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Content posted in December 2012
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Unified Communications in 2013
Commentary  |  12/28/2012  | 
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.
5 Social Business Predictions For 2013
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
Expect evolution, not revolution, and a Facebook fail.
Happy New Year, Via Facebook
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
Auld acquaintance won't be forgot with Facebook's New Year's Midnight Delivery service.
The Future Of 802.11ac
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
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
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
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
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
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.
What Is Software-Defined Storage?
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
Is it really a new product or simply a reframing of existing storage technology? Actually, it's a little bit of both.
Zuckerberg Photo Flap: 4 Lessons
News  |  12/27/2012  | 
What Randi Zuckerberg's 'private' Facebook photo -- and subsequent Twitter fuming -- can teach the rest of us about social business.
EMC's Storage Strategy
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
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.
Social: It's A Matter Of Manners
News  |  12/27/2012  | 
Randi Zuckerberg's overshared photo shows that good manners still matter, even on social media.
802.11ac: Cisco, Aerohive Offer Forecasts
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
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.
Social Media Search: How To Find It
News  |  12/26/2012  | 
Facebook and Twitter search leave a lot to be desired, but there is more available than you might realize.
Free Tool Debuts for Network Assessments
Commentary  |  12/21/2012  | 
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.
How To Choose A Data Archiving Platform
Commentary  |  12/21/2012  | 
No matter what your motivation for archiving data, the storage system needs to provide data integrity, scalability and power management.
Facebook Testing Pay-for-Placement Messages
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
You soon may be able to pay $1 to have your message sent to a non-friend's inbox.
Facebook's 2012 Highs And Lows
Slideshows  |  12/20/2012  | 
2012 brought big ups and downs for Facebook, and for the companies that have bet some of their business on it.
WLAN Survey Says Give Us Better Management
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
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.
Flash Vendors Acquire the Cache
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Samsung’s acquisition of caching vendor NVELO hints that SDD caching may be moving from servers to desktops.
MDM Helps Bank Manage Apple iPhones, iPads
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Automated software updates and security features in MobileIron's mobile device management system take pressure off Needham Bank's IT department.
Which Vendors Dominate Enterprise Collaboration?
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
What will the social software market look like in four years? IDC's market share report offers some early clues.
How To Regain 3.5GB On Surface
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
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
Slideshows  |  12/18/2012  | 
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?
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
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.
Newtown Hoaxes Mar Heartfelt Social Media Posts
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
Social media shows itself to be the best -- and worst of communications platforms -- in shooting aftermath.
Dell KACE's K3000 Offers On-Premises MDM Alternative
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
New MDM appliance offers a new option for BYOD programs as well as a look at how Dell is managing its various acquisitions.
How To Configure Cisco Nexus 5500 Virtual Port Channel
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
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.
8 Modest Proposals For Reducing Email
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
Want to trim corporate email inboxes? Consider these unorthodox ideas.
Your Year In Review, According To Facebook
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
Facebook's 2012 Year in Review feature highlights 20 of your most important moments, based on your posts.
News Roundup: SDN, Network Management and Private Clouds
News  |  12/14/2012  | 
This week saw the release of an SDN reference architecture from startup Pica8; a new version of EMC Smarts software; and updated software from ScienceLogic for managing private clouds.
Bitten By SaaS, But Still Going Back
Commentary  |  12/14/2012  | 
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.
How to Speak Data Center: IT Power Supplies
Commentary  |  12/14/2012  | 
Knowledge of IT equipment power use and efficiency are essential in the data center. Here’s how to get started.
Facebook's New Privacy Policies: The Good News
News  |  12/14/2012  | 
More granular controls should help reduce "accidental privacy issues."
SolarWinds Integrates IP Address Management with Microsoft DHCP, DNS
News  |  12/13/2012  | 
SolarWinds' latest release of its IP address management software provides a Web-based console for managing IP addresses, including IPv6. But slow adoption of IPv6 hints at a lack of urgency for IPAM technology.
Intel Gets Serious About Microservers with New Chips
Commentary  |  12/13/2012  | 
Intel's Atom S1200 chips are built with low-power servers in mind; they draw just 6 to 9 watts. The chips also demonstrate Intel's commitment to a market it once thought was not worth pursuing.
Will Mobile Drive or Replace UC?
Commentary  |  12/13/2012  | 
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.
3 Fixes: Hybrid SSD Array Performance Gap
Commentary  |  12/12/2012  | 
Hybrid SSD arrays are ideal for many data centers but have performance weaknesses. Use these options to boost speed.
10 IT Apps for iPads and iPhones
Slideshows  |  12/12/2012  | 
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
News  |  12/11/2012  | 
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.
Should Cisco Buy Citrix Or NetApp?
Commentary  |  12/11/2012  | 
It's anybody's guess as to what Cisco's next acquisition will be, but here's why I'm betting on Citrix.
Mobile Biometrics: The Next Phase of Enterprise Authentication?
News  |  12/11/2012  | 
Smartphones and tablets equipped with fingerprint readers or other biometric hardware have the potential to drive greater adoption of biometric authentication in the enterprise—if we can get the hardware, software and business processes right.
Hot Flash: Researchers Use Heat to Counter NAND Flash Wear-n-Tear
Commentary  |  12/10/2012  | 
Engineers have announced a new technique using heat to extend flash write/erase cycles from 10,000 to 100 million or more. But while tech breakthroughs are great, prudent management may be a better solution to flash’s lack of endurance.
A UC Deployment's Most Important Ingredient: the VAR
Commentary  |  12/7/2012  | 
Picking the right UC technology is important, but unless you have unlimited IT resources you’ll be relying on outside services for deployment, training and more. The right VAR can make a UC rollout shine.
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