Sunday, December 13, 2009

Threats to VMware Hegemony Revealed in New Server Study

TheInfoPro, an independent research company for the IT industry, today released its fall 2009 Server Study showing slow but recovering x86 server deployments, contrasted by strong growth in deployments of VMware, Windows Server and Linux, primarily Red Hat.
VMware is still the leading vendor in use and in plan for server virtualization, and few users report firm plans to switch from VMware to Hyper-V. However, this parallel deployment of Hyper-V, Citrix and Red Hat virtualization capabilities could signal a challenge to VMware’s dominance; this implies that heterogeneous environments will be commonplace, where VMware is used for production, and Hyper-V may grow through deployments for development and testing.
“Much of the strength of the VMware story is predicated on a homogeneous population of VMware servers under control of VMware management utilities,” said Bob Gill, managing director of server research for TheInfoPro. “The more heterogeneous the environment, the less VMware is positioned in the central infrastructural layer in the data center.”
Key Data in Server Hardware
TheInfoPro’s Server Study reflects a depressed server hardware market caused by a confluence of the economic downturn and the impact of server consolidation and virtualization that has been a top priority for the past several years.
One technology showing rapid penetration among respondents is server-driven desktop replacements/appliances. With the halo effect of server virtualization drawing interest to desktop virtualization, the percentage of users citing such technology as in use rose from 9% in Wave 7 to 18% in Wave 8. Interestingly, the percentage of those expressing no plans remained fairly constant, showing that pent-up demand is being satisfied, but new demand is not yet appearing.
10Gbps switches took the top spot in the Server Hardware Heat Index, as users prepare to upgrade their networking infrastructure for increasingly dense and demanding servers. Two percent (2%) report such switches in pilot, 5% in near-term plan, and 16% of the sample cited in long-term plan, which extends through Q3 2010.
Key Data in Server Software
This study showed that growth in infrastructure server software deployments, such as operating systems and virtualization software, continues much more strongly than growth in hardware units, driven by the efficiencies derived from server virtualization. Growth in the number of virtual machines deployed implies growth in virtualization software licenses, as well as for the OS instances required for each virtual machine.
Application monitoring and management tools, and discovery and inventory management tools, rank fourth and fifth respectively on the Heat Index, as users attempt to gain control over their increasingly virtualized and dynamic systems.
More than 60% of users project that more than half of all database systems will be run on 64-bit OS instances, up from just under 50% in 2009, implying substantial refreshing and upgrading of OS instances. More than two-thirds of respondents use Microsoft for back-end/database servers.
Eighty-three percent (83%) of respondents now report virtual machine software for midtier/application servers in use somewhere within their organization. This widespread deployment is illustrative of virtualization’s movement from strictly development and test applications to production applications.
Cloud/utility computing scores well on the Heat Index, based on the 13% who report it in long-term plan, but the vendors cited reflect an even split between respondents who are describing internal cloud development and those who are referring to using an external cloud provider.
About TheInfoPro’s Server Study
TheInfoPro’s Wave 8 Server Study is based on detailed one-on-one interviews with server professionals at 300 large and midsize enterprises in North America and Europe that were completed in fall 2009. It provides detailed plans about usage patterns for 43 server technologies that fall under the following categories: x86 server hardware, servers and storage networking, infrastructure management software, virtualization software, applications and advanced architectures, special operating system and other server form factors. For each technology, IT pros were asked about the status of implementation and about the vendors they are using or considering. In addition, data is collected on the current and projected spending on the technology. TIP’s proprietary technology indexes provide tools to evaluate areas of interest to the reader. Vendors that were mentioned in the study include Hewlett-Packard, Dell, IBM, Oracle, VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat, Cisco, NEC and Stratus Technologies.
About TheInfoPro
TheInfoPro is the only independent research network for the information technology (IT) industry. Through a peer network of more than 1,800 of the world’s largest buyers and users of IT, including Citigroup, FedEx, McGraw-Hill, MasterCard, Pfizer, Vodafone, PepsiCo, JPMorgan Chase and Harvard University, TheInfoPro delivers detailed budget, vendor performance and technology roadmap data without spin or bias. Known as the “voice of the customer,” TheInfoPro helps IT professionals, technology providers and institutional investors make sound decisions on technologies, vendor relationships and investments. Founded in 2002 by alumni of Gartner, Giga, EMC and Bell Labs, TheInfoPro is headquartered in New York City. To learn more, visit or call (212) 672-0010.
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Yahoo Hosting Customers’ Threatened by Attempts to Hijack Websites

