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Business School Extra -- Credit or Reality TV?  For some time now we've been counseling our clients (haranguing they would probably say) to deal with Microsoft's $2B/an incremental investment in security and its possible impact on the security ecology. As Vista rattles toward release, some of these issues are coming to a more visible head. Taking full advantage of Microsoft's EU anti-trust problems, McAfee published a letter in the Financial Times noting Microsoft's Vista security actions "unfair" and customer harmful (remember that the sine qua non anti-trust issue is whether the customer is harmed). The question is whether Microsoft's deprecation in Vista of the undocumented interfaces used historically to inject security hooks into Windows is good design (Microsoft's view) or a predatory business act that weaken security for the customer (McAfee's view). Right now, only Microsoft is in a position to objectively argue the case. They claim to have ample evidence of the system instability issues caused by kernel patching. The rest of us will just have to wait. If Microsoft achieves anything like their goal of a factor of 10 platform security improvement for Vista over XP SP2, then the facts will probably speak for themselves.

"WAAS Up?" -- That's the title of our latest report focusing on the WAN infrastructure market, now that Cisco has introduced its WAAS (Wide-Area Application Services) product line to the market.  This report, 'WAAS Up? Cisco Fleshes out its WAN Offering,' contrasts the different WAN strategies of both Cisco and Microsoft and the directions that customers may choose from.   Interested?-- jkatsaros@irg-intl.com.

Exchange 2007 Coming Soon -- Later this week we're taking the wraps off our latest study covering the upcoming launch of Exchange 2007 and its potential impact on the e-mail market.  For those of you in the e-mail eco-system, this new product launch can be good news, bad news or both.  Interested?-- jkatsaros@irg-intl.com.

Gold Found in the Riverbed:  Our hats are off to our friends at Riverbed who pulled off a successful IPO wistfully reminiscent of the go-go days of the dot com period (was that really only six years ago?).  In the face of looming competition from the biggest of the big boys (Cisco and Microsoft) the Riverbed team kept their heads down and grew sales at an impressive rate resulting in a successful IPO well short of profitability loading the Riverbed cache coffers with fuel to turn that corner, leaving other investors like Tacit (acquired by Packeteer) quietly wringing their hands wondering if they made the right (albeit sensible) choice to sell out.

Luxury Boxes -- We got our wish.  In the last issue we hinted that the best way to get a mention in this newsletter would be through a lavish gift.  We suggested a Sharp 1080P 57" LCD HDTV.  Akamai took the hint and offered up a trip to Fenway to see the Red Sox during their recent Akamai analyst conference.  Back in 2002, many had given up on Akamai -- the icon of the Internet infrastructure bubble hit bottom, their stock had dropped below $10 and investors were running away.  Today, that's all changed. The stock is above $50 for the first time in years and their business is booming.  What they told us five years ago was basically "wait till broadband connections get above 20%, then everything changes."  Well their 20% estimate might have been a little optimistic but now that broadband penetration rates are so high (near or above 50% in many countries)  Akamai's sales are greater than $100M per quarter.  And they make a good point -- just look at how much content is on the home page of most sites these days.  While they still stumble over making their case on the enterprise side, their business seems to grow with the times.

Cisco Wideband / Time to Finally Sell that AT&T Stock?  Once again we're impressed by the versatility of the digital cable architecture that Milo Medin and his @Home team created many years ago. While the SP's like Verizon have come to the realization that they have to do something like fiber to the home in order deliver competitive HD TV to the consumer, the cable guys just keep raising the ante.  Cisco -- a key supplier that is shamelessly trying to provoke technological war and sell arms to both sides -- just introduced the next incremental step in technology for data services featuring IP and QAM channel bonding. Cutting through all the geek details the net result is that a "cable" provider can now offer businesses "wideband" (as in 250 Mbit/sec!) data services over the good old cable plant. No need to bother granny to sell that AT&T stock quite yet (cable only has about 3% of the $80B US business data market today) but it looks increasingly like that coax the cable guy installs may get the last laugh.

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Don't Try to Understand It -- It's Just Magic!  Our favorite device in the "Magic" category is the Turntide system that Symantec acquired just after acquiring Brightmail.  We had a chance to catch up with Carlin Weigner recently (Symantec's Mr. Spam now that Enrique has been called to even bigger challenges). After some struggles productizing Turntide, Carlin now reports the much sought after market traction. If you don't know what we're talking about, the Turntide box sits in an incoming mail stream and builds a model of the reputability of each mail server sending mail.  As a server's reputation diminishes, the Turntide box throttles what they receive from that source. What's really clever about the approach is that since the Turntide box never rejects or quarantines a message (just slows its arrival) it never loses good mail (zero false positives). After the acquisition, Symantec was able to improve the Turntide offering by leveraging all the Brightmail spam detection and reputation capabilities.  Prior to that, each Turntide box independently determined the spaminess of senders using only local Bayesian algorithms with the resulting limitation that it took a lot of protected mailboxes to tune up the reputation. Leveraging the Brightmail algorithms and services a Turntide box can be more effective with many fewer mailboxes in back of it. So you turn on the box and after awhile 70% of your incoming mail volume just doesn't show up anymore (magic!). Carlin reports the biggest problem is that when the service renewal comes up some of the customers, noting that they don't get much spam any more, don't renew. Of course with the box off it isn't long before the mail volumes rise dramatically again illuminating the mistake in reasoning (Carlin denies that a Symantec controlled BotNet fed with subscription renewal information had anything to do with it).

