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Content posted in September 2013
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Real-World Troubleshooting At InteropNet
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
InteropNet gets new monitoring capabilities to ensure high performance as it provides network connectivity to Interop exhibitors and attendees.
Data Center Operators Flock To Cold Climates
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Service providers such as Microsoft are building new data centers in cold locations such as Finland to cut power and cooling costs.
10 Ways Software-Defined Networking Will Change IT
Slideshows  |  9/30/2013  | 
When networking professionals converge upon New York for Interop this week, software-defined networking (SDN) stands to establish itself as a major theme throughout session talks and informal conversations. As the industry watches the results of early adopter case studies and hears pundits advocate for this new means of controlling the network fabric, consensus is building for the potential that SDN could be an IT game-changer. Here's how, in the words of experts from around the industry.
Information Security Strategy: Stop Punishing End Users
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
Enterprise security programs have longed focused on restricting end-user activity, but this strategy hasn't worked. It's time to change course.
Facebook Tries To Make Ads Less Annoying
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
User feedback on Facebook ads will weigh heavily in changes to news feed algorithm.
HP Bets On SDN Apps With SDK, App Store
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
HP is releasing a software development kit to spur the creation of SDN applications for HP's SDN platform. The company also plans to launch an SDN app store next year.
Reaping The Security Rewards Of SDN
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Software-defined network is a major trend -- here's why some experts believe security pros should be paying attention
Data Center Operators Flock To Cold Climates
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Service providers such as Microsoft are building new data centers in cold locations such as Finland to cut power and cooling costs.
HP's Building an SDN App Store
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
The software giant takes some steps in the direction of its long-term SDN vision.
Cisco NCS Tackles Internet of Things
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
NCS routers target service providers; Oracle debuts backup appliance; LogRhythm provides network anomaly detection; KEMP unveils ADC for Windows Azure.
VCE Chooses Cisco SDN Over VMware NSX
Commentary  |  9/27/2013  | 
VCE, maker of integrated Vblock systems, will use Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure for SDN. So what about customers who want NSX?
10 Software-Defined Networking Architectures
Slideshows  |  9/26/2013  | 
Software-defined networking is a hot topic for debate in the industry. Experts argue about the best way to implement it, the ways it might affect network engineers and administrators, and how it might disrupt the traditional power structure in the networking industry. While there are a lot of opinions about this emerging technology, there's one inescapable fact: SDN has brought new attention and innovation to the network. To get a view into the various approaches to SDN, we asked 10 vendors to
Flash Write-Back Caching Limitations
Commentary  |  9/26/2013  | 
As flash-based caching systems add write-back capabilities, be aware that performance gains can hit a wall.
Bejing Kingbase Information Technologies at HCC 2013
Bejing Kingbase Information Technologies at HCC 2013
Network Computing Videos  |  9/26/2013  | 
Zheng Dai talks about the emerging requirements of big-data in China's DC solution provider space.
Huawei's Ability to Innovate
Huawei's Ability to Innovate
Network Computing Videos  |  9/26/2013  | 
Huawei's Yang Chen Dong talks about his experience working with China's Metro system.
Email Services in China
Email Services in China
Network Computing Videos  |  9/26/2013  | 
Marvin Yu of Coremail talks about cloud email systems for China's enterprise businesses.
SDN Skirmish: Physical, Virtual Approaches Vie For Dominance
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
The battle within software-defined networking comes down to whether we need a separation between physical and virtual elements. Here's the lowdown.
Ellison Ditches OpenWorld Keynote For America's Cup
News  |  9/25/2013  | 
Oracle CEO's no-show disappoints conference attendees expecting to hear about the company's cloud services.
Cloud-Based Security Helps Aspen Fend Off Malware
News  |  9/25/2013  | 
Cloud security service cuts down on malware infections and provides relief for small network team in Colorado.
BYOD & Healthcare in China
BYOD & Healthcare in China
Network Computing Videos  |  9/25/2013  | 
Dr. Zhou Guopeng talks about BYOD and its impact on Chinese healthcare.
China Transinfo at HENC 2013
China Transinfo at HENC 2013
Network Computing Videos  |  9/25/2013  | 
Lin Mian Feng, CTO of China Transinfo talks about his company's relationship with Huawei.
China Waterborne Transport Research Institute at HENC 2013
China Waterborne Transport Research Institute at HENC 2013
Network Computing Videos  |  9/25/2013  | 
Zhang Shuning talks about the importance of strong wireless network coverage.
iOS 7 Update: A Lesson In Event-Driven Network Spikes
Commentary  |  9/25/2013  | 
Did the iOS 7 update crash your network? Instead of whining about it, use it as a call to action.
Who Is Really Pushing NFV?
Commentary  |  9/25/2013  | 
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) turns hardware appliances into virtualized services. As NFV interest grows, who stands to gain the most benefit?
iOS 7 Update: A Lesson In Event-Driven Network Spikes
News  |  9/25/2013  | 
Apple's iOS 7 release took only 38 minutes to significantly handicap networks in North America. Network managers must learn to prepare for similar network spikes as more services and data is hosted in the cloud.
