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3 Ways Hybrid Cloud Is Going Mainstream
Commentary  |  8/22/2014  | 
Here's a look at three trends that are making it easier for organizations to migrate to a hybrid cloud platform.
Why Large Data Centers Need Overlay Networks
Education  |  8/21/2014  | 
If your data center requires massive scale, then overlay networking makes the most sense, according to this chapter excerpt.
Rethinking Data Center Design
Commentary  |  8/20/2014  | 
With the skyrocketing number of connected devices and data processing requirements, data center operators are migrating to a new open architecture that's focused on virtualization.
IoT: Out Of The Cloud & Into The Fog
Commentary  |  8/19/2014  | 
Cloud computing architectures won't be able to handle the communication demands of the Internet of Things. The future is in fog computing.
Flash Is Overkill For VDI
Commentary  |  8/19/2014  | 
All flash makes fast storage, but at a high cost. Listen to your users, and provide a hybrid array combined with software for a better VDI experience.
The Headaches Of Multiple Cloud Services
Commentary  |  8/15/2014  | 
IT professionals and users alike understand the benefits of cloud services. However, migrating several IT services to the cloud can create more pain than you might expect.
In Hybrid Clouds, Mind The Details
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
Integrating your private cloud with public clouds can provide agility, security, and control. But getting the minutia right is daunting.
Silver Peak Extends WAN Optimization To Cloud Services
News  |  8/13/2014  | 
Unity WAN fabric monitors public cloud connections and makes routing decisions to streamline cloud access.
Inside White-Box Switches
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
Switches traditionally use ASICs for packet forwarding, but the new breed of white-box switches relies more heavily on generic CPUs to handle forwarding in order to reduce costs.
The 'So What' Of The Software-Defined Data Center
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
The acceptance of the SDDC means that enterprises are abstracting additional data center functions, such as networking and disaster recovery, from hardware.
IBM Labs Invention Pinpoints Data In The Cloud
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
A new patent allows IT to tag specific files and specify exactly where in the cloud that data will be stored.
Programming: An Essential Skill For Network Engineers
Commentary  |  8/11/2014  | 
As software takes over the networking discipline, engineers who don't learn to code a general-purpose programming language will be left behind.
Internet Of Things = Internet Of Gateways
Commentary  |  8/11/2014  | 
The advent of the IoT will mean monitoring an explosion of gateways and will require increased network performance monitoring -- in particular, application-aware network monitoring.
Data Centers Move From Metro
Commentary  |  8/8/2014  | 
If your data center is relocating to the 'burbs, you'll need to take serious steps to beef up the network.
SDN: You Can't Argue Against It
Commentary  |  8/7/2014  | 
As executive director of the ONF, Dan Pitt hears all the excuses about why organizations are waiting to adopt SDN. Here he explains why they're wrong.
Cloud Automation: Even Cattle Need Care
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Managing virtual machines in the cloud doesn't mean interpreting the pets vs. cattle meme literally. It requires automating systems and processes to care for the herd.
Understanding IPv6: A Sniffer Full Of 3s
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne explores Wireshark sniffer traces in order to understand the difference between IPv4 and IPv6 addressing.
Can New Math Speed Up The Internet?
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Scientists from Denmark, in collaboration with MIT and Caltech researchers, have developed a new way to transmit information over the Internet using mathematical equations instead of sending packets.
Open Technologies: The Hottest 10
Slideshows  |  8/5/2014  | 
In today's tech world, the word "open" is on fire. IT pros are finally dismantling those much-maligned silos, and vendors are rushing to join open source projects to prove they're on board.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 1: Management Up Front
Commentary  |  8/4/2014  | 
Learn how Microsoft runs its own software-defined network in this series from Symon Perriman. First, he advises setting realistic goals and focusing on management.
2014 IT Spending: Getting More For Less
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
Fierce competition in a rapidly changing IT industry has resulted in bargains for enterprise IT buyers this year, but don't expect the good deals to last long.
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.
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