Content posted in January 2014
Free Software: A Privilege, Not A Right
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Free online services can be great, but companies that operate on the freemium model aren't obligated to keep offering free software.
Flash Storage: What's Your Best Option?
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Consider this primer to make sure the flash storage you choose is the right one to solve your performance problem.
Best of Interop Product Awards Open
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
The Best of Interop 2014 product awards are open for nominations. Be sure to spread the word to vendors of your favorite products.
SDN: Beware Of Blinders
Commentary  |  1/30/2014  | 
Everyone's talking about software-defined networking, but choosing actual products and vendors probably feels more like a round of blackjack than an RFP.
Cisco vs. Oracle: How The Battle Will Impact The Networking Industry
Commentary  |  1/30/2014  | 
With Oracle and Cisco going head-to-head after another Oracle SDN acquisition, the repercussions across the industry will be far reaching, from changes in purchase patterns to increased product bundling.
The Buck Stops At BYOC
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
IT professionals gave into user demands with BYOD. But allowing employees to mix corporate data and personal clouds is going a step too far.
Big Data Analytics And Why Datacenter Infrastructure Matters
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
As the amount of data generated continues to skyrocket, organizations will increasingly rely on data management systems, underscoring the importance of the datacenter.
Gluster Vs. Ceph: Open Source Storage Goes Head-To-Head
Commentary  |  1/27/2014  | 
Storage appliances using open-source Ceph and Gluster offer similar advantages with great cost benefits. Which is faster and easier to use?
The Myth Of The Supersonic Disk Drive
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
The idea that disk drives haven't gotten faster than 15K RPM because it would mean disks would have to become supersonic isn't true. What's the real reason?
How To Get Ready For The Internet Of Things
Commentary  |  1/23/2014  | 
IoT technologies solve business problems and generate new revenue, but implementing them is a complex task. Here are three ways to approach IoT.
Secure Networks: How To Develop An Information Security Policy
Commentary  |  1/23/2014  | 
A security policy is the foundation of a secure network, but it must balance security with business needs. Here are some guidelines for successful security policy development.
Will 2014 Be The Year Of 10 Gigabit Ethernet?
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
Adoption of 10GbE has been slow, but it's finally on its way to becoming mainstream in the datacenter. Will this be the year it surpasses 1GbE?
Beware Of The Internet Of Things' Despicable Side
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
Securing a network of connected devices and intelligent systems carries a hefty new price for IT professionals: personal safety.
The DDoS Smash-And-Grab: Be Prepared
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
You are more likely to fall victim to a DDoS attack as each day passes. Assume you will be a hacker's target, and get ready with a remediation plan.
How To Shop For A WLAN: 7 Steps
Commentary  |  1/21/2014  | 
Buying a WLAN has become a complex process. Avoid making the wrong choice by following these recommendations for selecting a WLAN.
2014 State Of Storage: Cost Worries Grow
Commentary  |  1/20/2014  | 
Solid state alone can't solve your problems -- even if you can afford it. Think scale-out, virtualization, and cloud.
Is It Time For SDN 2.0?
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Software-defined networking has become a meaningless buzzword. Let's start fresh with a new term that has strict requirements before vendors can label their products with it.
Don't Let SDN Infatuation Go To Your Head
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
The networking industry is all a-flutter, with vendors hastily breeding new software-defined networking platforms and controllers. Smart enterprises will show a healthy fear of commitment.
Be The Security Good Samaritan
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
Information security professionals should take the time to teach their friends and neighbors about security best practices. The payoff is well worth it.
Data Protection Must Change In Virtualization Age
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
Backup has never been as easy or reliable as it should be, and virtualization just makes it worse.
3D Printing Is The Future, But Safety Comes First
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
3D printing will be a disruptive force in manufacturing and IT, but with the benefits come safety risks.
Using NetFlow To Maintain A Bandwidth Diet
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
Combined with content-filtering tools, the Cisco-developed network protocol can help network administrators rein in runaway bandwidth usage.
Ethernet Interfaces Transform Object Storage
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
New direct Ethernet interfaces for object-oriented storage will change the rules of storage, allowing for large performance gains.
Solid-State Storage: On The Road To Datacenter Domination
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
SSDs are displacing hard drives at a rapid clip in the datacenter, as enterprises and cloud providers find them an increasingly attractive low-power, faster storage option.
