: Get Your CFO's Attention with ALE!
September 3, 2014 - 9:01 AM
The rise in cybercrime and the escalating importance of IT security for Middle East businesses has been well documented in the media. Today more and more, IT systems are being leveraged to accelerate business growth, which simultaneously escalates the risk they face in the event of a successful attack. To avoid this, IT departments have had to establish a delicate balance between investing in the latest technology solutions and ensuring that these systems are robust and secure. Often, this requires additional investment in a security product which adds to the overall cost of the implementation.

Cloud Love: The Interpersonal Benefits of Cloud IT
September 2, 2014 - 2:51 PM
IT is a little odd; success is not only measured by what you do - more often than not, it's about how people feel about what you do. I used to know a guy who was so charming, he could take you to dinner, buy you a $5 sandwich, and you'd feel like you just got the royal treatment. That's what your IT department has to be like: sandwich budget, filet mignon emotions. At Zendesk, the cloud plays a big part in making our people feel good about IT. It brings a positive element to our office environment, and as a result, we all work together that much better.

Semantics Technology to Assist Big Data Analysis
September 2, 2014 - 11:24 AM
A semantics technology developer announced this past week that it has partnered with an enterprise data management company in order to strengthen their analytics and better analyze unstructured data.

SoftLayer Enables Flexibility for Cloud Workloads
August 29, 2014 - 9:54 AM
These single tenant servers connect directly to SoftLayer's private global network which enables seamless integration between data centers. Customers don't have to pay additional networking fees for this feature and can enjoy unlimited inter-data center bandwidth and high performance as well as security.

Global PC Shipments Expected to Remain Steady Despite Rise of Tablets and Smartphones
August 29, 2014 - 9:28 AM
Today's tablets are now incredibly powerful, and fill much of the same roles that laptop computers were best suited for only a few years ago. As the technology to make them improves, so does their power level, as well as capabilities. Because of this, the sale of personal computers is slowly beginning to dwindle - although not quite as fast as you may expect given the sales figures of mobile devices. The International Data Corporation (IDC) expects that global shipments will decline this year, but only by around 3.7 percent as opposed to the projected 6 percent.

Mobility Management Solution in Huge Demand
August 28, 2014 - 11:53 AM
vCom, a provider of Telecom Management as a Service (TMaaS), announced the recent signing several new clients in the financial services, legal, and manufacturing industries.

Axiomtek Unveils MANO881
August 28, 2014 - 10:01 AM
Intel chipset based motherboards have been sweeping the computer markets for many years. Intel has a considerable share in the chipset market along with ARM, and the trend doesn't appear to be changing as in the coming years more and more companies are manufacturing their motherboards with Intel Chipsets.

Perforce Versioning Engine Integrates with VMware vCloud Air
August 28, 2014 - 9:57 AM
With companies introducing various versions of their software and applications faster than ever before, version controlling has transformed into an essential task for people working in development environments. Version control is necessary as it is easy to get lost in a sea of files and source code.

Overland Storage Unveils GaurdianOS 7.6 with SnapServer XSD 40 and SnapServer Manager
August 28, 2014 - 9:55 AM
Overland Storage, a provider of unified data management and data protection solutions, announced the availability of its GuardianOS 7.6 release software in a new desktop form factor NAS (network-attached storage) platform.

Westpac New Zealand Selects IBM's Private Cloud Technology
August 27, 2014 - 5:47 PM
Westpac New Zealand, part of one of the world's largest financial services institutions, recently signed a new five-year agreement with IBM.

Xamarin to Expand Microsoft's C# Programming Language with $54M Funding Round
August 27, 2014 - 3:59 PM
The only way to describe Microsoft's assessment of the smartphone market is catastrophic. The company completely missed the boat in an industry that shipped close to 300 million units in Q2 of 2014, and unfortunately for Microsoft it only had 2.5 percent of the market share. Android, on the other hand, had 84.7 percent of the market, and iOS managed 11.7 percent, which together made up 96.4 percent. Only time will tell if it will be able to increase the meager 2.5 percent it currently has, but one area in which it can make inroads is with app development.

