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Content posted in October 2013
Cisco Rolls Out New Collaboration Tools
Commentary  |  10/31/2013  | 
With a Jabber Guest, Intelligent Proximity and a new teleconferencing endpoint, Cisco aims to meet diverse corporate needs.
Juniper's QFX5100 Switches Knit A Fabric
Commentary  |  10/31/2013  | 
The new QFX5100 switches are a key element of Juniper's MetaFabric architecture.
VMware Has To Step Up On NFS
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
It's time for VMware to improve its file storage support to make storage management simpler.
Do NIST Information Security Standards Matter?
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
The information security field is awash in regulations and requirements, but National Institute of Standards and Technology standards provide a strong foundation for an information security program.
Pertino Boosts SDN-Based Cloud Network Service
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
Startup expands its cloud networking platform with Network Service Virtualization, which provides enterprise-level services such as WAN optimization.
SDN Licensing: Please Keep It Simple
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
SDN is moving from slideware to shipping product. Vendors should make license plans simple to spur adoption and save everyone time.
IT And Innovation: A Natural Combination
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Contrary to popular perception, the IT department personifies innovation with its relentless focus on improvement. IT should promote this culture of innovation throughout the company.
Coho Applies SDN To Scale-Out Storage
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Startup Coho Data uses an integrated OpenFlow controller to reduce the latency associated with traditional scale-out storage designs.
Will SDN Make Me Homeless?
Commentary  |  10/25/2013  | 
An Interop New York panel tackled the anxieties -- and opportunities -- that SDN and network virtualization present to network engineers, architects and administrators.
VMware Killed By Commoditization? Not So Fast
Commentary  |  10/25/2013  | 
The commoditization of the virtualization market isn't happening as quickly as Wall Street analysts assume. Here's how VMware stays three steps ahead of commoditization's noose.
Delving Into Spectra Logic Deep Storage
Commentary  |  10/25/2013  | 
With its RESTful interface and BlackPearl storage appliance, Spectra Logic promises to breathe new life into the tape market.
Project Sonar: Security Testers Of A New Kind
Commentary  |  10/25/2013  | 
Crowdsourced Project Sonar aims to put C-level execs and their companies' security vendors on their toes.
High-Power Microservers Target Appliances and the Cloud
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
Get ready for a new generation of more powerful microservers with better performance and memory.
SDN, Network Professionals and Jobs
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
Software-defined networking might mean fewer jobs as some tasks get automated, but there will still be room for skilled networking pros to build and manage the new systems.
WLAN Management: How A Hospital Tackles The Complexity
Commentary  |  10/23/2013  | 
I spoke with Houston Methodist Hospital's WLAN architect, who described how his team maintains strict security and performs troubleshooting on the hospital's massive Wi-Fi network.
EMC ViPR: Promises to Keep
Commentary  |  10/23/2013  | 
ViPR, EMC's latest storage offering, promises to usher in the era of software-defined storage, but the company has some work to do to make its promise a reality.
Seagate Boosts Disk Drive Intelligence
Commentary  |  10/22/2013  | 
Disk drives just got interesting with Seagate's new Kinetic Open Storage platform, an architecture that creates smart disk drives with Ethernet interfaces.
Don't Leave Network Virtualization to Server Admins
Commentary  |  10/21/2013  | 
Network and security engineers will be sidelined if they don't understand where network virtualization is going, and why they need to go with it.
VMware Execs Talk Virtualized Networks And Visibility
Commentary  |  10/18/2013  | 
VMware's Martin Casado and Bruce Davie discuss the benefits of one aspect of software defined networking: overlaying a physical network with a virtual network.
Spectra Logic Unveils BlackPearl Storage Appliance
Commentary  |  10/17/2013  | 
Company aims to prove the tape market isn't dead with new technology that includes a RESTful object storage API to open up tape libraries to more than backup applications.
Sepaton Launches VirtuoSO for Data Protection
Commentary  |  10/17/2013  | 
The increasing amount and diversity of data is putting pressure on data backup. Here's how Sepaton's new scale-out NAS aims to address the problem.
Dynamic Frequency Selection Part 3: The Channel Dilemma
Commentary  |  10/17/2013  | 
DFS requirements for protecting mission-critical systems pose channel complications for enterprises deploying 802.11ac.
