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Network Priorities: Availability Tops Security
News  |  1/14/2015  | 
Organizations still rank availability over security in their application deployments, an F5 study finds.
Your Network's Next Step: Cisco ACI Or VMware NSX
Commentary  |  1/14/2015  | 
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.
Shifting To SDN? 3 Ways It Will Affect Network Monitoring
Commentary  |  1/9/2015  | 
Software-defined networking will affect your performance monitoring and applications visibility, so plan ahead.
Achieving Infrastructure As Code
Commentary  |  1/7/2015  | 
Treating your network device configurations like source code is an intriguing idea. What's needed to enable widespread adoption of this practice?
10 SDN Startups On The Cutting Edge
Slideshows  |  1/6/2015  | 
Small companies flush with VC money have led the way in software-defined networking. Here are 10 of the hottest startups in the SDN space.
Mobile Virtualization: The Future Of Security
Commentary  |  12/31/2014  | 
Smartphones are a prime target for sensitive personal and corporate data, but mobile virtualization can isolate data and protect it from threats.
Holiday Downtime Elusive For IT Pros
News  |  12/24/2014  | 
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?
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
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.
2015's Most Ridiculous Tech Predictions
Slideshows  |  12/22/2014  | 
When you've had your fill of technology predictions for 2015, take one more moment to deride the most obvious and least noteworthy of the bunch.
SDN Developments In 2015
Commentary  |  12/19/2014  | 
ONF executive director Dan Pitt shares his expectations for the evolution of software-defined networking in the coming year.
Stateless Security In The Data Center: A Hybrid Approach
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
In today's data centers, firewalls and other stateful security controls can be less effective than stateless controls or a hybrid approach combining both.
How Ethernet Can Secure The Connected Car
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
In-car networks could become the next favorite target for hackers. Ethernet offers many options to protect the connected car from malicious attacks.
5G Will Enable Robotics In The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/15/2014  | 
By 2020, 5G will permeate network infrastructures, enabling new robotic services and intelligence, as well as a densely connected digital society and economy.
Network Switches: The Most Popular Models Compared
Slideshows  |  12/15/2014  | 
We compared the most popular stackable switches on the market today in a feature-by-feature report. See how models from Cisco, HP, Dell, and Extreme stack up.
9 Security Best Practices For Safe Shopping
Slideshows  |  12/11/2014  | 
Don't be the next security breach to hit the headlines and crush customer confidence. Protect your corporate and cardholder data -- and business reputation -- with these security strategies.
Networking 2014: Industry Highlights And Lowlights
Slideshows  |  12/9/2014  | 
From ACI and NSX to Hydrogen and white-box switches, the networking industry was anything but dull this year. Here are some of the memorable moments.
Cisco Sues Arista, Claims Patent Infringement
News  |  12/5/2014  | 
The networking giant alleges that a rival stole intellectual property and copied CLI commands.
IoT Readiness: 3 Big Changes
Commentary  |  12/5/2014  | 
Don't get blindsided by the sweeping effects an IoT initiative will have on your IT infrastructure, especially in the areas of networking, security, and change management.
Holiday Gift Guide For Networking Nerds
Slideshows  |  12/4/2014  | 
Don't know what to get for that office holiday gift exchange? We've got plenty of gadgets and other gift ideas that are sure to please your fellow networking pros.
Apple Pay: Gateway Drug To Security, Competition
Commentary  |  12/4/2014  | 
Consumer payment choice will increase competition and the development of PoS security. Just ask those folks with the warm Starbucks cups and smiling faces.
Q&A: Internet Encryption As The New Normal
News  |  12/1/2014  | 
Internet Architecture Board chairman Russ Housley explains what the IAB's game-changing statement about encryption means for the future of the Net.
SDN: Learn From The Big Boys
Commentary  |  11/28/2014  | 
Companies like Facebook and Google developed their own cutting-edge datacenter technology. If they also use open source SDN, shouldn't you?
Holiday Shopping Internet Tracker
Commentary  |  11/27/2014  | 
Is your favorite online retailer slow this shopping season? It might be because of the underlying network. Find out how the Internet is impacting your online shopping experience.
Network Security Must Focus On Incident Response
News  |  11/26/2014  | 
Enterprise security strategies need to plan for the inevitable data breach, security experts say.
SDN Rationales
Commentary  |  11/24/2014  | 
Understanding the different motivations for adopting software-defined networking provides a clearer view into the technology.
WAN Orchestration Essential To Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  11/21/2014  | 
The careful construction of a hybrid cloud can collapse due to neglected WAN resources. WAN orchestration can help.
