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Enterprise Hybrid Drives: Who Manages The Flash?
Commentary  |  11/13/2014  | 
Solid-state hybrid drives designed for the enterprise seem like an attractive option for boosting performance, but they come with management challenges.
OpenStack Adoption: Start Slow
OpenStack Adoption: Start Slow
Network Computing Videos  |  11/12/2014  | 
Al Sadowski of 451 Research explains how vendors are making OpenStack easier for enterprises to consume, and the ways that IT professionals can approach the open-source cloud platform in a phased manner.
Are Converged Systems Right for You?
Commentary  |  11/12/2014  | 
Converged infrastructure streamlines integration and provides better TCO than traditional systems.`However, more economic and flexible converged solutions may be on the horizon.
Understanding IPv6: Solicited-Node Multicast In Action
Commentary  |  11/11/2014  | 
In the last installment of her IPv6 series, Denise Fishburne explains how to find the MAC address associated with a Layer 3 IPv6 address.
IT Compliance Strategies For Mainframe Applications
Commentary  |  11/11/2014  | 
Organizations face a host of challenges when updating their core mainframe applications for compliance. Here are some ways to reduce IT compliance costs.
Software-Defined Storage: A Reality Check
Commentary  |  11/10/2014  | 
The hype around software-defined storage has focused on leveraging commodity hardware, which obscures many of the technology's real benefits.
Unified Communications: Words Matter
Commentary  |  11/10/2014  | 
When it comes to UC, one word can make a huge difference. Calling your UC investment an initiative instead of a project increases your chances of success.
Converged Ethernet Vs. More Links
Commentary  |  11/7/2014  | 
Converged Enhanced Ethernet improves Ethernet performance but is expensive. With the cost of 10 GbE equipment dropping and 25 GbE on the horizon, it may be cheaper to add more links.
Proactive Network Management: The Basics
Commentary  |  11/7/2014  | 
Bandwidth spikes, sluggish websites, and slow backups are just some of the unexpected problems that IT pros fear. Don't wait for disaster to strike.
Flash Memory: Blurring The Line Between SLC and MLC
Commentary  |  11/6/2014  | 
The flash market has become more complex with SSDs that can switch flash blocks from multi-level cell to single-level cell and back.
Big Data: A Backup Nightmare?
Commentary  |  11/6/2014  | 
Big data presents data protection challenges, but an enterprise can avoid problems by putting a priority on availability and making sure the data center is updated to modern standards.
Drones Take On Cell Tower Maintenance
Commentary  |  11/5/2014  | 
Fluke Networks aims to improve technician safety and streamline tower maintenance workflows by adapting its Wireless Work Advisor tool to drone technology.
How To Win The War On Net Neutrality
Commentary  |  11/5/2014  | 
Businesses will suffer along with consumers if net neutrality isn't preserved. Here's what you can do to ensure your traffic doesn't get sideswiped into a slow lane.
Regulators Target Carrier Data Throttling
Commentary  |  11/4/2014  | 
FCC complaint against AT&T for alleged data throttling illustrates growing tension between regulators and carriers over ISP network management practices.
Make Or Break Your Cloud Migration
Commentary  |  11/4/2014  | 
Using a cloud service successfully depends on more than the service itself. Be sure these crucial components within your own IT environment and other third-party providers are up to par.
Are Cloud-Based Virtual Desktops The Future?
Commentary  |  11/3/2014  | 
The desktop-as-a-service model, hosted in a public or private cloud, promises more efficient and economical workstations.
Halloween Horror: 5 Help Desk Tales From The Crypt
Slideshows  |  10/31/2014  | 
Beware these scary, real-life stories from support professionals manning the IT help desk.
Why IoT Security & Privacy Are Critical
Commentary  |  10/31/2014  | 
Security and privacy concerns about smart meters and other Internet of Things deployments must be addressed in order for the IoT to succeed.
Hyper-Convergence: The New Black
Commentary  |  10/30/2014  | 
With the introduction of VMware's EVO:RAIL platform, hyper-converged appliances are all the rage. The fashionable IT architecture is also coming out in all-flash designs.
Unify's Circuit Enables a New Way of Working
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Circuit, the new UC platform from the company formerly known as Siemens, is certainly different and could bring a shift to the way people work.
Understanding IPv6: The Ping Before Solicited-Node Multicast
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne gets ready to walk through solicited-node multicast, analyzing an ICMP ping echo request in IPv4 and showing how it differs from IPv6.
5 Network Monitoring Essentials You Can't Live Without
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Network and infrastructure monitoring tools must help IT professionals measure performance but also deliver new services fast. Here's what to look for.
Apple Picks Aerohive For ConnectED Program
Commentary  |  10/28/2014  | 
A WLAN vendor wins a big role as an Apple partner in a federal effort to deploy WiFi gear and iPads in underserved schools. But will the grandiose program end up being a boondoggle?
10 Sizzling Storage Startups
Slideshows  |  10/28/2014  | 
Storage is anything but dull these days with so many startups shaking up the status quo with innovative technologies. Here are 10 of the hottest new storage companies.
