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Content tagged with Networking posted in September 2013
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Real-World Troubleshooting At InteropNet
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
InteropNet gets new monitoring capabilities to ensure high performance as it provides network connectivity to Interop exhibitors and attendees.
Data Center Operators Flock To Cold Climates
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Service providers such as Microsoft are building new data centers in cold locations such as Finland to cut power and cooling costs.
10 Ways Software-Defined Networking Will Change IT
Slideshows  |  9/30/2013  | 
When networking professionals converge upon New York for Interop this week, software-defined networking (SDN) stands to establish itself as a major theme throughout session talks and informal conversations. As the industry watches the results of early adopter case studies and hears pundits advocate for this new means of controlling the network fabric, consensus is building for the potential that SDN could be an IT game-changer. Here's how, in the words of experts from around the industry.
Information Security Strategy: Stop Punishing End Users
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
Enterprise security programs have longed focused on restricting end-user activity, but this strategy hasn't worked. It's time to change course.
Facebook Tries To Make Ads Less Annoying
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
User feedback on Facebook ads will weigh heavily in changes to news feed algorithm.
HP Bets On SDN Apps With SDK, App Store
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
HP is releasing a software development kit to spur the creation of SDN applications for HP's SDN platform. The company also plans to launch an SDN app store next year.
HP's Building an SDN App Store
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
The software giant takes some steps in the direction of its long-term SDN vision.
Reaping The Security Rewards Of SDN
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Software-defined network is a major trend -- here's why some experts believe security pros should be paying attention
Cisco NCS Tackles Internet of Things
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
NCS routers target service providers; Oracle debuts backup appliance; LogRhythm provides network anomaly detection; KEMP unveils ADC for Windows Azure.
VCE Chooses Cisco SDN Over VMware NSX
Commentary  |  9/27/2013  | 
VCE, maker of integrated Vblock systems, will use Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure for SDN. So what about customers who want NSX?
10 Software-Defined Networking Architectures
Slideshows  |  9/26/2013  | 
Software-defined networking is a hot topic for debate in the industry. Experts argue about the best way to implement it, the ways it might affect network engineers and administrators, and how it might disrupt the traditional power structure in the networking industry. While there are a lot of opinions about this emerging technology, there's one inescapable fact: SDN has brought new attention and innovation to the network. To get a view into the various approaches to SDN, we asked 10 vendors to
SDN Skirmish: Physical, Virtual Approaches Vie For Dominance
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
The battle within software-defined networking comes down to whether we need a separation between physical and virtual elements. Here's the lowdown.
Cloud-Based Security Helps Aspen Fend Off Malware
News  |  9/25/2013  | 
Cloud security service cuts down on malware infections and provides relief for small network team in Colorado.
iOS 7 Update: A Lesson In Event-Driven Network Spikes
Commentary  |  9/25/2013  | 
Did the iOS 7 update crash your network? Instead of whining about it, use it as a call to action.
Who Is Really Pushing NFV?
Commentary  |  9/25/2013  | 
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) turns hardware appliances into virtualized services. As NFV interest grows, who stands to gain the most benefit?
iOS 7 Update: A Lesson In Event-Driven Network Spikes
News  |  9/25/2013  | 
Apple's iOS 7 release took only 38 minutes to significantly handicap networks in North America. Network managers must learn to prepare for similar network spikes as more services and data is hosted in the cloud.
InteropNet: Insights from a 19-Year Vet
Commentary  |  9/24/2013  | 
A nineteen-year volunteer of InteropNet says it's the people as much as the technology that keep him coming back.
WAN Encryption Tops the Agenda After NSA Revelations
Commentary  |  9/24/2013  | 
Whatever trust customers had in the security of WAN connections from service providers is gone. Encrypt now, and consider less-expensive Internet connections instead.
SDN Doesn't Mean Cheaper Networking
Commentary  |  9/23/2013  | 
The most common prediction about SDN is that networking will get cheaper. It won't. Here's why.
LinkedIn Tip: How To Undo Contact Imports, Invitations
News  |  9/23/2013  | 
If you accidentally uploaded your contacts to LinkedIn or sent invitations to connect, follow these instructions to undo.
Custom Optical Network Will Tackle Big Data
News  |  9/23/2013  | 
Rice University researchers are building a specialized network that features a new type of optical switch to carry mountains of data.
Mastering The Art Of Troubleshooting
Commentary  |  9/23/2013  | 
From social media to blogs, there's a ton of information engineers can tap to solve technical problems. Here's what I find works best.
LinkedIn Responds To Email-Grabbing Suit
News  |  9/23/2013  | 
Complaint filed in federal court last week alleges LinkedIn harvested users' email address book information inappropriately; LinkedIn denies this.
SDN Meets Data Analytics
Commentary  |  9/20/2013  | 
Plexxi's Data Services Engine takes software-defined networking to the next level by collecting data in the network and analyzing it to aid traffic flow.
VCE Vblocks Converged Infrastructure Gets Update
News  |  9/17/2013  | 
Cisco, EMC, VMware alliance quadruples Vblock performance with System 340, adds specialized features for virtualized databases.