Overland Storage Partners with Sphere3D to Address Growing VDI Market
August 27, 2014 - 3:52 PM
Organizations are looking for an easier and more efficient way to access content and data from centralized servers remotely-without having to worry about the applications and the security of the data. While many enterprises and SMBs have opted to migrate to the cloud to make this possible, the issue of security still persists.

Top Global Enterprises Are Recruiting a New Breed of Citizen Developers for Application Innovation
August 27, 2014 - 10:34 AM
When it comes to seeking out innovation for application development, large enterprises are recruiting a new breed of talent. A global study from IBM shows that 80 percent of top enterprises are partnering with citizen developers, professionals who operate outside the larger realm of enterprise IT. And the result is that this influx of new ideas and skills is driving change across the booming spectrum of cloud, analytics, mobile and social technologies.

Content Raven Toolkit Now Supports Google Drive
August 26, 2014 - 2:15 PM
Content Raven, a provider of cloud-based file distribution solutions, stated that its toolkit now supports Google Drive in order to ensure maximum access control and in-depth analysis for all basic file formats including video files.

Cloud Security Company Provides Geographical, Hardware Controls
August 26, 2014 - 6:00 AM
A cloud security automation company will announce this week the addition of several features to its flagship software that will improve the ability of businesses to secure their virtual workloads by locations, security zones, and hardware configurations.

Parallels Launches Software for Running Windows Apps on Macs
August 25, 2014 - 6:16 PM
Parallels released Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition.

Tegile Launches New Hybrid and Flash Storage Systems
August 25, 2014 - 3:35 PM
Next week at an upcoming industry event, Tegile Systems, a provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments will display its hybrid and all-flash storage arrays with patented IntelliFlash architecture. Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash help IT to increase storage utilization and efficiency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.

New Vantage Cloud from Actiance Offers Management for Real-time Communications
August 25, 2014 - 12:38 PM
Vantage Cloud is available as an on-premises offering or via Software-as-a- Service (SaaS), which makes Actiance's entire Governance Platform available to organizations transitioning to the cloud. For those companies requiring strict granular policy control, the solution meets SEC, FINRA, IIROC and FCA requirements.

Big Data Does Not Always Mean Big Security Issues
August 25, 2014 - 6:00 AM
A few days ago I discussed how while Hadoop may be a funny sounding word for a tech product, there is nothing funny about how the Apache Software Foundation open source framework for processing and storing massive amounts of data can/should be secured. In short, as the title above says, if you are one of the many organizations evaluating or has already moved to a Hadoop environment what you need to know is big does not have to mean bad when it comes to security.

Will Your Encrypted Data End Up on the Lost Highway?
August 22, 2014 - 6:14 PM
The 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis revealed that the average cost of a data breach to a company was $3.5 million - a 15 percent increase over what it cost last year. And that's just the financial cost; the damage to your brand could be even more costly.

Entuity Expands Partnership with Dell, Inc.
August 21, 2014 - 6:49 PM
Entuity, a major provider of enterprise-class network management solutions, recently signed a newly extended partnership and reseller agreement with Dell, Inc.

Adminovate Selects GraphiteGTC for Rapid Software Development
August 21, 2014 - 10:05 AM
Mobile technology is allowing organizations to develop apps to address a wide range of services and products they offer to customers. Whether it is a limited marketing campaign or the launch of a new product, apps lets businesses create a touch point in which consumers can easily interact with the company using a device most of us carry with us at all times.

PROMISE Technology Debuts FileCruiser to Bring Private Cloud Storage Service to Businesses
August 20, 2014 - 4:40 PM
Businesses seeking to build their own secure, scalable private cloud storage service can now leverage PROMISE Technology Inc.'s FileCruiser.

MediaPlatform Integrates With Jive
August 20, 2014 - 3:25 PM
MediaPlatform, an enterprise video platform with on-demand streaming and live rich media webcasting capabilities, has recently announced the release of its new integration for enterprise social network Jive.

Xangati's XSR12 Extends IT Management Reach
August 20, 2014 - 3:19 PM
Making a significant step in extending IT Management reach, Xangati, has unveiled an update to its management platform with the release of Xangati Product Suite XSR12. The new software suite delivers industry-leading, real-time, high fidelity visibility and rapid triage for the entire client, desktop, compute, networking and storage infrastructure.

