Expert Analysis
Content posted in August 2013
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Will VMware, Cisco Collide On Virtual Networks?
Commentary  |  8/30/2013  | 
VMware's NSX platform appears to travel the same network virtualization path as its longtime partner Cisco. Is a smash-up inevitable?
WLAN Success During Back-to-School Deluge
Commentary  |  8/30/2013  | 
My team onboarded 10,000 wireless devices as students arrived for the start of the fall semester. Here's how we made it a (mostly) painless experience.
Dell Switch Supports VMware NSX
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
S6000 connects physical and virtual infrastructures; Citrix NetScaler works with NSX; Gigamon adds multi-tenant traffic visibility; Check Point updates software blade architecture.
The IT Generation Gap
Commentary  |  8/30/2013  | 
VMworld panel exposes a rift between innovative startups focused on cloud, mobile and social technologies and old IT that clings to its data centers and self-managed applications.
Next-Gen Firewalls Change The Rules Of Firewall Management
News  |  8/30/2013  | 
Layers of complexity in network firewalls create the need for a systematic change management approach.
Cisco Skips VMware's NSX Coming-Out Party
News  |  8/29/2013  | 
Networking giant Cisco Systems was noticeably absent in the list of partners VMware says are working on NSX integrations.
Twitter Spike Highlights Need To Plan For Traffic Surges
News  |  8/29/2013  | 
Social media site withstands Miyazaki record-shattering event, but other websites have crumbled under traffic spikes, underscoring the need for better preparation.
Should Applications Listen To The Network?
Commentary  |  8/29/2013  | 
One goal of SDN is to make the network more responsive to application needs. But applications also have to be responsive to the state of the network.
VMware Builds SDN Ecosystem; Where's Cisco?
News  |  8/29/2013  | 
VMware needs hardware vendors to support its approach to virtualized networking, but Cisco doesn't appear to be among the 20 partners already on board.
IBM's New Mainframe Takes On The Cloud
News  |  8/28/2013  | 
Mainframes were supposed to go the way of the dinosaur, but IBM's zBC12 seeks to capitalize on growing demand for private clouds.
Information Security's Real Threat: Oversharing
Commentary  |  8/28/2013  | 
Too much sharing and too little risk and security management are bad for business, especially among SMBs.
VMware's Martin Casado: Energy and Chaos
Commentary  |  8/28/2013  | 
Martin Casado, VMware's chief architect for networking and the driving force behind its NSX technology, spoke with Network Computing about his ambitious goals to reshape how networking is done, the origins of Nicira, and why energy and chaos are good.
VMware: Enterprises Still Need Data Centers
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
VMware's Gelsinger tells VMworld that cloud services can't yet handle tough compliance, governance and service level requirements.
Skyera Soars With 250TB SSD skyEagle Array
Commentary  |  8/27/2013  | 
Skyera’s newest SSD appliance skyEagle boasts up to 250TB of storage. That gives Skyera the highest-density system on the market.
Arista's New Applications Target Network Engineering Problems
Commentary  |  8/27/2013  | 
Arista announced three new applications that streamline provisioning for virtual environments, expose network performance data and simplify network device upgrades.
VMware NSX Plants Flag for Network Virtualization
News  |  8/27/2013  | 
VMware NSX brings virtualization to the network, including switching, firewalls and more. Are enterprise networks ready?
Cumulus Networks: The Pros and Cons of Decoupling
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
Startup Cumulus Networks makes a compelling argument for separating network software and hardware, but the case isn't closed.
VMware NSX: Game Changer for Data Center Networks
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
VMware's network virtualization product, NSX, may upend data center networks the same way the hypervisor changed servers.
Is Microsoft Ready To Be A Storage Player?
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
Microsoft's Storage Spaces may not have every enterprise feature yet, but don't dismiss it as a marginal product.
VMware Launches Software-Defined Data Center Tools
News  |  8/23/2013  | 
VMware adds tools to virtualize networking and storage resources this week at VMworld as customers debate its approach to hybrid clouds.
4 Tips For Evaluating Next-Generation Firewalls
News  |  8/23/2013  | 
Next-gen firewalls have become more mainstream, yet still can generate confusion. Security experts offer some clarity.
Raising IT's Business Profile: Start Now
Commentary  |  8/23/2013  | 
A new organization is creating tools to help technology leaders work better with business counterparts. But don’t wait for third-party tools—start now to raise IT’s profile in the company.
Aryaka Cloud Network Targets Distributed Enterprises
News  |  8/23/2013  | 
Network as-a-Service aims to speed up cloud services access; HP updates Flexible Series thin clients; HotLink offers VMware DR via Amazon; Veeam accelerates WANs with backups; Schneider adds virtual KVM to DCIM.
Nasdaq Outage Explored: 7 Facts
News  |  8/23/2013  | 
Security experts dismiss reports that DDoS attack compromised systems in New York City and crashed Nasdaq exchange. But squirrels have not been ruled out.
Facebook Addresses App Permissions Gripes
News  |  8/23/2013  | 
Facebook now requires that applications and games separately request permission to post about your activity.
