Commentary
Content posted in December 2013
6 Information Security New Year's Resolutions
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
2013 was another rough year for information security pros. Let's resolve to make some changes to improve security in 2014, starting with increased data encryption.
Why Culture Eats UC Strategies For Lunch
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
Too many unified communications implementations focus on technology without considering training, adoption, and -- most importantly -- company culture.
Grow Your Own Wireless Broadband With Mushroom
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
A new product from Mushroom Networks allows businesses to provide their own fiber-speed wireless broadband connectivity in almost any location.
Internet Of Things May Strangle Enterprise Bandwidth
Commentary  |  12/26/2013  | 
The Internet of Things is poised to bring a flood of WAN traffic and new Internet-enabled devices to enterprise WANs. Be sure your corporate network is ready for it.
How E-discovery Tools Can Help With Information Governance
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
Common e-discovery technologies can help an organization enforce information governance policies. Here are three scenarios.
Don't Let the Bleeding Edge Drain Your Data Center Dry
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
New technologies keep emerging that claim to transform your data center -- just look at any of the 2014 prediction lists. How can you decide what makes sense to invest in now?
Cisco Security Group Access: An Introduction
Commentary  |  12/20/2013  | 
SGA, part of Cisco TrustSec, allows organizations to enforce identity-based network access. Here's how it works.
Whiteboxes Are In Your Future
Commentary  |  12/20/2013  | 
Open-source hardware is growing fast, and will soon penetrate enterprise storage. Here's why you'll see more inexpensive whiteboxes in 2014.
The Real Reason IT Security Fails
Commentary  |  12/19/2013  | 
Humans are the weak link in security, but blaming them for clicking on links or opening phishing emails overlooks basic human nature.
SSDs Cheaper Than Hard Drives? Not In This Decade
Commentary  |  12/19/2013  | 
Despite falling SSD prices, spinning disks will still be the better bargain through 2020.
VMware Vs. KVM: OpenStack Hypervisor Race Heats Up
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
KVM, the default hypervisor in OpenStack cloud software, faces increasing competition from VMware ESX Server. Mirantis cofounder Boris Renski puts the race in context.
Cisco ACI: 4 Critical Questions For Customers
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
Networking customers considering Cisco ACI for their data centers will want to dig into the details of the SDN strategy. But they should also be asking these big-picture questions.
The Thinning Of The Datacenter
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
Appliances that link on-premises systems to cloud resources will mean datacenters with less equipment – in smaller facilities.
Bluetooth 4.1 Aims For Internet of Things
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
Updated Bluetooth specification paves the way for the wireless standard to play a big role in the Internet of Things market.
Avoid Cloud Storage Disasters: 6 Questions To Ask
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
Organizations could put their data at risk if they don't ask the right questions when evaluating cloud providers.
BYOD Got You Down? Think Wireless First
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
Universities and large businesses are supporting the influx of wireless users and BYOD by beefing up the wireless LAN and going Wireless First.
Cloud Services: 5 Key Questions Before You Buy
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
The promise of the cloud is getting the most resources for your money. But IT leaders must carefully evaluate potential cloud services before they make the leap.
Why I Won't Hire You: 3 Interview Mistakes Network Engineers Make
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Here's advice on what not to do during an interview, from an engineer who has been on both sides of the interview table.
Pica8 Unveils SDN Starter Kit
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Startup aims to help organizations overcome barriers to software-defined networking with kit that includes its white-box switch and a controller.
Cisco ACI: Proceed At Your Peril
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Cisco new SDN platform -- despite some positive features -- is confusing, unproven, and burdened with Cisco's complicated past.
2014 Will Put The Software In SDN
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Next year, the "S" in SDN will take precedence, allowing new applications and security benefits, according to OpenFlow champion Dan Pitt.
Software-Defined Storage: How To Pick The Right Flavor
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
SDS means different things to different vendors. Here's how to decide which variety fits best.
Why Nimble Storage's IPO Succeeded
Commentary  |  12/13/2013  | 
Hybrid storage array company raised $168 million in its IPO today. Meanwhile, Violin Memory tumbled after its September IPO. Here's why.
7 Ways Networking Will Evolve In 2014
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
Network infrastructure is experiencing some dramatic changes in response to what's happening in the IT landscape. Here's what to expect in 2014.
The Truth About 802.11ac: Dispelling The Myths
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
It's official: The next generation of enterprise WiFi has arrived. 802.11ac provides better signal and coverage for lower cost than 11n, despite the doubters.