The Pen Is Mightier than the Sword -- Here's your Crisis Management 101 Quiz: What was the really stupid mistake that HP made in the pretexting fiasco? Ethics? Questionable legal interpretation? Nope. The really stupid mistake was going after a journalist. Most journalists don't get paid much (Bob Woodward excepted) but they certainly don't like to be thought of as the servants of big business wealth. As HP is now painfully learning the press has unique capabilities to keep the ball in the air just when you hope it can be quietly deflated and buried in the backyard.  Don't screw with the press.

Power to the People!  The power minimization emphasis continued at Intel's IDF (which otherwise suffered from a pall of the recent 10,000 announced layoffs).  In Paul Otellini's keynote (speaking of hotseats!), Google's distinguished engineer Luiz Barroso spoke a little about Google's power reduction goals. One of his most interesting observations was that in a normal data center, 70% of the power is consumed before even getting to the computing equipment because of the various conversions (AC/DC/AC) and voltage step-downs. So if you make a server 50% more power efficient you make a 15% improvement overall. If you want to really save on products you have to consider a much bigger picture. Google also makes its own server power supplies with considerably greater efficiency than those on the open market (see http://services.google.com/blog_resources/PSU_white_paper.pdf ). We suppose that next GM will introduce a laptop that runs on G85 ethanol (with Corvette design).

As The Chip Turns -- Steve Jobs might be strange but he sure isn't stupid.  When Apple moved from IBM to Intel for CPU's for the Mac a lot of people wondered whether this was in the best interests of the Mac cultists since Intel iconoclasm was always part of that. Apple understood that since Intel now had the power minimization religion the Intel processors would overtake IBM in power efficiency. It turns out there are other powerful benefits. When Intel brings out a new CPU now it tends to have architectural visibility (e.g. more cores, virtualization capability, …). The pipeline between Intel and the customer on the Windows side is long and hard often requiring some support in Windows and then by the ODM and computer vendor.  In contrast, here in Silicon Valley Apple and Intel have a small team of bright engineers and if it is to Apple's benefit they can easily be the first to market with a MAC that leverages a new Intel CPU. Intel loves it because the not-to-price-sensitive MAC purchaser is a great way to take advantage of Intel's newest. So expect to see some share growth for Apple in areas like laptops especially given the fact that you can run Windows virtualized if you want.  And speaking of competition, we would guess that AMD is in for a pretty hard time now that the CPU competition has moved to mine-has-more-cores-than-yours (naa, naa, naa!). AMD is better than Intel at many things but getting new processes into volume production is not and is not likely to be one of them. Smaller features and more transistors is the way you get more cores, and Intel seems destined to win those battles for the foreseeable future.

Like the Phoenix --  As part of its July quarterly revenue results Websense happened to mention that it had licensed the Inktomi Traffic Server proxy and caching technology and intended to use this code base as part of future security solutions.  Holy Cow, we haven't seen that code base since Yahoo! acquired Inktomi at the end of 2002.  It sure looked like it was put out to pasture years ago.  Apparently the Inktomi code is a magic bullet that Websense is using to quickly grow its security product line.  They've already announced the WebBlazer Web Threat Management System (proxy and cache system on the Crossbeam UTM platform) and an agreement to OEM the PortAuthority content analysis software which we assume will sit on this code base.  When CEO Gene Hodges left McAfee to take over at Websense he promised to fill out the company's security offerings and the Inktomi code base is apparently one of the tricks up his sleeve.  What's not known is whether or not the Inktomi code base is up to the task -- after all, it's been a few years.

Wikipedia Entry Needed -- Compliance Fatigue -- Too many vendors making the same claims to cure corporate compliance problems without a regard for what they're talking about.

Peeling the EMC Onion:  In our last issue we mentioned an interesting EMC product called Infoscape targeting content discovery.  Last week, EMC held a briefing to introduce the NLayers offering within the context of the evolving SMARTS product line. Anyone who is not impressed with what can be done using network information should take a look at this offering.  NLayers' market success was based on what the product could do by just lurking and looking at network traffic.  Big companies like GE under compliance pressures found great value in a system that could quickly create an "as built" model of the existing software infrastructure without getting buy-in from the 100 or so different department that would be needed with more explicit approaches (ones that required suitable access permissions). In this mode of operation NLayers sniffs network traffic and builds the software configuration model based on what is seen. The product offering can do more if given permission to access file data or if agents are placed on servers, but even in lurking mode the reaction from many is probably "How the f*& did it do that?" The question they should probably be asking is "What else can you do with that data?"