Townsend Security Brings Alliance Key Manager to AWS Marketplace
August 20, 2014 - 12:39 PM
The solution also leverages the FIPS 140-2 compliant technology and help business leaders meet industry standards and best practices for encrypting their sensitive data and business applications.

Maxta Intros MaxDeploy Hyper-Converged Reference Architecture
August 20, 2014 - 11:39 AM
The addition of MaxDeploy reference architecture takes Maxta's solution one step further in delivering on the full promise of hyper-convergence by providing companies with pre-validated configurations, performance and peace of mind.

IDology Unveils ExpectID Score
August 20, 2014 - 10:59 AM
IDology, a company that offers solutions to identity verification and fraud prevention, announced the availability of ExpectID Score, a new real-time, risk-based scoring feature for the ExpectID suite of identity verification solutions.

Dali Wireless Launches t-Series Public Safety Solution
August 20, 2014 - 10:51 AM
Dali Wireless, a company that designs and develops software configurable radio systems for broadband applications, unveiled its t-Series Public Safety (PS) solution to enhance coverage and access in public safety and emergency response environments.

Cyber-Terrorism Struck the Nuclear Regulation Commission Three Times in Three Years
August 19, 2014 - 2:52 PM
Other hacking attempts have tried to send malware to employee terminals, which could also have devastating effects on the NRC computer network.

Understand the Options for Securing Hadoop
August 19, 2014 - 1:23 PM
The objective is provide participants with the knowledge on how to protect sensitive data, enable analytics without security risk, and neutralize breaches through new data-centric technologies that are easy to integrate with Hive, Sqoop, MapReduce and many other interfaces.

Wheelings & Dealings: Luminal's New Round of Funding Brings Its Total to $13.8 Million
August 18, 2014 - 6:46 PM
One of the biggest questions companies around the world are asking themselves today is, how secure are we from the next attack? That answer of course can never be truly answered because every organization with a digital presence is under a constant barrage of cyberattacks from an increasing number of locations around the world.

BiTMICRO Debuts MAXio E-Series SSDs
August 18, 2014 - 6:07 PM
BiTMICRO, a developer of flash-based SSD (solid state drive) technology, stated its newly released MAXio E-Series SSDs leverage the Talino ASIC architecture to deliver high capacity, high performance and improved reliability.

Axios Systems Addresses the Future Challenges of IT
August 18, 2014 - 5:32 PM
Although the rate at which new technology is being invented is dizzying, the application of said technology is not always smooth sailing. Issues with compatibility and the inability for companies to come together to standardize the products and services they will be offering consumers has always been a stumbling block. This has always presented challenges in the industry, which is somewhat puzzling considering some very smart people are at the helm of the companies producing these technologies. A recent discussion held by Axios Systems concluded IT leaders must deliver service improvement and cost reduction in order to make the technology readily available globally across a wide range of industries.

ITEXPO Highlights the Changing Role of IT
August 18, 2014 - 12:48 PM
It is difficult to say what was the single most interesting take-away of the event. From the plethora of great new technology on the show floor, including our "best in show" winners, to StartupCamp9, the M2M Battle of the Platforms, updates on where we are with SDN and NFV (we are making progress on both) and the sessions of ITEXPO and all of the collocated events, let's just say there was a lot to see and hear.

The Marriage of IT & Information Governance: Rocky Romance or Wedded Bliss?
August 18, 2014 - 11:46 AM
Sometimes the marriage of Information Technology and Information Governance seems like an arranged one, where two parties go kicking and screaming to the altar to satisfy traditional rules. Other times, it can be a true partnership that is equally rewarding to both and ultimately to the business. The fact remains -collaboration is necessary and inevitable with new governance trends having a great impact on IT. What were once isolated and occasional requests on IT to recover or discover data, now need to be a fully integrated part of an overall plan to support the business and derive the most value from information.

Return on Prevention: The Business Value of DDoS Protection
August 18, 2014 - 10:33 AM
The data center has evolved from what was once primarily a provider of enterprise back-office support services to the public-facing Internet data center (IDC) of today. The IDC provides real-time, business-critical functions such as sales, communications, customer support and so on. And now, a growing threat to IDC availability is distributed denial of service (DDoS).

