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Content posted in March 2014
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The Software-Defined Data Center: Potential Game Changer
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
The SDDC is poised to bring revolutionary changes by providing flexibility to data center storage, switching, security and other infrastructure components.
The Next Hot IT Job: Service Broker
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
IT architects may not lose their jobs to cloud computing, but they might find themselves in the role of IT service broker because of it.
Internet Of Things – Or Business Of Applications?
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
Devices don't connect to the Internet to see what their friends are posting on Devicebook. They're exchanging data and performing tasks via a well-understood paradigm -- applications.
World Backup Day Spotlights Often-Neglected Task
News  |  3/28/2014  | 
Backup remains a chore that many companies don't do well, leading to data loss.
Datacenter Ethernet: Know Your Options
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
Think Ethernet is only UTP with RJ-45 connectors? Think again. The brave new physical layer includes electrical backplanes, fiber optics, active cable assemblies, and more.
Why The Next-Generation Data Center Needs To Be Agnostic
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
In order to handle the growing traffic deluge, data centers need to leverage open infrastructure, software-defined technologies, and automation.
Cloud Backup Services: Key Considerations
Commentary  |  3/27/2014  | 
The cloud approach has made backup easier in some ways, but also raises questions.
Interop: Find The Fun
Commentary  |  3/27/2014  | 
Attending a technology conference can be hard work, but Interop is making fun an integral part of the agenda.
Interop: Find The Fun
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
Attending a conference can be hard work, but Interop is making fun an integral part of the agenda.
Understanding VMware VAAI Offloads And Unloads
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
In the short time that VAAI has allowed storage administrators to offload tasks from servers to storage arrays in virtualized data centers, the functionality has evolved to produce arrays that eliminate most I/O.
3 Survival Tips For Women In IT
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
The technology industry -- especially the networking field -- can be an awfully isolating place for a woman. I offer three ways to cope.
What Is Storage QoS?
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
Storage QoS ensures specific performance levels for applications and workloads. Will it push datacenters to 100% virtualization?
3 Survival Tips For Women In IT
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
The technology industry -- and especially the networking field -- can be an awfully isolating place for a woman. Here are three ways to cope.
Hardware-Defined Networking: Bridging The Gap For Enterprise SDN
Commentary  |  3/24/2014  | 
Midokura teams with Cumulus Networks to connect physical networks to a network overlay.
Real-World Advice On SDN Migration
Commentary  |  3/24/2014  | 
Enterprises considering SDN can heed real-world advice and deployment architectures from three organizations with successful network migrations.
Separating Storage Startups From Upstarts
Commentary  |  3/21/2014  | 
Some new storage vendors stand out from other startups because they have good technology and excel at selling their products. IT buyers shouldn't discount them.
Separating Storage Startups From Upstarts
Commentary  |  3/21/2014  | 
Some new storage vendors stand out from other startups by being successful with not only with their technology, but in selling product. IT buyers shouldn't discount them.
Big Data Means Big Pipes
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
LAN and storage performance will need to improve in order to keep up with the growth of big data analytics.
Greatest Moments In Interop History
News  |  3/20/2014  | 
The Interop conference is a tradition for IT professionals. We look back on its dramatic growth and how it's changed.
Smart City: High Hopes for the City of Tshwane & Huawei's Smart City
Smart City: High Hopes for the City of Tshwane & Huawei's Smart City
Network Computing Videos  |  3/20/2014  | 
At CeBIT 2014, Lindiwe Kwele, Deputy City Manager of Tshwane, South Africa, talks about Tshwane's determination and progress in building the Smart City Project. She thanks Huawei for the great help for the Smart City Development in Tshwane.
Enterprise Collaboration: Bringing People Together in a Best-Ever Virtual Meeting Experience
Enterprise Collaboration: Bringing People Together in a Best-Ever Virtual Meeting Experience
Network Computing Videos  |  3/20/2014  | 
User collaboration is a way forward in how teams can collaborate productively and efficiently. Edwin Diender from Huawei's User Collaboration & Communication introduces its multimedia video conference suite and its flagship products that make it possible.
eLTE in the Critical Communications Sector
eLTE in the Critical Communications Sector
Network Computing Videos  |  3/20/2014  | 
eLTE is a wireless communication system for critical communications scenarios, providing critical communications for fire departments, police, as well as maintenance staff. With eLTE, Huawei provides a very wide range of communication and dispatching functionality.
Greatest Moments In Interop History
Slideshows  |  3/19/2014  | 
It's hard to believe it's been 26 years since the first commercial Interop conference. Over the years, vendors made splashes with new technologies, Interop grew beyond its Silicon Valley roots, and celebrities like Mr. T joined the action. Here's a look at some of the best moments in Interop's rich history.
Last Gasp For Hard Disk Drives
Commentary  |  3/19/2014  | 
While solid state gains ground, vendors surprise the market with new hard disk drives. Does anyone really need them?
Network Operators Prefer Open Source SDN: Report
News  |  3/19/2014  | 
No surprise that OpenDaylight-sponsored study shows strong interest in open source software-defined networking.
