Expert Analysis
Content posted in November 2013
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An Integrated Appliance Can Run Your Private Coud
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
A new breed of private cloud appliances offers a wealth of benefits to enterprises and vendors alike.
SIEM Offers Better Network Security Protection
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Can enterprises effectively combat network sophisticated intrusions with lessons learned from the past? The answer is yes, thanks to SIEM.
Is Perimeter Security Really Dead?
News  |  11/15/2013  | 
Despite naysayers, many security experts believe perimeter defenses have relevance when deployed as a part of defense-in-depth.
Moving NAS To The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Using the cloud in lieu of -- or in addition to -- network attached storage is a good option for the right types of data.
Software-Defined Networking Definition = Still Don't kNow
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
As hot as software-defined networking is, we're still speculating about SDN's definition. There are good reasons that's the case.
TCP May Lose Out To Faster QUIC
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
The 20-year-old Internet protocol, HTTP over TCP, has outlived its usefulness. Will Google's QUIC replace it?
SSDs Overcome Write Endurance With Hot Technology
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Solid-state disks (SSDs) face the challenge of write endurance failures when used for disk storage in the data center. Heat may solve the problem.
SSD Vendors: The Enterprise Storage Market Evolves
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
As the market for enterprise storage matures, SSD vendors like Intel and Samsung are in the lead. Acquisitions and emerging technologies could change that.
Best Use Cases For Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
With all the options for storage today, including SSD to flash cards, choosing what enterprise data to store in the cloud or via SaaS can be tricky.
Ceph Poised To Change Data Center and Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Ceph, a type of open source file system for Linux, is hitting the mainstream with the potential to have big effects on storage in the data center and the cloud.
SAN, NAS, And Object Storage Unite
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
The best elements of SAN, NAS, and object storage are coming together in converged storage solutions for the enterprise.
Internet Of Things Opens Doors to Attack
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
The Internet of Things may be overhyped, but the increased access to corporate and SCADA networks it offers to outside attackers is cause for concern.
Women in IT: Suffer Silently Or Be The Bitch?
Commentary  |  11/14/2013  | 
Do we need anti-harassment policies to protect women and other minorities in IT? Unfortunately, yes. But the most successful STEM women are those who ignore their detractors and risk being labeled a "bitch," confronting challenges head-on.
Firewall Administration For Sysadmins Part 2: Key Concepts
Commentary  |  11/14/2013  | 
Understanding firewall architectures, how firewalls track the state of traffic flow and why directionality matters will help sysadmins work better with the network security team.
Amazon Launches 'WorkSpaces' For Desktop Users
News  |  11/14/2013  | 
VMware wants to move into cloud computing? Guess what, Amazon's moving into desktop virtualization.
Aerohive Wi-Fi Lands In Apple Online Store
Commentary  |  11/13/2013  | 
Enterprise Wi-Fi vendor expands reach with move into Apple's online store, but the deal has potential downsides for Apple customers.
AMD Pushes HSA For Data Center Servers
News  |  11/13/2013  | 
New chip architecture facilitates CPU and GPU interoperability for faster processing and lower power consumption.
Conquering Distance With Technology
Commentary  |  11/13/2013  | 
For those of us in the corporate realm, it’s easy to take for granted the changes in communication technology in recent years. A conversation with a friend reminded me of how far we’ve come.
Firewall Administration For Sysadmins: A Primer
Commentary  |  11/12/2013  | 
For sysadmins trying to get their applications to work, the firewall can seem like an impediment. With more insight into firewalls and the job of a firewall administrator, a sysadmin will be able to communicate better with the security team.
Network Performance Monitoring Startup Analyzes Live Data
News  |  11/12/2013  | 
Sideband Networks appliance aims to provide better visibility into the network plus recommendations for network fixes based on live analysis of Layers 2 to 7 traffic.
Cisco Certification: 5 Tips For Success
Commentary  |  11/12/2013  | 
Earning a Cisco certification can boost your IT career, but requires careful planning and training. Here are five tips to help guide your certification strategy.
Top 10 Wireless Broadband Worries
News  |  11/12/2013  | 
Delivering on the promise of consistent wireless broadband has been a challenge for network operators. Here's what stands in the way of better WiFi service for consumers and enterprises.
OpenDaylight: Vendor SDN Aids Open Effort
News  |  11/12/2013  | 
The open source project hopes to ally vendors to advance the cause of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).
Stadium Wi-Fi Highlights Common WLAN Issues
Commentary  |  11/11/2013  | 
At either a football stadium or corporate office, WLAN administrators run into similar challenges, such as complex environments and deflecting nuisance devices.
Box Reportedly Agrees To Run Data Centers On Renewable Energy
News  |  11/11/2013  | 
Cloud file sharing service appears to follow Google and Apple in committing to renewable energy sources for its data centers.
Data Center Servers Exposed
News  |  11/11/2013  | 
Popular server firmware contains multiple zero-day vulnerabilities, but fixes are fraught with trade-offs.
