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Containers: What IT Pros Should Consider
Commentary  |  7/2/2015  | 
Containerization is a hot technology that IT teams can't afford to ignore. Here are some basic facts to know plus benefits and risks to weigh.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure Taking Off
News  |  7/2/2015  | 
US businesses are rapidly adopting hyperconverged systems as a way to streamline IT and storage operations, and in some cases as a bridge to software-defined storage, researchers find.
6 SSD Myths Debunked
Slideshows  |  7/1/2015  | 
Solid-state drives are still gaining traction, despite misconceptions that have dogged the technology. We separate fact from fiction.
Shadow IT: Not Taking Over Yet
News  |  6/30/2015  | 
A new CompTIA study finds that business units aren't circumventing IT as much as feared and that IT pros still wield a lot of power.
Can Converged Infrastructure Help IT Get Its Mojo Back?
Commentary  |  6/30/2015  | 
Traditional IT organizations are getting pushed aside by nimbler cloud providers. Converged and hyperconverged infrastructure can be the key to IT transformation.
Cisco Unveils IoT Framework
News  |  6/29/2015  | 
Networking giant expands its IoT portfolio with 15 new products for network connectivity, IoT security and manageability.
Why Hardware Still Counts In Networking
Commentary  |  6/29/2015  | 
Software is revolutionizing network architecture, but hardware remains a critical part of the equation for data center scalability.
Infoblox Launches Free IPv6 Transition Tool
News  |  6/29/2015  | 
Online tool aims to help network architects and engineers overcome IPv6 challenges and kick off their transition from IPv4 to IPv6.
Software-Defined Storage's Unexpected Impact
Commentary  |  6/26/2015  | 
There's a lot of hype around software-defined storage, but integrated products that aim to provide SDS benefits via a hardware model may see the most traction.
VMware ESX: Guide To Common Commands
Slideshows  |  6/25/2015  | 
Manage your VMware virtual environment as efficiently as possible using our comprehensive list of ESX and ESXi scripting commands.
Data Disconnect, Data Overload
Commentary  |  6/25/2015  | 
The rise of DevOps highlights the fact that IT teams are drowning in data, much of it with little or no context. Here's what needs to happen to improve communication.
Linux Container Success Hinges On Standards
Commentary  |  6/24/2015  | 
Without standards in the areas of format, runtime, and orchestration, Linux containers risk not reaching their full potential.
7 SDN Innovations
Slideshows  |  6/23/2015  | 
Industry experts weigh in on the most innovative software-defined networking technology they've seen so far this year, including SD-WAN, ONOS, and OpenConfig.
No SSD-HDD Price Parity Before 2020
Commentary  |  6/23/2015  | 
Howard Marks responds to a recent Network Computing blog arguing that SSD pricing is falling to hard-disk drive levels and putting HDDs on the road to obsolescence.
Hyperconvergence Hiccups
Commentary  |  6/23/2015  | 
Hypercoverged systems improve VM performance by using server flash for key storage functions, but have drawbacks. Separating storage performance from capacity overcomes these issues.
Network Automation: More Than Scripting
Commentary  |  6/22/2015  | 
Automating rote network tasks isn't all script-driven. Network automation also can mean intelligent control and policy-based networking.
Container Networking: Challenges & Requirements
Commentary  |  6/22/2015  | 
The Docker networking model falls short in meeting enterprise requirements. Here are key considerations for container networking.
SSD Prices In A Free Fall
Commentary  |  6/19/2015  | 
With the prices of solid-state drives expected to reach parity with hard-disk drives next year, are HDDs doomed?
Pros & Cons Of Technology Leadership
Commentary  |  6/19/2015  | 
Being the first vendor to support a new platform or the top vendor based on revenue can be a good thing, but also carries risks.
Obstacles Make Enterprise SDN Slow And Painful
News  |  6/18/2015  | 
At the Open Networking Summit, a panel of enterprise infrastructure leaders discussed the obstacles they face in adopting software-defined networking.
The Long Road To Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  6/18/2015  | 
In order to reap the ROI benefits of a true hybrid cloud environment, CIOs must have a well-thought out cloud strategy to avoid pitfalls.
Facebook Preaches Open Networks
News  |  6/17/2015  | 
At the Open Networking Summit, Facebook's Omar Baldonado stresses the need for open network designs.
Cisco Certifications To Kickstart Your Career
Slideshows  |  6/17/2015  | 
Cisco certifications are some of the most prestigious in technology, encompassing far more than routing and switching. Find out which options can improve your resume and skill set.
8 Free WiFi Analyzers
Slideshows  |  6/16/2015  | 
Troubleshooting wireless networks can be tricky, but these free tools can help with everything from rogue access points to site surveys.
10 Questions To Ask Your SDN Vendor
Slideshows  |  6/16/2015  | 
Avoid making mistakes in your SDN deployment by asking SDN vendors the right questions.
