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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.
How SSDs Can Reduce Server Costs
Commentary  |  7/23/2015  | 
Swapping out hard-disk drives for solid-state drives boosts server performance and reduces the need to buy new servers.
Commoditization: Sometimes Less Really Is Less
Commentary  |  7/23/2015  | 
As cost per bit keeps dropping, and commoditization continues, we might find ourselves in a precarious position on bandwidth.
SD-WAN: The Killer App For Enterprise SDN?
Commentary  |  7/22/2015  | 
Software-defined WAN technologies promise to help enterprises modernize their WANs by combining classic WAN technologies with SDN capabilities.
Re-Architecting Data Centers For The Data Explosion
Commentary  |  7/22/2015  | 
Part two of this series looks at the shift to a new data center architecture and the role of networking technologies such as InfiniBand and RoCE.
Lost In Translation: Using Machine Learning To Improve IT
Commentary  |  7/21/2015  | 
The overabundance of data in today's IT environments means we must adopt new practices, trusting machine learning and changing our workflows.
Ensuring IT Project Success
Commentary  |  7/20/2015  | 
Two simple questions can help keep IT projects on track by spotting issues and addressing them early on.
3 Steps To Open Communications & Collaboration
Commentary  |  7/17/2015  | 
Today's businesses need open communications platforms that deliver mobile integration, best-in-class voice and video, and rapid service innovation.
Putting The Data Back Into The Data Center
Commentary  |  7/15/2015  | 
Data centers are shifting away from a compute-centric to a data-centric architecture in order to deal with the massive deluge of data.
Cloud-Managed WiFi For The SMB
Commentary  |  7/14/2015  | 
Two startups promise to give consumer-grade WiFi access points enterprise-like capabilities via the cloud model.
3 Ways To Enable Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  7/13/2015  | 
As organizations continue to adopt cloud services, IT teams can make themselves valuable by facilitating the move towards a hybrid cloud model.
4 Keys To A Data Security Strategy
Commentary  |  7/10/2015  | 
Organizations must prepare for the inevitable security breach and focus on protecting sensitive corporate data. Here are some ideas to build on.
Selecting Storage: Start With Requirements
Commentary  |  7/9/2015  | 
There are lots of buzzwords on the storage scene these days. But don't even think about buying in until you truly understand your business' storage needs.
SDN Aligns With DevOps
Commentary  |  7/8/2015  | 
Software-defined networking has become a subset of DevOps by focusing on meeting the scalability and efficiency requirements of the application economy.
4 Steps To Prevent Infrastructure Outages
Commentary  |  7/8/2015  | 
Organizations today can't afford any ecommerce downtime. Here's how to avoid customer-service disasters.
Network Analytics: Beyond Log Files
Commentary  |  7/7/2015  | 
Log files only tell you so much. Here is an overview of common network analytics methods used to provide security breach detection as well as business planning guidance.
Virtualization Administrator: 6 Key Skills
Commentary  |  7/7/2015  | 
If you're trying to get up to speed on virtualization technology, here are six areas to focus on to accelerate your journey.
SDN Disruption: Has The Pendulum Swung Too Far?
Commentary  |  7/6/2015  | 
The networking industry is so obsessed with software-defined networks that people are forgetting to consider the trade-offs with technologies like OpenFlow and VXLAN.
Network Automation Benefits
Commentary  |  7/6/2015  | 
Different forms of network automation can save you time, increase business agility, and improve service levels.
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.
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