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Content posted in December 2013
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Network Security 2014: 5 Predictions
News  |  12/30/2013  | 
Here are some trends security industry executives say network security professionals can expect to see next year.
6 Information Security New Year's Resolutions
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
2013 was another rough year for information security pros. Let's resolve to make some changes to improve security in 2014, starting with increased data encryption.
Why Culture Eats UC Strategies For Lunch
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
Too many unified communications implementations focus on technology without considering training, adoption, and -- most importantly -- company culture.
How DigitalGlobe Handles 2 Petabytes Of Satellite Data Yearly
News  |  12/30/2013  | 
DigitalGlobe's soon-to-be six satellites gather data at a freakish pace -- capturing images of everything from natural disasters to shipping containers in ports.
Grow Your Own Wireless Broadband With Mushroom
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
A new product from Mushroom Networks allows businesses to provide their own fiber-speed wireless broadband connectivity in almost any location.
Top Network Computing Stories of 2013
News  |  12/26/2013  | 
This year's most-read stories include news and analysis of software-defined networking, a compilation of free mobile wireless tools, and just-for-fun slideshows.
Internet Of Things May Strangle Enterprise Bandwidth
Commentary  |  12/26/2013  | 
The Internet of Things is poised to bring a flood of WAN traffic and new Internet-enabled devices to enterprise WANs. Be sure your corporate network is ready for it.
No Holiday Respite For IT Pros
News  |  12/24/2013  | 
A survey of IT professionals shows that many will be on call this holiday season dealing with users' remote network access problems and other IT glitches.
Amazon Boosts High-Speed I/O Instances With SSDs
News  |  12/24/2013  | 
Amazon Web Services follows Rackspace, Colt, and Digital Ocean in ramping up high I/O servers with solid state disks.
Using NetFlow Data For Robust Network Security
News  |  12/24/2013  | 
NetFlow analytic data can spot dangerous traffic patterns including anomalous "hot-spots" of activity and compromised hosts.
How To Stay Connected Through The Holidays
News  |  12/24/2013  | 
While a little down time is nice this time of year, here are some network connectivity tips if work beckons or you need an online diversion from the relatives.
No Holiday Respite For IT Pros
News  |  12/23/2013  | 
Survey of IT professionals shows that many will be on call this holiday season dealing with users' remote network access problems and other IT glitches.
How E-discovery Tools Can Help With Information Governance
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
Common e-discovery technologies can help an organization enforce information governance policies. Here are three scenarios.
Don't Let the Bleeding Edge Drain Your Data Center Dry
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
New technologies keep emerging that claim to transform your data center -- just look at any of the 2014 prediction lists. How can you decide what makes sense to invest in now?
Deadly Downtime: The Worst Network Outages Of 2013
Slideshows  |  12/23/2013  | 
When the network is down, nobody is happy. Take a lesson from these major outages in 2013 so we won't see them repeated in the new year.
Cisco's SDN Strategy: 4 Critical Questions
News  |  12/20/2013  | 
Networking customers are digging into the details of Cisco's new software-defined networking strategy, but these big-picture questions also deserve consideration.
Networking 2014: Putting SDN To The Test
News  |  12/20/2013  | 
Enterprises will begin testing software-defined networking deployments as their IT infrastructures become increasingly virtualized.
Can BlackBerry Be Fixed?
News  |  12/20/2013  | 
The smartphone maker's quarterly results were abysmal, with a loss of $4.4 billion on shipments of only 1.9 million smartphones, mostly older models.
Cisco Security Group Access: An Introduction
Commentary  |  12/20/2013  | 
SGA, part of Cisco TrustSec, allows organizations to enforce identity-based network access. Here's how it works.
Red Hat On A Roll
News  |  12/20/2013  | 
Red Hat is still open-source's $1 billion baby, and then some. Billings take off, suggesting the Linux company is heading for a strong conclusion to fiscal 2014.
Whiteboxes Are In Your Future
Commentary  |  12/20/2013  | 
Open-source hardware is growing fast, and will soon penetrate enterprise storage. Here's why you'll see more inexpensive whiteboxes in 2014.
VMware Wins Israel Defense Forces Data Center Contract
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Deal with security-conscious military organization boosts VMware's software-defined data center strategy.
The Real Reason IT Security Fails
Commentary  |  12/19/2013  | 
Humans are the weak link in security, but blaming them for clicking on links or opening phishing emails overlooks basic human nature.
SSDs Cheaper Than Hard Drives? Not In This Decade
Commentary  |  12/19/2013  | 
Despite falling SSD prices, spinning disks will still be the better bargain through 2020.
