Content posted in February 2013
Security Tools Show Many Dots, Few Patterns
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
Today's security software wastes valuable time by delivering data dumps, rather than focusing on trends. But you can create your own visualizations.
WLAN Stress Tests: What’s the Use?
Commentary  |  2/26/2013  | 
Wireless hardware testing can shed much-needed light on Wi-Fi products when every vendor claims to have the best stuff. But you have to pay attention to the testing details.
Will SDN Kill TRILL?
Commentary  |  2/26/2013  | 
Layer 2 multipathing standards such as TRILL and SPB may seem redundant in an SDN world. But these standards still have a role to play while we wait to see how the SDN market matures.
IBM Turns IT into Storage Service Provider
Commentary  |  2/25/2013  | 
IBM's SmartCloud Storage Access turns premises storage into a service that IT can offer to internal users via a service catalog.
Cloud Storage and Sync: A Bubble Destined to Burst
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
The proliferation of cloud file sharing services is out of control. It can only end badly for most of these companies—and their users.
Virident Unlocks PCIe Flash From a Single Server
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Virident is releasing software that makes PCIe flash behave more like a SAN or distributed cache, expanding the performance boost of PCIe flash across multiple servers.
Road-Testing Republic Wireless and Its $19 Mobile Plan
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Republic Wireless offers unlimited mobile voice and data for $19 a month. While the data is unlimited, the carrier’s reliance on Wi-Fi means poor call quality and no ability to hand off calls between wireless and cellular connections.
4 Ways $50K Of Flash Can Boost Performance
Commentary  |  2/20/2013  | 
You want to use solid state storage to boost your network's performance. Here's advice on adding SSDs without breaking the company.
Server-Side Caching Gets Smarter Via Startup PernixData
Commentary  |  2/20/2013  | 
Startup PernixData uses a distributed, replicated write-back cache to take full advantage of SSDs in server-side caching while addressing the risks of server failure and data loss.
InteropNet's Live Wire Act
Commentary  |  2/19/2013  | 
InteropNet is the technological backbone of the Interop conference. Built four days before conference doors open, InteropNet serves more than 10,000 users and 300 exhibitors each day of the conference. Here’s how it comes together.
3 Lessons Learned from Wireless Field Day
Commentary  |  2/19/2013  | 
WLAN location-based services are hot, wireless technology is getting more complex, and WLAN interoperability just isn’t going to happen. These are the three big ideas I took away from Wireless Field Day.
EMC Merges High Availability, Disaster Recovery into One
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
EMC is combining products and services to turn high availability and disaster recovery into a single concept it calls Continuous Availability.
Automation Is Good For The Business And IT's Career Prospects
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
Rather than dismissing the idea of automating processes like failover, embrace it. The alternative is more interest in IaaS.
SDN Startup Targets Cloud Providers
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
SDN startup Anuta Networks is launching a controller for IaaS cloud providers to manage physical network infrastructure—switches, routers, load balancers and more—and to automate the provisioning of network services.
IT Not Ready to Quit on BlackBerry
Commentary  |  2/13/2013  | 
IT pros hope BlackBerry can reverse its fading fortunes, but they recognize end user choice is going against the once-dominant mobile vendor. Network Computing readers weigh in on BlackBerry’s fate.
VMware Acquires Virsto To Enhance Virtual Storage Performance
Commentary  |  2/12/2013  | 
VMware is acquiring Virsto, which provides software to accelerate virtual machine I/O and improve overall storage performance in virtual environments.
RCS, WebRTC Will Unlock Mobile UC Potential
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
New standards such as RCS and WebRTC aim to bring unified communications (UC) capabilities to browsers and mobile devices, which may open a new competitive front for enterprise UC providers.
Digital Pen Improves the Tablet Experience
Commentary  |  2/11/2013  | 
The DuoSense digital pen from N-Trig captures the experience of pen on paper for tablet users. But OS and device support are limited, and more apps are needed before this technology can go mainstream.
Gamification Goes To College
Commentary  |  2/7/2013  | 
EdX, the online learning platform, uses gamification to facilitate learning. Gamification may transform how this emerging market attracts and motivates students, and could have lessons for IT as well.
HP, Quantum Update Tape Portfolios to LTO-6
Commentary  |  2/7/2013  | 
HP and Quantum have updated their tape storage to LTO-6, the most recent generation of the Linear-Tape Open standard. LTO-6 promises to store more data more quickly, though newly promised compression rates need independent verification.
Readers Respond: F5 Firewall Challenges Cisco, Check Point
Commentary  |  2/6/2013  | 
Network Computing readers weighed in on F5’s entry into the firewall market and how its strategy of integrating firewall software into its load-balancing platform might play out with customers and competitors.
Open Spectrum Does Not Mean Free Internet
Commentary  |  2/6/2013  | 
There's a common misconception that a plan to open up more unlicensed, unmanaged spectrum will mean free Wi-Fi for all. Expect a lot of wonderful things, including competition for cellular carriers, but not for free.
Open Compute's Trickle-Down Tech
Commentary  |  2/6/2013  | 
Open Compute's goal of open source hardware sounds democratic, but the initiative targets big-budget service providers and Web brands whose needs are different from everyday enterprises. The greatest impact of Open Compute will be felt by the leading server manufacturers--and it won't be good.
Why Soliciting LinkedIn Endorsements Is A Bad Idea
Commentary  |  2/4/2013  | 
LinkedIn's nagging automated requests to endorse others' skills are too generic to be useful to anyone. You're better served by staying in personal touch with your network.
Cisco's ONE Controller Debuts; Targets SDN
Commentary  |  2/4/2013  | 
Cisco's SDN architecture gets its keystone with the launch of the Cisco ONE Controller, a software package that supports OpenFlow and its own onePK APIs. Cisco also announced support for hybrid clouds with its Nexus 1000V product and the Nexus 6000, a new data center switch.
VMware Vs. Microsoft: The Next Chapter
Commentary  |  2/4/2013  | 
Microsoft has already stolen some VMware customers and there will be more to come. But some watchers missed the early success of software-defined data center buried in VMware's Q4 numbers.
The Virtualized Backup Gap
Commentary  |  2/1/2013  | 
Most enterprises run two backup systems -- one for virtualized servers and one for non-virtualized servers. New products in the works should resolve that problem.

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