EVENT: SolarWinds Technology Preview Day on board the HMS Belfast in London

We have exciting news of an event on board the HMS Belfast for the IT Management community.

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Iconic HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge

Join SolarWinds and Interactive Ideas on Friday 8th February on board the iconic British battleship HMS Belfast, to explore the new and exciting additions to SolarWinds’ Award-Winning IT Management solutions.

In this FREE Technology Preview Day, you will discover how to leverage SolarWinds to overcome the most complex challenges affecting your IT department:

  • Learn all about the new SolarWinds developments, and get a sneak peek into some of the upcoming features and releases happening this year!
  • Hear how the University of Warwick has solved their IT management challenges, whilst generating greater Return on Investment with SolarWinds.
  • Explore the technology in a live demo environment, with a team of SolarWinds System Engineers on-hand to demonstrate key features and answer your questions.

As a special promotion, everybody that attends will receive a 25% SolarWinds discount voucher! Places are limited and we expect attendance to be high, so click here to learn more about the event and register now.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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CASE STUDY: SolarWinds IPAM saves time and safeguards quality for Open Line

Open Line, a mature managed service provider based at Maastricht-Airport in The Netherlands, has steadily increased the operational efficiency of its cloud solutions, project and consultancy business groups over the past seven years by using a range of SolarWinds solutions.

Download the Case Study to learn more

Download the Case Study

SolarWinds regularly enhances and updates its IT Management product portfolio which has allowed Open Line’s Managed Services business group to safeguard its service level quality. For instance, SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM), has allowed the company to progress from using spreadsheets to monitor customers’ IP addresses, to relying on IPAM’s centralised IP management. IPAM has also simplified capacity management, saving up to 10 hours a month in IT staff time.

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WEBINAR: Learn how to monitor BYOD on your network effectively

Forrester’s latest report on mobile adoption in the enterprise found that 66% of employees now use two or more devices every day, including desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets. A smaller, but notable 12% percent said they now use tablets at work. That’s still far fewer than the 50% who report only using a desktop, or the 82% who use a desktop alone or alongside other devices.

66% of employees now use two or more devices every day

66% of employees now use two or more devices every day

"She won't take much more of this."

“She won’t take much more of this.”

Meanwhile, 55% of organizations stated that supporting a larger number of smartphones was a high or critical priority over the next 12 months, while 52% said the same of supporting tablets like Apple’s iPad.

We invite you to join a webinar presented by Darragh Delaney Head of technical Services at NetFort which will show you how to monitor BYOD activity on your network.

Getting this visibility into exactly what your network users are doing will help you ensure that you network does not suffer due to user actions.

Find out how BYOD is affecting your network on Friday, January 18, 2013 14:00 – 15:00 GMT

Register for this Webinar today: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/432130121

About NetFort LANGuardian

LANGuardian captures and analyses the traffic flowing through your network switch, stores it in a database, and displays the details in a web browser.

Read more T4B blog posts on Netfort here

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WEBINAR: Find out what users are doing on your Network

Users interact with the network in many different ways during an average day. They visit websites, send and receive email, download files from the Internet, upload photos and videos, perform online backups, and more. They can also — usually unwittingly — expose the network and themselves to intrusions, malware, viruses, phishing attacks, and other security risks.

Good visibility into user activity on your network can help you to troubleshoot problems when they arise; in many cases, it can help you to anticipate problems and prevent them from arising.

Join NetFort  on December 6th at 15:00 GMT for a webinar presented by Head of Technical Services at NetFort, Darragh Delaney that will give you valuable insight into exactly what users could be doing on your network.

During the webinar, NetFort will show you how to monitor different areas of the network including:

  • Sources of user data
  • Network traffic on the LAN and WAN
  • Internet activity
  • File shares
  • Mobile devices

Register today to reserve your seat.

About LANGuardian

LANGuardian captures and analyzes the traffic flowing through your network switch, stores it in a database, and displays the details in a web browser.

Offering a depth of insight into network activity that is unmatched by products costing ten times as much, LANGuardian helps network administrators troubleshoot bandwidth issues right across the network, perform network forensics on past events, investigate activity on Windows file shares, and keep track of user activity on the Internet.

The list of things you can do with LANGuardian is endless. Every customer finds unique ways to use it, solving problems they cannot solve with other tools.

You can deploy LANGuardian on any size of network, from a small office to a global enterprise.

