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Content posted in June 2014
Why Ethernet Switch Sales Will Continue To Fall
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Sales of Ethernet switches will continue to slump as customers wait for SDN and as virtualization and public cloud adoption reduces Ethernet port requirements.
Overcoming Application Performance Issues
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Growth at financial-services firm Orangefield Columbus had led to degraded storage performance and reduced service levels. Here's how it tackled the problem.
The Evolution Of The All-Flash Array
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
Vendors are adding data deduplication and other features to their all-flash arrays, making the storage systems more than just speed demons.
IoT: How Ready Is Your Infrastructure?
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
The Internet of Things will bring a plethora of new devices online, but next-generation technologies can help you prepare for the influx.
Network Design Decisions Go Both Ways
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
Network design should reflect business goals. But it's also important to anticipate how your technology decisions will affect the business moving forward.
IT Hiring Climbs Despite The Cloud
News  |  6/25/2014  | 
Computer Economics survey indicates that many organizations expect to expand their IT staffs this year, but IT capital budgets remain flat.
The SDDC & Shifting IT Roles
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
The software-defined data center is breaking down IT silos and prompting changes in traditional roles.
Puppet Labs Teams With Networking & Storage Vendors
News  |  6/24/2014  | 
The IT automation software company and DevOps leader launches a certification program to integrate Puppet Enterprise with networking and storage equipment.
13 Nerdy Summer Vacation Spots
Slideshows  |  6/24/2014  | 
If you have to leave your comfort zone this summer and go on vacation, you might as well make it a good one. Check out 13 destinations where nerds like us can feel at home.
Network Device Management, Part 2: Implementing AAA
Education  |  6/23/2014  | 
Securing remote access to network devices is essential. Here are some tips for authentication, authorization, and accounting.
Net Neutrality Retreat Threatens Cloud Growth
Commentary  |  6/23/2014  | 
A proposal to undermine net neutrality by allowing ISPs to charge for "fast lane" traffic would create competitive barriers for businesses and stymie cloud adoption.
Unified Communication Doesn't Mean Unified Interaction
Commentary  |  6/20/2014  | 
UC is on the rise, but does it really solve the problem of communication disconnect? New systems must take UC a step further to support truly unified interaction.
NETCONF: Introduction To An Emerging Networking Standard
Education  |  6/20/2014  | 
By providing a programmatic interface, NETCONF eliminates the need to use proprietary CLIs for network device configuration and can facilitate SDN.
Data Center PUE: A Guide To Energy Efficiency Metrics
Education  |  6/19/2014  | 
Don't think of PUE (power usage efficiency) as a metric for comparing your data center energy efficiency to that of Facebook or Google. Think of it as a benchmark for making improvements.
Cloud: Ready To Burst
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
Infrastructure-as-a-service will come on strong in the next few years, especially in the areas of disaster recovery, high availability, new product development, and increased capacity and compatibility.
Facebook Unveils Open TOR Switch
News  |  6/18/2014  | 
Social networking giant builds its own switch that's designed to operate more like a server for better flexibility.
Testing Fuels The NVMe Revolution
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
Testing procedures and tools developed at places like UNH's InterOperability Laboratory help technologies like NVMe advance.
Cisco To Buy Orchestration Software Startup Tail-f
News  |  6/17/2014  | 
The networking giant bulks up its cloud portfolio with the $175 million acquisition of Swedish maker of multi-vendor network management software.
11 Best IT Certifications For Cutting-Edge Skills
Slideshows  |  6/17/2014  | 
Networking and infrastructure professionals looking to improve their job skills should consider these groundbreaking training programs.
Pervasive Computing & Breaking The Security Barrier
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
The Internet of Things, BYOD, and DevOps aim to make computing seamless, but information security remains a cumbersome chokepoint.
Network Device Management, Part 1: SNMP & Logging
Education  |  6/16/2014  | 
Learn best-practices for monitoring your network devices with SNMP and for tracking events the devices generate.
Network Segmentation Key To Good Network Hygiene
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
Recent security breaches underscore the importance of maintaining proper network segmentation.
Disk Backup Appliances vs. Virtualized Backup Software
Commentary  |  6/13/2014  | 
New features in virtualized backup software products expose shortcomings in disk backup appliances.
