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IT Monitoring & The Five Stages of Grief
Commentary  |  10/7/2015  | 
Organizations often exhibit a series of behaviors when they implement IT monitoring systems that makes life difficult for IT pros doing the monitoring.
3 Ways IT Can Avoid Cloud Obsolescence
Commentary  |  10/6/2015  | 
As businesses shift to the cloud, IT teams need to transform in order to remain relevant. Here’s how one CIO is doing it.
Segmentation: A Fire Code For Network Security
Commentary  |  10/5/2015  | 
New technologies like software-defined segmentation are making it easier to prevent a compromise from spreading by separating users and network resources into zones.
When Flash Storage Is Not Enough
Commentary  |  10/5/2015  | 
Flash storage seems like an easy way to solve storage performance problems in virtualized data centers, but here’s why using flash alone isn’t sufficient.
White Boxes Going Mainstream
Commentary  |  10/2/2015  | 
White-box servers from ODMs are making their way into the enterprise in a growing trend that has far-reaching ramifications for the data center.
Why Docker Is The Hottest Technology On The Block
Commentary  |  10/2/2015  | 
We know you've heard about Docker. In this tutorial and video, we explain why it's so popular and exactly what the container technology entails.
Cloud Computing Comes Of Age
Commentary  |  10/1/2015  | 
The concept of shared computing has come a long way in a short time. This interactive timeline from Matillion Business Intelligence chronicles the evolution of the cloud, from the first stored program computer to a future filled with cloud-based services and applications.
5 Elements Of The New Infrastructure Stack
Commentary  |  9/30/2015  | 
Stu Miniman teams up with Brian Gracely to explain why containers, flash, hyperconvergence, OpenStack, and virtual SAN are so important for today's infrastructure.
Supporting the Hyperconnected Workforce
Commentary  |  9/30/2015  | 
Here are five ways businesses can provide communication and collaboration tools to support today's connected, mobile workers.
Why You Should Adopt A Cloud-First Networking Strategy
Commentary  |  9/28/2015  | 
The rise of hybrid cloud in the enterprise means that network engineers need to focus on enabling and supporting cloud in all its forms.
Today's IT Department Is Also The AV Department
Commentary  |  9/25/2015  | 
As audio visual tools have converged with unified communications, they've become a responsibility of the IT team.
VMware Builds On Its Software-Defined Data Center Vision
Commentary  |  9/24/2015  | 
While VMworld 2015 didn't feature big VMware storage news, the conference showcased the vendor's broader strategy.
Cisco VIRL: More Than A Certification Study Lab
Commentary  |  9/23/2015  | 
Cisco's Virtual Internet Routing Lab provides students and experienced networking pros with a tool to build network topologies. Here's what to expect in terms of capabilities and limitations.
DevOps, Hybrid Cloud & Sandboxes
Commentary  |  9/23/2015  | 
With devops and hybrid cloud gaining traction in the enterprise, sandboxes give IT pros a safe way to build and test applications in both on-premise and public cloud environments.
What Software-Defined Storage Really Is
Commentary  |  9/22/2015  | 
True software-defined storage is more than just virtualization and commodity hardware.
Telling Ain't Training: How To Transfer IT Skills
Commentary  |  9/21/2015  | 
Hands-on experience will help you learn an IT skill, but adapting that concept to other platforms or subject areas deepens knowledge even further.
3 Key WAN Architecture Considerations
Commentary  |  9/18/2015  | 
New WAN architectures offer network teams options for dynamic load balancing and policy-based networking, but can complicate troubleshooting.
The Case For Change Tolerance In IT
Commentary  |  9/18/2015  | 
Change is considered dangerous in IT, but IT teams must become more flexible and dynamic to keep up with today's business environment.
Why Hyperconvergence Needs Networking
Commentary  |  9/16/2015  | 
Hyperconverged systems are attractive alternatives for the data center, but the hot trend may fizzle out if vendors don't incorporate networking into the mix.
How The IETF Is Fixing Its Open Standards Process
Commentary  |  9/16/2015  | 
The Internet Engineering Task Force is making changes to speed its work, which will help the networking industry. However, there are tradeoffs.
Security Visibility In The Virtualized Data Center
Commentary  |  9/14/2015  | 
Advanced virtualization technologies like SDN and the SDDC can block traditional security monitoring tools. Security architectures must adapt.
2.5G & 5G Ethernet In The Wiring Closet
Commentary  |  9/11/2015  | 
A new standards effort will help existing Ethernet cable investments support Wave 1 and Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi as well as off-loaded mobile carrier traffic.
IT Maturity: A Three-Part Harmony
Commentary  |  9/11/2015  | 
IT departments can move beyond putting out fires to focus on innovation and optimization by carefully combining people, process and technology.
Managed Cloud Providers: 3 Questions To Ask
Commentary  |  9/10/2015  | 
Before outsourcing to a managed cloud service provider, ask these questions to get past the hype and ensure the CSP is up to the task.
