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Content tagged with Networking posted in April 2013
SDN Vendor Comparison Launches
News  |  4/29/2013  | 
Nine vendors, including Cisco Systems, HP and Juniper Networks, are featured in our inaugural vendor comparison on software-defined networking (SDN). Our exclusive guide includes a features matrix with over 50 data points.
Fusion-io Buys Hybrid Startup NexGen
Commentary  |  4/25/2013  | 
Fusion-io, a maker of PCIe flash cards, announced it was acquiring hybrid storage array startup NexGen, which sells a flash-optimized system. Fusion-io will sell NexGen’s software directly to integrators.
LinkedIn Contacts: 5 Must-Know Facts
News  |  4/25/2013  | 
LinkedIn's new contact management system beefs up tools to nurture business relationships. What might it mean for you?
BitTorrent Adds File Sync Service to P2P Network
News  |  4/25/2013  | 
BitTorrent is throwing its hat into the file sync game with an alpha version of a new, free service that uses P2P networking to let users synchronize and share files among mobile devices and PCs. Good luck with that, IT.
Huawei Responds to "Not Interested in U.S." Comments
News  |  4/24/2013  | 
Huawei will continue to sell in the United States, but the company doesn’t consider the U.S. to be a growth area or primary revenue source for its carrier business, according to a Huawei spokesperson.
Inside the Cisco Nexus 6004 Switch
Commentary  |  4/24/2013  | 
The Nexus 6004 is a 10-Gpbs/40-Gbps data center switch. While a bit of a power hog vs. competitors’ boxes, it promises line rate forwarding on all ports, with 1-microsecond latency. I look at the architecture that makes this possible.
Huawei Quits U.S. Market
News  |  4/23/2013  | 
Huawei announced Tuesday it is no longer interested in the U.S. market. The move follows a string of rulings by the U.S. government that stopped Huawei from bidding on both public and private contracts.
Google's Green Energy Scheme: Laudable or Laughable?
Commentary  |  4/23/2013  | 
A Google initiative to pay more for renewable energy at its data center in Lenoir, N.C., spurred a variety of reactions from readers. Some saw it as a step forward for green energy; others call it plain dumb.
Data Center Boom Heats Up
News  |  4/23/2013  | 
Cloud providers are racing to offer the best value and availability to customers, spurring over a million square feet of new data center development in the U.S.
Skype and Google: The Unified Communications Killers?
News  |  4/22/2013  | 
From Skype and Google Hangouts to integrated HD webcams and inexpensive video conference appliances, consumer technology is pushing aside 'enterprise-grade' products.
IBM Makes Economic Case for All-Flash Arrays
Commentary  |  4/22/2013  | 
IBM claims all-flash arrays are now more economical than traditional hard disks for Tier-1 storage. Is it time to ditch spinning disks?
Dell Accelerates Network Fabric Deployment with New Software, Hardware
News  |  4/19/2013  | 
News roundup: Dell Active Fabric includes new switches and software; Array debuts four new ADCs; Palo Alto adds Android protection; BoxTone extends platform to manage ActiveSync.
The Evolution of Wireless Bridging
Commentary  |  4/19/2013  | 
Wireless bridges that provide high-speed, site-to-site connectivity have boosted throughput from megabits per second to 100 Gbps, but challenges such as licensing and beam alignment remain.
Inside InteropNet's Hot Stage
Commentary  |  4/19/2013  | 
The hot stage lets the InteropNet team assemble and configure the hardware and software that powers Interop ahead of the conference itself. Team members test designs and work out bugs. Here's an inside look.
Merchant Silicon About to Get Smarter
Commentary  |  4/18/2013  | 
The march to SDN designs has led many to think we're entering an era of dumb switches. Instead, look for the commodity silicon to get a lot smarter.
Data Center Security Spending Rises
News  |  4/18/2013  | 
Organizations that run their own data centers will spend an average of $17 million on security products this year, according to a new survey—an increase of more than $2 million.
May the Power Be With You
Commentary  |  4/17/2013  | 
Companies such as Power Assure are helping data center operators uncover hidden capacity by accurately measuring energy consumption and finding ways to run systems more efficiently.
Best of Interop Finalists Announced
News  |  4/16/2013  | 
Finalists for the 2013 Best of Interop awards have been chosen in seven IT categories, including cloud and virtualization, networking and security. The winners will be announced next month at Interop Las Vegas.
Calculating The True Cost Of VDI
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
There are a lot of reasons to go with VDI, but economics isn’t one of them; VDI is too expensive to justify on costs alone. Here’s my tally.
Postcards from Tomorrow's Data Centers
Slideshows  |  4/15/2013  | 
Today's data centers are essentially the same: long rows of metal racks stocked with machines, miles of cable, and elaborate cooling systems. But just because we build data centers this way in 2013 doesn't mean that's how it will be in ten, twenty or fifty years. Here's a few glimpses of what the future might hold, from printable electronics to nanotube processors to nuclear batteries.