Thanksgiving at the Melvins -- We caught up with Network Intelligence's EVP of Marketing and Business Development Jim Melvin shortly after EMC acquired the company at the end of last month.  Jim was instrumental in assisting Network Intelligence in turning the corner from a second tier SIM player into a contender which eventually caught EMC's interest as EMC expanded its enterprise security portfolio.  Jim was too polite to comment on the fate of the remaining independent SIM companies (it's our belief that with Cisco hitting on all cylinders with its MARS product -- as of August Cisco brought on 2200 new MARS customers -- it's going to be difficult for the independent startups still left in the space) but there still may be a few large systems companies that view SIM as an interesting form of product line extension.  Jim's view of the acquisition is "right time, right company" -- EMC came along as Network Intelligence was reaping the benefits of its new strategy.  If you're counting, the latest scorecard for SIM acquisitions is below.  Jim's brother Jeff is the VP sales at Network Intelligence so it's Thanksgiving dinner at their house this year!

SIM Vendor

Acquirer

Date

Amount

Protego

Cisco

12/20/04

$65M

GuardedNet

Micromuse (Now IBM)

7/1/05

$16.2M

E-Security

Novell

4/19/06

$72M

Network Intelligence

EMC

9/18/06

$175M

Total

 

 

$328M

An Old Friend in the Hotseat:  Maybe it's not as challenging as being HP's Chief Ethics Officer, but it's got to be close. We heard from our old friend Doug Cavit that he's now Microsoft's Chief Security Strategist. When we first met Doug he was at McAfee.com and responsible for their very elegant and transparent Windows XP virus control software. He's been with Microsoft for some time allegedly working on things like consumer security services. We wish Doug the best and think Microsoft got one of the best. We can't wait to see whether in practice the job is more like a Buddhist monk in robes dispatching wisdom or the cyberspace version of Peter Sellers' Dr. Strangelove. If a virus tries to attack Vista and fails does it make a sound?

Funding News -- Thirteen infrastructure startup investments raised over $150M during the past couple of weeks.

Date

Company

Sector

Detail

Amount
($millions)

Total
Investment
($millions)

Investors

9/25

BPL Global

Smart Grid Applications

Series C

$25.0

 

Al-Deera Holding, International Financial Advisors, Kuwait Holding Company, and International Finance; PA Early Stage Partners, and SZAR Partners

9/22

DATAllegro

Data Warehouse Appliances

Series C

$22.5

 

JAFCO Ventures and included Focus Ventures, Adams Capital Management, Intel Capital, Palomar Ventures and Venrock Associates

9/18

OpSource

Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions

Series C

$20.0

 

Intel Capital, ComVentures, Artiman Ventures, and Key Venture Partners

9/26

Port Authority Technologies

Information Leak Prevention

Series D

$18.0

 

New Enterprise Associates, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners and Lexington Ventures

9/18

PeakStream Inc.

High Performance Computing Application Platform

Series B

$17.0

 

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital and Foundation Capital

9/21

Aristos Logic

Storage Processor

Series F

$15.0

 

Panorama Capital, TPG Ventures, Woodside Fund and QTV Capital

9/28

Twisted Pair Solutions

IP-Based Communication Software

Series A

$9.0

 

Ignition Partners and Core Capital Partners, and includes Chart Venture Partners

9/13

Sonim Technologies Inc.

VoIP Solutions

Series C

$8.3

 

 

9/8

Enure Networks

Broadband Services

Series A

$8.0

 

Elron Electronic Industries Ltd. led the round and Carmel Ventures participated

9/27

Integrated Mobile

Wireless Managed Mobile Services

 

$5.0

 

Enhanced Equity Fund LP

9/26

GuardID Systems

Security

Series A

$5.0

 

Trinity Ventures

9/26

ARIO Data Networks

Network Storage

Series A-1

$3.7

 

 

9/28

TeleFlip Technology

Messaging Solutions

Series A

 

 

GRP Partners

             

Going Public -- Riverbed Technology, announced an initial public offering of 8.7 million shares of its common stock at a price of $9.75 per share and has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to approximately 1.3 million additional shares. Acme Packet Inc. has set the terms of the company's pending initial public offering at 11.47 million shares with an estimated price range of $6.50 to $7.50 a share.

Corporate News -- Netuitive real-time analysis software for business service management (BSM), was awarded its 8th  U.S. Patent No. 7,099,799 for its seasonality technology, a key component of Netuitive's real-time analysis software. Xirrus, high capacity, long range Wi-Fi products, was issued United States Patent Number US D526,973 S. The United States Design Patent covers the physical housing of the Wi-Fi Array. And, Application Security, database security, opened its first regional sales and operations center in the UK.

