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VMware VSAN: Reality Vs. Hype
Commentary  |  4/1/2015  | 
VMware's Virtual SAN is touted for its performance, lower cost and scalability, but emerging trends such as white-box storage undercut those claims.
SDS & Hyperconvergence: Sense & Nonsense
Commentary  |  3/30/2015  | 
Howard Marks uncovers the meaning behind software-defined storage, how hyperconvergence fits in, and where these technologies make sense -- and don't.
SDN Interest Shifts Toward The WAN
Commentary  |  3/27/2015  | 
Software-defined networking improves network utilization and efficiency, and as the technology matures, enterprises are looking to apply those benefits to their WAN and campus networks.
Backup Appliances: 5 Considerations
Commentary  |  3/27/2015  | 
Appliances in your backup infrastructure can help save you time and money. Weigh these issues to ensure you choose the right one for your business.
Big Data Deployment Models: Open Vs. Proprietary
Commentary  |  3/26/2015  | 
Open source data platforms like Hadoop, Cassandra, and MongoDB are core to the big data market, but vendors supporting the platforms are winning over enterprises with proprietary tools.
Docker Orchestration Tools: The New Options
Commentary  |  3/25/2015  | 
What are Docker Machine and Docker Swarm and how can they impact your use of the container technology? Scott Lowe explains.
SDN Shows Promise For Security
News  |  3/23/2015  | 
Improved security is emerging as a major reason for adopting software-defined networking, but concerns about potential SDN risks persist.
Enterprise Technology Trickle Down
Commentary  |  3/17/2015  | 
Most IT hardware starts with enterprise adoption and makes its way slowly to the SMB. Does software follow the same path?
SDN: An Enabler For NFV
Commentary  |  3/13/2015  | 
Software-defined networking and NFV can be used independently, but SDN makes it much easier to implement and manage NFV.
Nanosecond Storage Performance Latencies? Get Ready
Commentary  |  3/12/2015  | 
Predictable and persistent microsecond storage performance will usher in new possibilities in application development and capabilities in the data center.
10 Hyperconvergence Trendsetters
Slideshows  |  3/12/2015  | 
Converged infrastructure is so last year; hyperconvergence is all the rage now. Here are 10 vendors that are leading the hyperconverged trend.
Juniper Regroups, Debuts New Spine Switches & Silicon
News  |  3/12/2015  | 
After a tough year, the networking company launches a barrage of new hardware and software.
3 Active-Active Data Center Myths
Commentary  |  3/11/2015  | 
Operating two data centers at the same time to support customers sounds great, but Ethan Banks offers a dose of reality about the data center design.
SDN Controller Handbook
Education  |  3/3/2015  | 
This guide to SDN controllers describes the options available via open source software, traditional networking vendors and SDN startups, and how they differ.
Big Data Deployment Trends
Commentary  |  2/19/2015  | 
A recent Enterprise Strategy Group survey shows a diversity of IT infrastructure choices for big data.
Cisco Launches Free Tail-f Software
News  |  2/18/2015  | 
With free version of Tail-f's software supporting the NETCONF protocol, Cisco says it's committed to promoting open standards for network programmability.
The Rise Of The Cloud WAN
Commentary  |  2/13/2015  | 
The trend of pushing WAN functionality into the cloud -- software-defined WAN -- is gaining steam as enterprises look to reduce WAN complexity and lower costs.
Facebook Unveils Open Modular Switch
News  |  2/11/2015  | 
Dubbed "6-pack," Facebook's new switch platform is designed to allow the social networking giant to build any size switch using common building blocks.
Cloud Migration: Managing Execution
Commentary  |  2/11/2015  | 
The third part of this series on moving workloads to the cloud provides guidance for executing the migration, including load testing and security reviews.
Copper Vs. Fiber: What's Best In The Next-Gen Data Center?
Commentary  |  2/10/2015  | 
Copper cables can provide better performance, reliability and efficiency than fiber cables for organizations under pressure to improve their data center deployments.
Guide To Virtualization Hypervisors
Slideshows  |  2/9/2015  | 
IT organizations are using multiple hypervisors, so understanding the specifics of the big players like Hyper-V and vSphere ESXi will help your virtual environment perform at its best.
