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Fall IT Events: On The Road Again With 10 Top Picks
Slideshows  |  7/29/2014  | 
Fall IT conferences and trade shows are right around the corner. Browse these events focused on networking, cloud, data centers, and storage, and start planning for a fantastic fall.
25 GbE: A Big Deal That Will Arrive
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Why all the hubbub about 25 Gigabit Ethernet? It allows the biggest jump in data center Ethernet performance for the smallest jump in price. That's why.
White-Box Switches: Are You Ready?
Commentary  |  7/28/2014  | 
White-box switching promises flexibility and lower costs, so should you make the leap? It depends.
Understanding IPv6: Link-Local 'Magic'
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne performs a little IPv6 sleight of hand in the second post in her series on IPv6.
Network Security: An Oxymoron In The Cloud Era?
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
Network security as we know it won't survive the migration to the cloud. New approaches are needed.
Guide: The Open Compute Project and Your Data Center
Education  |  7/21/2014  | 
Facebook's Open Compute Project has been developing designs and concepts for servers, switches, and other data center technologies. But how and when will those designs migrate to the typical enterprise?
Do We Need 25 GbE & 50 GbE?
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Efforts to bring 25 GbE and 50 GbE to market are underway. Is there a strong case for these non-IEEE solutions? For cloud service providers, there is.
Open Source Vs. Open Enough
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Open source networking is a hot trend, but its success hinges on organizations making a real commitment to open source technology.
Cisco NX-OS: Facts & Features
Education  |  7/17/2014  | 
Learn the basics of NS-OX in this book excerpt on Cisco's operating system for Nexus data center switching.
Why Facebook Wedge Is Revolutionary
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
The social networking giant's open TOR switch is a big step forward for white-box switches and a ground-breaking platform for application networking.
Network Device Management, Part 4: Topology Control
Education  |  7/9/2014  | 
Maintaining control and enforcement around network devices pays off in network stability. Here are some ways to get it done.
12 Hot Programming Languages To Learn
Slideshows  |  7/8/2014  | 
With the growing software-defined networking trend, networking pros are under pressure to learn some coding. Here are a dozen programming languages worth checking out.
Randy Bias Helps You Harness The Cloud
Commentary  |  7/8/2014  | 
Join us on Thursday, July 10, to discuss cloud infrastructure with Randy Bias, one of cloud computing and OpenStack's most vocal advocates.
Understanding IPv6: The Journey Begins
Commentary  |  7/7/2014  | 
Why is IPv6 so difficult to understand? Denise Fishburne explains how she began unraveling this complex topic.
Network Device Management, Part 3: Time Syncing & Stamping
Commentary  |  7/1/2014  | 
An area that's often overlooked in managing network devices is time management. Follow these tips for effective network device time synchronization and timestamps.
The IT Nerd's Summer Reading List
Slideshows  |  7/1/2014  | 
If you're looking for a good book to take on your summer vacation, we've got 12 recommendations, including technical guides to brush up on your skills and just-for-fun reads.
Why Ethernet Switch Sales Will Continue To Fall
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Sales of Ethernet switches will continue to slump as customers wait for SDN and as virtualization and public cloud adoption reduces Ethernet port requirements.
Network Design Decisions Go Both Ways
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
Network design should reflect business goals. But it's also important to anticipate how your technology decisions will affect the business moving forward.
Puppet Labs Teams With Networking & Storage Vendors
News  |  6/24/2014  | 
The IT automation software company and DevOps leader launches a certification program to integrate Puppet Enterprise with networking and storage equipment.
Network Device Management, Part 2: Implementing AAA
Education  |  6/23/2014  | 
Securing remote access to network devices is essential. Here are some tips for authentication, authorization, and accounting.
NETCONF: Introduction To An Emerging Networking Standard
Education  |  6/20/2014  | 
By providing a programmatic interface, NETCONF eliminates the need to use proprietary CLIs for network device configuration and can facilitate SDN.
Facebook Unveils Open TOR Switch
News  |  6/18/2014  | 
Social networking giant builds its own switch that's designed to operate more like a server for better flexibility.
Cisco To Buy Orchestration Software Startup Tail-f
News  |  6/17/2014  | 
The networking giant bulks up its cloud portfolio with the $175 million acquisition of Swedish maker of multi-vendor network management software.
11 Best IT Certifications For Cutting-Edge Skills
Slideshows  |  6/17/2014  | 
Networking and infrastructure professionals looking to improve their job skills should consider these groundbreaking training programs.
Pervasive Computing & Breaking The Security Barrier
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
The Internet of Things, BYOD, and DevOps aim to make computing seamless, but information security remains a cumbersome chokepoint.
