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Netgear Unveils SMB Switch Line from 8 to 50 Ports
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
News roundup: New Netgear switches target SMBs; Syncplicity, a cloud sync offering from EMC, adds enterprise controls; Sherpa launches a SaaS offering for managing electronically stored information.
Whiptail Breaks Vendor Lock-in On Storage Replication
Commentary  |  3/29/2013  | 
Replication between data centers typically required customers to buy two of the same storage arrays from a vendor. Storage company Whiptail has added heterogeneous replication to its array, which lets customers use Whiptail and any other system.
DIY Storage: Why I Built My Own SAN
Commentary  |  3/29/2013  | 
I built my own SAN to meet some storage needs at my job. In a series of posts I’ll cover the reasons why, how I did it, and the hardware and software I used.
As The PayPal Vs. VMware Story Turns
Commentary  |  3/29/2013  | 
PayPal is adopting OpenStack for its cloud infrastructure, but it's not necessarily dumping VMware for virtualization infrastructure. Here are some conclusions from this saga.
WAN Optimization Part 1: TCP Limitations
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
WAN optimization and application acceleration technologies help get around performance limitations in TCP. Here’s how the numbers add up.
In the Cloud, Distance Matters for Compute Efficiency
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
Researchers from UC San Diego and Google found cloud-based applications will run as much as 20% more efficiently when data is located close by.
Meeting The MSP/CSP Storage Challenge
Commentary  |  3/28/2013  | 
As customers push for more storage and hosting solutions, managed and cloud service providers are turning to a software-defined approach to purchasing resources. Here's how it works.
In IT, Everything Old Is New Again
Commentary  |  3/27/2013  | 
Software-defined storage? Old news. Non-volatile memory? Same deal. Rogue business units that get around IT with a credit card and outside resources? I was doing it long before SaaS showed up.
UC Shows Little Movement Year Over Year
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Our InformationWeek 2013 Unified Communications Survey shows projects stalled. Here's how to get unstuck.
Fortinet Acquires ADC Vendor Coyote Point
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Security vendor Fortinet announced its acquisition of application delivery controller vendor Coyote Point Systems. Fortinet hopes the acquisition will boost its enterprise presence.
U.K., BT Push Broadband To Rural Scotland
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Project will provide fiber optic connections to the northern-most parts of the U.K.
IBM Pulse 2013: Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  3/27/2013  | 
Three compelling themes emerged from IBM’s annual gathering: the continued diffusion of the data center, the need for open cloud standards and the rise of data-driven IT intelligence.
UC Makes A Big Difference For Small Patients
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
A Colorado children's hospital is building a network to connect more than 16 separate clinics and campuses into a single, collaborative organization using UC.
False Disk Drive Failures Are a Real Problem
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
New information shows disk drives report false failures with alarming frequency. False failures have real costs for data center operators. Here’s what the industry can do about it.
Drive Form-Factor SSDs Make A Comeback
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
Looking to improve server-side performance in your enterprise? Recent advances suggest it might be time to give drive form-factor SSDs another look.
How To Secure WLANs: A Visual Overview
Slideshows  |  3/26/2013  | 
Secure wireless networks don't just happen--users and IT pros have to make it happen. But what goes into making a wireless network secure? Here's a look some essential steps for locking down wireless communications, including advice for road warriors, small business owners and WLAN administrators running large networks.
How APIs Transform Data Center Management
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
APIs are helping to usher in new mechanisms for making data center management more automated and scalable. They’re also key to network virtualization and private clouds.
The Dark Side of the Internet of Things
News  |  3/25/2013  | 
From cameras to industrial controls to GPS systems, the increased connectivity of devices leads to increased risks.
Citrix Adds Traffic Analysis to NetScaler
News  |  3/22/2013  | 
News roundup: NetScaler Insight Center enhances monitoring and troubleshooting; Sanbolic updates Melio software; Bluebox tool detects Android malware; SunGard launches SaaS-based continuity planning; Array Networks upgrades APV app delivery controllers.
Massachusetts Tax May Leak Into the Cloud
News  |  3/22/2013  | 
A proposed tax in Massachusetts may affect software services and Web design and hosting. If approved, the state estimates the tax may bring in a quarter billion dollars in 2014.