Big Data Deployment: Finding The Best Model
Commentary  |  2/5/2015  | 
What's the best IT infrastructure for big data? Here are some of the fundamental choices to consider.
All EVO:RAIL Appliances Are Not Created Equal
Commentary  |  2/3/2015  | 
The arrival of EMC's VSPEX Blue hyper-converged appliance highlights the differences between products jockeying for attention in the growing collection of those based on VMware's EVO:RAIL.
OpenStack: Driving The Software-Defined Economy
Commentary  |  1/30/2015  | 
OpenStack is only one example of the new era of software currently disrupting our established industries.
4 NFV Myths Debunked
Commentary  |  1/29/2015  | 
Network functions virtualization has spawned a number of misconceptions about what it is and how it works. Here's a reality check.
IT Monitoring Scalability Planning: 3 Roadblocks
Commentary  |  1/27/2015  | 
Planning for growth is key to effective IT monitoring, but it can be stymied by certain mindsets. Here's how to overcome them.
Free And Open SDN From Brocade
News  |  1/20/2015  | 
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
Commentary  |  1/16/2015  | 
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
Commentary  |  1/14/2015  | 
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.
DevOps & Diverse Infrastructure
Commentary  |  1/12/2015  | 
Don't let complex IT environments with a lot of non-virtualized infrastructure stop you from developing a DevOps practice.
10 SDN Startups On The Cutting Edge
Slideshows  |  1/6/2015  | 
Small companies flush with VC money have led the way in software-defined networking. Here are 10 of the hottest startups in the SDN space.
Challenges Facing The Software-Defined Data Center
Commentary  |  12/30/2014  | 
Virtualization has disrupted the data center, but IT must overcome several hurdles before it can move to the next level.
Delivering Application Environments: An Evolution
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
Docker is the latest technology to reduce the cost of making an application environment available to developers and other users.
Should Your Cloud Go Open Compute?
Commentary  |  12/24/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
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?
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
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.
Stateless Security In The Data Center: A Hybrid Approach
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
In today's data centers, firewalls and other stateful security controls can be less effective than stateless controls or a hybrid approach combining both.
Don't Leave Your Data In The Dark
Commentary  |  12/17/2014  | 
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.
Network Switches: The Most Popular Models Compared
Slideshows  |  12/15/2014  | 
We compared the most popular stackable switches on the market today in a feature-by-feature report. See how models from Cisco, HP, Dell, and Extreme stack up.
Transforming With Containers: Real-World Challenges
Commentary  |  12/15/2014  | 
All the enthusiasm over Docker and containers is missing some important factors enterprises should know about. Learn from Shopify's containerization implementation.
Networking 2014: Industry Highlights And Lowlights
Slideshows  |  12/9/2014  | 
From ACI and NSX to Hydrogen and white-box switches, the networking industry was anything but dull this year. Here are some of the memorable moments.
5 Reasons IT Projects Fail
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
From focusing on cool technology to jumping in too soon, there are common mistakes that IT teams make that doom IT projects.
Cisco Sues Arista, Claims Patent Infringement
News  |  12/5/2014  | 
The networking giant alleges that a rival stole intellectual property and copied CLI commands.
Holiday Gift Guide For Networking Nerds
Slideshows  |  12/4/2014  | 
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.
10 Tools For DevOps Success
Slideshows  |  12/2/2014  | 
Check out these automation and collaboration tools that help infrastructure pros work with developers.
Your Next Storage Purchase: 5 Considerations
Commentary  |  12/2/2014  | 
Selecting the right storage array can future proof your data center. Here are five factors to keep in mind as you evaluate storage systems.
SDN: Learn From The Big Boys
Commentary  |  11/28/2014  | 
Companies like Facebook and Google developed their own cutting-edge datacenter technology. If they also use open source SDN, shouldn't you?
Network Security Must Focus On Incident Response
News  |  11/26/2014  | 
Enterprise security strategies need to plan for the inevitable data breach, security experts say.
Open Source Vs. Proprietary: Time For A New Manifesto
News  |  11/20/2014  | 
Philosophical debates over OpenStack vs. vCloud or OpenDaylight vs. Cisco ACI miss the point. For IT, ideological purity is neither possible nor desirable
RAID Redefined
Commentary  |  11/19/2014  | 
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.
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