Expert Analysis
Content posted in April 2014
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The Fall Of The Storage Tiers
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
With drives and storage appliances rapidly evolving, traditional tiered storage classifications are no longer useful in the enterprise. We need a new system for classifying storage devices based on usage.
WANs For The Cloud Must Pick Up The Pace
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
Next-generation WANs leverage improvements in broadband networking and integrated premises-based technologies to address cloud computing demands.
Turkey’s Twitter Shoot: Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
Network engineers can gain insight into resilience, indirection techniques like NAT, and Internet governance from Turkey officials' none-too-successful attempt to shut down the popular messaging service.
Ethernet Switch Market: Who's Winning?
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
An Infonetics survey on companies' spending plans and vendor perceptions shows Cisco and HP leading the pack, with Huawei making some inroads into the US Ethernet switch market.
DevOps: Embrace Failure & Change
Commentary  |  4/29/2014  | 
In order to benefit from cloud computing, enterprises must change their attitudes and integrate platforms like OpenStack via the DevOps model.
Backup's New Data Protection Weapon: Instant Recovery
Commentary  |  4/29/2014  | 
The restore process traditionally associated with backup can be excruciatingly long. Backup systems with an emerging recovery feature can get your applications back up and running in minutes.
50 Shades Of Open SDN
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
The word open is used frequently in the software-defined networking market, but a closer look at three SDN initiatives shows that the meaning of open depends on your point of view.
Exploring Amazon's Mayday: Visual Customer Service Options
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
The Mayday button on Amazon's Kindle opens doors for new approaches to visual customer service, but the benefits, risks, and costs must be considered.
Bye-Bye, Traditional IT Buyer
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
Recent ESG research suggests the writing is on the wall for traditional IT purchasing processes. Three trends are putting pressure on the standard IT procurement formula.
Tech Talk Week 1: Service Provider Network Visibility
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
Welcome to the first in a series of weekly community discussions, as we explore the lack of visibility enterprise customers often have into the service provider network.
UNH Lab Advances SDN
UNH Lab Advances SDN
Network Computing Videos  |  4/28/2014  | 
The UNH InterOperability Laboratory is working with organizations like OpenDaylight to further industry standards, and with schools to foster a love of science.
Sorting Through Storage Industry Hype
News  |  4/25/2014  | 
Vendors are pushing new storage technologies, such as software-defined storage and new types of NAND flash storage, while users try to make sense of a fast-changing storage landscape.
WAN Adaptations Needed For Cloud
Commentary  |  4/25/2014  | 
The cloud is putting more demands than ever on the WAN, and the WAN must respond with increased speed, throughput, and flexibility.
Need For Speed Drives WAN Optimization
Commentary  |  4/25/2014  | 
Our annual WAN survey finds usage of WAN optimization and traffic shaping up 4% over last year, despite some predictions in the industry to the contrary.
Infrastructure Challenge: Build Your Community
Commentary  |  4/23/2014  | 
Network Computing provides the platform; help us make it your community.
Edge Devices Are The Brains Of The Network
Commentary  |  4/23/2014  | 
In any type of network, the edge is where all the action takes place. Think of the edge as the brains of the network, while the core is just the dumb muscle.
The Upside Of The Software-Defined Datacenter
The Upside Of The Software-Defined Datacenter
Network Computing Videos  |  4/23/2014  | 
Ivan Pepelnjak explains one of the benefits of a well crafted datacenter network.
The Wireless Perfect Storm
The Wireless Perfect Storm
Network Computing Videos  |  4/23/2014  | 
The way data is consumed and delivered continues to change rapidly, causing technology shifts on every front that have dramatic effects on wireless networks. Lee Badman, network engineer and wireless technical lead for Syracuse University, explains where WiFi is headed in light of the combined complexity of factors like software-defined networks, 802.11ac, and LTE.
The Ideal Physical Network
The Ideal Physical Network
Network Computing Videos  |  4/23/2014  | 
Martin Casado describes how he envisions the most functional physical network, using the model of a chassis switch and backplane.
Google Project Tango Helps NASA Robots Fly
News  |  4/22/2014  | 
Google's experimental, 3D-navigating Project Tango will form the brains of NASA's SPHERES robots.
Fight Software Piracy With SaaS
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
SaaS makes application deployment easy and effective. It could eliminate software piracy once and for all.
Big Switch, Avaya, IBM, VMware: SDN Strategies
News  |  4/22/2014  | 
Part 4 in our series comparing vendors' SDN approaches.
SDN: Waiting For The Trickle-Down Effect
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
Like server virtualization and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SDN will eventually become a technology that small and midsized enterprises can use. But it's going to require some new packaging.
VMware's VSAN Benchmarks: Under The Hood
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
VMware touted flashy numbers in recently published performance benchmarks, but a closer examination of its VSAN testing shows why customers shouldn't expect the same results with their real-world applications.
IT Certification Exam Success In 4 Steps
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
There are no shortcuts to obtaining passing scores, but focusing on key fundamentals of proper study and preparation will help you master the art of certification.
