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DDoS Attacks Getting Bigger, Report Finds
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
Attackers are pummeling networks with more powerful assaults, Arbor Networks finds. Meanwhile, security researchers exploit flaw in a DDoS protection technique.
Putting Flash On The Memory Bus
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
Diablo Technologies' new Memory Channel Storage devices plug flash storage into the DIMM slots. If Diablo's performance claims prove true, expect to see some fast servers built around the technology.
12 Fictional Supercomputers I Hope Never Materialize
Slideshows  |  7/31/2013  | 
If Google's server farm ever does assert its independence and decide the human race needs to do something other than look up cat videos, most science fiction fans would shrug and say: "Told you so." Artificial intelligence has the baddest of raps in science fiction, in big part because so many of these supercomputers tend to be so malicious. But look closer and you'll find in a lot of cases they're simply doing too good a job of being true to their programming, whether for good or ill. He
Google's Photo Sphere Community Wants You
News  |  7/30/2013  | 
Google seeks photographic contributions to feed its new Views community website and improve its Maps service.
Facebook Launches Mobile Game Publishing Program
News  |  7/30/2013  | 
By partnering with Facebook and trading away some revenue, game developers can benefit from promotional assistance.
Oregon Storage Debacle Highlights Need To Plan For Failure
News  |  7/30/2013  | 
When a storage upgrade went haywire for the state of Oregon, the results were disastrous. But the IT gaffe serves as a lesson for all in contingency planning.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Beefs Up Storage Spaces
Commentary  |  7/30/2013  | 
Microsoft improves on the storage functionality in its upcoming Windows Server release with new SSD-supported automated tiering and write-back caching.
Security Conferences: Advice From The Trenches
Commentary  |  7/30/2013  | 
IT security conferences can offer enriching experiences, but also might be draining and irritating without proper planning. Here are some tips for making sure you make the most of your conference experience.
9 Technologies Security Researchers Will Break At Black Hat
Slideshows  |  7/29/2013  | 
This week's Black Hat USA Conference in Las Vegas will showcase hacks, tools and ideas that will once again challenge the way we think about IT security. Here are nine technologies that will be on the firing line as security researchers discuss and demonstrate vulnerabilities and exploits.
The 'New' Enterprise WLAN Vendor
Commentary  |  7/29/2013  | 
AirTight Networks is grabbing attention as a new player in the WLAN market but it's no wireless newbie.
TRILL's Hidden Cost
Commentary  |  7/29/2013  | 
TRILL allows for much needed advances over STP, but vendor licensing requirements make it hard to switch.
Happy SysAdmin Day To All
Commentary  |  7/26/2013  | 
One day of streamers and cake doesn't make up for all the hard work underappreciated sysadmins do.
IBM Adds Vulnerability Manager To SIEM Platform
News  |  7/26/2013  | 
By integrating vulnerability scanner into QRadar, IBM aims to help security teams identify and prioritize threats.
Extreme Networks Gets EMC VSPEX Validation
News  |  7/26/2013  | 
EMC partnership follows reseller deal with Lenovo; IBM releases entry-level mainframe; Solera integrates with BlueCoat; FrontRange adds IT service management features.
Intel's Data Center Plan: More Than Chips
Commentary  |  7/26/2013  | 
The chip giant aims to shape future data center designs for everything from rack-level systems to software defined networks and servers.
Stanford University Network Hacked
News  |  7/25/2013  | 
Users told to change passwords as officials try to determine extent of breach, although university is not aware of any personal user information being stolen.
WAN Optimization Improves Videoconferencing At Shipping Firm
News  |  7/25/2013  | 
Cloud-based WAN optimization service puts an end to dropped lines and frozen video for international supplier of gas transport services.
LinkedIn Sponsored Updates: 4 Things To Know
News  |  7/25/2013  | 
LinkedIn takes a page from Facebook, Twitter with ads that appear in your feed, alongside updates from your connections.
NSA Utah Data Center Scrutiny Is Misguided, Experts Say
Commentary  |  7/25/2013  | 
Critics upset about the soon-to-open data center are overlooking the larger issues of the NSA's surveillance activities, according to some privacy and security experts.
Microsoft ReFS and Oracle ZFS: How They Compare
Commentary  |  7/25/2013  | 
Microsoft's ReFS and Oracle/Sun's ZFS file systems are designed to remedy errors that might otherwise corrupt data. Here's how they stack up against one another.
Book Review: 'NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching'
Commentary  |  7/24/2013  | 
If you're planning to buy Nexus gear or have already deployed it, this Cisco Press publication provides helpful configuration guidance. Plus it won't put you to sleep.
Seagate Proves Disk Drives Aren't Dead
Commentary  |  7/24/2013  | 
Traditional disk drives may lack the flash of flash drives, but Seagate shows there's still room for innovation with spinning disks.
Automated Monitoring Helps One-Man IT Shop
News  |  7/24/2013  | 
IT manager for animal feed supplier uses infrastructure monitoring tools from Veeam to keep tabs on virtual data center and troubleshoot problems.
Intel Unveils Plans to Dominate the Data Center
Commentary  |  7/24/2013  | 
Intel released details for Atom SoCs designed to penetrate all areas of data center infrastructure, from micro servers to storage systems and network devices.
Is Scale-Out Storage A Must Have?
Commentary  |  7/23/2013  | 
Some vendors claim that scale-up systems are for short-term thinkers. I disagree.
