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Content posted in November 2012
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VMware Launches Software-Defined Data Center
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
VCloud Suite 5.1 combines three key VMware products to create an early version of a software-defined data center.
A Ruckus Over WLAN Testing
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
A competitive review of WLAN products at Syracuse University stirred up controversy because of a vendor’s involvement in the tests. But the real question is, are they testing the right things?
Alcatel-Lucent’s SDN Strategy Downplays OpenFlow
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Alcatel-Lucent has announced its SDN roadmap for the coming year. The company plans to offer a RESTful interface in two of its OmniSwitch product lines before it adds support for OpenFlow.
Plantronics Says WebRTC Eases Virtual Meeting Headaches
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Businesses could better harness real-time Web communications if WebRTC APIs were included in the HTML5 standard, Plantronics says.
Check Point Rolls Out Managed Security Services
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Check Point's ThreatCloud offerings include managed security and event analysis for its IPS gateways and incident response to help customers cope with an attack.
Facebook 'Privacy Notice' Has No Legs
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
But Facebook should be looking at why the notice went viral.
The Case for UC Interoperability
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
A lack of interoperability among unified communications platforms isn't suited to today's business needs, particularly because partners, suppliers and resellers need to collaborate and communicate more closely than ever. It's time for the UC industry to step up.
Earthquakes and the Limits of Predictive Analysis
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Criminal charges for Italian scientists who failed to foresee a deadly earthquake are an extreme example of the limitations of predictive analysis.
Data Centers: Get 'Em Hotter and Wetter
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Data centers can run hotter and with more humidity than traditionally thought, according to a recent report from The Green Grid. This will reduce energy consumption and cut operating costs, but long-held myths might stand in the way.
OpenStack: An Overview
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
OpenStack is a continually evolving initiative to enable the deployment of cloud computing services using open source software. We’ll examine the most recent release of the platform, called Folsom, which adds two new modules for networking and block storage.
Disaster Recovery Lessons You Might Have Missed
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
Hurricane Sandy had a lot to teach technology professionals about disaster recovery and business continuity. It certainly reinforced the basics—back up your data and test your DR systems—but there are other lessons to learn. Here are five.
8 Cloud Tools For Road Warriors
Slideshows  |  11/26/2012  | 
Cloud services have become indispensable for doing business on the move. Check out these valuable tools.
Why We Need Network Abstraction
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Highly virtualized data centers are exposing cracks in traditional network constructs such as VLANs. New approaches that abstract the physical network, including network overlays, are key to providing flexibility and scale.
802.11ac: 5 Steps to Prepare for Next-Gen WLANs
Commentary  |  11/26/2012  | 
The 802.11ac wireless standard will be ratified in 2013, and pre-standard consumer hardware is on the market. Follow these five steps to prepare now for the day when 802.11ac comes knocking.
Housework Outranks Facebook On Happiness Meter
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
Only activity people like less than using Facebook is recovering from illness, study says. There's a lesson here for businesses.
Twitter Offers Small Businesses $1M In Ad Credits
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
Twitter offer comes in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, the anti-Black Friday.
Holiday Gift Guide
Slideshows  |  11/21/2012  | 
It's the time of the season to make a list and check it twice. We've assembled a holiday wish list for work and play, including tools to improve your mobile life, gaming gadgets, and tablet alternatives for those who already have, or don't want, an Apple in their stockings.
Few Enterprises Move At The Speed Of Social
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
Part of the challenge of social business is matching speeds between enterprises and organizations like Facebook with a "move fast and break things" philosophy, says Hearsay Social CTO Steve Garrity.
12 Reasons To Be Thankful For Social Business
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Why should we be grateful for social business? Let us count a dozen ways.
NetApp Quietly Absorbs CacheIQ
Commentary  |  11/20/2012  | 
NetApp has acquired flash-memory caching startup CacheIQ and says it will discontinue CacheIQ's product line, but it isn't saying much about why.
Get Ready For Gigabit Wi-Fi
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
Emerging 802.11ac WLAN products could drive nearly 7 Gbps of throughput. Buckle up.
