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3 Ways Network Troubleshooting Can Change Your Life
Commentary  |  4/8/2015  | 
Troubleshooting techniques are a staple in a network engineer's toolkit on the job. Find out how they can also prove indispensable in personal and social situations.
Hybrid WAN Requires A New Connectivity Model
Commentary  |  4/8/2015  | 
Hybrid WAN can ease application deployment, but to make it a reality, we need to switch from a network topology to a service topology.
Don't Be Afraid Of DevOps
Commentary  |  4/6/2015  | 
DevOps pioneer John Willis explains why the networking industry needs to adopt DevOps, and how networking professionals can benefit in the big picture.
Budgeting For Flash
Commentary  |  4/6/2015  | 
Flash is fast, but expensive. Ask these three questions to make sure your flash storage investment makes sense for your data lifecycle needs.
Getting Cloud Ready: People, Processes & Infrastructure
Commentary  |  4/3/2015  | 
Here are some tips for preparing your IT infrastructure and IT team for moving to a cloud model.
Yes, NFV Is Important For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  4/2/2015  | 
Due to its origins and complexity, it's tempting to view network functions virtualization as a service provider technology. That's not the case.
Ruckus Debuts First 802.11ac Wave 2 AP
Commentary  |  4/2/2015  | 
WLAN vendor is the first out of the gate with an access point supporting the 11 ac Wave 2 wireless standard.
VMware VSAN: Reality Vs. Hype
Commentary  |  4/1/2015  | 
VMware's Virtual SAN is touted for its performance, lower cost and scalability, but emerging trends such as white-box storage undercut those claims.
Legacy IT Vendors & The AWS Fear Factor
Commentary  |  4/1/2015  | 
The popularity of Amazon Web Services, along with SaaS, means that traditional IT vendors must transform themselves in order to remain relevant in the new cloud era.
SDS & Hyperconvergence: Sense & Nonsense
Commentary  |  3/30/2015  | 
Howard Marks uncovers the meaning behind software-defined storage, how hyperconvergence fits in, and where these technologies make sense -- and don't.
Drone Initiative Saves Elephants From Poaching
Commentary  |  3/27/2015  | 
Air Shepard pairs drone operators with supercomputing resources to combat organized criminals who slaughter elephants and rhinos in Africa for their tusks and horns.
SDN Interest Shifts Toward The WAN
Commentary  |  3/27/2015  | 
Software-defined networking improves network utilization and efficiency, and as the technology matures, enterprises are looking to apply those benefits to their WAN and campus networks.
Backup Appliances: 5 Considerations
Commentary  |  3/27/2015  | 
Appliances in your backup infrastructure can help save you time and money. Weigh these issues to ensure you choose the right one for your business.
Hybrid Cloud Storage Challenges
Commentary  |  3/26/2015  | 
Moving to a hybrid model helps address security and compliance concerns, but comes with problems such as data synchronization and WAN latency.
Big Data Deployment Models: Open Vs. Proprietary
Commentary  |  3/26/2015  | 
Open source data platforms like Hadoop, Cassandra, and MongoDB are core to the big data market, but vendors supporting the platforms are winning over enterprises with proprietary tools.
Docker Orchestration Tools: The New Options
Commentary  |  3/25/2015  | 
What are Docker Machine and Docker Swarm and how can they impact your use of the container technology? Scott Lowe explains.
4 Paths To The Enterprise Cloud
Commentary  |  3/24/2015  | 
Will your enterprise outsource, partner or build its own cloud infrastructure? The answer depends on your cloud application strategy.
Collaboration: The Audio Aspect
Commentary  |  3/24/2015  | 
This quick tutorial on how audio travels in space will help you determine if the audio specifications of UC speakerphones or UC audio pickup devices are reasonable.
Continuous Delivery: Coming To Your Infrastructure
Commentary  |  3/23/2015  | 
Get your network ready to instantly support all the things that need to happen when a new application or update is pushed to production.
SanDisk InfiniFlash: Just A Bunch Of Flash
Commentary  |  3/20/2015  | 
SanDisk's new storage appliance targets hyper-scale data centers with an emphasis on record-setting density and low cost, but isn't really an all-flash array.
Cloud Orchestration Vs. DevOps Automation
Commentary  |  3/20/2015  | 
Confused by all the buzzwords around cloud and DevOps? Here's a breakdown of terminology to try to get past the hype.
Enabling The Self-Driving Car
Commentary  |  3/19/2015  | 
The transition to 5G telecommunications networks, coupled with the flexibility of cloud orchestration, will enable self-driving vehicles.
Globalstar Demo Stokes TLPS Debate
Commentary  |  3/19/2015  | 
The controversy over Globalstar's proposed terrestrial low power service intensifies after the satellite provider touted stellar test results.
SDN & The Evolution Of Network Automation
Commentary  |  3/18/2015  | 
Jeremy Schulman explains how organizations can ease into network automation, and why this is an opportunity for networking pros to seize the reins of IT.
Conquering Cloud Fears
Commentary  |  3/18/2015  | 
Many database administrators and other IT pros fear cloud adoption, but setting aside emotions and understanding how cloud computing impacts your infrastructure is key to overcoming your anxiety.
