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Content tagged with Networking posted in January 2013
VMware's SDN Dilemma: VXLAN or Nicira?
Commentary  |  1/31/2013  | 
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
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
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
Commentary  |  1/30/2013  | 
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  |  1/30/2013  | 
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
Commentary  |  1/29/2013  | 
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.
VMware Earnings, Examined
News  |  1/28/2013  | 
Reorganization looms as VMware pursues its vision of the software-defined data center.
How to Set Up Cisco Nexus Fabric Extender
News  |  1/28/2013  | 
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.
9 Bandwidth Hogs: Reality Vs. Myth
Slideshows  |  1/25/2013  | 
Which user activities are actually eating up your bandwidth and clogging the network, and which can you ignore?
Intel, Fusion-io Embrace Open Compute
News  |  1/24/2013  | 
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.
Internet Use Increases Worldwide, Connections Get Faster
News  |  1/24/2013  | 
Akamai said more than 683 million unique IP addresses from 243 countries or regions logged onto its network in Q3 2012, a 2.7% increase over the second quarter.
5 Ways Social Media Makes B2B Sense
News  |  1/24/2013  | 
There are several ways you can -- and should -- use social to develop your business-to-business customer relationships.
News Roundup: VMware Pumps Cash Into Puppet, More
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
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.
Security Flaws Leave Networked Printers Open To Attack
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Attackers can exploit HP JetDirect software, used by numerous printer manufacturers, to disable printers, evade physical security checks or recover printed documents.
Cisco's Private Cloud: Pain And Profit
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Cisco's four-year effort to reduce costs and increase agility through a private cloud deployment pays off.
New OpenFlow Controller, Virtual Switch Debut from NEC
Commentary  |  1/22/2013  | 
As SDN technology evolves, NEC has launched a new version of its OpenFlow controller that supports IPv6 and OpenStack. NEC has also released a virtual switch to support OpenFlow in Hyper-V environments.
Swipp Sweetens Analytics With Social Sentiment Tagging
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
Social networking app registers degrees of likes or dislikes, boosts the analytic value of customer feedback.
Why Your Data Center Costs Will Drop
Commentary  |  1/22/2013  | 
Here's how to take advantage of the latest technologies to boost server efficiency as well as performance.
News Roundup: UC, Storage and Security
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
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?
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Research connects social media-induced self-esteem boosts to self-control. Consider these implications for business.
11ac Does Not Equal 5G
Commentary  |  1/17/2013  | 
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?
Fusion-io Pushes Data Centers Toward Flash Storage
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
Fusion-io believes ioScale will help large Web companies shift to all-flash data centers.
5 Things Facebook Graph Search Means For Business
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
Graph Search creates new social business opportunities, but not without some elbow grease. Here's what you must do to take advantage.
Juniper's SDN Strategy Looks Beyond OpenFlow
News  |  1/15/2013  | 
Juniper gets SDN religion, but as the company outlined its tenets, it's clear Juniper doesn't hew to the OpenFlow orthodoxy.
United Oil Cuts the Wires
News  |  1/15/2013  | 
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.
5 Secrets To Zuckerberg's Success
Commentary  |  1/15/2013  | 
Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook adventure gets examined in a new book that doesn't shock, but serves as a social business primer.
Don't Let Spam Sabotage Your Social Brand
News  |  1/11/2013  | 
Impermium and TeleSign contend captcha is outdated, team to fight social spam.
8 CES Gadgets You Have To See
Slideshows  |  1/11/2013  | 
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?
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
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.
9 Facebook Timeline Changes Businesses Want
Commentary  |  1/10/2013  | 
With Facebook Timeline changes rumored to be on horizon, business, social and tech managers give Facebook some advice.
The IT Governance Cheat Sheet
Commentary  |  1/10/2013  | 
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.
Vertical Social Networks Focus Interactions
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
Whether you're a doctor, an IT pro or a cat lover, there's a specialized social network to serve your interests and security needs.
The Government Leader's Guide To Social Media
Commentary  |  1/9/2013  | 
Social Media in the Public Sector Field Guide provides practical advice for government technology, policy, and communications leaders.
10 Social Networks For Special Interests
Slideshows  |  1/8/2013  | 
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
Commentary  |  1/7/2013  | 
It’s time to make resolutions for the new year. Here are five suggestions for WLAN pros that can make 2013 more productive.
Gigya Certification Aims To Allay Social Login Fears
News  |  1/7/2013  | 
SocialPrivacy Certification holds organizations accountable for data, privacy protection.
5 Things VMware Should Do In 2013
Commentary  |  1/4/2013  | 
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
News  |  1/2/2013  | 
These 7 apps and add-ons will help you get the most of the Basecamp cloud project management and collaboration platform.

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