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Content tagged with Networking posted in March 2013
Netgear Unveils SMB Switch Line from 8 to 50 Ports
News  |  3/29/2013  | 
News roundup: New Netgear switches target SMBs; Syncplicity, a cloud sync offering from EMC, adds enterprise controls; Sherpa launches a SaaS offering for managing electronically stored information.
As The PayPal Vs. VMware Story Turns
Commentary  |  3/29/2013  | 
PayPal is adopting OpenStack for its cloud infrastructure, but it's not necessarily dumping VMware for virtualization infrastructure. Here are some conclusions from this saga.
WAN Optimization Part 1: TCP Limitations
News  |  3/28/2013  | 
WAN optimization and application acceleration technologies help get around performance limitations in TCP. Here’s how the numbers add up.
Fortinet Acquires ADC Vendor Coyote Point
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Security vendor Fortinet announced its acquisition of application delivery controller vendor Coyote Point Systems. Fortinet hopes the acquisition will boost its enterprise presence.
U.K., BT Push Broadband To Rural Scotland
News  |  3/27/2013  | 
Project will provide fiber optic connections to the northern-most parts of the U.K.
IBM Pulse 2013: Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  3/27/2013  | 
Three compelling themes emerged from IBM’s annual gathering: the continued diffusion of the data center, the need for open cloud standards and the rise of data-driven IT intelligence.
How To Secure WLANs: A Visual Overview
Slideshows  |  3/26/2013  | 
Secure wireless networks don't just happen--users and IT pros have to make it happen. But what goes into making a wireless network secure? Here's a look some essential steps for locking down wireless communications, including advice for road warriors, small business owners and WLAN administrators running large networks.
How APIs Transform Data Center Management
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
APIs are helping to usher in new mechanisms for making data center management more automated and scalable. They’re also key to network virtualization and private clouds.
The Dark Side of the Internet of Things
News  |  3/25/2013  | 
From cameras to industrial controls to GPS systems, the increased connectivity of devices leads to increased risks.
Citrix Adds Traffic Analysis to NetScaler
News  |  3/22/2013  | 
News roundup: NetScaler Insight Center enhances monitoring and troubleshooting; Sanbolic updates Melio software; Bluebox tool detects Android malware; SunGard launches SaaS-based continuity planning; Array Networks upgrades APV app delivery controllers.
Unpatched Remote Access Tools: Your Gift To Attackers
Commentary  |  3/22/2013  | 
Three-year old "TeamSpy" espionage campaign should be a wake-up call. Lock down your remote-access tools, or else.
University Taps Dark Fiber for Online Academics, Healthcare
News  |  3/22/2013  | 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center turns to a new network architecture and dark fiber to support the academic and healthcare needs of dozens of regional campuses and clinics.
Can Big Data Be Poisoned by Botnets?
News  |  3/21/2013  | 
The Chameleon botnet is generating billions of ad impressions in a click-fraud scheme. It's a red flag for companies making business decisions based on analysis of Web data.
Dashboard Marries eBay's Data Center and Business Stats
News  |  3/20/2013  | 
An innovative dashboard from eBay helps executives track key performance metrics and support eBay's drive for greater energy efficiency.
VMware Vs. Amazon? Try VMware Vs. OpenStack
Commentary  |  3/20/2013  | 
Does VMware want to be a big player in Amazon's public cloud territory, or is the new vCloud service a defensive move to counter an OpenStack insurgency? I say the latter.
Can Ruckus, San Jose Revive Municipal Wi-Fi?
Commentary  |  3/19/2013  | 
San Jose's downtown is newly awash in Wi-Fi from Ruckus Wireless. But is a catchy slogan and established technology enough to triumph in the failure-prone municipal wireless space?
How To Hire The Right IT Security Pro
News  |  3/19/2013  | 
Want to hire the best security team for your company? Understand your security needs, focus on specific skills (including people skills), and don’t worry too much about certifications, advises security expert Michael Davis.
How To Configure Cisco Nexus 5500 Port Profiles
News  |  3/19/2013  | 
Cisco Nexus 5500 port profiles let network engineers apply multiple port configurations with a single command. Port profiles can reduce errors and enforce standard configurations. We show you how with sample code.
