Next-Gen WAN: Build or Buy?
Enterprises need to consider a number of factors, including security requirements, when choosing between an in-house model or managed network service for their future WAN connectivity needs.
Waiting For VMware VVOLs
VMware's Virtual Volumes functionality would help solve storage management problems in virtualized environments. But, like Vladmir and Estragon endlessly waiting for Godot, we're still waiting for VVOLs.
Cisco Live's 7 Best Scenes
Attendees at Cisco Live this week were showered in APIs and ACI, and swimming in selfies. Take a look at the highlights from the annual customer event.
Cisco Expands On Its ACI Strategy
Networking giant touts its SDN platform at Cisco Live and offers ways for customers to extend ACI policy to legacy Nexus infrastructure.
Network Engineers Tackle ACI
Twitter was humming with chatter about Cisco Live and ACI today as IT professionals sought information about the SDN platform.
Cisco Faces Make-Or-Break Week For SDN
Cisco is counting on ACI, its software-defined networking strategy, to keep its hold on the enterprise infrastructure market. We'll see how that plays out this week at Cisco Live.
Converged Infrastructure & The Branch Office
Today's branch office IT architecture is complicated and inefficient. Converged infrastructure streamlines branch IT and reduces the risk of downtime by centralizing branch data.
Will Ethernet Take Over The Spinning Disk?
With its open Ethernet drive architecture, Western Digital's HGST subsidiary joins Seagate's Kinetic drives in using an Ethernet port to access an object store on the disk.
IT Transformation Fuels New Holistic Platforms
Enterprises are transforming their IT environments by adopting holistic strategies that go beyond single technology solutions. This trend is leading vendors to expand their portfolios with a comprehensive platform approach.
Cloud Must Search & Integrate Apps
Cloud providers must adapt to provide users with "cloudnostic" services that search data stored in many locations and seamlessly integrate apps across platforms.
6 UC Trends to Watch
InformationWeek’s 2014 Unified Communications Survey shows a revitalized market; 77% of 488 respondents have deployed UC or plan to within 24 months. Among those deploying or with plans, internal IT owns this tech: 40% will keep UC completely on premises vs. 3% going all cloud. For hybrid setups, 24% are primarily on premises vs. 17% mostly cloud.
But there is hope for service providers: 19% of those deploying UC within 24 months are unsure of their model. These shops could be persuaded to go cloud, given the right incentives.
Cloud Storage: Pick The Best Option
Looking for cloud storage for personal or business use? This guide compares four of the most popular and relevant cloud storage options available today.
Ethernet Innovation Inside The Datacenter
With big data analytics, social media, and other new applications pushing east-west bandwidth demand, datacenters are deploying faster Ethernet and unlocking new capabilities.
Hard Disk: Not Dead Yet
Even with the arrival of flash storage, don't count out the venerable hard disk. Disk still offers a lot of advantages.
MPLS Traffic Engineering: Tunnel Setup
Traffic engineering can greatly improve performance in MPLS networks. Find out how specific traffic paths are defined and calculated using routing attributes and protocols.
Speeding Up Storage Networks
With SSDs pushing the limits of networks, it's time to consider how compression and deduplication could help speed storage traffic.
Social WiFi Sign-In: Benefits With A Dark Side
Providing social networking credentials to get free WiFi access gives merchants a wealth of customer data for marketing and is a boon for managed service providers. But is the price too high for customers?
The Network Is The Computer, Again
Today, the old Sun Microsystems tagline rings truer than ever. In our cloud-centric world, perhaps computers don't exist at all anymore.
VMware vSphere Storage APIs: A Guide
Get clarity on features in vSphere 5.5 that improve storage performance through storage array integration, storage awareness, and clientless guest backup and recovery.
IT Is A Quantum World
System administrators need to take a quantum mechanical view when weighing the probability of new failure modes that come with new technologies such as deduplication.
Windows Storage Gets Flashy
A partnership with Violin Memory to meld Windows Storage Server into an all-flash array boosts Microsoft's storage play.
Cutting Datacenter Power Costs
Power management services and tools can cut consumption by swapping workloads between servers, but analysts say IT efficiency tools face challenges in the enterprise.