Mergers & Acquisitions -- Sun will acquire Neogent, an identity management services automation company. Siemens Building Technologies intends to acquire VistaScape Security Systems, automated video analytic technology. Network Appliance, advanced networked storage solutions, completed the sale of a substantial portion of its NetCache assets to Blue Coat Systems.

Partnerships -- Websense, web security and web filtering productivity software, signed an agreement with PortAuthority Technologies, Information Leak Prevention, to use its technology as part of the new Websense product line. Websense also partnered with Crossbeam Systems, unified threat management (UTM), launched the WebBlazer Web Threat Management System that offers organizations a comprehensive security solution that defends against internet attacks while offering accelerated web content and caching delivery, enterprise class web security. Sega Amusements USA Inc. and New Edge Networks have reached a national agreement for using high-speed broadband connections for powering network connected coin-operated games. Protegrity Corporation, Data Security Management solutions, expanded the Protegrity Alliance Network with the signing of a reseller agreement with Integra SpA, security company. EMC, Intec Telecom Systems and SenSage have pooled resources to provide a comprehensive, cost effective solution to answer mandate of the EU Data Retention Directive. Telkonet, powerline carrier (PLC) networking solutions using existing electrical wiring, partnered with Ameren Energy Communications and River City Internet Group to deliver broadband Internet access to multi-dwelling unit facilities (MDUs) in the Ameren utility companies' Missouri and Illinois service territories. Critical Links, networking technology, added nine new channel partners to meet the market demand for edgeBox. Ultimaco, Data Security Company and the mobile voice security company GSMK are launching the first PDA and smart phone security solution capable of simultaneously encrypting both voice and data. WildPackets Inc., advanced network analysis, and A10 Networks, identity-aware network solutions, integrated the WildPackets OmniAnalysis Platform and the A10 Networks IDsentrie appliance for identity management providing instant identity resolution for network. LastMile Communications, secure, edge-of-network wireless content delivery solutions, has signed a strategic partnering agreement with J4 MediSmart, Inc., a subsidiary of J4 Technologies, Inc.

Product News -- Stratacache announced a breakthrough in file distribution performance with OmniCast Performance Edition, a new product that slashes the cost of rapidly and reliably transporting massive data or video files from one to many sites. Ipanema Technologies, application traffic management systems for wide area networks, launched its new dedicated branch office appliance: IPE 5. ForeScout Technologies, network access control (NAC) for enterprises, released CounterACT 6.0 and the addition of two new products to the CounterACT family. Insightix, real-time and agentless network discovery and network access control solutions, released its Insightix Management Center enabling an enterprise with multiple networks across geographically distributed locations to achieve a unified view of its IT inventory and enforce a unified network access control policy. Crescendo Networks, high performance Application Front End (AFE) products, is working with application vendors to optimize and accelerate Web 2.0 and Rich Internet Applications. Netuitive Software, real-time analysis software, real-time analysis software analyzed and correlated over 22,900 live data streams in less than one minute using a single CPU machine validating the unmatched speed, scalability and power of Netuitive's technology.

Netli, global service provider for accelerating applications and content over the Internet, released NetliOne, unified managed services platform that optimizes dynamic Web applications, content, and Web services.  Stampede Technologies, enterprise acceleration solutions, released its latest innovation in client technology, Acceleration On-Demand.  Foundry Networks, end-to-end switching and routing, announced a new family of entry-level ServerIron application and content management switches with an integrated Web firewall security suite for secure and optimized delivery of Web and triple-play services in small- and mid-sized enterprise data centers. Netcordia, network analysis tools, announced new Configuration Command Scripts (CCS) for its NetMRI network appliance. Exinda Networks, integrated application acceleration, wide-area-network (WAN) optimization and network management solutions, expanded its European distribution and reseller channel, doubling its European market coverage during the last four months. Solana Networks has introduced an IP network diagnostic and troubleshooting appliance that provides full route path visibility to any network running the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). 

Computer security company, Agnitum Ltd., launched Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0. Savant Protection, preemptive malware spread mitigation and containment technology, launched its enterprise security product Savant. Clearswift launched new versions of its internal email solutions: MIMEsweeper for Exchange and MIMEsweeper for Domino. Network Chemistry, wireless security, announced a major new release of RFprotect Distributed for securing facilities and endpoints against wireless threats. Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Wi-Fi test equipment, releases a new wideband BumbleBee-EX for handheld and rugged Wi-MAX spectrum analysis. Lantronix announced the newest version of its WiBox wireless Device Server to serve the growing demand for WiFi technology that allows companies to remotely manage and control their appliances and machines over the network or the Internet. Infoblox Inc., essential infrastructure for identity-driven networks, introduced the new Infoblox Network Services for VoIP package. ADTRAN, networking and communications equipment, introduced the NetVanta 3400 Series of Multiservice Access Routers. ClearSight Networks, real-time application and network analysis and specializing in VoIP monitoring and analysis, enhanced the newest version of its ClearSight Network Analyzer to provide first-to-market Triple Play support in real-time. Internet Security Systems, preemptive, enterprise security, introduced the Proventia Network Mail Security System, security appliance dedicated solely to protecting an organization's messaging infrastructure.