Security Analysts and the Island of Misfit Toys
Commentary  |  10/17/2013  | 
Security analysts can become insular and disengaged because of job pressures and organizational isolation. Here's how to lead your security team out of the wilderness.
IaaS Performance Benchmarks Part 2: AWS
Commentary  |  10/16/2013  | 
I conducted my own benchmarking project to compare IaaS cloud providers and their services. I tested Amazon Web Services first, and here are the results.
VMware Mum On NSX Pricing, Touts License Plan
Commentary  |  10/16/2013  | 
VMware has announced the general availability of its NSX network virtualization software and its licensing scheme, but the company was silent on actual prices.
Dynamic Frequency Selection Part 2: Challenges With 802.11ac
Commentary  |  10/15/2013  | 
DFS is critical for protecting mission-critical systems, but meeting DFS requirements in 5GHz wireless, especially 802.11ac, is difficult.
The Nirvanix Failure: Villains, Heroes and Lessons
Commentary  |  10/15/2013  | 
The Nirvanix collapse reads like a saga with villains, heroes and lessons that we all should learn from the implosion of the cloud service.
IT Engineer Career Advice: Be The Unicorn
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
If you want to move up in the IT ranks, you need to make magic happen, continuously expand your skills and be accountable.
Dynamic Frequency Selection: Why It's Critical In 802.11ac
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
DFS is the focus of much debate in the wireless industry. Here's why it's a crucial requirement with the arrival of 802.11ac devices.
IaaS Performance Benchmarks Part 1: Methodology
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
To address the lack of performance comparisons between IaaS cloud providers and their services, I created my own benchmarking project. Here's how I'm testing instance types across major IaaS providers such as AWS.
NIST Security Standards: Fallacies And Pitfalls
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
National Institute of Standards and Technology's latest revision to its Network Security Standard is an improvement, but gives compliant agencies a false sense of security.
ThousandEyes Peers Into Cloud Performance
Commentary  |  10/11/2013  | 
Startup ThousandEyes monitors the performance of cloud applications. It's got a limited range of transactions, but it can help IT identify and troubleshoot problems.
Innovation and Merchant Silicon: Not An Oxymoron
Commentary  |  10/10/2013  | 
Merchant silicon can lead to a race to the bottom in price and quality for network gear, or spur new innovation. There's more evidence for the latter than the former.
vSphere Flash Read Cache: No Market Killer
Commentary  |  10/9/2013  | 
VMware's integrated caching technology has some advanced features but doesn't pose a threat to third-party caching vendors.
Debunking The IT Control Freak Myth
Commentary  |  10/9/2013  | 
Many in departments outside of IT often view IT professionals as power mongers who strangle their freedom. It's time to squash this stereotype for good.
OpenFlow Vs. Fabrics
Commentary  |  10/8/2013  | 
Network fabrics can optimize hardware performance in the data center, but OpenFlow can provide many of the same benefits while also integrating better with tunnels.
Centrify Integrates Samsung Knox Into MDM Platform
Commentary  |  10/8/2013  | 
Company takes mobile device management to another level by combining Knox security for Android with its Active Directory-centric approach.
Next-Generation Malware On The Horizon
Commentary  |  10/7/2013  | 
At McAfee Focus, executives demonstrated advanced cyber exploits that can sneak past even the newest network security devices.
Violin's IPO Tumble Is About Violin, Not Flash
Commentary  |  10/7/2013  | 
Violin Memory, maker of flash storage, saw its IPO price drop on its opening day. The drop says more about Violin's challenges than those of the overall flash market.
Why Flash Storage Benchmark Testing Is Not Hype
Commentary  |  10/4/2013  | 
Some day, your company might need the "oomph" of flash storage.
HP Predicts Significant SDN Adoption By 2015
Commentary  |  10/2/2013  | 
HP networking chief Bethany Mayer talked with Network Computing about the company's SDN strategy and SDN's impact on IT.
How To Keep Enterprise Mobile Apps Secure
Commentary  |  10/1/2013  | 
Mobile apps must be treated as essential parts of an enterprise security ecosystem, extending from the device to the cloud or data center.
Aruba Debuts Bare-Bones Cloud WLAN
Commentary  |  10/1/2013  | 
Aruba Networks is moving into cloud-managed WLAN, but the company's first offering skimps on management capabilities.


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