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MWC: FCC Chairman Defends Net Neutrality Decision
News  |  3/4/2015  | 
Tom Wheeler says the FCC's new rules for Internet service providers don't impose utility-like regulation.
Network Forensics Separate Signal From Noise
Commentary  |  3/4/2015  | 
Identifying data breaches in progress and distinguishing false positives from real security attacks requires effective network forensics software.
IT Job Search: Talent Shortage Or Discrimination?
News  |  3/3/2015  | 
Complaints of IT staffing shortages by hiring organizations puzzle IT pros who are looking for work. Experts cite some factors behind the disconnect.
SDN Controller Handbook
Education  |  3/3/2015  | 
This guide to SDN controllers describes the options available via open source software, traditional networking vendors and SDN startups, and how they differ.
Network Engineers: Don't Fear The Code
Commentary  |  3/2/2015  | 
The DevOps focus on automation and coding is pushing its way into networks, making network engineers uneasy about learning new skills. But a closer look at the trend shows it's more about the scripting they already do.
GNS3 Network Simulator Raises Its Game
News  |  3/2/2015  | 
GNS3 began as a Cisco emulation tool, but has grown into a multi-vendor network simulator with a collaborative community.
NFV Home Lab: Licensing, Storage & Networking
Commentary  |  2/27/2015  | 
In the second part of this two-part blog, Ethan Banks describes the storage and networking considerations that come into play when building a lab for testing network functions virtualization.
Treating The Cloud As A Utility
Commentary  |  2/26/2015  | 
A NIST report indicates that federal agencies want cloud providers to operate with more utility-like standardization.
BGP Security: No Quick Fix
Commentary  |  2/26/2015  | 
The routing protocol is plagued by multiple security vulnerabilities, which attackers are exploiting. However, securing BGP is no small feat.
Software-Defined Storage Vs. Software-Delivered Storage
Commentary  |  2/25/2015  | 
The difference between a software-defined storage product and one that's software delivered has more to do a vendor's go-to-market strategy than technical features.
Software-Defined Storage Takes Shape
Commentary  |  2/24/2015  | 
The term is often misused in the industry, but some credible software-defined storage products have emerged.
Cloud Integration Pain
News  |  2/23/2015  | 
CDW study shows that integrating cloud services with legacy systems can be a headache for IT pros.
NFV: 4 Home Lab Options
Commentary  |  2/23/2015  | 
Network functions virtualization is well suited to the home lab. Ethan Banks describes how he built his NFV lab and the pros and cons of different configurations.
Zero-Knowledge Cloud Storage: Far From Perfect
Commentary  |  2/20/2015  | 
You may get an extra layer of protection with zero-knowledge cloud encryption, but the cloud security system isn't fail-safe.
Tech Job Cuts: The 5 Worst Offenders
Slideshows  |  2/19/2015  | 
Established technology vendors including HP and Cisco suffered the biggest layoffs in the U.S. job market last year.
SDN & NFV: Dynamic Duo Of Next-Gen Networks?
Commentary  |  2/19/2015  | 
The relationship between SDN and NFV may be indirect today, but over time the technologies could become inseparable. Find out why.
Big Data Deployment Trends
Commentary  |  2/19/2015  | 
A recent Enterprise Strategy Group survey shows a diversity of IT infrastructure choices for big data.
Cisco Launches Free Tail-f Software
News  |  2/18/2015  | 
With free version of Tail-f's software supporting the NETCONF protocol, Cisco says it's committed to promoting open standards for network programmability.
Guide To VDI: Evaluating Top Vendors
Education  |  2/18/2015  | 
Desktop virtual infrastructure now includes new cloud-based options, with the potential for improved user experience and lower cost. Fusion PPT compared the leading vendors and their offerings.
802.11ac Wave 2 & The Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Push
News  |  2/18/2015  | 
Cisco releases Catalyst multi-gigabit Ethernet technology amid dueling vendor standards efforts to support Wave 2 access points without new cabling.
Wireless Engineer Career Resources: Break In Or Brush Up
Commentary  |  2/17/2015  | 
Thinking of a career in WiFi? We outline some resources to break into the field or brush up on skills, if you’re a seasoned wireless LAN professional in need of a refresher.
The Rise Of The Cloud WAN
Commentary  |  2/13/2015  | 
The trend of pushing WAN functionality into the cloud -- software-defined WAN -- is gaining steam as enterprises look to reduce WAN complexity and lower costs.
VMware Virtual Volumes Launch A New Storage Era
Commentary  |  2/12/2015  | 
The arrival of VVOLs with vSphere 6 will allow us to provide data services at the VM-level and put an end to impractical LUN management.
Be My Valentine: 8 Ways IT Pros Feel the Love From End Users
Slideshows  |  2/12/2015  | 
Just in time for Valentine's Day, IT professionals share their stories of end users' expressions of gratitude. As it turns out, IT pros get a lot of love.
Facebook Unveils Open Modular Switch
News  |  2/11/2015  | 
Dubbed "6-pack," Facebook's new switch platform is designed to allow the social networking giant to build any size switch using common building blocks.
