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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.
Contest: What Lurks In Your IT Shadows?
Commentary  |  10/13/2014  | 
Ever found something gross or surprising among the switches and servers? Share your story and win an Amazon gift card.
SDN Certification: The Next Job Requirement
Commentary  |  10/13/2014  | 
IT professionals must become SDN experts to be successful in a drastically changing environment. Luckily, certification options are emerging.
Named Data Networking Would Eliminate IP Addresses
Commentary  |  10/10/2014  | 
Cisco, Huawei, and other industry leaders have teamed up with universities to develop a completely new Internet architecture with no dependency on IP.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 4: Plan For Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  10/9/2014  | 
Microsoft's Symon Perriman explains why your software-defined network design should include support for hybrid cloud, whether you need it now or not.
Cavium's XPliant Paves Way For Multi-Purpose Ethernet Switches
Commentary  |  10/9/2014  | 
New chip architecture provides the flexibility that's essential for emerging OpenFlow and overlay networks.
The Facebook Data Center Delusion
Commentary  |  10/8/2014  | 
There's a lot of talk about how enterprises should run their data centers like Facebook and Google for increased efficiency, but emulating web-scale companies won't pan out for the average enterprise.
The Modern Mainframe: Embracing Cloud & Mobile
Commentary  |  10/8/2014  | 
Enterprises can reap benefits by making mainframe applications available in cloud and mobile environments. Here are some strategies for smoothing the transition.
FCC-Marriott WiFi Blocking Fine Opens Pandora's Box
Commentary  |  10/7/2014  | 
The FCC's action against Marriott for blocking personal hotspots at Nashville hotel leads to a lot of uncertainty for WLAN administrators and their ability to protect their networks.
Fibre Channel Backbone 6 Boosts Storage Network Performance
Commentary  |  10/7/2014  | 
The new FC-BB-6 standard for converged Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks includes improvements such as domain ID scalability and separation of control and data plane.
Academia Reinvents The Cloud
Commentary  |  10/7/2014  | 
Two recent National Science Foundation projects -- called CloudLab and Chameleon -- position academia to develop the new and improved version of cloud computing.
IT & The Millennial Workforce
Commentary  |  10/6/2014  | 
The modern workforce has high expectations for network performance and wireless access. But providing unfettered access can put the business at risk. IT must draw the line.
ALU Enterprise Spinoff: Where They're Starting From
Commentary  |  10/3/2014  | 
The new Alcatel Lucent Enterprise may (or may not) get a new name, and promises more investment in growth by the new owner.
The Shrinking Storage Array
Commentary  |  9/30/2014  | 
In the storage array market, smaller is better, as huge, expensive equipment has been replaced with compact, cheaper models.
Virtualization Wasteland
Commentary  |  9/30/2014  | 
Companies are discovering that achieving ROI with virtualization is not a simple task. The ease of provisioning virtual servers can lead to unnecessary and costly VM allocation.
25 GbE Coming To A Data Center Near You
Commentary  |  9/29/2014  | 
25 Gigabit Ethernet is providing a way to enable hyperscale data centers while reducing capex and opex for enterprise deployments.
When To Say No To The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/26/2014  | 
With cloud adoption on the rise, should you jump on the bandwagon? Depending on your business needs, it may make more sense to wait.
How IoT Affects Your Enterprise
Commentary  |  9/25/2014  | 
The Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything may seem like mere buzzwords, but enterprises are deploying real IoT projects that affect their enterprise networks, data centers, cloud services, and personnel.
Storage Intelligence Moves Up The Stack
Commentary  |  9/24/2014  | 
New products for virtual data centers move storage intelligence closer to the application for increased performance.
Business WiFi On A Budget
Commentary  |  9/24/2014  | 
For businesses that can't afford enterprise WLAN products, there are a lot of low-cost WiFi options. Just be prepared for the tradeoffs.
IoT: Beyond SDN
Commentary  |  9/23/2014  | 
The Internet of Things will require more scale, simplicity, and higher levels of abstraction than what software-defined networking is designed to provide.
Mobile Dependence Is Crippling Disaster Response
Commentary  |  9/22/2014  | 
Public safety reliance on public cellular and wireless networks, without significant network infrastructure improvements, means that when disaster strikes, communications fails for everyone.
Storage Free-For-All
Commentary  |  9/22/2014  | 
New technologies and suppliers are threatening the status quo in storage. Who will be your storage vendor in 2016?
Data Reduction Technologies: The Basics
Commentary  |  9/19/2014  | 
Data deduplication, data compression, and thin provisioning can help organizations tackle massive data growth. Here's an overview of how they work.
Keeping Tabs On Storage Industry M&A
Commentary  |  9/18/2014  | 
Mergers and acquisitions have been commonplace in the storage industry. Today, the storage M&A race has slowed a bit, but everyone wants to know what Cisco's next move will be.
Sub-1GHz Wireless: The Low-Power WiFi Solution
Commentary  |  9/18/2014  | 
The new 802.11ah standard paves the way for WiFi networks to support the avalanche of sensors and devices that will come with the Internet of Things.
Backup Appliances & The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/17/2014  | 
While cloud computing may seem to solve the backup problem, the answer isn't that easy. Today's backup appliances strive for a more nuanced approach.
7 Critical Cloud Service Attributes
Commentary  |  9/17/2014  | 
Cloud service providers vary a lot when it comes to reliability, security, and other qualities. Here's what to look for to make sure a cloud provider meets your needs.
SDN, Network Virtualization, And NFV In A Nutshell
Commentary  |  9/16/2014  | 
The networking industry is awash in new terminology. Here is a quick guide to three of the hottest concepts in networking today.
Understanding IPv6: Prepping For Solicited-Node Multicast
Commentary  |  9/15/2014  | 
Before jumping into solicited-node multicast, a review of link-local scope multicast addresses is helpful.
Understanding IPv6: What Is Solicited-Node Multicast?
Commentary  |  9/15/2014  | 
Denise Fishburne lays down the basics of solicited-node multicast, which provides the functionality for Neighbor Discovery in IPv6 addressing.
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