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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.
Why Facebook Wedge Is Revolutionary
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
The social networking giant's open TOR switch is a big step forward for white-box switches and a ground-breaking platform for application networking.
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.
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.
Guide: NVMe Promises Speed, SSD Optimization
Education  |  7/2/2014  | 
An emerging storage interface, NVMe, is ready to ride along with the SSD adoption wave, and maybe give it a little performance boost along the way.
Overcoming Application Performance Issues
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Growth at financial-services firm Orangefield Columbus had led to degraded storage performance and reduced service levels. Here's how it tackled the problem.
Unified Communication Doesn't Mean Unified Interaction
Commentary  |  6/20/2014  | 
UC is on the rise, but does it really solve the problem of communication disconnect? New systems must take UC a step further to support truly unified interaction.
Unified Communications Plans: 6 Ways To Derail Disaster
Slideshows  |  6/9/2014  | 
Before you choose a UC product or platform, careful evaluation of existing attitudes, equipment, and systems could save your project -- and your sanity.
Data Center Relocation: Tips For Success
Commentary  |  6/3/2014  | 
Moving a data center is a costly, high-risk project. Follow these DCR recommendations for a smooth move.
How SDN Will Help Network Engineers
How SDN Will Help Network Engineers
Network Computing Videos  |  5/30/2014  | 
The Internet of Things: Not So Scary
Commentary  |  5/23/2014  | 
IoT will increase the flow of data, but should be manageable with proper attention to WiFi requirements and security.
Cloud Must Search & Integrate Apps
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
Cloud providers must adapt to provide users with "cloudnostic" services that search data stored in many locations and seamlessly integrate apps across platforms.
Cloud Storage: Pick The Best Option
Education  |  5/14/2014  | 
Looking for cloud storage for personal or business use? This guide compares four of the most popular and relevant cloud storage options available today.
A Guide To The Software-Defined World
Slideshows  |  5/13/2014  | 
In IT today, you can't escape it: the software-defined label. Here's a simple guide to keep track of the hype.
Ethernet Innovation Inside The Datacenter
Commentary  |  5/12/2014  | 
With big data analytics, social media, and other new applications pushing east-west bandwidth demand, datacenters are deploying faster Ethernet and unlocking new capabilities.
Hard Disk: Not Dead Yet
Commentary  |  5/9/2014  | 
Even with the arrival of flash storage, don't count out the venerable hard disk. Disk still offers a lot of advantages.
IT Pros Mistrust Cloud Performance Claims
News  |  5/8/2014  | 
Survey shows companies think cloud provider performance problems are hidden behind hollow SLA guarantees.
Social WiFi Sign-In: Benefits With A Dark Side
Commentary  |  5/7/2014  | 
Providing social networking credentials to get free WiFi access gives merchants a wealth of customer data for marketing and is a boon for managed service providers. But is the price too high for customers?
Don't Get Burned By Virtual Appliances
Commentary  |  5/7/2014  | 
The Heartbleed bug highlights potential drawbacks of virtual appliances and the flexibility and control offered by installable software.
VMware vSphere Storage APIs: A Guide
Commentary  |  5/6/2014  | 
Get clarity on features in vSphere 5.5 that improve storage performance through storage array integration, storage awareness, and clientless guest backup and recovery.
Choosing Cisco PBX Or Microsoft Lync In The Datacenter
Commentary  |  5/5/2014  | 
These strategies address the question of Cisco vs. Microsoft voice technologies from the datacenter perspective.
IT Is A Quantum World
Commentary  |  5/5/2014  | 
System administrators need to take a quantum mechanical view when weighing the probability of new failure modes that come with new technologies such as deduplication.
Cisco PBX & Microsoft Lync: Datacenter Dilemma
Commentary  |  5/1/2014  | 
With the overlap of Cisco and Microsoft in the enterprise, and both vendors pushing their voice technologies, organizations can have a tough time picking a vendor.
Buy Or Build Your Own SDN?
Commentary  |  5/1/2014  | 
An ESG survey shows a broad range of approaches among enterprises when it comes to deploying software-defined networking.
WANs For The Cloud Must Pick Up The Pace
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
Next-generation WANs leverage improvements in broadband networking and integrated premises-based technologies to address cloud computing demands.
Backup's New Data Protection Weapon: Instant Recovery
Commentary  |  4/29/2014  | 
The restore process traditionally associated with backup can be excruciatingly long. Backup systems with an emerging recovery feature can get your applications back up and running in minutes.
