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The Most Important IT Conference: A Technologist's View
Commentary  |  4/16/2015  | 
In an industry inundated with events focused on a single vendor or technology, Interop stands out for its independence, breadth, and stellar speakers.
The Internet Of Things & IP Address Needs
Commentary  |  4/16/2015  | 
With IPv6, there's no need to fear that there won't be enough IP addresses for IoT. The real question is whether every 'thing' needs its own IP address.
Understanding OpenFlow, VXLAN and Cisco's ACI
Commentary  |  4/15/2015  | 
Three different approaches dominate today's software-defined networking market. Dan Pitt of the ONF explains the difference between them.
12 Must-See Presentations At Interop Las Vegas
Slideshows  |  4/14/2015  | 
This year's Interop conference is jam-packed with learning opportunities. Here are a dozen educational sessions you won't want to miss.
How DevOps Helps Networks Scale
Commentary  |  4/13/2015  | 
Enterprise networks are collapsing under increased application demands. DevOps principles and practices can lighten the load.
2015 Best of Interop Finalists: 27 Groundbreaking Products
Slideshows  |  4/9/2015  | 
Check out the finalists in this year's Best of Interop awards, which honors innovation in nine technology categories including networking, security and storage.
'Cloudified' Telecom Services: What To Look For
Commentary  |  4/9/2015  | 
Telecom operators must adapt to new technology in order to provide the services enterprise are demanding at a reasonable cost. Make sure your carriers are investing in these areas.
3 Ways Network Troubleshooting Can Change Your Life
Commentary  |  4/8/2015  | 
Troubleshooting techniques are a staple in a network engineer's toolkit on the job. Find out how they can also prove indispensable in personal and social situations.
Hybrid WAN Requires A New Connectivity Model
Commentary  |  4/8/2015  | 
Hybrid WAN can ease application deployment, but to make it a reality, we need to switch from a network topology to a service topology.
Networking Survival Guide: 8 Essential Rules
Slideshows  |  4/7/2015  | 
The enterprise network isn't getting any simpler, but following these important guidelines will help IT pros implement, maintain, and improve even the most complex networking environment.
Don't Be Afraid Of DevOps
Commentary  |  4/6/2015  | 
DevOps pioneer John Willis explains why the networking industry needs to adopt DevOps, and how networking professionals can benefit in the big picture.
Yes, NFV Is Important For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  4/2/2015  | 
Due to its origins and complexity, it's tempting to view network functions virtualization as a service provider technology. That's not the case.
Cisco To Buy SDN Startup Embrane
News  |  4/1/2015  | 
Networking giant announces plan to acquire network services specialist to bolster its ACI platform.
What's Hot In Networking: 7 Key Trends
Slideshows  |  3/31/2015  | 
From SDN and network automation to IPv6 and 802.11ac, the big trends in the networking industry demand your attention, and you can find them at Interop Las Vegas.
Security Breaches Keep Network Teams Busy
News  |  3/30/2015  | 
Network Instruments study shows that network engineers are spending more of their day responding to breaches and deploying security controls.
SDN Interest Shifts Toward The WAN
Commentary  |  3/27/2015  | 
Software-defined networking improves network utilization and efficiency, and as the technology matures, enterprises are looking to apply those benefits to their WAN and campus networks.
SDN Shows Promise For Security
News  |  3/23/2015  | 
Improved security is emerging as a major reason for adopting software-defined networking, but concerns about potential SDN risks persist.
Continuous Delivery: Coming To Your Infrastructure
Commentary  |  3/23/2015  | 
Get your network ready to instantly support all the things that need to happen when a new application or update is pushed to production.
SDN & The Evolution Of Network Automation
Commentary  |  3/18/2015  | 
Jeremy Schulman explains how organizations can ease into network automation, and why this is an opportunity for networking pros to seize the reins of IT.
SDN Benefits For The SME
Commentary  |  3/16/2015  | 
Software-defined networking has huge applications for the large enterprise, but how can it help small and midsize enterprises? Tom Hollingsworth examines the possibilities.
SDN: An Enabler For NFV
Commentary  |  3/13/2015  | 
Software-defined networking and NFV can be used independently, but SDN makes it much easier to implement and manage NFV.
Juniper Regroups, Debuts New Spine Switches & Silicon
News  |  3/12/2015  | 
After a tough year, the networking company launches a barrage of new hardware and software.
Enterprise Firewall Checklist
Slideshows  |  3/10/2015  | 
Firewalls are a key component for network security. Find out what features to look for when shopping for your next enterprise firewall.
Get Off My Lawn, Hipster Admins!
Commentary  |  3/6/2015  | 
As an IT manager, there's a delicate balance between fostering realistic technology innovation and acting like an out-of-touch grouch.
Network Forensics Separate Signal From Noise
Commentary  |  3/4/2015  | 
Identifying data breaches in progress and distinguishing false positives from real security attacks requires effective network forensics software.
SDN Controller Handbook
Education  |  3/3/2015  | 
This guide to SDN controllers describes the options available via open source software, traditional networking vendors and SDN startups, and how they differ.
