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Content posted in February 2014
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Today's Network Security Challenges: No Easy Answers
News  |  2/28/2014  | 
The BYOD trend and proliferation of mobile devices are making life hard for security teams, but solutions are elusive, panelists say at RSA Conference 2014
IBM Sets Data Transfer Record
News  |  2/28/2014  | 
IBM researchers break previous speed limit for data transmission over a multimode optical fiber. See how their approach compares to today's technology.
Building An Information Security Policy Part 2: Hardware and Software
Commentary  |  2/27/2014  | 
Here's how to select the right network device hardware and software to support your security policy.
IPv6 Adoption: Here at Last
Commentary  |  2/27/2014  | 
IPv6 adoption has finally turned the corner. IT organizations and networks without an active IPv6 rollout program may find themselves caught unawares.
The New Mobile Enterprise: A Smorgasbord Of Choices
Commentary  |  2/26/2014  | 
As wireless technologies take precedence in the enterprise, WLANs have become complex deployments. Here's a look at the evolving array of wireless options.
All You Need Is Lync
Commentary  |  2/26/2014  | 
Microsoft applications pervade the business environment, while traditional telephones fade away. Perhaps that makes Lync the de facto communication standard.
A Geek's Guide To The 2014 Oscars
Slideshows  |  2/25/2014  | 
IT types have always liked certain types of movies: Fantasies, space films, and any flicks that prominently feature technology are always high on the to-see list. The upcoming Academy Awards offer techies no shortage of opportunities to root for the kinds of films they love, as well as the technologies that make them possible. With that in mind, we've gone through the Oscar lineup to identify what are likely to be some of the most geek-friendly moments of this year's awards ceremony.
Master of Network Interoperability
Commentary  |  2/25/2014  | 
If anyone knows about network interoperability, it's Glenn Evans, the lead network engineer for the InteropNet, the infrastructure that supports the Interop conference and more than 300 exhibitors.
Cisco-Sourcefire Integration Takes Shape
News  |  2/25/2014  | 
Cisco integrates Sourcefire's advanced malware protection into email and web appliances, and launches new FirePower appliances.
VMware Expands vCloud Hybrid Service To UK
News  |  2/25/2014  | 
VMware opens first overseas vCloud Hybrid Service datacenter to give European customers faster response times, better compliance with national data protection laws.
Cisco-Sourcefire Integration Takes Shape
News  |  2/25/2014  | 
Cisco integrates Sourcefire's advanced malware protection into email and Web appliances, and launches new FirePower appliances.
Data Protection In The Cloud: The Basics
Commentary  |  2/24/2014  | 
Understanding your options for moving backup, disaster recovery or business continuity processes to the cloud can be confusing. Here's a primer.
Evaluating Networking Products: Best Practices to Get Behind the Sales Pitch
Commentary  |  2/24/2014  | 
Many lower-cost networking products claim to do the same thing as high-end gear without the high price tag. Here's how to get more information before you dive into a misguided pilot project or prematurely dismiss an acceptable alternative.
The Evolution Of The Ethernet Switch
Commentary  |  2/24/2014  | 
Faster speeds, new forwarding technologies and the emergence of software-defined networks reshape the Ethernet switch landscape.
Ethernet: The New Storage Area Network
Commentary  |  2/24/2014  | 
Widespread adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and rapid advancement of even faster speeds of the protocol push Fibre Channel out of the datacenter.
The Evolution Of The Ethernet Switch
Commentary  |  2/21/2014  | 
Faster speeds are just part of the new Ethernet technology. New forwarding technologies and the emergence of SDN also are changing the Ethernet switch landscape.
Google's Grand Fiber Plan: Cue The Eye Roll
Commentary  |  2/20/2014  | 
Google will potentially expand municipal broadband coverage to 34 additional US cities.
Earning the IPv6 Seal Of Approval
Commentary  |  2/20/2014  | 
IPv6 testing programs provide technology validation and give engineers confidence in their IPv6 deployments. Here's a look at three IPv6 testing programs.
How One Amazon Cloud Customer Gains Operations Visibility
News  |  2/20/2014  | 
Wattpad uses a combination of three monitoring systems to get the insight it needs to keep its busy, AWS-powered website humming.
Building an Information Security Policy Part 1: Network Devices
Commentary  |  2/19/2014  | 
An effective security policy requires careful planning to ensure the roles and capabilities of routers, switches and firewalls are properly configured.
Enterprise Data Protection Challenges Persist, Survey Finds
Commentary  |  2/19/2014  | 
Sepaton-sponsored poll indicates that many enterprises still lag on disaster recovery planning and backup environments are strained.
WAN Performance Needs Work, Report Finds
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
Survey shows WANs often are dragging down application performance, but organizations aren't doing much to improve them.
VMware's AirWatch Buy: Last Piece Of Mobile Puzzle?
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
VMware has struggled to bring end users under the authority of its x86 virtualized datacenter. AirWatch may be the missing element.
Telecommuting: The Hazards Of Mobile Access
Commentary  |  2/19/2014  | 
Cloud computing and mobile access mean employees can work from anywhere today. But do they really want to?