3 Ways To Avoid Cloud Cost Overruns
Commentary  |  6/15/2015  | 
Implementing cloud infrastructure is supposed to save money, but can lead to costly surprises if you're not careful.
Cisco Live: The Real Experience
Slideshows  |  6/11/2015  | 
Network engineer David Varnum shares his thoughts and snapshots of the annual conference/party/geekfest sponsored by Cisco.
ONF Debuts Open Source SDN Software
News  |  6/11/2015  | 
The Open Networking Foundation's Atrium software integrates open source components with the goal of making it easier for network operators to deploy SDN.
Cloud & Virtualization Require SDN
Commentary  |  6/11/2015  | 
Cloud and virtualization are transforming enterprise IT. But in order to truly benefit, the network infrastructure must become just as dynamic and flexible.
Brocade Unveils SDN Monitoring App
News  |  6/9/2015  | 
Flow Optimizer works with OpenDaylight-based controllers for network security and bandwidth control.
Cisco Extends Sourcefire Integration
News  |  6/8/2015  | 
Building on its 2013 acquisition, Cisco adds Sourcefire IPS and malware protection to AnyConnect and ISR products and also boosts its security partnerships.
Docker Containers: 9 Fundamental Facts
Slideshows  |  6/5/2015  | 
The Docker open source platform for deploying and distributing applications in a virtualized container offers many benefits. We explain what enterprises should know about the popular technology.
SD-WAN Gaining Traction
News  |  6/4/2015  | 
IHS Infonetics survey finds that many enterprises plan to buy software-defined WAN technology with an eye on streamlining WAN operations.
Where DevOps Meets The Network
Commentary  |  6/3/2015  | 
Network architects and operators need to work with application developers and operators to achieve optimal application performance.
Gartner All-Flash Array Magic Quadrant: A Bad Influence
Commentary  |  6/2/2015  | 
The market analyst firm's Magic Quadrant for all-flash storage arrays is based on criteria that hamstring vendors and reduce customer choice.
Overcoming Cloud Security Challenges
Commentary  |  5/27/2015  | 
To truly take advantage of cloud computing, enterprises must balance the capabilities of public and private, while focusing on security.
The Hyperconvergence Craze: More Than Hype
News  |  5/26/2015  | 
Survey shows that VDI remains a top use case for hyperconverged infrastructure, and a need for efficiency rather than frustration with legacy storage is driving interest in the technology.
MagicBands & Challenging The Storage Status Quo
Commentary  |  5/26/2015  | 
Enterprise data centers can take a cue from Disney's innovative wearable by breaking away from old processes with scale-out storage and object-based storage.
EMC Open Sources ViPR With Eye On Software Future
Commentary  |  5/22/2015  | 
Storage heavyweight prepares for industry shift to software-defined storage by open sourcing its storage controller.
8 Hot Online Colleges For IT Pros
Education  |  5/19/2015  | 
Check out these colleges and universities that offer online IT courses and degrees to help keep your tech skills and knowledge fresh.
Three Requirements For True Micro-Segmentation
Commentary  |  5/19/2015  | 
'Micro-segmentation' is getting attention as a way network virtualization can improve security. Find out what it is and how it works, from the originators of the term.
Experts' Opinions Mixed On VENOM Vulnerability
News  |  5/15/2015  | 
Some say the virtualization vulnerability could be worse than Heartbleed, while others advise to patch, but don't panic.
SDN: Seductive But Challenging
Commentary  |  5/15/2015  | 
Software-defined networking clearly offers a lot of benefits, but enterprises face several obstacles to SDN adoption, including a lack of interoperability.
Rethinking All-Flash Hyperconverged Appliances
Commentary  |  5/14/2015  | 
Combining all-flash and hyperconvergence isn't such a bad idea after all, Howard Marks says after seeing Atlantis Computing's appliance.
Gartner Names Cisco & Arista Data Center Networking Leaders
News  |  5/13/2015  | 
Arch networking rivals move into the leader quadrant in Gartner's Magic Quadrant as SDN moves into the mainstream, according to analyst report.
Facebook Breaks New Ground In Cold Storage
Commentary  |  5/12/2015  | 
Here's how Facebook is taking an innovative approach to storing billions of user photos in its data centers.
Microsoft Hyper-V: Guide To Common Commands
Slideshows  |  5/12/2015  | 
Manage your Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environment in the most efficient and productive manner using these useful commands.
SDN Introduces Choice To The Data Center
Commentary  |  5/12/2015  | 
There are several reasons why software-defined networking enables flexibility and scale in the data center.
Google's Infrastructure Chief Talks SDN
News  |  5/11/2015  | 
Urs Hölzle, senior VP for technical infrastructure at Google, describes the company's Open Flow-based SDN deployment and how it's helped streamline network management.
IT Management: Are You Old School Or New School?
Commentary  |  5/11/2015  | 
IT management flounders today in the midst of a dramatic shift in mindset and process. That's evident in the tension between old school IT know-how versus new school IT policy.
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