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Infrastructure Challenge: Build Your Community
Commentary  |  4/23/2014  | 
Network Computing provides the platform; help us make it your community.
Edge Devices Are The Brains Of The Network
Commentary  |  4/23/2014  | 
In any type of network, the edge is where all the action takes place. Think of the edge as the brains of the network, while the core is just the dumb muscle.
The Upside Of The Software-Defined Datacenter
The Upside Of The Software-Defined Datacenter
Network Computing Videos  |  4/23/2014  | 
Ivan Pepelnjak explains one of the benefits of a well crafted datacenter network.
The Wireless Perfect Storm
The Wireless Perfect Storm
Network Computing Videos  |  4/23/2014  | 
The way data is consumed and delivered continues to change rapidly, causing technology shifts on every front that have dramatic effects on wireless networks. Lee Badman, network engineer and wireless technical lead for Syracuse University, explains where WiFi is headed in light of the combined complexity of factors like software-defined networks, 802.11ac, and LTE.
The Ideal Physical Network
The Ideal Physical Network
Network Computing Videos  |  4/23/2014  | 
Martin Casado describes how he envisions the most functional physical network, using the model of a chassis switch and backplane.
SDN: Waiting For The Trickle-Down Effect
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
Like server virtualization and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SDN will eventually become a technology that small and midsized enterprises can use. But it's going to require some new packaging.
VMware's VSAN Benchmarks: Under The Hood
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
VMware touted flashy numbers in recently published performance benchmarks, but a closer examination of its VSAN testing shows why customers shouldn't expect the same results with their real-world applications.
IT Certification Exam Success In 4 Steps
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
There are no shortcuts to obtaining passing scores, but focusing on key fundamentals of proper study and preparation will help you master the art of certification.
Top IT Certifications To Jump-Start Your Job
Slideshows  |  4/22/2014  | 
Working in IT infrastructure means a whole lot more than hardware these days. Boost your career with these hot certifications on virtualization, cloud, security, and more.
Welcome To The New Network Computing
Welcome To The New Network Computing
Network Computing Videos  |  4/22/2014  | 
Find out why Network Computing is the place where IT infrastructure professionals gather to interact, share, and connect with their peers.
Building an Information Security Policy Part 4: Addresses and Identifiers
Commentary  |  4/21/2014  | 
Proper traffic identification through techniques such as IP addressing and VLANs are the foundation of a secure network.
Heartbleed Flaw Exploited In VPN Attack
News  |  4/21/2014  | 
Security researchers report attack on an enterprise that used the OpenSSL vulnerability to steal VPN session tokens and evade two-factor authentication.
SDN Strategies Part 4: Big Switch, Avaya, IBM,VMware
Commentary  |  4/18/2014  | 
This series on SDN products concludes with a look at Big Switch's updated SDN strategy, VMware NSX, IBM's hybrid approach, and Avaya's focus on virtual network services.
All-Flash Arrays: The VDI Solution?
Commentary  |  4/17/2014  | 
The huge performance provided by all-flash arrays is a boon for virtual desktop infrastructure, but don't be fooled by unrealistic calculations.
SDN Strategies Part 3: Juniper, Dell, Brocade, Alcatel-Lucent
Commentary  |  4/17/2014  | 
In the third part of this series examining vendors' SDN products, I discuss Juniper's network overlay approach and three other vendor strategies for tackling software-defined networking.
Heartbleed's Network Effect
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
The crypto bug likely will have a long-lasting impact on internal servers, clients, and VPN networks.
Converged Infrastructure: 3 Considerations
Commentary  |  4/16/2014  | 
If you're looking at a converged platform as a way to increase data center efficiency, here are three factors to keep in mind.
SDN Strategies Part 2: Cisco, Arista, HP
Commentary  |  4/15/2014  | 
In the second part of this series examining vendors' SDN products, I look at Cisco ACI, Arista's programmable approach, and HP's commitment to OpenFlow.
Is RAID Fading Into The Sunset?
Commentary  |  4/15/2014  | 
With the arrival of faster networks and SSDs, RAID can no longer keep up. Data protection alternatives such as replication and erasure codes are gaining traction.
Networking Vendors Issue Heartbleed Fixes
News  |  4/14/2014  | 
Cisco and Juniper report progress in addressing far-reaching OpenSSL vulnerability that hit switches, VPNs and other products.
SDN Strategies Part 1: Vendors Vie For Market, Mindshare
Commentary  |  4/14/2014  | 
It's a land grab in the software-defined networking market, with heavyweights and startups rolling out an array of technologies for automating the network.
NHR End Of Life Alert, April 2014
Commentary  |  4/13/2014  | 
Don't let network hardware maintenance issues take you by surprise. Find out which Cisco routing and switching products are retiring this month.
Networking, Security, And Grand Unified Theory
Commentary  |  4/11/2014  | 
With a system that can address both networking and security in NSX, Martin Casado of VMware is borrowing an idea from the world of physics.
Designing The Next-Generation WLAN
News  |  4/10/2014  | 
With so many different devices and highly mobile workforces, WLAN architects face a lot of challenges. Experts offered guidance on WLAN design, BYOD, and 802.11ac at Interop Las Vegas.