Vidyo Rethinks Enterprise Video Conferencing
Commentary  |  3/18/2013  | 
Vidyo provides enterprises with a software alternative to proprietary, and often expensive, video conferencing systems.
The Data Center Disaggregated: Promises and Problems
News  |  3/18/2013  | 
Facebook's Open Compute Project aims to make data center elements, including server components, easily interchangeable. But tech and market barriers stand in the way.
VMware's NSX End Game Is Hybrid Clouds
Commentary  |  3/15/2013  | 
NSX, VMware's data center network virtualization platform, is really about public and hybrid clouds, where VMware has plans for growth. Here's why.
Schneider Electric Targets Data Center Lifecycle
Commentary  |  3/14/2013  | 
Schneider Electric has launched a new business unit and consulting business that aims to improve data center energy efficiency by better integrating design, construction and operations.
Riverbed Delivers Customization Via Developer Tools
News  |  3/14/2013  | 
News roundup: Riverbed's FlyScript includes REST APIs; SolarWinds launches free Alerts Central; Sepaton adds encryption to backup appliance; Dell SonicWall rolls out SuperMassive firewall; Veeam extends VMware support for backup.
VMware's Network Virtualization Plans Crystallize in NSX
News  |  3/13/2013  | 
VMware announces NSX, a software platform that combines its vCloud Network and Security software with Nicira's NVP. The combined platform provides network virtualization via vswitches and a centralized controller.
The Future Is Wireless, but Enterprises Hesitate
News  |  3/13/2013  | 
Enterprise Wi-Fi traffic is rising, and the 802.11ac standard will put radio waves on par with wired networks, but IT isn't ready to go all in.
Demand for IT Security Experts Outstrips Supply
News  |  3/12/2013  | 
IT security professionals are in high demand, especially those with certifications, and security salaries are on the rise. But a shortage of talent leaves companies struggling to get their hands around breaches.
GE Targets Data Centers With New Business Unit
Commentary  |  3/12/2013  | 
GE has launched a new business unit called Critical Power that combines products and services for industries such as data centers and telco providers that require reliable, efficient electrical systems.
BYOD Security: Do You Really Need MDM?
Commentary  |  3/11/2013  | 
IT is being stampeded into adopting MDM to protect mobile devices. But it's not a silver bullet, and it may be overkill for many needs where conventional wireless network security best practices will suffice.
IBM Adds OpenStack to Cloud Portfolio
News  |  3/11/2013  | 
IBM announced private cloud software built on OpenStack, and said it would base all its cloud services and software on an open cloud architecture.
Data Center Rock Stars
News  |  3/8/2013  | 
Members of the rock band Live are investing in a company that's building new fiber networks and data centers from Pennsylvania to New York City.
Mersive Cuts Wires for Projection Systems
Commentary  |  3/7/2013  | 
Mersive's Solstice software lets mobile devices connect wirelessly to projection systems and flat screens, eliminating the need for cords and adapters in conference rooms and campuses. But we're still a ways away from ubiquitous connectivity.
10 Ways To Foster Effective Social Employees
News  |  3/6/2013  | 
Social business tools can be used effectively, or they can be a huge time sink.
10 Free and Low-Cost Mobile Wireless Tools
Slideshows  |  3/6/2013  | 
There's no replacing meaty, licensed tools for wireless network support. But a growing number of free and low-cost apps are available when all you have is a smartphone or tablet at hand. Most of the gems live in the Android space, so you iOS developers need to get to work.
Aerohive Launches Cloud-Managed Switches
Commentary  |  3/5/2013  | 
Aerohive Networks widens the field of cloud-managed switching, which has largely been ruled by Meraki. Aerohive's three new switches unify both wired and wireless network access.
Facebook's Futuristic Data Center: Inside Tour
Slideshows  |  3/1/2013  | 
Facebook's cutting-edge data center in the high desert of Oregon represents the future. Take a look at the technologies and choices that make it tick.
Next-Generation Firewalls 101
Commentary  |  3/1/2013  | 
Next-generation firewalls combine application awareness and deep packet inspection to give companies more control over applications while also detecting and blocking malicious threats.

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