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Content tagged with Networking posted in October 2012
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Cisco's Next Big Challenge
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
In this Valley View interview, CEO John Chambers discusses Cisco's long record of wins, and its biggest challenge yet: the move to software-defined networks.
The Physical-to-Virtual Cookbook Part 1
Commentary  |  10/30/2012  | 
Migrating applications from a physical to a virtual environment is no easy task. This multipart series presents a real-world migration project. Part 1 looks at the client’s environment, examines the rationale for the migration, and walks through efforts to inventory the data center and map application dependencies.
Riverbed Tackles APM with Acquisition of OPNET
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
WAN optimization and network performance management vendor Riverbed is acquiring OPNET, which will broaden its application performance management capabilities.
Hurricane Sandy: Will Social Media Inform Or Distract?
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
You don't want to find yourself tweeting from your smartphone as you blow away in the wind.
Twitter, Facebook, Smartphones and Other Drugs
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Internet addiction isn’t an official diagnosis yet, but always-on mobile devices and ever-updating social sites can lead to obsessive behavior.
Hurricane Sandy: Social Media Resources
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Businesses should tap into Facebook, Twitter and other social resources to inform and support employees and business partners.
MIT Researchers Turn Heads With WLAN Tech: Coded TCP
Commentary  |  10/29/2012  | 
Today's WLANs are jam-packed with engineering whiz-bang, from antenna technology to proprietary tweaks under the hood. Now a new approach, called Coded TCP, may yield even more amazing results.
Startup Aryaka Unveils Application Delivery-as-a-Service
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
Aryaka has built out a private network via multiple points of presence to help speed application traffic without the need for hardware at the customer premises.
Reach Out, Touch Facebook Friends With Hugging Vest
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
A vest that inflates to 'hug' users when their updates are liked opens up a host of possibilities.
How To Speak Data Center: Power vs. Energy
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
IT pros need to learn the proper language to communicate with the data center facilities team. Lesson one: the difference between power and energy.
Android, iPad Tablets Drive Enterprise App Development
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
Android and iPad tablets are fueling custom development for business applications. Smart IT shops will leverage tablet advantages in screen size and capabilities for app success.
Tely Labs Debuts Affordable Business Video Conferencing System
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
The new TelyHD Business Edition lets groups of callers participate from six locations with high-quality video and audio while sharing documents, PDFs, images and more.
Big Bird, Binders, Bayonets: Debate's Social Lessons
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Presidential debate memes prove that speed, humor, and relevant data all key to effective use of social media.
Facebook Overload: Just Getting Worse
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
The more we use Facebook, the more overwhelmed we feel, study finds. User reaction to Facebook's revamped news feed not so positive.
BYOD: A Comprehensive Guide
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
The BYOD market is crowded and confusing. A new report from InformationWeek brings order to the chaos with a product matrix that includes 40 vendors in three categories: MDM, MAM and wireless access control.
Facebook Earnings Highlight Mobile Opportunity
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
Months after it began targeting mobile by embedding ads in the news feed, Facebook says it's getting 14% of its ad money from mobile.
Whole Rack Servers: A Data Center Alternative?
News  |  10/23/2012  | 
The Open Compute Project seeks to turn server racks into giant blade systems and preserve the modularity and convenience of blades without the proprietary lock-in.
HP's New SaaS Application Delivers IT Service Management
News  |  10/22/2012  | 
HP Service Anywhere will compete with BMC, ServiceNow, IBM and other vendors offering cloud-based IT management services with a new service desk application for small enterprises and departments of large companies.
Motorola's New Computing Headset Pushes Mobile Boundaries
Commentary  |  10/22/2012  | 
Motorola has released a computing platform that straddles the juncture of science-fiction and real-world technology.
BYON: New Acronym, Same Problem
News  |  10/22/2012  | 
Bring Your Own Network is a new name for an old threat, but it emphasizes an important rule: unsecured data is at-risk data.
EMC, VMware, Cisco Earn Top Scores for Data Center Management
Commentary  |  10/19/2012  | 
IT pros rate 10 data center management products in an InformationWeek survey. EMC emerges as the surprise leader. IT puts a priority on system health and service monitoring.
SDN Startup Midokura Takes on IT Giants
News  |  10/18/2012  | 
Midokura this week announced its MidoNet software, which promises to virtualize networks to enable infrastructure as a service.
LinkedIn Profiles: Not Just For Resumes Anymore
News  |  10/18/2012  | 
Profiles update makes the platform less resume-focused and more like a true social network. But users are still griping about LinkedIn Endorsements.
Keep Old Apps Private, Make New Apps Public
Commentary  |  10/17/2012  | 
Just because you slip a hypervisor under an application doesn't make it equally suited to private and public clouds. Know the differences to get the most from your application deployments.
Cisco Launches Own Version Of OpenStack Cloud Software
Commentary  |  10/16/2012  | 
The Cisco Edition of OpenStack aims to simplify private cloud deployments and offers an open source alternative to VMware’s cloud software.
