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In Hybrid Clouds, Mind The Details
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
Integrating your private cloud with public clouds can provide agility, security, and control. But getting the minutia right is daunting.
Silver Peak Extends WAN Optimization To Cloud Services
News  |  8/13/2014  | 
Unity WAN fabric monitors public cloud connections and makes routing decisions to streamline cloud access.
Inside White-Box Switches
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
Switches traditionally use ASICs for packet forwarding, but the new breed of white-box switches relies more heavily on generic CPUs to handle forwarding in order to reduce costs.
The 'So What' Of The Software-Defined Data Center
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
The acceptance of the SDDC means that enterprises are abstracting additional data center functions, such as networking and disaster recovery, from hardware.
10 Networking Blogs You Must Follow
Slideshows  |  8/12/2014  | 
So many network technology blogs, so little time. Get started with this list of blogs by networking experts and top Interop speakers.
Beyond Cage Nuts
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
Cage nuts aren't the only option for mounting IT gear to racks. Find out about alternatives such as MonoSerts and Rackstuds, plus a handy cage nut tool if you want to stick with traditional hardware.
IBM Labs Invention Pinpoints Data In The Cloud
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
A new patent allows IT to tag specific files and specify exactly where in the cloud that data will be stored.
Programming: An Essential Skill For Network Engineers
Commentary  |  8/11/2014  | 
As software takes over the networking discipline, engineers who don't learn to code a general-purpose programming language will be left behind.
Internet Of Things = Internet Of Gateways
Commentary  |  8/11/2014  | 
The advent of the IoT will mean monitoring an explosion of gateways and will require increased network performance monitoring -- in particular, application-aware network monitoring.
Mobile WLAN Tools: Pros & Cons
Commentary  |  8/8/2014  | 
WiFi troubleshooting tools are moving beyond laptops to mobile devices. Though these professional-grade apps provide increased flexibility, they have their downsides.
Data Centers Move From Metro
Commentary  |  8/8/2014  | 
If your data center is relocating to the 'burbs, you'll need to take serious steps to beef up the network.
Flash Storage: The New Normal
News  |  8/7/2014  | 
At the Flash Memory Summit, storage experts talk about the growing flash market, flash benefits, and enterprise deployment considerations.
SDN: You Can't Argue Against It
Commentary  |  8/7/2014  | 
As executive director of the ONF, Dan Pitt hears all the excuses about why organizations are waiting to adopt SDN. Here he explains why they're wrong.
Cloud Automation: Even Cattle Need Care
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Managing virtual machines in the cloud doesn't mean interpreting the pets vs. cattle meme literally. It requires automating systems and processes to care for the herd.
Understanding IPv6: A Sniffer Full Of 3s
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne explores Wireshark sniffer traces in order to understand the difference between IPv4 and IPv6 addressing.
Can New Math Speed Up The Internet?
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Scientists from Denmark, in collaboration with MIT and Caltech researchers, have developed a new way to transmit information over the Internet using mathematical equations instead of sending packets.
Open Technologies: The Hottest 10
Slideshows  |  8/5/2014  | 
In today's tech world, the word "open" is on fire. IT pros are finally dismantling those much-maligned silos, and vendors are rushing to join open source projects to prove they're on board.
Flash Tailored For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  8/5/2014  | 
Makers of all-flash storage arrays like Violin Memory are adding enterprise features, while SanDisk is boosting the performance of its flash products.
Broadcom Talks Open Networking, WiFi Trends
News  |  8/4/2014  | 
Network Computing met with Ram Velaga, who heads Broadcom's Ethernet switch portfolio, to talk about open networking, Ethernet switch trends, and 802.11ac adoption.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 1: Management Up Front
Commentary  |  8/4/2014  | 
Learn how Microsoft runs its own software-defined network in this series from Symon Perriman. First, he advises setting realistic goals and focusing on management.
Server SANs: The Dark Side
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
The new technology promises compelling benefits, but mixing and matching storage hardware and software can backfire, as one IT pro found out when his VMware VSAN failed.
2014 IT Spending: Getting More For Less
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
Fierce competition in a rapidly changing IT industry has resulted in bargains for enterprise IT buyers this year, but don't expect the good deals to last long.
Guide To Server Virtualization
Education  |  7/31/2014  | 
New to server virtualization or need a refresher course? This overview explains the technology that has changed the lives of IT admins and CFOs.
New CPU Architectures Promise Performance Boost
Commentary  |  7/31/2014  | 
Intel and others are developing chip structures that aim to unlock memory bottlenecks and improve interconnect capabilities.
