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CIRBA Virtual Machine Capacity Planning Tool Gets Upgrade0

CIRBA announced Version 5.1 of its virtualization capacity management tool on the 28th January, 2009. I’ll be reviewing CIRBA 5.1, and here’s why. As virtual infrastructure pervades the data centre, capacity planning–along with other management tasks–will rise in importance for maintaining cost-effective operations.

Panasonic Toughbook Laptops Undergo Makeover, Gain Intel Technology

Panasonic is adding new features and functionality to its line of rugged Toughbook laptops, designed for use in more strenuous environments. The Panasonic Toughbook 30 laptop and the Panasonic Toughbook 19 tablet notebook offer improved memory security and battery life.

Layoffs to Continue at IBM, Sources Say

IBM has laid off some 2,800 employees, with more to come, according to the Alliance@IBM organisation. Big Blue has had job cuts in both its Software Group and its sales and distribution group, with more to come in the company’s Systems and Technology Group, sources said.

Court Rejects Intel’s Request for Delay in Antitrust Case

A European court rejects Intel’s request to delay a hearing in front of the European Commission, Europe’s main antitrust body. The case against Intel, still the world’s largest producer of x86 processors for PCs and servers, dates back several months. The European Commission has charged Intel with paying PC retailers to not sell chips made by AMD. Intel has denied the charges and the company is considering its legal options.

Retailer Wireless Devices Largely Unprotected

A new survey shows 44 percent of the wireless devices used by retailers are vulnerable to attacks by data thieves. And that’s the good news. A year ago, the same Motorola survey showed 85 percent of retailers were sitting targets for drive-by data attacks. New PCI standards phasing out Wireless Equivalent Protocol–the weakest form of encryption this side of no encryption at all–may hold the key to improved retailer wireless security.

IT: Part of the Problem, or Part of the Solution?

IT is a serious polluter – but it’s also the key to reducing carbon outputs, says Dr Hamadoun Touré of the ITU. We can use technology to slash our emissions, and still save the third world, he says. And while we are about it, why does every phone ship with a new power supply?

Sun Cools Down the Data Centre

The IT industry has a poor record of wasting energy in data centres, says server maker Sun Microsystems. But the company wants to make amends: it has attacked the source of the problem, and rewritten the rules for cooling and power.

How to Reduce Network Expenses

In the current economic slowdown, IT administrators are under constant pressure to build and maintain solid networks while every equipment purchase they make is scrutinised. Knowledge Centre contributor Paul Hooper offers five ways that IT staffs can build automated, secure networks that are energy-efficient and cost-effective.

AMD Updates Opteron Processor Lineup with Energy-Efficient Chips

Advanced Micro Devices is updating its line of 45-nanometer Opteron processors with five new energy-efficient models that work within 55-watt thermal envelopes. In addition, AMD is rolling out a pair of high-performance, 45-nm Opteron processors that run at 2.8GHz. The new offerings expand AMD’s line of 45-nm Opteron processors, formerly, known as “Shanghai,” which first came to the market in November.

Sun Begins Carrying Out Planned Layoffs

UPDATED: Sun confirms that layoff notifications were sent to about 1,300 employees as the result of its action 14th November, 2008. Reductions were made across all levels, including vice presidents and directors, the company says.

Researchers Develop New Semiconductor Ink

U.S. researchers have developed a new type of semiconductor ink that brings companies a step closer to making bendable computer screens or inexpensive sensor tags to help retailers keep track of their inventory. The soluble semiconductor ink is capable of carrying a negative electrical charge, says Polyera CEO Philippe Inagaki.

Intel, Citrix Collaborating on Desktop Virtualization

Intel and Citrix are planning to bring desktop virtualization technologies to a wider enterprise audience by combining their respective capabilities to make running and managing virtual machines within corporate desktops and notebooks easier. Intel and Citrix plan to combine Intel’s vPro management and security technology with Citrix’s Xen hypervisor and other virtualization applications that will allow IT departments to run several secure virtual machines within the same corporate client. The announcement by Citrix and Intel also looks to counter what VMware plans to offer with its vClient VMware View products.

DiVitas Offers a Solid Unified Communications Option

DiVitas Networks’ newest mobile UC platform moves beyond the usual fixed mobile convergence features to include secured instant messaging, presence and visual voicemail. Such features made up for a disappointing set-up experience.

ContentWatch Security Appliance Offers Filtering, Anti-malware

ContentWatch’s CP 300 security appliance offers very good content filtering, traffic shaping and anti-malware capabilities, as well as excellent reporting. It also integrates with directory services such as LDAP to let businesses enforce Internet usage policy per person.

Testing Microsoft’s Windows Application Whitelisting Tool

The SRP feature in Microsoft Windows doesn’t offer the same granularity of control or change management capabilities as whitelisting options from third-party suppliers, but there also are no extra licensing costs and it works well with Windows clients and servers.

MetaGeek Wi-Spy DBx Offers Cheap, Easy WLAN Analysis

With the proliferation of WLANs in businesses and homes, the need to plan and police wireless networks is growing. The MetaGeek Wi-Spy DBx USB device and accompanying Chanalyzer 3.1 software simplify sophisticated spectrum study for the masses.

Novell Adds Application Virtualization to Portfolio

Novell ZENworks Application Virtualization does a good job of virtualising software on Microsoft Windows desktop PCs. It is also a worthy competitor to Symantec Altiris SVS, Microsoft Application Virtualization and VMware ThinApp 4.

HP ProLiant DL185 G5 Storage Server Is Capable, Quick

With the ProLiant DL185 G5, Hewlett-Packard introduces a major update to the management software that improves usability over earlier versions of HP Storage Server Management Console. The ProLiant DL185 G5 can be configured as either an NAS or iSCSI SAN device.

VMware Workstation 6.5 Is a Top Virtualization Tool

VMware Workstation 6.5, the latest version of VMware’s PC or laptop virtualization tool, continues the company’s trend of offering top-notch technology to developers and power users. Other vendors are following VMware’s lead in this area.

Ubuntu Remains Best Linux Distribution for Desktops

Ubuntu 8.10 still outshines the Linux desktop offerings from Red Hat and Novell, and is the best open-source alternative to Microsoft and Apple operating systems. However, both Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux and Novell’s SUSE distributions are ahead in the server space.

SOA: Wanted Dead or Alive

Burton Group analyst Anne Thomas Manes set off a storm of IT industry chatter around the viability of SOA when she pronounced that service-oriented architecture is dead and the recession killed it. However, all SOA-related technologies will continue to gain importance.

Intel Atom Processor Road Map Springs a Leak

Intel will shrink its Atom processor to 32-nanometres in the second half of 2010, and the company is developing this chip and a new netbook platform under the codename “Medfield”, according to a research note that UBS analysts published earlier this month.

11 Best Practices to Save on Data Centre Power

Data centre managers could save millions of kilowatt hours annually by implementing 11 best practices, says analyst company Gartner. Most of these projects can be completed with little or no budget or effort. Here’s the list of 11 power-saving practices.

Six Tips to Build Your Brand

Social networking tools such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and others offer SMBs new ways to build communities and your brand. Here are the best ways to build both at the same time.