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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.
Stateless Security In The Data Center: A Hybrid Approach
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
In today's data centers, firewalls and other stateful security controls can be less effective than stateless controls or a hybrid approach combining both.
Don't Leave Your Data In The Dark
Commentary  |  12/17/2014  | 
Piles of unstructured data are worse than useless; they pose serious security and privacy risks. John Joseph offers three steps to bring your data storage strategy into the light.
Aerohive Adds Wireless Bridging
Commentary  |  12/17/2014  | 
Point-to-point wireless bridging can be complicated for a WLAN designer. Aerohive is the latest WLAN vendor to help streamline the process by including the capability in an access point.
Putting Erasure Codes To Work
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
Erasure coding is used in scale-out object storage systems from a variety of vendors and open-source software projects. Just don't expect it to solve all your data protection problems.
How Ethernet Can Secure The Connected Car
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
In-car networks could become the next favorite target for hackers. Ethernet offers many options to protect the connected car from malicious attacks.
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.
Erasure Codes: An Introduction
Commentary  |  12/9/2014  | 
Erasure coding is promoted by some in the storage industry as a data protection alternative to RAID. Here's how it works.
5 Reasons IT Projects Fail
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
From focusing on cool technology to jumping in too soon, there are common mistakes that IT teams make that doom IT projects.
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.
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.
2015 IT Outlook: Optimism Despite Slower Growth
Commentary  |  12/3/2014  | 
Survey shows confidence rising among IT executives even though they don't expect much in the way of budget or hiring increases next year.
WLAN Management Startup Aims High
Commentary  |  12/3/2014  | 
Many WLAN administrators long for relief from native, legacy wireless networking management tools. Nira Wireless offers a new cloud-based system, but it isn't mature enough yet to displace Cisco and Aruba tools.
Your Next Storage Purchase: 5 Considerations
Commentary  |  12/2/2014  | 
Selecting the right storage array can future proof your data center. Here are five factors to keep in mind as you evaluate storage systems.
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?
Holiday Shopping Internet Tracker
Commentary  |  11/27/2014  | 
Is your favorite online retailer slow this shopping season? It might be because of the underlying network. Find out how the Internet is impacting your online shopping experience.
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.
Mobile Internet Faces Big Obstacles
Commentary  |  11/20/2014  | 
Connecting 1.5 billion people in developing countries isn't easy, despite Facebook's efforts.
RAID Redefined
Commentary  |  11/19/2014  | 
As storage vendors try to distance themselves from RAID as new storage technologies reveal shortcomings with the data protection system, it's time to adopt a new definition for RAID.
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.
Will SATA Express Dethrone SAS?
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
Today's solid-state drives demand faster interfaces than what SAS and SATA can provide. SATA Express is on its way to becoming the next dominant storage interface.
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.
Enterprise Hybrid Drives: Who Manages The Flash?
Commentary  |  11/13/2014  | 
Solid-state hybrid drives designed for the enterprise seem like an attractive option for boosting performance, but they come with management challenges.
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.
IT Compliance Strategies For Mainframe Applications
Commentary  |  11/11/2014  | 
Organizations face a host of challenges when updating their core mainframe applications for compliance. Here are some ways to reduce IT compliance costs.
Software-Defined Storage: A Reality Check
Commentary  |  11/10/2014  | 
The hype around software-defined storage has focused on leveraging commodity hardware, which obscures many of the technology's real benefits.
Unified Communications: Words Matter
Commentary  |  11/10/2014  | 
When it comes to UC, one word can make a huge difference. Calling your UC investment an initiative instead of a project increases your chances of success.
Converged Ethernet Vs. More Links
Commentary  |  11/7/2014  | 
Converged Enhanced Ethernet improves Ethernet performance but is expensive. With the cost of 10 GbE equipment dropping and 25 GbE on the horizon, it may be cheaper to add more links.
Proactive Network Management: The Basics
Commentary  |  11/7/2014  | 
Bandwidth spikes, sluggish websites, and slow backups are just some of the unexpected problems that IT pros fear. Don't wait for disaster to strike.
Flash Memory: Blurring The Line Between SLC and MLC
Commentary  |  11/6/2014  | 
The flash market has become more complex with SSDs that can switch flash blocks from multi-level cell to single-level cell and back.
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.
Drones Take On Cell Tower Maintenance
Commentary  |  11/5/2014  | 
Fluke Networks aims to improve technician safety and streamline tower maintenance workflows by adapting its Wireless Work Advisor tool to drone technology.
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.
Regulators Target Carrier Data Throttling
Commentary  |  11/4/2014  | 
FCC complaint against AT&T for alleged data throttling illustrates growing tension between regulators and carriers over ISP network management practices.
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.
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