Unified Communications in 2013
Where will UC take us in 2013? Here are insights from several analysts who forecast deeper integration of UC and applications, the end of voice as a separate market, and more.
The Future Of 802.11ac
802.11ac promises significant improvements for WLANs. Cisco Systems and Aerohive Networks execs discuss how 11ac will affect corporate networks, and if and when IT should upgrade.
Network Computing's Best Stories of 2012
From SDN to cloud to 802.11ac, Network Computing's reporters and bloggers brought their insight and expertise to the biggest stories of 2012. Here's a sample of some of their best work.
5 Data Center Trends For 2013
Energy efficiency will continue to be a major focus of data center operations over the coming year, but that's not all we'll see.
Zuckerberg Photo Flap: 4 Lessons
What Randi Zuckerberg's 'private' Facebook photo -- and subsequent Twitter fuming -- can teach the rest of us about social business.
EMC's Storage Strategy
The rise of non-structured data and the demand for flash-based storage have rattled the storage market. I’ll look at how EMC has responded to these trends.
802.11ac: Cisco, Aerohive Offer Forecasts
802.11ac promises significant improvements for WLANs. I interviewed representatives from Cisco Systems and Aerohive Networks to get their input on 11ac, how it will affect corporate networks, and if and when IT should upgrade.
Free Tool Debuts for Network Assessments
MyITassessment is a free virtual appliance that conducts a network discovery and performance analysis. The assessment generates an ad-sponsored report that identifies performance issues.
WLAN Survey Says Give Us Better Management
I surveyed 181 WLAN operators in higher education to get their input on WLAN management platforms and other issues. The results show respondents feel locked in to vendor systems that leave them wanting more.
A Holiday Wish: Smart Books
We've only scratched the potential of e-books when it comes to reader engagement. Here's a wish list for developers and publishers on how to expand the capabilities of e-books to improve learning.
Weighing Cloud UC Options and Costs
Unified communications can be provided as a cloud service, and customers have a huge number of options. But in the long term, cloud UC isn’t necessarily cheaper than premises deployments.
How To Regain 3.5GB On Surface
A Microsoft tip explains how to regain space on the Surface by removing the install files. This is an advanced procedure.
10 Android Apps for IT Admins
IT admins can't clone themselves, but they can get darned close to being two places at once by using mobile tools. The following Android apps, several of which are free, offer handy consoles for network mapping, remote client administration, cloud management, Wi-Fi analysis and more.
SDN: Is Big Data a Killer App?
A major promise of software-defined networking is that it will unleash new applications to take advantage of network programmability. Big data may be one category poised to leverage SDN.
How To Configure Cisco Nexus 5500 Virtual Port Channel
Cisco Virtual Port Channel (vPC) technology enables multichassis link aggregation (MLAG) in Nexus 5500 data center switches. This article walks through how to create a vPC domain between two Nexus switches, including code examples and configuration tips.
Bitten By SaaS, But Still Going Back
A SaaS application I rely on shut down recently. No massive disruption ensued, but it’s a reminder that companies must take steps to mitigate the potential loss of a SaaS provider.
Will Mobile Drive or Replace UC?
UC vendors must create a more integrated experience on mobile devices to capture the ease of use and flexibility that users demand on smartphones and tablets—and to counter native capabilities that could make UC less relevant.
10 IT Apps for iPads and iPhones
Put that iPad or iPhone to work! IT administrators can get a lot done with a few taps of a finger on an Apple mobile device--given the right tools. These apps offer admins a host of mobile administration options, from router reference information to network scanning and diagramming to remote Oracle database access.
Network Overlays: An Introduction
Network overlays dramatically increase the number of virtual subnets that can be created on a physical network, which in turn supports multitenancy and virtualization features such as VM mobility, and can speed configuration of new or existing services. We’ll look at how network overlays work and examine pros and cons.