Network Device Management, Part 1: SNMP & Logging
Education  |  6/16/2014  | 
Learn best-practices for monitoring your network devices with SNMP and for tracking events the devices generate.
Network Segmentation Key To Good Network Hygiene
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
Recent security breaches underscore the importance of maintaining proper network segmentation.
Switched Networks Vs. Dedicated Links
Commentary  |  6/12/2014  | 
Direct links run much faster than traditional switched networks. Using software-defined networking with dedicated links can help in the quest for storage bandwidth.
Chris Hoff Talks SDN, Security & More
Commentary  |  6/11/2014  | 
Join us on Friday, June 13, to discuss network security with Chris Hoff, one of IT's most insightful security leaders.
Unified Communications Plans: 6 Ways To Derail Disaster
Slideshows  |  6/9/2014  | 
Before you choose a UC product or platform, careful evaluation of existing attitudes, equipment, and systems could save your project -- and your sanity.
World IPv6 Launch: Who's Making Progress?
News  |  6/4/2014  | 
An infographic from the Internet Society provides a view into how far IPv6 adoption has come in two years.
SDN & Breaking The VLAN Contract
Commentary  |  6/4/2014  | 
Software-defined networking disrupts the VLAN approach to network security. We need to embrace change and seize the opportunities SDN offers to improve enterprise security.
The Network Complexity Conundrum
Commentary  |  6/2/2014  | 
Using complexity to deal with uncertainty in a network design will make a network more fragile. The challenge is finding a balance.
Cisco ACI Making Progress
Commentary  |  6/2/2014  | 
Since it launched last fall, Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure has attracted a number of early adopters and a growing partner ecosystem, but Cisco still has a lot of work ahead to accelerate ACI adoption.
Ethernet Switch Market Drops Almost $1B in Q1
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
Dell'Oro Group cites "pause" in datacenter switching spending due to Cisco Nexus 9000 switches as one reason for the decline.
How SDN Will Help Network Engineers
How SDN Will Help Network Engineers
Network Computing Videos  |  5/30/2014  | 
MPLS Traffic Engineering Guide: Success & Alternatives
Education  |  5/30/2014  | 
MPLS traffic engineering can improve network performance by routing data to alternate paths. When should you use this technology? We explain the pros and cons.
5 NFV Benefits & The Trends Driving Them
Commentary  |  5/30/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization addresses several trends shaping service provider networks.
Next-Gen WAN: Build or Buy?
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Enterprises need to consider a number of factors, including security requirements, when choosing between an in-house model or managed network service for their future WAN connectivity needs.
Cisco Live's 7 Best Scenes
Slideshows  |  5/22/2014  | 
Attendees at Cisco Live this week were showered in APIs and ACI, and swimming in selfies. Take a look at the highlights from the annual customer event.
Cisco Expands On Its ACI Strategy
News  |  5/22/2014  | 
Networking giant touts its SDN platform at Cisco Live and offers ways for customers to extend ACI policy to legacy Nexus infrastructure.
NSA Reports Prompt Chambers To Ask Obama For Changes
News  |  5/21/2014  | 
Cisco CEO complains of alleged NSA interception of networking gear in letter to President, asks for new "rules of the road."
Network Engineers Tackle ACI
News  |  5/19/2014  | 
Twitter was humming with chatter about Cisco Live and ACI today as IT professionals sought information about the SDN platform.
Cisco Live Unfolds: The Chambers Keynote
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Join us to experience and weigh in on the John Chambers keynote as it happens from Cisco Live, today at 3:30 p.m. PDT.
Cisco Faces Make-Or-Break Week For SDN
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Cisco is counting on ACI, its software-defined networking strategy, to keep its hold on the enterprise infrastructure market. We'll see how that plays out this week at Cisco Live.
Fast Reroute In MPLS Traffic Engineering
Education  |  5/16/2014  | 
Learn how to use the fast reroute feature to create backup and pre-configured paths in MPLS traffic engineering.
Using MPLS Traffic Engineering To Meet SLAs
Education  |  5/15/2014  | 
Learn how to control traffic levels and use the autoroute and forwarding adjacency features in MPLS traffic engineering.
Building An Information Security Policy, Part 5: Managing Identities
Commentary  |  5/14/2014  | 
The final installment of this series looks at how to assign identifiers to users and devices for a secure network.
NSA Allegedly Installs Backdoors On US Network Devices
News  |  5/13/2014  | 
The US intelligence agency intercepts routers and other networking equipment being shipped overseas and adds spyware, according to a new Guardian report.
Ethernet Innovation Inside The Datacenter
Commentary  |  5/12/2014  | 
With big data analytics, social media, and other new applications pushing east-west bandwidth demand, datacenters are deploying faster Ethernet and unlocking new capabilities.
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