VMware, virtualized desktops and servers, announced broad industry support for VMware Consolidated Backup, a software product part of VMware Infrastructure 3 Enterprise edition that leverages virtualization technology to enable quick and easy backup and recovery. Network Chemistry, wireless security, announced a major new release of RFprotect Distributed for securing facilities and endpoints against wireless threats. AEP Networks, Policy Networking solutions, introduced the latest version of its AEP Netilla Security Platform (NSP) Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Virtual Private Network (VPN). Connect123.net, a provider of Local Line VOIP services, will offer the Perimeter Unified Threat Management (UTM) suite of managed security services including Intrusion Defense, Email Defense and User Defense to their small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) customers.

Force10 Networks' TeraScale E-Series deployed in some of the world's largest grid networks.  Lockdown Networks customers will be eligible for a high-availability upgrade for every Lockdown Enforcer or Lockdown Commander.

Customer Wins -- OSRAM has deployed Radware's application front end (AFE) and application access solutions. Allot Communications, IP service optimization solutions based on deep packet inspection (DPI), announced that Southwest Telecommunications Cooperative (SWTC) is using the NetEnforcer AC-402 to monitor and manage network traffic for 36 school districts across southwestern Minnesota. Brutélé, cable television services to more than 300,000 households in Brussels and Wallonia, selected and deployed Infoblox network identity appliances. SNL Financial, multi-sector-focused news, selected Blue Coat SG appliances to accelerate its full range of business applications in their branch offices. Chengdu Telecom, China Construction Bank and Sichuan Telecom have purchased and successfully deployed the A10 Networks IDsentrie platform to provide identity management and security tools for their finance and telecommunication service provider networks. DePaul University, Catholic University, has selected and deployed Aventail's SSL VPN solution to provide secure remote access to the university's campus-wide wireless network. Jupiter Telecommunications, Japan's largest cable TV Multiple System Operator (MSO) with over 2.2 million subscribers, selected LongBoard, Inc. to conduct a trial in October leading to an early commercial launch of a Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) service.

Netuitive, real-time analysis software for business service management announced that its software is being used as the core technology in a $7.4 million U.S. Air Force contract.  Microchip Technology, microcontroller and analog semiconductors, deployed Netli's NetLightning and NetliOffload services to accelerate application and content delivery to customers in 55 markets and countries around the world. Department of Computer Science at Purdue University has deployed Force10 Networks' TeraScale E-Series family of switch/routers and the S50 data center switch in its new $20 million state-of-the-art facility.

Executives On The Move -- Pillar Data Systems, enterprise network storage systems, appointed Edward "Ned" Hayes as chief financial officer. Pure Networks, a maker of home networking software and services, has named Jeff Erwin as chief executive. Egenera Inc., datacenter visualization architecture, has appointed Michael Thompson president and chief executive. VitalStream announced the appointment of its newest CTO, Patrick Ritto. Revivio Inc., continuous data protection appliances, appointed Christopher Rocca as vice president of engineering.

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Product News

Agnitum introduces Outpost Firewall Pro 4.0
Computer security company, Agnitum Ltd., launched Outpost
Firewall Pro 4.0...more>

Force10 Networks Sees High Performance Security Essential To Promote Adoption Of Grid Networks
The Force10 TeraScale E-Series deployed in some of the world's largest grid networks...more>

BVS Releases Rugged Wi-MAX Spectrum Analyzer
Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Wi-Fi test equipment, releases a new wideband BumbleBee-EX for handheld and rugged Wi-MAX spectrum analysis...more>

Lockdown Networks Promotion
Lockdown customers will be eligible for a high-availability upgrade for every Lockdown Enforcer or Lockdown Commander...more>

VMware Announces Broad Industry Support
VMware, virtualized desktops and servers, announced broad industry support for VMware Consolidated Backup, a software product part of VMware Infrastructure 3 Enterprise edition that leverages virtualization technology to enable quick and easy backup and recovery...more>

Lantronix Announces it New 802.11 Wireless Device Server
Lantronix announced the newest version of its WiBox wireless Device Server to serve the growing demand for WiFi technology that allows companies to remotely manage and control their appliances and machines over the network or the Internet...more>

Ipanema Launches WAN Optimization Branch Office Appliance
Ipanema Technologies, application traffic management systems for wide area networks, launched its new dedicated branch office appliance: IPE 5...more>

ForeScout delivers enterprise grade NAC
ForeScout Technologies, network access control (NAC) for enterprises, released CounterACT 6.0 and the addition of two new products to the CounterACT family...more>