9 Immutable Laws of Network Design
Commentary  |  9/17/2013  | 
Follow these simple rules to ensure your network is stable, secure and built to last as you overlay new services and applications.
The Case For More Granular Network QoS
News  |  9/17/2013  | 
Vendor-supplied settings for network quality of service won't cut it when prioritizing critical apps, VoIP and video traffic. Invest in developing a network QoS strategy.
Troubleshooting RF Problems: Fluke Launches Smart New Tool
Commentary  |  9/17/2013  | 
Tools for analyzing in-building cell signals have been clunky and complex, but Fluke's AirMagnet Spectrum ES makes the job much easier.
SDN Growth Fueled By Efficiency Needs, Cloud Services
News  |  9/16/2013  | 
The software-defined networking market is poised to skyrocket as companies demand more efficient infrastructure and shift operations to the cloud, according to research firm.
Interop Preview: The Business of IT
Commentary  |  9/16/2013  | 
IT is integral to the success of the business. The "Business of IT" track at Interop New York focuses on how IT can raise its profile in the organization and have a greater voice in how the business is run.
Facebook Test Hints At Video Ads
News  |  9/16/2013  | 
Autoplay video test with Facebook mobile users signals that video ads may arrive soon in your news feed.
Juniper Launches Contrail SDN Software, Goes Open Source
Commentary  |  9/16/2013  | 
Juniper Contrail, a network overlay platform for software-defined networking, launches today. Juniper also announced that Contrail source code will be available as open source.
12 Must-Attend Interop Events
Commentary  |  9/13/2013  | 
Interop New York is just around the corner. The show is packed with informative sessions and workshops. Here are a dozen to put on your schedule.
HyTrust Tracks Users In Virtual Environments
News  |  9/13/2013  | 
New HyTrust appliance increases user monitoring; Cisco unveils latest network processor; Intel releases new SSDs; Glowpoint supports unscheduled videoconferencing.
Extreme Networks Buys Enterasys For $180 Million
News  |  9/12/2013  | 
Deal doubles Extreme's revenue and bolsters its position in a competitive market.
4 VDI Planning Tips
News  |  9/12/2013  | 
Make sure you understand the true costs and network requirements of virtual desktop infrastructure before making the leap to VDI, experts say.
APIs Vs. Scripts: The Evolution of Automation
Commentary  |  9/12/2013  | 
Writing scripts for configuration and other tasks is only the first step to a software-defined world. APIs will lead the next generation of automation.
Interop Preview: When Good Wireless Feels Bad
Commentary  |  9/12/2013  | 
Users are quick to condemn wireless when they experience problems, but the WLAN is often not to blame. Find out what you can do about it at Interop New York.
Extreme Networks Buys Enterasys For $180 Million
News  |  9/12/2013  | 
Extreme announces a bid to acquire Enterasys Networks, doubling the size of the Ethernet switching vendor.
Protecting Yourself From NSA Web Surveillance
News  |  9/11/2013  | 
After new reports of NSA digital snooping, security expert Bruce Schneier advises Internet users to use public-domain encryption. Meanwhile, Google steps up its encryption efforts.
Security Snake Oil for Sale
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
Traditional security systems aren't doing much to help us manage risk, but we keep buying them. Is it the vendors' fault or ours? And are there better ideas we should explore?
In Defense Of VMware NSX And The Overlay Approach
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
By using a network overlay architecture, NSX cleanly segments SDN approaches into two realms: the physical and virtual. The overlay strategy has been criticized, but it makes the most sense.
Cisco Buys Whiptail, Plants Flag in New Territory
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
Cisco is acquiring solid-state array vendor Whiptail for $415 million. The purchase edges Cisco closer to becoming a one-stop IT shop for the enterprise.
Transport SDN: What It Is And 4 Reasons We Need It
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
The wide area plumbing among data centers must get more dynamic and flexible if we want to accommodate distributed applications -- and stop overpaying for links.
Inside VMware NSX
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
From VTEPs to OVSDB, VMware's NSX introduces unfamiliar protocols and technologies to the data center network. Check out this overview to get up to speed.
Philadelphia Eagles Join Stadium Wi-Fi Stampede
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
Wireless is all the rage for sports teams as they try to lure fans to stadiums, but designing sports venue WLANs is complex. Here's a look at the Eagles' Wi-Fi rollout.
Cisco Launches Security Services Division
News  |  9/10/2013  | 
New consulting, product implementation and support, and managed services division reflects industry push to provide broader information security services to customers.
4 Ways Twitter Is Beating Facebook
News  |  9/10/2013  | 
Facebook pioneered much of social media, but has fallen short lately in keeping pace with Twitter. Here's where Twitter got there first.
Google+ Embedded Posts, Explained
News  |  9/9/2013  | 
Google's social network becomes friendlier with third-party websites.
Instagram Hits 150 Million Users, Plans Ads
News  |  9/9/2013  | 
Social media users rarely cheer ads in their feeds, but Instagram may be able to learn lessons from parent Facebook's successes and failures.
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