10 Nerdy Gifts For Networking Pros
Does your favorite IT guy or gal have just about every Dr. Who, Star Wars or Star Trek collectible known to man? Are you looking for something a little different for that geeky loved-one or fellow cube-dweller? Have no fear, Network Computing has come to the rescue with this year's ultimate IT gift guide. We've got a range of gifts appropriate for stocking stuffers, gift exchanges, employee appreciation gifts and just plain old fun gifts for roommates or family members.
Give Thanks To The Datacenter
Datacenter professionals, once a quiet bunch, have been thrust into the limelight in 2013. Here's why they should appreciate their new roles as infrastructure heroes.
Digital Forensics: DIY Or Call An Expert?
With increased compliance requirements and complex threats, security incident response has become much more complicated. Organizations should consider calling in outside experts.
Securing The Software-Defined Network
SDNs offer the ability to centralize and automate network security functions, but only if security requirements are implemented correctly from the ground up. Learn how to secure the many components of the SDN.
SDN Upends The Switch & Router Market
Software-defined networking (SDN) is changing the networking market as we know it. In the midst of the confusion, it's clear that open source and standards-based networking are gaining ground.
Can SDN Adoption Solve Real-World Problems?
If you think software-defined networking is all hype and no substance, think again. SDN deployments could potentially solve complex resource issues, especially in segments like healthcare and education.
Cloud Computing: The Next-Generation
The staggering growth of cloud computing is driving today's IT infrastructure to new levels of efficiency through greater integration and convergence.
The Cloud Starts At The Data Center
New, always-on services are propelling the cloud forward. But all clouds depend on the data center for innovation in performance, networking, consolidation, and green computing.
Fiber Optics Light Up The Data Center
Intel has designed a data center that leverages fiber optic technology in the form of silicon photonics to overcome the challenges of increased speeds.
Women in IT: Suffer Silently Or Be The Bitch?
Do we need anti-harassment policies to protect women and other minorities in IT? Unfortunately, yes. But the most successful STEM women are those who ignore their detractors and risk being labeled a "bitch," confronting challenges head-on.
Conquering Distance With Technology
For those of us in the corporate realm, it’s easy to take for granted the changes in communication technology in recent years. A conversation with a friend reminded me of how far we’ve come.
Firewall Administration For Sysadmins: A Primer
For sysadmins trying to get their applications to work, the firewall can seem like an impediment. With more insight into firewalls and the job of a firewall administrator, a sysadmin will be able to communicate better with the security team.
Cisco Certification: 5 Tips For Success
Earning a Cisco certification can boost your IT career, but requires careful planning and training. Here are five tips to help guide your certification strategy.
Top 10 Wireless Broadband Worries
Delivering on the promise of consistent wireless broadband has been a challenge for network operators. Here's what stands in the way of better WiFi service for consumers and enterprises.
10 Free Network Analysis Tools
Network management can be a tall task without the right statistics and data about traffic flows, device configurations and user activities. The following utilities offer visibility into various aspects of network activity without breaking the bank. Utilizing these free tools gives network managers a better foothold for improving performance, spotting potential problems and nipping security incidents in the bud.
The Return Of The IT Generalist
Specialization has been rampant in the IT profession, but virtualization, cloud computing and SDN defy organizational divisions and may usher in a new generation of IT generalists.
Cisco Asks the Killer SDN Question
Will the majority of network managers of any type bet their futures on emerging open source SDN specifications and standards? Or will they stick with their networking vendors?
F5 Synthesis Aims To Fill SDN Gap
Architecture targets Layer 4-7 app deployment; Cray debuts TAS for big data; Red Hat updates cloud management software and Linux platform for OpenStack; new Rackspace cloud servers come with all-SSD storage.
Cisco Launches App-Centric Security Tools
Cisco's new networking products enforce application-centric security and access policies across physical and virtual environments to simplify IT security management.