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Content posted in July 2014
Guide To Server Virtualization
Education  |  7/31/2014  | 
New to server virtualization or need a refresher course? This overview explains the technology that has changed the lives of IT admins and CFOs.
New CPU Architectures Promise Performance Boost
Commentary  |  7/31/2014  | 
Intel and others are developing chip structures that aim to unlock memory bottlenecks and improve interconnect capabilities.
LTE Broadcast On The Horizon
Commentary  |  7/31/2014  | 
The technology, which allows cellular operators to multicast popular live TV and sporting events to multiple subscribers, is gaining traction.
Cisco Certifications Confront Changing Skills Needs
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
New certs focused on network programmability, IoT, and IT/business skills will help steer IT pros toward emerging technologies. They could also help Cisco keep its hold on the market.
Measuring Cloud Performance Is Like Flying Blind
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
Legacy systems management software and tools are woefully inept at providing visibility into cloud applications and services. Here's why we need new methods.
Closing The UC Gap: 4 Tips
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
Making the leap from unified communications to unified interaction is possible, but it involves more than just installing new software. Here's how to make a successful transition.
Cisco Ships APIC Controller, Reveals ACI Pricing
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
The key piece of Cisco's ACI strategy will ship July 31, along with new ACI starter kits. The company also made the ACI price list public.
Fall IT Events: On The Road Again With 10 Top Picks
Slideshows  |  7/29/2014  | 
Fall IT conferences and trade shows are right around the corner. Browse these events focused on networking, cloud, data centers, and storage, and start planning for a fantastic fall.
25 GbE: A Big Deal That Will Arrive
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Why all the hubbub about 25 Gigabit Ethernet? It allows the biggest jump in data center Ethernet performance for the smallest jump in price. That's why.
802.11ac WLAN Sales Poised To Surge
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
Unlike previous generations of WiFi standards, 802.11ac doesn’t come with a price premium, which is fueling strong sales, according to Dell'Oro.
White-Box Switches: Are You Ready?
Commentary  |  7/28/2014  | 
White-box switching promises flexibility and lower costs, so should you make the leap? It depends.
Have You Hugged Your Sysadmin Today?
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Celebrate System Administrator Appreciation Day by showing some gratitude toward the IT pros who do it all.
IT Budgets Up In 2015, Hiring Tepid
News  |  7/25/2014  | 
A survey shows organizations will spend more on IT next year, but IT pros don't expect those extra dollars will translate into bigger IT departments.
3 Signs You're Overspending On Data Storage
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
If you think public cloud storage is the cheaper way to manage the massive growth in data, think again.
Understanding IPv6: Link-Local 'Magic'
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne performs a little IPv6 sleight of hand in the second post in her series on IPv6.
Guide To IaaS Cloud Provider Performance
Education  |  7/23/2014  | 
Choosing an Infrastructure-as-a-service cloud provider? Use these benchmarks to compare AWS, Google, Azure, Rackspace, and more.
Where Is Your Cloud?
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
Depending on its location, a cloud data center may be at risk of natural or man-made disasters. Be sure to weigh the risks of the physical location of your data.
10 Handy WiFi Troubleshooting Tools
Slideshows  |  7/22/2014  | 
If you need help troubleshooting your wireless networks, here are 10 tools that can help uncover WiFi problems. Bonus: Some are free!
Drones: The Next WLAN Menace
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
In addition to low-tech corporate spying, the remotely piloted aircraft could facilitate attacks on WLANs. The WLAN security industry is starting to respond.
Network Security: An Oxymoron In The Cloud Era?
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
Network security as we know it won't survive the migration to the cloud. New approaches are needed.
Cisco DevNet Focuses On Developers
News  |  7/21/2014  | 
The program provides APIs and aims to promote DevOps by bringing network engineers and software developers together.
Guide: The Open Compute Project and Your Data Center
Education  |  7/21/2014  | 
Facebook's Open Compute Project has been developing designs and concepts for servers, switches, and other data center technologies. But how and when will those designs migrate to the typical enterprise?
Do We Need 25 GbE & 50 GbE?
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Efforts to bring 25 GbE and 50 GbE to market are underway. Is there a strong case for these non-IEEE solutions? For cloud service providers, there is.
Open Source Vs. Open Enough
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Open source networking is a hot trend, but its success hinges on organizations making a real commitment to open source technology.
