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Guide To IaaS Cloud Provider Performance
Education  |  7/23/2014  | 
Choosing an Infrastructure-as-a-service cloud provider? Use these benchmarks to compare AWS, Google, Azure, Rackspace, and more.
Where Is Your Cloud?
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
Depending on its location, a cloud data center may be at risk of natural or man-made disasters. Be sure to weigh the risks of the physical location of your data.
10 Handy WiFi Troubleshooting Tools
Slideshows  |  7/22/2014  | 
If you need help troubleshooting your wireless networks, here are 10 tools that can help uncover WiFi problems. Bonus: Some are free!
Guide: The Open Compute Project and Your Data Center
Education  |  7/21/2014  | 
Facebook's Open Compute Project has been developing designs and concepts for servers, switches, and other data center technologies. But how and when will those designs migrate to the typical enterprise?
8 Gotchas Of Technology Contracting
Slideshows  |  7/17/2014  | 
IT projects often involve multiple legal contracts for technology and services. Avoid these "gotchas" to ensure smooth agreements and relationships.
Cisco NX-OS: Facts & Features
Education  |  7/17/2014  | 
Learn the basics of NS-OX in this book excerpt on Cisco's operating system for Nexus data center switching.
Why Facebook Wedge Is Revolutionary
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
The social networking giant's open TOR switch is a big step forward for white-box switches and a ground-breaking platform for application networking.
Data Center Efficiency Via The Cloud
Commentary  |  7/15/2014  | 
Organizations looking to improve their data center efficiency and cut costs can reap benefits by transitioning to a cloud computing model.
Cage Nuts: The Ultimate Guide
Commentary  |  7/15/2014  | 
Here's everything you need to know about those annoying little cage nuts you wrestle with when filling a server rack. Learn how they're different from clip nuts, and get installation and removal tips.
Cellular In The Enterprise Data Center
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Cellular connectivity is growing fast in the data center as a more cost-effective alternative to POTS lines, but it's not without its challenges.
The Rise Of The Cloud Administrator
Commentary  |  7/11/2014  | 
With the roles of the sysadmin and network admin merging as cloud infrastructure grows, what toolsets will prevail?
Stand-Alone SSD Vendors: A Vanishing Breed
Commentary  |  7/10/2014  | 
With SanDisk's acquisition of Fusion-io, the SSD market continues on a rapid pace of consolidation that doesn't leave much room for stand-alone vendors.
Network Device Management, Part 4: Topology Control
Education  |  7/9/2014  | 
Maintaining control and enforcement around network devices pays off in network stability. Here are some ways to get it done.
12 Hot Programming Languages To Learn
Slideshows  |  7/8/2014  | 
With the growing software-defined networking trend, networking pros are under pressure to learn some coding. Here are a dozen programming languages worth checking out.
Randy Bias Helps You Harness The Cloud
Commentary  |  7/8/2014  | 
Join us on Thursday, July 10, to discuss cloud infrastructure with Randy Bias, one of cloud computing and OpenStack's most vocal advocates.
New Storage Platforms: What's the Difference?
Commentary  |  7/7/2014  | 
Find out whether object, software-defined, or data-defined storage is the right platform to support your company's big data analytics initiative.
Guide: NVMe Promises Speed, SSD Optimization
Education  |  7/2/2014  | 
An emerging storage interface, NVMe, is ready to ride along with the SSD adoption wave, and maybe give it a little performance boost along the way.
The IT Nerd's Summer Reading List
Slideshows  |  7/1/2014  | 
If you're looking for a good book to take on your summer vacation, we've got 12 recommendations, including technical guides to brush up on your skills and just-for-fun reads.
Why Ethernet Switch Sales Will Continue To Fall
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Sales of Ethernet switches will continue to slump as customers wait for SDN and as virtualization and public cloud adoption reduces Ethernet port requirements.
The Evolution Of The All-Flash Array
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
Vendors are adding data deduplication and other features to their all-flash arrays, making the storage systems more than just speed demons.
IoT: How Ready Is Your Infrastructure?
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
The Internet of Things will bring a plethora of new devices online, but next-generation technologies can help you prepare for the influx.
The SDDC & Shifting IT Roles
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
The software-defined data center is breaking down IT silos and prompting changes in traditional roles.
Puppet Labs Teams With Networking & Storage Vendors
News  |  6/24/2014  | 
The IT automation software company and DevOps leader launches a certification program to integrate Puppet Enterprise with networking and storage equipment.
13 Nerdy Summer Vacation Spots
Slideshows  |  6/24/2014  | 
If you have to leave your comfort zone this summer and go on vacation, you might as well make it a good one. Check out 13 destinations where nerds like us can feel at home.