Open Source Vs. Proprietary: Time For A New Manifesto
News  |  11/20/2014  | 
Philosophical debates over OpenStack vs. vCloud or OpenDaylight vs. Cisco ACI miss the point. For IT, ideological purity is neither possible nor desirable
Gaming Will Level Up The Network
News  |  11/19/2014  | 
The latest release in the popular Call of Duty series shows how video games are branching out and demanding network improvements.
11 Top Science & Technology Research Labs
Slideshows  |  11/18/2014  | 
Research labs often work on some of the world's biggest problems, but also impact enterprise IT infrastructure. Check out these top research facilities and networks for technology innovation.
100 Gbps Headed For The Data Center
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
Growing demand for increased bandwidth in the data center will speed adoption of fast 100 gigabit-per-second interconnects.
Understanding IPv6: Solicited-Node Multicast In Action
Commentary  |  11/11/2014  | 
In the last installment of her IPv6 series, Denise Fishburne explains how to find the MAC address associated with a Layer 3 IPv6 address.
Converged Ethernet Vs. More Links
Commentary  |  11/7/2014  | 
Converged Enhanced Ethernet improves Ethernet performance but is expensive. With the cost of 10 GbE equipment dropping and 25 GbE on the horizon, it may be cheaper to add more links.
Proactive Network Management: The Basics
Commentary  |  11/7/2014  | 
Bandwidth spikes, sluggish websites, and slow backups are just some of the unexpected problems that IT pros fear. Don't wait for disaster to strike.
Make Or Break Your Cloud Migration
Commentary  |  11/4/2014  | 
Using a cloud service successfully depends on more than the service itself. Be sure these crucial components within your own IT environment and other third-party providers are up to par.
Understanding IPv6: The Ping Before Solicited-Node Multicast
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne gets ready to walk through solicited-node multicast, analyzing an ICMP ping echo request in IPv4 and showing how it differs from IPv6.
5 Network Monitoring Essentials You Can't Live Without
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Network and infrastructure monitoring tools must help IT professionals measure performance but also deliver new services fast. Here's what to look for.
Cisco Drives 2.5 & 5 Gigabit Ethernet Initiative
News  |  10/28/2014  | 
Networking giant teams with semiconductor companies Aquantia, Freescale and Xilinx to launch NBASE-T Alliance to speed data rates on legacy cabling.
WAN Challenges Demand An SDN Upgrade
Commentary  |  10/28/2014  | 
Software-defined networks can improve application performance for enterprises, overcoming MPLS limitations, traffic tromboning, and branch office bandwidth constraints.
Will RDMA Over Ethernet Eclipse Infiniband?
Commentary  |  10/27/2014  | 
InfiniBand has dominated the RDMA market, but Ethernet is on the rise as a connectivity option.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 5: Demand More From Vendors
Commentary  |  10/27/2014  | 
Microsoft's Symon Perriman explains why and how you can influence your networking vendors to provide products based on interoperable SDN standards.
SDN Education: 9 Ways To Learn
Slideshows  |  10/23/2014  | 
Wondering how to get up to speed on software-defined networking? Here are some SDN training and certification programs plus other avenues for learning.
Where's The WAN Going?
Where's The WAN Going?
Network Computing Videos  |  10/23/2014  | 
Networking expert Greg Ferro explains how the wide area network must evolve to keep up with modern technology demands.
EMC: Cisco's Out In The Cold, VCE Into The Fold
News  |  10/22/2014  | 
The competition between Cisco, VMware, and EMC on the networking, cloud, and storage fronts heats up, with the joint venture VCE becoming an EMC business.
Fiber Networks & The New Digital Divide
Commentary  |  10/22/2014  | 
All-fiber networks provide virtually unlimited bandwidth, but fiber-to-the-home services aren't available in many areas, leaving many people without the high-speed broadband needed for today's applications.
NFV Can Avoid Buying Network Bulk
Commentary  |  10/21/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization allows service providers to deliver specialized capabilities that enterprise customers only pay for when needed.
Learning Lessons Through Security Struggles
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
Why do we hear of new security breaches so frequently? Make sure your organization follows these best-practices and considers these important questions to protect itself.
SDN Limitations
Commentary  |  10/17/2014  | 
Software-defined networking is touted as a panacea for data centers, but the combination of faster networking speeds and virtualization restricts what it can do.
White-Box Switches: Beware Of Hidden Costs
Commentary  |  10/16/2014  | 
White-box switches often include popular applications like monitoring, but buyers need to shop carefully. Additional features may cost extra.
Reclaiming The Network Perimeter
Commentary  |  10/15/2014  | 
The traditional network perimeter has vanished, but new architectures allow you to control security at the virtual machine or via cloud infrastructures.
NFV: Changing The Pace Of Carrier Services
Commentary  |  10/14/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization will drastically change how -- and how fast -- carriers provision services to enterprise customers.
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