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The Most Important IT Conference: A Technologist's View
Commentary  |  4/16/2015  | 
In an industry inundated with events focused on a single vendor or technology, Interop stands out for its independence, breadth, and stellar speakers.
The Internet Of Things & IP Address Needs
Commentary  |  4/16/2015  | 
With IPv6, there's no need to fear that there won't be enough IP addresses for IoT. The real question is whether every 'thing' needs its own IP address.
Staying Ahead Of The Data Deluge
Commentary  |  4/15/2015  | 
Data is core to Nielsen's business. Here's how the company is transforming its IT environment to tackle the data explosion.
Understanding OpenFlow, VXLAN and Cisco's ACI
Commentary  |  4/15/2015  | 
Three different approaches dominate today's software-defined networking market. Dan Pitt of the ONF explains the difference between them.
Will Containers Sink The All-Flash Array?
Commentary  |  4/14/2015  | 
All-flash arrays are touted as solutions for virtual desktop deployments and big data, but virtual containers and Docker could undercut that.
12 Must-See Presentations At Interop Las Vegas
Slideshows  |  4/14/2015  | 
This year's Interop conference is jam-packed with learning opportunities. Here are a dozen educational sessions you won't want to miss.
'Cloudified' Telecom Services: What To Look For
Commentary  |  4/9/2015  | 
Telecom operators must adapt to new technology in order to provide the services enterprise are demanding at a reasonable cost. Make sure your carriers are investing in these areas.
Hybrid WAN Requires A New Connectivity Model
Commentary  |  4/8/2015  | 
Hybrid WAN can ease application deployment, but to make it a reality, we need to switch from a network topology to a service topology.
Getting Cloud Ready: People, Processes & Infrastructure
Commentary  |  4/3/2015  | 
Here are some tips for preparing your IT infrastructure and IT team for moving to a cloud model.
Yes, NFV Is Important For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  4/2/2015  | 
Due to its origins and complexity, it's tempting to view network functions virtualization as a service provider technology. That's not the case.
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.
Legacy IT Vendors & The AWS Fear Factor
Commentary  |  4/1/2015  | 
The popularity of Amazon Web Services, along with SaaS, means that traditional IT vendors must transform themselves in order to remain relevant in the new cloud era.
Hybrid Cloud Storage Challenges
Commentary  |  3/26/2015  | 
Moving to a hybrid model helps address security and compliance concerns, but comes with problems such as data synchronization and WAN latency.
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.
4 Paths To The Enterprise Cloud
Commentary  |  3/24/2015  | 
Will your enterprise outsource, partner or build its own cloud infrastructure? The answer depends on your cloud application strategy.
Cloud Orchestration Vs. DevOps Automation
Commentary  |  3/20/2015  | 
Confused by all the buzzwords around cloud and DevOps? Here's a breakdown of terminology to try to get past the hype.
Enabling The Self-Driving Car
Commentary  |  3/19/2015  | 
The transition to 5G telecommunications networks, coupled with the flexibility of cloud orchestration, will enable self-driving vehicles.
Conquering Cloud Fears
Commentary  |  3/18/2015  | 
Many database administrators and other IT pros fear cloud adoption, but setting aside emotions and understanding how cloud computing impacts your infrastructure is key to overcoming your anxiety.
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.
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.
Cloud Migration: Going Live
Commentary  |  3/9/2015  | 
The final post in this series on best practices for moving applications to the cloud details the elements of a successful go-live event as well as post-migration maintenance.
Managing Data Security In The Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  3/5/2015  | 
The hybrid cloud model helps address security and compliance issues, but there are still a lot of challenges, including cloud encryption.
MWC: FCC Chairman Defends Net Neutrality Decision
News  |  3/4/2015  | 
Tom Wheeler says the FCC's new rules for Internet service providers don't impose utility-like regulation.
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.
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.
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