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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.
Network Device Management, Part 1: SNMP & Logging
Education  |  6/16/2014  | 
Learn best-practices for monitoring your network devices with SNMP and for tracking events the devices generate.
Network Segmentation Key To Good Network Hygiene
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
Recent security breaches underscore the importance of maintaining proper network segmentation.
Disk Backup Appliances vs. Virtualized Backup Software
Commentary  |  6/13/2014  | 
New features in virtualized backup software products expose shortcomings in disk backup appliances.
Business Continuity Options For Branch Offices
Commentary  |  6/13/2014  | 
Maintaining connectivity is critical for distributed enterprises. Emerging technologies such as LTE offer alternatives for avoiding downtime.
Artificial Intelligence: 3 Potential Attacks
News  |  6/12/2014  | 
A recent Turing test claim sparks concerns about how AI could make attacks much easier for cybercriminals.
Switched Networks Vs. Dedicated Links
Commentary  |  6/12/2014  | 
Direct links run much faster than traditional switched networks. Using software-defined networking with dedicated links can help in the quest for storage bandwidth.
Better Amtrak WiFi: Maybe Not So Crazy
Commentary  |  6/12/2014  | 
Amtrak wants to fix its weak WiFi in its Northeast Corridor. The train company's idea isn't as improbable as it may seem.
Chris Hoff Talks SDN, Security & More
Commentary  |  6/11/2014  | 
Join us on Friday, June 13, to discuss network security with Chris Hoff, one of IT's most insightful security leaders.
Iometer Update Adds Time Detail
Commentary  |  6/11/2014  | 
An old benchmark tool gets a refresh that solves its shortcomings and puts it back on top.
AWS Takes Shot At VMware With New Portal
News  |  6/10/2014  | 
The cloud giant releases a new feature that's designed to make VMware integration with AWS easier but poses a direct threat to VMware.
Server SANs: A Guide To What You Need To Know
Education  |  6/10/2014  | 
Server SANs are creating buzz in the storage industry with promises of better performance and simplicity. Are they right for your storage infrastructure?
The Looming IoT Backlash
Commentary  |  6/10/2014  | 
Lofty projections for the Internet of Things will fall short as concerns about IoT dangers grow.
Unified Communications Plans: 6 Ways To Derail Disaster
Slideshows  |  6/9/2014  | 
Before you choose a UC product or platform, careful evaluation of existing attitudes, equipment, and systems could save your project -- and your sanity.
Virtual Machine Sizing: 3 Mistakes To Avoid
Commentary  |  6/9/2014  | 
Don't waste resources due to improper vCPU allocation, memory allocation, and incorrect template use.
Wireless Site Surveys: The Basics
Education  |  6/9/2014  | 
Avoid problems such as channel interference when you build your WLAN by conducting a wireless site survey.
5 Ways OpenStack Improves Enterprise IT
Commentary  |  6/6/2014  | 
Enterprises can leverage OpenStack to extend AWS investments, drive IT transformation, as a negotiating tool in enterprise license agreements, and for other benefits.
Compromising Virtualization
Commentary  |  6/5/2014  | 
Features such as instance storage are taking the virtual out of virtualization. The performance gains are tremendous, but the techniques open cloud security risks.
IT Pro Salaries: The Gender Gap Widens
News  |  6/5/2014  | 
InformationWeek's 2014 US IT Salary Survey showed a growing disparity between what female networking and datacenter professionals are paid compared to their male counterparts.
World IPv6 Launch: Who's Making Progress?
News  |  6/4/2014  | 
An infographic from the Internet Society provides a view into how far IPv6 adoption has come in two years.
SDN & Breaking The VLAN Contract
Commentary  |  6/4/2014  | 
Software-defined networking disrupts the VLAN approach to network security. We need to embrace change and seize the opportunities SDN offers to improve enterprise security.
Optimize Your Infrastructure Without Breaking The Bank
Commentary  |  6/3/2014  | 
Software-based systems, such as virtual security services and software-based WAN optimization, can be cost-effective ways to streamline your IT operations.
Data Center Relocation: Tips For Success
Commentary  |  6/3/2014  | 
Moving a data center is a costly, high-risk project. Follow these DCR recommendations for a smooth move.
Cisco ACI Making Progress
Commentary  |  6/2/2014  | 
Since it launched last fall, Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure has attracted a number of early adopters and a growing partner ecosystem, but Cisco still has a lot of work ahead to accelerate ACI adoption.
The Network Complexity Conundrum
Commentary  |  6/2/2014  | 
Using complexity to deal with uncertainty in a network design will make a network more fragile. The challenge is finding a balance.
