Stories by Bob Francis

  • At Interop, security is a key focus

    Interop, formerly Networld+Interop, begins this week, and along with the new name comes a flurry of announcements from vendors aiming to solve various networking security issues.

  • HDS adds NAS appliance to storage lineup

    Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) on Monday entered the network-attached storage (NAS) market with a new blade as part of its high-end virtualization platform, the TagmaStore array. The blade is the first Hitachi-developed NAS offering. The company will continue to sell third-party NAS products as part of an agreement with Network Appliance.

  • SECURITY ADVISER: Hacker has fun with Sidekick

    Ironically, security may well become Paris Hilton's new best friend because, frankly, it's no simple life for the starlet these days. First her Sidekick address book was hacked and her celebrity friends' phone numbers were made public; then the hotel heiress' name became the bait for two different email worms.

  • EMC unveils storage search

    EMC today announced Centera Seek, designed to search, retrieve, and utilize active enterprise archives created with EMC Centera CAS (content addressed storage) system.

  • EMC offers iSCSI Clariion

    EMC is entering the iSCSI (Internet SCSI) SAN market in a big way this week with a range of Clariion arrays utilizing lower-cost technology. Clariion partner Dell is also adding the product to its own lineup of storage offerings.

  • Service is new tale of the tape

    As companies move to consolidate tape and disk storage systems, tape storage vendors are offering additional options to increase the value and flexibility of their systems.

  • F5 adds speed to switches

    F5 Networks this week is announcing a high-end version of its Big-IP layers 4-7 switch, a compression card, and an updated version of its software all designed to improve performance.

  • Bluesocket secures $US10m in funding

    Bluesocket, which got its start in the wireless LAN market back when people were more enthused about Bluetooth than Wi-Fi, has secured $US10 million in additional venture funding.

  • McData offers storage director

    McData on Tuesday announced its Intrepid i10K Backbone Director, a 256-port director targeted at Global 500 enterprises that want to consolidate multiple storage networks and manage them as a single SAN. The company also announced it is acquiring Computer Network Technology (CNT), a provider of enterprise storage networking services, for US$235 million.

  • Cisco switches add 10GigE features

    Cisco Systems has beefed up its switching portfolio with several new and upgraded switches and systems designed to make 10GigE more affordable, increase availability, boost security, and add power over Ethernet features.

  • Nortel certifies new VoIP partners

    Nortel Networks Corp. is expanding the compatibility of its VoIP (Voice over IP) and multimedia solutions through completion of interoperability testing with new, third-party products and the addition of new industry leaders to its interoperability program.

  • Exabyte adds new tape storage

    Exabyte has announced the release of the Magnum 1X7 LTO Autoloader, a 2U, rack-mountable, automated backup and restore system for less that US$5,000.