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VMware Builds On Its Software-Defined Data Center Vision
Commentary  |  9/24/2015  | 
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While VMworld 2015 didn't feature big VMware storage news, the conference showcased the vendor's broader strategy....

Cisco VIRL: More Than A Certification Study Lab
Commentary  |  9/23/2015  | 
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Cisco's Virtual Internet Routing Lab provides students and experienced networking pros with a tool to build network topologies. Here's what to expect in terms of capabilities and limitations....

DevOps, Hybrid Cloud & Sandboxes
Commentary  |  9/23/2015  | 
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With devops and hybrid cloud gaining traction in the enterprise, sandboxes give IT pros a safe way to build and test applications in both on-premise and public cloud environments....

What Software-Defined Storage Really Is
Commentary  |  9/22/2015  | 
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True software-defined storage is more than just virtualization and commodity hardware....

Telling Ain't Training: How To Transfer IT Skills
Commentary  |  9/21/2015  | 
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Hands-on experience will help you learn an IT skill, but adapting that concept to other platforms or subject areas deepens knowledge even further....

3 Key WAN Architecture Considerations
Commentary  |  9/18/2015  | 
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New WAN architectures offer network teams options for dynamic load balancing and policy-based networking, but can complicate troubleshooting....

The Case For Change Tolerance In IT
Commentary  |  9/18/2015  | 
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Change is considered dangerous in IT, but IT teams must become more flexible and dynamic to keep up with today's business environment....

Troubleshooting MTU & ICMP Issues
Commentary  |  9/17/2015  | 
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In this video, network analysis expert Tony Fortunato demonstrates how to use ICMP to look into slow performance related to packet size....

Why Hyperconvergence Needs Networking
Commentary  |  9/16/2015  | 
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Hyperconverged systems are attractive alternatives for the data center, but the hot trend may fizzle out if vendors don't incorporate networking into the mix....

How The IETF Is Fixing Its Open Standards Process
Commentary  |  9/16/2015  | 
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The Internet Engineering Task Force is making changes to speed its work, which will help the networking industry. However, there are tradeoffs....

Backdoored Business Routers An Emerging Threat
News  |  9/15/2015  | 
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Discovery of malicious implants in 14 Cisco routers, "tip of iceberg" FireEye researchers say....

New Cisco WiFi Product Targets SMBs
News  |  9/15/2015  | 
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Mobility Express, which doesn't require a separate WLAN controller appliance, is designed to streamline deployment for small businesses....

Brocade Unveils Updated SDN Controller
News  |  9/15/2015  | 
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Brocade's new controller based on the open source OpenDaylight Project features improved reliability and interoperability....

Security Visibility In The Virtualized Data Center
Commentary  |  9/14/2015  | 
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Advanced virtualization technologies like SDN and the SDDC can block traditional security monitoring tools. Security architectures must adapt....

2.5G & 5G Ethernet In The Wiring Closet
Commentary  |  9/11/2015  | 
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A new standards effort will help existing Ethernet cable investments support Wave 1 and Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi as well as off-loaded mobile carrier traffic....

IT Maturity: A Three-Part Harmony
Commentary  |  9/11/2015  | 
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IT departments can move beyond putting out fires to focus on innovation and optimization by carefully combining people, process and technology....

Troubleshooting IP Helper Address Issues
Commentary  |  9/10/2015  | 
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IP helper addresses are often used to manage broadcast protocols, especially when it comes to DHCP, but be on the lookout for potential problems they can cause....

Managed Cloud Providers: 3 Questions To Ask
Commentary  |  9/10/2015  | 
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Before outsourcing to a managed cloud service provider, ask these questions to get past the hype and ensure the CSP is up to the task....

ONF Launches New OpenFlow Testing Specification
News  |  9/09/2015  | 
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Open Networking Foundation expects release of OpenFlow v1.3 test spec will increase certification and interoperability of SDN products....

Open Source: Good Medicine Or Placebo?
Commentary  |  9/09/2015  | 
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Moving away from painful IETF processes to the open source model could seem like the answer for the networking industry, but a closer look reveals the pitfalls....

The Need For Network Code Reviews
Commentary  |  9/08/2015  | 
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Network automation and orchestration will require standardization of the scripting used by network engineers....

Digital Transformation & The Healthcare Industry
Commentary  |  9/08/2015  | 
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To build a digital foundation, healthcare companies are revisiting their IT infrastructure with a focus on cloud-based technologies and SDN....

D-Link Water Sensor: Pondering The Business Ramifications
Commentary  |  9/04/2015  | 
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A new WiFi enabled gadget for detecting water leaks could help SMBs with disaster recovery, but has a long way to go before it could be used in enterprise networks....

Network Troubleshooting: Latency Vs. Retransmission
Commentary  |  9/03/2015  | 
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In this video, learn how changing the location of network test tools can help identify problems with latency and retransmission....

VMware Expanding NSX Security
News  |  9/03/2015  | 
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VMware is working to add network encryption as a distributed service via its network virtualization platform....