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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.
Google Project Tango Helps NASA Robots Fly
News  |  4/22/2014  | 
Google's experimental, 3D-navigating Project Tango will form the brains of NASA's SPHERES robots.
Fight Software Piracy With SaaS
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
SaaS makes application deployment easy and effective. It could eliminate software piracy once and for all.
Big Switch, Avaya, IBM, VMware: SDN Strategies
News  |  4/22/2014  | 
Part 4 in our series comparing vendors' SDN approaches.
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.
Scale-Out Storage Has Limits
Commentary  |  4/21/2014  | 
Disk may scale as your storage needs increase, but what do you do when your datacenter is maxed out?
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.
Juniper, Dell, Brocade, Alcatel-Lucent: SDN Strategies
News  |  4/18/2014  | 
Part 3 in our series comparing vendors' SDN approaches.
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.
What DJs Can Teach DevOps Cynics
Commentary  |  4/17/2014  | 
Just as new tools transform a DJ's musical options, DevOps revolutionizes what IT can do for the business.
Microsoft Lync: 10 Ways To Do More
News  |  4/17/2014  | 
Lync does much more than instant messaging. Check out these tips and tricks for getting the most from this communication and collaboration tool.
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 Vendors Vie For Market, Mindshare
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
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.
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.
ARM TechCon 2014 Calls For Speaker Proposals
News  |  4/11/2014  | 
Want to speak at the 10th ARM innovation meeting? Proposals are due May 15.
Heartbleed: Making The Case For SDN
Commentary  |  4/10/2014  | 
Software-defined networking technology could help protect against vulnerabilities like Heartbleed. It's time to develop a more mature SDN option.
Charge Phones In 30 Seconds: One Startup's Plan
News  |  4/10/2014  | 
Startup company StoreDot demonstrates a new system for charging phones using organic polymer materials rather than traditional silicon.
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.
Why Does Customer Service Suck?
Commentary  |  4/10/2014  | 
Businesses need to get on the ball with implementing unified communications systems that can break down silos and improve their sinking customer satisfaction ratings.
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?
Internet Of Things Goes Home
Commentary  |  4/9/2014  | 
The "connected home" is becoming a reality thanks to improved broadband networks and mobile apps. Here's a rundown of how our homes are getting smarter.
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.
Commodity Switches Test Cisco's Mettle
Commentary  |  4/8/2014  | 
Long the networking giant, Cisco now faces threats from all sides in the form of open-source options produced by vendors including Arista, Cumulus, and Pica8.
VMware's Casado: Network Virtualization The Right Way
News  |  4/8/2014  | 
The true benefits from network virtualization come from simplifying the network and applying it to broader use cases, rather than bickering about vendors' SDN products, according to the CTO.
Will SDN Leave Network Engineers Jobless?
News  |  4/7/2014  | 
Software-defined networking will shake up the network engineer career path, so plan now to broaden your skills, an Interop panel of experts advised.
Honda Tests System To Warn Drivers Of Red Lights
News  |  4/7/2014  | 
Traffic safety system uses GPS and infrared sensors to help drivers save gas, make more green lights.
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.
Microsoft Woos Developers At Build
News  |  4/4/2014  | 
Does a barrage of Azure announcements indicate that Microsoft may finally be shifting away from a "Windows-first" mindset?
Data Protection Tips For Growing Businesses
Commentary  |  4/4/2014  | 
As companies outgrow their "small and midsize business" label, so do their needs for enterprise-class data storage and protection.
VMware Touts Virtualization For Datacenter Security
News  |  4/4/2014  | 
Hypervisor-based security would be like Goldilocks -- "not too hot, not too cold" -- when it comes to halting malware and intruders well inside the enterprise perimeter, say VMware leaders at Interop.
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
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