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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.
Top 5 Mistakes Companies Make When They Move To The Cloud
Top 5 Mistakes Companies Make When They Move To The Cloud
Network Computing Videos  |  1/22/2015  | 
You’re moving to the cloud, and you may think the hard part — the internal debates, politics, and budget calculating — is behind you. Unfortunately, most companies make some basic mistakes and assumptions that make their migration to the cloud significantly more difficult. Cloud expert Joe Masters Emison points them out so that you can avoid them.
Cisco IOS Voice Troubleshooting: 9 Key Commands
Education  |  1/21/2015  | 
It's easy to get lost in unfamiliar territory when debugging a voice gateway problem. These common commands can help.
Free And Open SDN From Brocade
News  |  1/20/2015  | 
The Brocade Vyatta SDN Controller is free to download for a year, but the open nature of the product may be more attractive than the price.
Beware IT's Villain: The 'Complexifier'
Commentary  |  1/20/2015  | 
Individuals who focus on complicating things can derail IT projects. Here's what to watch out for and how to deflect their negative effect.
Selecting Wireless Access Points For The Enterprise
Slideshows  |  1/20/2015  | 
The humble wireless access point is a workhorse of today's enterprise network. See how models from Cisco, HP, Aruba, Aerohive, Xirrus, and Ruckus compare.
What Will Replace Flash?
Commentary  |  1/19/2015  | 
Technologies such as RRAM are vying to upstage flash memory, but have a long way to go. Meanwhile, flash suppliers are making improvements.
Network Segmentation & SD-WAN
Commentary  |  1/16/2015  | 
The Target breach highlighted the need to segment networks and isolate traffic. Adding software-defined networking capabilities to the WAN can help.
Community Cloud Uses NSX To Streamline Security, Cut Costs
News  |  1/15/2015  | 
IlliniCloud consolidates security operations and reduces networking complexity with VMware's network virtualization platform, no 'architectural duct tape' needed.
Moving Mission-Critical Applications To The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/15/2015  | 
Here are three steps enterprises and private clouds need to take to meet the availability requirements of critical business applications.
Network Priorities: Availability Tops Security
News  |  1/14/2015  | 
Organizations still rank availability over security in their application deployments, an F5 study finds.
Your Network's Next Step: Cisco ACI Or VMware NSX
Commentary  |  1/14/2015  | 
When it comes to SDN, Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure and VMware's NSX are often discussed interchangeably, but they are really very different. Joe Onisick explains how they compare and can even work together.
Open Source Storage Gains Traction
Commentary  |  1/13/2015  | 
Ceph, along with Gluster, took big steps forward in 2014, positioning the open source storage technologies for the mainstream.
What's Your Wi-Fi Strategy For 2015?
Commentary  |  1/12/2015  | 
Enterprises that don't seize the opportunity to unlock IT value through wireless connectivity run the risk of being left behind.
DevOps & Diverse Infrastructure
Commentary  |  1/12/2015  | 
Don't let complex IT environments with a lot of non-virtualized infrastructure stop you from developing a DevOps practice.
Shifting To SDN? 3 Ways It Will Affect Network Monitoring
Commentary  |  1/9/2015  | 
Software-defined networking will affect your performance monitoring and applications visibility, so plan ahead.
Google Fiber, Utility Poles & The FCC
Commentary  |  1/8/2015  | 
If the FCC gives Google access to public telecom infrastructure for deploying Google Fiber, it could open the door for many broadband providers.
Achieving Infrastructure As Code
Commentary  |  1/7/2015  | 
Treating your network device configurations like source code is an intriguing idea. What's needed to enable widespread adoption of this practice?
10 SDN Startups On The Cutting Edge
Slideshows  |  1/6/2015  | 
Small companies flush with VC money have led the way in software-defined networking. Here are 10 of the hottest startups in the SDN space.
Cloud Migration: Strategy Development
Commentary  |  1/6/2015  | 
Moving workloads to the cloud is a process fraught with potential pitfalls. Here are some best-practices to streamline your cloud migration.
2015 Storage Industry Outlook
Commentary  |  1/5/2015  | 
From faster and larger SSDs to the rise of white-box storage, this year promises to bring a lot of change and innovation to the storage industry.
2015: Cloud Ramps Up For IoT
Commentary  |  1/2/2015  | 
This will be the emergent year for business-to-consumer cloud services supporting the Internet of Things.
Mobile Virtualization: The Future Of Security
Commentary  |  12/31/2014  | 
Smartphones are a prime target for sensitive personal and corporate data, but mobile virtualization can isolate data and protect it from threats.
Challenges Facing The Software-Defined Data Center
Commentary  |  12/30/2014  | 
Virtualization has disrupted the data center, but IT must overcome several hurdles before it can move to the next level.
Globalstar's TLPS: A Strange Battle For Spectrum
Commentary  |  12/30/2014  | 
Satellite communications provider wants the FCC to authorize its exclusive use of a bit of frequency to create a new WiFi service. The WiFi industry is not pleased.
4 Ways UC Services Gather Dust
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
UC tools often go unused by employees. Here are four mistakes to avoid in your UC deployment.
Delivering Application Environments: An Evolution
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
Docker is the latest technology to reduce the cost of making an application environment available to developers and other users.
Do Large Businesses Need The Cloud?
Commentary  |  12/26/2014  | 
For small and midsize businesses, the benefits of public cloud services are many. Larger enterprises, however, may see less of a payoff.
Should Your Cloud Go Open Compute?
Commentary  |  12/24/2014  | 
Facebook's open data center designs offer efficiency and flexibility, but should your enterprise follow the Open Compute Project model? Here are some pros and cons.
Holiday Downtime Elusive For IT Pros
News  |  12/24/2014  | 
Many network managers and sysadmins will toil away during the holiday season dealing with remote access issues and other problems, an Ipswitch survey finds.
Scaling Servers: A Cost Breakdown
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
Software costs add up quickly in today's virtualized datacenters. Does it make more sense to buy a few big servers or a bunch of little ones? I compare the costs.
What's In Your Database?
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
Data breaches will continue until we create a deeper appreciation for business data and guard it as closely as our own wallets. Here are some steps in the right direction.
2015's Most Ridiculous Tech Predictions
Slideshows  |  12/22/2014  | 
When you've had your fill of technology predictions for 2015, take one more moment to deride the most obvious and least noteworthy of the bunch.
802.11ac On The Rise In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  12/22/2014  | 
Infonetics report shows that shipments of 802.11ac access points are picking up. The new WiFi standard offers many enterprise benefits, but watch out for integration issues.
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.
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