Top IT Certifications To Jump-Start Your Job
Slideshows  |  4/22/2014  | 
Working in IT infrastructure means a whole lot more than hardware these days. Boost your career with these hot certifications on virtualization, cloud, security, and more.
Welcome To The New Network Computing
Welcome To The New Network Computing
Network Computing Videos  |  4/22/2014  | 
Find out why Network Computing is the place where IT infrastructure professionals gather to interact, share, and connect with their peers.
Building an Information Security Policy Part 4: Addresses and Identifiers
Commentary  |  4/21/2014  | 
Proper traffic identification through techniques such as IP addressing and VLANs are the foundation of a secure network.
Scale-Out Storage Has Limits
Commentary  |  4/21/2014  | 
Disk may scale as your storage needs increase, but what do you do when your datacenter is maxed out?
Heartbleed Flaw Exploited In VPN Attack
News  |  4/21/2014  | 
Security researchers report attack on an enterprise that used the OpenSSL vulnerability to steal VPN session tokens and evade two-factor authentication.
SDN Strategies Part 4: Big Switch, Avaya, IBM,VMware
Commentary  |  4/18/2014  | 
This series on SDN products concludes with a look at Big Switch's updated SDN strategy, VMware NSX, IBM's hybrid approach, and Avaya's focus on virtual network services.
Juniper, Dell, Brocade, Alcatel-Lucent: SDN Strategies
News  |  4/18/2014  | 
Part 3 in our series comparing vendors' SDN approaches.
All-Flash Arrays: The VDI Solution?
Commentary  |  4/17/2014  | 
The huge performance provided by all-flash arrays is a boon for virtual desktop infrastructure, but don't be fooled by unrealistic calculations.
SDN Strategies Part 3: Juniper, Dell, Brocade, Alcatel-Lucent
Commentary  |  4/17/2014  | 
In the third part of this series examining vendors' SDN products, I discuss Juniper's network overlay approach and three other vendor strategies for tackling software-defined networking.
What DJs Can Teach DevOps Cynics
Commentary  |  4/17/2014  | 
Just as new tools transform a DJ's musical options, DevOps revolutionizes what IT can do for the business.
Microsoft Lync: 10 Ways To Do More
News  |  4/17/2014  | 
Lync does much more than instant messaging. Check out these tips and tricks for getting the most from this communication and collaboration tool.
Heartbleed's Network Effect
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
The crypto bug likely will have a long-lasting impact on internal servers, clients, and VPN networks.
Converged Infrastructure: 3 Considerations
Commentary  |  4/16/2014  | 
If you're looking at a converged platform as a way to increase data center efficiency, here are three factors to keep in mind.
SDN Vendors Vie For Market, Mindshare
News  |  4/16/2014  | 
It's a land grab in the software-defined networking market, with heavyweights and startups rolling out an array of technologies for automating the network.
SDN Strategies Part 2: Cisco, Arista, HP
Commentary  |  4/15/2014  | 
In the second part of this series examining vendors' SDN products, I look at Cisco ACI, Arista's programmable approach, and HP's commitment to OpenFlow.
Is RAID Fading Into The Sunset?
Commentary  |  4/15/2014  | 
With the arrival of faster networks and SSDs, RAID can no longer keep up. Data protection alternatives such as replication and erasure codes are gaining traction.
Networking Vendors Issue Heartbleed Fixes
News  |  4/14/2014  | 
Cisco and Juniper report progress in addressing far-reaching OpenSSL vulnerability that hit switches, VPNs and other products.
SDN Strategies Part 1: Vendors Vie For Market, Mindshare
Commentary  |  4/14/2014  | 
It's a land grab in the software-defined networking market, with heavyweights and startups rolling out an array of technologies for automating the network.
NHR End Of Life Alert, April 2014
Commentary  |  4/13/2014  | 
Don't let network hardware maintenance issues take you by surprise. Find out which Cisco routing and switching products are retiring this month.
Networking, Security, And Grand Unified Theory
Commentary  |  4/11/2014  | 
With a system that can address both networking and security in NSX, Martin Casado of VMware is borrowing an idea from the world of physics.
ARM TechCon 2014 Calls For Speaker Proposals
News  |  4/11/2014  | 
Want to speak at the 10th ARM innovation meeting? Proposals are due May 15.
Heartbleed: Making The Case For SDN
Commentary  |  4/10/2014  | 
Software-defined networking technology could help protect against vulnerabilities like Heartbleed. It's time to develop a more mature SDN option.
Charge Phones In 30 Seconds: One Startup's Plan
News  |  4/10/2014  | 
Startup company StoreDot demonstrates a new system for charging phones using organic polymer materials rather than traditional silicon.
Designing The Next-Generation WLAN
News  |  4/10/2014  | 
With so many different devices and highly mobile workforces, WLAN architects face a lot of challenges. Experts offered guidance on WLAN design, BYOD, and 802.11ac at Interop Las Vegas.
Why Does Customer Service Suck?
Commentary  |  4/10/2014  | 
Businesses need to get on the ball with implementing unified communications systems that can break down silos and improve their sinking customer satisfaction ratings.
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