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OpenDaylight Launches Helium Open Source SDN Software
News  |  9/29/2014  | 
Seven months after its first software release, the Linux Foundation project takes another step in its open source SDN quest with updated code.
HP Debuts SDN App Store
News  |  9/25/2014  | 
At Interop New York, HP will launch its SDN app store, where customers can buy applications to run on its SDN platform.
How IoT Affects Your Enterprise
Commentary  |  9/25/2014  | 
The Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything may seem like mere buzzwords, but enterprises are deploying real IoT projects that affect their enterprise networks, data centers, cloud services, and personnel.
7 Hot Technologies To Watch At Interop New York
Slideshows  |  9/23/2014  | 
From SDN and DevOps to containers and the IoT, Interop New York will feature the hottest technology trends in the tech industry today.
IoT: Beyond SDN
Commentary  |  9/23/2014  | 
The Internet of Things will require more scale, simplicity, and higher levels of abstraction than what software-defined networking is designed to provide.
Mobile Dependence Is Crippling Disaster Response
Commentary  |  9/22/2014  | 
Public safety reliance on public cellular and wireless networks, without significant network infrastructure improvements, means that when disaster strikes, communications fails for everyone.
SDN, Network Virtualization, And NFV In A Nutshell
Commentary  |  9/16/2014  | 
The networking industry is awash in new terminology. Here is a quick guide to three of the hottest concepts in networking today.
ONF Develops SDN Certification
News  |  9/16/2014  | 
The Open Networking Foundation kicks off a program to develop vendor-neutral certification to validate knowledge and skills in software-defined networking.
Understanding IPv6: Prepping For Solicited-Node Multicast
Commentary  |  9/15/2014  | 
Before jumping into solicited-node multicast, a review of link-local scope multicast addresses is helpful.
Understanding IPv6: What Is Solicited-Node Multicast?
Commentary  |  9/15/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne lays down the basics of solicited-node multicast, which provides the functionality for Neighbor Discovery in IPv6 addressing.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 3: Focus On The App
Commentary  |  9/15/2014  | 
Microsoft's Symon Perriman offers advice about SDN implementation and explains why the applications running on the network should take center stage.
IoT Makes You Administrator Of Things
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
You may not realize it, but it's likely you're already supporting and managing "Internet of Things" devices on your corporate network. Here's a reality check.
6 Critical Data Center Concepts
Commentary  |  9/10/2014  | 
The data center is the Achilles' heel of IT operations. Be sure everyone on your IT team knows the ins and outs of these critical data center functions.
Software-Defined WAN: A Primer
Commentary  |  9/9/2014  | 
Enterprise WANs are costly and complex to manage. SD-WAN technology can help by automating the configuration of WAN edge routers.
Why Spanning Tree Is Evil
Commentary  |  9/8/2014  | 
The Spanning Tree Protocol was built for an outdated network architecture, offering little to modern business, and the workarounds most engineers introduce aren't much better.
SDN A Good Match On Campus
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
University networks typically behave one way during the day and another at night. Software-defined networking can address that situation.
IPv6 Migration: 10 Reasons To Get Moving
Slideshows  |  9/3/2014  | 
You can't afford to put off that IPv6 transition any longer. Here are 10 ways migrating to the updated protocol will benefit your enterprise.
How To Survive In Networking
Commentary  |  8/28/2014  | 
Jeremy Schulman shares his secrets for navigating the transition in network operations by leveraging lessons learned from DevOps.
VMware NSX Banks On Security
News  |  8/28/2014  | 
A year after launching NSX with much fanfare, VMware is targeting its network virtualization platform at customers with ample security budgets in the wake of high-profile security breaches.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 2: Conquer The Enemy Within
Commentary  |  8/25/2014  | 
Microsoft's Symon Perriman offers advice about SDN implementation based on his own company's experience with SDN components and protocols.
Why Large Data Centers Need Overlay Networks
Education  |  8/21/2014  | 
If your data center requires massive scale, then overlay networking makes the most sense, according to this chapter excerpt.
IT Certification's Top 10 Benefits
Slideshows  |  8/20/2014  | 
IT certification and training can help you advance in your career, strengthen your IT skills, and provide your employer with a more qualified and dedicated staff.
Inside White-Box Switches
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
Switches traditionally use ASICs for packet forwarding, but the new breed of white-box switches relies more heavily on generic CPUs to handle forwarding in order to reduce costs.
10 Networking Blogs You Must Follow
Slideshows  |  8/12/2014  | 
So many network technology blogs, so little time. Get started with this list of blogs by networking experts and top Interop speakers.
Programming: An Essential Skill For Network Engineers
Commentary  |  8/11/2014  | 
As software takes over the networking discipline, engineers who don't learn to code a general-purpose programming language will be left behind.
Data Centers Move From Metro
Commentary  |  8/8/2014  | 
If your data center is relocating to the 'burbs, you'll need to take serious steps to beef up the network.
SDN: You Can't Argue Against It
Commentary  |  8/7/2014  | 
As executive director of the ONF, Dan Pitt hears all the excuses about why organizations are waiting to adopt SDN. Here he explains why they're wrong.
Understanding IPv6: A Sniffer Full Of 3s
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne explores Wireshark sniffer traces in order to understand the difference between IPv4 and IPv6 addressing.
Can New Math Speed Up The Internet?
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Scientists from Denmark, in collaboration with MIT and Caltech researchers, have developed a new way to transmit information over the Internet using mathematical equations instead of sending packets.
Open Technologies: The Hottest 10
Slideshows  |  8/5/2014  | 
In today's tech world, the word "open" is on fire. IT pros are finally dismantling those much-maligned silos, and vendors are rushing to join open source projects to prove they're on board.
Broadcom Talks Open Networking, WiFi Trends
News  |  8/4/2014  | 
Network Computing met with Ram Velaga, who heads Broadcom's Ethernet switch portfolio, to talk about open networking, Ethernet switch trends, and 802.11ac adoption.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 1: Management Up Front
Commentary  |  8/4/2014  | 
Learn how Microsoft runs its own software-defined network in this series from Symon Perriman. First, he advises setting realistic goals and focusing on management.
Guide To Server Virtualization
Education  |  7/31/2014  | 
New to server virtualization or need a refresher course? This overview explains the technology that has changed the lives of IT admins and CFOs.
Cisco Certifications Confront Changing Skills Needs
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
New certs focused on network programmability, IoT, and IT/business skills will help steer IT pros toward emerging technologies. They could also help Cisco keep its hold on the market.
Cisco Ships APIC Controller, Reveals ACI Pricing
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
The key piece of Cisco's ACI strategy will ship July 31, along with new ACI starter kits. The company also made the ACI price list public.
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.
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