Mellanox Makes SDN Move with New Switches
News  |  10/16/2012  | 
SwitchX-2 supports OpenFlow and leverages Mellanox’s Virtual Protocol Interconnect technology for simultaneous InfiniBand and Ethernet connections.
Wireless for Beginners Part 1: RF and Waves
News  |  10/15/2012  | 
In the first of a three-part introduction to essential wireless concepts, this post covers the basics of the radio frequencies used in wireless networks and the phenomenon of attenuation.
Browsing Like It's 1990
Commentary  |  10/15/2012  | 
Mobile computing has to rely on old tricks to keep up with websites built for screaming-fast home and office broadband.
Apigee, Layer 7 Simplify API Development
News  |  10/15/2012  | 
API management firms give developers access to services that may bring in new customers or dynamically configure software-defined networks.
SDN's Potential in the Data Center and on the WAN
Commentary  |  10/12/2012  | 
Software-defined networking has the potential to reshape networks. This primer presents a brief overview of SDN and outlines potential use cases.
Xirrus Primes the 802.11ac Pump
Commentary  |  10/11/2012  | 
Can't wait until next year to buy 802.11ac products? Xirrus hopes to snag eager customers with a preorder program.
Compuware Launches Free Outage Detection Service, New Mainframe Apps
News  |  10/11/2012  | 
A new site lets companies monitor outages of third-party Web services in real time to help assess potential impact on their own Web performance.
What LinkedIn Endorsements Mean To You
Commentary  |  10/11/2012  | 
LinkedIn's new Endorsements feature lets people easily recommend each other, but it will be the quality--not the quantity--of kudos that count.
Fast SSD Storage, Slow Networks
Commentary  |  10/10/2012  | 
Can't afford a network upgrade? Boost performance by enhancing your existing infrastructure with one of these solutions.
Cisco, NetApp Push Integrated Data Center Infrastructure
News  |  10/10/2012  | 
Cisco and NetApp add extensive storage capacity to FlexPod, and introduce ExpressPod, an integrated data center platform for SMBs.
Verizon Launches VoIP With Google Apps Integration
News  |  10/10/2012  | 
Cloud phone service for SMBs intended as an alternative to more resource-intensive PBX and unified communications systems.
4 Must-Ask Interview Questions for Network Engineers
Commentary  |  10/10/2012  | 
If you're looking to hire a network engineer (or be hired as one), here are four job interview questions that I've asked, and three you shouldn't bother with. These questions will help you figure out what a candidate does and doesn't know.
F5 Announces Enhanced VXLAN Support for Big-IP
News  |  10/9/2012  | 
F5 Networks’ application delivery controllers will facilitate the deployment of private clouds with its support of the virtual network overlay technology.
Tumblr Gets Analytics Capabilities
News  |  10/8/2012  | 
UnionMetrics partnership fills gaping hole for marketers seeking to expand their social reach.
4 Essential Books for Network Engineers
News  |  10/8/2012  | 
Books made from ink and paper still have appeal—and serve a purpose—for network and IT pros. Here are four that no network engineer should be without.
Riverbed, 6connect, Ixia Unveil New Products, Services at Interop
News  |  10/5/2012  | 
Riverbed's Steelhead EX appliances now integrate with VMware vSphere, allowing IT to manage branch unit operations remotely.
Facebook Hits 1 Billion Users: Now The Hard Part
News  |  10/4/2012  | 
Facebook will struggle to sustain its rate of growth. That's likely one reason why it's developing technology to let kids under 13 use the site with parental supervision.
Cisco Continues SDN Evolution With vCider Acquisition
News  |  10/4/2012  | 
Cisco extends its embrace of software defined networking with the purchase of vCider, a maker of network overlay technology.
Facebook Cuts Organic Reach As It Promotes Ads
News  |  10/4/2012  | 
Facebook makes it tougher for posts to brand pages to reach a wide readership. At the same time, it plays up "sponsored stories" advertising. Deliberate or coincidence?
Desktop Virtualization No Cost Saver?
News  |  10/4/2012  | 
Don't ignore added costs VDI brings to the data center when calculating ROI on a virtualization project, warns consultant in Interop session.
IBM's New OpenFlow Controller Priced for Deep Pockets
News  |  10/4/2012  | 
IBM continues its SDN push with a new Programmable Network Controller. The software supports OpenFlow 1.0 and can control up to 100 switches, but pricing seems to target service providers and large enterprises.
Facebook's Promoted Posts For Individuals: A Bad Idea
Commentary  |  10/4/2012  | 
Are you willing to pay to have your Facebook posts read by more people?
Social Media Guide To The Presidential Debates
Commentary  |  10/3/2012  | 
Many people will watch the debates on TV--plus follow along on social networking, candidate, and news sites. Here are some of the websites to hit for a satisfying "second screen" experience.
HP Details SDN Strategy, Announces New Products
News  |  10/3/2012  | 
HP is going all-in on software defined networks, announcing new switch support for OpenFlow, a forthcoming SDN controller and set of SDN-related applications.
HP Business Tablet Offers Myriad Accessories, Won't Support Snap
News  |  10/2/2012  | 
HP's ElitePad 900 competes well with other Windows 8-based tablets, with one notable exception.
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