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Where the Cloud Touches Down: Simplifying Data Center Infrastructure Management

Thursday, July 25, 2013
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In most data centers, DCIM rests on a shaky foundation of manual record keeping and scattered documentation. OpManager replaces data center documentation with a single repository for data, QRCodes for asset tracking, accurate 3D mapping of asset locations, and a configuration management database (CMDB). In this webcast, sponsored by ManageEngine, you will see how a real-world datacenter mapping stored in racktables gets imported into OpManager, which then provides a 3D visualization of where assets actually are. You'll also see how the QR Code generator helps you make the link between real assets and the monitoring world, and how the layered CMDB provides a single point of view for all your configuration data.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
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This webinar will help attendees understand the overall concept of SDN and its benefits, describe the different conceptual approaches to SDN, and examine the various technologies, both proprietary and open source, that are emerging. It will also help users decide whether SDN makes sense in their environment, and outline the first steps IT can take for testing SDN technologies.

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The 10 Most Important Products of the Decade

October 2, 2000
By Art Wittmann

Look at that. The editors of Network Computing picked a product that's no longer sold--one that was never sold--as their product of the decade. Ridiculous? Well, yes, if you measure the importance of a product by the number of shrink-wrapped boxes sold. We don't.

Our 10 "Most Important Products of the Decade" are those we believe shaped the networking industry, period. Some, like Mosaic, earned their place in history by introducing entirely new concepts. Others, like Kalpana's EtherSwitch, drastically reduced the price of technology, enabling mass deployment. And still others, like Novell's NetWare, brought reliability and ease of management to a product category that previously had neither. The top products of the past 10 years clearly demonstrated how best to deliver on a widely needed technology. That's impact.

Here is our list:


# 2: Novell NetWare 3.x

# 3: Cisco Systems 7500 Router

# 4: Microsoft Windows NT

# 5: Kalpana EtherSwitch

# 6: Apache Web Server

# 7: Network Associates Sniffer

# 8: Cisco Systems 2500 Router

# 9: Check Point FireWall-1

# 10: Lotus Notes

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