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Containers: What IT Pros Should Consider
Commentary  |  7/2/2015  | 
Containerization is a hot technology that IT teams can't afford to ignore. Here are some basic facts to know plus benefits and risks to weigh.
Cisco-OpenDNS May Upset Networking Ecosystem
Commentary  |  7/1/2015  | 
Cisco's acquisition of security provider OpenDNS is a symptom of the vendor's transition to services that could have wide partner and competitor repercussions.
Can Converged Infrastructure Help IT Get Its Mojo Back?
Commentary  |  6/30/2015  | 
Traditional IT organizations are getting pushed aside by nimbler cloud providers. Converged and hyperconverged infrastructure can be the key to IT transformation.
Why Hardware Still Counts In Networking
Commentary  |  6/29/2015  | 
Software is revolutionizing network architecture, but hardware remains a critical part of the equation for data center scalability.
Software-Defined Storage's Unexpected Impact
Commentary  |  6/26/2015  | 
There's a lot of hype around software-defined storage, but integrated products that aim to provide SDS benefits via a hardware model may see the most traction.
Why IPv6 Is Indispensable At LinkedIn
Commentary  |  6/25/2015  | 
At a meetup hosted by LinkedIn, the company explained how moving to IPv6 fulfills user needs and why it's unavoidable.
Data Disconnect, Data Overload
Commentary  |  6/25/2015  | 
The rise of DevOps highlights the fact that IT teams are drowning in data, much of it with little or no context. Here's what needs to happen to improve communication.
Linux Container Success Hinges On Standards
Commentary  |  6/24/2015  | 
Without standards in the areas of format, runtime, and orchestration, Linux containers risk not reaching their full potential.
No SSD-HDD Price Parity Before 2020
Commentary  |  6/23/2015  | 
Howard Marks responds to a recent Network Computing blog arguing that SSD pricing is falling to hard-disk drive levels and putting HDDs on the road to obsolescence.
Hyperconvergence Hiccups
Commentary  |  6/23/2015  | 
Hypercoverged systems improve VM performance by using server flash for key storage functions, but have drawbacks. Separating storage performance from capacity overcomes these issues.
Network Automation: More Than Scripting
Commentary  |  6/22/2015  | 
Automating rote network tasks isn't all script-driven. Network automation also can mean intelligent control and policy-based networking.
Container Networking: Challenges & Requirements
Commentary  |  6/22/2015  | 
The Docker networking model falls short in meeting enterprise requirements. Here are key considerations for container networking.
SSD Prices In A Free Fall
Commentary  |  6/19/2015  | 
With the prices of solid-state drives expected to reach parity with hard-disk drives next year, are HDDs doomed?
Pros & Cons Of Technology Leadership
Commentary  |  6/19/2015  | 
Being the first vendor to support a new platform or the top vendor based on revenue can be a good thing, but also carries risks.
The Long Road To Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  6/18/2015  | 
In order to reap the ROI benefits of a true hybrid cloud environment, CIOs must have a well-thought out cloud strategy to avoid pitfalls.
Networking Pros Enjoy New Resources At Cisco Live
Commentary  |  6/17/2015  | 
New educational focuses at Cisco Live -- including DevNet, virtual labs, and mentoring -- show the impact of SDN and the shifting role of the networking professional.
Copyrighting Code & Interfaces: Ask The Right Questions
Commentary  |  6/16/2015  | 
The U.S. government has supported the ruling against Google for violation of Oracle's Java API. Criticism from the technology community is rampant, but perhaps we should view software copyright in a different light.
Cisco Live Recap: Change (And Rock 'n Roll) Was In The Air
Commentary  |  6/16/2015  | 
Networking pros at Cisco Live witnessed changing leadership and new technology, along with the usual technical deep dives and killer entertainment.
Software-Defined WAN Benefits
Commentary  |  6/15/2015  | 
Emerging SD-WAN technologies provide new options for reducing WAN costs and improving performance. Here's how they work, including one that puts a different twist on SD-WAN.
3 Ways To Avoid Cloud Cost Overruns
Commentary  |  6/15/2015  | 
Implementing cloud infrastructure is supposed to save money, but can lead to costly surprises if you're not careful.
Cloud & Virtualization Require SDN
Commentary  |  6/11/2015  | 
Cloud and virtualization are transforming enterprise IT. But in order to truly benefit, the network infrastructure must become just as dynamic and flexible.
Even In Software-Defined Storage, Hardware Matters
Commentary  |  6/10/2015  | 
Today, storage is mostly all about software, but Pure Storage's FlashArray//m proves that hardware still plays a big role.
Segment Routing: Potential For Far-Reaching Network Effects
Commentary  |  6/9/2015  | 
Segment routing could change the way MPLS networks function and facilitate the adoption of SDN. Find out how it works and why you should know more about it.
What IT Can Learn From Hollywood
Commentary  |  6/4/2015  | 
The film industry has undergone a dramatic shift in how movies are made, and IT management can benefit from a similar transformation.