EMC CEO Talks Up The Software-Defined Data Center
News  |  9/24/2013  | 
Joe Tucci tells OpenWorld crowd how EMC plans to capitalize on cloud computing and big data trends.
InteropNet: Insights from a 19-Year Vet
Commentary  |  9/24/2013  | 
A nineteen-year volunteer of InteropNet says it's the people as much as the technology that keep him coming back.
WAN Encryption Tops the Agenda After NSA Revelations
Commentary  |  9/24/2013  | 
Whatever trust customers had in the security of WAN connections from service providers is gone. Encrypt now, and consider less-expensive Internet connections instead.
SDN Doesn't Mean Cheaper Networking
Commentary  |  9/23/2013  | 
The most common prediction about SDN is that networking will get cheaper. It won't. Here's why.
LinkedIn Tip: How To Undo Contact Imports, Invitations
News  |  9/23/2013  | 
If you accidentally uploaded your contacts to LinkedIn or sent invitations to connect, follow these instructions to undo.
Custom Optical Network Will Tackle Big Data
News  |  9/23/2013  | 
Rice University researchers are building a specialized network that features a new type of optical switch to carry mountains of data.
Mastering The Art Of Troubleshooting
Commentary  |  9/23/2013  | 
From social media to blogs, there's a ton of information engineers can tap to solve technical problems. Here's what I find works best.
LinkedIn Responds To Email-Grabbing Suit
News  |  9/23/2013  | 
Complaint filed in federal court last week alleges LinkedIn harvested users' email address book information inappropriately; LinkedIn denies this.
PayPal: OpenStack Won't Replace VMware In Data Center
News  |  9/20/2013  | 
VMware vs. OpenStack won’t be an either/or decision for PayPal. It will layer OpenStack on top of existing tech as it moves toward a software-defined data center.
How Oracle ZS3 Stacks Up
Commentary  |  9/20/2013  | 
The new ZFS-based storage systems feature new capabilities designed to boost performance.
Riverbed Adds Whitewater Capacity, Speed
News  |  9/20/2013  | 
Cloud backup gateway appliances have10GbE interfaces; VCE unveils new Vblocks; LenovoEMC launches Acronis NAS backup; HP debuts next-generation firewall.
SDN Meets Data Analytics
Commentary  |  9/20/2013  | 
Plexxi's Data Services Engine takes software-defined networking to the next level by collecting data in the network and analyzing it to aid traffic flow.
IT: We Need To Celebrate!
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
IT pros do hard, complex work that's vital to the business. Sometimes the profession needs to celebrate itself.
Private Cloud Wars: OS Wars, The Sequel
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
You can't put a layer on something and call it new, as we learned in the OS wars of old. Are we doomed to repeat the battles of the past?
Pure Storage Aims To Close The Flash Price Gap
News  |  9/19/2013  | 
Startup says its flash storage is cheaper than high-performance HDDs by using deduplication and compression as standard features.
Nirvanix Killed By Unforgiving Cloud Economics
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
Cloud storage provider Nirvanix, which is closing its doors, ran afoul of harsh cloud financing models.
Microsoft's Data Center Push
News  |  9/18/2013  | 
The software giant is building and leasing data center space worldwide to bulk up its Azure and Xbox Live services.
Data Protection In The Cloud Era
Commentary  |  9/18/2013  | 
Organizations need to review security policies and procedures before implementing newer technologies such as cloud computing and virtualization.
Talking Flash and VDI At Interop
Commentary  |  9/18/2013  | 
At Interop New York I'll dive into the different roles flash can play in your storage architecture, and also delve into how to solve VDI-related storage problems.
VCE Vblocks Converged Infrastructure Gets Update
News  |  9/17/2013  | 
Cisco, EMC, VMware alliance quadruples Vblock performance with System 340, adds specialized features for virtualized databases.
9 Immutable Laws of Network Design
Commentary  |  9/17/2013  | 
Follow these simple rules to ensure your network is stable, secure and built to last as you overlay new services and applications.
The Case For More Granular Network QoS
News  |  9/17/2013  | 
Vendor-supplied settings for network quality of service won't cut it when prioritizing critical apps, VoIP and video traffic. Invest in developing a network QoS strategy.
HP Portal Crowdsources Security Threat Intelligence
News  |  9/17/2013  | 
Along with threat intelligence sharing portal, HP reveals next-generation firewall, a self-healing BIOS, and revamped DDoS detection and mitigation services.
Defining Software-Defined Storage
Commentary  |  9/17/2013  | 
How do you classify software-defined storage? Let's try kingdoms, genus and species.
Troubleshooting RF Problems: Fluke Launches Smart New Tool
Commentary  |  9/17/2013  | 
Tools for analyzing in-building cell signals have been clunky and complex, but Fluke's AirMagnet Spectrum ES makes the job much easier.
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