10 Free Network Analysis Tools
Slideshows  |  11/8/2013  | 
Network management can be a tall task without the right statistics and data about traffic flows, device configurations and user activities. The following utilities offer visibility into various aspects of network activity without breaking the bank. Utilizing these free tools gives network managers a better foothold for improving performance, spotting potential problems and nipping security incidents in the bud.
Software-Defined Storage Startups Win Funding
News  |  11/8/2013  | 
Primary Data and Coho Data garner substantial financing, but software-defined storage remains more hype than reality.
The Return Of The IT Generalist
Commentary  |  11/8/2013  | 
Specialization has been rampant in the IT profession, but virtualization, cloud computing and SDN defy organizational divisions and may usher in a new generation of IT generalists.
Cisco Asks the Killer SDN Question
News  |  11/8/2013  | 
Will the majority of network managers of any type bet their futures on emerging open source SDN specifications and standards? Or will they stick with their networking vendors?
Software-Defined Storage Startups Win Funding
News  |  11/8/2013  | 
Primary Data and Coho Data garner substantial financing, but software-defined storage remains more hype than reality.
F5 Synthesis Aims To Fill SDN Gap
News  |  11/7/2013  | 
Architecture targets Layer 4-7 app deployment; Cray debuts TAS for big data; Red Hat updates cloud management software and Linux platform for OpenStack; new Rackspace cloud servers come with all-SSD storage.
Data Protection Technologies For Cloud Environments
Commentary  |  11/7/2013  | 
Increased adoption of public and private clouds and a data onslaught have created new data backup challenges, but new products promise to help.
IT Pros And The DIY Culture
Commentary  |  11/7/2013  | 
IT professionals embody the do-it-yourself spirit with their constant tinkering and testing as they solve problems. Other parts of the business should try to develop this DIY attitude.
PCI Council Strengthens Security Standard
News  |  11/7/2013  | 
Payment card industry's latest information security standard adds penetration testing, malware, authentication, physical security and other requirements.
A Tale of Two Object Stores
Commentary  |  11/6/2013  | 
New storage systems have joined the ranks of object stores, but they're really more general purpose storage devices that use some object storage concepts.
IT Budgets, Salaries To Grow In 2014
News  |  11/6/2013  | 
Almost two-thirds of CIOs said they plan to boost salaries -- for security personnel, developers, big-data specialists and more -- as part of overall 2014 IT budget increase.
Cisco Launches App-Centric Security Tools
News  |  11/6/2013  | 
Cisco's new networking products enforce application-centric security and access policies across physical and virtual environments to simplify IT security management.
Cisco Unveils Insieme SDN Platform, New Switches
News  |  11/6/2013  | 
Cisco straddles physical and virtual networks via its long-awaited SDN platform from Insieme, but you'll need new Nexus switches to get started.
A Tale of Two Object Stores
News  |  11/6/2013  | 
New storage systems have joined the ranks of object stores, but they're really more general purpose storage devices that use some object storage concepts.
Cisco Invests in Wilocity to Speed Enterprise WiFi
News  |  11/6/2013  | 
Cisco invests in the 802.11ad chipmaker in order to increase the performance and capacity of wireless networking in the enterprise.
Cisco ACI Solves All Your Data Center Network Problems
Commentary  |  11/5/2013  | 
Cisco launches its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), bringing open overlay networking and SDN to the entire data center.
SDN Market To Surge As Cloud Computing Grows, Research Firm Says
News  |  11/5/2013  | 
Dell'Oro Group forecasts sixfold growth for software-defined networking market by 2018 as demand for Ethernet switches in public and private cloud deployments rises.
Linux Desktop In The Enterprise: Ubuntu Vs. Windows
Commentary  |  11/5/2013  | 
With Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.10 just out and Windows XP support going away, this is a good time for companies to consider switching to Linux on the desktop.
Rio Expands Surveillance While Pointing Out USA
News  |  11/5/2013  | 
Brazil city has set up central surveillance to ward off security threats in the run-up to the Olympics and World Cup.
Arista Goes Down-Market with Cost-Effective Switches
Commentary  |  11/4/2013  | 
Arista brings five new switches to the middle market and offers options for ECMP (Equal Cost Multi Path) data center designs.
Brocade Pitches OpenStack Management Layer
Commentary  |  11/4/2013  | 
Brocade is proposing a network management layer for OpenStack in its Dynamic Network Resource Manager, an element that would become part of the Neutron plug-in and could help revolutionize virtual networking.
Arista Unveils Single-Tier Ethernet Switches
News  |  11/4/2013  | 
Company touts single-tier "spline" switches for smaller fabrics.
Cisco Speeds OpenStack Infrastructure
News  |  11/4/2013  | 
Cisco offers three accelerator packages for OpenStack implementations as it seeks to give its Unified Computing Systems servers role in private clouds.
Arista Unveils Single-Tier Ethernet Switches
News  |  11/4/2013  | 
Company touts single-tier "spline" switches for use in Gigabit Ethernet network fabric architectures.
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