VMware's SDN Dilemma: VXLAN or Nicira?
VMware has invested in two overlay network approaches: the VXLAN standard originally conceived by Cisco and STT, drafted by SDN startup Nicira. VMware acquired Nicira for more than a billion dollars. Which will VMware choose? Here’s my take.
Dell Unveils SAP HANA, Server Bundles
Dell continues its enterprise focus, offering SAP HANA integration and System Manager 7, the latest management software for its Active System converged infrastructure line.
SSD/Hard Disk Hybrids Bridge Storage Divide
Solid-state is creeping into every nook of the storage ecosystem. The next frontier could be the rebirth of hybrids. Case in point is a startup that combines SSDs and traditional disks to maximize both performance and capacity.
F5 Challenges Cisco, Check Point with New Firewall
News roundup: F5 launches firewall software for its Big-IP platform; Spirent and Fluke release new appliances for testing and management; Extreme adds AVB support to Summit switches; Meetrix and Polycom team up to support IBM Sametime in the cloud.
Cisco Launches Combo Switch/WLAN Controller
Cisco has announced new hardware and software to integrate wired and wireless networks under its Unified Access initiative, including the Catalyst 3850 switch that includes a built-in WLAN controller. New versions of ISE and Prime Infrastructure are also available.
How to Set Up Cisco Nexus Fabric Extender
Cisco Nexus Fabric Extenders (FEXs) provide ToR connectivity for Nexus 5000 and 7000 series switches. This 9-step plan shows you how to bring a FEX online, and includes configuration tips and code examples.
Intel, Fusion-io Embrace Open Compute
Intel announced innovations in optical interconnects at the Open Compute summit, while Fusion-io embraced Open Compute’s spirit by providing the design of its new ioScale flash card to the open source community.
News Roundup: VMware Pumps Cash Into Puppet, More
VMware infuses Puppet Labs with cash; Infoblox introduces three network security products; NetMotion updates Locality for cellular network management; NetScout unveils new network monitoring switch series.
News Roundup: UC, Storage and Security
Cisco extends Jabber to virtual desktops; Core updates security testing software; Drobo enhances its storage series; Sourcefire launches incident response services; Fortinet expands its security appliance and switch lines.
Is Facebook Making You Fat?
Research connects social media-induced self-esteem boosts to self-control. Consider these implications for business.
11ac Does Not Equal 5G
A major wireless vendor wants to tag the forthcoming 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard as 5G, even though the G designation is traditionally associated with cellular networks. What gives?
United Oil Cuts the Wires
United Oil Co., which operates 127 gas stations in Southern California, is abandoning DSL service in favor of 4G to connect its retail locations to headquarters.
8 CES Gadgets You Have To See
Sure, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a giant circus, but it always features something revolutionary, or at least oddly interesting. Maybe even useful. Here are eight compelling products that emerged from the show; judge for yourself how useful they might (eventually) be.
SDN: From Slideware to Software in 2013?
2013 should be the year SDN transitions from an over-hyped R&D project to an actual product category. At same time, the market will split into several distinct architectural approaches.
The IT Governance Cheat Sheet
Sorting through the alphabet soup language of IT service management (ITSM) can be tough, but it's worthwhile. Here's a handy guide to essential ITSM frameworks and standards.
10 Social Networks For Special Interests
Vertical, or specialized, social networks connect you with people and and business opportunities around specific industries or affinities -- whether you're a doctor, or a cat lover.
5 WLAN Resolutions for 2013
It’s time to make resolutions for the new year. Here are five suggestions for WLAN pros that can make 2013 more productive.
5 Things VMware Should Do In 2013
VMware's vision of the software-defined data center is still a long ways off and hard to achieve, but these steps will take it closer to its goals.
7 Great Add-Ons For Basecamp
These 7 apps and add-ons will help you get the most of the Basecamp cloud project management and collaboration platform.