STEM Careers: Tackling The Gender Gap
Commentary  |  2/11/2015  | 
In order to get more women in STEM, schools need to step up with curriculum opportunities and IT companies need to build workforce diversity.
Cloud Migration: Managing Execution
Commentary  |  2/11/2015  | 
The third part of this series on moving workloads to the cloud provides guidance for executing the migration, including load testing and security reviews.
How VSAN & VVOLs Will Impact Storage Administrators
Commentary  |  2/10/2015  | 
Software-defined storage is poised to take a leap forward with vSphere 6, VSAN and VVOLs. Storage administrators will need to expand their skills in order to keep up.
Copper Vs. Fiber: What's Best In The Next-Gen Data Center?
Commentary  |  2/10/2015  | 
Copper cables can provide better performance, reliability and efficiency than fiber cables for organizations under pressure to improve their data center deployments.
Guide To Virtualization Hypervisors
Slideshows  |  2/9/2015  | 
IT organizations are using multiple hypervisors, so understanding the specifics of the big players like Hyper-V and vSphere ESXi will help your virtual environment perform at its best.
Brocade Buys Riverbed's SteelApp ADC Business
News  |  2/6/2015  | 
Brocade will add the application delivery controller line to its NFV portfolio as Riverbed continues to scale down its business.
Upgrading To 802.11ac WiFi: 4 Coping Strategies
Commentary  |  2/6/2015  | 
The latest version of WiFi, 802.11ac, is still making its way into the enterprise, in the lull before Wave 2 products arrive. Follow these tips to make the upgrade process less painful.
VCE Unveils NSX Integration
News  |  2/5/2015  | 
Joint converged infrastructure venture, which had solely supported Cisco ACI, now offers factory-integrated NSX network virtualization.
Big Data Deployment: Finding The Best Model
Commentary  |  2/5/2015  | 
What's the best IT infrastructure for big data? Here are some of the fundamental choices to consider.
2015 IT Jobs Outlook: IT Pros In Demand
News  |  2/4/2015  | 
CompTIA survey shows IT executives want to hire more workers this year, but will face challenges in meeting their technical hiring goals.
Peer-To-Peer Cloud Storage Promises Security, Reliability
Commentary  |  2/4/2015  | 
Cloud storage services that use a decentralized model for storing data offer a viable alternative, especially for SMBs.
All EVO:RAIL Appliances Are Not Created Equal
Commentary  |  2/3/2015  | 
The arrival of EMC's VSPEX Blue hyper-converged appliance highlights the differences between products jockeying for attention in the growing collection of those based on VMware's EVO:RAIL.
IPv6 Network Testing: Avoid The Top 5 Troubles
Education  |  2/3/2015  | 
Test networks can be tricky, and IPv6 adds another dimension of complexity. Learn the most common issues associated with IPv6 testing and how to fix them.
When Enterprise WLANs Go Bad
Commentary  |  2/2/2015  | 
The Marriott wireless debacle underscores the difficulty of managing WLANs, which are often neglected in the enterprise.
OpenStack: Driving The Software-Defined Economy
Commentary  |  1/30/2015  | 
OpenStack is only one example of the new era of software currently disrupting our established industries.
4 NFV Myths Debunked
Commentary  |  1/29/2015  | 
Network functions virtualization has spawned a number of misconceptions about what it is and how it works. Here's a reality check.
WiFi Coaches Keep Super Bowl WLAN In Winning Form
News  |  1/28/2015  | 
Roam wireless stadium support staff will be lending a hand to Super Bowl fans that can't live without their connection.
Half Of Enterprises Worldwide Hit By DDoS Attacks
News  |  1/27/2015  | 
New data illustrates how distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks remain a popular attack weapon -- and continue to evolve.
8 Free Online Networking Classes
Slideshows  |  1/27/2015  | 
If you're looking to expand your networking skills, these courses offer instruction on SDN, cloud networking, network optimization, and other topics for free. What's better than that?
IT Monitoring Scalability Planning: 3 Roadblocks
Commentary  |  1/27/2015  | 
Planning for growth is key to effective IT monitoring, but it can be stymied by certain mindsets. Here's how to overcome them.
Crafting Effective UC Training
Commentary  |  1/26/2015  | 
Getting the most out of your UC investment requires a usage and adoption program that teaches employees not only how to use the communication tools, but also the benefits.
Choosing High-Capacity Drives
Commentary  |  1/26/2015  | 
From hard drives for specific uses to hybrid drives and various capacity-increasing technologies, there are a lot of options. How do you decide which is best?
Data Encryption On The Rise
Commentary  |  1/23/2015  | 
With corporate demand for data security growing, full data encryption is becoming a default feature in the mobile space.
Programming Languages And The Lord Of The Rings
Slideshows  |  1/22/2015  | 
Is there one code to rule them all? Today's IT jobs demand programming skills, but it can be tough to predict the specific languages you may need. Let The Lord of the Rings be your guide.
The Case For WLAN Interoperability
Commentary  |  1/22/2015  | 
Many new wireless devices don't play well on enterprise WLANs. It's time for the Wi-Fi Alliance to step up and fix the fragmented WiFi market.
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