LANGuardian deployment with multiple core switches

For more information on NetFort LANGuardian and other technology solutions for business and public sector organisations, including where you can purchase from, contact us today

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SolarWinds and Network World Survey Finds Remote IT Access Aids Disaster Response Time and Business Continuity

SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, recently released the results of a disaster preparedness and response survey conducted in partnership with Network World, and introduced the latest version of DameWare Remote Support, formerly DameWare NT Utilities.

The survey revealed that 76 percent of respondents’ organisations have a disaster preparedness and response plan for their business or IT department. An aspect of most plans includes remote access for employees to ensure business continuity. In addition, 48 percent of respondents have implemented remote management software to ensure that IT problems can be solved regardless of location.

Remote IT management solutions like DameWare Remote Support, which allows the ability to access systems with remote tech support if IT pros have to evacuate an area during a disaster, or SolarWinds Mobile Admin, a mobile IT administration tool that enables business continuity by allowing IT pros to monitor, troubleshoot and triage IT technologies from a mobile device, provide a comprehensive remote IT management solution to aid IT pros during destructive events.

Products that allow remote access to IT departments and applications can be an integral component in a comprehensive backup plan by ensuring secure connections during disasters or emergencies.

Survey Highlights:

  • Disaster preparedness and response plans: Almost half (44 percent) of respondents update plans each year; 57 percent of respondents that reported not having a plan, will create one in the next 12 months
  • Natural disaster business implications: 27 percent have not been able to go into the office because of a disaster and over 30 percent of those respondents missed a week or more of work
  • Data center recovery: When asked how confident their organization was that they could recover their data center in a reasonable amount of time, 30 percent reported they are “not at all confident”
  • Most common disasters: When asked about what disasters have kept them out of the office, 31 percent cited hurricanes while 28 percent cited floods

“In times of natural disasters and in maintaining year-round business continuity, remote IT management solutions can maximize flexibility and efficiency for IT organizations,” said Denny LeCompte, VP of product management, SolarWinds. “With DameWare Remote Support and SolarWinds Mobile Admin, IT pros have two, robust and easy-to-use solutions for taking on both remote desktop support and mobile IT administration.”

What’s new in DameWare Remote Support, formerly DameWare NT Utilities:

DameWare Remote Support lets IT pros support remotely troubleshoot and resolve IT issues. Using remote support software, IT pros can remotely administer Windows computers without having to interrupt end-users. DameWare Remote Support also includes the ability to remotely control computers so IT Pros and end-user can collaboratively troubleshoot problems.

The latest version of DameWare Remote Support adds the ability to remotely control Mac and Linux machines in addition to Windows. This release of DameWare Remote Support also adds support for Intel vPro allowing IT Pros to remotely troubleshoot problems when a server crashes or is powered off.

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Learn how Acronis vmProtect 8 enables organisations to easily & quickly implement backup & recovery of VMware VMs

Many critical IT functions have migrated to virtual machine environments. Using virtual machines to host email servers, database servers, domain controllers and other functions can streamline IT deployments and management. While virtual machines have improved many aspects of server and application management, they have also introduced new challenges for backup and data protection.

Acronis vmProtect 8 is Acronis new product built specifically for backup and recovery of virtual machines (VMs) in VMware vSphere environments. vmProtect 8 enables organisations of all sizes to easily and quickly implement backup and recovery of their VMware Virtual Machines.

Acronis host a webinar on Tuesday October 30th at 10:00 GMT on which you will learn how vmProtect 8 provides these benefits:

  • Easy Deployment
  • Simple Management Interface
  • Innovative Features
  • Instant Boot of VMs from backup
  • Accelerates Virtualization
  • Integrates with Acronis Cloud
  • Replication

Register now

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You can meet Acronis on stand G55 at IP EXPO 2012, which runs on October 17th & 18th at Earls Court 2. You can find out more about IP EXPO and Acronis attendance here

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Rotterdam University selects Novell Open Enterprise Server 11 to optimise IT infrastructure performance

One of the Netherlands’ largest institutions of higher education, Rotterdam University, selected Novell® Open Enterprise Server 11 and accompanying Novell Cluster Services™, to optimise the performance of its IT infrastructure. With this move, the university can manage its network of 33,000 end users with fewer people, reduce costs and protect the university against potential downtime.

With Open Enterprise Server 11 the university, including its staff and students, now has access to the most advanced file and print services on the latest SUSE® Linux Enterprise platform. As the university grows, Open Enterprise Server 11 will provide a stable environment for the IT administration to easily manage and maintain.

