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Crafting Effective UC Training
Commentary  |  1/26/2015  | 
Getting the most out of your UC investment requires a usage and adoption program that teaches employees not only how to use the communication tools, but also the benefits.
Choosing High-Capacity Drives
Commentary  |  1/26/2015  | 
From hard drives for specific uses to hybrid drives and various capacity-increasing technologies, there are a lot of options. How do you decide which is best?
Data Encryption On The Rise
Commentary  |  1/23/2015  | 
With corporate demand for data security growing, full data encryption is becoming a default feature in the mobile space.
The Case For WLAN Interoperability
Commentary  |  1/22/2015  | 
Many new wireless devices don't play well on enterprise WLANs. It's time for the Wi-Fi Alliance to step up and fix the fragmented WiFi market.
Beware IT's Villain: The 'Complexifier'
Commentary  |  1/20/2015  | 
Individuals who focus on complicating things can derail IT projects. Here's what to watch out for and how to deflect their negative effect.
What Will Replace Flash?
Commentary  |  1/19/2015  | 
Technologies such as RRAM are vying to upstage flash memory, but have a long way to go. Meanwhile, flash suppliers are making improvements.
Network Segmentation & SD-WAN
Commentary  |  1/16/2015  | 
The Target breach highlighted the need to segment networks and isolate traffic. Adding software-defined networking capabilities to the WAN can help.
Moving Mission-Critical Applications To The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/15/2015  | 
Here are three steps enterprises and private clouds need to take to meet the availability requirements of critical business applications.
Your Network's Next Step: Cisco ACI Or VMware NSX
Commentary  |  1/14/2015  | 
When it comes to SDN, Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure and VMware's NSX are often discussed interchangeably, but they are really very different. Joe Onisick explains how they compare and can even work together.
Open Source Storage Gains Traction
Commentary  |  1/13/2015  | 
Ceph, along with Gluster, took big steps forward in 2014, positioning the open source storage technologies for the mainstream.
What's Your Wi-Fi Strategy For 2015?
Commentary  |  1/12/2015  | 
Enterprises that don't seize the opportunity to unlock IT value through wireless connectivity run the risk of being left behind.
DevOps & Diverse Infrastructure
Commentary  |  1/12/2015  | 
Don't let complex IT environments with a lot of non-virtualized infrastructure stop you from developing a DevOps practice.
Shifting To SDN? 3 Ways It Will Affect Network Monitoring
Commentary  |  1/9/2015  | 
Software-defined networking will affect your performance monitoring and applications visibility, so plan ahead.
Google Fiber, Utility Poles & The FCC
Commentary  |  1/8/2015  | 
If the FCC gives Google access to public telecom infrastructure for deploying Google Fiber, it could open the door for many broadband providers.
Achieving Infrastructure As Code
Commentary  |  1/7/2015  | 
Treating your network device configurations like source code is an intriguing idea. What's needed to enable widespread adoption of this practice?
Cloud Migration: Strategy Development
Commentary  |  1/6/2015  | 
Moving workloads to the cloud is a process fraught with potential pitfalls. Here are some best-practices to streamline your cloud migration.
2015 Storage Industry Outlook
Commentary  |  1/5/2015  | 
From faster and larger SSDs to the rise of white-box storage, this year promises to bring a lot of change and innovation to the storage industry.
2015: Cloud Ramps Up For IoT
Commentary  |  1/2/2015  | 
This will be the emergent year for business-to-consumer cloud services supporting the Internet of Things.
Mobile Virtualization: The Future Of Security
Commentary  |  12/31/2014  | 
Smartphones are a prime target for sensitive personal and corporate data, but mobile virtualization can isolate data and protect it from threats.
Challenges Facing The Software-Defined Data Center
Commentary  |  12/30/2014  | 
Virtualization has disrupted the data center, but IT must overcome several hurdles before it can move to the next level.
Globalstar's TLPS: A Strange Battle For Spectrum
Commentary  |  12/30/2014  | 
Satellite communications provider wants the FCC to authorize its exclusive use of a bit of frequency to create a new WiFi service. The WiFi industry is not pleased.
4 Ways UC Services Gather Dust
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
UC tools often go unused by employees. Here are four mistakes to avoid in your UC deployment.
Delivering Application Environments: An Evolution
Commentary  |  12/29/2014  | 
Docker is the latest technology to reduce the cost of making an application environment available to developers and other users.
Do Large Businesses Need The Cloud?
Commentary  |  12/26/2014  | 
For small and midsize businesses, the benefits of public cloud services are many. Larger enterprises, however, may see less of a payoff.
Should Your Cloud Go Open Compute?
Commentary  |  12/24/2014  | 
Facebook's open data center designs offer efficiency and flexibility, but should your enterprise follow the Open Compute Project model? Here are some pros and cons.
Scaling Servers: A Cost Breakdown
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
Software costs add up quickly in today's virtualized datacenters. Does it make more sense to buy a few big servers or a bunch of little ones? I compare the costs.
