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10 Handy WiFi Troubleshooting Tools
Slideshows  |  7/22/2014  | 
If you need help troubleshooting your wireless networks, here are 10 tools that can help uncover WiFi problems. Bonus: Some are free!
Network Security: An Oxymoron In The Cloud Era?
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
Network security as we know it won't survive the migration to the cloud. New approaches are needed.
Drones: The Next WLAN Menace
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
In addition to low-tech corporate spying, the remotely piloted aircraft could facilitate attacks on WLANs. The WLAN security industry is starting to respond.
Cisco DevNet Focuses On Developers
News  |  7/21/2014  | 
The program provides APIs and aims to promote DevOps by bringing network engineers and software developers together.
Guide: The Open Compute Project and Your Data Center
Education  |  7/21/2014  | 
Facebook's Open Compute Project has been developing designs and concepts for servers, switches, and other data center technologies. But how and when will those designs migrate to the typical enterprise?
Do We Need 25 GbE & 50 GbE?
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Efforts to bring 25 GbE and 50 GbE to market are underway. Is there a strong case for these non-IEEE solutions? For cloud service providers, there is.
Open Source Vs. Open Enough
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Open source networking is a hot trend, but its success hinges on organizations making a real commitment to open source technology.
8 Gotchas Of Technology Contracting
Slideshows  |  7/17/2014  | 
IT projects often involve multiple legal contracts for technology and services. Avoid these "gotchas" to ensure smooth agreements and relationships.
Cisco NX-OS: Facts & Features
Education  |  7/17/2014  | 
Learn the basics of NS-OX in this book excerpt on Cisco's operating system for Nexus data center switching.
Why Facebook Wedge Is Revolutionary
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
The social networking giant's open TOR switch is a big step forward for white-box switches and a ground-breaking platform for application networking.
Using Flash For The Real-Time Archive
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
A new type of archive that requires instantly available data access presents a storage challenge, but TLC NAND provides a solution.
Data Center Efficiency Via The Cloud
Commentary  |  7/15/2014  | 
Organizations looking to improve their data center efficiency and cut costs can reap benefits by transitioning to a cloud computing model.
Cage Nuts: The Ultimate Guide
Commentary  |  7/15/2014  | 
Here's everything you need to know about those annoying little cage nuts you wrestle with when filling a server rack. Learn how they're different from clip nuts, and get installation and removal tips.
RAID Vs. Erasure Coding
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Erasure coding offers better data protection than RAID, but at a price.
Cellular In The Enterprise Data Center
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Cellular connectivity is growing fast in the data center as a more cost-effective alternative to POTS lines, but it's not without its challenges.
The Rise Of The Cloud Administrator
Commentary  |  7/11/2014  | 
With the roles of the sysadmin and network admin merging as cloud infrastructure grows, what toolsets will prevail?
Data Backup: Beyond Band-Aids
News  |  7/11/2014  | 
With the deluge of data, organizations need to focus their data protection efforts on comprehensive data footprint reduction, not just deploying technologies like deduplication.
UC Adoption In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  7/10/2014  | 
A recent survey shows that unified communications is growing in the enterprise, despite many IT pros' lack of familiarity with the term.
Stand-Alone SSD Vendors: A Vanishing Breed
Commentary  |  7/10/2014  | 
With SanDisk's acquisition of Fusion-io, the SSD market continues on a rapid pace of consolidation that doesn't leave much room for stand-alone vendors.
Network Device Management, Part 4: Topology Control
Education  |  7/9/2014  | 
Maintaining control and enforcement around network devices pays off in network stability. Here are some ways to get it done.
IoT: The Network Impact
Commentary  |  7/9/2014  | 
The Internet of Things will require a network that can handle increased demand for data analytics, agility, and security.
Randy Bias Helps You Harness The Cloud
Commentary  |  7/8/2014  | 
Join us on Thursday, July 10, to discuss cloud infrastructure with Randy Bias, one of cloud computing and OpenStack's most vocal advocates.
12 Hot Programming Languages To Learn
Slideshows  |  7/8/2014  | 
With the growing software-defined networking trend, networking pros are under pressure to learn some coding. Here are a dozen programming languages worth checking out.
Understanding IPv6: The Journey Begins
Commentary  |  7/7/2014  | 
Why is IPv6 so difficult to understand? Denise Fishburne explains how she began unraveling this complex topic.
New Storage Platforms: What's the Difference?
Commentary  |  7/7/2014  | 
Find out whether object, software-defined, or data-defined storage is the right platform to support your company's big data analytics initiative.
Code Spaces: A Lesson In Cloud Backup
Commentary  |  7/3/2014  | 
The SaaS provider is out of business after an AWS security breach, underscoring the need for proper cloud storage backup.
