Expert Analysis
Content posted in November 2012
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Xirrus Adds Application Control To WLAN Arrays
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
Xirrus will add deep packet inspection to its wireless arrays to let administrators prioritize, block or limit bandwidth based on specific applications. Xirrus’ claim to be the first WLAN vendor to do so don’t ring true, but it’s still a good idea.
Pervasive Wireless Means Persistent Frustrations
Commentary  |  11/13/2012  | 
Despite impressive advances in WLAN technology, a small number of wireless devices drag down performance rates and irritate network engineers.
Facebook Couples Profiles: Breaking Up Hard To Do
Commentary  |  11/13/2012  | 
Facebook's new Couples profile puts the story of your relationship out there. You can curate it -- but users are already groaning at this un-requested "feature."
Android Gains Steam In Key Verticals
News  |  11/13/2012  | 
Android-based mobile devices lead over Apple’s iOS in healthcare, telco and transportation sectors, according to new survey.
7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
Slideshows  |  11/13/2012  | 
You've heard the arguments: The cloud is not secure, costs too much, and wrecks the environment. Let us set you straight.
Big Switch's OpenFlow Controller Guns for SDN Leadership
News  |  11/13/2012  | 
Big Switch Networks, an ambitious start up in software-defined networking (SDN), has launched a new controller and a pair of networking applications that have the potential to drive OpenFlow-based networks into the mainstream.
Storage QoS: The Next Frontier?
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
Storage quality of service (QoS) aims to make storage performance more predictable without the need to over-allocate resources. We’ll look at the ins and outs of this emerging concept.
3 Virtual LAN Tips For SMBs
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
Virtual LANs aren't just for large organizations with multiple departments. Consider these three scenarios for how they might benefit smaller office environments.
9 Ways Skype Professional Network Helps SMBs
Slideshows  |  11/12/2012  | 
There's a new professional network on the block: Skype in the Workspace. Here are 9 reasons it's worth a look for small businesses and other users.
Intel Announces New Itanium Chips, Hints at Server Roadmap
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
Intel's announcement clarified (somewhat) the future of its high-end processor line, which had appeared in danger during HP's recent lawsuit with Oracle.
HDS Builds Flash Storage to Boost Performance, Endurance
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
Hitachi Data Systems has launched a new flash storage module for its Virtual Storage Platform. Designed in-house, the module aims to boost performance and energy efficiency and improve flash endurance.
Are SAN-Less Storage Architectures Faster?
Commentary  |  11/9/2012  | 
Keeping VM data local will boost performance -- but you need to make sure it's protected. Here's how.
HP EVI vs. Cisco OTV: A Technical Look
News  |  11/9/2012  | 
HP's Ethernet Virtual Interconnect (EVI) connects data centers at Layer 2 to support virtual machine mobility between data centers. We'll see how it stacks up to VPLS and Cisco's OTV.
Pinterest Tests Secret Boards
News  |  11/9/2012  | 
New private boards have gifting applications, but businesses should take note, too. Here's what you need to know.
Business Is Losing The App Usability Battle
News  |  11/8/2012  | 
Traditional business applications don’t fare well compared to consumer options. Is it time for companies to focus more on the user experience and less on application performance?
Hitachi Announces All Solid-State Storage Array
News  |  11/8/2012  | 
Accelerated Flash Storage adds purpose-built performance tier in rack-mount form.
Tablets Cause Wi-Fi Stress: Truth And Fiction
Commentary  |  11/8/2012  | 
Don't fall for vendor scare tactics about an impending iPad-fueled WLAN-a-geddon.
Skype In The Workspace: 3 Key Facts
News  |  11/7/2012  | 
Microsoft's popular Skype videoconferencing service officially goes social with a professional network for SMBs. Here's what you need to know.
HP Upgrades Mobile Thin Clients
News  |  11/7/2012  | 
HP adds bigger displays and more processing power to its notebook-like mt40 mobile thin client, as well as the ability to image wirelessly.
10 Mobile Business Apps Target Analytics, Productivity and More
Slideshows  |  11/7/2012  | 
The mobility game isn't just for consumer apps anymore. We share mobile business apps from 10 startups that can help drive sales, leverage analytics and streamline team communication.
Storage Hypervisors Vs. Software Defined Storage
Commentary  |  11/7/2012  | 
New technologies are emerging to streamline storage environments. Whether you call those technologies storage virtualization, storage hypervisors or software defined storage, IT still has to be persuaded to embrace them.
What WAN Optimization Can Teach SDN About Tunneling
Commentary  |  11/6/2012  | 
Network tunnels used to have a bad reputation, but the rise of software-defined networking (SDN) and network virtualization is changing that. WAN optimization, which uses tunnels, may offer insights that IT can apply to SDN.
Voting Machines Should Be As Secure As Slot Machines
Commentary  |  11/6/2012  | 
Casino gaming machines undergo independent scrutiny to certify their reliability. Shouldn’t voting machines get the same treatment?
DataCore's Storage Hypervisor: An Overview
News  |  11/6/2012  | 
DataCore's SANsymphony-V software provides a host of storage features, including auto-tiering, replication, and the ability to remove physical disks without disruption, that can be run on a variety of storage hardware.
Instagram Web Profiles: 5 Key Facts
News  |  11/6/2012  | 
Instagram is staking out its own Facebook-like spot on the Web. Here's what you should know--and one big reason why you should care.
Brocade Gets Virtual Networking with Vyatta Acquisition
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
Brocade is buying Vyatta, which makes a software router. The move puts Brocade squarely into the virtual networking space, with implications for its SDN strategy, security and more.
NetApp Launches New Mid-Tier Storage Arrays
News  |  11/5/2012  | 
NetApp has updated its FAS3200 platform, offering more computing power and capacity to small and midsize companies.
LinkedIn: How To Take Advantage of Recent Changes
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
LinkedIn understands the value of a business conversation. Consider these tips to make sure you're part of it.
Enterasys Launches New Devices for High-Density Wi-Fi
News  |  11/5/2012  | 
Enterasys today announced new access points and controllers designed to support large numbers of WLAN clients in hyper-dense environments.
Wireless for Beginners Part 2: Avoiding Collisions
News  |  11/2/2012  | 
Wireless networks must avoid collisions to ensure packets reach their destination. This post reviews CSMA/CA and RTS/CTS techniques that let wireless devices share common airspace without disrupting traffic.
Intel Debuts 3rd-Generation Data Center SSD
News  |  11/2/2012  | 
Solid state drive with high-endurance technology extends life by allowing 10 full-capacity drive writes per day for five years.
Apple's Fusion Drive: An Inside Look
Commentary  |  11/2/2012  | 
Apple's Fusion Drive, a hybrid of SSD and hard disk, revs up iMac performance while also providing terabytes of capacity. PC makers should pay attention to this powerful combination.
5 Ways To Improve Your New LinkedIn Profile
News  |  11/2/2012  | 
Here's how to take advantage of LinkedIn's new look and feel.
How To Speak Data Center: kWh to BTUs
Commentary  |  11/1/2012  | 
IT professionals who want proper power and cooling for their gear need to be comfortable with terms and calculations used by data center facilities pros. Lesson two: how to convert units of power into units of energy.
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