Stratacache Introduces Unprecedented Level Of File Delivery Performance
Stratacache announced a breakthrough in file distribution performance with OmniCast Performance Edition, a new product that slashes the cost of rapidly and reliably transporting massive data or video files from one to many sites...more>

Insightix Announces the Release of Insightix Management Center
Insightix, real-time and agentless network discovery and network access control solutions, released its Insightix Management Center enabling an enterprise with multiple networks across geographically distributed locations to achieve a unified view of its IT inventory and enforce a unified network access control policy...more>

A10 and WildPackets integrate Identity with Network Analysis
WildPackets Inc., advanced network analysis, and A10 Networks, identity-aware network solutions, integrated the WildPackets OmniAnalysis Platform and the A10 Networks IDsentrie appliance for identity management providing instant identity resolution for network...more>

Clearswift simplifies content security for internal email
Clearswift continues to simplify content security by launching new versions of its internal email solutions: MIMEsweeper for Exchange and MIMEsweeper for Domino...more>

New Infoblox Network Services for VoIP Solution
Infoblox Inc., essential infrastructure for identity-driven networks, introduced the new Infoblox Network Services for VoIP package...more>

Connect123 Partners with Perimeter to Secure SMBs
Connect123.net, a provider of Local Line VOIP services, will offer the
Perimeter Unified Threat Management (UTM) suite of managed security services including Intrusion Defense, Email Defense and User Defense to their small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) customers...more>

Solana Networks Adds Bgp Support
Solana Networks has introduced an IP network diagnostic
and troubleshooting appliance that provides full route path visibility to any network running the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)...more>

Network Chemistry Introduces RFprotect Solutions
Network Chemistry Inc., wireless security, announced a major new release of RFprotect Distributed for securing facilities and endpoints against wireless threats...more>

Crescendo Networks Facilitates The Growth Of Web 2.0 And Rich Internet Applications
Crescendo Networks, high performance Application Front End (AFE) products, is working with application vendors to optimize and accelerate Web 2.0 and Rich Internet Applications...more>

Netuitive Software Sets New Industry Benchmark
Netuitive, real-time analysis software, revealed that its analytics software has set a new industry benchmark -  Netuitive's real-time analysis software analyzed and correlated over 22,900 live data streams in less than one minute using a single CPU machine validating the unmatched speed, scalability and power of Netuitive's technology...more>

AEP Announces Latest Generation SSL VPN Product
AEP Networks, Policy Networking solutions, introduced the latest version of its AEP Netilla Security Platform (NSP) Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Virtual Private Network (VPN)......more>

Stampede Announces Availability & First Installations of Acceleration On-Demand
Stampede Technologies, enterprise acceleration solutions,
released  its latest innovation in client technology, Acceleration On-Demand...more>

ADTRAN Expands NetVanta Family
ADTRAN, networking and communications equipment, introduced the NetVanta 3400 Series of Multiservice Access Routers...more>

Netli Delivers First Unified Platform
Netli, global service provider for accelerating applications and content over the Internet, released NetliOne, unified managed services platform that optimizes dynamic Web applications, content, and Web services...more>

Foundry Launches New Entry-Level Application And Content Management Switches
Foundry Networks, end-to-end switching and routing, announced a new family of entry-level ServerIron application and content management switches with an integrated Web firewall security suite for secure and optimized delivery of Web and triple-play services in small- and mid-sized enterprise data centers...more>

Savant Protection Negates Malware Threat Launch
Savant Protection, preemptive malware spread mitigation and containment technology, launched its enterprise security product Savant...more>

ClearSight Networks First Real-Time Triple Play Analyzer
ClearSight Networks, real-time application and network analysis and specializing in VoIP monitoring and analysis, enhanced the newest version of its ClearSight Network Analyzer to provide first-to-market Triple Play support in real-time...more>

Netcordia expands network analysis tool
Netcordia, network analysis tools, announced new Configuration Command Scripts (CCS) for its NetMRI network appliance...more>

Exinda Networks Expands European Distribution Channel
Exinda Networks, ntegrated application acceleration, wide-area-network (WAN) optimization and network management solutions, expanded its European distribution and reseller channel, doubling its European market coverage during the last four months...more>

Lastmile Communications Signs Five-Year Strategic Channel Agreement
LastMile Communications, secure, edge-of-network wireless content delivery solutions, has signed a strategic partnering agreement with J4 MediSmart, Inc., a subsidiary of J4 Technologies, Inc...more>

Internet Security Systems Enhances Protection Platform
Internet Security Systems, preemptive, enterprise security, introduced the Proventia Network Mail Security System, security appliance dedicated solely to protecting an organization's messaging infrastructure...more>

Corporate News -- Funding News

Twisted Pair Solutions, Inc. Secures $9 Million In Series A Funding
Twisted Pair Solutions, Inc., IP-based group communications software, closed its first round of venture capital funding, receiving $9 million from Ignition Partners and Core Capital Partners, and includes Chart Venture Partners...more>

