Commentary
Content posted in November 2013
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Security Needs To Focus On Architecture, Not Products
Commentary  |  11/27/2013  | 
Spending a lot on security technology hasn't made organizations any more secure. We need to focus on proper security design.
Overland Storage SnapScale Scales Out But Falls Short
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
There's no doubt that scale-out is the future of storage, but SnapScale's conservative approach doesn't quite pan out.
Fluke Networks Updates AirMagnet Survey For 802.11ac
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
Wireless site survey tool can help organizations navigate the transition to the new Wi-Fi standard.
Give Thanks To The Datacenter
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
Datacenter professionals, once a quiet bunch, have been thrust into the limelight in 2013. Here's why they should appreciate their new roles as infrastructure heroes.
Call Center Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
Successful call center operations can make or break your business. Getting your processes and integration standards right are critical to keeping it all running smoothly.
Palo Alto Integrates Next-Generation Firewall With VMware NSX
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
New firewall appliance combines Palo Alto's Panorama central management platform with ESXi VMs by plugging into the NSX virtual network controller.
Object Storage: The Next Storage Paradigm
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Object storage is evolving from a data archive to the primary form of storage in large systems.
WiFi Management Tools Help Ensure WLAN Health
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Troubleshooting problems with WLAN connectivity can be tricky. WiFi management tools can help keep your wireless network healthy.
IaaS Performance Benchmarks Part 3: AWS C3
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
In this part of a continuing series comparing IaaS cloud providers and their services, I test Amazon Web Services' new C3 instance types.
Disk Drive Failure: An Unavoidable Reality
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
A recent study by an online backup service showed that disk drives aren't as reliable as the industry says they are.
Yahoo Encrypts Data After Reports of NSA Snooping
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
Internet giant follows Google in drive to protect data from National Security Agency surveillance. The move reflects the sad state of national affairs.
Evaluate UC Requirements In 3 Steps
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
Unified communications could streamline your business communications and customer service processes. But to implement UC well, you must ask the right questions up front.
The Cloud Transition Demands 3 Critical Characteristics
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
IT departments faced with moving to cloud services are looking to solution providers for help. Here's how to choose the best fit.
Digital Forensics: DIY Or Call An Expert?
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
With increased compliance requirements and complex threats, security incident response has become much more complicated. Organizations should consider calling in outside experts.
SDN Helps Break Down Barriers To Scaling
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
Vendors are using software to handle complex operations and overcome obstacles to scaling in networking and storage.
OpenStack Wins Developers' Hearts, But Not IT's Minds
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Nebula Chief Strategy Officer Chris Kemp says IT must develop private clouds for the next generation of applications. Otherwise, it risks irrelevancy.
CommVault Tackles The Dark Data Problem
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
CommVault expands its Simpana platform with software that promises to help enterprises get a handle on unused and unnecessary data.
Securing The Software-Defined Network
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
SDNs offer the ability to centralize and automate network security functions, but only if security requirements are implemented correctly from the ground up. Learn how to secure the many components of the SDN.
Book Review: 'Cisco ISE For BYOD And Secure Unified Access'
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
For a network engineer planning a Cisco Identity Services Engine deployment, this publication provides valuable technical guidance and practical troubleshooting advice.
SDN Upends The Switch & Router Market
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
Software-defined networking (SDN) is changing the networking market as we know it. In the midst of the confusion, it's clear that open source and standards-based networking are gaining ground.
The Future Datacenter Comes With Fries
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
The enterprise datacenter is moving toward a bundled, integrated, pre-configured, standards-based model. Soon you may order one up as easily as a laptop or a Happy Meal.
Session Border Controllers For UC: 3 Big Benefits
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
Using VPNs for unified communications access can be frustrating for users and IT. Session border controllers offer improvements in security, economy, and usability.
Amazon WorkSpaces Speeds The PC's Demise
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
The company's new desktop virtualization service could prove a gateway to a post-PC, mobile, and cloud-centric future.
Firewall Administration For Sysadmins Part 4: Communication Tips
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
Articulating application details and knowing what kind of information firewall administrators need to fulfill a change request will help smooth communication between sysadmins and the security team.
Cloud Computing: The Next-Generation
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
The staggering growth of cloud computing is driving today's IT infrastructure to new levels of efficiency through greater integration and convergence.
Can SDN Adoption Solve Real-World Problems?
