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Content posted in January 2014
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Dell Teams With Cumulus Networks To Sell Bare-Metal Switches
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Dell will decouple network hardware from the underlying software by offering Cumulus Linux network OS as an option to customers.
Free Software: A Privilege, Not A Right
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Free online services can be great, but companies that operate on the freemium model aren't obligated to keep offering free software.
Flash Storage: What's Your Best Option?
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Consider this primer to make sure the flash storage you choose is the right one to solve your performance problem.
Best of Interop Product Awards Open
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
The Best of Interop 2014 product awards are open for nominations. Be sure to spread the word to vendors of your favorite products.
802.11ac Wi-Fi Part 2: Wave 1 and Wave 2 Products
Education  |  1/30/2014  | 
Here's what you'll find in today's 802.11ac certified products, and a peek at what future 802.11ac Wave 2 products may offer.
SDN: Beware Of Blinders
Commentary  |  1/30/2014  | 
Everyone's talking about software-defined networking, but choosing actual products and vendors probably feels more like a round of blackjack than an RFP.
Cisco vs. Oracle: How The Battle Will Impact The Networking Industry
Commentary  |  1/30/2014  | 
With Oracle and Cisco going head-to-head after another Oracle SDN acquisition, the repercussions across the industry will be far reaching, from changes in purchase patterns to increased product bundling.
Open-Source Cloud Hardware Grows Up Fast
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
Open Compute Project picks up key new members, sets more ambitious goals, and shows its multi-faceted, multi-chip side at annual summit.
Your Storage Questions Answered Live On Thursday
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Join us for a special Interop Preview edition of E2 Radio at 2:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. PST) on Thursday, January 30, when we'll talk with Howard Marks, storage expert and longtime Network Computing contributor.
The Buck Stops At BYOC
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
IT professionals gave into user demands with BYOD. But allowing employees to mix corporate data and personal clouds is going a step too far.
6 Ways SDN Shakes Up The Enterprise
Slideshows  |  1/29/2014  | 
Software-defined networking promises improvements to enterprise IT that run the gamut from more responsive applications to heightened security and enhanced data analytics.
Cisco Extends SDN Into Distributed Networks
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Cisco moves software-defined networking out of the data center and into campus and branch networks.
Big Data Analytics And Why Datacenter Infrastructure Matters
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
As the amount of data generated continues to skyrocket, organizations will increasingly rely on data management systems, underscoring the importance of the datacenter.
Cisco Pushes SDN Into Distributed Networks
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Networking giant extends ACI beyond the data center with new APIC module that provides SDN functionality across campus and branch networks.
Supersonic Disk Drive Is A Myth
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
The idea that disk drives haven't gotten faster than 15K RPM because it would mean disks would have to become supersonic isn't true. What's the real reason?
802.11ac Wi-Fi Building Blocks
Education  |  1/27/2014  | 
The new Wi-Fi standard builds on 802.11n for gigabit-speed WLANs. This guide describes 802.11ac's major enhancements, Wave 1 and 2 products, and adoption paths.
Gluster Vs. Ceph: Open Source Storage Goes Head-To-Head
Commentary  |  1/27/2014  | 
Storage appliances using open-source Ceph and Gluster offer similar advantages with great cost benefits. Which is faster and easier to use?
The Myth Of The Supersonic Disk Drive
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
The idea that disk drives haven't gotten faster than 15K RPM because it would mean disks would have to become supersonic isn't true. What's the real reason?
7 Super Certifications For IT Pros
Slideshows  |  1/24/2014  | 
It's a tight IT job market. Earning an IT certification can help you qualify for a position, make your resumé stand out, or move you up the corporate ladder.
Server Cooling Startup Wins VC Funding
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
UK-based Iceotope raises $10 million for its direct liquid cooling technology, an approach that's generating interest for use in high-performance computing systems and cloud datacenters.
How To Get Ready For The Internet Of Things
Commentary  |  1/23/2014  | 
IoT technologies solve business problems and generate new revenue, but implementing them is a complex task. Here are three ways to approach IoT.
Secure Networks: How To Develop An Information Security Policy
Commentary  |  1/23/2014  | 
A security policy is the foundation of a secure network, but it must balance security with business needs. Here are some guidelines for successful security policy development.
IBM Spends $1.2 Billion On New Cloud Datacenters
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Company builds on cloud strategy with 15 new data centers designed to help customers meet compliance requirements and improve application reliability.
Will 2014 Be The Year Of 10 Gigabit Ethernet?
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
Adoption of 10GbE has been slow, but it's finally on its way to becoming mainstream in the datacenter. Will this be the year it surpasses 1GbE?
