Free And Open SDN From Brocade
The Brocade Vyatta SDN Controller is free to download for a year, but the open nature of the product may be more attractive than the price.
Network Segmentation & SD-WAN
The Target breach highlighted the need to segment networks and isolate traffic. Adding software-defined networking capabilities to the WAN can help.
Your Network's Next Step: Cisco ACI Or VMware NSX
When it comes to SDN, Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure and VMware's NSX are often discussed interchangeably, but they are really very different. Joe Onisick explains how they compare and can even work together.
Should Your Cloud Go Open Compute?
Facebook's open data center designs offer efficiency and flexibility, but should your enterprise follow the Open Compute Project model? Here are some pros and cons.
Scaling Servers: A Cost Breakdown
Software costs add up quickly in today's virtualized datacenters. Does it make more sense to buy a few big servers or a bunch of little ones? I compare the costs.
What's In Your Database?
Data breaches will continue until we create a deeper appreciation for business data and guard it as closely as our own wallets. Here are some steps in the right direction.
Don't Leave Your Data In The Dark
Piles of unstructured data are worse than useless; they pose serious security and privacy risks. John Joseph offers three steps to bring your data storage strategy into the light.
5 Reasons IT Projects Fail
From focusing on cool technology to jumping in too soon, there are common mistakes that IT teams make that doom IT projects.
Holiday Gift Guide For Networking Nerds
Don't know what to get for that office holiday gift exchange? We've got plenty of gadgets and other gift ideas that are sure to please your fellow networking pros.
SDN: Learn From The Big Boys
Companies like Facebook and Google developed their own cutting-edge datacenter technology. If they also use open source SDN, shouldn't you?
As storage vendors try to distance themselves from RAID as new storage technologies reveal shortcomings with the data protection system, it's time to adopt a new definition for RAID.
Are Converged Systems Right for You?
Converged infrastructure streamlines integration and provides better TCO than traditional systems.`However, more economic and flexible converged solutions may be on the horizon.
Big Data: A Backup Nightmare?
Big data presents data protection challenges, but an enterprise can avoid problems by putting a priority on availability and making sure the data center is updated to modern standards.
10 Sizzling Storage Startups
Storage is anything but dull these days with so many startups shaking up the status quo with innovative technologies. Here are 10 of the hottest new storage companies.
The VVOLs Cometh
The long-awaited VMware Virtual Volumes appear to be on track to arrive next year. The technology promises a leap forward in storage management by providing VM awareness to storage systems.
The State Of Enterprise Backup
Backup is often called broken or otherwise denigrated, but our survey showed that it's alive and well. Here's a look at backup practices in the enterprise today.
Building Cloud Computing Skills
To succeed in the cloud computing era, IT pros need a wide array of skills. Cloud certifications are one way to acquire these skills, but you also must learn to think like a cloud architect.
Software-defined networking is touted as a panacea for data centers, but the combination of faster networking speeds and virtualization restricts what it can do.
Time For LUN To Die
In virtualized environments, managing storage with LUNs isn't practical. With the upcoming arrival of VMware Virtual Volumes, we can shift to VM-centric data services.
Reclaiming The Network Perimeter
The traditional network perimeter has vanished, but new architectures allow you to control security at the virtual machine or via cloud infrastructures.
Elements Of IoT
There's a lot of hype about the Internet of Things, but what about the technology it runs on? Here's a look at some of the infrastructure and networking components IT pros can expect to build out to support the IoT.
The Facebook Data Center Delusion
There's a lot of talk about how enterprises should run their data centers like Facebook and Google for increased efficiency, but emulating web-scale companies won't pan out for the average enterprise.
IT & The Millennial Workforce
The modern workforce has high expectations for network performance and wireless access. But providing unfettered access can put the business at risk. IT must draw the line.
Spotlight On Software-Defined WAN
Interop New York showcased SDN WAN technology, which is garnering interest as a way to reduce the complexity and cost of traditional WANs.