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Content posted in April 2013
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Lessons Learned from SNW 2013
Commentary  |  4/30/2013  | 
I picked up on two important trends at SNW 2013, including the role that IT can play as an internal broker for public cloud services, and the reasons enterprises are moving cautiously on emerging technology.
QLogic Launches FabricCache HBA to Accelerate Writes
Commentary  |  4/30/2013  | 
QLogic's FabricCache, a Fibre Channel HBA that combines flash memory and caching, may be the easiest way to accelerate write-intensive applications.
The Primary Storage Deduplication Problem
Commentary  |  4/30/2013  | 
Vendors struggle to develop a deduplication engine that won't impact performance and still maintain data integrity.
SDN Vendor Comparison Launches
News  |  4/29/2013  | 
Nine vendors, including Cisco Systems, HP and Juniper Networks, are featured in our inaugural vendor comparison on software-defined networking (SDN). Our exclusive guide includes a features matrix with over 50 data points.
IT Gambling With Backups
News  |  4/29/2013  | 
IT is playing dice with backups, according to InformationWeek’s latest storage survey. From failing to back up remote offices to haphazard tests of data restoration, too many IT pros take backup risks.
Twitter Two-Factor Authentication: Too Little, Too Late?
Commentary  |  4/26/2013  | 
Two-factor authentication is a good step. But for securing many sites, Twitter included, it's not enough.
U.K. Weighs Ways To Encourage IT Career Path
News  |  4/26/2013  | 
Britain can't take advantage of the growing worldwide cybersecurity economic boom unless more young people take up IT as a career.
Fusion-io Buys Hybrid Startup NexGen
Commentary  |  4/25/2013  | 
Fusion-io, a maker of PCIe flash cards, announced it was acquiring hybrid storage array startup NexGen, which sells a flash-optimized system. Fusion-io will sell NexGen’s software directly to integrators.
Twitter Trouble: 9 Social Media Security Tips
News  |  4/25/2013  | 
Two-factor authentication is coming to Twitter, but that's not your only social media security worry. Here's how to lock down individual and corporate accounts.
LinkedIn Contacts: 5 Must-Know Facts
News  |  4/25/2013  | 
LinkedIn's new contact management system beefs up tools to nurture business relationships. What might it mean for you?
BitTorrent Adds File Sync Service to P2P Network
News  |  4/25/2013  | 
BitTorrent is throwing its hat into the file sync game with an alpha version of a new, free service that uses P2P networking to let users synchronize and share files among mobile devices and PCs. Good luck with that, IT.
Huawei Responds to "Not Interested in U.S." Comments
News  |  4/24/2013  | 
Huawei will continue to sell in the United States, but the company doesn’t consider the U.S. to be a growth area or primary revenue source for its carrier business, according to a Huawei spokesperson.
Inside the Cisco Nexus 6004 Switch
Commentary  |  4/24/2013  | 
The Nexus 6004 is a 10-Gpbs/40-Gbps data center switch. While a bit of a power hog vs. competitors’ boxes, it promises line rate forwarding on all ports, with 1-microsecond latency. I look at the architecture that makes this possible.
Huawei Quits U.S. Market
News  |  4/23/2013  | 
Huawei announced Tuesday it is no longer interested in the U.S. market. The move follows a string of rulings by the U.S. government that stopped Huawei from bidding on both public and private contracts.
Google's Green Energy Scheme: Laudable or Laughable?
Commentary  |  4/23/2013  | 
A Google initiative to pay more for renewable energy at its data center in Lenoir, N.C., spurred a variety of reactions from readers. Some saw it as a step forward for green energy; others call it plain dumb.
Data Center Boom Heats Up
News  |  4/23/2013  | 
Cloud providers are racing to offer the best value and availability to customers, spurring over a million square feet of new data center development in the U.S.
Skype and Google: The Unified Communications Killers?
News  |  4/22/2013  | 
From Skype and Google Hangouts to integrated HD webcams and inexpensive video conference appliances, consumer technology is pushing aside 'enterprise-grade' products.
IBM Makes Economic Case for All-Flash Arrays
Commentary  |  4/22/2013  | 
IBM claims all-flash arrays are now more economical than traditional hard disks for Tier-1 storage. Is it time to ditch spinning disks?
