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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?
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.
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