Turn End-of-Life XP Systems into VDI Thin Clients at Up to 90 Percent Savings
August 18, 2014 - 6:00 AM
It's natural to feel frustrated that support for Windows XP ended as of April 8 of this year. If you are stuck with an aging fleet of Windows XP-based machines, you have three options.

Wheelings & Dealings: IBM Acquires Cloud Security Company Lighthouse
August 15, 2014 - 6:21 PM
While the fervor over cloud computing has died down, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of companies who understand the value of that tech. That is underlined by the recent announcement that IBM has acquired cloud security services company Lighthouse Security Group. Lighthouse's technology is geared towards easily and quickly identifying data and protecting identities in what has become a rather complex IT environment.

Global Colocation Solutions Provider CyrusOne Partners with Omegabyte
August 15, 2014 - 4:52 PM
In order to attain a multi-faceted go-to-market approach, Global colocation solutions provider CyrusOne has added Omegabyte Networks as a new private cloud solutions channel partner.

Big Data is an Information Management Issue, Not a Storage Issue
August 14, 2014 - 10:27 AM
Right now, big data is one of the most heard buzz words in IT, next to cloud, analytics and mobile. So far, most of the discussions on big data focus on storage. In the past, a lot of people thought big data was only a storage problem. Organizations were wondering if they will have sufficient capacity in the future to store all the data they generate. While capacity is important and organizations need to ensure they are well-prepared for the future, the real issue with regard to big data is not storage, but information management.

ITEXPO's AARP Keynoter Emphasizes That IT Staff Needs to Get Proactive
August 13, 2014 - 5:01 PM
IT staffs at organizations tend to think of themselves as support teams. Instead, they need to look at things through a different lens and consider what they can be doing to drive the business at large forward.

Network Data Systems Successfully Deploys Monolith Software's AssureNow Platform
August 13, 2014 - 4:57 PM
Network Data Systems, a world-class specialist in providing IT infrastructure professional and managed services, recently implemented Monolith Software's AssureNow solution.

ITEXPO Leading Change Panel Offers Tips on How IT Teams Can Stay Relevant
August 13, 2014 - 4:03 PM
There's an interesting dichotomy in business today. Information and communications technology have become engrained in the workings of most organizations, so it might seem that IT types would be sitting pretty. Yet, at the same time, things are moving so quickly in tech that it's important for IT leaders to be proactive to ensure they remain relevant.

NVIDIA Renews Data Center Partnership with NTT Communications
August 13, 2014 - 1:11 PM
NVIDIA, a company that offers visual computing technology solutions, recently announced the renewal of its data center partnership with NTT Communications. As a result, NVIDIA will keep using NTT Communications' Hong Kong data center facilities.

The IT Relevance Gap - Reclaim Your Company's Move to the Cloud
August 13, 2014 - 11:18 AM
Today, IT executives need to straddle the line between business and technology. As Line of Business (LOB) managers rush to the cloud, IT managers must get in front of this trend before disaster strikes. What is most concerning is the fact that many IT executives don't realize how pervasive this trend has become and what to do about it. LOBs go as far as swiping credit cards and use their own budget discretion to get the applications, services, and capabilities they need as quickly as possible. As a result, the IT department is disappearing from the LOB managers' view as the resource to help govern, support, or advise them on cloud-based solutions.

CIO Roundtable Reveals State, University Leaders Thinking on Network Security
August 13, 2014 - 8:01 AM
The federal government may be following our every virtual move, but the state governments of Nevada and Washington, as well as the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, are surprisingly open in the freedom they grant users on their networks, while still ensuring that important data on those networks is secured.

Eaton Announces Agreement with ROOT Data Center
August 12, 2014 - 5:38 PM
Eaton, a power management company, has entered into an agreement to deliver power distribution and quality solutions to ROOT Data Center's new state-of-the- art, Tier 3 colocation facility in Montreal, Canada.

Bremer Financial Corporation Installs ForeScout CounterACT
August 12, 2014 - 10:33 AM
Network environments are continuously under threat from internal and external sources. Whether it is a massive DDoS attack launched by hacktivists or a rogue app installed on the mobile device of an employee who is part of the corporate bring your own device (BYOD) program, the danger is very real and unrelenting.

