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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.
Real-World SDN, Lesson 3: Focus On The App
Commentary  |  9/15/2014  | 
Microsoft's Symon Perriman offers advice about SDN implementation and explains why the applications running on the network should take center stage.
Optimizing Data Center PUE
Commentary  |  9/12/2014  | 
Data center managers are under pressure to improve utilization and efficiency while maintaining high availability. Here are three ways to achieve that balance.
SAS Grows In The Data Center
Commentary  |  9/12/2014  | 
More enterprises choose Serial Attached SCSI for storage in the data center due to improved reliability, cost-effectiveness, scalability, and continued enhancements.
Using Carrier WiFi To Offload IoT Networks
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
The growing trend of WiFi offloading by carriers can help provide connectivity for the Internet of Things explosion.
IoT Makes You Administrator Of Things
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
You may not realize it, but it's likely you're already supporting and managing "Internet of Things" devices on your corporate network. Here's a reality check.
Contest Results: The Cleverest Caption Is…
Commentary  |  9/11/2014  | 
Community members pulled out all the stops suggesting witty one-liners for our first caption contest. We announce the winners.
Aerohive Adds iBeacon Support
Commentary  |  9/10/2014  | 
Enterprise WiFi vendor teams with Radius Networks to provide retailers and others with centrally managed proximity beacon capability.
6 Critical Data Center Concepts
Commentary  |  9/10/2014  | 
The data center is the Achilles' heel of IT operations. Be sure everyone on your IT team knows the ins and outs of these critical data center functions.
Software-Defined WAN: A Primer
Commentary  |  9/9/2014  | 
Enterprise WANs are costly and complex to manage. SD-WAN technology can help by automating the configuration of WAN edge routers.
IoT Standards: Which Will Prevail?
Commentary  |  9/9/2014  | 
Several industry groups that include big names like Google and Intel have recently formed to create standards for the emerging Internet of Things. The race is on.
Why Spanning Tree Is Evil
Commentary  |  9/8/2014  | 
The Spanning Tree Protocol was built for an outdated network architecture, offering little to modern business, and the workarounds most engineers introduce aren't much better.
Cloud Services Go For The Grand Slam
Commentary  |  9/8/2014  | 
A new survey shows that cloud services are hitting it out of the park, as IT decision makers' adoption and confidence levels grow.
Hyper-Convergence And All Flash On The Way
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
Will a combination of the two shiniest technologies in the storage business make a match like champagne and caviar, or will it create a system looking more like a chocolate-covered pickle?
SDN A Good Match On Campus
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
University networks typically behave one way during the day and another at night. Software-defined networking can address that situation.
Breaking Down Silos: Soft Skills Required
Commentary  |  9/4/2014  | 
These tips will help build your communication and soft skills, breaking down the silos IT departments have built.
Cloud Apps Management: The Power Of The Crowd
Commentary  |  9/2/2014  | 
Maintaining application service levels for shared services is tough. Look to crowd sourcing, real-time collaboration, and big data analytics for help.
Ethernet Disk Drives: Will They Catch On?
Commentary  |  9/2/2014  | 
Seagate and HGST have designed Ethernet drives, but can these products change the storage status quo?
What To Do If Your Cloud Provider Is Acquired
Commentary  |  8/29/2014  | 
With consolidation on the rise in the cloud computing market, you could end up dealing with a new cloud provider. Here are the key steps to take and questions to ask.
How To Survive In Networking
Commentary  |  8/28/2014  | 
Jeremy Schulman shares his secrets for navigating the transition in network operations by leveraging lessons learned from DevOps.
The Rise Of White-Box Storage
Commentary  |  8/27/2014  | 
Low-cost, generic storage based on original design manufacturer boxes is gaining ground in the storage industry.
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