Open Enterprise Server 11 will help the IT department protect the university against downtime and disasters. Novell Cluster Services, an accompanying product with Open Enterprise Server 11, enables the university IT team to provide continuous service to staff and students by seamlessly managing tasks across sixteen interconnected servers in two separate data centers.

“Almost all the office automation runs on these sixteen servers. Thanks to Novell Cluster Services, we can count on permanent availability,” said Eric Kerkdijk, Manager of Infrastructure & Telecom Management at Rotterdam University. “If for whatever reason one of the nodes malfunctions, the corresponding node in the other data center takes over its tasks without causing any interruption – every cluster-enabled service can be taken over by the other data center within a matter of seconds. In this way, Novell Cluster Services makes managing and maintaining the servers very easy.”

The university selected Novell Open Enterprise Server 11 on account of its reliability and efficiency, which significantly lowers any additional maintenance costs. As an example, the university’s 33,000 end users are managed by a mere ten employees, only three of whom are specifically assigned to the Novell environment.

“The university looked into other solutions, but quickly realised that they would have demanded many more resources,” said Kerkdijk. “Now we need only sixteen servers in total. With Novell, we have reliable, proven technology at competitive prices – crucial for an educational institution with a limited budget.”

For more information on Novell Open Enterprise Server 11 as well as other technology solutions for business, including where you can purchase from, contact us today

Altoona First Savings Bank puts trust in SolarWinds Log and Event Manager for Security and Compliance

SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced that Altoona First Savings Bank (AFSB), based in Altoona, Pa, uses SolarWinds Log & Event Manager (LEM), a Security Information Event Management (SIEM) software solution, to protect and support the company’s secure IT banking environment.

AFSB had previously been using Cisco® Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System (MARS) to troubleshoot attacks on the bank’s network security data. When the product became obsolete after Cisco announced its end-of-life status, Doug Ickes, AFSB’s network administrator, sought a replacement.

Ickes started doing some investigative work, and narrowed his choices down to an appliance from netForensics® and SolarWinds LEM. He found that both were good products, but that he was going to pay inherently more for netForensics while SolarWinds LEM provides the same capabilities at a lower cost.

“For the price and the level of support, SolarWinds won me over,” said Ickes. “I wear a lot of hats managing the IT infrastructure at our small, community bank of 50-some employees, and I didn’t want to have to spend an inordinate amount of time monitoring logs. SolarWinds LEM allowed me the flexibility to do my job more effectively and efficiently.”
Security and Compliance Benefits and Beyond

Track USB usage – AFSB has several use cases for USB devices around the bank including electronic signature scanners for driver’s licenses. SolarWinds LEM’s USB Defender technology allows AFSB to monitor these ports rather than locking and shutting them all down arbitrarily, permitting AFSB to continue with business as usual unless a threat is detected.

Compliance-ready reports – Auditors love to see reports and stats on failed network logins. SolarWinds LEM helps AFSB exceed requirements for regulations such as FFIEC, FDIC and GLBA.
Track changes to users, groups and machines – AFSB uses SolarWinds LEM to protect and secure its infrastructure. When users are added, deleted, or added to groups that may elevate their privileges, alerts can be generated anytime a new user or machine account is added to the domain. Tracking these changes is key to ensuring AFSB’s policies are being enforced.

Real-time IT event correlation and analysis of network activity – Categorising the events makes them easy to filter in real time and search for historical analysis, enabling AFSB to detect a fan fail on one of their Cisco switches by using SolarWinds LEM, meaning they were able to send it in for a repair before it became problematic.

For more information on SolarWinds products and promotions as well as other technology solutions for business, including where you can purchase from, request information here

Global Stock Exchanges use Red Hat Linux Enterprise because of its reliability, scalability and performance.

The worldwide financial services industry is a prominent example of Red Hat’s leadership.  Customers in this sector quickly realised the value of open source software and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  Stock exchanges around the world – from NYSE Euronext to the Tokyo Stock Exchange – deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux because of its reliability, scalability and performance.  Today, 28 stock exchanges across 24 countries run Red Hat Enterprise Linux to handle more than 50 percent of the world’s trading volume.

Recommended video interview below with Steve Rubinow, CIO of NYSE Euronext, where he talks about why the NYSE chooses Red Hat solutions for flexibility and reliable, fast-paced performance.

Red Hat take their commitment to meeting the security needs of customers seriously because they know that security is a key evaluation criterion for our customers running high-intensity, mission-critical stock exchange environments. NYSE Euronext turned to Red Hat Enterprise Linux for a high-speed, cost-effective platform that offers freedom from vendor lock-in and strong security capabilities.

