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D-Link Water Sensor: Pondering The Business Ramifications
Commentary  |  9/4/2015  | 
A new WiFi enabled gadget for detecting water leaks could help SMBs with disaster recovery, but has a long way to go before it could be used in enterprise networks.
Open Standards Vs. Open Source
Commentary  |  9/2/2015  | 
The process for creating new networking standards, as exemplified by the IETF, is more complex and challenging than open source projects.
Tackling Data Center Challenges With Open Ethernet
Commentary  |  9/1/2015  | 
Data centers are under more pressure than ever. Open networking offers an alternative to closed-code Ethernet switches, giving companies better flexibility to meet growing data center demands.
Get Smarter About WiFi
Commentary  |  8/31/2015  | 
WiFi has grown in leaps and bounds, and demand is increasing. Make sure your environment is ready.
Managing Collaboration In The Extended Enterprise
Commentary  |  8/28/2015  | 
Organizations need to develop a balanced strategy to meet the demands of today's highly mobile workforce where collaboration extends beyond the office walls.
Beyond Redundancy: Improving IT Availability
Commentary  |  8/28/2015  | 
IT leaders must look at redundancy and availability in a more comprehensive way to develop a strategy for true IT resilience.
Storage & Virtual Containers: Where Does The Data Go?
Commentary  |  8/27/2015  | 
Containerization presents challenges when it comes to data storage. Here's a look at the current state of container storage.
Network Change: Evolutions and Revolutions
Commentary  |  8/27/2015  | 
The missing piece in both networking's revolutionary and evolutionary stories is the thing that started it all -- the Internet.
What's Behind The Open Source Software Explosion?
Commentary  |  8/26/2015  | 
We've always had open source software. The difference now is that vendors are commercializing it.
Selecting Storage: It's All About The Applications
Commentary  |  8/26/2015  | 
Choosing the right storage for your applications depends on using the PACE model, evaluating Performance, Availability, Capacity and Economics.
Contest Winners: Most Creative Captions Revealed
Commentary  |  8/25/2015  | 
Our security-themed cartoon caption contest drew lots of witty entries. Here's who won.
Wireless Site Surveys Done Right
Commentary  |  8/25/2015  | 
Here's what you need to know to conduct successful passive and active wireless site surveys.
NIST Plants Seeds For Future Wireless Networking
Commentary  |  8/24/2015  | 
NIST forms 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance with tech giants and universities to study how signals behave in millimeter wavelength bands.
Traditional IT And The Road To DevOps
Commentary  |  8/24/2015  | 
An IT team at a telecom operator decided to shift away from its highly manual processes and move towards a DevOps model. Here's what happened.
Calculating Your Cloud ROI
Commentary  |  8/21/2015  | 
Like the cloud itself, determining your return on investment requires a different way of looking at goals and factoring in the value of opportunity and competitive advantage.
5 Real Ways To Approach Security Automation
Commentary  |  8/20/2015  | 
We've all heard about the benefits of automating system configurations to avoid human error, but introducing it to your infrastructure may be easier said than done. Here are five real-world ways to get started.
Drilling Down To The Data Problem Inside The Data Center
Commentary  |  8/20/2015  | 
Legacy data centers have an efficiency problem, with multiple systems processing the same data several times. It's time to rethink that.
The Shift To Cloud Security Services
Commentary  |  8/19/2015  | 
Enterprises are increasingly looking to boost their security posture by tapping cloud-based security services.
IO Visor: Where The Kernel Meets The Network
Commentary  |  8/19/2015  | 
Find out how the latest open source project to launch can help network performance by moving functionality inside the Linux kernel.
Going All In For SSD: The Side Effects
Commentary  |  8/18/2015  | 
As storage appliances transition to all solid-state drives, there will be ramifications for interfaces and controllers that impact performance.
4G Edge Routers On The Rise
Commentary  |  8/17/2015  | 
Enterprise networks are increasingly leveraging 4G edge router technology for flexibility in providing connectivity for POS terminals, IoT devices and more.
Web-Scale IT: The Enterprise Impact
Commentary  |  8/17/2015  | 
Enterprises can follow the lead of big cloud companies with an architectural approach that includes open hardware and DevOps to increase data center agility and cost efficiency.
Containers Spell Security Threats For Mobile
Commentary  |  8/14/2015  | 
Containers are gaining popularity, but for mobile usage introduce security vulnerabilities.
802.11ac Adoption Fueling The Mobile Enterprise
Commentary  |  8/14/2015  | 
With gigabit speeds and coverage efficiencies, wireless technology that rivals the performance of the traditional wired desktop will finally enable a fully mobile workforce.
5G Expectations Soar
Commentary  |  8/13/2015  | 
The next-generation of wireless technology is generating big-time predictions as the industry gears up for its potential benefits.