Unpatched Remote Access Tools: Your Gift To Attackers
Commentary  |  3/22/2013  | 
Three-year old "TeamSpy" espionage campaign should be a wake-up call. Lock down your remote-access tools, or else.
University Taps Dark Fiber for Online Academics, Healthcare
News  |  3/22/2013  | 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center turns to a new network architecture and dark fiber to support the academic and healthcare needs of dozens of regional campuses and clinics.
Can Big Data Be Poisoned by Botnets?
News  |  3/21/2013  | 
The Chameleon botnet is generating billions of ad impressions in a click-fraud scheme. It's a red flag for companies making business decisions based on analysis of Web data.
CommVault Simpana 10 Drills Into Information Management
Commentary  |  3/21/2013  | 
CommVault Simpana 10 extends customers' ability to use stored data for applications such as search, e-discovery and healthcare data management.
Lync Migrations Depend On Infrastructure
News  |  3/21/2013  | 
Once a decision has been made in favor of Lync, a decision on the infrastructure can be only so far behind.
5 Steps To A Better Wireless LAN
News  |  3/20/2013  | 
How to keep up with reliability, security and the overwhelming performance demands on your wireless network.
Dashboard Marries eBay's Data Center and Business Stats
News  |  3/20/2013  | 
An innovative dashboard from eBay helps executives track key performance metrics and support eBay's drive for greater energy efficiency.
Cisco Password Fumble: Hardware Security At Risk
News  |  3/20/2013  | 
Password implementation error results in easy-to-crack Type 4 passwords in latest versions of IOS and IOS XE operating systems that run Cisco's switches and routers.
VMware Vs. Amazon? Try VMware Vs. OpenStack
Commentary  |  3/20/2013  | 
Does VMware want to be a big player in Amazon's public cloud territory, or is the new vCloud service a defensive move to counter an OpenStack insurgency? I say the latter.
Can Ruckus, San Jose Revive Municipal Wi-Fi?
Commentary  |  3/19/2013  | 
San Jose's downtown is newly awash in Wi-Fi from Ruckus Wireless. But is a catchy slogan and established technology enough to triumph in the failure-prone municipal wireless space?
How To Hire The Right IT Security Pro
News  |  3/19/2013  | 
Want to hire the best security team for your company? Understand your security needs, focus on specific skills (including people skills), and don’t worry too much about certifications, advises security expert Michael Davis.
8 Great Cloud Storage Services
Slideshows  |  3/19/2013  | 
If you need personal or enterprise cloud file storage -- or more of it -- it's not just a Dropbox world anymore. Use our guide to choose wisely.
How To Configure Cisco Nexus 5500 Port Profiles
News  |  3/19/2013  | 
Cisco Nexus 5500 port profiles let network engineers apply multiple port configurations with a single command. Port profiles can reduce errors and enforce standard configurations. We show you how with sample code.
Harvest The Benefits Of Storage Virtualization
Commentary  |  3/19/2013  | 
IT departments that do not enthusiastically embrace storage virtualization are essentially wasting money.
Vidyo Rethinks Enterprise Video Conferencing
Commentary  |  3/18/2013  | 
Vidyo provides enterprises with a software alternative to proprietary, and often expensive, video conferencing systems.
CIOs Consider Skipping Private Cloud
News  |  3/18/2013  | 
Some top companies are rethinking their cloud roadmaps, looking to stall until the public cloud matures in 2015, CEB says.
The Data Center Disaggregated: Promises and Problems
News  |  3/18/2013  | 
Facebook's Open Compute Project aims to make data center elements, including server components, easily interchangeable. But tech and market barriers stand in the way.
VMware's NSX End Game Is Hybrid Clouds
Commentary  |  3/15/2013  | 
NSX, VMware's data center network virtualization platform, is really about public and hybrid clouds, where VMware has plans for growth. Here's why.
Storage Vendors, Flash Manufacturers, Buy Into Startups
Commentary  |  3/15/2013  | 
Storage startups are getting interest—and money—from storage vendors and flash manufacturers. But investment doesn’t always mean the promise of viability.
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