Guide: NVMe Promises Speed, SSD Optimization
Education  |  7/2/2014  | 
An emerging storage interface, NVMe, is ready to ride along with the SSD adoption wave, and maybe give it a little performance boost along the way.
SDN Makes Inroads Into WiFi
Commentary  |  7/2/2014  | 
Software-defined networking is beginning to show up in the WLAN world with SDN-related developments from Meru, Extreme, and others.
The IT Nerd's Summer Reading List
Slideshows  |  7/1/2014  | 
If you're looking for a good book to take on your summer vacation, we've got 12 recommendations, including technical guides to brush up on your skills and just-for-fun reads.
Network Device Management, Part 3: Time Syncing & Stamping
Commentary  |  7/1/2014  | 
An area that's often overlooked in managing network devices is time management. Follow these tips for effective network device time synchronization and timestamps.
Why Ethernet Switch Sales Will Continue To Fall
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Sales of Ethernet switches will continue to slump as customers wait for SDN and as virtualization and public cloud adoption reduces Ethernet port requirements.
Overcoming Application Performance Issues
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Growth at financial-services firm Orangefield Columbus had led to degraded storage performance and reduced service levels. Here's how it tackled the problem.
The Evolution Of The All-Flash Array
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
Vendors are adding data deduplication and other features to their all-flash arrays, making the storage systems more than just speed demons.
IoT: How Ready Is Your Infrastructure?
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
The Internet of Things will bring a plethora of new devices online, but next-generation technologies can help you prepare for the influx.
Network Design Decisions Go Both Ways
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
Network design should reflect business goals. But it's also important to anticipate how your technology decisions will affect the business moving forward.
The SDDC & Shifting IT Roles
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
The software-defined data center is breaking down IT silos and prompting changes in traditional roles.
IT Hiring Climbs Despite The Cloud
News  |  6/25/2014  | 
Computer Economics survey indicates that many organizations expect to expand their IT staffs this year, but IT capital budgets remain flat.
Puppet Labs Teams With Networking & Storage Vendors
News  |  6/24/2014  | 
The IT automation software company and DevOps leader launches a certification program to integrate Puppet Enterprise with networking and storage equipment.
13 Nerdy Summer Vacation Spots
Slideshows  |  6/24/2014  | 
If you have to leave your comfort zone this summer and go on vacation, you might as well make it a good one. Check out 13 destinations where nerds like us can feel at home.
Net Neutrality Retreat Threatens Cloud Growth
Commentary  |  6/23/2014  | 
A proposal to undermine net neutrality by allowing ISPs to charge for "fast lane" traffic would create competitive barriers for businesses and stymie cloud adoption.
Network Device Management, Part 2: Implementing AAA
Education  |  6/23/2014  | 
Securing remote access to network devices is essential. Here are some tips for authentication, authorization, and accounting.
Unified Communication Doesn't Mean Unified Interaction
Commentary  |  6/20/2014  | 
UC is on the rise, but does it really solve the problem of communication disconnect? New systems must take UC a step further to support truly unified interaction.
NETCONF: Introduction To An Emerging Networking Standard
Education  |  6/20/2014  | 
By providing a programmatic interface, NETCONF eliminates the need to use proprietary CLIs for network device configuration and can facilitate SDN.
Data Center PUE: A Guide To Energy Efficiency Metrics
Education  |  6/19/2014  | 
Don't think of PUE (power usage efficiency) as a metric for comparing your data center energy efficiency to that of Facebook or Google. Think of it as a benchmark for making improvements.
Cloud: Ready To Burst
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
Infrastructure-as-a-service will come on strong in the next few years, especially in the areas of disaster recovery, high availability, new product development, and increased capacity and compatibility.
Facebook Unveils Open TOR Switch
News  |  6/18/2014  | 
Social networking giant builds its own switch that's designed to operate more like a server for better flexibility.
Testing Fuels The NVMe Revolution
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
Testing procedures and tools developed at places like UNH's InterOperability Laboratory help technologies like NVMe advance.
Cisco To Buy Orchestration Software Startup Tail-f
News  |  6/17/2014  | 
The networking giant bulks up its cloud portfolio with the $175 million acquisition of Swedish maker of multi-vendor network management software.
11 Best IT Certifications For Cutting-Edge Skills
Slideshows  |  6/17/2014  | 
Networking and infrastructure professionals looking to improve their job skills should consider these groundbreaking training programs.
Pervasive Computing & Breaking The Security Barrier
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
The Internet of Things, BYOD, and DevOps aim to make computing seamless, but information security remains a cumbersome chokepoint.
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