A Ruckus Over WLAN Testing
A competitive review of WLAN products at Syracuse University stirred up controversy because of a vendor’s involvement in the tests. But the real question is, are they testing the right things?
The Case for UC Interoperability
A lack of interoperability among unified communications platforms isn't suited to today's business needs, particularly because partners, suppliers and resellers need to collaborate and communicate more closely than ever. It's time for the UC industry to step up.
Disaster Recovery Lessons You Might Have Missed
Hurricane Sandy had a lot to teach technology professionals about disaster recovery and business continuity. It certainly reinforced the basics—back up your data and test your DR systems—but there are other lessons to learn. Here are five.
802.11ac: 5 Steps to Prepare for Next-Gen WLANs
The 802.11ac wireless standard will be ratified in 2013, and pre-standard consumer hardware is on the market. Follow these five steps to prepare now for the day when 802.11ac comes knocking.
Few Enterprises Move At The Speed Of Social
Part of the challenge of social business is matching speeds between enterprises and organizations like Facebook with a "move fast and break things" philosophy, says Hearsay Social CTO Steve Garrity.
NetApp Quietly Absorbs CacheIQ
NetApp has acquired flash-memory caching startup CacheIQ and says it will discontinue CacheIQ's product line, but it isn't saying much about why.
Dear Cisco, Please Don't Screw Up Meraki
Cisco’s $1.2 billion acquisition of competing WLAN vendor Meraki has me worried that Meraki’s top-notch tech support and customer responsiveness will get lost inside Cisco’s big-network culture.
Happy 100 Millionth, Dropbox
It still makes no sense to me that a company can make a living selling shared disk access over the Internet, but then again I'm one of the paying customers making Dropbox a success.
SDN Is Business, OpenFlow Is Technology
Software-defined networking (SDN) and OpenFlow aren’t the same thing. We’ll clarify the technical differences and discuss a more important distinction: SDN emphasizes applications that drive network usability and business requirements, while OpenFlow is a technology to link an SDN controller and network devices.
Why Windows Tablets Are The Best Storage Deal
People who complain that too much of the flash storage in Windows 8 and RT tablets is taken up by the OS and Office 2013 app are missing a big point. At least they can add their own flash storage later via microSD card for very little money. Apple iPad and Google Nexus tablet users, on the other hand, are stuck with whatever storage comes with their device.
Packets Are the Past, Flows Are the Future
Networking has focused for years on speeds and feeds: how many packets you can handle and how many ports per device. But hosts and applications work with flows, which will force the network to adapt. Here’s why.
Xirrus Adds Application Control To WLAN Arrays
Xirrus will add deep packet inspection to its wireless arrays to let administrators prioritize, block or limit bandwidth based on specific applications. Xirrus’ claim to be the first WLAN vendor to do so don’t ring true, but it’s still a good idea.
Storage Hypervisors Vs. Software Defined Storage
New technologies are emerging to streamline storage environments. Whether you call those technologies storage virtualization, storage hypervisors or software defined storage, IT still has to be persuaded to embrace them.
What WAN Optimization Can Teach SDN About Tunneling
Network tunnels used to have a bad reputation, but the rise of software-defined networking (SDN) and network virtualization is changing that. WAN optimization, which uses tunnels, may offer insights that IT can apply to SDN.
Apple's Fusion Drive: An Inside Look
Apple's Fusion Drive, a hybrid of SSD and hard disk, revs up iMac performance while also providing terabytes of capacity. PC makers should pay attention to this powerful combination.
How To Speak Data Center: kWh to BTUs
IT professionals who want proper power and cooling for their gear need to be comfortable with terms and calculations used by data center facilities pros. Lesson two: how to convert units of power into units of energy.