50 Shades Of Open SDN
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
The word open is used frequently in the software-defined networking market, but a closer look at three SDN initiatives shows that the meaning of open depends on your point of view.
Bye-Bye, Traditional IT Buyer
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
Recent ESG research suggests the writing is on the wall for traditional IT purchasing processes. Three trends are putting pressure on the standard IT procurement formula.
Sorting Through Storage Industry Hype
News  |  4/25/2014  | 
Vendors are pushing new storage technologies, such as software-defined storage and new types of NAND flash storage, while users try to make sense of a fast-changing storage landscape.
SDN: Waiting For The Trickle-Down Effect
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
Like server virtualization and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SDN will eventually become a technology that small and midsized enterprises can use. But it's going to require some new packaging.
VMware's VSAN Benchmarks: Under The Hood
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
VMware touted flashy numbers in recently published performance benchmarks, but a closer examination of its VSAN testing shows why customers shouldn't expect the same results with their real-world applications.
VMware's Casado: Network Virtualization The Right Way
News  |  4/7/2014  | 
The true benefits from network virtualization will come from simplifying the network and applying it to broader use cases, rather than bickering about the finer points of vendors' SDN products, according to VMware's Martin Casado.
Cisco's CIO Calls For Speed And Agility At Interop
Commentary  |  4/2/2014  | 
Cisco's CIO, Rebecca Jacoby, described the company's experience delivering employee IT services and how its latest announcement, OpFlex, fits into her vision.
Network Operators Prefer Open Source SDN: Report
News  |  3/19/2014  | 
No surprise that OpenDaylight-sponsored study shows strong interest in open source software-defined networking.
Can One Size Fit All in the Data Center?
Commentary  |  3/6/2014  | 
In the data center, bigger doesn't always mean better, and the "one size fits all" approach may be asking for far too much in a complex and varied environment.
NEC Releases Uber SDN Controller
News  |  3/3/2014  | 
Unified Network Coordinator can manage up to 10 NEC OpenFlow controllers across multiple datacenters.
WAN Performance Needs Work, Report Finds
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
Survey shows WANs often are dragging down application performance, but organizations aren't doing much to improve them.
Behind The Scenes Building The InteropNet
News  |  2/12/2014  | 
Network engineers are busy preparing the network infrastructure for the multi-vendor InteropNet that will support the upcoming Interop conference. Preview the action in our video.
SDN Management: Risks And Challenges
Commentary  |  2/6/2014  | 
Traditional network management techniques don't work with software-defined networking. Automation of management best practices is critical for SDN to succeed.
Best of Interop Product Awards Open
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
The Best of Interop 2014 product awards are open for nominations. Be sure to spread the word to vendors of your favorite products.
Cisco Pushes SDN Into Distributed Networks
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Networking giant extends ACI beyond the data center with new APIC module that provides SDN functionality across campus and branch networks.
5 Ways Software-Defined Tech Simplifies Datacenter Management
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
New software-defined tools are helping to reduce the complexity associated with distance in datacenter environments.
Cloud Growth Drives Need For Unified Datacenter Monitoring
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Today's complex, cloud-enabled datacenter requires network monitoring tools that provide a comprehensive view of traffic.
End User Experience Monitoring: The Network Perspective
News  |  1/6/2014  | 
Network professionals need visibility into more than network data in order to ensure customers don't have frustrating website visits.
Equinix Launches Testing And Validation Centers
News  |  11/26/2013  | 
Testing environments aim to help customers try out new technologies and adapt to the IT as a service trend.
10 Free Network Analysis Tools
Slideshows  |  11/8/2013  | 
Network management can be a tall task without the right statistics and data about traffic flows, device configurations and user activities. The following utilities offer visibility into various aspects of network activity without breaking the bank. Utilizing these free tools gives network managers a better foothold for improving performance, spotting potential problems and nipping security incidents in the bud.
Cisco ACI Solves All Your Data Center Network Problems
Commentary  |  11/5/2013  | 
Cisco launches its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), bringing open overlay networking and SDN to the entire data center.
Pertino Boosts SDN-Based Cloud Network Service
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
Startup expands its cloud networking platform with Network Service Virtualization, which provides enterprise-level services such as WAN optimization.
Akamai, Cisco Integration Focuses On Hybrid Cloud Performance
News  |  10/18/2013  | 
Joint effort optimizes app delivery over hybrid WANs; Barracuda adds five firewalls; Sepaton launches VirtuoSO; Fusion-io adds serving caching extension.
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