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Content posted in July 2013
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Email Encryption And The Goldilocks Principle
News  |  7/15/2013  | 
Trying to find an email encryption system that's just right for both users and security pros? Good luck.
Social Business Skills In High Demand
News  |  7/15/2013  | 
Social media skills will soon be integrated into the day-to-day responsibilities of a growing number of roles, experts say.
EMC Flash Division Expands With ScaleIO Deal
Commentary  |  7/12/2013  | 
Israeli startup's software creates shared storage pools across server clusters but EMC will need to make improvements to the technology.
Cisco Aims To Increase Services Business
Commentary  |  7/12/2013  | 
Cisco announced plans to grow its services business by 9% to 11% in the next 12 months. Look for more cloud services that resellers can package for customers.
Five SDN Benefits Enterprises Should Consider
Commentary  |  7/12/2013  | 
SDNs promise speedy service provisioning, network flexibility and other advantages, according to a new InformationWeek report.
The Coming SSD War
Commentary  |  7/12/2013  | 
Consolidation is making the SSD market more competitive than ever. Here's what to keep in mind when you're considering enterprise storage solutions.
Women In Technology: Overcoming Obstacles to STEM Careers
Commentary  |  7/11/2013  | 
As an engineer, Karen Purcell knows first-hand the challenges women face working in a STEM field. Her new book offers strategies for women to thrive in science and tech.
Text Analytics Key To Unlocking Big Data Value
Commentary  |  7/11/2013  | 
Big data is set to transform business, but text analytics will play a huge role in that transformation.
Software-Defined Networks Gaining Traction Among Carriers
Commentary  |  7/11/2013  | 
Infonetics survey shows global telecom carriers are intrigued by SDNs and taking initial steps to deploy the technology.
Bug Bounty Programs Beat Internal Researchers
News  |  7/11/2013  | 
Want to chase down vulnerabilities faster? Paying external security researchers delivers great bang for the buck, study says.
NSA Fallout: No Feds At Def Con
News  |  7/11/2013  | 
It's not us, it's you, Def Con founder tells NSA, CIA and FBI, saying attendees need "time to think" about recently revealed mass-surveillance programs.
New Cloud Backup Pricing Targets Recovery
Commentary  |  7/10/2013  | 
Cloud backup pioneer Asigra announced a new pricing model based on data restoration. Meanwhile, EMC announced slew of updates to its enterprise backup portfolio.
Taking Wireless Infrastructure Outdoors
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
Tessco's Ventev division releases new products that provide unique alternatives for outdoor wireless coverage.
EMC Unveils New Data Protection Products
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
Software and hardware extend archive support; Netsocket NVN is all software; CA expands big iron management; Barracuda firewall integrates with Azure; Polycom offers panoramic collaboration; LANDesk consolidates tools; Citrix mobilizes apps via Azure.
DANTE Celebrates 20 Years Of Network Innovation
News  |  7/10/2013  | 
U.K.-based non-profit network company develops innovative technology that connects Europe's leading research and educational institutions, helping address issues from climate change to medical breakthroughs.
10 Amusing IT Memes
Slideshows  |  7/10/2013  | 
From Google Glass to Linux to tech support hell, these memes put an amusing slant on the day-to-day business of information technology. Whether it's The World's Most Interesting Man on routing, or Morpheus from "The Matrix" with some uncomfortable truths about SDN, these memes should elicit a laugh. If we missed your favorite, or you've made your own, share it in the Comment section below.
QoS Boosts Health of Telemedicine Network
News  |  7/9/2013  | 
Renown Health monitors quality of service on its network to ensure high-quality telemedicine, video and telephony service for patients in rural areas.
To Break The IT Bottleneck, Stop Covering Your You-Know-What
Commentary  |  7/9/2013  | 
Slicing through layers of bureaucracy is a must for automation. It's time to see who you can cut out of the loop.