Shifting The Backup And Recovery Focus To Recovery
Commentary  |  7/23/2013  | 
Asigra's new pricing model focuses on how much data needs to be recovered rather than how much storage is used. Could this be a game changer for the backup/recovery market?
Facebook, LinkedIn Rank Like Airlines On User Satisfaction
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Privacy and advertising gripes play into a drop in user satisfaction for major social networks.
Cisco Buys IPS Specialist Sourcefire for $2.7 Billion
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Cisco today announced its acquisition of security company headed by Martin Roesch, who pledges Snort will remain open and free.
What Cisco Gains From Sourcefire
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
$2.7 billion acquisition deal brings intrusion expertise; Sourcefire promises Snort intrusion detection and prevention system will remain free and open source.
Cloud Services, BYOD Complicating Network Monitoring, Survey Shows
News  |  7/22/2013  | 
A global poll of IT professionals shows how newer technologies are making it harder to keep tabs on the network.
SDN Startup Creates Distributed Virtual Appliances
Commentary  |  7/22/2013  | 
Embrane is no SDN wannabe. The company's SDN platform goes beyond mere transformation of hardware into virtual appliances.
Top IaaS Security Requirements To Consider
News  |  7/22/2013  | 
Don't rush into an Infrastructure as a Service contract without evaluating regulatory compliance requirements, data protection controls, and contractual obligations.
Scale-Out Storage Scales Down For SMBs
Commentary  |  7/22/2013  | 
Scale-out storage isn't just for big companies anymore. Vendors are making the technology available to SMBs by reducing its cost and complexity.
Software Defined Data Center: Marketing or Meaty?
Commentary  |  7/19/2013  | 
The software-defined data center is the latest term being applied to the abstraction, orchestration and automation of hardware-based resources via layers of code. Is it just empty marketing, or is there something you can sink your teeth into?
Java Vulnerabilities Pervasive In The Enterprise
News  |  7/19/2013  | 
Bit 9 study shows that most enterprises run outdated, vulnerable versions of Java. Less than 1 percent run the latest version.
Social Policy Updating: How To Prepare
News  |  7/19/2013  | 
Frequent social platform changes, new laws and increased enterprise use mean it's time for a social policy review. Consider this advice on what to include.
Don't Count VMware Out In Rough Seas
Commentary  |  7/19/2013  | 
Wall Street analysts and pundits are busy talking down VMware, but the virtualization pioneer is going through a cycle from which it's likely to bounce back.
Are Backend Cloud Services the Key To Enterprise Mobile Apps?
News  |  7/18/2013  | 
Enterprises are struggling to adapt their application portfolios and business processes to the mobile world. Mobile Backend-as-a-service promises to help.
Meru Announces New 11ac AP, Throws Punches
Commentary  |  7/18/2013  | 
Meru Networks has announced a new 802.11ac AP that it claims is the fastest available. It also threw jabs at competitors as next-gen WLAN competition heats up.
10 Ways To Lose Twitter Followers
News  |  7/18/2013  | 
These 10 worst practices will kill your Twitter mojo faster than you can say "self-serving."
Check Point Appliance Boosts IPS, Firewall Throughput
News  |  7/18/2013  | 
Company aims to meet enterprise data center security demands with new 13500 appliance.
Egnyte Blends Google Drive, On-Premises Storage
News  |  7/17/2013  | 
The cloud is not enough says Egnyte, a Google Ventures-funded file-sharing startup offering a hybrid storage answer for enterprises.
F5 Increases SDN And Cloud Support
News  |  7/17/2013  | 
ScaleN integrates SDN, scales cloud; Riverbed consolidates servers and data; WildPackets gets granular; NComputing extends VDI to Windows 8; Meru's AP832 supports 802.11ac; CloudVelocity moves apps to AWS; Coraid creates unlimited storage.
How To Control Applications On Aerohive WLANs
Commentary  |  7/17/2013  | 
Aerohive includes application visibility and control features that let you identify and set policy around popular applications crossing your wireless network. Here’s how to set it up.
SSD Vendors: Which Will Win?
Commentary  |  7/16/2013  | 
As the SSD market consolidates, companies that run flash foundries and established storage vendors may have the edge.
Cisco Renews Focus on Network Engineers
News  |  7/16/2013  | 
As Cisco expanded beyond switching and routing, network engineers had to put up with buggy code and a loss of innovation. The company is finally showing network engineers they haven’t been forgotten.
DIY Storage Part 4: Building Redundancy
Commentary  |  7/16/2013  | 
In building my own SAN to meet some storage needs at work, I figured out how to overcome problems on the path to redundancy and high availability. Here's what I learned works for creating a HA array.
Flash-Based Backup Appliances Benefits Vs. Price
Commentary  |  7/16/2013  | 
Flash-assisted backup could provide many advantages, including improved performance and in-place recovery.
SDN, Overlays and Interior Decorating
Commentary  |  7/15/2013  | 
Redesigning your network with SDN is kind of like interior decorating. Overlays let you paper over your existing network, while OpenFlow might require some rebuilding.
8 Things You Should Know About DevOps
Slideshows  |  7/15/2013  | 
Called a cultural and professional movement, DevOps seeks to better integrate development and IT operations teams to accelerate application delivery. Read on to find out what the DevOps movement is about and the benefits it can provide enterprise organizations.
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