A Ruckus Over WLAN Testing
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?
The Case for UC Interoperability
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.
Data Centers: Get 'Em Hotter and Wetter
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
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
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.
Why We Need Network Abstraction
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
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.
Holiday Gift Guide
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
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.
NetApp Quietly Absorbs CacheIQ
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.
Dear Cisco, Please Don't Screw Up Meraki
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.
Happy 100 Millionth, Dropbox
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
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
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.
Why Windows Tablets Are The Best Storage Deal
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.
Packets Are the Past, Flows Are the Future
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
You have a multitude of cloud storage choices beyond Dropbox, for enterprise and personal use. But make sure you understand the differences.