Intel On The Wrong Side Of Moore's Law
Commentary  |  11/20/2012  | 
ARM's stellar performance provides a hint at what Intel must do in the next decade to stay ahead in the chip business.
Intel's Next CEO Must Reverse Years of Mobile Neglect
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
Intel built an unbeatable infrastructure for PC and server chips—which gives it zero advantage in meeting fundamentally different requirements for mobile chip design.
Cisco Broadens Management Capabilities with Cloupia Acquisition
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
Cisco’s Cloupia purchase extends the company’s ability to manage third-party data center and cloud systems.
5 Biggest Social Turkeys Of 2012
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
What not to be thankful for, from thoughtless users to Facebook's IPO.
Storage Purchasing Strategy: Channel Choices
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
Value-added resellers, systems integrators and even distributors play a big part in your company's success. Choose them with care.
Measuring The State Of Primary Storage Deduplication
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
Before you can assess a vendor's storage deduplication ability, it's important to understand the challenges of the deduplication process.
Dear Cisco, Please Don't Screw Up Meraki
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
Cisco’s $1.2 billion acquisition of competing WLAN vendor Meraki has me worried that Meraki’s top-notch tech support and customer responsiveness will get lost inside Cisco’s big-network culture.
Cisco To Acquire Meraki for $1.2B
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Deal boosts Cisco's portfolio of cloud and network management software.
Palo Alto Networks Virtualizes Firewall, Adds New Hardware
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Palo Alto's new VM-Series is a virtualized firewall for VMware environments. The company also launched two new hardware appliances, and upgraded its cloud-based WildFire anti-malware service.
Happy 100 Millionth, Dropbox
Commentary  |  11/16/2012  | 
It still makes no sense to me that a company can make a living selling shared disk access over the Internet, but then again I'm one of the paying customers making Dropbox a success.
Wireless for Beginners Part 3: Getting the Signal
News  |  11/16/2012  | 
WLAN radio signals can be affected by a variety of factors, including encoding algorithms, physical obstacles and interference. This post outlines common problems that can affect signal performance.
SDN Is Business, OpenFlow Is Technology
Commentary  |  11/15/2012  | 
Software-defined networking (SDN) and OpenFlow aren’t the same thing. We’ll clarify the technical differences and discuss a more important distinction: SDN emphasizes applications that drive network usability and business requirements, while OpenFlow is a technology to link an SDN controller and network devices.
Extreme Networks' 40 GbE, 100 GbE Switch Modules Target Data Centers
News  |  11/15/2012  | 
Extreme also opens up its OS to support OpenFlow 1.0 and OpenStack to enable more flexible network architectures.
Facebook Jobs App Takes On LinkedIn
News  |  11/15/2012  | 
Facebook's new app is designed to connect job candidates with hiring employers. Should LinkedIn be worried?
Why Windows Tablets Are The Best Storage Deal
Commentary  |  11/15/2012  | 
People who complain that too much of the flash storage in Windows 8 and RT tablets is taken up by the OS and Office 2013 app are missing a big point. At least they can add their own flash storage later via microSD card for very little money. Apple iPad and Google Nexus tablet users, on the other hand, are stuck with whatever storage comes with their device.
HP Announces New Integrity Servers with Intel Itanium 9500 Chips
News  |  11/14/2012  | 
HP looked less than dominant in Q3, despite leading the server market. The company hopes its new, faster and more energy-efficient products will help it to rebound in the high-end market.
Packets Are the Past, Flows Are the Future
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
Networking has focused for years on speeds and feeds: how many packets you can handle and how many ports per device. But hosts and applications work with flows, which will force the network to adapt. Here’s why.
7 Cheap Cloud Storage Options
Slideshows  |  11/14/2012  | 
You have a multitude of cloud storage choices beyond Dropbox, for enterprise and personal use. But make sure you understand the differences.
Finding the ROI for Unified Communications
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
Companies that examine the business case for UC often focus on the "unified" aspect. But the real returns come from integration. Here's why.
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