VMware Vs. KVM: OpenStack Hypervisor Race Heats Up
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
KVM, the default hypervisor in OpenStack cloud software, faces increasing competition from VMware ESX Server. Mirantis cofounder Boris Renski puts the race in context.
Google Opens Data Centers in Asia
News  |  12/18/2013  | 
Internet giant's new data centers in Taiwan and Singapore will serve a region with a skyrocketing population of Internet users.
Private Cloud Adoptions On A Roll
News  |  12/18/2013  | 
Private clouds are moving rapidly from concept to production as fears about expertise and integration wane, according to our new survey.
Cisco ACI: 4 Critical Questions For Customers
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
Networking customers considering Cisco ACI for their data centers will want to dig into the details of the SDN strategy. But they should also be asking these big-picture questions.
Networking 2013: The Year of SDN
Slideshows  |  12/17/2013  | 
Software-defined networking and network virtualization grabbed the industry by the throat in 2013, dominating almost every conversation about the future of networking. The year also was marked by major M&A deals, the arrival of 802.11ac products, and the ongoing Huawei saga. Here, we take you back through some of the memorable moments in networking in 2013.
The Thinning Of The Datacenter
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
Appliances that link on-premises systems to cloud resources will mean datacenters with less equipment – in smaller facilities.
Bluetooth 4.1 Aims For Internet of Things
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
Updated Bluetooth specification paves the way for the wireless standard to play a big role in the Internet of Things market.
Avoid Cloud Storage Disasters: 6 Questions To Ask
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
Organizations could put their data at risk if they don't ask the right questions when evaluating cloud providers.
BYOD Got You Down? Think Wireless First
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
Universities and large businesses are supporting the influx of wireless users and BYOD by beefing up the wireless LAN and going Wireless First.
Cloud Services: 5 Key Questions Before You Buy
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
The promise of the cloud is getting the most resources for your money. But IT leaders must carefully evaluate potential cloud services before they make the leap.
Gigamon Adds New Traffic Filtering Capabilities
News  |  12/16/2013  | 
Updates aim to provide more granular data to monitoring tools as enterprises adopt SDN and cloud.
Why I Won't Hire You: 3 Interview Mistakes Network Engineers Make
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Here's advice on what not to do during an interview, from an engineer who has been on both sides of the interview table.
Pica8 Unveils SDN Starter Kit
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Startup aims to help organizations overcome barriers to software-defined networking with kit that includes its white-box switch and a controller.
Cisco ACI: Proceed At Your Peril
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Cisco new SDN platform -- despite some positive features -- is confusing, unproven, and burdened with Cisco's complicated past.
2014 Will Put The Software In SDN
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Next year, the "S" in SDN will take precedence, allowing new applications and security benefits, according to OpenFlow champion Dan Pitt.
Software-Defined Storage: How To Pick The Right Flavor
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
SDS means different things to different vendors. Here's how to decide which variety fits best.
Tips For Preventing Data Center Outages
News  |  12/16/2013  | 
Avoiding costly data center outages isn't easy, but experts offer advice for reducing unplanned downtime.
Why Nimble Storage's IPO Succeeded
Commentary  |  12/13/2013  | 
Hybrid storage array company raised $168 million in its IPO today. Meanwhile, Violin Memory tumbled after its September IPO. Here's why.
Tips For Preventing Data Center Outages
News  |  12/13/2013  | 
Avoiding costly data center outages isn't easy, but experts offer advice for reducing unplanned downtime.
Dell Fills Out Cloud Plans
News  |  12/13/2013  | 
Announcing a spate of cloud partnerships, Dell begins to firm up its new identity.
7 Ways Networking Will Evolve In 2014
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
Network infrastructure is experiencing some dramatic changes in response to what's happening in the IT landscape. Here's what to expect in 2014.
The Truth About 802.11ac: Dispelling The Myths
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
It's official: The next generation of enterprise WiFi has arrived. 802.11ac provides better signal and coverage for lower cost than 11n, despite the doubters.
White-Box Server Growth Boosted By Cloud Provider Market: Report
News  |  12/12/2013  | 
White-box servers gained traction in the cloud and service provider markets in the third quarter, according to Dell'Oro's first report on the server industry.
DDoS Attacks Wreak Havoc On Data Centers
News  |  12/12/2013  | 
Distributed-denial-of-service attacks are a growing cause of costly data center outages, according to a new study.
The Banality of IT Failure: Overlooking Mundane Insider Threats
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
The biggest threats to an organization aren't evil outsiders, but much more routine risks involving poor planning, bad design, shoddy oversight, and lack of communication.
Cisco ACI: Proceed At Your Peril
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
Cisco's new SDN platform, Cisco ACI -- despite some positive features -- is confusing, unproven, and burdened with Cisco's complicated past.
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