Stories by Denise Dubie

What SOA means for management

The success of SOA within any organization depends on the appropriate management, according to industry watchers who say SOA will change the traditional management paradigm and require vendors and IT managers to update their approaches. For instance,...

Opnet acquires Network Physics for US$10 million

Network management vendor Opnet announced this week it has acquired Network Physics for US$10 million in a deal that will give Opnet the tools it needs to manage end-to-end application performance.

Noncertified IT pros earn more than certified counterparts

IT professionals who have acumen in diverse business areas but whose IT skills are noncertified are bringing in bigger salaries on average than their certified counterparts, according to Foote Partners, which attributes the growing imbalance to the m...

E-mail boosts productivity; IM poses threats: survey says

When it comes to communicating during the workday, a majority of enterprise users find e-mail and phone calls conducive to productivity, while unified communications technologies such as instant messaging, blogs and softphones distract them from the ...

Stratavia adds predictive analysis to IT automation platform

Data center automation software maker Stratavia this week announced it had upgraded its flagship product to be able to make decisions based on past actions and further lessen the amount of manual intervention needed in managing data center operations...

Cisco users gain configuration help from Opsware

Opsware Wednesday upgraded its management software with support for Cisco gear that the company says will help customers automate software updates and prevent configuration-related performance problems.

Performance management startup lands US$15 million in funding

Startup Akorri Monday announced it had garnered US$15 million (AU$18.2 million) in venture capital funding to further develop its technology designed to maximize application performance by optimizing server and storage resource utilization in virtual...

Dunes unveils SMB-ready virtual appliances

Automation software maker Dunes Technologies this week announced it would release two virtual appliances designed to help small-to-midsize business manage virtualization in their environments.

Survey: Security policies neglect off-network devices

A majority of companies put confidential data at risk every day when equipment such as servers, desktops, laptops and portable storage devices leave the confines of their network, according to a recent survey of 735 IT security practitioners.

Ponemon: Off-network security is a huge problem

Security typically tops the list of priorities for IT executives, but a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute reveals that at least one area of IT data security is being overlooked. Off-network security -- or the technologies and policies ...

Citrix: XenSource fills hole in product portfolio

Citrix's announcement that it would acquire XenSource demonstrates the company's plans to support the most relevant application delivery technologies possible, company officials say. The software, according to Citrix Chief Strategy Officer Wes Wasson...

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