Cisco Drives 2.5 & 5 Gigabit Ethernet Initiative
News  |  10/28/2014  | 
Networking giant teams with semiconductor companies Aquantia, Freescale and Xilinx to launch NBASE-T Alliance to speed data rates on legacy cabling.
WAN Challenges Demand An SDN Upgrade
Commentary  |  10/28/2014  | 
Software-defined networks can improve application performance for enterprises, overcoming MPLS limitations, traffic tromboning, and branch office bandwidth constraints.
Will RDMA Over Ethernet Eclipse Infiniband?
Commentary  |  10/27/2014  | 
InfiniBand has dominated the RDMA market, but Ethernet is on the rise as a connectivity option.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 5: Demand More From Vendors
Commentary  |  10/27/2014  | 
Microsoft's Symon Perriman explains why and how you can influence your networking vendors to provide products based on interoperable SDN standards.
Beware The Electro-Magnetic Data Center Threat
Commentary  |  10/24/2014  | 
A data center strong enough to fend off solar storms or nuclear weapons could be the next requirement on your RFP.
The Management Gap Between You and Cloud Apps
Commentary  |  10/24/2014  | 
Cloud management tools must evolve to truly support the distributed nature of cloud apps and services.
SDN Education: 9 Ways To Learn
Slideshows  |  10/23/2014  | 
Wondering how to get up to speed on software-defined networking? Here are some SDN training and certification programs plus other avenues for learning.
The VVOLs Cometh
Commentary  |  10/23/2014  | 
The long-awaited VMware Virtual Volumes appear to be on track to arrive next year. The technology promises a leap forward in storage management by providing VM awareness to storage systems.
Where's The WAN Going?
Where's The WAN Going?
Network Computing Videos  |  10/23/2014  | 
Networking expert Greg Ferro explains how the wide area network must evolve to keep up with modern technology demands.
EMC: Cisco's Out In The Cold, VCE Into The Fold
News  |  10/22/2014  | 
The competition between Cisco, VMware, and EMC on the networking, cloud, and storage fronts heats up, with the joint venture VCE becoming an EMC business.
Why UC Implementations Fail
Slideshows  |  10/22/2014  | 
Unified communications and collaboration projects fall flat when companies don't understand needs or consult with their employees. Get the facts and figures from Softchoice's UC study.
Fiber Networks & The New Digital Divide
Commentary  |  10/22/2014  | 
All-fiber networks provide virtually unlimited bandwidth, but fiber-to-the-home services aren't available in many areas, leaving many people without the high-speed broadband needed for today's applications.
The State Of Enterprise Backup
Slideshows  |  10/21/2014  | 
Backup is often called broken or otherwise denigrated, but our survey showed that it's alive and well. Here's a look at backup practices in the enterprise today.
NFV Can Avoid Buying Network Bulk
Commentary  |  10/21/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization allows service providers to deliver specialized capabilities that enterprise customers only pay for when needed.
Building Cloud Computing Skills
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
To succeed in the cloud computing era, IT pros need a wide array of skills. Cloud certifications are one way to acquire these skills, but you also must learn to think like a cloud architect.
Learning Lessons Through Security Struggles
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
Why do we hear of new security breaches so frequently? Make sure your organization follows these best-practices and considers these important questions to protect itself.
SDN Limitations
Commentary  |  10/17/2014  | 
Software-defined networking is touted as a panacea for data centers, but the combination of faster networking speeds and virtualization restricts what it can do.
Refocus The IT Budget On Growth
Commentary  |  10/17/2014  | 
Planning next year's IT budget? Take smart steps to use IT strategically and help grow and transform your company's business.
White-Box Switches: Beware Of Hidden Costs
Commentary  |  10/16/2014  | 
White-box switches often include popular applications like monitoring, but buyers need to shop carefully. Additional features may cost extra.
Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery: Choose Wisely
Commentary  |  10/16/2014  | 
Disaster recovery and business continuity in the cloud is now a viable and affordable option for protecting data center resources -- but select your vendor with care.
Time For LUN To Die
Commentary  |  10/15/2014  | 
In virtualized environments, managing storage with LUNs isn't practical. With the upcoming arrival of VMware Virtual Volumes, we can shift to VM-centric data services.
Reclaiming The Network Perimeter
Commentary  |  10/15/2014  | 
The traditional network perimeter has vanished, but new architectures allow you to control security at the virtual machine or via cloud infrastructures.
Elements Of IoT
Slideshows  |  10/14/2014  | 
There's a lot of hype about the Internet of Things, but what about the technology it runs on? Here's a look at some of the infrastructure and networking components IT pros can expect to build out to support the IoT.
NFV: Changing The Pace Of Carrier Services
Commentary  |  10/14/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization will drastically change how -- and how fast -- carriers provision services to enterprise customers.
Contest: What Lurks In Your IT Shadows?
Commentary  |  10/13/2014  | 
Ever found something gross or surprising among the switches and servers? Share your story and win an Amazon gift card.
SDN Certification: The Next Job Requirement
Commentary  |  10/13/2014  | 
IT professionals must become SDN experts to be successful in a drastically changing environment. Luckily, certification options are emerging.
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