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Content tagged with Networking posted in November 2013
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Security Needs To Focus On Architecture, Not Products
Commentary  |  11/27/2013  | 
Spending a lot on security technology hasn't made organizations any more secure. We need to focus on proper security design.
Equinix Launches Testing And Validation Centers
News  |  11/26/2013  | 
Testing environments aim to help customers try out new technologies and adapt to the IT as a service trend.
10 Nerdy Gifts For Networking Pros
Slideshows  |  11/26/2013  | 
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.
Fluke Networks Updates AirMagnet Survey For 802.11ac
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
Wireless site survey tool can help organizations navigate the transition to the new Wi-Fi standard.
Give Thanks To The Datacenter
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
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.
Palo Alto Integrates Next-Generation Firewall With VMware NSX
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
New firewall appliance combines Palo Alto's Panorama central management platform with ESXi VMs by plugging into the NSX virtual network controller.
IBM Invention Uses SDN For Business Continuity
News  |  11/25/2013  | 
Big Blue teams with Marist College to develop software that speeds relocation of voice and data services in the event of a natural disaster.
WiFi Management Tools Help Ensure WLAN Health
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Troubleshooting problems with WLAN connectivity can be tricky. WiFi management tools can help keep your wireless network healthy.
Yahoo Encrypts Data After Reports of NSA Snooping
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
Internet giant follows Google in drive to protect data from National Security Agency surveillance. The move reflects the sad state of national affairs.
Cloud Security Alliance Launches Secure Network Effort
News  |  11/21/2013  | 
Software-Defined Perimeter project aims to develop a framework that provides secure connectivity from any device to cloud applications.
Indeni Opens US Headquarters
News  |  11/21/2013  | 
Network monitoring company focuses on the US market in a bid for the big time.
Digital Forensics: DIY Or Call An Expert?
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
With increased compliance requirements and complex threats, security incident response has become much more complicated. Organizations should consider calling in outside experts.
SDN Helps Break Down Barriers To Scaling
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
Vendors are using software to handle complex operations and overcome obstacles to scaling in networking and storage.
OpenStack Wins Developers' Hearts, But Not IT's Minds
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Nebula Chief Strategy Officer Chris Kemp says IT must develop private clouds for the next generation of applications. Otherwise, it risks irrelevancy.
Securing The Software-Defined Network
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
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.
Book Review: 'Cisco ISE For BYOD And Secure Unified Access'
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
For a network engineer planning a Cisco Identity Services Engine deployment, this publication provides valuable technical guidance and practical troubleshooting advice.
7 Essentials Of Software-Defined Networking
Slideshows  |  11/19/2013  | 
What is SDN? If you have to ask, you're not alone. We boil SDN architectures down to the essentials, including OpenFlow, SDN APIs, and overlay networks.
SDN Upends The Switch & Router Market
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
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.
Firewall Administration For Sysadmins Part 4: Communication Tips
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
Articulating application details and knowing what kind of information firewall administrators need to fulfill a change request will help smooth communication between sysadmins and the security team.
Extreme Networks X770 Switch Targets Big Data
News  |  11/18/2013  | 
Analyst says new switch's low latency and high throughput support big data efforts. The X770 also promises to boost data center consolidation initiatives.
Can SDN Adoption Solve Real-World Problems?
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
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
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
The staggering growth of cloud computing is driving today's IT infrastructure to new levels of efficiency through greater integration and convergence.
Why I'm Excited About Converged Infrastructure
Why I'm Excited About Converged Infrastructure
Network Computing Videos  |  11/15/2013  | 
Trends in converged infrastructure are reshaping the cloud computing environment.
Firewall Administration For Sysadmins Part 3: Application Planning
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Security teams are often left out of application planning, but should be involved in projects from the start for the best results.
Open Compute Project Considers Switch Specs
News  |  11/15/2013  | 
Facebook-led effort to develop an open, operating-system agnostic switch makes progress with contributions from Broadcom, Intel, Mellanox and Cumulus Networks.
The Cloud Starts At The Data Center
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
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.
UFC Wrestles With Wifi Problems
News  |  11/15/2013  | 
The network bandwidth issues that plague UFC wrestling are symptomatic of stadium networks across the US.
Fiber Optics Light Up The Data Center
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Intel has designed a data center that leverages fiber optic technology in the form of silicon photonics to overcome the challenges of increased speeds.
Is Perimeter Security Really Dead?
News  |  11/15/2013  | 
Despite naysayers, many security experts believe perimeter defenses have relevance when deployed as a part of defense-in-depth.
An Integrated Appliance Can Run Your Private Coud
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
A new breed of private cloud appliances offers a wealth of benefits to enterprises and vendors alike.
SIEM Offers Better Network Security Protection
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Can enterprises effectively combat network sophisticated intrusions with lessons learned from the past? The answer is yes, thanks to SIEM.
Internet Of Things Opens Doors to Attack
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
The Internet of Things may be overhyped, but the increased access to corporate and SCADA networks it offers to outside attackers is cause for concern.
Software-Defined Networking Definition = Still Don't kNow
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
As hot as software-defined networking is, we're still speculating about SDN's definition. There are good reasons that's the case.
TCP May Lose Out To Faster QUIC
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
The 20-year-old Internet protocol, HTTP over TCP, has outlived its usefulness. Will Google's QUIC replace it?
Women in IT: Suffer Silently Or Be The Bitch?
Commentary  |  11/14/2013  | 
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.
Firewall Administration For Sysadmins Part 2: Key Concepts
Commentary  |  11/14/2013  | 
Understanding firewall architectures, how firewalls track the state of traffic flow and why directionality matters will help sysadmins work better with the network security team.
Aerohive Wi-Fi Lands In Apple Online Store
Commentary  |  11/13/2013  | 
Enterprise Wi-Fi vendor expands reach with move into Apple's online store, but the deal has potential downsides for Apple customers.
Conquering Distance With Technology
Commentary  |  11/13/2013  | 
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
Commentary  |  11/12/2013  | 
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.
Network Performance Monitoring Startup Analyzes Live Data
News  |  11/12/2013  | 
Sideband Networks appliance aims to provide better visibility into the network plus recommendations for network fixes based on live analysis of Layers 2 to 7 traffic.
Cisco Certification: 5 Tips For Success
Commentary  |  11/12/2013  | 
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
News  |  11/12/2013  | 
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.
OpenDaylight: Vendor SDN Aids Open Effort
News  |  11/12/2013  | 
The open source project hopes to ally vendors to advance the cause of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).
Stadium Wi-Fi Highlights Common WLAN Issues
Commentary  |  11/11/2013  | 
At either a football stadium or corporate office, WLAN administrators run into similar challenges, such as complex environments and deflecting nuisance devices.
Data Center Servers Exposed
News  |  11/11/2013  | 
Popular server firmware contains multiple zero-day vulnerabilities, but fixes are fraught with trade-offs.
10 Free Network Analysis Tools
Slideshows  |  11/8/2013  | 
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
Commentary  |  11/8/2013  | 
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
News  |  11/8/2013  | 
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
News  |  11/7/2013  | 
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
News  |  11/6/2013  | 
Cisco's new networking products enforce application-centric security and access policies across physical and virtual environments to simplify IT security management.
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