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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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

Free Technical Webinar Alert! Contains information about managing physical, virtual and mobile devices

Attend this month’s Novell Technical Training Webinar for information about managing physical, virtual and mobile devices, BrainStorm GroupWise training, and Novell Vibe 3.3.

The March webinar will be:

Date: March 20, 2012
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Eastern (GMT -4)
Link to register: http://www.grouplink.com/event/128

The agenda will be as follows. You have the choice to attend one, two, or all of the sessions:

11:00- 11:45 am “Delivering the Dynamic Workplace” – Darryl Burns & Bryan Huls, Matrix42

12:00- 12:45pm “10 Things You Should Be Using in GroupWise” – Alex Evans, BrainStorm

1:00- 1:45 pm “Preview of Novell Vibe 3.3” – Tracy Smith, Novell

If you cannot attend during these times, you can still register and we will send you a recorded copy of the sessions.

With the overwhelming response for the last webinar, we anticipate this webinar to fill up fast, so register now!

Promotion Alert! Available in Europe (EMEA) Only

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Value Pack for Novell GroupWise, a joint initiative of Novell, GWAVA and SKyPRO.

Value Pack for Novell GroupWise 2012

With the Value Pack, GWAVA and SKyPRO offer an add-on for Novell customers who have purchased Priority Maintenance for GroupWise:

The Value Pack for Novell GroupWise is combining GWAVA “Vertigo” a leading eMail management product, and SKyPRO GWTalk – Basic, integrated solution offering SMS, Instant Messaging and Skype functionalities, all integrated in the GroupWise mailbox… and it is free-of-charge!!!

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Two powerful products integrated together to give Network Engineers the ideal firewall management solution

While most security and network engineers still prefer using the CLI, the need to manage configurations from a single console that works with multiple vendors and device types has several operational benefits. Firewall solution provider, Athena Security have integrated Athena FirePAC with the SolarWinds Orion Network Configuration Manager (NCM) product to offer you the most operations-friendly firewall management solution anywhere.

Using these two products together, you have the safety of daily backups and configuration change monitoring plus intelligence for determining the most optimal changes. The combination is more powerful, affordable and flexible than what you can do with typical firewall vendor management consoles.

Video – Firewall Management Using SolarWinds Orion NCM and Athena FirePAC

Athena FirePAC retrieves the latest configurations stored in Orion NCM to provide comprehensive policy validation. FirePAC Impact Analysis allows you to not only compare the rule and object definitions pre and post-change, but it will also help you predict how IP traffic will be handled by the firewall. You’ll know exactly what a rule or object does in just a few simple clicks and gain a dramatically easier way to locate what can be re-used for making changes.

If you are struggling with a bloated and cumbersome rulebase, FirePAC Rule and Object Cleanup allows you to simplify your objects and eliminate rule clutter to improve manageability and performance. Once you have run the analysis, you can automatically generate cleanup scripts in the CLI format, with extensive comments, so you can quickly deploy them to the devices.

You can try both products for free and learn first-hand how this solution will save you loads of time managing your network environment.

To extend your SolarWinds Orion NCM + FirePAC solution even further, check out how you can get even greater value by adding Security Audit and PCI Compliance to your component bundle.

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It’s your Virtualization. Not theirs

Virtualization promises many exciting opportunities, such as the potential to enhance productivity while significantly reducing costs. These benefits can be made restricted by the use of complicated proprietary virtualization solutions. The reason for this is although the physical server count and utility costs may reduce, many of the cost benefits are neutralised by the costs applied by proprietary virtualization vendors such as those applied for the use of Virtual memory (VRAM).

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 is a complete virtualization management solution for servers and desktops, and the first enterprise-ready, fully Open Source virtualization platform. Whether you are new to virtualization, exploring the virtues of switching to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization-based solutions, or are making the assessment around Red Hat as a second vendor within your virtualisation strategy, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 represents a true strategic alternative to organisations searching for near native levels of application performance, greater cost savings through the adoption of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 technology compared with other virtualisation vendors and a faster return-on investment (ROI) through the low cost subscription model with no requirement for Licensing and capital expense. All of the above benefits are underpinned with the benefits of Open Source and freedom from vendor lock-in.

Remarkably Affordable
Most proprietary vendors complicate the path to virtualization by offering multiple product editions, all with high upfront procurement costs and confusing maintenance fees. Red Hat offers a single, enterprise-ready edition of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0, under a straightforward and affordable annual subscription model. The subscription is based on the level of support you require and entitles you to software access, product patches, upgrades and access to Red Hat’s Customer Portal. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 is priced on a per-socket basis (for each hypervisor) and offers the lowest TCO and fastest ROI when benchmarked against equivalent proprietary solutions: typically 60-90% less expensive.

Enterprise-ready
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 is an end-to-end virtualization solution, consisting of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 Hypervisor, the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 Manager and a powerful mix of enterprise features and advanced capabilities that match and in some cases surpass those offered by proprietary virtualization solutions. Many competitor offerings are segmented into multiple product editions and require customers to buy add-on products to achieve true enterprise functionality. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 offers High Availability, Live Migration, industry leading Security based on SELinux security standards, an easy-to-use browser-based central management system, and a rich eco-system of certified hardware and software partners through a single product.

Fast and Scalable
The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 hypervisor combines the power of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Kernel with Kernel based Virtual Machine Technology (KVM); making the Linux Kernel a high speed enterprise-ready hypervisor. Deployable as a standalone, bare-metal hypervisor, or as a standalone instance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux running as a hypervisor host, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 dominates the independent, industry standard benchmark for virtualization. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 provides great cross-platform performance, is ideal for mission-critical Microsoft Windows workloads and is the obvious choice for Linux environments.

Many organisations enter into virtualization without considering their future requirements and soon realise that scaling-up proprietary solutions can be complicated and costly. With a single enterprise-ready edition of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 and a subscription model that stays the same each year, Red Hat makes cost forecasting predictable and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 affordably scalable.

You will find the below video useful as an overview of the Red Hat Virtualization 3.0 with representatives from IBM, HP, CISCO and Intel giving their full support.

Why Choose Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0?
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 offers compelling value by matching the core enterprise functionality of proprietary virtualization solutions, at a price that can be up to 90% less expensive. For more information about Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0, or to discover how Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 compares on performance and affordability when benchmarked against leading virtualization solutions.

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Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3 Beta Now Available

What’s all the excitement about? 

Red Hat, the world’s leading open source technology solutions provider with offerings including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, and a broad range of management and services have made available the beta version of its latest Virtualization solution.

With the release of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 Beta, Red Hat previews new capabilities that build upon its industry-leading scalability and performance for both server virtualization and desktop virtualization use cases.

At the fraction of the cost of propriety virtualisation platforms, we highly recommend that the beta is downloaded to see just how this solution can work for you whilst carving back costs to the business.

For guidance and to sign up for the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3 beta evaluation head to: http://red.ht/z7QsLt

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