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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.
Mobile WLAN Tools: Pros & Cons
Commentary  |  8/8/2014  | 
WiFi troubleshooting tools are moving beyond laptops to mobile devices. Though these professional-grade apps provide increased flexibility, they have their downsides.
Data Centers Move From Metro
Commentary  |  8/8/2014  | 
If your data center is relocating to the 'burbs, you'll need to take serious steps to beef up the network.
SDN: You Can't Argue Against It
Commentary  |  8/7/2014  | 
As executive director of the ONF, Dan Pitt hears all the excuses about why organizations are waiting to adopt SDN. Here he explains why they're wrong.
Cloud Automation: Even Cattle Need Care
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Managing virtual machines in the cloud doesn't mean interpreting the pets vs. cattle meme literally. It requires automating systems and processes to care for the herd.
Understanding IPv6: A Sniffer Full Of 3s
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne explores Wireshark sniffer traces in order to understand the difference between IPv4 and IPv6 addressing.
Can New Math Speed Up The Internet?
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Scientists from Denmark, in collaboration with MIT and Caltech researchers, have developed a new way to transmit information over the Internet using mathematical equations instead of sending packets.
Flash Tailored For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  8/5/2014  | 
Makers of all-flash storage arrays like Violin Memory are adding enterprise features, while SanDisk is boosting the performance of its flash products.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 1: Management Up Front
Commentary  |  8/4/2014  | 
Learn how Microsoft runs its own software-defined network in this series from Symon Perriman. First, he advises setting realistic goals and focusing on management.
Server SANs: The Dark Side
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
The new technology promises compelling benefits, but mixing and matching storage hardware and software can backfire, as one IT pro found out when his VMware VSAN failed.
2014 IT Spending: Getting More For Less
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
Fierce competition in a rapidly changing IT industry has resulted in bargains for enterprise IT buyers this year, but don't expect the good deals to last long.
LTE Broadcast On The Horizon
Commentary  |  7/31/2014  | 
The technology, which allows cellular operators to multicast popular live TV and sporting events to multiple subscribers, is gaining traction.
New CPU Architectures Promise Performance Boost
Commentary  |  7/31/2014  | 
Intel and others are developing chip structures that aim to unlock memory bottlenecks and improve interconnect capabilities.
Cisco Certifications Confront Changing Skills Needs
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
New certs focused on network programmability, IoT, and IT/business skills will help steer IT pros toward emerging technologies. They could also help Cisco keep its hold on the market.
Measuring Cloud Performance Is Like Flying Blind
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
Legacy systems management software and tools are woefully inept at providing visibility into cloud applications and services. Here's why we need new methods.
Closing The UC Gap: 4 Tips
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
Making the leap from unified communications to unified interaction is possible, but it involves more than just installing new software. Here's how to make a successful transition.
25 GbE: A Big Deal That Will Arrive
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Why all the hubbub about 25 Gigabit Ethernet? It allows the biggest jump in data center Ethernet performance for the smallest jump in price. That's why.
White-Box Switches: Are You Ready?
Commentary  |  7/28/2014  | 
White-box switching promises flexibility and lower costs, so should you make the leap? It depends.
Have You Hugged Your Sysadmin Today?
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Celebrate System Administrator Appreciation Day by showing some gratitude toward the IT pros who do it all.
3 Signs You're Overspending On Data Storage
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
If you think public cloud storage is the cheaper way to manage the massive growth in data, think again.
Understanding IPv6: Link-Local 'Magic'
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne performs a little IPv6 sleight of hand in the second post in her series on IPv6.
Where Is Your Cloud?
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
Depending on its location, a cloud data center may be at risk of natural or man-made disasters. Be sure to weigh the risks of the physical location of your data.
Drones: The Next WLAN Menace
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
In addition to low-tech corporate spying, the remotely piloted aircraft could facilitate attacks on WLANs. The WLAN security industry is starting to respond.
Network Security: An Oxymoron In The Cloud Era?
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
Network security as we know it won't survive the migration to the cloud. New approaches are needed.
Do We Need 25 GbE & 50 GbE?
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Efforts to bring 25 GbE and 50 GbE to market are underway. Is there a strong case for these non-IEEE solutions? For cloud service providers, there is.
Open Source Vs. Open Enough
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Open source networking is a hot trend, but its success hinges on organizations making a real commitment to open source technology.
Using Flash For The Real-Time Archive
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
A new type of archive that requires instantly available data access presents a storage challenge, but TLC NAND provides a solution.
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