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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?
Why Infrastructure Matters To DevOps
Commentary  |  11/26/2014  | 
DevOps requires infrastructure that enables efficiency and productivity. The IaaS model is the best way to reach those goals.
Considering Cloud? Just Think Hybrid
Commentary  |  11/25/2014  | 
The hybrid cloud model is already pervasive in many IT environments. It's time to embrace the hybrid reality and IT's role as a cloud broker.
SDN Rationales
Commentary  |  11/24/2014  | 
Understanding the different motivations for adopting software-defined networking provides a clearer view into the technology.
Is Cloud Security Actually Achievable?
Commentary  |  11/24/2014  | 
There's no denying the growth of cloud services, but security is still their biggest hurdle.
WAN Orchestration Essential To Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  11/21/2014  | 
The careful construction of a hybrid cloud can collapse due to neglected WAN resources. WAN orchestration can help.
Open Source Vs. Proprietary: Time For A New Manifesto
News  |  11/20/2014  | 
Philosophical debates over OpenStack vs. vCloud or OpenDaylight vs. Cisco ACI miss the point. For IT, ideological purity is neither possible nor desirable
Gaming Will Level Up The Network
News  |  11/19/2014  | 
The latest release in the popular Call of Duty series shows how video games are branching out and demanding network improvements.
Why Net Neutrality Matters For Big-Data Apps
Commentary  |  11/18/2014  | 
New businesses like Uber and Tesla depend on big data analytics to provide cutting-edge services. They need a fast and free Internet to flourish.
100 Gbps Headed For The Data Center
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
Growing demand for increased bandwidth in the data center will speed adoption of fast 100 gigabit-per-second interconnects.
IT Business Confidence Rises
News  |  11/14/2014  | 
CompTIA study shows that IT executives are generally optimistic about the potential for growth, but still have plenty of concerns.
Virtual Containers: 8 Basic Truths
Slideshows  |  11/13/2014  | 
The buzz around virtual containers is inescapable. If all the talk of containers and Docker has you curious or confused, here are the essentials.
OpenStack Adoption: Start Slow
OpenStack Adoption: Start Slow
Network Computing Videos  |  11/12/2014  | 
Al Sadowski of 451 Research explains how vendors are making OpenStack easier for enterprises to consume, and the ways that IT professionals can approach the open-source cloud platform in a phased manner.
Are Converged Systems Right for You?
Commentary  |  11/12/2014  | 
Converged infrastructure streamlines integration and provides better TCO than traditional systems.`However, more economic and flexible converged solutions may be on the horizon.
Understanding IPv6: Solicited-Node Multicast In Action
Commentary  |  11/11/2014  | 
In the last installment of her IPv6 series, Denise Fishburne explains how to find the MAC address associated with a Layer 3 IPv6 address.
Big Data: A Backup Nightmare?
Commentary  |  11/6/2014  | 
Big data presents data protection challenges, but an enterprise can avoid problems by putting a priority on availability and making sure the data center is updated to modern standards.
How To Win The War On Net Neutrality
Commentary  |  11/5/2014  | 
Businesses will suffer along with consumers if net neutrality isn't preserved. Here's what you can do to ensure your traffic doesn't get sideswiped into a slow lane.
Make Or Break Your Cloud Migration
Commentary  |  11/4/2014  | 
Using a cloud service successfully depends on more than the service itself. Be sure these crucial components within your own IT environment and other third-party providers are up to par.
Are Cloud-Based Virtual Desktops The Future?
Commentary  |  11/3/2014  | 
The desktop-as-a-service model, hosted in a public or private cloud, promises more efficient and economical workstations.
Why IoT Security & Privacy Are Critical
Commentary  |  10/31/2014  | 
Security and privacy concerns about smart meters and other Internet of Things deployments must be addressed in order for the IoT to succeed.
Hyper-Convergence: The New Black
Commentary  |  10/30/2014  | 
With the introduction of VMware's EVO:RAIL platform, hyper-converged appliances are all the rage. The fashionable IT architecture is also coming out in all-flash designs.
Understanding IPv6: The Ping Before Solicited-Node Multicast
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne gets ready to walk through solicited-node multicast, analyzing an ICMP ping echo request in IPv4 and showing how it differs from IPv6.
5 Network Monitoring Essentials You Can't Live Without
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Network and infrastructure monitoring tools must help IT professionals measure performance but also deliver new services fast. Here's what to look for.
WAN Challenges Demand An SDN Upgrade
Commentary  |  10/28/2014  | 
Software-defined networks can improve application performance for enterprises, overcoming MPLS limitations, traffic tromboning, and branch office bandwidth constraints.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 5: Demand More From Vendors
Commentary  |  10/27/2014  | 
Microsoft's Symon Perriman explains why and how you can influence your networking vendors to provide products based on interoperable SDN standards.
Beware The Electro-Magnetic Data Center Threat
Commentary  |  10/24/2014  | 
A data center strong enough to fend off solar storms or nuclear weapons could be the next requirement on your RFP.
The Management Gap Between You and Cloud Apps
Commentary  |  10/24/2014  | 
Cloud management tools must evolve to truly support the distributed nature of cloud apps and services.
Where's The WAN Going?
Where's The WAN Going?
Network Computing Videos  |  10/23/2014  | 
Networking expert Greg Ferro explains how the wide area network must evolve to keep up with modern technology demands.
EMC: Cisco's Out In The Cold, VCE Into The Fold
News  |  10/22/2014  | 
The competition between Cisco, VMware, and EMC on the networking, cloud, and storage fronts heats up, with the joint venture VCE becoming an EMC business.
Fiber Networks & The New Digital Divide
Commentary  |  10/22/2014  | 
All-fiber networks provide virtually unlimited bandwidth, but fiber-to-the-home services aren't available in many areas, leaving many people without the high-speed broadband needed for today's applications.
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.
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