What's In Your Database?
Commentary  |  12/23/2014  | 
Data breaches will continue until we create a deeper appreciation for business data and guard it as closely as our own wallets. Here are some steps in the right direction.
802.11ac On The Rise In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  12/22/2014  | 
Infonetics report shows that shipments of 802.11ac access points are picking up. The new WiFi standard offers many enterprise benefits, but watch out for integration issues.
SDN Developments In 2015
Commentary  |  12/19/2014  | 
ONF executive director Dan Pitt shares his expectations for the evolution of software-defined networking in the coming year.
Cloud Migration: Discovery & Planning
Commentary  |  12/19/2014  | 
Migrating workloads to the cloud requires time and effort spent on up-front planning. The first part of this series explains the technical assessments and evaluations required for a successful cloud migration.
Stateless Security In The Data Center: A Hybrid Approach
Commentary  |  12/18/2014  | 
In today's data centers, firewalls and other stateful security controls can be less effective than stateless controls or a hybrid approach combining both.
Don't Leave Your Data In The Dark
Commentary  |  12/17/2014  | 
Piles of unstructured data are worse than useless; they pose serious security and privacy risks. John Joseph offers three steps to bring your data storage strategy into the light.
Aerohive Adds Wireless Bridging
Commentary  |  12/17/2014  | 
Point-to-point wireless bridging can be complicated for a WLAN designer. Aerohive is the latest WLAN vendor to help streamline the process by including the capability in an access point.
Putting Erasure Codes To Work
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
Erasure coding is used in scale-out object storage systems from a variety of vendors and open-source software projects. Just don't expect it to solve all your data protection problems.
How Ethernet Can Secure The Connected Car
Commentary  |  12/16/2014  | 
In-car networks could become the next favorite target for hackers. Ethernet offers many options to protect the connected car from malicious attacks.
5G Will Enable Robotics In The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/15/2014  | 
By 2020, 5G will permeate network infrastructures, enabling new robotic services and intelligence, as well as a densely connected digital society and economy.
Transforming With Containers: Real-World Challenges
Commentary  |  12/15/2014  | 
All the enthusiasm over Docker and containers is missing some important factors enterprises should know about. Learn from Shopify's containerization implementation.
Breaking The Last Cloud Barriers
Commentary  |  12/12/2014  | 
Many enterprises are still holding back from cloud adoption, for good reasons. Implementing one transformative cloud app can change that, and help businesses move to the next level.
Embracing OpenStack
Commentary  |  12/11/2014  | 
Major system vendors like HP and Dell are rapidly integrating OpenStack, putting the open-source cloud software in a strong position against cloud giants such as Microsoft Azure.
Net Neutrality: Just Say No
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
While troubleshooting a client's website access problem, I was confronted with the net neutrality debate. Here's why I oppose the concept.
WebRTC: Not Ready For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  12/10/2014  | 
The open source web-based technology promises real-time communication across a multitude of applications, but must overcome challenges before it makes inroads into the enterprise market.
Erasure Codes: An Introduction
Commentary  |  12/9/2014  | 
Erasure coding is promoted by some in the storage industry as a data protection alternative to RAID. Here's how it works.
5 Reasons IT Projects Fail
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
From focusing on cool technology to jumping in too soon, there are common mistakes that IT teams make that doom IT projects.
GPU-Based Clouds
Commentary  |  12/8/2014  | 
Cloud services from NVIDIA and Adobe using graphics processing units bolster performance and change the way we do video editing and big data analytics.
IoT Readiness: 3 Big Changes
Commentary  |  12/5/2014  | 
Don't get blindsided by the sweeping effects an IoT initiative will have on your IT infrastructure, especially in the areas of networking, security, and change management.
Apple Pay: Gateway Drug To Security, Competition
Commentary  |  12/4/2014  | 
Consumer payment choice will increase competition and the development of PoS security. Just ask those folks with the warm Starbucks cups and smiling faces.
2015 IT Outlook: Optimism Despite Slower Growth
Commentary  |  12/3/2014  | 
Survey shows confidence rising among IT executives even though they don't expect much in the way of budget or hiring increases next year.
WLAN Management Startup Aims High
Commentary  |  12/3/2014  | 
Many WLAN administrators long for relief from native, legacy wireless networking management tools. Nira Wireless offers a new cloud-based system, but it isn't mature enough yet to displace Cisco and Aruba tools.
Your Next Storage Purchase: 5 Considerations
Commentary  |  12/2/2014  | 
Selecting the right storage array can future proof your data center. Here are five factors to keep in mind as you evaluate storage systems.
The True Cost Of Hyperconvergence
Commentary  |  12/1/2014  | 
Vendors tout hyperconverged systems like EVO:RAIL as less expensive than more conventional storage systems. After pricing my own EVO:RAIL-like system, I found otherwise.
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