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Content posted in May 2014
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Ethernet Switch Market Drops Almost $1B in Q1
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
Dell'Oro Group cites "pause" in datacenter switching spending due to Cisco Nexus 9000 switches as one reason for the decline.
How SDN Will Help Network Engineers
How SDN Will Help Network Engineers
Network Computing Videos  |  5/30/2014  | 
5 NFV Benefits & The Trends Driving Them
Commentary  |  5/30/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization addresses several trends shaping service provider networks.
MPLS Traffic Engineering Guide: Success & Alternatives
Education  |  5/30/2014  | 
MPLS traffic engineering can improve network performance by routing data to alternate paths. When should you use this technology? We explain the pros and cons.
The Largest Data Centers In The World
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
The US leads the way in giant data centers, but China is slated to take the crown with its Langfang data center, at least temporarily.
Using CUCM To Configure PLAR Phones
Education  |  5/29/2014  | 
Here are a few simple steps for configuring Private Line Automatic Ringdown functionality using Cisco Unified Call Manager.
Virtual Machines Vs. Containers: A Matter Of Scope
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Should container technologies like Docker replace virtual machines in cloud environments? It depends on the application, operating system, and OS instance.
Next-Gen WAN: Build or Buy?
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
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.
Branch Infrastructure Design: The Cloud Effect
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Traditional branch office architecture is fraught with complexity as individual office needs come into play. Cloud computing promises to simplify branch design.
The Internet of Things: Not So Scary
Commentary  |  5/23/2014  | 
IoT will increase the flow of data, but should be manageable with proper attention to WiFi requirements and security.
Cisco Live's 7 Best Scenes
Slideshows  |  5/22/2014  | 
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
News  |  5/22/2014  | 
Networking giant touts its SDN platform at Cisco Live and offers ways for customers to extend ACI policy to legacy Nexus infrastructure.
Infrastructure IT Salaries: Flat & Happy
Commentary  |  5/21/2014  | 
When it comes to IT salary, keeping an even keel is OK, according to the results of InformationWeek's annual US Salary Survey for infrastructure pros.
Photonics: Chip Interconnect At Light Speed
Commentary  |  5/21/2014  | 
Using beams of light, instead of electrical connections, to send data between chips promises faster, lower-power devices.
NSA Reports Prompt Chambers To Ask Obama For Changes
News  |  5/21/2014  | 
Cisco CEO complains of alleged NSA interception of networking gear in letter to President, asks for new "rules of the road."
Network Engineers Tackle ACI
News  |  5/19/2014  | 
Twitter was humming with chatter about Cisco Live and ACI today as IT professionals sought information about the SDN platform.
Cisco Live Unfolds: The Chambers Keynote
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Join us to experience and weigh in on the John Chambers keynote as it happens from Cisco Live, today at 3:30 p.m. PDT.
Cisco Faces Make-Or-Break Week For SDN
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
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.
Fast Reroute In MPLS Traffic Engineering
Education  |  5/16/2014  | 
Learn how to use the fast reroute feature to create backup and pre-configured paths in MPLS traffic engineering.
Will Ethernet Take Over The Spinning Disk?
Commentary  |  5/16/2014  | 
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.
Using MPLS Traffic Engineering To Meet SLAs
Education  |  5/15/2014  | 
Learn how to control traffic levels and use the autoroute and forwarding adjacency features in MPLS traffic engineering.
IT Transformation Fuels New Holistic Platforms
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
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
Infographics  |  5/15/2014  | 
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
Education  |  5/14/2014  | 
Looking for cloud storage for personal or business use? This guide compares four of the most popular and relevant cloud storage options available today.
Building An Information Security Policy, Part 5: Managing Identities
Commentary  |  5/14/2014  | 
The final installment of this series looks at how to assign identifiers to users and devices for a secure network.
3 Steps To A Successful UC Strategy
Commentary  |  5/13/2014  | 
A medical emergency provides lessons in collaboration that can be applied when building or updating a unified communications plan.
A Guide To The Software-Defined World
Slideshows  |  5/13/2014  | 
In IT today, you can't escape it: the software-defined label. Here's a simple guide to keep track of the hype.
NSA Allegedly Installs Backdoors On US Network Devices
News  |  5/13/2014  | 
The US intelligence agency intercepts routers and other networking equipment being shipped overseas and adds spyware, according to a new Guardian report.
Ethernet Innovation Inside The Datacenter
Commentary  |  5/12/2014  | 
With big data analytics, social media, and other new applications pushing east-west bandwidth demand, datacenters are deploying faster Ethernet and unlocking new capabilities.
IT Pros Stressed Out, Looking To Jump Ship
News  |  5/12/2014  | 
A survey indicates pressure from management and lack of resources is leading to high anxiety and job dissatisfaction among IT admins.
Beyond VPN: Supporting The Mobile Workforce
Commentary  |  5/12/2014  | 
Today's employees demand support for mobile devices and cloud applications that the traditional hardware-based network cannot supply.
Hard Disk: Not Dead Yet
Commentary  |  5/9/2014  | 
Even with the arrival of flash storage, don't count out the venerable hard disk. Disk still offers a lot of advantages.
Path Selection In MPLS Traffic Engineering
Education  |  5/9/2014  | 
One of the main uses of MPLS traffic engineering is for bandwidth optimization. Find out how to direct traffic between routers with label-switched paths.
MPLS Traffic Engineering: Tunnel Setup
Education  |  5/8/2014  | 
Traffic engineering can greatly improve performance in MPLS networks. Find out how specific traffic paths are defined and calculated using routing attributes and protocols.
IT Pros Mistrust Cloud Performance Claims
News  |  5/8/2014  | 
Survey shows companies think cloud provider performance problems are hidden behind hollow SLA guarantees.
Speeding Up Storage Networks
Commentary  |  5/8/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/7/2014  | 
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?
Don't Get Burned By Virtual Appliances
Commentary  |  5/7/2014  | 
The Heartbleed bug highlights potential drawbacks of virtual appliances and the flexibility and control offered by installable software.
The Network Is The Computer, Again
Commentary  |  5/6/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/6/2014  | 
Get clarity on features in vSphere 5.5 that improve storage performance through storage array integration, storage awareness, and clientless guest backup and recovery.
Choosing Cisco PBX Or Microsoft Lync In The Datacenter
Commentary  |  5/5/2014  | 
These strategies address the question of Cisco vs. Microsoft voice technologies from the datacenter perspective.
IT Is A Quantum World
Commentary  |  5/5/2014  | 
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.
NHR End Of Life Alert, May 2014
Commentary  |  5/5/2014  | 
Find out which routing and switching products from major hardware manufacturers will no longer be sold or serviced.
Cloud-Managed WLAN Is Hot, But Not For Everyone
Commentary  |  5/2/2014  | 
The market for cloud WiFi has grown exponentially, providing a range of options suitable for small organizations, but not so much for large enterprises.
Windows Storage Gets Flashy
Commentary  |  5/2/2014  | 
A partnership with Violin Memory to meld Windows Storage Server into an all-flash array boosts Microsoft's storage play.
Cutting Datacenter Power Costs
News  |  5/1/2014  | 
Power management services and tools can cut consumption by swapping workloads between servers, but analysts say IT efficiency tools face challenges in the enterprise.
Cisco PBX & Microsoft Lync: Datacenter Dilemma
Commentary  |  5/1/2014  | 
With the overlap of Cisco and Microsoft in the enterprise, and both vendors pushing their voice technologies, organizations can have a tough time picking a vendor.
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