Expert Analysis
Content posted in September 2013
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DIY Storage: Risk, Cost, and Benefit
Commentary  |  9/16/2013  | 
Buying commodity hardware can save you a lot of money when building your own SAN. Plus, it isn't as risky as you might think.
SDN Growth Fueled By Efficiency Needs, Cloud Services
News  |  9/16/2013  | 
The software-defined networking market is poised to skyrocket as companies demand more efficient infrastructure and shift operations to the cloud, according to research firm.
Interop Preview: The Business of IT
Commentary  |  9/16/2013  | 
IT is integral to the success of the business. The "Business of IT" track at Interop New York focuses on how IT can raise its profile in the organization and have a greater voice in how the business is run.
Facebook Test Hints At Video Ads
News  |  9/16/2013  | 
Autoplay video test with Facebook mobile users signals that video ads may arrive soon in your news feed.
Juniper Launches Contrail SDN Software, Goes Open Source
Commentary  |  9/16/2013  | 
Juniper Contrail, a network overlay platform for software-defined networking, launches today. Juniper also announced that Contrail source code will be available as open source.
Hardware Vs. Software: Storage Vendors Go Head-to-Head
Commentary  |  9/13/2013  | 
Don't count hardware storage vendors out as the industry shifts to software-based infrastructure. Hardware and software vendors are making moves that promise storage innovation in both traditional infrastructure and SDI.
12 Must-Attend Interop Events
Commentary  |  9/13/2013  | 
Interop New York is just around the corner. The show is packed with informative sessions and workshops. Here are a dozen to put on your schedule.
HyTrust Tracks Users In Virtual Environments
News  |  9/13/2013  | 
New HyTrust appliance increases user monitoring; Cisco unveils latest network processor; Intel releases new SSDs; Glowpoint supports unscheduled videoconferencing.
Extreme Networks Buys Enterasys For $180 Million
News  |  9/12/2013  | 
Deal doubles Extreme's revenue and bolsters its position in a competitive market.
4 VDI Planning Tips
News  |  9/12/2013  | 
Make sure you understand the true costs and network requirements of virtual desktop infrastructure before making the leap to VDI, experts say.
APIs Vs. Scripts: The Evolution of Automation
Commentary  |  9/12/2013  | 
Writing scripts for configuration and other tasks is only the first step to a software-defined world. APIs will lead the next generation of automation.
Interop Preview: When Good Wireless Feels Bad
Commentary  |  9/12/2013  | 
Users are quick to condemn wireless when they experience problems, but the WLAN is often not to blame. Find out what you can do about it at Interop New York.
Extreme Networks Buys Enterasys For $180 Million
News  |  9/12/2013  | 
Extreme announces a bid to acquire Enterasys Networks, doubling the size of the Ethernet switching vendor.
Protecting Yourself From NSA Web Surveillance
News  |  9/11/2013  | 
After new reports of NSA digital snooping, security expert Bruce Schneier advises Internet users to use public-domain encryption. Meanwhile, Google steps up its encryption efforts.
Security Snake Oil for Sale
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
Traditional security systems aren't doing much to help us manage risk, but we keep buying them. Is it the vendors' fault or ours? And are there better ideas we should explore?
In Defense Of VMware NSX And The Overlay Approach
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
By using a network overlay architecture, NSX cleanly segments SDN approaches into two realms: the physical and virtual. The overlay strategy has been criticized, but it makes the most sense.
Cisco Buys Whiptail, Plants Flag in New Territory
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
Cisco is acquiring solid-state array vendor Whiptail for $415 million. The purchase edges Cisco closer to becoming a one-stop IT shop for the enterprise.
Transport SDN: What It Is And 4 Reasons We Need It
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
The wide area plumbing among data centers must get more dynamic and flexible if we want to accommodate distributed applications -- and stop overpaying for links.
Inside VMware NSX
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
From VTEPs to OVSDB, VMware's NSX introduces unfamiliar protocols and technologies to the data center network. Check out this overview to get up to speed.
Philadelphia Eagles Join Stadium Wi-Fi Stampede
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
Wireless is all the rage for sports teams as they try to lure fans to stadiums, but designing sports venue WLANs is complex. Here's a look at the Eagles' Wi-Fi rollout.
DIY Storage: Using Virtualization To Cut Costs
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
While building my own storage system as a pilot project at work, I figured out how to stretch my budget via virtualization. Here's what I did.
Cisco Launches Security Services Division
News  |  9/10/2013  | 
New consulting, product implementation and support, and managed services division reflects industry push to provide broader information security services to customers.
Western Digital Buys Virident To Battle Flash Giants
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
Western Digital's $685 million acquisition of PCIe flash specialist Virident lets it compete with flash giants such as Intel/Micron and Samsung. But where was Seagate in all this?
4 Ways Twitter Is Beating Facebook
News  |  9/10/2013  | 
Facebook pioneered much of social media, but has fallen short lately in keeping pace with Twitter. Here's where Twitter got there first.
Google+ Embedded Posts, Explained
News  |  9/9/2013  | 
Google's social network becomes friendlier with third-party websites.
10 Striking Sci-Fi Book Covers
Slideshows  |  9/9/2013  | 
Let's face it: The vast majority of the time, it isn't the title or premise of a book -- especially a science fiction book -- that draws us in. It's the cover art. And sci-fi has a long and venerable history of cover art that catches the eye and turns the head, even if what's inside hasn't always lived up to what's on the outside. Here's a gallery of 10 of our favorites, from classic painted cover art to the modern-day trends of Photoshop-plus-stock-photo work that in the right hands can also b
VMware Gets Real About Virtual Storage
Commentary  |  9/9/2013  | 
VMware is making good on its talk about software-defined storage with three products: vFlash, VSAN and Virsto. But as always, there are pros and cons.