VMworld 2013 Preview: Virtualization Eats the World
Commentary  |  8/23/2013  | 
Expect 31 flavors of "software-defined" at VMworld as VMware updates its SDDC vision and promotes software abstractions and tools at every layer of the data center.
5 Tips To Save A Bundle On Switches
News  |  8/22/2013  | 
Don't fall into the vendor trap of buying more than you need. Follow these rules to avoid overspending on your network gear.
Will NFV Kill Hardware Load Balancers?
Commentary  |  8/22/2013  | 
As load balancing and other network functions get delivered via virtual appliances, does the hardware ADC have a future?
Facebook Addiction: A Shocking Cure
Commentary  |  8/21/2013  | 
When self-control doesn't work, try electricity, say MIT inventors.
Will RRAM Replace Flash?
Commentary  |  8/21/2013  | 
Startup Crossbar bets on resistive random-access memory in the race to find a replacement for flash storage.
Is There A Desktop Version Of Android In Our Future?
Commentary  |  8/21/2013  | 
Could the open source OS designed for smartphones and tablets eventually threaten Windows' dominance on the desktop? Don't hold your breath.
Zuckerberg Unveils Plan To Expand Global Internet Access
News  |  8/21/2013  | 
Facebook founder's latest project, called, aims to bring Internet access to everyone by lowering costs, simplifying data plans.
Rackspace Challenges VMware For Hybrid Cloud Users
News  |  8/21/2013  | 
Rackspace creates single-user vCenter servers for VMware customers; when they want public cloud, it will help them get there.
Picking The Right Switch: A Buyer's Decision Tree
Commentary  |  8/20/2013  | 
Purchasing a switch requires careful consideration of routing and performance needs, among other factors. Follow this decision tree to save money and avoid buyer's remorse.
Network Monitoring Tool Eases Troubleshooting For Utility
News  |  8/20/2013  | 
Technicians at Bristol Virginia Utilities no longer have to hit the road to diagnose network problems, saving time and money.
Private, Hybrid Cloud Interest Spurred by Security and Control
News  |  8/20/2013  | 
IT is investigating private and hybrid clouds to address concerns around security, control and application suitability, according to two recent surveys.
7signal's WLAN Performance Tools: Intriguing But Expensive
Commentary  |  8/19/2013  | 
Sapphire Eye from 7signal gathers reams of RF and performance information to help administrators identify WLAN performance problems, but it will cost you.
LinkedIn University Pages Debut
News  |  8/19/2013  | 
LinkedIn teams with 200 universities who want to connect with potential students, education colleagues and alums.
Vanished: The Line Between Main Memory And Primary Storage
Commentary  |  8/16/2013  | 
SMART Storage Systems' ULLtraDIMM product, developed with Diablo Technologies, puts flash storage on the memory channel. It's a game changer for the storage industry.
New Technologies Target OpenStack Private Clouds
Commentary  |  8/16/2013  | 
Companies like Druva aim to address data center and private cloud storage and data management challenges using the OpenStack framework.
Fortinet Integrates Coyote Point In New ADC
News  |  8/16/2013  | 
Security company expands application delivery line; Aha! launches roadmapping tool; Coraid appliance ups IOPs and throughput; Penguin debuts new Ethernet switches.
Facebook Malware Crackdown Caused App Outage
News  |  8/16/2013  | 
Facebook admits own scanning system disabled some third-party apps and vows to prevent problem from occurring again.
The 10 Deadliest Networking Mistakes
News  |  8/16/2013  | 
Common errors like mismatched masks and duplicate IPs can spell disaster on a network. Here are 10 mistakes to avoid.
Facebook Wants Faster, Cheaper Storage
News  |  8/16/2013  | 
Facebook calls for dense, cheap flash devices at Flash Memory Summit 2013. Leading vendors say it must also be highly reliable and closely managed.
Data Center Efficiency Plateaus
Commentary  |  8/15/2013  | 
A recent survey shows that efficiency is no longer a major priority for data center operators. Meanwhile, public cloud and DCIM software are on the rise.
Facebook Mobile Payment Push Faces Big Hurdles
News  |  8/15/2013  | 
Cracking the mobile payments market won't be easy, say analysts. Here's where Facebook might stumble.
8 Mobile Tools For Security Pros
Slideshows  |  8/15/2013  | 
The influx of employee-owned mobile devices into the workplace has certainly thrown many IT security professionals for a loop, but the same devices that are introducing so much chaos to established security practices also have a lot of potential to be used to bring back some order. The following mobile security tools are a good start for security admins looking for utilities to help them get their job done more efficiently.
Facebook Floats Mobile Payment Service
News  |  8/15/2013  | 
Facebook trial will let users make purchases from a clothing site using their Facebook login. Facebook's ambitions don't look to rival Google Wallet.
A Plug For Plugfests
Commentary  |  8/15/2013  | 
Standards are great, but there can be significant differences in vendor implementations. The University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Lab provides a neutral venue for testing and analysis.
Microsoft Pulls Exchange Server Security Patch
News  |  8/15/2013  | 
Microsoft pulls critical security update issued Tuesday for Exchange Server 2013, acknowledges problems with two other update packages.
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