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RAID Vs. Erasure Coding
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Erasure coding offers better data protection than RAID, but at a price.
Cellular In The Enterprise Data Center
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Cellular connectivity is growing fast in the data center as a more cost-effective alternative to POTS lines, but it's not without its challenges.
The Rise Of The Cloud Administrator
Commentary  |  7/11/2014  | 
With the roles of the sysadmin and network admin merging as cloud infrastructure grows, what toolsets will prevail?
UC Adoption In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  7/10/2014  | 
A recent survey shows that unified communications is growing in the enterprise, despite many IT pros' lack of familiarity with the term.
Stand-Alone SSD Vendors: A Vanishing Breed
Commentary  |  7/10/2014  | 
With SanDisk's acquisition of Fusion-io, the SSD market continues on a rapid pace of consolidation that doesn't leave much room for stand-alone vendors.
IoT: The Network Impact
Commentary  |  7/9/2014  | 
The Internet of Things will require a network that can handle increased demand for data analytics, agility, and security.
Randy Bias Helps You Harness The Cloud
Commentary  |  7/8/2014  | 
Join us on Thursday, July 10, to discuss cloud infrastructure with Randy Bias, one of cloud computing and OpenStack's most vocal advocates.
Understanding IPv6: The Journey Begins
Commentary  |  7/7/2014  | 
Why is IPv6 so difficult to understand? Denise Fishburne explains how she began unraveling this complex topic.
New Storage Platforms: What's the Difference?
Commentary  |  7/7/2014  | 
Find out whether object, software-defined, or data-defined storage is the right platform to support your company's big data analytics initiative.
Code Spaces: A Lesson In Cloud Backup
Commentary  |  7/3/2014  | 
The SaaS provider is out of business after an AWS security breach, underscoring the need for proper cloud storage backup.
SDN Makes Inroads Into WiFi
Commentary  |  7/2/2014  | 
Software-defined networking is beginning to show up in the WLAN world with SDN-related developments from Meru, Extreme, and others.
Network Device Management, Part 3: Time Syncing & Stamping
Commentary  |  7/1/2014  | 
An area that's often overlooked in managing network devices is time management. Follow these tips for effective network device time synchronization and timestamps.
Why Ethernet Switch Sales Will Continue To Fall
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Sales of Ethernet switches will continue to slump as customers wait for SDN and as virtualization and public cloud adoption reduces Ethernet port requirements.
Overcoming Application Performance Issues
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Growth at financial-services firm Orangefield Columbus had led to degraded storage performance and reduced service levels. Here's how it tackled the problem.
The Evolution Of The All-Flash Array
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
Vendors are adding data deduplication and other features to their all-flash arrays, making the storage systems more than just speed demons.
IoT: How Ready Is Your Infrastructure?
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
The Internet of Things will bring a plethora of new devices online, but next-generation technologies can help you prepare for the influx.
Network Design Decisions Go Both Ways
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
Network design should reflect business goals. But it's also important to anticipate how your technology decisions will affect the business moving forward.
The SDDC & Shifting IT Roles
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
The software-defined data center is breaking down IT silos and prompting changes in traditional roles.
Net Neutrality Retreat Threatens Cloud Growth
Commentary  |  6/23/2014  | 
A proposal to undermine net neutrality by allowing ISPs to charge for "fast lane" traffic would create competitive barriers for businesses and stymie cloud adoption.
Unified Communication Doesn't Mean Unified Interaction
Commentary  |  6/20/2014  | 
UC is on the rise, but does it really solve the problem of communication disconnect? New systems must take UC a step further to support truly unified interaction.
Cloud: Ready To Burst
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
Infrastructure-as-a-service will come on strong in the next few years, especially in the areas of disaster recovery, high availability, new product development, and increased capacity and compatibility.
Testing Fuels The NVMe Revolution
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
Testing procedures and tools developed at places like UNH's InterOperability Laboratory help technologies like NVMe advance.
Pervasive Computing & Breaking The Security Barrier
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
The Internet of Things, BYOD, and DevOps aim to make computing seamless, but information security remains a cumbersome chokepoint.
Network Segmentation Key To Good Network Hygiene
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
Recent security breaches underscore the importance of maintaining proper network segmentation.