Where DevOps Meets The Network
Commentary  |  6/3/2015  | 
Network architects and operators need to work with application developers and operators to achieve optimal application performance.
Network Monitoring: The DevOps Approach
Commentary  |  6/2/2015  | 
Applying DevOps to network monitoring can provide network administrators with room to experiment and safely drive NMS improvements.
Gartner All-Flash Array Magic Quadrant: A Bad Influence
Commentary  |  6/2/2015  | 
The market analyst firm's Magic Quadrant for all-flash storage arrays is based on criteria that hamstring vendors and reduce customer choice.
In The WLAN Industry, The Only Constant Is Change
Commentary  |  6/1/2015  | 
The HP-Aruba and Fortinet-Meru deals are just the latest moves in an industry always roiling with M&A activity.
Converged Infrastructure Delivery Via The Cloud
Commentary  |  5/29/2015  | 
Converged infrastructure helps simplify private clouds, but still require time and effort to design and provision. The cloud is helping streamline the converged infrastructure supply chain.
Campus Switch Upgrades: How To Make The Case
Commentary  |  5/28/2015  | 
Deciding when to upgrade your campus switch involves ROI considerations, figuring out wireless user requirements, and understanding process implications.
Build WiFi To Weather The IoT Onslaught
Commentary  |  5/28/2015  | 
The Internet of Things is coming. The four strategies here can help enterprises future-proof their wireless networks to support the looming demands.
Is The Internet The Model For 'Everynet?'
Commentary  |  5/27/2015  | 
Perhaps it's time to set aside the Internet model and instead look to a model of networking based on SDN and NFV.
Overcoming Cloud Security Challenges
Commentary  |  5/27/2015  | 
To truly take advantage of cloud computing, enterprises must balance the capabilities of public and private, while focusing on security.
MagicBands & Challenging The Storage Status Quo
Commentary  |  5/26/2015  | 
Enterprise data centers can take a cue from Disney's innovative wearable by breaking away from old processes with scale-out storage and object-based storage.
How Can SDN Cross The Chasm?
Commentary  |  5/25/2015  | 
Software-defined networking needs some compelling business cases before it can make the jump into a widely deployed technology.
EMC Open Sources ViPR With Eye On Software Future
Commentary  |  5/22/2015  | 
Storage heavyweight prepares for industry shift to software-defined storage by open sourcing its storage controller.
Verizon & AOL: What Can We Learn?
Commentary  |  5/20/2015  | 
Verizon's purchase of media company AOL and the growth of Google Fiber highlight the need to find a balance between content and transport.
Three Requirements For True Micro-Segmentation
Commentary  |  5/19/2015  | 
'Micro-segmentation' is getting attention as a way network virtualization can improve security. Find out what it is and how it works, from the originators of the term.
Security Startup Defends Against WiFi Hijacking
Commentary  |  5/18/2015  | 
CoroNet aims to thwart man-in-the-middle attacks on WiFi or cellular communications with technology that secures the radio level.
How UC Supports Workforce Collaboration
Commentary  |  5/18/2015  | 
With the rise of outsourcing, enterprise teams must be able to effectively communicate and collaborate. Unified communications tools can help.
SDN: Seductive But Challenging
Commentary  |  5/15/2015  | 
Software-defined networking clearly offers a lot of benefits, but enterprises face several obstacles to SDN adoption, including a lack of interoperability.
Rethinking All-Flash Hyperconverged Appliances
Commentary  |  5/14/2015  | 
Combining all-flash and hyperconvergence isn't such a bad idea after all, Howard Marks says after seeing Atlantis Computing's appliance.
NFV Adds Agility To Networks
Commentary  |  5/14/2015  | 
Networks must adapt to a new age of efficiency and flexibility, and network functions virtualization can help.
Xirrus APs Target The Internet Of Things
Commentary  |  5/13/2015  | 
WLAN vendor aims to support the growth of WiFi IoT devices with new Xtreme Density access points.
Facebook Breaks New Ground In Cold Storage
Commentary  |  5/12/2015  | 
Here's how Facebook is taking an innovative approach to storing billions of user photos in its data centers.
SDN Introduces Choice To The Data Center
Commentary  |  5/12/2015  | 
There are several reasons why software-defined networking enables flexibility and scale in the data center.
Skype For Business Finds Its Voice, At Least For Some
Commentary  |  5/12/2015  | 
A No Jitter reader survey on Lync/Skype for Business gives rise to some interesting questions on voice strategy.
IT Management: Are You Old School Or New School?
Commentary  |  5/11/2015  | 
IT management flounders today in the midst of a dramatic shift in mindset and process. That's evident in the tension between old school IT know-how versus new school IT policy.
Choosing A Campus Switch In The Wireless Era
Commentary  |  5/8/2015  | 
The growth of wireless and the emergence of the Internet of Things create challenges in selecting a campus switch. Here are some top considerations.
Exploring The State Of SDN & UC Integration
Commentary  |  5/8/2015  | 
Early progress in SDN and UC interoperability has been good, but we need to keep up the pace of innovation.
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