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Content posted in January 2014
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Shingled Magnetic Recording Part 2: Using Shingled Drives
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
Disk drive vendors are using SMR to increase disk capacity, and have devised three models for shingled drives. Here are the details on this new technology.
NSA Plans To Cool New Datacenter With Wastewater
News  |  1/10/2014  | 
Agency under fire for its data collection initiatives reportedly inks deal to use treated wastewater for cooling its future datacenter in Maryland.
Want To Develop Information Security Skills? Capture The Flag
Commentary  |  1/9/2014  | 
The popular competition among information security enthusiasts has evolved into a mainstream endeavor critical for professional development.
Endpoint Security Risks On The Rise, But Budgets Flat, Report Says
News  |  1/9/2014  | 
Survey shows that IT security pros are more worried about endpoint security threats, but organizations aren't allocating more resources to combat them.
SDN Vendors' Internal Tug-of-War Doesn't Bode Well For Customers
Commentary  |  1/9/2014  | 
Networking vendors are experiencing internal conflict as they try to integrate SDN into their products lines. Customers will face the fallout.
5 Ways Software-Defined Tech Simplifies Datacenter Management
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
New software-defined tools are helping to reduce the complexity associated with distance in datacenter environments.
Shingled Magnetic Recording Part 1: How SMR Expands Disk Drive Capacity
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
Disk drive vendors have a new technique to increase disk density. Here's how it works.
VMware Datacenter Growth Far From Over
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
Some industry watchers say the virtualization wave is nearly done, but I disagree.
Why The Datacenter Is The Center Of The Universe
Why The Datacenter Is The Center Of The Universe
Network Computing Videos  |  1/8/2014  | 
Virtualization and cloud solutions architect Bill Kleyman explains how changes in user computing are increasing the importance of the datacenter, making it the home base for all technology. The buzz may be all about the cloud, but it's the physical infrastructure that keeps all those clouds afloat.
Tape Storage: Future Looks Bright
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
In 2013, several trends solidified my belief that tape -- once branded a dinosaur -- is gaining importance in the datacenter.
Cloud Growth Drives Need For Unified Datacenter Monitoring
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Today's complex, cloud-enabled datacenter requires network monitoring tools that provide a comprehensive view of traffic.
3 Ways Vendors Aggravate Network Engineers
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Engineers love new networking gear, but vendors can drive them crazy. Here are the top three vendor bad habits that can send engineers over the edge.
Collaboration Wanted; Employee Buy-In Required
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Lured by tales of compounded productivity with lowered costs, businesses are trying out collaboration tools. But getting users on board can be challenging.
IaaS Performance Benchmarks Part 7: SoftLayer
Commentary  |  1/6/2014  | 
As part of my project comparing IaaS services, I tested SoftLayer, an IBM company. I also compared SoftLayer to other IaaS providers. Here are my findings.
Software-Defined Storage: What Hardware Players Must Do
Commentary  |  1/6/2014  | 
If 2014 is the "year of software-defined storage," hardware makers must take these steps to stay relevant.
End User Experience Monitoring: The Network Perspective
News  |  1/6/2014  | 
Network professionals need visibility into more than network data in order to ensure customers don't have frustrating website visits.
Flash Virtualization: Enabling The Software-Defined Datacenter
Commentary  |  1/6/2014  | 
Virtualization has changed the way modern datacenters operate, but I/O bottlenecks still hamper storage systems and application performance. Flash hypervisors could be the answer.
IaaS Performance Benchmarks Part 6: Rackspace Cloud Servers
Commentary  |  1/3/2014  | 
As part of my project comparing IaaS services, I tested Rackspace Cloud Servers and also compared Rackspace to other IaaS providers. Here are the results.
9 Advantages Of WebRTC
Commentary  |  1/3/2014  | 
WebRTC brings many benefits to the user, integrator, and developer that have been less available in past communications and collaboration platforms.
A Data Center Migration Designed For SaaS Growth
News  |  1/2/2014  | 
IT service management software supplier SysAid switches to new virtualization platform and data center to support SaaS customers.
Seagate Inks Deal To Acquire Xyratex
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
Disk drive giant aims to move into the more profitable storage systems market with $374 million acquisition.
Focus On SDN Tools Obscures SDN Benefits
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
The debates over OpenFlow, NSX and ACI miss the point. SDN vendors need to focus on how their tools fit into a broader framework for solving business problems.
NSA Elite Hackers Infiltrated Network Equipment
News  |  1/2/2014  | 
A treasure trove of tools used by NSA hackers for planting backdoors via Cisco, Juniper, and Apple products was unveiled in the latest document leaks from the agency.
Ethernet: The Datacenter's Unifying Foundation
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
Ethernet, now the standard for datacenter connectivity, is undergoing constant innovation from the core to the edge across the network. It's important to understand where Ethernet development is heading.
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