Book Review: CCNA Data Center Study Guide
Commentary  |  7/9/2013  | 
New book is good preparation for the Cisco 640-911 exam but also provides a thorough and interesting explanation of network fundamentals.
Twitter Makes Small But Useful Updates
News  |  7/9/2013  | 
Many of the improvements move Twitter closer to equity across mobile and desktop platforms.
Building a Lab: Patching and Cables
Commentary  |  7/9/2013  | 
Patch panels and cables aren't glamorous, but a sensible layout makes a solid foundation for a data center or lab. Here's how I put together my patch and cabling system.
The State Of Broadband
News  |  7/8/2013  | 
Only by keeping pace with the latest in regulations, competition, and technology will companies rise above low-capacity, high-priced telecom networks.
Many SSL Connections Missing Added Protection, Netcraft Says
Commentary  |  7/8/2013  | 
Most SSL traffic doesn't use PFS, opening it up to possible decryption, according to Internet security firm.
The Art Of Tweeting: Do's And Don'ts
Commentary  |  7/8/2013  | 
Don't do social, be S.O.C.I.A.L.: Sincere, Open, Collaborative, Interested, Authentic and Likeable. Be human and have fun.
RAM Caching Vs. SSDs: A Startup's Gamble
Commentary  |  7/8/2013  | 
Startup Infinio bucks the SSD trend by using RAM caching instead of flash to accelerate NFS storage performance. Is it a good bet?
Does Your Data Center Need a Supercomputer?
News  |  7/3/2013  | 
Demand for supercomputing is on the rise as companies require more powerful systems for big data analytics and complex product testing.
Miami Marlins Strike Out Network Attacks
News  |  7/3/2013  | 
Like most businesses, sports teams can face challenges when they adopt new technology. Here's how the Miami Marlins made their new state-of-the-art stadium secure.
How To Declare Independence From Bad Social Media
News  |  7/3/2013  | 
Break free from the people and habits that are bringing you down on social networks.
SSDs And The Write Endurance Boogeyman
Commentary  |  7/3/2013  | 
How I learned to stop worrying and love the flash.
Cisco Accelerates SDN Strategy with Dynamic Fabric Automation
Commentary  |  7/2/2013  | 
Cisco's Dynamic Fabric Automation integrates legacy physical networks with virtual devices. It's a sensible SDN strategy for a networking incumbent, but customers should wait until we know more about Insieme.
Social Do's And Don'ts For Job Hunters
News  |  7/2/2013  | 
In the job market? Consider these 5 ways your social presence can smooth your path, and 5 ways it will trip you up.
Oracle Database 12c Takes Aim At The Cloud
News  |  7/2/2013  | 
Updated product includes new multitenant architecture; Compuware touts next-generation APM; CTERA's cloud storage improves sync and SLAs; Xirrus debuts outdoor access point; Anturis leaves beta.
SSDs vs. RAID? Fix RAID
Commentary  |  7/2/2013  | 
SSD write endurance limitations could cause problems for RAID. But rather than adjust SSDs to support RAID, we should tweak or replace RAID to suit SSDs.
Cisco Insieme ACI Goes Beyond SDN
Commentary  |  7/2/2013  | 
Cisco announced the Application Centric Infrastructure (API) by Insieme Networks, and other vendors are following suit developing products that take networking beyond software-defined networking (SDN) and into the realm of applications.
CERN, Rackspace Collaborate on Hybrid Cloud
News  |  7/1/2013  | 
CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider, and Rackspace have announced a joint project to develop a hybrid cloud based on OpenStack.
SDN's Next Steps: Product Integration
Commentary  |  7/1/2013  | 
SDN interoperability demonstrations and hackfests point to a small but growing movement toward product integration as software defined networking evolves.
Mesh Networking Revival Sparked By NSA PRISM Program
Commentary  |  7/1/2013  | 
Revelations about NSA data gathering have people looking for a communication system they can control. Is mesh networking the answer?
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