Business Continuity Options For Branch Offices
Commentary  |  6/13/2014  | 
Maintaining connectivity is critical for distributed enterprises. Emerging technologies such as LTE offer alternatives for avoiding downtime.
Artificial Intelligence: 3 Potential Attacks
News  |  6/12/2014  | 
A recent Turing test claim sparks concerns about how AI could make attacks much easier for cybercriminals.
Switched Networks Vs. Dedicated Links
Commentary  |  6/12/2014  | 
Direct links run much faster than traditional switched networks. Using software-defined networking with dedicated links can help in the quest for storage bandwidth.
Better Amtrak WiFi: Maybe Not So Crazy
Commentary  |  6/12/2014  | 
Amtrak wants to fix its weak WiFi in its Northeast Corridor. The train company's idea isn't as improbable as it may seem.
Chris Hoff Talks SDN, Security & More
Commentary  |  6/11/2014  | 
Join us on Friday, June 13, to discuss network security with Chris Hoff, one of IT's most insightful security leaders.
Iometer Update Adds Time Detail
Commentary  |  6/11/2014  | 
An old benchmark tool gets a refresh that solves its shortcomings and puts it back on top.
AWS Takes Shot At VMware With New Portal
News  |  6/10/2014  | 
The cloud giant releases a new feature that's designed to make VMware integration with AWS easier but poses a direct threat to VMware.
Server SANs: A Guide To What You Need To Know
Education  |  6/10/2014  | 
Server SANs are creating buzz in the storage industry with promises of better performance and simplicity. Are they right for your storage infrastructure?
The Looming IoT Backlash
Commentary  |  6/10/2014  | 
Lofty projections for the Internet of Things will fall short as concerns about IoT dangers grow.
Unified Communications Plans: 6 Ways To Derail Disaster
Slideshows  |  6/9/2014  | 
Before you choose a UC product or platform, careful evaluation of existing attitudes, equipment, and systems could save your project -- and your sanity.
Virtual Machine Sizing: 3 Mistakes To Avoid
Commentary  |  6/9/2014  | 
Don't waste resources due to improper vCPU allocation, memory allocation, and incorrect template use.
Wireless Site Surveys: The Basics
Education  |  6/9/2014  | 
Avoid problems such as channel interference when you build your WLAN by conducting a wireless site survey.
5 Ways OpenStack Improves Enterprise IT
Commentary  |  6/6/2014  | 
Enterprises can leverage OpenStack to extend AWS investments, drive IT transformation, as a negotiating tool in enterprise license agreements, and for other benefits.
Compromising Virtualization
Commentary  |  6/5/2014  | 
Features such as instance storage are taking the virtual out of virtualization. The performance gains are tremendous, but the techniques open cloud security risks.
IT Pro Salaries: The Gender Gap Widens
News  |  6/5/2014  | 
InformationWeek's 2014 US IT Salary Survey showed a growing disparity between what female networking and datacenter professionals are paid compared to their male counterparts.
World IPv6 Launch: Who's Making Progress?
News  |  6/4/2014  | 
An infographic from the Internet Society provides a view into how far IPv6 adoption has come in two years.
SDN & Breaking The VLAN Contract
Commentary  |  6/4/2014  | 
Software-defined networking disrupts the VLAN approach to network security. We need to embrace change and seize the opportunities SDN offers to improve enterprise security.
Optimize Your Infrastructure Without Breaking The Bank
Commentary  |  6/3/2014  | 
Software-based systems, such as virtual security services and software-based WAN optimization, can be cost-effective ways to streamline your IT operations.
Data Center Relocation: Tips For Success
Commentary  |  6/3/2014  | 
Moving a data center is a costly, high-risk project. Follow these DCR recommendations for a smooth move.
Cisco ACI Making Progress
Commentary  |  6/2/2014  | 
Since it launched last fall, Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure has attracted a number of early adopters and a growing partner ecosystem, but Cisco still has a lot of work ahead to accelerate ACI adoption.
The Network Complexity Conundrum
Commentary  |  6/2/2014  | 
Using complexity to deal with uncertainty in a network design will make a network more fragile. The challenge is finding a balance.


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