WLAN Stress Tests: What’s the Use?
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?
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.
Road-Testing Republic Wireless and Its $19 Mobile Plan
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.
InteropNet's Live Wire Act
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
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.
SDN Startup Targets Cloud Providers
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
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.
RCS, WebRTC Will Unlock Mobile UC Potential
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
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
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
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.
Open Spectrum Does Not Mean Free Internet
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
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.
Cisco's ONE Controller Debuts; Targets SDN
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
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
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.