Microsoft Study Touts Hybrid Cloud
News  |  3/19/2014  | 
Microsoft-sponsored survey of 2,000 IT pros says private, on-premises clouds and private, hosted services represent the hybrid clouds of the future.
Building An Information Security Policy Part 3: Logical And Physical Design
Commentary  |  3/19/2014  | 
Careful crafting of the logical and physical aspects of a network is essential for an effective security policy.
Server SANs And Healthy Paranoia
Commentary  |  3/19/2014  | 
Server SANs such as VMware VSAN are designed for virtualization administrators, but are these new storage buyers paranoid enough to be entrusted with storage management?
Cloud Services And The Hidden Cost Of Downtime
Commentary  |  3/19/2014  | 
IT managers must factor in potentially crippling cloud outages when calculating the true cost of a cloud service.
Cisco Puts WebEx On Chromebooks
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
Cisco revamps its videoconferencing lineup with a Google partnership, new products, and lower prices, the company announces at the Enterprise Connect conference.
Cloud Services And The Hidden Cost Of Downtime
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
IT managers must factor in potential cloud outages when calculating the true cost of a cloud service.
Server SANs And Healthy Paranoia
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
Server SANs such as VMware VSAN are designed for virtualization administrators, but are these new storage buyers paranoid enough to be entrusted with storage management?
Considering SDN? Adopt Chaos Monkey
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
Enterprises can take a page from Google's playbook by focusing on application resiliency and forgetting about the hardware, says networking expert and Interop speaker Ivan Pepelnjak.
How Virtualization Can Simplify Your BYOD Strategy
Commentary  |  3/17/2014  | 
Virtualization technologies can help enterprise IT teams support the new user-centric model created by IT consumerization.
Mainframe Brain Drain Raises Serious Concern
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
As IT pros with deep mainframe know-how approach retirement age, a major skills gap may await enterprise CIOs that still rely on the decades-old technology.
Will Microservers Put Blade Servers Out To Pasture?
Commentary  |  3/14/2014  | 
The blade server market is under pressure with the rise of microservers, which are becoming more powerful.
Network Engineers: Don't Be The Dinosaur
Commentary  |  3/13/2014  | 
Network pros can't stick with their old ways of working if they want to have a future in the world of software-defined networking.
CCDE Training: 3 Bootcamps
Commentary  |  3/13/2014  | 
Here's a look at three training programs that prepare networking pros for the Cisco Certified Design Expert practical exam.
Hybrid DIMMs And The Quest For Speed
Commentary  |  3/12/2014  | 
SanDisk's UltraDIMM technology and Viking's ArxCis meld flash with DRAM for super-fast performance and could prove game changers for the storage industry.
Why Client-Side Encryption Is Critical For Cloud Privacy
Commentary  |  3/12/2014  | 
The only way to ensure privacy in the cloud era is to shift to a model in which the cloud customer controls encryption keys, not the cloud provider.
VMware Virtual SAN Move, Explained
News  |  3/12/2014  | 
VMware seeks to dominate virtual storage with Virtual SAN as, at the same time, it gains ground in network virtualization.
Discover Your Inner UC
Commentary  |  3/12/2014  | 
The tools for unified communications already exist in many companies, waiting to be unearthed and put to good use by enterprising IT leaders.
Gauging WLAN Performance: Epitiro Streetwise
Commentary  |  3/11/2014  | 
Dedicated WLAN service assurance tools promise deeper analysis than integrated WLAN performance tools, but are they worth it? Here's a look at a recent addition to this emerging market.
10 Nerdy Things To Do In Las Vegas
Slideshows  |  3/10/2014  | 
At the end of March, IT engineers and architects will descend upon Las Vegas for Interop, the biggest independent IT conference of the year. The show will be packed with the latest technology, including everything from OpenFlow to 802.11ac and SSDs to DIMMs. But even the biggest technophile needs have a little fun at the end of the day, and Las Vegas is certainly the place to find it. If you want to get away from the glitzy shows and casinos, check out these places where nerds can let loose.
How Flash Storage Adds Value To The Network
Commentary  |  3/10/2014  | 
Flash storage offers a combination of speed, reliability and scalability benefits, which translates to increased productivity and operational savings for the enterprise.
Network Downtime: The Costly Fallout
News  |  3/10/2014  | 
Survey of IT pros shows that human-induced network outages resulted in lost revenue and job losses.
Storage Wars: Attack Of The Clones
Commentary  |  3/10/2014  | 
Don't let clone storage services fool you into thinking they are battle-worthy. Choose one that will survive the market war at hand.
OpenFlow 1.3 Support: Why It Matters
Commentary  |  3/7/2014  | 
With vendor support, the latest version of the SDN-enabling protocol has key features enterprise networks need and gives customers confidence in its future.
SDN Is A Marathon, Goldman Sachs Says
News  |  3/6/2014  | 
Investment banking firm expects its journey to software-defined networking will be a long haul.
Can One Size Fit All in the Data Center?
Commentary  |  3/6/2014  | 
In the data center, bigger doesn't always mean better, and the "one size fits all" approach may be asking for far too much in a complex and varied environment.
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