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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?
Black Friday 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.
Hyper-Convergence: The New Black
Commentary  |  10/30/2014  | 
With the introduction of VMware's EVO:RAIL platform, hyper-converged appliances are all the rage. The fashionable IT architecture is also coming out in all-flash designs.
Unify's Circuit Enables a New Way of Working
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Circuit, the new UC platform from the company formerly known as Siemens, is certainly different and could bring a shift to the way people work.
Understanding IPv6: The Ping Before Solicited-Node Multicast
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne gets ready to walk through solicited-node multicast, analyzing an ICMP ping echo request in IPv4 and showing how it differs from IPv6.
5 Network Monitoring Essentials You Can't Live Without
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Network and infrastructure monitoring tools must help IT professionals measure performance but also deliver new services fast. Here's what to look for.
Apple Picks Aerohive For ConnectED Program
Commentary  |  10/28/2014  | 
A WLAN vendor wins a big role as an Apple partner in a federal effort to deploy WiFi gear and iPads in underserved schools. But will the grandiose program end up being a boondoggle?
WAN Challenges Demand An SDN Upgrade
Commentary  |  10/28/2014  | 
Software-defined networks can improve application performance for enterprises, overcoming MPLS limitations, traffic tromboning, and branch office bandwidth constraints.
Will RDMA Over Ethernet Eclipse Infiniband?
Commentary  |  10/27/2014  | 
InfiniBand has dominated the RDMA market, but Ethernet is on the rise as a connectivity option.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 5: Demand More From Vendors
Commentary  |  10/27/2014  | 
Microsoft's Symon Perriman explains why and how you can influence your networking vendors to provide products based on interoperable SDN standards.
Beware The Electro-Magnetic Data Center Threat
Commentary  |  10/24/2014  | 
A data center strong enough to fend off solar storms or nuclear weapons could be the next requirement on your RFP.
The Management Gap Between You and Cloud Apps
Commentary  |  10/24/2014  | 
Cloud management tools must evolve to truly support the distributed nature of cloud apps and services.
The VVOLs Cometh
Commentary  |  10/23/2014  | 
The long-awaited VMware Virtual Volumes appear to be on track to arrive next year. The technology promises a leap forward in storage management by providing VM awareness to storage systems.
Fiber Networks & The New Digital Divide
Commentary  |  10/22/2014  | 
All-fiber networks provide virtually unlimited bandwidth, but fiber-to-the-home services aren't available in many areas, leaving many people without the high-speed broadband needed for today's applications.
NFV Can Avoid Buying Network Bulk
Commentary  |  10/21/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization allows service providers to deliver specialized capabilities that enterprise customers only pay for when needed.
Building Cloud Computing Skills
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
To succeed in the cloud computing era, IT pros need a wide array of skills. Cloud certifications are one way to acquire these skills, but you also must learn to think like a cloud architect.
Learning Lessons Through Security Struggles
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
Why do we hear of new security breaches so frequently? Make sure your organization follows these best-practices and considers these important questions to protect itself.
SDN Limitations
Commentary  |  10/17/2014  | 
Software-defined networking is touted as a panacea for data centers, but the combination of faster networking speeds and virtualization restricts what it can do.
Refocus The IT Budget On Growth
Commentary  |  10/17/2014  | 
Planning next year's IT budget? Take smart steps to use IT strategically and help grow and transform your company's business.
White-Box Switches: Beware Of Hidden Costs
Commentary  |  10/16/2014  | 
White-box switches often include popular applications like monitoring, but buyers need to shop carefully. Additional features may cost extra.
Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery: Choose Wisely
Commentary  |  10/16/2014  | 
Disaster recovery and business continuity in the cloud is now a viable and affordable option for protecting data center resources -- but select your vendor with care.
Time For LUN To Die
Commentary  |  10/15/2014  | 
In virtualized environments, managing storage with LUNs isn't practical. With the upcoming arrival of VMware Virtual Volumes, we can shift to VM-centric data services.
Reclaiming The Network Perimeter
Commentary  |  10/15/2014  | 
The traditional network perimeter has vanished, but new architectures allow you to control security at the virtual machine or via cloud infrastructures.
NFV: Changing The Pace Of Carrier Services
Commentary  |  10/14/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization will drastically change how -- and how fast -- carriers provision services to enterprise customers.
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