Next-Gen WAN: Build or Buy?
Enterprises need to consider a number of factors, including security requirements, when choosing between an in-house model or managed network service for their future WAN connectivity needs.
Waiting For VMware VVOLs
VMware's Virtual Volumes functionality would help solve storage management problems in virtualized environments. But, like Vladmir and Estragon endlessly waiting for Godot, we're still waiting for VVOLs.
Cisco Faces Make-Or-Break Week For SDN
Cisco is counting on ACI, its software-defined networking strategy, to keep its hold on the enterprise infrastructure market. We'll see how that plays out this week at Cisco Live.
Converged Infrastructure & The Branch Office
Today's branch office IT architecture is complicated and inefficient. Converged infrastructure streamlines branch IT and reduces the risk of downtime by centralizing branch data.
Will Ethernet Take Over The Spinning Disk?
With its open Ethernet drive architecture, Western Digital's HGST subsidiary joins Seagate's Kinetic drives in using an Ethernet port to access an object store on the disk.
IT Transformation Fuels New Holistic Platforms
Enterprises are transforming their IT environments by adopting holistic strategies that go beyond single technology solutions. This trend is leading vendors to expand their portfolios with a comprehensive platform approach.
Cloud Must Search & Integrate Apps
Cloud providers must adapt to provide users with "cloudnostic" services that search data stored in many locations and seamlessly integrate apps across platforms.
Ethernet Innovation Inside The Datacenter
With big data analytics, social media, and other new applications pushing east-west bandwidth demand, datacenters are deploying faster Ethernet and unlocking new capabilities.
Hard Disk: Not Dead Yet
Even with the arrival of flash storage, don't count out the venerable hard disk. Disk still offers a lot of advantages.
Speeding Up Storage Networks
With SSDs pushing the limits of networks, it's time to consider how compression and deduplication could help speed storage traffic.
Social WiFi Sign-In: Benefits With A Dark Side
Providing social networking credentials to get free WiFi access gives merchants a wealth of customer data for marketing and is a boon for managed service providers. But is the price too high for customers?
The Network Is The Computer, Again
Today, the old Sun Microsystems tagline rings truer than ever. In our cloud-centric world, perhaps computers don't exist at all anymore.
VMware vSphere Storage APIs: A Guide
Get clarity on features in vSphere 5.5 that improve storage performance through storage array integration, storage awareness, and clientless guest backup and recovery.
IT Is A Quantum World
System administrators need to take a quantum mechanical view when weighing the probability of new failure modes that come with new technologies such as deduplication.
Windows Storage Gets Flashy
A partnership with Violin Memory to meld Windows Storage Server into an all-flash array boosts Microsoft's storage play.
Buy Or Build Your Own SDN?
An ESG survey shows a broad range of approaches among enterprises when it comes to deploying software-defined networking.
The Fall Of The Storage Tiers
With drives and storage appliances rapidly evolving, traditional tiered storage classifications are no longer useful in the enterprise. We need a new system for classifying storage devices based on usage.
Turkey’s Twitter Shoot: Lessons Learned
Network engineers can gain insight into resilience, indirection techniques like NAT, and Internet governance from Turkey officials' none-too-successful attempt to shut down the popular messaging service.
DevOps: Embrace Failure & Change
In order to benefit from cloud computing, enterprises must change their attitudes and integrate platforms like OpenStack via the DevOps model.
50 Shades Of Open SDN
The word open is used frequently in the software-defined networking market, but a closer look at three SDN initiatives shows that the meaning of open depends on your point of view.
Bye-Bye, Traditional IT Buyer
Recent ESG research suggests the writing is on the wall for traditional IT purchasing processes. Three trends are putting pressure on the standard IT procurement formula.
WAN Adaptations Needed For Cloud
The cloud is putting more demands than ever on the WAN, and the WAN must respond with increased speed, throughput, and flexibility.
Need For Speed Drives WAN Optimization
Our annual WAN survey finds usage of WAN optimization and traffic shaping up 4% over last year, despite some predictions in the industry to the contrary.
SDN: Waiting For The Trickle-Down Effect
Like server virtualization and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SDN will eventually become a technology that small and midsized enterprises can use. But it's going to require some new packaging.
VMware's VSAN Benchmarks: Under The Hood
VMware touted flashy numbers in recently published performance benchmarks, but a closer examination of its VSAN testing shows why customers shouldn't expect the same results with their real-world applications.
IT Certification Exam Success In 4 Steps
There are no shortcuts to obtaining passing scores, but focusing on key fundamentals of proper study and preparation will help you master the art of certification.
All-Flash Arrays: The VDI Solution?
The huge performance provided by all-flash arrays is a boon for virtual desktop infrastructure, but don't be fooled by unrealistic calculations.