Retail Tech Lessons From Sochi
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
Is determining how to best connect 10 retail stores in one state that different from connecting the different Olympic venues?
Microsoft Brings Lync, Skype Closer Together
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
Microsoft adds video chat integration to Lync and Skype, touts emerging era of universal communications.
Making the SDN Transition: First Steps
News  |  2/18/2014  | 
Interested in making the switch to software-defined networking? Don't feel like you need to do it in one leap, advises Eric Hanselman, 451 Research analyst and Interop Las Vegas SDN track chair.
What Is Hyper-Converged Storage?
Commentary  |  2/18/2014  | 
Hyper-converged architectures consolidate and manage computing, networking, and storage resources via software so they can run on any vendor's server hardware.
HAMR Promises To Boost Storage Capacity
Commentary  |  2/18/2014  | 
If things go as planned for disk drive manufacturers, Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording could produce a 25TB disk drive. Here's how HAMR works.
Making the SDN Transition: First Steps
News  |  2/18/2014  | 
Nervous about moving to software-defined networking? Get advice on making a smart transition from Interop's SDN track chair, Eric Hanselman.
Why IBM May Abandon SDN
Commentary  |  2/18/2014  | 
The news that IBM may sell its software-defined networking division seems to fly in the face of reason. Why exit a burgeoning market? The answer may be more obvious than you think.
SDN Shift Under Way
News  |  2/17/2014  | 
A survey of IT networking pros reveals that two-thirds will move to software-defined networking in the long term.
7 Reasons To Head For Vegas: IT's Secret Weapons
Commentary  |  2/17/2014  | 
We've selected seven Interop presenters that will make it worth a trip to Vegas. You'll be so absorbed in tech, you won't even notice the glitter.
SDN Planning Under Way, Survey Finds
News  |  2/14/2014  | 
An Enterprise Strategy Group poll of IT networking pros indicates that many are eying a shift to software-defined networking.
7 Reasons To Head For Vegas: IT's Secret Weapons
Commentary  |  2/14/2014  | 
We've selected seven Interop presenters that will make it worth a trip to Vegas. You'll be so absorbed in tech, you won't even notice the glitter.
PCI DSS Version 3.0: No Relief For Security Pros
Commentary  |  2/14/2014  | 
The newest version of the payment card security standard doesn't do much to clarify its complex requirements.
SSDs: A Guide To Using Flash In The Datacenter
News  |  2/14/2014  | 
With the price of SSDs rapidly declining, it's tempting to put them in every new server or storage system. Not so fast.
SSDs: A Guide To Using Flash In The Datacenter
Commentary  |  2/13/2014  | 
With the price of SSDs rapidly declining, it's tempting to put them in every new server or storage system. Not so fast.
Behind The Scenes Building The InteropNet
News  |  2/12/2014  | 
Network engineers are busy preparing the network infrastructure for the multi-vendor InteropNet that will support the upcoming Interop conference. Preview the action in our video.
Beware SDN Security Risks, Experts Warn
News  |  2/12/2014  | 
Software-defined networking is taking the industry by storm, but presents new security challenges, according to security specialists.
Software-Defined Networking's 3 Biggest Benefits
Commentary  |  2/12/2014  | 
SDN may sound abstract, but the technology is on target to provide concrete advantages to network infrastructure -- from increased global connectivity to better content delivery.
Reducing Video Surveillance Storage Costs
Commentary  |  2/11/2014  | 
The growth of video surveillance data heavily impacts network bandwidth and increases storage demands. Here's a look at how one vendor, Bosch, is working to address these challenges.
Cisco Investment In Embrane Signals Industry Shift
Commentary  |  2/11/2014  | 
Cisco's reported $6 million investment in startup focused on Layer 4 and higher software reflects networking industry's migration to a lightweight service model.
How To Avoid Network Outages: Go Back To Basics
Commentary  |  2/10/2014  | 
Following best practices can go a long way toward preventing unplanned downtime caused by internal errors as well as external attacks.
Are InfiniBand's Days Numbered?
Commentary  |  2/10/2014  | 
The emergence of RDMA over Ethernet endangers InfiniBand's future as a storage interface.
Cloud Computing Takes Off With SaaS
Commentary  |  2/10/2014  | 
IT departments have been using IaaS and PaaS as a set of training wheels for the real deal in cloud computing: SaaS.
Cloud Data Centers: Power Savings or Power Drain?
News  |  2/7/2014  | 
A new model introduced by Berkeley Labs recommends moving data center applications to the cloud to save energy, but is that necessary?
802.11ac Wi-Fi Part 4: Road Map Deployment Strategies
Education  |  2/7/2014  | 
Here's a look at how companies are migrating to the new Wi-Fi standard and tips for laying the groundwork for 11ac Wave 2 products.
SDN Management: Risks And Challenges
Commentary  |  2/6/2014  | 
Traditional network management techniques don't work with software-defined networking. Automation of management best practices is critical for SDN to succeed.
DDoS Attacks Against Datacenters On The Rise, Report Says
News  |  2/6/2014  | 
More datacenter operators report distributed denial-of-service attacks against their infrastructure, according to Arbor Networks' annual survey.
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