Lessons Learned from SNW 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.
SDN Vendor Comparison Launches
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
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.
Fusion-io Buys Hybrid Startup NexGen
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.
BitTorrent Adds File Sync Service to P2P Network
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.
Inside the Cisco Nexus 6004 Switch
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
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?
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
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.
The Evolution of Wireless Bridging
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
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
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
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
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.
Best of Interop Finalists Announced
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
Don't discount DRAM. Thanks to increased server capacities and sophisticated caching technologies, DRAM can serve as a tier in the storage infrastructure.
Calculating The True Cost Of VDI
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
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.
Ubiquiti Rolls Out 802.11ac APs on the Cheap
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.
IBM: Flash Storage Hits Tipping Point
Flash is now cheaper than most spinning disks -- and dramatically speeds up application and database performance, IBM says. What about Hana and Exadata?