Ethernet Switch Market Drops Almost $1B in Q1
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
Dell'Oro Group cites "pause" in datacenter switching spending due to Cisco Nexus 9000 switches as one reason for the decline.
How SDN Will Help Network Engineers
How SDN Will Help Network Engineers
Network Computing Videos  |  5/30/2014  | 
MPLS Traffic Engineering Guide: Success & Alternatives
Education  |  5/30/2014  | 
MPLS traffic engineering can improve network performance by routing data to alternate paths. When should you use this technology? We explain the pros and cons.
5 NFV Benefits & The Trends Driving Them
Commentary  |  5/30/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization addresses several trends shaping service provider networks.
The Largest Data Centers In The World
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
The US leads the way in giant data centers, but China is slated to take the crown with its Langfang data center, at least temporarily.
Using CUCM To Configure PLAR Phones
Education  |  5/29/2014  | 
Here are a few simple steps for configuring Private Line Automatic Ringdown functionality using Cisco Unified Call Manager.
Virtual Machines Vs. Containers: A Matter Of Scope
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Should container technologies like Docker replace virtual machines in cloud environments? It depends on the application, operating system, and OS instance.
Next-Gen WAN: Build or Buy?
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Enterprises need to consider a number of factors, including security requirements, when choosing between an in-house model or managed network service for their future WAN connectivity needs.
Branch Infrastructure Design: The Cloud Effect
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Traditional branch office architecture is fraught with complexity as individual office needs come into play. Cloud computing promises to simplify branch design.
Waiting For VMware VVOLs
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
VMware's Virtual Volumes functionality would help solve storage management problems in virtualized environments. But, like Vladmir and Estragon endlessly waiting for Godot, we're still waiting for VVOLs.
The Internet of Things: Not So Scary
Commentary  |  5/23/2014  | 
IoT will increase the flow of data, but should be manageable with proper attention to WiFi requirements and security.
Cisco Live's 7 Best Scenes
Slideshows  |  5/22/2014  | 
Attendees at Cisco Live this week were showered in APIs and ACI, and swimming in selfies. Take a look at the highlights from the annual customer event.
Cisco Expands On Its ACI Strategy
News  |  5/22/2014  | 
Networking giant touts its SDN platform at Cisco Live and offers ways for customers to extend ACI policy to legacy Nexus infrastructure.
Infrastructure IT Salaries: Flat & Happy
Commentary  |  5/21/2014  | 
When it comes to IT salary, keeping an even keel is OK, according to the results of InformationWeek's annual US Salary Survey for infrastructure pros.
Photonics: Chip Interconnect At Light Speed
Commentary  |  5/21/2014  | 
Using beams of light, instead of electrical connections, to send data between chips promises faster, lower-power devices.
NSA Reports Prompt Chambers To Ask Obama For Changes
News  |  5/21/2014  | 
Cisco CEO complains of alleged NSA interception of networking gear in letter to President, asks for new "rules of the road."
Network Engineers Tackle ACI
News  |  5/19/2014  | 
Twitter was humming with chatter about Cisco Live and ACI today as IT professionals sought information about the SDN platform.
Cisco Live Unfolds: The Chambers Keynote
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Join us to experience and weigh in on the John Chambers keynote as it happens from Cisco Live, today at 3:30 p.m. PDT.
Cisco Faces Make-Or-Break Week For SDN
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Cisco is counting on ACI, its software-defined networking strategy, to keep its hold on the enterprise infrastructure market. We'll see how that plays out this week at Cisco Live.
Converged Infrastructure & The Branch Office
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Today's branch office IT architecture is complicated and inefficient. Converged infrastructure streamlines branch IT and reduces the risk of downtime by centralizing branch data.
Fast Reroute In MPLS Traffic Engineering
Education  |  5/16/2014  | 
Learn how to use the fast reroute feature to create backup and pre-configured paths in MPLS traffic engineering.
Will Ethernet Take Over The Spinning Disk?
Commentary  |  5/16/2014  | 
With its open Ethernet drive architecture, Western Digital's HGST subsidiary joins Seagate's Kinetic drives in using an Ethernet port to access an object store on the disk.
Using MPLS Traffic Engineering To Meet SLAs
Education  |  5/15/2014  | 
Learn how to control traffic levels and use the autoroute and forwarding adjacency features in MPLS traffic engineering.
IT Transformation Fuels New Holistic Platforms
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
Enterprises are transforming their IT environments by adopting holistic strategies that go beyond single technology solutions. This trend is leading vendors to expand their portfolios with a comprehensive platform approach.
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