Instagram Hits 150 Million Users, Plans Ads
News  |  9/9/2013  | 
Social media users rarely cheer ads in their feeds, but Instagram may be able to learn lessons from parent Facebook's successes and failures.
VMware VSAN: Intriguing But A Ways Off
Commentary  |  9/9/2013  | 
IT managers may be excited about VMware's new virtual storage product, but they aren't necessarily ready to run out and buy it when it becomes available.
Disk Storage System Sales Slipped In Q2, IDC Says
News  |  9/9/2013  | 
Demand for internal disk storage systems dropped more sharply than external disk storage systems as EMC widened its leadership position, according to research firm.
WAN Acceleration Slows Down
Commentary  |  9/9/2013  | 
A new report shows the WAN acceleration/optimization market is shrinking. WAN optimization won't go away, but don't look for growth either.
Catbird Supports VMware's NSX Platform
News  |  9/8/2013  | 
Catbird brings focus on virtualized environment security to VMware's NSX virtual network platform.
New Barracuda Next-Generation Firewalls Target Small Businesses
News  |  9/6/2013  | 
Company also releases firmware update; SolarWinds adds Cisco VoIP monitoring; FlowTraq available as a hosted service; Stratalux offers Logstash via AWS.
VMware's NSX End Game
Commentary  |  9/6/2013  | 
Imagine an app store for the data center, where you can get firewalling, WAN optimization and other services with a few clicks. Here's how NSX might make it happen.
EMC VNX: Flash Storage Takes Center Stage
Commentary  |  9/6/2013  | 
With its new flash-optimized VNX storage arrays, EMC makes a case for flash in traditional storage systems.
7 Habits Of Successful DevOps
Commentary  |  9/5/2013  | 
Forrester outlines seven practices that will bring developers and operations teams into harmony. But will they get your IT organization singing Kumbaya?
VoIP Planning: 3 Critical Steps
Commentary  |  9/5/2013  | 
Don't overlook these core considerations when implementing VoIP or you may find yourself in the middle of a disaster. Plan properly to ensure a successful deployment.
Can Your Network Beat Malware?
Commentary  |  9/5/2013  | 
Test aggressively using simulated but realistic network traffic scenarios, making sure to strike a balance between security and organizational performance.
Why Software-Defined Storage Is Good For Seagate
Commentary  |  9/5/2013  | 
Some vendors won't fare well if software-defined storage takes off, but disk drive specialists will reap benefits. Here's how.
Facebook Policy Changes Draw Privacy Advocates' Ire
News  |  9/5/2013  | 
Facebook proposal to use personal data in ads without compensating users violates its current policies and a 2011 settlement, privacy groups tell FTC.
Network, Security & Storage Solutions at HENC 2013
Network, Security & Storage Solutions at HENC 2013
Network Computing Videos  |  9/5/2013  | 
Mohamed Massa, sales director at Techaccess, talks about network, security, and storage solutions at the Huawei Enterprise Networking Congress 2013.
The Role of the Malaysia Data Centre Alliance
The Role of the Malaysia Data Centre Alliance
Network Computing Videos  |  9/5/2013  | 
Billy Lee Kok Chi of Freenet talks about the Malaysia Data Centre Alliance at the 2013 Huawei Cloud Congress.
Virtualization as Top Priority
Virtualization as Top Priority
Network Computing Videos  |  9/5/2013  | 
Bryan Wang of Forrester Research talks about virtualization, converged infrastructure, and the effect these technologies have on e-commerce.
Equinix at HENC 2013
Equinix at HENC 2013
Network Computing Videos  |  9/5/2013  | 
Frank van der Heijden and Marco Vader of Equinix talk about Huawei's anti-DDoS solution at Huawei Enterprise Networking Congress 2013.
The SPEC Experience at Huawei Enterprise Networking Congress 2013
The SPEC Experience at Huawei Enterprise Networking Congress 2013
Network Computing Videos  |  9/4/2013  | 
The SPEC Experience at Huawei Enterprise Networking Congress 2013
Huawei Enterprise Networking Congress 2013 Highlights
Huawei Enterprise Networking Congress 2013 Highlights
Network Computing Videos  |  9/4/2013  | 
Huawei Enterprise Networking Congress 2013 Highlights
Object Storage Vs. Overloaded File Servers
News  |  9/4/2013  | 
Growth in unstructured data is breaking the capacity of many file servers and NAS systems. One possible solution: object storage with its space-saving flat file system.
A Bad Combo: PernixData's FVP and VSAN
Commentary  |  9/4/2013  | 
Using FVP from startup PernixData together with VMware's VSAN is an all-around bad idea. Combining two flash management layers would be inefficient and reduce performance.
Can You Hack A Heartbeat?
News  |  9/4/2013  | 
Nymi biometric wristband promises to let you unlock everything from cars to hotel rooms without a PIN or password. It authenticates you using heart rhythms.
EMC Reboots VNX for Flash Storage
Commentary  |  9/4/2013  | 
EMC launches new VNX arrays with upgraded software to take full advantage of SSD performance. All-flash startups still have an advantage, but VNX takes a big step forward.
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