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Treating The Cloud As A Utility
Commentary  |  2/26/2015  | 
A NIST report indicates that federal agencies want cloud providers to operate with more utility-like standardization.
Cloud Integration Pain
News  |  2/23/2015  | 
CDW study shows that integrating cloud services with legacy systems can be a headache for IT pros.
Zero-Knowledge Cloud Storage: Far From Perfect
Commentary  |  2/20/2015  | 
You may get an extra layer of protection with zero-knowledge cloud encryption, but the cloud security system isn't fail-safe.
SDN & NFV: Dynamic Duo Of Next-Gen Networks?
Commentary  |  2/19/2015  | 
The relationship between SDN and NFV may be indirect today, but over time the technologies could become inseparable. Find out why.
Big Data Deployment Trends
Commentary  |  2/19/2015  | 
A recent Enterprise Strategy Group survey shows a diversity of IT infrastructure choices for big data.
Guide To VDI: Evaluating Top Vendors
Education  |  2/18/2015  | 
Desktop virtual infrastructure now includes new cloud-based options, with the potential for improved user experience and lower cost. Fusion PPT compared the leading vendors and their offerings.
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.
VMware Virtual Volumes Launch A New Storage Era
Commentary  |  2/12/2015  | 
The arrival of VVOLs with vSphere 6 will allow us to provide data services at the VM-level and put an end to impractical LUN management.
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.
How VSAN & VVOLs Will Impact Storage Administrators
Commentary  |  2/10/2015  | 
Software-defined storage is poised to take a leap forward with vSphere 6, VSAN and VVOLs. Storage administrators will need to expand their skills in order to keep up.
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.
Brocade Buys Riverbed's SteelApp ADC Business
News  |  2/6/2015  | 
Brocade will add the application delivery controller line to its NFV portfolio as Riverbed continues to scale down its business.
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.
Peer-To-Peer Cloud Storage Promises Security, Reliability
Commentary  |  2/4/2015  | 
Cloud storage services that use a decentralized model for storing data offer a viable alternative, especially for SMBs.
IPv6 Network Testing: Avoid The Top 5 Troubles
Education  |  2/3/2015  | 
Test networks can be tricky, and IPv6 adds another dimension of complexity. Learn the most common issues associated with IPv6 testing and how to fix them.
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.
Half Of Enterprises Worldwide Hit By DDoS Attacks
News  |  1/27/2015  | 
New data illustrates how distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks remain a popular attack weapon -- and continue to evolve.
8 Free Online Networking Classes
Slideshows  |  1/27/2015  | 
If you're looking to expand your networking skills, these courses offer instruction on SDN, cloud networking, network optimization, and other topics for free. What's better than that?
Data Encryption On The Rise
Commentary  |  1/23/2015  | 
With corporate demand for data security growing, full data encryption is becoming a default feature in the mobile space.
Top 5 Mistakes Companies Make When They Move To The Cloud
Top 5 Mistakes Companies Make When They Move To The Cloud
Network Computing Videos  |  1/22/2015  | 
You’re moving to the cloud, and you may think the hard part — the internal debates, politics, and budget calculating — is behind you. Unfortunately, most companies make some basic mistakes and assumptions that make their migration to the cloud significantly more difficult. Cloud expert Joe Masters Emison points them out so that you can avoid them.
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.
Moving Mission-Critical Applications To The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/15/2015  | 
Here are three steps enterprises and private clouds need to take to meet the availability requirements of critical business applications.
Community Cloud Uses NSX To Streamline Security, Cut Costs
News  |  1/15/2015  | 
IlliniCloud consolidates security operations and reduces networking complexity with VMware's network virtualization platform, no 'architectural duct tape' needed.
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.
Cloud Migration: Strategy Development
Commentary  |  1/6/2015  | 
Moving workloads to the cloud is a process fraught with potential pitfalls. Here are some best-practices to streamline your cloud migration.
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.
2015: Cloud Ramps Up For IoT
Commentary  |  1/2/2015  | 
This will be the emergent year for business-to-consumer cloud services supporting the Internet of Things.
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.
Do Large Businesses Need The Cloud?
Commentary  |  12/26/2014  | 
For small and midsize businesses, the benefits of public cloud services are many. Larger enterprises, however, may see less of a payoff.
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.
SDN Developments In 2015
Commentary  |  12/19/2014  | 
ONF executive director Dan Pitt shares his expectations for the evolution of software-defined networking in the coming year.
Cloud Migration: Discovery & Planning
Commentary  |  12/19/2014  | 
Migrating workloads to the cloud requires time and effort spent on up-front planning. The first part of this series explains the technical assessments and evaluations required for a successful cloud migration.
5G Will Enable Robotics In The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/15/2014  | 
By 2020, 5G will permeate network infrastructures, enabling new robotic services and intelligence, as well as a densely connected digital society and economy.
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.
Breaking The Last Cloud Barriers
Commentary  |  12/12/2014  | 
Many enterprises are still holding back from cloud adoption, for good reasons. Implementing one transformative cloud app can change that, and help businesses move to the next level.
Embracing OpenStack
Commentary  |  12/11/2014  | 
Major system vendors like HP and Dell are rapidly integrating OpenStack, putting the open-source cloud software in a strong position against cloud giants such as Microsoft Azure.
Net Neutrality: Just Say No
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
While troubleshooting a client's website access problem, I was confronted with the net neutrality debate. Here's why I oppose the concept.
WebRTC: Not Ready For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
The open source web-based technology promises real-time communication across a multitude of applications, but must overcome challenges before it makes inroads into the enterprise market.
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.
GPU-Based Clouds
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
Cloud services from NVIDIA and Adobe using graphics processing units bolster performance and change the way we do video editing and big data analytics.
Cisco Sues Arista, Claims Patent Infringement
News  |  12/5/2014  | 
The networking giant alleges that a rival stole intellectual property and copied CLI commands.
IoT Readiness: 3 Big Changes
Commentary  |  12/5/2014  | 
Don't get blindsided by the sweeping effects an IoT initiative will have on your IT infrastructure, especially in the areas of networking, security, and change management.
Apple Pay: Gateway Drug To Security, Competition
Commentary  |  12/4/2014  | 
Consumer payment choice will increase competition and the development of PoS security. Just ask those folks with the warm Starbucks cups and smiling faces.
10 Tools For DevOps Success
Slideshows  |  12/2/2014  | 
Check out these automation and collaboration tools that help infrastructure pros work with developers.
Q&A: Internet Encryption As The New Normal
News  |  12/1/2014  | 
Internet Architecture Board chairman Russ Housley explains what the IAB's game-changing statement about encryption means for the future of the Net.
The True Cost Of Hyperconvergence
Commentary  |  12/1/2014  | 
Vendors tout hyperconverged systems like EVO:RAIL as less expensive than more conventional storage systems. After pricing my own EVO:RAIL-like system, I found otherwise.
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?
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