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NFV Can Avoid Buying Network Bulk
Commentary  |  10/21/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization allows service providers to deliver specialized capabilities that enterprise customers only pay for when needed.
Building Cloud Computing Skills
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
To succeed in the cloud computing era, IT pros need a wide array of skills. Cloud certifications are one way to acquire these skills, but you also must learn to think like a cloud architect.
Learning Lessons Through Security Struggles
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
Why do we hear of new security breaches so frequently? Make sure your organization follows these best-practices and considers these important questions to protect itself.
Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery: Choose Wisely
Commentary  |  10/16/2014  | 
Disaster recovery and business continuity in the cloud is now a viable and affordable option for protecting data center resources -- but select your vendor with care.
Time For LUN To Die
Commentary  |  10/15/2014  | 
In virtualized environments, managing storage with LUNs isn't practical. With the upcoming arrival of VMware Virtual Volumes, we can shift to VM-centric data services.
Reclaiming The Network Perimeter
Commentary  |  10/15/2014  | 
The traditional network perimeter has vanished, but new architectures allow you to control security at the virtual machine or via cloud infrastructures.
Elements Of IoT
Slideshows  |  10/14/2014  | 
There's a lot of hype about the Internet of Things, but what about the technology it runs on? Here's a look at some of the infrastructure and networking components IT pros can expect to build out to support the IoT.
NFV: Changing The Pace Of Carrier Services
Commentary  |  10/14/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization will drastically change how -- and how fast -- carriers provision services to enterprise customers.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 4: Plan For Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  10/9/2014  | 
Microsoft's Symon Perriman explains why your software-defined network design should include support for hybrid cloud, whether you need it now or not.
Cavium's XPliant Paves Way For Multi-Purpose Ethernet Switches
Commentary  |  10/9/2014  | 
New chip architecture provides the flexibility that's essential for emerging OpenFlow and overlay networks.
Academia Reinvents The Cloud
Commentary  |  10/7/2014  | 
Two recent National Science Foundation projects -- called CloudLab and Chameleon -- position academia to develop the new and improved version of cloud computing.
SDN: The Silver Bullet For Financial Services
News  |  10/3/2014  | 
High-frequency trading firms needed faster technology, so Lucera built the infrastructure to provide it using software-defined networking.
Interop Kicks Off In Style
Interop Kicks Off In Style
Network Computing Videos  |  10/1/2014  | 
Virtualization Wasteland
Commentary  |  9/30/2014  | 
Companies are discovering that achieving ROI with virtualization is not a simple task. The ease of provisioning virtual servers can lead to unnecessary and costly VM allocation.
When To Say No To The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/26/2014  | 
With cloud adoption on the rise, should you jump on the bandwagon? Depending on your business needs, it may make more sense to wait.
How IoT Affects Your Enterprise
Commentary  |  9/25/2014  | 
The Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything may seem like mere buzzwords, but enterprises are deploying real IoT projects that affect their enterprise networks, data centers, cloud services, and personnel.
7 Hot Technologies To Watch At Interop New York
Slideshows  |  9/23/2014  | 
From SDN and DevOps to containers and the IoT, Interop New York will feature the hottest technology trends in the tech industry today.
IoT: Beyond SDN
Commentary  |  9/23/2014  | 
The Internet of Things will require more scale, simplicity, and higher levels of abstraction than what software-defined networking is designed to provide.
Backup Appliances & The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/17/2014  | 
While cloud computing may seem to solve the backup problem, the answer isn't that easy. Today's backup appliances strive for a more nuanced approach.
7 Critical Cloud Service Attributes
Commentary  |  9/17/2014  | 
Cloud service providers vary a lot when it comes to reliability, security, and other qualities. Here's what to look for to make sure a cloud provider meets your needs.
Understanding IPv6: What Is Solicited-Node Multicast?
Commentary  |  9/15/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne lays down the basics of solicited-node multicast, which provides the functionality for Neighbor Discovery in IPv6 addressing.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 3: Focus On The App
Commentary  |  9/15/2014  | 
Microsoft's Symon Perriman offers advice about SDN implementation and explains why the applications running on the network should take center stage.
Using Carrier WiFi To Offload IoT Networks
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
The growing trend of WiFi offloading by carriers can help provide connectivity for the Internet of Things explosion.
IoT Makes You Administrator Of Things
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
You may not realize it, but it's likely you're already supporting and managing "Internet of Things" devices on your corporate network. Here's a reality check.
Contest Results: The Cleverest Caption Is…
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
Community members pulled out all the stops suggesting witty one-liners for our first caption contest. We announce the winners.
6 Critical Data Center Concepts
Commentary  |  9/10/2014  | 
The data center is the Achilles' heel of IT operations. Be sure everyone on your IT team knows the ins and outs of these critical data center functions.
IoT Standards: Which Will Prevail?
Commentary  |  9/9/2014  | 
Several industry groups that include big names like Google and Intel have recently formed to create standards for the emerging Internet of Things. The race is on.
Cloud Services Go For The Grand Slam
Commentary  |  9/8/2014  | 
A new survey shows that cloud services are hitting it out of the park, as IT decision makers' adoption and confidence levels grow.
Hyper-Convergence And All Flash On The Way
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
Will a combination of the two shiniest technologies in the storage business make a match like champagne and caviar, or will it create a system looking more like a chocolate-covered pickle?
Cisco Doubles Down On UCS Servers
News  |  9/4/2014  | 
Cisco builds on its success in servers with new models in the Unified Computing System line and the assumption that data will only get bigger.
IPv6 Migration: 10 Reasons To Get Moving
Slideshows  |  9/3/2014  | 
You can't afford to put off that IPv6 transition any longer. Here are 10 ways migrating to the updated protocol will benefit your enterprise.
Cloud Apps Management: The Power Of The Crowd
Commentary  |  9/2/2014  | 
Maintaining application service levels for shared services is tough. Look to crowd sourcing, real-time collaboration, and big data analytics for help.
What To Do If Your Cloud Provider Is Acquired
Commentary  |  8/29/2014  | 
With consolidation on the rise in the cloud computing market, you could end up dealing with a new cloud provider. Here are the key steps to take and questions to ask.
How To Survive In Networking
Commentary  |  8/28/2014  | 
Jeremy Schulman shares his secrets for navigating the transition in network operations by leveraging lessons learned from DevOps.
VMware NSX Banks On Security
News  |  8/28/2014  | 
A year after launching NSX with much fanfare, VMware is targeting its network virtualization platform at customers with ample security budgets in the wake of high-profile security breaches.
The Rise Of White-Box Storage
Commentary  |  8/27/2014  | 
Low-cost, generic storage based on original design manufacturer boxes is gaining ground in the storage industry.
Cloud Storage: How To Pick A Provider
Slideshows  |  8/26/2014  | 
When it comes to enterprise cloud storage, there's no shortage of providers. Here's what you need to consider in order to make the right choice.
Cloud Storage Security: AWS Vs. Azure
Commentary  |  8/26/2014  | 
Security remains the biggest concern facing cloud storage adoption. Here we look at the security details of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, two cloud storage heavyweights.
VMware Launches Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance
News  |  8/25/2014  | 
Virtualization giant teams with hardware partners on EVO: RAIL, an integrated device targeting virtual desktop infrastructure, branch offices, and virtual private clouds.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 2: Conquer The Enemy Within
Commentary  |  8/25/2014  | 
Microsoft's Symon Perriman offers advice about SDN implementation based on his own company's experience with SDN components and protocols.
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.
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