Should Your Cloud Go Open Compute?
Facebook's open data center designs offer efficiency and flexibility, but should your enterprise follow the Open Compute Project model? Here are some pros and cons.
Scaling Servers: A Cost Breakdown
Software costs add up quickly in today's virtualized datacenters. Does it make more sense to buy a few big servers or a bunch of little ones? I compare the costs.
What's In Your Database?
Data breaches will continue until we create a deeper appreciation for business data and guard it as closely as our own wallets. Here are some steps in the right direction.
802.11ac On The Rise In The Enterprise
Infonetics report shows that shipments of 802.11ac access points are picking up. The new WiFi standard offers many enterprise benefits, but watch out for integration issues.
SDN Developments In 2015
ONF executive director Dan Pitt shares his expectations for the evolution of software-defined networking in the coming year.
Cloud Migration: Discovery & Planning
Migrating workloads to the cloud requires time and effort spent on up-front planning. The first part of this series explains the technical assessments and evaluations required for a successful cloud migration.
Don't Leave Your Data In The Dark
Piles of unstructured data are worse than useless; they pose serious security and privacy risks. John Joseph offers three steps to bring your data storage strategy into the light.
Aerohive Adds Wireless Bridging
Point-to-point wireless bridging can be complicated for a WLAN designer. Aerohive is the latest WLAN vendor to help streamline the process by including the capability in an access point.
Putting Erasure Codes To Work
Erasure coding is used in scale-out object storage systems from a variety of vendors and open-source software projects. Just don't expect it to solve all your data protection problems.
5G Will Enable Robotics In The Cloud
By 2020, 5G will permeate network infrastructures, enabling new robotic services and intelligence, as well as a densely connected digital society and economy.
Breaking The Last Cloud Barriers
Many enterprises are still holding back from cloud adoption, for good reasons. Implementing one transformative cloud app can change that, and help businesses move to the next level.
Major system vendors like HP and Dell are rapidly integrating OpenStack, putting the open-source cloud software in a strong position against cloud giants such as Microsoft Azure.
Net Neutrality: Just Say No
While troubleshooting a client's website access problem, I was confronted with the net neutrality debate. Here's why I oppose the concept.
WebRTC: Not Ready For The Enterprise
The open source web-based technology promises real-time communication across a multitude of applications, but must overcome challenges before it makes inroads into the enterprise market.
Erasure Codes: An Introduction
Erasure coding is promoted by some in the storage industry as a data protection alternative to RAID. Here's how it works.
5 Reasons IT Projects Fail
From focusing on cool technology to jumping in too soon, there are common mistakes that IT teams make that doom IT projects.
Cloud services from NVIDIA and Adobe using graphics processing units bolster performance and change the way we do video editing and big data analytics.
IoT Readiness: 3 Big Changes
Don't get blindsided by the sweeping effects an IoT initiative will have on your IT infrastructure, especially in the areas of networking, security, and change management.
WLAN Management Startup Aims High
Many WLAN administrators long for relief from native, legacy wireless networking management tools. Nira Wireless offers a new cloud-based system, but it isn't mature enough yet to displace Cisco and Aruba tools.
The True Cost Of Hyperconvergence
Vendors tout hyperconverged systems like EVO:RAIL as less expensive than more conventional storage systems. After pricing my own EVO:RAIL-like system, I found otherwise.
SDN: Learn From The Big Boys
Companies like Facebook and Google developed their own cutting-edge datacenter technology. If they also use open source SDN, shouldn't you?
Holiday Shopping Internet Tracker
Is your favorite online retailer slow this shopping season? It might be because of the underlying network. Find out how the Internet is impacting your online shopping experience.
Understanding the different motivations for adopting software-defined networking provides a clearer view into the technology.
As storage vendors try to distance themselves from RAID as new storage technologies reveal shortcomings with the data protection system, it's time to adopt a new definition for RAID.
Will SATA Express Dethrone SAS?
Today's solid-state drives demand faster interfaces than what SAS and SATA can provide. SATA Express is on its way to becoming the next dominant storage interface.
Are Converged Systems Right for You?
Converged infrastructure streamlines integration and provides better TCO than traditional systems.`However, more economic and flexible converged solutions may be on the horizon.
Unified Communications: Words Matter
When it comes to UC, one word can make a huge difference. Calling your UC investment an initiative instead of a project increases your chances of success.
Converged Ethernet Vs. More Links
Converged Enhanced Ethernet improves Ethernet performance but is expensive. With the cost of 10 GbE equipment dropping and 25 GbE on the horizon, it may be cheaper to add more links.