Introducing the InteropNet NOC Team
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
InteropNet provides the IT infrastructure for Interop conference attendees and exhibitors. Here are some of the people who make it happen.
Ubiquiti Rolls Out 802.11ac APs on the Cheap
Commentary  |  4/12/2013  | 
Ubiquiti offers an 11ac AP for under $300 in a bid to grab early adopters and price-conscious companies--and to entice customers from WLAN vendors such as Ruckus and Aruba Networks.
IT Pros Leave $4K on Table In Salary Negotiations
News  |  4/12/2013  | 
IT pros are leaving thousands of dollars on the table when they negotiate--or fail to negotiate--salaries for new jobs, according to a survey from Dice.com.
Cisco and OpenDaylight: The SDN Application Land Grab
Commentary  |  4/11/2013  | 
Cisco is using the open source OpenDaylight initiative to spur application development to make its own SDN platform more valuable.
ARM, AppliedMicro Challenge Intel Xeon
News  |  4/10/2013  | 
ARM and AppliedMicro have teamed up on the X-Gene server-on-a-chip. Its scale-out design includes fast switch controllers and interconnects to challenge Xeon in large data centers.
HP Moonshot: A Big Bet On Innovative Engineering
Commentary  |  4/10/2013  | 
HP's Moonshot servers are a tour de force of engineering that aim to restore the company's innovation groove. Here are the details.
How To Set Up Floodlight and Test OpenFlow Rules
Commentary  |  4/9/2013  | 
Floodlight is an open source controller for SDN. Here’s how to set it up to use with OpenFlow-enabled switches for testing and development.
HP Launches Moonshot: Little Servers for Big Applications
Commentary  |  4/9/2013  | 
HP's Moonshot offers high-density, low-power servers that are ideal for hyperscale data centers, but don't expect them to unseat virtualized servers and blades in the enterprise.
Pivotal Is About Big Data, Not Fighting Amazon
News  |  4/8/2013  | 
EMC Pivotal's focus on big data may mean little competitive overlap with Amazon Web Services and other cloud providers, say analysts.
OpenFlow Test Deployment Options
Commentary  |  4/8/2013  | 
OpenFlow can be introduced into production networks in several ways. I’ll look at two options for deploying OpenFlow that network engineers can use to test the protocol and get their feet wet with SDN.
In Defense of Slow IT
News  |  4/5/2013  | 
Stop hectoring IT about how it's too much of a laggard in our modern tech world. Sometimes there are good reasons to take things slow.
Riverbed Updates APM Suite for Multi-Tier Applications
News  |  4/5/2013  | 
News roundup: Riverbed OPNET AppInternals Xpert integrates with popular IDEs; Big Switch debuts SDN thin switch; Silver Peak speeds up data replication; Sendmail simplifies migration to cloud email.
Attackers Hold Upper Hand Despite Increased Security Spending
News  |  4/4/2013  | 
From advanced malware to spear phishing that spoofs business communication, companies are being pounded by attacks, according to a new report.
Amazon EC2, Microsoft Connect Via Cloud Management Plug-In
News  |  4/4/2013  | 
Hybrid Express, software for managing hybrid clouds from startup Hotlink, has added an Amazon EC2 plugin to let IT manage cloud instances from Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
DAS Builds Twin Data Centers to Serve Internal Users
News  |  4/3/2013  | 
Diversified Agency Services, a holding company for over 200 marketing and communications agencies, built two data centers to run private cloud services for internal users.
CloudStack Graduates to Top-Level Apache Project
Commentary  |  4/3/2013  | 
CloudStack, the open source software platform for private clouds, has been elevated to a top-level project in the Apache open source community, further validating the project's viability.
New SDN Technology Challenges VMware, Cisco
Commentary  |  4/2/2013  | 
A new SDN competitor is challenging VMware, Cisco and others. Nuage Networks, an Alcatel-Lucent venture, has announced Virtualized Service Platform (VSP), an SDN technology that employs virtual switches and network overlays.
Kill the Traditional PCIe Slot: A Modest Proposal
Commentary  |  4/2/2013  | 
Let's get rid of traditional PCIe slots and move all the cable connections to the front of the server. We'll get compelling maintenance and operational advantages. Here's how and why.
Meru Plays Catch-Up on WLAN Capabilities
Commentary  |  4/1/2013  | 
Meru Networks has rolled out new WLAN capabilities for unified access, device onboarding and more, but its "me too" efforts do little to distinguish it in a competitive market.
The Future Is Now: Wi-Fi Brains, Quantum Computers and More
News  |  4/1/2013  | 
How far are we willing to go to push the frontiers of technology? Pretty far, new research shows.


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