The Banality of IT Failure: Overlooking Mundane Insider Threats
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
The biggest threats to an organization aren't evil outsiders, but much more routine risks involving poor planning, bad design, shoddy oversight, and lack of communication.
Cisco ACI: Proceed At Your Peril
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
Cisco's new SDN platform, Cisco ACI -- despite some positive features -- is confusing, unproven, and burdened with Cisco's complicated past.
Dell N-Series Switches Bring OpenFlow To Campus Networks
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
New campus switches take advantage of the Force10 OS and with OpenFlow support, promise to help enterprises leverage software-defined networking.
SSDs Dragged Storage Out Of The Dark Ages In 2013
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
Storage has made significant technical progress this year. SSD and flash are now mainstream, and HDD is sliding (slowly) towards the retirement home.
SDN's Endgame: Infrastructure Orchestration Through Data Sharing
Commentary  |  12/10/2013  | 
Automation is a top goal for software-defined networking, but reaching that objective requires integration of computing, storage and networking. Data is the currency for that integration.
UCC Deployment Tips Ensure Integration Success
Commentary  |  12/10/2013  | 
A UCC deployment may seem straightforward, but it requires complex system integration. These tips will help you choose a UCC vendor that will understand your IT environment.
IaaS Performance Benchmarks Part 5: Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
As part of my project comparing IaaS services, I tested Windows Azure Virtual Machines and also compared Azure to AWS and Google Compute Engine. Here are the results.
Cisco CCENT Certification: How I Prepared
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
To prepare for Cisco's new entry-level certification exam, I used a combination of online training, exam guides and took practice tests.
Small Cells: Should Mobile Customers Foot The Bill?
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
The small cell market is growing fast as a solution for fixing mobile network shortcomings, but should end users pay for small cells instead of carriers?
SDN: What's In Store For 2014
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
Software-defined networking has been THE topic in the networking industry this year. As 2013 comes to a close, let's take stock of its progress and consider where it's headed.
IaaS Performance Benchmarks Part 4: Google Compute Engine
Commentary  |  12/6/2013  | 
As part of my project comparing IaaS services, I tested Google Compute Engine and also compared it to AWS. Here are the results.
Flash Storage Extinct Soon?
Commentary  |  12/5/2013  | 
Let's deconstruct the "flash will die" theory.
Don't Give Up On OpenStack
Commentary  |  12/5/2013  | 
Analysts may be bad mouthing OpenStack, but all the open-source cloud platform needs is a well-defined technology roadmap to become a contender in the enterprise.
802.11ac Benefits: The Myths And The Reality
Commentary  |  12/4/2013  | 
Marketing hype about how 801.11ac will benefit users obscures the true gains we'll see with the new wireless standard.
Evolution Of The WLAN Controller
Commentary  |  12/4/2013  | 
Wireless controllers provide centralized management, but can introduce performance bottlenecks. WLAN architecture has evolved to include distributed models with increased flexibility and hybrid models, blending the best of both worlds.
Gen WiFi Demands A+ Educational Networks
Commentary  |  12/4/2013  | 
The WiFi network on a college campus has grown from a convenience to a must-have, with IT struggling to control and maintain pervasive coverage at high capacity.
Big Data Analytics, Cloud Services, And IT Security
Commentary  |  12/3/2013  | 
Enterprise IT security teams struggle to filter gigabytes of log data, but a new generation of cloud-based log aggregation and analysis services promises to help.
IBM Emphasizes Integrated Storage
Commentary  |  12/3/2013  | 
IBM is emphasizing software-defined storage and the importance of storage integration with networking, virtualization, big data, and the cloud.
SSD Vendor OCZ Files For Bankruptcy
Commentary  |  12/2/2013  | 
Toshiba agrees to buy OCZ's assets as the SSD market continues to consolidate. Does the OCZ bankruptcy signal the end of independent SSD vendors?
Is Hyperscale Possible In Networking?
Commentary  |  12/2/2013  | 
Networking has long faced scaling limitations, but Brocade is trying to break down the barriers with its HyperEdge Architecture.
Scale-Out Storage For Hyper-V
Commentary  |  12/2/2013  | 
Gridstore takes an innovative approach to scale-out storage and is the first storage system optimized for Microsoft Hyper-V environments.
SDN Drives The Next Wave Of Innovation
Commentary  |  12/2/2013  | 
SDN will profoundly affect the network communications market, creating chances for a few startups and altering revenue streams with a shift from hardware toward software and services.


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