Where Should WAN Functionality Live?
Commentary  |  8/13/2015  | 
Improving outdated WAN architecture is not a simple decision, due to the growing number of technology options and services.
Automation And Orchestration: Speed Vs. Efficiency
Commentary  |  8/12/2015  | 
We need to go beyond automating network tasks via SDN into the realm of orchestration and DevOps to eliminate inefficiency.
SDN Security Under Scrutiny
Commentary  |  8/11/2015  | 
A researcher at Black Hat reveals ONIE vulnerabilities, showing that SDN isn't immune to security problems. However, the nature of white-box switches promises rapid fixes.
Network Change Management Best Practices
Commentary  |  8/10/2015  | 
No one wants to be that person who caused the network to crash while implementing a change. Here are some steps to help ensure successful network changes.
Cloud Backup Tools: 7 Factors To Weigh
Commentary  |  8/10/2015  | 
Data backup and recovery technology is critical for cloud services. Here's how to make the right choice.
No Lazy Days of Summer In Storage
Commentary  |  8/8/2015  | 
The dog days of August are when the storage industry heats up, with two major events. Contributor Howard Marks will be speaking and joining the fun at Flash Memory Summit and VMworld.
Pain-Free Migration To The Public Cloud
Commentary  |  8/7/2015  | 
Thinking of moving applications to the public cloud? Follow these guidelines to ensure unexpected expenses and problems don't erode potential benefits.
Log Analysis: Untapped Network Intelligence
Commentary  |  8/7/2015  | 
Don't overlook log data as a resource for detecting network problems and improved network planning.
Software-Defined UC: Way Overdue
Commentary  |  8/7/2015  | 
With unified communications environments getting exponentially more complex, management needs to get far more automated.
Converged Infrastructure Vs. Disaggregated Systems
Commentary  |  8/6/2015  | 
Deciding whether converged systems or network disaggregation is right for your organization requires looking beyond the hype.
Why I'm Listening To John Chambers' Dire Warning
Commentary  |  8/6/2015  | 
The final keynote by Cisco's former CEO reeked of fire and brimstone. But do regular IT pros need to worry about an impending IT apocalypse?
Secrets To Private Cloud Success
Commentary  |  8/5/2015  | 
Make implementing a private cloud easier by carefully selecting a platform and adopting a consumption-based, pay-as-you-go service delivery model.
Networking Career: How To Make It To The Big League
Commentary  |  8/4/2015  | 
Networking pros who want to make the leap from a small shop to a big network environment can learn from how our newest network engineer got the job.
EMC: End Of The Golden Era?
Commentary  |  8/3/2015  | 
EMC has enjoyed three decades as leader in storage, but is grappling with trends that are shaking up the storage industry, including all-flash arrays and white-box storage.
The Evolution Of The System Administrator
Commentary  |  7/31/2015  | 
Today is System Administrator Appreciation Day. Join us in celebrating these unsung IT heroes and take a look at how much the role has changed through the years.
IoT: Centralized Vs. Distributed Architectures
Commentary  |  7/30/2015  | 
How do we create cohesive networks to support the Internet of Things?
Network Troubleshooting: Consider The Load Balancer
Commentary  |  7/30/2015  | 
Packet analysis can discover issues in your network, but if there is a load balancer in the mix, you'll want to follow these best practices.
Building A Data-Centric Data Center
Commentary  |  7/29/2015  | 
The final installment of this series examines the key elements required to accomplish rack-level optimization for a new data center architecture.
Cisco Invicta EOL Fueled By Mistakes And Misfortune
Commentary  |  7/28/2015  | 
There are multiple reasons why Cisco's Whiptail acquisition failed, leading the company to discontinue its flash storage products.
Hyperconvergence: Redefining The Data Center
Commentary  |  7/28/2015  | 
As optimized platforms for the virtualization era, hyperconverged systems are poised to radically transform the data center.
Network Orchestration Smarts Up
Commentary  |  7/28/2015  | 
In this era of digitization, multimedia and cloud, the network needs to evolve from connectivity to business continuity.
Wi-Fi Aware And Wi-Fi Sense Spark Concerns
Commentary  |  7/27/2015  | 
Two new consumer WiFi technologies could impact enterprise WLAN security and performance.
The Evolving WAN Architecture
Commentary  |  7/27/2015  | 
Emerging software-defined WAN technologies overcome the limitations of traditional WAN design.
WiFi Best Practices For Quality Assurance
Commentary  |  7/24/2015  | 
Today's WiFi networks require a more strategic approach than just dropping APs everywhere in order to ensure quality of service.
UC Platforms: Setting Standards
Commentary  |  7/24/2015  | 
Standardizing on communications platforms across the enterprise starts with getting employee feedback on the tools they use and prefer.
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