All-Flash Vs. Hybrid Storage Arrays: Which Is Better?
Commentary  |  3/17/2015  | 
Second-generation all-flash arrays have overcome previous limitations and are surpassing hybrid arrays as an enterprise storage option.
Enterprise Technology Trickle Down
Commentary  |  3/17/2015  | 
Most IT hardware starts with enterprise adoption and makes its way slowly to the SMB. Does software follow the same path?
SDN Benefits For The SME
Commentary  |  3/16/2015  | 
Software-defined networking has huge applications for the large enterprise, but how can it help small and midsize enterprises? Tom Hollingsworth examines the possibilities.
Is License-Assisted Access Needed?
Commentary  |  3/13/2015  | 
Some carriers are eyeing the use of LTE in unlicensed 5GHz spectrum as a way to keep up with skyrocketing capacity demands, but the technology isn't an ideal solution.
SDN: An Enabler For NFV
Commentary  |  3/13/2015  | 
Software-defined networking and NFV can be used independently, but SDN makes it much easier to implement and manage NFV.
Nanosecond Storage Performance Latencies? Get Ready
Commentary  |  3/12/2015  | 
Predictable and persistent microsecond storage performance will usher in new possibilities in application development and capabilities in the data center.
3 Active-Active Data Center Myths
Commentary  |  3/11/2015  | 
Operating two data centers at the same time to support customers sounds great, but Ethan Banks offers a dose of reality about the data center design.
4 IT Job Resume & Interview Pitfalls To Avoid
Commentary  |  3/9/2015  | 
Don't sabotage your job search by loading up your resume with jargon, fixating on old experience, or going overboard with certifications.
Cloud Migration: Going Live
Commentary  |  3/9/2015  | 
The final post in this series on best practices for moving applications to the cloud details the elements of a successful go-live event as well as post-migration maintenance.
Get Off My Lawn, Hipster Admins!
Commentary  |  3/6/2015  | 
As an IT manager, there's a delicate balance between fostering realistic technology innovation and acting like an out-of-touch grouch.
Managing Data Security In The Hybrid Cloud
Commentary  |  3/5/2015  | 
The hybrid cloud model helps address security and compliance issues, but there are still a lot of challenges, including cloud encryption.
Tailoring UC To The Elusive Mobile Worker
Commentary  |  3/5/2015  | 
Today's mobile workers have unique technology requirements that enterprises must consider in their unified communications deployments.
Network Forensics Separate Signal From Noise
Commentary  |  3/4/2015  | 
Identifying data breaches in progress and distinguishing false positives from real security attacks requires effective network forensics software.
Network Engineers: Don't Fear The Code
Commentary  |  3/2/2015  | 
The DevOps focus on automation and coding is pushing its way into networks, making network engineers uneasy about learning new skills. But a closer look at the trend shows it's more about the scripting they already do.
NFV Home Lab: Licensing, Storage & Networking
Commentary  |  2/27/2015  | 
In the second part of this two-part blog, Ethan Banks describes the storage and networking considerations that come into play when building a lab for testing network functions virtualization.
Treating The Cloud As A Utility
Commentary  |  2/26/2015  | 
A NIST report indicates that federal agencies want cloud providers to operate with more utility-like standardization.
BGP Security: No Quick Fix
Commentary  |  2/26/2015  | 
The routing protocol is plagued by multiple security vulnerabilities, which attackers are exploiting. However, securing BGP is no small feat.
Software-Defined Storage Vs. Software-Delivered Storage
Commentary  |  2/25/2015  | 
The difference between a software-defined storage product and one that's software delivered has more to do a vendor's go-to-market strategy than technical features.
Software-Defined Storage Takes Shape
Commentary  |  2/24/2015  | 
The term is often misused in the industry, but some credible software-defined storage products have emerged.
NFV: 4 Home Lab Options
Commentary  |  2/23/2015  | 
Network functions virtualization is well suited to the home lab. Ethan Banks describes how he built his NFV lab and the pros and cons of different configurations.
Zero-Knowledge Cloud Storage: Far From Perfect
Commentary  |  2/20/2015  | 
You may get an extra layer of protection with zero-knowledge cloud encryption, but the cloud security system isn't fail-safe.
SDN & NFV: Dynamic Duo Of Next-Gen Networks?
Commentary  |  2/19/2015  | 
The relationship between SDN and NFV may be indirect today, but over time the technologies could become inseparable. Find out why.
Big Data Deployment Trends
Commentary  |  2/19/2015  | 
A recent Enterprise Strategy Group survey shows a diversity of IT infrastructure choices for big data.
Wireless Engineer Career Resources: Break In Or Brush Up
Commentary  |  2/17/2015  | 
Thinking of a career in WiFi? We outline some resources to break into the field or brush up on skills, if you’re a seasoned wireless LAN professional in need of a refresher.
The Rise Of The Cloud WAN
Commentary  |  2/13/2015  | 
The trend of pushing WAN functionality into the cloud -- software-defined WAN -- is gaining steam as enterprises look to reduce WAN complexity and lower costs.
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