Data Center PUE: A Guide To Energy Efficiency Metrics
Education  |  6/19/2014  | 
Don't think of PUE (power usage efficiency) as a metric for comparing your data center energy efficiency to that of Facebook or Google. Think of it as a benchmark for making improvements.
Cloud: Ready To Burst
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
Infrastructure-as-a-service will come on strong in the next few years, especially in the areas of disaster recovery, high availability, new product development, and increased capacity and compatibility.
Facebook Unveils Open TOR Switch
News  |  6/18/2014  | 
Social networking giant builds its own switch that's designed to operate more like a server for better flexibility.
11 Best IT Certifications For Cutting-Edge Skills
Slideshows  |  6/17/2014  | 
Networking and infrastructure professionals looking to improve their job skills should consider these groundbreaking training programs.
Server SANs: A Guide To What You Need To Know
Education  |  6/10/2014  | 
Server SANs are creating buzz in the storage industry with promises of better performance and simplicity. Are they right for your storage infrastructure?
Optimize Your Infrastructure Without Breaking The Bank
Commentary  |  6/3/2014  | 
Software-based systems, such as virtual security services and software-based WAN optimization, can be cost-effective ways to streamline your IT operations.
Data Center Relocation: Tips For Success
Commentary  |  6/3/2014  | 
Moving a data center is a costly, high-risk project. Follow these DCR recommendations for a smooth move.
Ethernet Switch Market Drops Almost $1B in Q1
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
Dell'Oro Group cites "pause" in datacenter switching spending due to Cisco Nexus 9000 switches as one reason for the decline.
How SDN Will Help Network Engineers
How SDN Will Help Network Engineers
Network Computing Videos  |  5/30/2014  | 
5 NFV Benefits & The Trends Driving Them
Commentary  |  5/30/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization addresses several trends shaping service provider networks.
The Largest Data Centers In The World
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
The US leads the way in giant data centers, but China is slated to take the crown with its Langfang data center, at least temporarily.
Virtual Machines Vs. Containers: A Matter Of Scope
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Should container technologies like Docker replace virtual machines in cloud environments? It depends on the application, operating system, and OS instance.
Next-Gen WAN: Build or Buy?
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Enterprises need to consider a number of factors, including security requirements, when choosing between an in-house model or managed network service for their future WAN connectivity needs.
Waiting For VMware VVOLs
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
VMware's Virtual Volumes functionality would help solve storage management problems in virtualized environments. But, like Vladmir and Estragon endlessly waiting for Godot, we're still waiting for VVOLs.
The Internet of Things: Not So Scary
Commentary  |  5/23/2014  | 
IoT will increase the flow of data, but should be manageable with proper attention to WiFi requirements and security.
Cisco Live's 7 Best Scenes
Slideshows  |  5/22/2014  | 
Attendees at Cisco Live this week were showered in APIs and ACI, and swimming in selfies. Take a look at the highlights from the annual customer event.
Cisco Expands On Its ACI Strategy
News  |  5/22/2014  | 
Networking giant touts its SDN platform at Cisco Live and offers ways for customers to extend ACI policy to legacy Nexus infrastructure.
Photonics: Chip Interconnect At Light Speed
Commentary  |  5/21/2014  | 
Using beams of light, instead of electrical connections, to send data between chips promises faster, lower-power devices.
NSA Reports Prompt Chambers To Ask Obama For Changes
News  |  5/21/2014  | 
Cisco CEO complains of alleged NSA interception of networking gear in letter to President, asks for new "rules of the road."
Network Engineers Tackle ACI
News  |  5/19/2014  | 
Twitter was humming with chatter about Cisco Live and ACI today as IT professionals sought information about the SDN platform.
Cisco Live Unfolds: The Chambers Keynote
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Join us to experience and weigh in on the John Chambers keynote as it happens from Cisco Live, today at 3:30 p.m. PDT.
Cisco Faces Make-Or-Break Week For SDN
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Cisco is counting on ACI, its software-defined networking strategy, to keep its hold on the enterprise infrastructure market. We'll see how that plays out this week at Cisco Live.
Converged Infrastructure & The Branch Office
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Today's branch office IT architecture is complicated and inefficient. Converged infrastructure streamlines branch IT and reduces the risk of downtime by centralizing branch data.
IT Transformation Fuels New Holistic Platforms
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
Enterprises are transforming their IT environments by adopting holistic strategies that go beyond single technology solutions. This trend is leading vendors to expand their portfolios with a comprehensive platform approach.
A Guide To The Software-Defined World
Slideshows  |  5/13/2014  | 
In IT today, you can't escape it: the software-defined label. Here's a simple guide to keep track of the hype.
Ethernet Innovation Inside The Datacenter
Commentary  |  5/12/2014  | 
With big data analytics, social media, and other new applications pushing east-west bandwidth demand, datacenters are deploying faster Ethernet and unlocking new capabilities.
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