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Sony Online Entertainment Replaces Oracle with EnterpriseDB

Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognised worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with millions of gamers around the globe having enjoyed the company’s products over the years. SOE has developed or published many ground-breaking and genre-defining games, including EverQuest®, EverQuest II®, Star Wars Galaxies®, PlanetSide®, The Matrix Online®, and many more.

SOE’s database needs are considerable, and its database applications are the very definition of mission-critical: hundreds of thousands of online users play SOE’s games around the clock, and each game is an extraordinarily database-intensive application. Before SOE selected EnterpriseDB, dozens of Oracle 9i RAC clusters were in use. In addition, SOE deploys databases in its back-office operations and to support its user forum and online auction websites.

Examining its business, SOE found that its Oracle databases were extremely expensive and that Oracle’s licensing practices were inflexible and restrictive. At the same time, the company experienced a constant demand for the creation and maintenance of additional databases. Like many other companies today, SOE hoped that open source software might provide a solution to this business challenge.

Building on a History of Open Source Success
SOE has a history of success with open source software. The company has already successfully deployed Linux, Tomcat, Apache, and Hibernate. As early as 2005, the company began to investigate open source alternatives to Oracle that would have both a lower TCO and greater licensing flexibility.  SOE also sought to leverage their valuable asset of in-house Oracle talent. SOE used four primary criteria in its selection of an open source database:

  • Ability to leverage its existing database administrator and developer talent
  • Ease of moving SOE’s existing Oracle applications to the new database
  • Commercial-grade quality and reliability, including backup and recovery standards, to support mission-critical applications
  • Scalable, high performance execution

EnterpriseDB: A Clear Winner
At the end of a thorough review and selection process, SOE chose Postgres Plus® Advanced Server. An important factor in SOE’s decision was Postgres Plus Advanced Server’s ability to run database applications written for Oracle. SOE found that 80% of the applications it had selected to move from Oracle ran on Postgres Plus Advanced Server with little or no modification and that its Oracle-trained staff could immediately work comfortably and efficiently with Postgres Plus Advanced Server. Another important factor was Postgres Plus Advanced Server’s PostgreSQL foundation, which guaranteed the reliability and stability that SOE required. Finally, Postgres Plus Advanced Server was available for only a small fraction of the cost of Oracle.

From Oracle to EnterpriseDB
SOE has evaluated the move of the massively multiplayer game The Matrix Online from Oracle to Postgres Plus Advanced Server, and the transition is planned for later this year. SOE is very pleased with the results of its testing to date, and it anticipates that new massively multiplayer online games will be deployed on EnterpriseDB in 2009. When the deployments are complete, Postgres Plus Advanced Server will be running on hundreds of SOE servers around the world.

High Availability on Postgres Plus Advanced Server
SOE’s online games require high-availability database solutions. To achieve this, SOE will run Postgres Plus Advanced Server on a multi-node cluster with an idle node available for failover. Tests run by SOE have shown a very reasonable failover time using EnterpriseDB in this configuration when scripted at the operating system level. The renowned stability of PostgreSQL additionally means that Postgres Plus Advanced Server’s failover capability will seldom be needed.

Online Game User Forums on Postgres Plus Advanced Server
SOE uses custom J-Forums to power the user forums for its online games. Previously, SOE used a hosted forum solution that ran on MySQL. When SOE found that the hosted solution couldn’t easily be modified and new features couldn’t easily be added, J-Forum was brought in-house and run on Postgres Plus Advanced Server. The deployment so far has been a resounding success. Half of SOE’s online forums are now live on Postgres Plus Advanced Server, and the remainder will go live on EnterpriseDB in the coming months.

World-Class Technical Support
SOE is receiving terrific technical support from the EnterpriseDB team. Callbacks have been rapid, and the abundance of helpful solutions and example code compares very favorably with the technical support SOE receives from Oracle.

What’s Next for SOE and EnterpriseDB?
SOE is extremely pleased with the success it has already had with EnterpriseDB and plans to continue moving applications from Oracle to Postgres Plus Advanced Server to realize even greater cost savings. SOE’s future massively multiplayer online games are expected to be deployed solely on EnterpriseDB and, within 18 months, hundreds of servers around the world will run Postgres Plus Advanced Server. Open source software from EnterpriseDB has provided SOE with a solution to its business challenge: SOE has found a way to reduce its database TCO by nearly 80% and has realized a licensing flexibility that is critical to its organisation.

For more information on EnterpriseDB, Open Source solutions as well as other technology solutions for business, including where you can purchase from, request information here