LTE Broadcast On The Horizon
Commentary  |  7/31/2014  | 
The technology, which allows cellular operators to multicast popular live TV and sporting events to multiple subscribers, is gaining traction.
Cisco Certifications Confront Changing Skills Needs
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
New certs focused on network programmability, IoT, and IT/business skills will help steer IT pros toward emerging technologies. They could also help Cisco keep its hold on the market.
Measuring Cloud Performance Is Like Flying Blind
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
Legacy systems management software and tools are woefully inept at providing visibility into cloud applications and services. Here's why we need new methods.
Closing The UC Gap: 4 Tips
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
Making the leap from unified communications to unified interaction is possible, but it involves more than just installing new software. Here's how to make a successful transition.
Cisco Ships APIC Controller, Reveals ACI Pricing
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
The key piece of Cisco's ACI strategy will ship July 31, along with new ACI starter kits. The company also made the ACI price list public.
Fall IT Events: On The Road Again With 10 Top Picks
Slideshows  |  7/29/2014  | 
Fall IT conferences and trade shows are right around the corner. Browse these events focused on networking, cloud, data centers, and storage, and start planning for a fantastic fall.
25 GbE: A Big Deal That Will Arrive
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Why all the hubbub about 25 Gigabit Ethernet? It allows the biggest jump in data center Ethernet performance for the smallest jump in price. That's why.
802.11ac WLAN Sales Poised To Surge
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
Unlike previous generations of WiFi standards, 802.11ac doesn’t come with a price premium, which is fueling strong sales, according to Dell'Oro.
White-Box Switches: Are You Ready?
Commentary  |  7/28/2014  | 
White-box switching promises flexibility and lower costs, so should you make the leap? It depends.
Have You Hugged Your Sysadmin Today?
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Celebrate System Administrator Appreciation Day by showing some gratitude toward the IT pros who do it all.
IT Budgets Up In 2015, Hiring Tepid
News  |  7/25/2014  | 
A survey shows organizations will spend more on IT next year, but IT pros don't expect those extra dollars will translate into bigger IT departments.
3 Signs You're Overspending On Data Storage
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
If you think public cloud storage is the cheaper way to manage the massive growth in data, think again.
Understanding IPv6: Link-Local 'Magic'
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne performs a little IPv6 sleight of hand in the second post in her series on IPv6.
Guide To IaaS Cloud Provider Performance
Education  |  7/23/2014  | 
Choosing an Infrastructure-as-a-service cloud provider? Use these benchmarks to compare AWS, Google, Azure, Rackspace, and more.
Where Is Your Cloud?
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
Depending on its location, a cloud data center may be at risk of natural or man-made disasters. Be sure to weigh the risks of the physical location of your data.
10 Handy WiFi Troubleshooting Tools
Slideshows  |  7/22/2014  | 
If you need help troubleshooting your wireless networks, here are 10 tools that can help uncover WiFi problems. Bonus: Some are free!
Network Security: An Oxymoron In The Cloud Era?
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
Network security as we know it won't survive the migration to the cloud. New approaches are needed.
Drones: The Next WLAN Menace
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
In addition to low-tech corporate spying, the remotely piloted aircraft could facilitate attacks on WLANs. The WLAN security industry is starting to respond.
Cisco DevNet Focuses On Developers
News  |  7/21/2014  | 
The program provides APIs and aims to promote DevOps by bringing network engineers and software developers together.
Guide: The Open Compute Project and Your Data Center
Education  |  7/21/2014  | 
Facebook's Open Compute Project has been developing designs and concepts for servers, switches, and other data center technologies. But how and when will those designs migrate to the typical enterprise?
Do We Need 25 GbE & 50 GbE?
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Efforts to bring 25 GbE and 50 GbE to market are underway. Is there a strong case for these non-IEEE solutions? For cloud service providers, there is.
Open Source Vs. Open Enough
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Open source networking is a hot trend, but its success hinges on organizations making a real commitment to open source technology.
8 Gotchas Of Technology Contracting
Slideshows  |  7/17/2014  | 
IT projects often involve multiple legal contracts for technology and services. Avoid these "gotchas" to ensure smooth agreements and relationships.
Cisco NX-OS: Facts & Features
Education  |  7/17/2014  | 
Learn the basics of NS-OX in this book excerpt on Cisco's operating system for Nexus data center switching.
Why Facebook Wedge Is Revolutionary
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
The social networking giant's open TOR switch is a big step forward for white-box switches and a ground-breaking platform for application networking.
Using Flash For The Real-Time Archive
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
A new type of archive that requires instantly available data access presents a storage challenge, but TLC NAND provides a solution.
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