SDN And Wi-Fi: Will They Ever Be Friends?
Commentary  |  4/9/2014  | 
Can the WLAN industry and its highly proprietary systems play nice with a technology that's poised to be a poster child for interoperability?
NVMe Poised To Revolutionize Solid-State Storage
Commentary  |  4/8/2014  | 
Move over SAS and SATA. A new standard ramps up SSD performance with a radical new approach to storage I/O handling.
VMware's Casado: Network Virtualization The Right Way
News  |  4/7/2014  | 
The true benefits from network virtualization will come from simplifying the network and applying it to broader use cases, rather than bickering about the finer points of vendors' SDN products, according to VMware's Martin Casado.
Interop SDN Panel: Become The IT Generalist
News  |  4/4/2014  | 
Software-defined networking will require network engineers to broaden their skills and knowledge, an Interop panel of experts said.
SDN: Programming Skills Needed - Or Not?
News  |  4/2/2014  | 
Interop panel debates need for network engineers to have programming skills in order to work in a future of software-defined networks.
Best of Interop 2014 Product Award Winners
Slideshows  |  4/2/2014  | 
The Best of Interop Awards recognize innovative hardware and software that represent technological advancement in a specific category. The Interop judging team poured through 129 submissions in nine categories, including networking, mobility, and security. This year we chose to mix this up a little by creating a separate storage category and adding a whole new SDN category. Awards were also presented for Grand Award winner, Best Startup, and Audience Choice. See who took home the prize this year
Cisco's CIO Calls For Speed And Agility At Interop
Commentary  |  4/2/2014  | 
Cisco's CIO, Rebecca Jacoby, described the company's experience delivering employee IT services and how its latest announcement, OpFlex, fits into her vision.
Best Of Interop 2014 Winners Unveiled
News  |  4/1/2014  | 
The Best of Interop award recognizes innovation in nine categories, including networking, storage, cloud, and security.
The Software-Defined Data Center: Potential Game Changer
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
The SDDC is poised to bring revolutionary changes by providing flexibility to data center storage, switching, security and other infrastructure components.
World Backup Day Spotlights Often-Neglected Task
News  |  3/28/2014  | 
Backup remains a chore that many companies don't do well, leading to data loss.
Why The Next-Generation Data Center Needs To Be Agnostic
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
In order to handle the growing traffic deluge, data centers need to leverage open infrastructure, software-defined technologies, and automation.
Cloud Backup Services: Key Considerations
Commentary  |  3/27/2014  | 
The cloud approach has made backup easier in some ways, but also raises questions.
Interop: Find The Fun
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
Attending a conference can be hard work, but Interop is making fun an integral part of the agenda.
Understanding VMware VAAI Offloads And Unloads
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
In the short time that VAAI has allowed storage administrators to offload tasks from servers to storage arrays in virtualized data centers, the functionality has evolved to produce arrays that eliminate most I/O.
3 Survival Tips For Women In IT
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
The technology industry -- and especially the networking field -- can be an awfully isolating place for a woman. Here are three ways to cope.
Hardware-Defined Networking: Bridging The Gap For Enterprise SDN
Commentary  |  3/24/2014  | 
Midokura teams with Cumulus Networks to connect physical networks to a network overlay.
Separating Storage Startups From Upstarts
Commentary  |  3/21/2014  | 
Some new storage vendors stand out from other startups by being successful with not only with their technology, but in selling product. IT buyers shouldn't discount them.
Big Data Means Big Pipes
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
LAN and storage performance will need to improve in order to keep up with the growth of big data analytics.
Greatest Moments In Interop History
Slideshows  |  3/19/2014  | 
It's hard to believe it's been 26 years since the first commercial Interop conference. Over the years, vendors made splashes with new technologies, Interop grew beyond its Silicon Valley roots, and celebrities like Mr. T joined the action. Here's a look at some of the best moments in Interop's rich history.
Network Operators Prefer Open Source SDN: Report
News  |  3/19/2014  | 
No surprise that OpenDaylight-sponsored study shows strong interest in open source software-defined networking.
Building An Information Security Policy Part 3: Logical And Physical Design
Commentary  |  3/19/2014  | 
Careful crafting of the logical and physical aspects of a network is essential for an effective security policy.
Cloud Services And The Hidden Cost Of Downtime
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
IT managers must factor in potential cloud outages when calculating the true cost of a cloud service.
Server SANs And Healthy Paranoia
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
Server SANs such as VMware VSAN are designed for virtualization administrators, but are these new storage buyers paranoid enough to be entrusted with storage management?
Considering SDN? Adopt Chaos Monkey
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
Enterprises can take a page from Google's playbook by focusing on application resiliency and forgetting about the hardware, says networking expert and Interop speaker Ivan Pepelnjak.
How Virtualization Can Simplify Your BYOD Strategy
Commentary  |  3/17/2014  | 
Virtualization technologies can help enterprise IT teams support the new user-centric model created by IT consumerization.
Will Microservers Put Blade Servers Out To Pasture?
Commentary  |  3/14/2014  | 
The blade server market is under pressure with the rise of microservers, which are becoming more powerful.
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