Disk Backup Appliances vs. Virtualized Backup Software
Commentary  |  6/13/2014  | 
New features in virtualized backup software products expose shortcomings in disk backup appliances.
Business Continuity Options For Branch Offices
Commentary  |  6/13/2014  | 
Maintaining connectivity is critical for distributed enterprises. Emerging technologies such as LTE offer alternatives for avoiding downtime.
Switched Networks Vs. Dedicated Links
Commentary  |  6/12/2014  | 
Direct links run much faster than traditional switched networks. Using software-defined networking with dedicated links can help in the quest for storage bandwidth.
Better Amtrak WiFi: Maybe Not So Crazy
Commentary  |  6/12/2014  | 
Amtrak wants to fix its weak WiFi in its Northeast Corridor. The train company's idea isn't as improbable as it may seem.
Chris Hoff Talks SDN, Security & More
Commentary  |  6/11/2014  | 
Join us on Friday, June 13, to discuss network security with Chris Hoff, one of IT's most insightful security leaders.
Iometer Update Adds Time Detail
Commentary  |  6/11/2014  | 
An old benchmark tool gets a refresh that solves its shortcomings and puts it back on top.
The Looming IoT Backlash
Commentary  |  6/10/2014  | 
Lofty projections for the Internet of Things will fall short as concerns about IoT dangers grow.
Virtual Machine Sizing: 3 Mistakes To Avoid
Commentary  |  6/9/2014  | 
Don't waste resources due to improper vCPU allocation, memory allocation, and incorrect template use.
5 Ways OpenStack Improves Enterprise IT
Commentary  |  6/6/2014  | 
Enterprises can leverage OpenStack to extend AWS investments, drive IT transformation, as a negotiating tool in enterprise license agreements, and for other benefits.
Compromising Virtualization
Commentary  |  6/5/2014  | 
Features such as instance storage are taking the virtual out of virtualization. The performance gains are tremendous, but the techniques open cloud security risks.
SDN & Breaking The VLAN Contract
Commentary  |  6/4/2014  | 
Software-defined networking disrupts the VLAN approach to network security. We need to embrace change and seize the opportunities SDN offers to improve enterprise security.
Optimize Your Infrastructure Without Breaking The Bank
Commentary  |  6/3/2014  | 
Software-based systems, such as virtual security services and software-based WAN optimization, can be cost-effective ways to streamline your IT operations.
Data Center Relocation: Tips For Success
Commentary  |  6/3/2014  | 
Moving a data center is a costly, high-risk project. Follow these DCR recommendations for a smooth move.
Cisco ACI Making Progress
Commentary  |  6/2/2014  | 
Since it launched last fall, Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure has attracted a number of early adopters and a growing partner ecosystem, but Cisco still has a lot of work ahead to accelerate ACI adoption.
The Network Complexity Conundrum
Commentary  |  6/2/2014  | 
Using complexity to deal with uncertainty in a network design will make a network more fragile. The challenge is finding a balance.
5 NFV Benefits & The Trends Driving Them
Commentary  |  5/30/2014  | 
Network functions virtualization addresses several trends shaping service provider networks.
Virtual Machines Vs. Containers: A Matter Of Scope
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Should container technologies like Docker replace virtual machines in cloud environments? It depends on the application, operating system, and OS instance.
Next-Gen WAN: Build or Buy?
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
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.
Branch Infrastructure Design: The Cloud Effect
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Traditional branch office architecture is fraught with complexity as individual office needs come into play. Cloud computing promises to simplify branch design.
Waiting For VMware VVOLs
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
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.
The Internet of Things: Not So Scary
Commentary  |  5/23/2014  | 
IoT will increase the flow of data, but should be manageable with proper attention to WiFi requirements and security.
Infrastructure IT Salaries: Flat & Happy
Commentary  |  5/21/2014  | 
When it comes to IT salary, keeping an even keel is OK, according to the results of InformationWeek's annual US Salary Survey for infrastructure pros.
Photonics: Chip Interconnect At Light Speed
Commentary  |  5/21/2014  | 
Using beams of light, instead of electrical connections, to send data between chips promises faster, lower-power devices.
Cisco Live Unfolds: The Chambers Keynote
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Join us to experience and weigh in on the John Chambers keynote as it happens from Cisco Live, today at 3:30 p.m. PDT.
Cisco Faces Make-Or-Break Week For SDN
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
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.
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