NEW YORK– The customer protection company for online businesses, Trusteer, today issued a security advisory that warns the customers of website hosting companies, including, against a new phishing attack aimed at stealing their content management system log-in credentials. The e-mails discovered by Trusteer appear to be from (and other website hosting firms) and ask website owners to confirm their cPanel/FTP account information. Using this information, criminals are uploading look-a-like bank website pages to steal funds.
cPanel is a very popular CMS (Content Management System), used by many leading hosting providers, including Yahoo. It is used to perform website operations, including FTP account control and setup, which can be used to upload content to the cPanel-managed web site. Over the past few days, Trusteer’s security monitoring service has detected a phishing email campaign targeting owners of cPanel-based sites at various hosting providers. The attack is designed to harvest the FTP credentials of site owners, using cPanel-oriented messaging. The full report is available at:
“The ability to upload arbitrary content into relatively small and less popular sites may seem un-interesting fraud-wise,” said Amit Klein CTO of Trusteer and head of the company’s research organization. “However, evidence we have collected over the past few months connects cPanel-driven sites to online banking fraud. By stealing cPanel login credentials, criminals do not need to use hacking tools to upload content to a website, and therefore can avoid detection until after they have siphoned funds from consumer and business banking accounts.”
About Rapport
Rapport from Trusteer is a lightweight browser plug-in plus security service that acts like a vault inside the browser and prevents redirection of user information to fraudulent websites. It protects personally identifiable information (PII) and Web pages from unauthorized access and theft while users are accessing sensitive Web sites. Trusteer also offers in-the-cloud reporting services where unauthorized access attempts detected by Rapport are analyzed by fraud experts who provide actionable intelligence to financial institutions.
About Trusteer
Trusteer enables online businesses to secure communications with their customers over the Internet and protect PII from a user’s keyboard into the company’s Web site. Trusteer’s flagship product, Rapport, allows online banks, brokerages, healthcare providers, and retailers to protect their customers from identity theft and financial fraud. For more information visit
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New .CN Domain Club Released by ResellerClub

One of the world’s largest providers of Web services, ResellerClub, made the announcement of it’s launch of it’s .CN Domain Extension. This also parallels the addition of another one of it’s well received TLD to it’s Domain Suite, which will have the effect of adding more profit opportunity among industry retailers but allow for a more established connection with the booming Chinese economy. The company has stated that they will be offering this new .CN Domain at $7.99, which makes it one of the lowest priced .CN Domain in the industry.
The CEO of ResellerClub, Bhavin Turakhia, offered the statement that “The .CN domain extension has seen an exemplary growth since its launch throughout the world. Earlier this year, .CN crossed over 13 million registrations to become the second most registered domain extension after .COM.” Mr. Turakhia also went onto say that “with China now representing the one of the largest internet populations, .CN is the ultimate choice for our Resellers to tap into the fastest growing economy in the world,”
About Reseller Club: ResellerClub (, a Directi Group Business, is one of the largest private label Web solutions providers in the world and an industry leader in providing end-to-end automation to domain resellers, Web hosts, Web designers, and other Web service companies. We provide the most comprehensive product portfolio at the most competitive prices. We currently provide our products and services and power the back end infrastructure and software of thousands of Web hosts worldwide.
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Savvis NASDAQ:SVVS and Cisco Lengthens Private Cloud Development Partnership

Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS), a global leader in outsourced Internet infrastructure services for the enterprise, and Cisco today announced an expanded relationship focused on the development of private clouds for the enterprise.
Savvis will integrate the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) as the cornerstone of Savvis Symphony, Savvis’ next-generation private clouds platform, previously dubbed Project Spirit, that will power the industry’s first enterprise-class Virtual Private Data Center (VPDC) with multi-tiered security and quality of service capabilities. Cisco UCS unites computational, network, storage access, and virtualization into a scalable, modular architecture that is managed as a single system.
The Cisco Unified Service Delivery solution optimally utilizes pools of resources within any given data center and applies them to any service offering as well as interconnects data center islands to further combine resources, which can significantly reduce capital and operational costs. Savvis is using the Cisco Unified Service Delivery solution for service delivery which combines the Cisco UCS architecture with the Cisco Nexus solutions, ACE and MPLS next-generation network.
As part of an expanded go-to-market strategy, Savvis and Cisco are also working together to deliver managed IT infrastructure solutions and enterprise private clouds. The companies have collaborated on the development of a reference architecture that will help enable enterprise customers to take advantage of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) benefits available in Savvis Symphony. This architecture was tested and validated end to end in Cisco’s labs, which should enable Savvis to quickly bring these services to market.
“Savvis is one of the first service providers to deliver private cloud and Cisco Unified Computing System benefits to the enterprise,” said Rob Lloyd, executive vice president of worldwide operations, Cisco. “The Cisco Unified Computing System is a key element in the Cisco service provider portfolio, which is evolving the data center to a more consolidated, virtualized and automated environment that lays the foundation for cloud computing. We are working closely to support Savvis and Savvis Symphony to provide our mutual customers with cloud IT infrastructure services based on Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery architecture.”
“The market for IT infrastructure is undergoing profound change as virtualization and new technologies impact cost strategies and alignment with the business,” said Phil Koen, chief executive officer, Savvis, Inc. “Enterprises want all the benefits of cloud computing, but acquiring, integrating and managing the new technologies is not for everyone. We look forward to working with Cisco’s global sales force experts with deep experience in virtualization and Cisco technologies, with a unified vision of private clouds for the enterprise.”
Today’s announcement of Cisco UCS being selected for Savvis Symphony builds on the progressive relationship Savvis has had with Cisco in providing managed IT infrastructure solutions since 2006. Savvis is using Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery architecture for key elements of service delivery which also includes the following solutions:
* Savvis selecting the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series, Cisco ACE blade and Firewall Services Module to deliver virtualized network infrastructure for its next-generation hosted area network architecture;* Cisco and Savvis announcing Savvis’ global next-generation MPLS network that unified Savvis’ data center infrastructure and management systems enhancing Savvis’ ability to deliver IT IaaS; and* Savvis announcing the Cisco Nexus 5000 and 7000 Series switches serving as the virtualized network backbone for the VPDCs powered by Savvis Symphony, along with the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch with VN-Link technology enabling virtual machines and network connectivity to be seamlessly linked.
Savvis operates a global tier one application transport network and 28 data centers globally encompassing more than 1.4 million square feet of raised floor space designed to support enterprise IT operations. In addition, Savvis was recently positioned as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Hosting and Cloud Infrastructure (on Demand), 2009, and can be accessed at
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Neustar and OpenDNS Combine to Improve DNS Updates

Neustar, Inc., a provider of managed authoritative DNS services, and OpenDNS, a recursive DNS service provider, yesterday announced the implementation of a Neustar-sponsored initiative that will provide near-real time updating of the Domain Name System (DNS) across the internet, utilizing its databases to form the DNS Real-time Directory. The company avers that this provides a centralized cloud-based system that allows its customers and participating providers to publish DNS modifications in real time to participating ISPs and recursive service providers, creating a better experience for internet users around the world.
The company explains that along with OpenDNS, it has identified the need for a better process for updating the DNS, which is critical to the performance and security of the internet. Under the current process, enterprises and domain owners, who maintain the authoritative DNS records, are constrained by a ‘waiting period’ known as DNS Time to Live (TTL) before the recursive DNS records cached within the ISPs’ infrastructures are updated. The often sluggish pace of these DNS updates plagues customers of both companies on a daily basis.
It further explains that since the inception of the internet, documented online outages have exposed a glaring need for a fundamental change to this approach. In recent months, large service providers – as well as entire countries – have been completely unavailable to internet users for periods of time due to errors in ISPs’ DNS memory or cache. While the fixes were identified and made immediately, the corrections were subject to inherent caching rules, and therefore could not be propagated until the TTL expired. The company states that the DNS Real-time Directory makes disaster recovery easier, faster and more flexible, as it facilitates instant updates to DNS entries and IP addressing in the wake of an outage. It adds that by speeding up the time it normally takes to acknowledge updates to the internet’s infrastructure, the DNS Real-time Directory represents a significant step forward in the way web-savvy organizations manage change.
“We were pleased to work with Neustar on this initiative,” said David Ulevitch, Founder and Chief Technical Officer of OpenDNS. “Collaborating with Neustar means OpenDNS is now not only one of the largest recursive DNS services on the planet, but also the most up-to-date. Neustar provides a world-class authoritative DNS service. OpenDNS provides a world-class recursive DNS service. We look forward to other service providers adopting the DNS Real-time Directory as the standard for real-time updates.”
“For decades, the Internet community has known that while DNS caching provides enhanced network performance and stability, it also introduces complexities and vulnerabilities into the Domain Name System,” said Sean Leach, Senior Director of Technology at Neustar. “With Neustar’s DNS Real-time Directory, DNS changes and corrections can be propagated immediately throughout the Internet using a centralized, cloud-based directory infrastructure for the first time ever.”
“Delays in Domain Name System updates have long frustrated service provider and enterprise IT decision makers alike,” added Dan Golding, Vice President and Research Director at Tier 1 Research. “DNS delays result in thousands of ‘Internet brownouts’ every year as organizations change their email services, bring up new web sites, or move locations. This new, collaborative real-time DNS update system is an incredibly useful addition to the evolving Domain Name System.” Related News :