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Content posted in October 2012
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Mellanox Makes SDN Move with New Switches
News  |  10/16/2012  | 
SwitchX-2 supports OpenFlow and leverages Mellanox’s Virtual Protocol Interconnect technology for simultaneous InfiniBand and Ethernet connections.
Cisco WebEx Now Works Sans Cloud
News  |  10/15/2012  | 
Cisco also expands collaboration technologies it offers via partners, including a 'rendezvous conferencing' option for videoconferencing.
Wireless for Beginners Part 1: RF and Waves
News  |  10/15/2012  | 
In the first of a three-part introduction to essential wireless concepts, this post covers the basics of the radio frequencies used in wireless networks and the phenomenon of attenuation.
Browsing Like It's 1990
Commentary  |  10/15/2012  | 
Mobile computing has to rely on old tricks to keep up with websites built for screaming-fast home and office broadband.
Apigee, Layer 7 Simplify API Development
News  |  10/15/2012  | 
API management firms give developers access to services that may bring in new customers or dynamically configure software-defined networks.
SDN's Potential in the Data Center and on the WAN
Commentary  |  10/12/2012  | 
Software-defined networking has the potential to reshape networks. This primer presents a brief overview of SDN and outlines potential use cases.
Xirrus Primes the 802.11ac Pump
Commentary  |  10/11/2012  | 
Can't wait until next year to buy 802.11ac products? Xirrus hopes to snag eager customers with a preorder program.
Compuware Launches Free Outage Detection Service, New Mainframe Apps
News  |  10/11/2012  | 
A new site lets companies monitor outages of third-party Web services in real time to help assess potential impact on their own Web performance.
What LinkedIn Endorsements Mean To You
Commentary  |  10/11/2012  | 
LinkedIn's new Endorsements feature lets people easily recommend each other, but it will be the quality--not the quantity--of kudos that count.
Fast SSD Storage, Slow Networks
Commentary  |  10/10/2012  | 
Can't afford a network upgrade? Boost performance by enhancing your existing infrastructure with one of these solutions.
MetroPCS Changes Course On 4G Voice
News  |  10/10/2012  | 
The plan for the combined T-Mobile/MetroPCS seems to veer away from voice-over-LTE.
Cisco, NetApp Push Integrated Data Center Infrastructure
News  |  10/10/2012  | 
Cisco and NetApp add extensive storage capacity to FlexPod, and introduce ExpressPod, an integrated data center platform for SMBs.
Verizon Launches VoIP With Google Apps Integration
News  |  10/10/2012  | 
Cloud phone service for SMBs intended as an alternative to more resource-intensive PBX and unified communications systems.
4 Must-Ask Interview Questions for Network Engineers
Commentary  |  10/10/2012  | 
If you're looking to hire a network engineer (or be hired as one), here are four job interview questions that I've asked, and three you shouldn't bother with. These questions will help you figure out what a candidate does and doesn't know.
Microsoft Will Judge Your Company's Cloud Readiness
News  |  10/9/2012  | 
Microsoft's Cloud Security Readiness Tool surveys the state of compliance, security, and infrastructure in advance of a move to cloud services.
F5 Announces Enhanced VXLAN Support for Big-IP
News  |  10/9/2012  | 
F5 Networks’ application delivery controllers will facilitate the deployment of private clouds with its support of the virtual network overlay technology.
Tape Rules for Long-Term Storage
Commentary  |  10/9/2012  | 
A common knock against the use of tape for long-term archives is that data has to be migrated every few years as tape formats change. Not so. With good management, you can go 10 years between tape migrations. Here's why and how.
Shall We Play a Game?
Commentary  |  10/9/2012  | 
Gamification is moving from the consumer Web into the enterprise as employers seek to influence employee behavior. Startups such as Badgeville are ready to play.
Tumblr Gets Analytics Capabilities
News  |  10/8/2012  | 
UnionMetrics partnership fills gaping hole for marketers seeking to expand their social reach.
Fusion-io: Flash Memory For The Data Center
Fusion-io: Flash Memory For The Data Center
Network Computing Videos  |  10/8/2012  | 
Fusion-io's Gary Orenstein says that his company's purpose is to make the world's data go faster. Fusion-io offers flash-based memory for the data center, along with a host of software products to manage it all.
Kontiki's Enterprise Content Delivery Network: An Elevator Pitch
Kontiki's Enterprise Content Delivery Network: An Elevator Pitch
Network Computing Videos  |  10/8/2012  | 
Kontiki's CEO, Dan Vetras, talks about a different approach to delivering content like video inside the network, potentially obviating the need for WAN acceleration solutions.