TeleFlip Raises Undisclosed Series A Funding
TeleFlip Technology for sending messages from computers to cellphones, has raised an undisclosed amount of Series A funding led by GRP Partners and others...more>

Integrated Mobile Completes Equity Financing
Integrated Mobile, wireless managed mobility services provider, closed a $5M equity capital investment with Enhanced Equity Fund LP. No other details disclosed...more>

GuardID Systems Secures $5 Million Funding
GuardID Systems, anti-phishing and pharming solutions to protect consumers against online identity theft and online fraud, announced today that the company has secured $5 million in a first round capital funding from Trinity Ventures...more>

Portauthority Technologies Raises Additional Round Of Funding
PortAuthority Technologies, Information Leak Prevention (ILP), raised approximately $18 million in Series D funding. New Enterprise Associates (NEA) led the investment round, with full pro-rata participation by Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners and Lexington Ventures...more>

ARIO Closes A-1 With $8M
Network storage company ARIO Data Networks Inc. closed $3.7 million in Series A-1 recapitalization round...more>

BPL Global Announces $25M in Series C Round Funding
BPL Global Ltd., which provides utility Smart Grid applications and consumer broadband Services via power lines, received $25 million in Series C capital. A consortium of Kuwaiti-based companies including Al-Deera Holding, International Financial Advisors, Kuwait Holding Company, and International Finance Company led the Series C round with DQE Communications; PA Early Stage Partners, and SZAR Partners...more>

DATAllegro Completes Series "C" Funding
DATAllegro, supplier of data warehouse appliances, closed $22.5 million in venture capital funding. The "C" Series round was led by JAFCO Ventures and included Focus Ventures, Adams Capital Management, Intel Capital, Palomar Ventures and Venrock Associates...more>

Aristos Logic Secures $15 Million Funding Round
Aristos Logic, RAID Storage Processor technology, completed a $15 million Series F funding round led by Panorama Capital (formerly JP Morgan Partners), TPG Ventures, Woodside Fund and QTV Capital....more>

PeakStream secures $17 million in funding
PeakStream Inc., software application platform provider for the high performance computing (HPC) market, raised a total of $17 million in Series B equity funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital and Foundation Capital...more>

OpSource Acquires $20 Million in Investment
OpSource received $20 million in Series C investment capital, venture leasing, and credit lines, led by Intel Capital, ComVentures, Artiman Ventures, and Key Venture Partners...more>

Sonim Raises $8.3M
Sonim Technologies Inc. has raised an $8.3 million third round of funding to help spread its push-to-talk technology in European and Asian markets...more>

Enure Networks Closes $8 Million Round A
Enure Networks tclosed round A of its venture capital funding totaling $8 million. Elron Electronic Industries Ltd. led the round and Carmel Ventures participated...more>

Corporate News

   

Netuitive Secures 8th Patent
Netuitive, real-time analysis software for business service management (BSM), was awarded its 8th  U.S. Patent No. 7,099,799 for its seasonality technology, a key component of Netuitive's real-time analysis software...more>

Xirrus Awarded First Patent for Wi-Fi Array
Xirrus, high capacity, long range Wi-Fi products, was issued United States Patent Number US D526,973 S. The United States Design Patent covers the physical housing of the Wi-Fi Array...more>

AppSecInc Opens UK Ctr
Application Security, database security, opened its first regional sales and operations center in the UK...more>

Going Public

   

Riverbed Technology Announces Initial Public Offering
Riverbed Technology,announced an initial public offering of 8.7 million shares of its common stock at a price of $9.75 per share and has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to approximately 1.3 million additional shares.  Riverbed's common stock will be listed on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "RVBD"...more>

Acme Packet Set to Go Public
Acme Packet Inc. have set the terms of the company's pending initial public offering at 11.47 million shares with an estimated price range of $6.50 to $7.50 a share...more>

Corporate News -- Mergers & Acquisitions

   

Sun to Acquire Neogent
Sun will acquire Neogent, an identity management services automation company...more>

Siemens Building Technologies Signs Agreement to Acquire VistaScape Security Systems
Siemens Building Technologies intends to acquire VistaScape Security Systems, automated video analytic technology...more>

NetApp Completes Sale of NetCache Assets to Blue Coat Systems, Inc.
Network Appliance, advanced networked storage solutions, completed the sale of a substantial portion of its NetCache assets to Blue Coat Systems ...more>

Corporate News -- Partnerships

Websense to Deliver New Technology
Websense signed an agreement with PortAuthority Technologies, Information Leak Prevention, to use its technology as part of the new Websense product line...more>

Sega, New Edge Networks Ink Agreement
Sega Amusements USA Inc. and New Edge Networks have reached a national agreement for using high-speed broadband connections for powering network connected coin-operated games...more>

