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Content tagged with Networking posted in February 2013
Facebook's Data Center: Where Likes Live
News  |  2/28/2013  | 
Welcome to the Oregon high desert, where Facebook stores all of your likes while pursuing data center energy efficiency on a new scale. Coming soon to the neighborhood: Apple.
11ac's First Wave: What to Expect
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
802.11ac will super-charge Wi-Fi, but pre-standard products will come with limitations. Here's what you can expect as 11ac products debut in 2013.
WLAN Stress Tests: What’s the Use?
Commentary  |  2/26/2013  | 
Wireless hardware testing can shed much-needed light on Wi-Fi products when every vendor claims to have the best stuff. But you have to pay attention to the testing details.
Will SDN Kill TRILL?
Commentary  |  2/26/2013  | 
Layer 2 multipathing standards such as TRILL and SPB may seem redundant in an SDN world. But these standards still have a role to play while we wait to see how the SDN market matures.
IBM Turns IT into Storage Service Provider
Commentary  |  2/25/2013  | 
IBM's SmartCloud Storage Access turns premises storage into a service that IT can offer to internal users via a service catalog.
F5 Tackles BYOD with MDM Products and Services
News  |  2/22/2013  | 
News roundup: F5 announces MDM software and SaaS service; Citrix leverages Zenprise acquisition to launch XenMobile; GroundWork Monitor watches hybrid cloud environments.
English University Delivers Greener IT, Boosts Student Approval
News  |  2/21/2013  | 
Anglia Ruskin University's move to virtual desktops hasn't just cut bills and carbon emissions, it's also improved student ratings.
3 Tips From Burger King, Jeep Twitter Hacks
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
In about 24 hours, the Twitter accounts of Burger King, Jeep and other well-known companies were hacked. Follow these three strategies to avoid a similar fate.
InteropNet's Live Wire Act
Commentary  |  2/19/2013  | 
InteropNet is the technological backbone of the Interop conference. Built four days before conference doors open, InteropNet serves more than 10,000 users and 300 exhibitors each day of the conference. Here’s how it comes together.
3 Lessons Learned from Wireless Field Day
Commentary  |  2/19/2013  | 
WLAN location-based services are hot, wireless technology is getting more complex, and WLAN interoperability just isn’t going to happen. These are the three big ideas I took away from Wireless Field Day.
McAfee Launches Real-Time Security Policy Software
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
News roundup: McAfee connects ePolicy Orchestrator to Enterprise Security Manager; Arista Launches Data Analyzer; Zscaler goes big with Security Cloud analytics; Anturis unveils beta IT monitoring tool
Automation Is Good For The Business And IT's Career Prospects
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
Rather than dismissing the idea of automating processes like failover, embrace it. The alternative is more interest in IaaS.
SDN Startup Targets Cloud Providers
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
SDN startup Anuta Networks is launching a controller for IaaS cloud providers to manage physical network infrastructure—switches, routers, load balancers and more—and to automate the provisioning of network services.
Brocade Wins Another Round in A10 Patent Lawsuit
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
Brocade notched another victory in its patent lawsuit against A10 Networks as a federal judge denied a request from A10 to undo a permanent injunction that bars A10 from selling products that infringe on Brocade's patents.
Cisco's Future Focuses On Cloud, SDN
News  |  2/14/2013  | 
Cisco posted record revenue for the eighth consecutive quarter even as it redefines its business for a future of virtualized networks and the Internet of Everything.
HTML5 Mobile Development: 7 Good Ideas (and 3 Bad Ones)
Slideshows  |  2/13/2013  | 
HTML5 can be a boon to enterprise mobile app development, but you have to identify the right use cases to make it work. Here are 7 scenarios that make sense for HTML5, and 3 you might want to avoid.
Facebook Graph Search: One Group's Early Lessons
News  |  2/13/2013  | 
Farm Sanctuary shares lessons learned during its first steps with Facebook's new search engine, including privacy considerations.
F5 Acquires SDN Startup LineRate Systems
News  |  2/12/2013  | 
News roundup: F5's LineRate Systems acquisition targets data center programmability, scalability; Dell launches a new switch and rolls out OpenFlow support; CA simplifies IAM offerings; Veeam offers VM backup up to 15 cloud providers.
Ospcode's Private Chef Gets Cooking with Facebook
News  |  2/8/2013  | 
News roundup: Opscode updates Private Chef automation software; AirWatch and ForeScout team up for mobile security; WatchGuard unveils seven XTM appliances; HP gets agile.
Readers Respond: F5 Firewall Challenges Cisco, Check Point
Commentary  |  2/6/2013  | 
Network Computing readers weighed in on F5’s entry into the firewall market and how its strategy of integrating firewall software into its load-balancing platform might play out with customers and competitors.
Even Grandmothers Can Be Online Trolls
News  |  2/6/2013  | 
U.K. company Saga shutters its social media site for seniors after online trolls produce a stream of abuse and mayhem.
Open Spectrum Does Not Mean Free Internet
Commentary  |  2/6/2013  | 
There's a common misconception that a plan to open up more unlicensed, unmanaged spectrum will mean free Wi-Fi for all. Expect a lot of wonderful things, including competition for cellular carriers, but not for free.
Why Soliciting LinkedIn Endorsements Is A Bad Idea
Commentary  |  2/4/2013  | 
LinkedIn's nagging automated requests to endorse others' skills are too generic to be useful to anyone. You're better served by staying in personal touch with your network.
Cisco's ONE Controller Debuts; Targets SDN
Commentary  |  2/4/2013  | 
Cisco's SDN architecture gets its keystone with the launch of the Cisco ONE Controller, a software package that supports OpenFlow and its own onePK APIs. Cisco also announced support for hybrid clouds with its Nexus 1000V product and the Nexus 6000, a new data center switch.
5 Social Lessons From Super Bowl XLVII
News  |  2/4/2013  | 
From the blackout to Beyonce to the actual game, this year's Super Bowl had much to teach about social business.
Dell Doubles Down On Integrated Systems, Targets SAP HANA
News  |  2/1/2013  | 
News roundup: Dell announces integrated systems for SAP HANA and debuts Active System Manager 7.0, which integrates orchestration software from Gale Technologies; EMC adds scale to Isilon; SugarSync launches unlimited business pricing.
Cisco Nexus 6000: First Impressions
News  |  2/1/2013  | 
I got a sneak peek of the Cisco Nexus 6000 switch series at Cisco Live. It's packed with 40-GbE ports, multicast support and solid core Ethernet capabilities that will translate into speed, simplicity and scale. The Nexus 6000 means Cisco finally "gets" cloud networking.
Facebook Card May Be Social Network's Killer App
News  |  2/1/2013  | 
Facebook Card stores money that can be spent at multiple retailers, which could broaden its gift card appeal.
Best of Interop 2013 Nominations Open
News  |  2/1/2013  | 
Nominations are now open for the Best of Interop awards in Las Vegas. The awards recognize innovative hardware and software that advance business technology. Award categories include cloud and virtualization, networking, mobility, security and storage.

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