Fusion-io: Flash Memory For The Data Center
Fusion-io: Flash Memory For The Data Center
Network Computing Videos  |  10/8/2012  | 
Fusion-io's Gary Orenstein says that his company's purpose is to make the world's data go faster. Fusion-io offers flash-based memory for the data center, along with a host of software products to manage it all.
4 Essential Books for Network Engineers
News  |  10/8/2012  | 
Books made from ink and paper still have appeal—and serve a purpose—for network and IT pros. Here are four that no network engineer should be without.
Riverbed, 6connect, Ixia Unveil New Products, Services at Interop
News  |  10/5/2012  | 
Riverbed's Steelhead EX appliances now integrate with VMware vSphere, allowing IT to manage branch unit operations remotely.
Cisco Unifies Wireless, Wired Management
News  |  10/5/2012  | 
Cisco Systems integrates wired and wireless management to run from a single platform, unifies policy management for network access, and rolls out new APs and a WLAN controller.
Remote Backup Replication Continues to Gain Momentum
Commentary  |  10/5/2012  | 
A recent survey shows increasing adoption of network-based replication of backup data, which is key to a robust data protection and disaster recovery strategy.
How Not To Be A Millionaire: Resell Stolen Cisco Gear
News  |  10/5/2012  | 
Former Verizon engineer gets 4-year jail sentence and must pay $2.8 million in restitution after almost 10 years of fraudulently obtaining and then reselling Cisco networking equipment.
Facebook Hits 1 Billion Users: Now The Hard Part
News  |  10/4/2012  | 
Facebook will struggle to sustain its rate of growth. That's likely one reason why it's developing technology to let kids under 13 use the site with parental supervision.
Cisco Continues SDN Evolution With vCider Acquisition
News  |  10/4/2012  | 
Cisco extends its embrace of software defined networking with the purchase of vCider, a maker of network overlay technology.
Facebook Cuts Organic Reach As It Promotes Ads
News  |  10/4/2012  | 
Facebook makes it tougher for posts to brand pages to reach a wide readership. At the same time, it plays up "sponsored stories" advertising. Deliberate or coincidence?
Desktop Virtualization No Cost Saver?
News  |  10/4/2012  | 
Don't ignore added costs VDI brings to the data center when calculating ROI on a virtualization project, warns consultant in Interop session.
IBM's New OpenFlow Controller Priced for Deep Pockets
News  |  10/4/2012  | 
IBM continues its SDN push with a new Programmable Network Controller. The software supports OpenFlow 1.0 and can control up to 100 switches, but pricing seems to target service providers and large enterprises.
Storage That Only Looks Like A SAN
Commentary  |  10/4/2012  | 
It isn't a perfect approach, but you can skip the SAN and still bring the advantages of local storage to a virtualized environment.
Facebook's Promoted Posts For Individuals: A Bad Idea
Commentary  |  10/4/2012  | 
Are you willing to pay to have your Facebook posts read by more people?
Citrix Says NetScaler's Future Is SDN
News  |  10/3/2012  | 
The company announced plans for a next-generation application delivery controller that will interoperate with SDN controllers to speed application deployment.
Social Media Guide To The Presidential Debates
Commentary  |  10/3/2012  | 
Many people will watch the debates on TV--plus follow along on social networking, candidate, and news sites. Here are some of the websites to hit for a satisfying "second screen" experience.
9 Data Centers: Unexpected Beauty And Creativity
Slideshows  |  10/3/2012  | 
Most data centers are boring boxes--but not all. Take a look at a data center that houses a supercomputer in a chapel, or an underground data center with James Bond-styling, or a solar-powered data center, and much, much more.
HP Details SDN Strategy, Announces New Products
News  |  10/3/2012  | 
HP is going all-in on software defined networks, announcing new switch support for OpenFlow, a forthcoming SDN controller and set of SDN-related applications.
5 Ways Amazon Web Services Protects Cloud Data
News  |  10/3/2012  | 
AWS security chief employs a number of methods, from federal-style security drills to strict adherence to standards, to ensure the safety and availability of customer operations.
IBM Boosts Server Performance, Security with New Chip
News  |  10/3/2012  | 
IBM announced a slew of products on Wednesday, headlined by new servers enhanced with the Power 7+ microprocessor.
HP Business Tablet Offers Myriad Accessories, Won't Support Snap
News  |  10/2/2012  | 
HP's ElitePad 900 competes well with other Windows 8-based tablets, with one notable exception.
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