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
If you think software-defined networking is all hype and no substance, think again. SDN deployments could potentially solve complex resource issues, especially in segments like healthcare and education.
Firewall Administration For Sysadmins Part 3: Application Planning
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Security teams are often left out of application planning, but should be involved in projects from the start for the best results.
Unified Communications Is Much More Than IT
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
A successful unified communications project needs a modern approach, one in which user needs are evaluated and UC metrics are defined before technology is considered.
Become Your Own SaaS Provider
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Enterprises adopting private cloud should consider offering "private SaaS," a way to efficiently offer application services to their employees and partners.
Saddle Up For Datacenter Efficiency
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Uptime Institute's Server Roundup gives a big "yee-haw" to companies that strap on their spurs, decommission obsolete equipment, and drive out datacenter inefficiency.
The Cloud Starts At The Data Center
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
New, always-on services are propelling the cloud forward. But all clouds depend on the data center for innovation in performance, networking, consolidation, and green computing.
Rack Cooling Puts The Chill On High Data Center Energy Costs
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Server-rack cooling systems, built specifically for data centers, can increase energy efficiency in the data center and lower energy costs by 20 percent.
Fiber Optics Light Up The Data Center
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Intel has designed a data center that leverages fiber optic technology in the form of silicon photonics to overcome the challenges of increased speeds.
Data Center Virtualization Offers Concrete Benefits
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Data center virtualization offers a new way of seeing the data center operating system, delivering benefits including greater visibility, more control, and the ability to be proactive with important workloads.
Automation Gets The Data Center Under Control
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Data center technologies around efficiency are evolving quickly, with many layers of automation and orchestration available to offer control and management.
SIEM Offers Better Network Security Protection
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Can enterprises effectively combat network sophisticated intrusions with lessons learned from the past? The answer is yes, thanks to SIEM.
An Integrated Appliance Can Run Your Private Coud
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
A new breed of private cloud appliances offers a wealth of benefits to enterprises and vendors alike.
Moving NAS To The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Using the cloud in lieu of -- or in addition to -- network attached storage is a good option for the right types of data.
Fibre Channel Just Can't Keep Up
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
The SAN connector of choice, Fibre Channel, is being crowded out by much faster and more flexible competitors. It might be time for its swan song.
TCP May Lose Out To Faster QUIC
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
The 20-year-old Internet protocol, HTTP over TCP, has outlived its usefulness. Will Google's QUIC replace it?
SSD Vendors: The Enterprise Storage Market Evolves
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
As the market for enterprise storage matures, SSD vendors like Intel and Samsung are in the lead. Acquisitions and emerging technologies could change that.
Best Use Cases For Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
With all the options for storage today, including SSD to flash cards, choosing what enterprise data to store in the cloud or via SaaS can be tricky.
Ceph Poised To Change Data Center and Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Ceph, a type of open source file system for Linux, is hitting the mainstream with the potential to have big effects on storage in the data center and the cloud.
SAN, NAS, And Object Storage Unite
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
The best elements of SAN, NAS, and object storage are coming together in converged storage solutions for the enterprise.
SSDs Overcome Write Endurance With Hot Technology
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Solid-state disks (SSDs) face the challenge of write endurance failures when used for disk storage in the data center. Heat may solve the problem.
Internet Of Things Opens Doors to Attack
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
The Internet of Things may be overhyped, but the increased access to corporate and SCADA networks it offers to outside attackers is cause for concern.
Software-Defined Networking Definition = Still Don't kNow
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
As hot as software-defined networking is, we're still speculating about SDN's definition. There are good reasons that's the case.
Women in IT: Suffer Silently Or Be The Bitch?
Commentary  |  11/14/2013  | 
Do we need anti-harassment policies to protect women and other minorities in IT? Unfortunately, yes. But the most successful STEM women are those who ignore their detractors and risk being labeled a "bitch," confronting challenges head-on.
Firewall Administration For Sysadmins Part 2: Key Concepts
Commentary  |  11/14/2013  | 
Understanding firewall architectures, how firewalls track the state of traffic flow and why directionality matters will help sysadmins work better with the network security team.
Aerohive Wi-Fi Lands In Apple Online Store
Commentary  |  11/13/2013  | 
Enterprise Wi-Fi vendor expands reach with move into Apple's online store, but the deal has potential downsides for Apple customers.
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