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Content posted in May 2013
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Motorola Launches 802.11ac APs
Commentary  |  5/15/2013  | 
Motorola joins a growing number of enterprise WLAN players with early 802.11ac products. Here's how its new APs stack up.
Enterprise Data Centers: A Buyer's Market
Commentary  |  5/15/2013  | 
What can you do with the money you'll save as data center needs decline, thanks to server and compute efficiency advances?
Iron Mountain Opens Underground Data Center to All
News  |  5/14/2013  | 
The Pennsylvania site will provide data center space and related services, and customers will be able to take advantage of the company's retail colocation offering.
Inside Google's Software-Defined Network
Commentary  |  5/14/2013  | 
Google shared details on its production use of OpenFlow in its SDN network at this spring's Open Networking Summit.
Is Software-Defined Storage Right For You?
Commentary  |  5/14/2013  | 
Data centers have new storage options, but "new" isn't always "better."
Knowledge Is Key When Implementing SDN
News  |  5/13/2013  | 
Companies must confront security concerns and vendor hype when planning and adopting software-defined networking.
Software Hot, Hardware Not, At EMC World, Interop
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
The EMC World and Interop conferences showed technology forces reshaping the storage and networking ecosystems and the data center's future -- forces largely driven by software.
SSD Fears Remedied By SAS, Flash
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
The performance of solid-state drives (SSDs) has been limited by SAS interface capacity, but 12G SAS and enhanced flash promise to address those issues.
Best of Interop 2013 Winners
Slideshows  |  5/10/2013  | 
The Best of Interop awards recognize innovative hardware and software that advances the state of the art in IT. Interop’s panel of expert judges poured through 149 submissions in seven categories, including networking, mobility, security and storage. Awards were also presented for Grand Award winner, Best Startup, and Audience Choice. Check out the products that took the prize!
Citrix Merges Repeater Features With CloudBridge
Commentary  |  5/9/2013  | 
CloudBridge now optimizes WANs; WatchGuard appliances expand Hyper-V support; Aryaka portal monitors more than WANs; Enterasys builds out SDN ecosystem.
IT's Self Image Needs Work, Cisco Study Shows
News  |  5/9/2013  | 
In Cisco study of IT leaders, just 36% of respondents call themselves "innovators," while 15% characterized themselves as "firefighters." "Ghost" and "fortune teller" were each chosen by 7%.
Britain's Love Affair With Social Media Deepens
News  |  5/9/2013  | 
Britain is biggest user of social networks in Western Europe, with Facebook the favorite destination, says study, but Nordics lead the world.
Barracuda Boasts 'Bare Metal' Performance With Eon
Commentary  |  5/8/2013  | 
Network virtualization platform delivers up to 240 Gbps throughput; Big Switch uses F5 API for cloud orchestration; Dell brings high-performance firewall to midmarket; McAfee acquires Stonesoft; Motorola unveils 11ac access points.
Interop: Open Compute Project To Tackle Network Switching
News  |  5/8/2013  | 
Open Compute Project initiated by Facebook sets its sights on network switching as the next target for open innovation.
LinkedIn Tips: 10 Ways To Do More
Slideshows  |  5/8/2013  | 
LinkedIn has changed extensively in its first decade. Check out our 10 tips on recently revised features and how to use them wisely.
At EMC, Scale Out Storage Grows Up
News  |  5/8/2013  | 
EMC shows that scale-out storage systems aren't just for big pools of unstructured data.
Syria Back Online After Internet Blackout
News  |  5/8/2013  | 
All Internet traffic from the war-torn country -- via overland and submarine connections -- went offline Tuesday.
Juniper Pushes SDN Strategy Ahead With JunosV Contrail
Commentary  |  5/7/2013  | 
JunosV line includes open controller; Riverbed debuts ADC-as-a-service; Huawei expands CE12800 switch series; Ixia simulates data centers for validation; BMC agrees to acquisition.
Best of Interop 2013 Winners Announced
News  |  5/7/2013  | 
The Best of Interop award recognizes innovation in eight tech categories, including networking, cloud, security, mobility and more. Winners include Arista, ExtraHop, Talari Networks and Citrix.
Gigamon Unveils Branch Office Node, FlowVUE App
Commentary  |  5/6/2013  | 
News roundup: GigaVUE-HB1 leverages GigaSMART; Ixia debuts ControlTower architecture; CipherCloud bolsters compliance policies; ForeScout and FireEye team up to combat malware.
EMC ViPR Goes All In on Software-Defined Storage
Commentary  |  5/6/2013  | 
EMC's ViPR, a new software-defined storage platform, is a big bet on virtualized storage services. ViPR borrows from the SDN playbook with a controller and APIs.
Silver Peak Boosts WAN Performance with New Products
News  |  5/3/2013  | 
News roundup: Silver Peak speeds up WANs with new hardware and software; Ubuntu Server 13.04 plays nice with VMware; Jeda controller creates storage fabric; Acxoim cloud emphasizes security; Tenable adds reporting features to Nessus.
The Three Transformations of IT
Commentary  |  5/3/2013  | 
IT is entering its third transformation as we learn to grapple with the explosion of data generated by the Internet of Things.
After Buffett: 9 People Who Should Tweet
News  |  5/3/2013  | 
Now that Warren Buffett has gotten social on Twitter, here are others we'd like to see in the tweeting crowd.
Integrated Systems Poised for Astonishing Growth
News  |  5/2/2013  | 
IDC says sales of integrated infrastructure—pre-configured bundles of compute, networking and storage—will total $3 billion in 2013 and grow 50% a year over the next half decade.
InteropNet Tests Network Fabric Design and More
Commentary  |  5/2/2013  | 
InteropNet, the production network for Interop Las Vegas, is testing and showcasing a variety of technologies, including a network fabric from Avaya and network configuration software from Tail-f Systems.
How to Configure a Cisco Wireless Network
Commentary  |  5/2/2013  | 
This tutorial shows how to configure a Cisco wireless network. It covers controller setup, WLAN configuration and some advanced settings. Screenshots are included.
LinkedIn Visual Profiles: 5 Things To Know
News  |  5/2/2013  | 
LinkedIn users, it's time to tell your professional story in pictures. Here's advice to get you started.
Active Data Demands Storage Rethink
Commentary  |  5/2/2013  | 
When data must be accessible, often instantly, you need to consider a dedicated flash array.
Brocade Announces New Hardware, Software for Data Center Strategy
News  |  5/1/2013  | 
Brocade is releasing new hardware and software to support its On-Demand Data Center strategy, which aims to help customers build a more agile, scalable data center for the virtualization age.
How To Innovate In A Low-Tech Industry
Commentary  |  5/1/2013  | 
IT manager at family-owned Bremen Castings discusses how the firm capitalizes on new technology in the old-fashioned foundry business.
Arista 7500E Switch Puts Up Big, Big Numbers
Commentary  |  5/1/2013  | 
Arista Networks’ 7500E makes switches exciting again. New line cards support 10, 40 and 100GbE mix-and-match ports and offer outstanding port density. Arista’s per-port pricing is also compelling.
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