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Content posted in November 2012
A Ruckus Over WLAN Testing
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
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?
Facebook 'Privacy Notice' Has No Legs
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
But Facebook should be looking at why the notice went viral.
The Case for UC Interoperability
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  11/26/2012  | 
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.
Housework Outranks Facebook On Happiness Meter
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
Only activity people like less than using Facebook is recovering from illness, study says. There's a lesson here for businesses.
Twitter Offers Small Businesses $1M In Ad Credits
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
Twitter offer comes in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, the anti-Black Friday.
Few Enterprises Move At The Speed Of Social
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  11/20/2012  | 
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.
Intel On The Wrong Side Of Moore's Law
Commentary  |  11/20/2012  | 
ARM's stellar performance provides a hint at what Intel must do in the next decade to stay ahead in the chip business.
Storage Purchasing Strategy: Channel Choices
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
Value-added resellers, systems integrators and even distributors play a big part in your company's success. Choose them with care.
Measuring The State Of Primary Storage Deduplication
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
Before you can assess a vendor's storage deduplication ability, it's important to understand the challenges of the deduplication process.
Dear Cisco, Please Don't Screw Up Meraki
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  11/16/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  11/15/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  11/15/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
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.
Finding the ROI for Unified Communications
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
Companies that examine the business case for UC often focus on the "unified" aspect. But the real returns come from integration. Here's why.
Xirrus Adds Application Control To WLAN Arrays
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
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.
Pervasive Wireless Means Persistent Frustrations
Commentary  |  11/13/2012  | 
Despite impressive advances in WLAN technology, a small number of wireless devices drag down performance rates and irritate network engineers.
Facebook Couples Profiles: Breaking Up Hard To Do
Commentary  |  11/13/2012  | 
Facebook's new Couples profile puts the story of your relationship out there. You can curate it -- but users are already groaning at this un-requested "feature."
Are SAN-Less Storage Architectures Faster?
Commentary  |  11/9/2012  | 
Keeping VM data local will boost performance -- but you need to make sure it's protected. Here's how.
Tablets Cause Wi-Fi Stress: Truth And Fiction
Commentary  |  11/8/2012  | 
Don't fall for vendor scare tactics about an impending iPad-fueled WLAN-a-geddon.
Storage Hypervisors Vs. Software Defined Storage
Commentary  |  11/7/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  11/6/2012  | 
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.
Voting Machines Should Be As Secure As Slot Machines
Commentary  |  11/6/2012  | 
Casino gaming machines undergo independent scrutiny to certify their reliability. Shouldn’t voting machines get the same treatment?
Brocade Gets Virtual Networking with Vyatta Acquisition
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
Brocade is buying Vyatta, which makes a software router. The move puts Brocade squarely into the virtual networking space, with implications for its SDN strategy, security and more.
LinkedIn: How To Take Advantage of Recent Changes
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
LinkedIn understands the value of a business conversation. Consider these tips to make sure you're part of it.
Apple's Fusion Drive: An Inside Look
Commentary  |  11/2/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  11/1/2012  | 
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.


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