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SDN Developments In 2015
Commentary  |  12/19/2014  | 
ONF executive director Dan Pitt shares his expectations for the evolution of software-defined networking in the coming year.
Cloud Migration: Discovery & Planning
Commentary  |  12/19/2014  | 
Migrating workloads to the cloud requires time and effort spent on up-front planning. The first part of this series explains the technical assessments and evaluations required for a successful cloud migration.
Amazon's AWS Vs. Microsoft Azure: Cloud Services Compared
Slideshows  |  12/18/2014  | 
Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are the giants of cloud computing, but which offers better enterprise-class services? Find out how they compare by feature and cloud service type.
Stateless Security In The Data Center: A Hybrid Approach
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
In today's data centers, firewalls and other stateful security controls can be less effective than stateless controls or a hybrid approach combining both.
Aerohive Adds Wireless Bridging
Commentary  |  12/17/2014  | 
Point-to-point wireless bridging can be complicated for a WLAN designer. Aerohive is the latest WLAN vendor to help streamline the process by including the capability in an access point.
Don't Leave Your Data In The Dark
Commentary  |  12/17/2014  | 
Piles of unstructured data are worse than useless; they pose serious security and privacy risks. John Joseph offers three steps to bring your data storage strategy into the light.
Putting Erasure Codes To Work
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
Erasure coding is used in scale-out object storage systems from a variety of vendors and open-source software projects. Just don't expect it to solve all your data protection problems.
How Ethernet Can Secure The Connected Car
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
In-car networks could become the next favorite target for hackers. Ethernet offers many options to protect the connected car from malicious attacks.
5G Will Enable Robotics In The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/15/2014  | 
By 2020, 5G will permeate network infrastructures, enabling new robotic services and intelligence, as well as a densely connected digital society and economy.
Network Switches: The Most Popular Models Compared
Slideshows  |  12/15/2014  | 
We compared the most popular stackable switches on the market today in a feature-by-feature report. See how models from Cisco, HP, Dell, and Extreme stack up.
Transforming With Containers: Real-World Challenges
Commentary  |  12/15/2014  | 
All the enthusiasm over Docker and containers is missing some important factors enterprises should know about. Learn from Shopify's containerization implementation.
Breaking The Last Cloud Barriers
Commentary  |  12/12/2014  | 
Many enterprises are still holding back from cloud adoption, for good reasons. Implementing one transformative cloud app can change that, and help businesses move to the next level.
9 Security Best Practices For Safe Shopping
Slideshows  |  12/11/2014  | 
Don't be the next security breach to hit the headlines and crush customer confidence. Protect your corporate and cardholder data -- and business reputation -- with these security strategies.
Embracing OpenStack
Commentary  |  12/11/2014  | 
Major system vendors like HP and Dell are rapidly integrating OpenStack, putting the open-source cloud software in a strong position against cloud giants such as Microsoft Azure.
Net Neutrality: Just Say No
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
While troubleshooting a client's website access problem, I was confronted with the net neutrality debate. Here's why I oppose the concept.
WebRTC: Not Ready For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
The open source web-based technology promises real-time communication across a multitude of applications, but must overcome challenges before it makes inroads into the enterprise market.
Networking 2014: Industry Highlights And Lowlights
Slideshows  |  12/9/2014  | 
From ACI and NSX to Hydrogen and white-box switches, the networking industry was anything but dull this year. Here are some of the memorable moments.
Erasure Codes: An Introduction
Commentary  |  12/9/2014  | 
Erasure coding is promoted by some in the storage industry as a data protection alternative to RAID. Here's how it works.
5 Reasons IT Projects Fail
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
From focusing on cool technology to jumping in too soon, there are common mistakes that IT teams make that doom IT projects.
GPU-Based Clouds
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
Cloud services from NVIDIA and Adobe using graphics processing units bolster performance and change the way we do video editing and big data analytics.
Cisco Sues Arista, Claims Patent Infringement
News  |  12/5/2014  | 
The networking giant alleges that a rival stole intellectual property and copied CLI commands.
The Tech Talent Shortage Myth
News  |  12/5/2014  | 
IT executives complain about not being able to find enough skilled workers, but they're overlooking the talent that's right around them.
IoT Readiness: 3 Big Changes
Commentary  |  12/5/2014  | 
Don't get blindsided by the sweeping effects an IoT initiative will have on your IT infrastructure, especially in the areas of networking, security, and change management.
Holiday Gift Guide For Networking Nerds
Slideshows  |  12/4/2014  | 
Don't know what to get for that office holiday gift exchange? We've got plenty of gadgets and other gift ideas that are sure to please your fellow networking pros.
Apple Pay: Gateway Drug To Security, Competition
Commentary  |  12/4/2014  | 
Consumer payment choice will increase competition and the development of PoS security. Just ask those folks with the warm Starbucks cups and smiling faces.