Beware Of The Internet Of Things' Despicable Side
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
Securing a network of connected devices and intelligent systems carries a hefty new price for IT professionals: personal safety.
ONF Ramps Up Wireless And Mobile SDN Effort
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
The Open Networking Foundation's new working group is focused on extending OpenFlow to wireless and mobile networks.
The DDoS Smash-And-Grab: Be Prepared
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
You are more likely to fall victim to a DDoS attack as each day passes. Assume you will be a hacker's target, and get ready with a remediation plan.
How To Shop For A WLAN: 7 Steps
Commentary  |  1/21/2014  | 
Buying a WLAN has become a complex process. Avoid making the wrong choice by following these recommendations for selecting a WLAN.
NSA Surveillance Revives Calls For An All-Encrypted Internet
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
Agency's snooping sparks renewed discussion of ways to encrypt all Internet traffic by default, but experts cite several sticking points.
2014 State Of Storage: Cost Worries Grow
Commentary  |  1/20/2014  | 
Solid state alone can't solve your problems -- even if you can afford it. Think scale-out, virtualization, and cloud.
Cisco Security Report: Internet Infrastructure Under Attack
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Attackers are zeroing in on Web servers, domain name servers and datacenters in order to launch wide-scale attacks, according to Cisco security researchers.
NFL Examines Stadium WiFi Analytics
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
With help of Extreme Networks, the National Football League is probing app- and data-usage patterns as teams network their stadiums.
Is It Time For SDN 2.0?
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Software-defined networking has become a meaningless buzzword. Let's start fresh with a new term that has strict requirements before vendors can label their products with it.
Don't Let SDN Infatuation Go To Your Head
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
The networking industry is all a-flutter, with vendors hastily breeding new software-defined networking platforms and controllers. Smart enterprises will show a healthy fear of commitment.
Be The Security Good Samaritan
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
Information security professionals should take the time to teach their friends and neighbors about security best practices. The payoff is well worth it.
Shadow IT Surprise: Look Who Loves Rogue Apps
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
Who's using unauthorized SaaS applications? IT professionals need to look in the mirror, recent study shows.
3 Datacenter Trends To Watch In 2014
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
Datacenter operators will continue to focus on energy efficiency and security while investigating software-defined strategies this year.
Data Protection Must Change In Virtualization Age
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
Backup has never been as easy or reliable as it should be, and virtualization just makes it worse.
3D Printing Is The Future, But Safety Comes First
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
3D printing will be a disruptive force in manufacturing and IT, but with the benefits come safety risks.
Using NetFlow To Maintain A Bandwidth Diet
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
Combined with content-filtering tools, the Cisco-developed network protocol can help network administrators rein in runaway bandwidth usage.
Shadow IT Reality Check: Survey Shows IT Pros Are The Worst Offenders
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
When it comes to unauthorized SaaS applications, IT professionals are some of the most prolific users, according to a recent survey.
Ethernet Interfaces Transform Object Storage
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
New direct Ethernet interfaces for object-oriented storage will change the rules of storage, allowing for large performance gains.
Solid-State Storage: On The Road To Datacenter Domination
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
SSDs are displacing hard drives at a rapid clip in the datacenter, as enterprises and cloud providers find them an increasingly attractive low-power, faster storage option.
The Evolving PUE of Containerized Datacenters
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
A number of breakthroughs in server and storage designs have made containerized datacenters highly energy efficient.
5 Ways Enterprise WiFi Will Advance In 2014
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Enterprise employees are more mobile than ever, and the role of WiFi will grow in the corporate network -- in some ways you may not expect.
Hyperscale Invades The Enterprise
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
Enterprise datacenters facing increasing demands, typically with shrinking budgets, should take advice from the Web giants and move into hyperscale.
802.11ac Migration: Picking Up Steam In 2014
News  |  1/13/2014  | 
This year will see more enterprises investing in 802.11ac products as they develop plans to migrate to the new wireless standard.
NSA To Cool New Datacenter With Wastewater
News  |  1/13/2014  | 
Agency under fire for its data collection initiatives reportedly inks deal to use treated wastewater to cool its future datacenter in Maryland.
IaaS Performance Benchmarks Part 8: HP Public Cloud
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
As part of my project comparing IaaS services, I tested HP Public Cloud and looked at how HP's service compared with those from other IaaS providers. Here's what I found.
The Case For VDI In The BYOD Era
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
Virtual desktop infrastructure is becoming more attractive in the enterprise as BYOD becomes a way of life and new flash arrays boost VDI performance.
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