GNS3 Network Simulator Raises Its Game
News  |  3/2/2015  | 
GNS3 began as a Cisco emulation tool, but has grown into a multi-vendor network simulator with a collaborative community.
Network Engineers: Don't Fear The Code
Commentary  |  3/2/2015  | 
The DevOps focus on automation and coding is pushing its way into networks, making network engineers uneasy about learning new skills. But a closer look at the trend shows it's more about the scripting they already do.
NFV Home Lab: Licensing, Storage & Networking
Commentary  |  2/27/2015  | 
In the second part of this two-part blog, Ethan Banks describes the storage and networking considerations that come into play when building a lab for testing network functions virtualization.
BGP Security: No Quick Fix
Commentary  |  2/26/2015  | 
The routing protocol is plagued by multiple security vulnerabilities, which attackers are exploiting. However, securing BGP is no small feat.
NFV: 4 Home Lab Options
Commentary  |  2/23/2015  | 
Network functions virtualization is well suited to the home lab. Ethan Banks describes how he built his NFV lab and the pros and cons of different configurations.
SDN & NFV: Dynamic Duo Of Next-Gen Networks?
Commentary  |  2/19/2015  | 
The relationship between SDN and NFV may be indirect today, but over time the technologies could become inseparable. Find out why.
Cisco Launches Free Tail-f Software
News  |  2/18/2015  | 
With free version of Tail-f's software supporting the NETCONF protocol, Cisco says it's committed to promoting open standards for network programmability.
802.11ac Wave 2 & The Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Push
News  |  2/18/2015  | 
Cisco releases Catalyst multi-gigabit Ethernet technology amid dueling vendor standards efforts to support Wave 2 access points without new cabling.
The Rise Of The Cloud WAN
Commentary  |  2/13/2015  | 
The trend of pushing WAN functionality into the cloud -- software-defined WAN -- is gaining steam as enterprises look to reduce WAN complexity and lower costs.
Facebook Unveils Open Modular Switch
News  |  2/11/2015  | 
Dubbed "6-pack," Facebook's new switch platform is designed to allow the social networking giant to build any size switch using common building blocks.
Copper Vs. Fiber: What's Best In The Next-Gen Data Center?
Commentary  |  2/10/2015  | 
Copper cables can provide better performance, reliability and efficiency than fiber cables for organizations under pressure to improve their data center deployments.
Brocade Buys Riverbed's SteelApp ADC Business
News  |  2/6/2015  | 
Brocade will add the application delivery controller line to its NFV portfolio as Riverbed continues to scale down its business.
Upgrading To 802.11ac WiFi: 4 Coping Strategies
Commentary  |  2/6/2015  | 
The latest version of WiFi, 802.11ac, is still making its way into the enterprise, in the lull before Wave 2 products arrive. Follow these tips to make the upgrade process less painful.
VCE Unveils NSX Integration
News  |  2/5/2015  | 
Joint converged infrastructure venture, which had solely supported Cisco ACI, now offers factory-integrated NSX network virtualization.
IPv6 Network Testing: Avoid The Top 5 Troubles
Education  |  2/3/2015  | 
Test networks can be tricky, and IPv6 adds another dimension of complexity. Learn the most common issues associated with IPv6 testing and how to fix them.
4 NFV Myths Debunked
Commentary  |  1/29/2015  | 
Network functions virtualization has spawned a number of misconceptions about what it is and how it works. Here's a reality check.
WiFi Coaches Keep Super Bowl WLAN In Winning Form
News  |  1/28/2015  | 
Roam wireless stadium support staff will be lending a hand to Super Bowl fans that can't live without their connection.
Half Of Enterprises Worldwide Hit By DDoS Attacks
News  |  1/27/2015  | 
New data illustrates how distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks remain a popular attack weapon -- and continue to evolve.
8 Free Online Networking Classes
Slideshows  |  1/27/2015  | 
If you're looking to expand your networking skills, these courses offer instruction on SDN, cloud networking, network optimization, and other topics for free. What's better than that?
IT Monitoring Scalability Planning: 3 Roadblocks
Commentary  |  1/27/2015  | 
Planning for growth is key to effective IT monitoring, but it can be stymied by certain mindsets. Here's how to overcome them.
Cisco IOS Voice Troubleshooting: 9 Key Commands
Education  |  1/21/2015  | 
It's easy to get lost in unfamiliar territory when debugging a voice gateway problem. These common commands can help.
Free And Open SDN From Brocade
News  |  1/20/2015  | 
The Brocade Vyatta SDN Controller is free to download for a year, but the open nature of the product may be more attractive than the price.
Network Segmentation & SD-WAN
Commentary  |  1/16/2015  | 
The Target breach highlighted the need to segment networks and isolate traffic. Adding software-defined networking capabilities to the WAN can help.
Community Cloud Uses NSX To Streamline Security, Cut Costs
News  |  1/15/2015  | 
IlliniCloud consolidates security operations and reduces networking complexity with VMware's network virtualization platform, no 'architectural duct tape' needed.
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