2015 IT Outlook: Optimism Despite Slower Growth
Commentary  |  12/3/2014  | 
Survey shows confidence rising among IT executives even though they don't expect much in the way of budget or hiring increases next year.
WLAN Management Startup Aims High
Commentary  |  12/3/2014  | 
Many WLAN administrators long for relief from native, legacy wireless networking management tools. Nira Wireless offers a new cloud-based system, but it isn't mature enough yet to displace Cisco and Aruba tools.
10 Tools For DevOps Success
Slideshows  |  12/2/2014  | 
Check out these automation and collaboration tools that help infrastructure pros work with developers.
Your Next Storage Purchase: 5 Considerations
Commentary  |  12/2/2014  | 
Selecting the right storage array can future proof your data center. Here are five factors to keep in mind as you evaluate storage systems.
Q&A: Internet Encryption As The New Normal
News  |  12/1/2014  | 
Internet Architecture Board chairman Russ Housley explains what the IAB's game-changing statement about encryption means for the future of the Net.
The True Cost Of Hyperconvergence
Commentary  |  12/1/2014  | 
Vendors tout hyperconverged systems like EVO:RAIL as less expensive than more conventional storage systems. After pricing my own EVO:RAIL-like system, I found otherwise.
SDN: Learn From The Big Boys
Commentary  |  11/28/2014  | 
Companies like Facebook and Google developed their own cutting-edge datacenter technology. If they also use open source SDN, shouldn't you?
Holiday Shopping Internet Tracker
Commentary  |  11/27/2014  | 
Is your favorite online retailer slow this shopping season? It might be because of the underlying network. Find out how the Internet is impacting your online shopping experience.
Network Security Must Focus On Incident Response
News  |  11/26/2014  | 
Enterprise security strategies need to plan for the inevitable data breach, security experts say.
Why Infrastructure Matters To DevOps
Commentary  |  11/26/2014  | 
DevOps requires infrastructure that enables efficiency and productivity. The IaaS model is the best way to reach those goals.
Considering Cloud? Just Think Hybrid
Commentary  |  11/25/2014  | 
The hybrid cloud model is already pervasive in many IT environments. It's time to embrace the hybrid reality and IT's role as a cloud broker.
8 Tools To Manage Holiday Family Stress
Slideshows  |  11/25/2014  | 
Wondering how you're going to survive all that time with the family over the holidays? Here are some tools to help calm your nerves as relatives try your patience.
Is Cloud Security Actually Achievable?
Commentary  |  11/24/2014  | 
There's no denying the growth of cloud services, but security is still their biggest hurdle.
SDN Rationales
Commentary  |  11/24/2014  | 
Understanding the different motivations for adopting software-defined networking provides a clearer view into the technology.
Top Colleges For Online Computer Science Degrees
News  |  11/21/2014  | 
New guide ranks US college online programs in computer science and related fields, and provides a neat tool for looking up average IT salaries by location.
WAN Orchestration Essential To Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  11/21/2014  | 
The careful construction of a hybrid cloud can collapse due to neglected WAN resources. WAN orchestration can help.
Open Source Vs. Proprietary: Time For A New Manifesto
News  |  11/20/2014  | 
Philosophical debates over OpenStack vs. vCloud or OpenDaylight vs. Cisco ACI miss the point. For IT, ideological purity is neither possible nor desirable
Mobile Internet Faces Big Obstacles
Commentary  |  11/20/2014  | 
Connecting 1.5 billion people in developing countries isn't easy, despite Facebook's efforts.
Gaming Will Level Up The Network
News  |  11/19/2014  | 
The latest release in the popular Call of Duty series shows how video games are branching out and demanding network improvements.
RAID Redefined
Commentary  |  11/19/2014  | 
As storage vendors try to distance themselves from RAID as new storage technologies reveal shortcomings with the data protection system, it's time to adopt a new definition for RAID.
High-Performance Multi-Vendor Ethernet Goodness At SC14
High-Performance Multi-Vendor Ethernet Goodness At SC14
Network Computing Videos  |  11/18/2014  | 
John D'Ambrosia shows off the Ethernet Alliance's demonstration at SC14: a high-performance network combining 10 GbE, 40 GbE, and 100 GbE links and hardware from eight different member companies.
11 Top Science & Technology Research Labs
Slideshows  |  11/18/2014  | 
Research labs often work on some of the world's biggest problems, but also impact enterprise IT infrastructure. Check out these top research facilities and networks for technology innovation.
Why Net Neutrality Matters For Big-Data Apps
Commentary  |  11/18/2014  | 
New businesses like Uber and Tesla depend on big data analytics to provide cutting-edge services. They need a fast and free Internet to flourish.
Will SATA Express Dethrone SAS?
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
Today's solid-state drives demand faster interfaces than what SAS and SATA can provide. SATA Express is on its way to becoming the next dominant storage interface.
100 Gbps Headed For The Data Center
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
Growing demand for increased bandwidth in the data center will speed adoption of fast 100 gigabit-per-second interconnects.
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