8 Gotchas Of Technology Contracting
Slideshows  |  7/17/2014  | 
IT projects often involve multiple legal contracts for technology and services. Avoid these "gotchas" to ensure smooth agreements and relationships.
Cisco NX-OS: Facts & Features
Education  |  7/17/2014  | 
Learn the basics of NS-OX in this book excerpt on Cisco's operating system for Nexus data center switching.
Why Facebook Wedge Is Revolutionary
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
The social networking giant's open TOR switch is a big step forward for white-box switches and a ground-breaking platform for application networking.
Using Flash For The Real-Time Archive
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
A new type of archive that requires instantly available data access presents a storage challenge, but TLC NAND provides a solution.
Data Center Efficiency Via The Cloud
Commentary  |  7/15/2014  | 
Organizations looking to improve their data center efficiency and cut costs can reap benefits by transitioning to a cloud computing model.
Cage Nuts: The Ultimate Guide
Commentary  |  7/15/2014  | 
Here's everything you need to know about those annoying little cage nuts you wrestle with when filling a server rack. Learn how they're different from clip nuts, and get installation and removal tips.
RAID Vs. Erasure Coding
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Erasure coding offers better data protection than RAID, but at a price.
Cellular In The Enterprise Data Center
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Cellular connectivity is growing fast in the data center as a more cost-effective alternative to POTS lines, but it's not without its challenges.
Data Backup: Beyond Band-Aids
News  |  7/11/2014  | 
With the deluge of data, organizations need to focus their data protection efforts on comprehensive data footprint reduction, not just deploying technologies like deduplication.
The Rise Of The Cloud Administrator
Commentary  |  7/11/2014  | 
With the roles of the sysadmin and network admin merging as cloud infrastructure grows, what toolsets will prevail?
UC Adoption In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  7/10/2014  | 
A recent survey shows that unified communications is growing in the enterprise, despite many IT pros' lack of familiarity with the term.
Stand-Alone SSD Vendors: A Vanishing Breed
Commentary  |  7/10/2014  | 
With SanDisk's acquisition of Fusion-io, the SSD market continues on a rapid pace of consolidation that doesn't leave much room for stand-alone vendors.
Network Device Management, Part 4: Topology Control
Education  |  7/9/2014  | 
Maintaining control and enforcement around network devices pays off in network stability. Here are some ways to get it done.
IoT: The Network Impact
Commentary  |  7/9/2014  | 
The Internet of Things will require a network that can handle increased demand for data analytics, agility, and security.
Randy Bias Helps You Harness The Cloud
Commentary  |  7/8/2014  | 
Join us on Thursday, July 10, to discuss cloud infrastructure with Randy Bias, one of cloud computing and OpenStack's most vocal advocates.
12 Hot Programming Languages To Learn
Slideshows  |  7/8/2014  | 
With the growing software-defined networking trend, networking pros are under pressure to learn some coding. Here are a dozen programming languages worth checking out.
Understanding IPv6: The Journey Begins
Commentary  |  7/7/2014  | 
Why is IPv6 so difficult to understand? Denise Fishburne explains how she began unraveling this complex topic.
New Storage Platforms: What's the Difference?
Commentary  |  7/7/2014  | 
Find out whether object, software-defined, or data-defined storage is the right platform to support your company's big data analytics initiative.
Code Spaces: A Lesson In Cloud Backup
Commentary  |  7/3/2014  | 
The SaaS provider is out of business after an AWS security breach, underscoring the need for proper cloud storage backup.
Guide: NVMe Promises Speed, SSD Optimization
Education  |  7/2/2014  | 
An emerging storage interface, NVMe, is ready to ride along with the SSD adoption wave, and maybe give it a little performance boost along the way.
SDN Makes Inroads Into WiFi
Commentary  |  7/2/2014  | 
Software-defined networking is beginning to show up in the WLAN world with SDN-related developments from Meru, Extreme, and others.
The IT Nerd's Summer Reading List
Slideshows  |  7/1/2014  | 
If you're looking for a good book to take on your summer vacation, we've got 12 recommendations, including technical guides to brush up on your skills and just-for-fun reads.
Network Device Management, Part 3: Time Syncing & Stamping
Commentary  |  7/1/2014  | 
An area that's often overlooked in managing network devices is time management. Follow these tips for effective network device time synchronization and timestamps.


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