Integra Spa Is Newest Member Of Protegrity's Alliance Network
Protegrity Corporation, Data Security Management solutions, expanded the Protegrity Alliance Network with the signing of a reseller agreement with Integra SpA, security company...more

EMC/Intec/SenSage meet the EU Data Retention challenge
EMC, Intec Telecom Systems and SenSage have pooled resources to provide a comprehensive, cost effective solution to answer mandate of the EU Data Retention Directive...more

Telkonet Partners with Ameren Energy Communications
Telkonet, powerline carrier (PLC) networking solutions using existing electrical wiring, partnered with Ameren Energy Communications and River City Internet Group to deliver broadband Internet access to multi-dwelling unit facilities (MDUs) in the Ameren utility companies' Missouri and Illinois service territories...more>

 

Critical Links Adds 9 New Channel Partners
Critical Links, networking technology, added nine new channel partners to meet the market demand for edgeBox...more>

Websense and Crossbeam Systems Launch WebBlazer Web Threat Management System
Websense, web security and web filtering productivity software, and Crossbeam Systems, unified threat management (UTM), launched the WebBlazer Web Threat Management System that offers organizations a comprehensive security solution that defends against internet attacks while offering accelerated web content and caching delivery, enterprise class web security...more>

Ultimaco and GSMK Launch Solution
Utimaco, Data Security Company and the mobile voice security company GSMK are launching the first PDA and smart phone security solution capable of simultaneously encrypting both voice and data...more>

A10 and WildPackets integrate Identity with Network Analysis
WildPackets Inc., advanced network analysis, and A10 Networks, identity-aware network solutions, integrated the WildPackets OmniAnalysis Platform and the A10 Networks IDsentrie appliance for identity management providing instant identity resolution for network...more>

Lastmile Communications Signs Five-Year Strategic Channel Agreement
LastMile Communications, secure, edge-of-network wireless content delivery solutions, has signed a strategic partnering agreement with J4 MediSmart, Inc., a subsidiary of J4 Technologies, Inc...more>

Customer Wins

OSRAM Shines Bright With Radware Application Delivery Solutions
OSRAM has deployed Radware's application front end (AFE) and application access solutions...more>

Allot and STC Support Distance Learning
Allot Communications, IP service optimization solutions based on deep packet inspection (DPI), announced that Southwest Telecommunications Cooperative (SWTC) is using the NetEnforcer AC-402 to monitor and manage network traffic for 36 school districts across southwestern Minnesota...more>

Brutélé Expands Network with Infoblox Appliances
Brutélé, cable television services to more than 300,000 households in Brussels and Wallonia, selected and deployed Infoblox network identity appliances...more>

SNL FINANCIAL SELECTS BLUE COAT
SNL Financial, multi-sector-focused news,  selected Blue Coat SG appliances to accelerate its full range of business applications in their branch offices...more>
 

A10 Networks Wins Key Identity Mgt. and Security Deals
Chengdu Telecom, China Construction Bank and Sichuan Telecom have purchased and successfully deployed the A10 Networks IDsentrie platform to provide identity management and security tools for their finance and telecommunication service provider networks...more>

Aventail's SSL VPN Helps DePaul University
DePaul University, Catholic University, has selected and deployed Aventail's SSL VPN solution to provide secure remote access to the university's campus-wide wireless network...more>

Jupiter Telecommunications Selects LongBoard
Jupiter Telecommunications, Japan's largest cable TV Multiple System Operator (MSO) with over 2.2 million subscribers, selected LongBoard, Inc. to conduct a trial in October leading to an early commercial launch of a Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) service...more>

Netuitive Provides Core Technology for Air Force
Netuitive, real-time analysis software for business service management announced that its software is being used as the core technology in a $7.4 million U.S. Air Force contract...more>

Microchip Technology Uses Netli Application Acceleration And Content Delivery Services
Microchip Technology, microcontroller and analog semiconductors, deployed Netli's NetLightning and NetliOffload services to accelerate application and content delivery to customers in 55 markets and countries around the world...more>

Purdue Department Of Computer Science Builds State-Of-The-Art High Performance Network With Force10 Terascale E-Series
Department of Computer Science at Purdue University has deployed Force10 Networks' TeraScale E-Series family of switch/routers and the S50 data center switch in its new $20 million state-of-the-art facility...more>

Corporate News -- Executives on the Move

Pillar Data Systems, enterprise network storage systems, appointed Edward "Ned" Hayes as chief financial officer...more>

Revivio Inc., continuous data protection appliances, appointed Christopher Rocca as vice president of engineering...more>

Pure Networks, a maker of home networking software and services, has named Jeff Erwin as chief executive...more>

 

 

VitalStream announced the appointment of
its newest CTO, Patrick Ritto...more>

Egenera Inc., datacenter visualization architecture, has appointed Michael Thompson president and chief executive...more>


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