The Evolving PUE of Containerized Datacenters
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
A number of breakthroughs in server and storage designs have made containerized datacenters highly energy efficient.
5 Ways Enterprise WiFi Will Advance In 2014
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Enterprise employees are more mobile than ever, and the role of WiFi will grow in the corporate network -- in some ways you may not expect.
Hyperscale Invades The Enterprise
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
Enterprise datacenters facing increasing demands, typically with shrinking budgets, should take advice from the Web giants and move into hyperscale.
IaaS Performance Benchmarks Part 8: HP Public Cloud
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
As part of my project comparing IaaS services, I tested HP Public Cloud and looked at how HP's service compared with those from other IaaS providers. Here's what I found.
The Case For VDI In The BYOD Era
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
Virtual desktop infrastructure is becoming more attractive in the enterprise as BYOD becomes a way of life and new flash arrays boost VDI performance.
Shingled Magnetic Recording Part 2: Using Shingled Drives
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
Disk drive vendors are using SMR to increase disk capacity, and have devised three models for shingled drives. Here are the details on this new technology.
Want To Develop Information Security Skills? Capture The Flag
Commentary  |  1/9/2014  | 
The popular competition among information security enthusiasts has evolved into a mainstream endeavor critical for professional development.
SDN Vendors' Internal Tug-of-War Doesn't Bode Well For Customers
Commentary  |  1/9/2014  | 
Networking vendors are experiencing internal conflict as they try to integrate SDN into their products lines. Customers will face the fallout.
5 Ways Software-Defined Tech Simplifies Datacenter Management
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
New software-defined tools are helping to reduce the complexity associated with distance in datacenter environments.
Shingled Magnetic Recording Part 1: How SMR Expands Disk Drive Capacity
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
Disk drive vendors have a new technique to increase disk density. Here's how it works.
VMware Datacenter Growth Far From Over
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
Some industry watchers say the virtualization wave is nearly done, but I disagree.
Tape Storage: Future Looks Bright
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
In 2013, several trends solidified my belief that tape -- once branded a dinosaur -- is gaining importance in the datacenter.
Cloud Growth Drives Need For Unified Datacenter Monitoring
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Today's complex, cloud-enabled datacenter requires network monitoring tools that provide a comprehensive view of traffic.
3 Ways Vendors Aggravate Network Engineers
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Engineers love new networking gear, but vendors can drive them crazy. Here are the top three vendor bad habits that can send engineers over the edge.
Collaboration Wanted; Employee Buy-In Required
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Lured by tales of compounded productivity with lowered costs, businesses are trying out collaboration tools. But getting users on board can be challenging.
IaaS Performance Benchmarks Part 7: SoftLayer
Commentary  |  1/6/2014  | 
As part of my project comparing IaaS services, I tested SoftLayer, an IBM company. I also compared SoftLayer to other IaaS providers. Here are my findings.
Software-Defined Storage: What Hardware Players Must Do
Commentary  |  1/6/2014  | 
If 2014 is the "year of software-defined storage," hardware makers must take these steps to stay relevant.
Flash Virtualization: Enabling The Software-Defined Datacenter
Commentary  |  1/6/2014  | 
Virtualization has changed the way modern datacenters operate, but I/O bottlenecks still hamper storage systems and application performance. Flash hypervisors could be the answer.
IaaS Performance Benchmarks Part 6: Rackspace Cloud Servers
Commentary  |  1/3/2014  | 
As part of my project comparing IaaS services, I tested Rackspace Cloud Servers and also compared Rackspace to other IaaS providers. Here are the results.
9 Advantages Of WebRTC
Commentary  |  1/3/2014  | 
WebRTC brings many benefits to the user, integrator, and developer that have been less available in past communications and collaboration platforms.
Seagate Inks Deal To Acquire Xyratex
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
Disk drive giant aims to move into the more profitable storage systems market with $374 million acquisition.
Focus On SDN Tools Obscures SDN Benefits
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
The debates over OpenFlow, NSX and ACI miss the point. SDN vendors need to focus on how their tools fit into a broader framework for solving business problems.
Ethernet: The Datacenter's Unifying Foundation
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
Ethernet, now the standard for datacenter connectivity, is undergoing constant innovation from the core to the edge across the network. It's important to understand where Ethernet development is heading.

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