Open Source: Good Medicine Or Placebo?
Commentary  |  9/9/2015  | 
Moving away from painful IETF processes to the open source model could seem like the answer for the networking industry, but a closer look reveals the pitfalls.
The Need For Network Code Reviews
Commentary  |  9/8/2015  | 
Network automation and orchestration will require standardization of the scripting used by network engineers.
Digital Transformation & The Healthcare Industry
Commentary  |  9/8/2015  | 
To build a digital foundation, healthcare companies are revisiting their IT infrastructure with a focus on cloud-based technologies and SDN.
D-Link Water Sensor: Pondering The Business Ramifications
Commentary  |  9/4/2015  | 
A new WiFi enabled gadget for detecting water leaks could help SMBs with disaster recovery, but has a long way to go before it could be used in enterprise networks.
Open Standards Vs. Open Source
Commentary  |  9/2/2015  | 
The process for creating new networking standards, as exemplified by the IETF, is more complex and challenging than open source projects.
Tackling Data Center Challenges With Open Ethernet
Commentary  |  9/1/2015  | 
Data centers are under more pressure than ever. Open networking offers an alternative to closed-code Ethernet switches, giving companies better flexibility to meet growing data center demands.
Get Smarter About WiFi
Commentary  |  8/31/2015  | 
WiFi has grown in leaps and bounds, and demand is increasing. Make sure your environment is ready.
Managing Collaboration In The Extended Enterprise
Commentary  |  8/28/2015  | 
Organizations need to develop a balanced strategy to meet the demands of today's highly mobile workforce where collaboration extends beyond the office walls.
Beyond Redundancy: Improving IT Availability
Commentary  |  8/28/2015  | 
IT leaders must look at redundancy and availability in a more comprehensive way to develop a strategy for true IT resilience.
Storage & Virtual Containers: Where Does The Data Go?
Commentary  |  8/27/2015  | 
Containerization presents challenges when it comes to data storage. Here's a look at the current state of container storage.
Network Change: Evolutions and Revolutions
Commentary  |  8/27/2015  | 
The missing piece in both networking's revolutionary and evolutionary stories is the thing that started it all -- the Internet.
What's Behind The Open Source Software Explosion?
Commentary  |  8/26/2015  | 
We've always had open source software. The difference now is that vendors are commercializing it.
Selecting Storage: It's All About The Applications
Commentary  |  8/26/2015  | 
Choosing the right storage for your applications depends on using the PACE model, evaluating Performance, Availability, Capacity and Economics.
Contest Winners: Most Creative Captions Revealed
Commentary  |  8/25/2015  | 
Our security-themed cartoon caption contest drew lots of witty entries. Here's who won.
Wireless Site Surveys Done Right
Commentary  |  8/25/2015  | 
Here's what you need to know to conduct successful passive and active wireless site surveys.
NIST Plants Seeds For Future Wireless Networking
Commentary  |  8/24/2015  | 
NIST forms 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance with tech giants and universities to study how signals behave in millimeter wavelength bands.
Traditional IT And The Road To DevOps
Commentary  |  8/24/2015  | 
An IT team at a telecom operator decided to shift away from its highly manual processes and move towards a DevOps model. Here's what happened.
Calculating Your Cloud ROI
Commentary  |  8/21/2015  | 
Like the cloud itself, determining your return on investment requires a different way of looking at goals and factoring in the value of opportunity and competitive advantage.
5 Real Ways To Approach Security Automation
Commentary  |  8/20/2015  | 
We've all heard about the benefits of automating system configurations to avoid human error, but introducing it to your infrastructure may be easier said than done. Here are five real-world ways to get started.
Drilling Down To The Data Problem Inside The Data Center
Commentary  |  8/20/2015  | 
Legacy data centers have an efficiency problem, with multiple systems processing the same data several times. It's time to rethink that.
The Shift To Cloud Security Services
Commentary  |  8/19/2015  | 
Enterprises are increasingly looking to boost their security posture by tapping cloud-based security services.
IO Visor: Where The Kernel Meets The Network
Commentary  |  8/19/2015  | 
Find out how the latest open source project to launch can help network performance by moving functionality inside the Linux kernel.
Going All In For SSD: The Side Effects
Commentary  |  8/18/2015  | 
As storage appliances transition to all solid-state drives, there will be ramifications for interfaces and controllers that impact performance.
4G Edge Routers On The Rise
Commentary  |  8/17/2015  | 
Enterprise networks are increasingly leveraging 4G edge router technology for flexibility in providing connectivity for POS terminals, IoT devices and more.
Web-Scale IT: The Enterprise Impact
Commentary  |  8/17/2015  | 
Enterprises can follow the lead of big cloud companies with an architectural approach that includes open hardware and DevOps to increase data center agility and cost efficiency.
Containers Spell Security Threats For Mobile
Commentary  |  8/14/2015  | 
Containers are gaining popularity, but for mobile usage introduce security vulnerabilities.
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