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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.
Storage Free-For-All
Commentary  |  9/22/2014  | 
New technologies and suppliers are threatening the status quo in storage. Who will be your storage vendor in 2016?
Mobile Dependence Is Crippling Disaster Response
Commentary  |  9/22/2014  | 
Public safety reliance on public cellular and wireless networks, without significant network infrastructure improvements, means that when disaster strikes, communications fails for everyone.
Data Reduction Technologies: The Basics
Commentary  |  9/19/2014  | 
Data deduplication, data compression, and thin provisioning can help organizations tackle massive data growth. Here's an overview of how they work.
Keeping Tabs On Storage Industry M&A
Commentary  |  9/18/2014  | 
Mergers and acquisitions have been commonplace in the storage industry. Today, the storage M&A race has slowed a bit, but everyone wants to know what Cisco's next move will be.
Sub-1GHz Wireless: The Low-Power WiFi Solution
Commentary  |  9/18/2014  | 
The new 802.11ah standard paves the way for WiFi networks to support the avalanche of sensors and devices that will come with the Internet of Things.
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.
SDN, Network Virtualization, And NFV In A Nutshell
Commentary  |  9/16/2014  | 
The networking industry is awash in new terminology. Here is a quick guide to three of the hottest concepts in networking today.
Understanding IPv6: Prepping For Solicited-Node Multicast
Commentary  |  9/15/2014  | 
Before jumping into solicited-node multicast, a review of link-local scope multicast addresses is helpful.
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.
Optimizing Data Center PUE
Commentary  |  9/12/2014  | 
Data center managers are under pressure to improve utilization and efficiency while maintaining high availability. Here are three ways to achieve that balance.
SAS Grows In The Data Center
Commentary  |  9/12/2014  | 
More enterprises choose Serial Attached SCSI for storage in the data center due to improved reliability, cost-effectiveness, scalability, and continued enhancements.
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.
Aerohive Adds iBeacon Support
Commentary  |  9/10/2014  | 
Enterprise WiFi vendor teams with Radius Networks to provide retailers and others with centrally managed proximity beacon capability.
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.
Software-Defined WAN: A Primer
Commentary  |  9/9/2014  | 
Enterprise WANs are costly and complex to manage. SD-WAN technology can help by automating the configuration of WAN edge routers.
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.
Why Spanning Tree Is Evil
Commentary  |  9/8/2014  | 
The Spanning Tree Protocol was built for an outdated network architecture, offering little to modern business, and the workarounds most engineers introduce aren't much better.
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?
SDN A Good Match On Campus
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
University networks typically behave one way during the day and another at night. Software-defined networking can address that situation.
Breaking Down Silos: Soft Skills Required
Commentary  |  9/4/2014  | 
These tips will help build your communication and soft skills, breaking down the silos IT departments have built.
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.
Ethernet Disk Drives: Will They Catch On?
Commentary  |  9/2/2014  | 
Seagate and HGST have designed Ethernet drives, but can these products change the storage status quo?
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.
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 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.
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.
Confessions Of A VMworld Virgin
Commentary  |  8/22/2014  | 
I'm heading to WMworld for the first time, and relying on a schedule filled with smart people and intriguing activities to keep me on track.
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.
Aspiring To Smarter Storage
Commentary  |  8/21/2014  | 
Startup DataGravity has developed a unified storage system that provides data-aware services such as full text indexing and file system auditing.
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.
What's Next For Flash?
Commentary  |  8/18/2014  | 
Today's 2D flash is near its limit. The industry is evolving to 3D flash and developing storage technologies that promise to be faster and denser.
SDN, WiFi & The Microsoft Lync Connection
Commentary  |  8/18/2014  | 
WiFi vendors like Aruba Networks are using the Lync SDN API as a launch pad for their foray into software-defined networking.
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.
Will Phase Change Memory Upstage Flash?
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
HGST is touting a solid-state drive with a record 3 million IOPS using PCM. The technology looks to be a game changer, but it faces several challenges.
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.
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.
Beyond Cage Nuts
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
Cage nuts aren't the only option for mounting IT gear to racks. Find out about alternatives such as MonoSerts and Rackstuds, plus a handy cage nut tool if you want to stick with traditional hardware.
IBM Labs Invention Pinpoints Data In The Cloud
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
A new patent allows IT to tag specific files and specify exactly where in the cloud that data will be stored.
Programming: An Essential Skill For Network Engineers
Commentary  |  8/11/2014  | 
As software takes over the networking discipline, engineers who don't learn to code a general-purpose programming language will be left behind.
Internet Of Things = Internet Of Gateways
Commentary  |  8/11/2014  | 
The advent of the IoT will mean monitoring an explosion of gateways and will require increased network performance monitoring -- in particular, application-aware network monitoring.
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