One of the Most Important Components of Cloud Adoption is Trust
August 12, 2014 - 10:26 AM
There are a number of variables that influence an organization's decision to migrate some or all of its business and technology processes to the cloud. Major motivators typically include capital and operational savings, flexibility and scalability and overall improved efficiencies. Not to mention a typically robust set of features that can go head to head with or better than legacy solutions.

Microsoft's Gaming Products Through Amazon Open to Indians
August 12, 2014 - 9:39 AM
India has seen explosive growth in the online retail industry over the last few years due to the availability of cheap smartphones, data plans and a tech-savvy young population that prefers to shop online. To tap into this growing retail market, Microsoft has entered into an agreement with Amazon India to sell its gaming and entertainment products such as Xbox and Kinect.

Workers Lack Confidence in Federal Data Centers Reliability
August 12, 2014 - 9:14 AM
While federal workers know the importance of real-time information in performing their job functions, most lack confidence in their data center's ability to meet their most critical uptime and failover service level agreements (SLAs), according to a new survey.

Four Performance Management Must-Haves for Virtualized Environments
August 12, 2014 - 9:07 AM
A strategy to leverage virtualization to provide the most cost-effective infrastructure, while successfully deploying new applications, is top of mind for the CxOs in many corporations. Properly done, virtualization cuts costs while facilitating new revenue streams. Improperly done, it leads to devastating contention storms that can destroy the reputation of your brand and customer loyalty in the blink of an eye.

ABPTech, DrayTek Enable SMBs to Ensure Access to the Cloud
August 12, 2014 - 7:35 AM
More and more businesses - including SMBs - today rely on the cloud for such applications as CRM, e-mail, security, and more. The rise of the cloud means more services are available to more organizations at more affordable prices. And many businesses are migrating even their mission-critical applications to the cloud.

When Drones are Employees, Legal Issues can Follow
August 11, 2014 - 6:25 PM
While the idea of drones in general has left some a bit cold-especially when it comes to camera-packing drones that can see in our windows while leaving actual police officers or the like potentially miles away-the idea of drones in business has opened up a wide array of new possibilities. The down side, however, is that while whole new possibilities are now available, so too are legal issues that surround the idea of drones in business.

ITEXPO West 2014: Masergy Continues to Make Waves in 2014
August 11, 2014 - 5:44 PM
While most of us are hoping to make waves at the beach during this last hot stretch of summer, Masergy, a global cloud and unified communications as a service (UCaaS) provider, is looking to make waves in 2014 as the powerhouse behind the world's largest independent global cloud network platform. As ITEXPO West 2014 kicks off today at the Rio in Las Vegas, VP of Cloud Communications Dean Manzoori sat down with TMCnet to discuss what Masergy has up its sleeves as we welcome the second half of the year.

Telem Group Selects Centina Systems' NetOmnia Suite of Solutions
August 11, 2014 - 2:35 PM
Caribbean telecommunications provider, Telem Group, has selected Centina Systems' NetOmnia suite of solutions for real-time end-to-end visibility of the network and improved troubleshooting and problem resolution.

Yahoo Hits Black Hat Conference with Exciting Encryption Prediction
August 11, 2014 - 2:00 PM
Yahoo plans to have end-to-end encryption available on its popular email product by 2015.

Online Trust Alliance Reveals 91.7 Percent Failed its Email Trust Scorecard
August 11, 2014 - 11:38 AM
The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is a not-for-profit organization established to empower and improve trusts among users while at the same time promoting the well-being of the Internet. The goal of the organization is to educate everyone to protect the identity, privacy, and security of users. The 2014 Email Integrity Audit report released by the OTA, which includes its Email Trust Scorecard, has revealed a very high percentage rate of failure.

Basis Technology Announces Rosette Search Essentials for Solr
August 11, 2014 - 11:13 AM
Basis Technology, a company that develops products and solutions incorporating multilingual text analytics and digital forensics, recently announced a new solution that comprises a complete Solr instance together with industry-leading text analytics. Rosette Search Essentials for Solr provides dependable language support, increasing accuracy across major languages.


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