Dell Accelerates Network Fabric Deployment with New Software, Hardware
News  |  4/19/2013  | 
News roundup: Dell Active Fabric includes new switches and software; Array debuts four new ADCs; Palo Alto adds Android protection; BoxTone extends platform to manage ActiveSync.
The Evolution of Wireless Bridging
Commentary  |  4/19/2013  | 
Wireless bridges that provide high-speed, site-to-site connectivity have boosted throughput from megabits per second to 100 Gbps, but challenges such as licensing and beam alignment remain.
Inside InteropNet's Hot Stage
Commentary  |  4/19/2013  | 
The hot stage lets the InteropNet team assemble and configure the hardware and software that powers Interop ahead of the conference itself. Team members test designs and work out bugs. Here's an inside look.
Merchant Silicon About to Get Smarter
Commentary  |  4/18/2013  | 
The march to SDN designs has led many to think we're entering an era of dumb switches. Instead, look for the commodity silicon to get a lot smarter.
Data Center Security Spending Rises
News  |  4/18/2013  | 
Organizations that run their own data centers will spend an average of $17 million on security products this year, according to a new survey—an increase of more than $2 million.
May the Power Be With You
Commentary  |  4/17/2013  | 
Companies such as Power Assure are helping data center operators uncover hidden capacity by accurately measuring energy consumption and finding ways to run systems more efficiently.
Microservers: The Legos of the Data Center
Commentary  |  4/17/2013  | 
Microservers adopt the Lego model to transform the data center: You can build some amazing things when you pack a lot of small components into one place.
Best of Interop Finalists Announced
News  |  4/16/2013  | 
Finalists for the 2013 Best of Interop awards have been chosen in seven IT categories, including cloud and virtualization, networking and security. The winners will be announced next month at Interop Las Vegas.
The Role Of DRAM In Storage
Commentary  |  4/16/2013  | 
Don't discount DRAM. Thanks to increased server capacities and sophisticated caching technologies, DRAM can serve as a tier in the storage infrastructure.
6 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering
Slideshows  |  4/16/2013  | 
Skype might be the de facto choice for video and voice calls over the Internet. But here are other options you should explore.
Calculating The True Cost Of VDI
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
There are a lot of reasons to go with VDI, but economics isn’t one of them; VDI is too expensive to justify on costs alone. Here’s my tally.
Postcards from Tomorrow's Data Centers
Slideshows  |  4/15/2013  | 
Today's data centers are essentially the same: long rows of metal racks stocked with machines, miles of cable, and elaborate cooling systems. But just because we build data centers this way in 2013 doesn't mean that's how it will be in ten, twenty or fifty years. Here's a few glimpses of what the future might hold, from printable electronics to nanotube processors to nuclear batteries.
CISPA 2.0: House Intelligence Committee Fumbles Privacy Again
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
Cybersecurity bill's backers portray threat intelligence sharing as a panacea, but yet again ignore the potential privacy and security downsides.
Introducing the InteropNet NOC Team
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
InteropNet provides the IT infrastructure for Interop conference attendees and exhibitors. Here are some of the people who make it happen.
Ubiquiti Rolls Out 802.11ac APs on the Cheap
Commentary  |  4/12/2013  | 
Ubiquiti offers an 11ac AP for under $300 in a bid to grab early adopters and price-conscious companies--and to entice customers from WLAN vendors such as Ruckus and Aruba Networks.
IT Pros Leave $4K on Table In Salary Negotiations
News  |  4/12/2013  | 
IT pros are leaving thousands of dollars on the table when they negotiate--or fail to negotiate--salaries for new jobs, according to a survey from
What Should A VDI Desktop Cost?
Commentary  |  4/12/2013  | 
A small business should be able to configure a viable 250 desktop VDI installation for less than $150 per desktop.
Dropbox For Business: Right For You?
News  |  4/12/2013  | 
Dropbox for Business wants to be taken seriously as an enterprise tool. Consider these 5 facts to decide whether Dropbox is your best option.
IBM: Flash Storage Hits Tipping Point
News  |  4/12/2013  | 
Flash is now cheaper than most spinning disks -- and dramatically speeds up application and database performance, IBM says. What about Hana and Exadata?
Cisco and OpenDaylight: The SDN Application Land Grab
Commentary  |  4/11/2013  | 
Cisco is using the open source OpenDaylight initiative to spur application development to make its own SDN platform more valuable.
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