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Guide To Server Virtualization
Education  |  7/31/2014  | 
New to server virtualization or need a refresher course? This overview explains the technology that has changed the lives of IT admins and CFOs.
Measuring Cloud Performance Is Like Flying Blind
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
Legacy systems management software and tools are woefully inept at providing visibility into cloud applications and services. Here's why we need new methods.
Cisco Ships APIC Controller, Reveals ACI Pricing
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
The key piece of Cisco's ACI strategy will ship July 31, along with new ACI starter kits. The company also made the ACI price list public.
Fall IT Events: On The Road Again With 10 Top Picks
Slideshows  |  7/29/2014  | 
Fall IT conferences and trade shows are right around the corner. Browse these events focused on networking, cloud, data centers, and storage, and start planning for a fantastic fall.
25 GbE: A Big Deal That Will Arrive
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Why all the hubbub about 25 Gigabit Ethernet? It allows the biggest jump in data center Ethernet performance for the smallest jump in price. That's why.
IT Budgets Up In 2015, Hiring Tepid
News  |  7/25/2014  | 
A survey shows organizations will spend more on IT next year, but IT pros don't expect those extra dollars will translate into bigger IT departments.
3 Signs You're Overspending On Data Storage
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
If you think public cloud storage is the cheaper way to manage the massive growth in data, think again.
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.
Network Security: An Oxymoron In The Cloud Era?
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
Network security as we know it won't survive the migration to the cloud. New approaches are needed.
Cisco DevNet Focuses On Developers
News  |  7/21/2014  | 
The program provides APIs and aims to promote DevOps by bringing network engineers and software developers together.
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?
Do We Need 25 GbE & 50 GbE?
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Efforts to bring 25 GbE and 50 GbE to market are underway. Is there a strong case for these non-IEEE solutions? For cloud service providers, there is.
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.
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.
IoT: The Network Impact
Commentary  |  7/9/2014  | 
The Internet of Things will require a network that can handle increased demand for data analytics, agility, and security.
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.
Understanding IPv6: The Journey Begins
Commentary  |  7/7/2014  | 
Why is IPv6 so difficult to understand? Denise Fishburne explains how she began unraveling this complex topic.
Code Spaces: A Lesson In Cloud Backup
Commentary  |  7/3/2014  | 
The SaaS provider is out of business after an AWS security breach, underscoring the need for proper cloud storage backup.
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.
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.
Network Design Decisions Go Both Ways
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
Network design should reflect business goals. But it's also important to anticipate how your technology decisions will affect the business moving forward.
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.
IT Hiring Climbs Despite The Cloud
News  |  6/25/2014  | 
Computer Economics survey indicates that many organizations expect to expand their IT staffs this year, but IT capital budgets remain flat.
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.
Net Neutrality Retreat Threatens Cloud Growth
Commentary  |  6/23/2014  | 
A proposal to undermine net neutrality by allowing ISPs to charge for "fast lane" traffic would create competitive barriers for businesses and stymie cloud adoption.
NETCONF: Introduction To An Emerging Networking Standard
Education  |  6/20/2014  | 
By providing a programmatic interface, NETCONF eliminates the need to use proprietary CLIs for network device configuration and can facilitate SDN.
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.
Cisco To Buy Orchestration Software Startup Tail-f
News  |  6/17/2014  | 
The networking giant bulks up its cloud portfolio with the $175 million acquisition of Swedish maker of multi-vendor network management software.
Pervasive Computing & Breaking The Security Barrier
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
The Internet of Things, BYOD, and DevOps aim to make computing seamless, but information security remains a cumbersome chokepoint.
Disk Backup Appliances vs. Virtualized Backup Software
Commentary  |  6/13/2014  | 
New features in virtualized backup software products expose shortcomings in disk backup appliances.
AWS Takes Shot At VMware With New Portal
News  |  6/10/2014  | 
The cloud giant releases a new feature that's designed to make VMware integration with AWS easier but poses a direct threat to VMware.
The Looming IoT Backlash
Commentary  |  6/10/2014  | 
Lofty projections for the Internet of Things will fall short as concerns about IoT dangers grow.
Virtual Machine Sizing: 3 Mistakes To Avoid
Commentary  |  6/9/2014  | 
Don't waste resources due to improper vCPU allocation, memory allocation, and incorrect template use.
5 Ways OpenStack Improves Enterprise IT
Commentary  |  6/6/2014  | 
Enterprises can leverage OpenStack to extend AWS investments, drive IT transformation, as a negotiating tool in enterprise license agreements, and for other benefits.
Compromising Virtualization
Commentary  |  6/5/2014  | 
Features such as instance storage are taking the virtual out of virtualization. The performance gains are tremendous, but the techniques open cloud security risks.
SDN & Breaking The VLAN Contract
Commentary  |  6/4/2014  | 
Software-defined networking disrupts the VLAN approach to network security. We need to embrace change and seize the opportunities SDN offers to improve enterprise security.
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.
5 NFV Benefits & The Trends Driving Them
Commentary  |  5/30/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization addresses several trends shaping service provider networks.
MPLS Traffic Engineering Guide: Success & Alternatives
Education  |  5/30/2014  | 
MPLS traffic engineering can improve network performance by routing data to alternate paths. When should you use this technology? We explain the pros and cons.
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.
Branch Infrastructure Design: The Cloud Effect
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Traditional branch office architecture is fraught with complexity as individual office needs come into play. Cloud computing promises to simplify branch design.
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.
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