What's Hot In Networking: 7 Key Trends
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.
SDN Interest Shifts Toward The WAN
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
Improved security is emerging as a major reason for adopting software-defined networking, but concerns about potential SDN risks persist.
SDN Benefits For The SME
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
Software-defined networking and NFV can be used independently, but SDN makes it much easier to implement and manage NFV.
Enterprise Firewall Checklist
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!
As an IT manager, there's a delicate balance between fostering realistic technology innovation and acting like an out-of-touch grouch.
SDN Controller Handbook
This guide to SDN controllers describes the options available via open source software, traditional networking vendors and SDN startups, and how they differ.
Network Engineers: Don't Fear The Code
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
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
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
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.
Cisco Launches Free Tail-f Software
With free version of Tail-f's software supporting the NETCONF protocol, Cisco says it's committed to promoting open standards for network programmability.
The Rise Of The Cloud WAN
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
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.
VCE Unveils NSX Integration
Joint converged infrastructure venture, which had solely supported Cisco ACI, now offers factory-integrated NSX network virtualization.
4 NFV Myths Debunked
Network functions virtualization has spawned a number of misconceptions about what it is and how it works. Here's a reality check.
8 Free Online Networking Classes
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?
Free And Open SDN From Brocade
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
The Target breach highlighted the need to segment networks and isolate traffic. Adding software-defined networking capabilities to the WAN can help.
Your Network's Next Step: Cisco ACI Or VMware NSX
When it comes to SDN, Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure and VMware's NSX are often discussed interchangeably, but they are really very different. Joe Onisick explains how they compare and can even work together.
Achieving Infrastructure As Code
Treating your network device configurations like source code is an intriguing idea. What's needed to enable widespread adoption of this practice?
Holiday Downtime Elusive For IT Pros
Many network managers and sysadmins will toil away during the holiday season dealing with remote access issues and other problems, an Ipswitch survey finds.
What's In Your Database?
Data breaches will continue until we create a deeper appreciation for business data and guard it as closely as our own wallets. Here are some steps in the right direction.
SDN Developments In 2015
ONF executive director Dan Pitt shares his expectations for the evolution of software-defined networking in the coming year.