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Content posted in February 2014
Building An Information Security Policy Part 2: Hardware and Software
Commentary  |  2/27/2014  | 
Here's how to select the right network device hardware and software to support your security policy.
IPv6 Adoption: Here at Last
Commentary  |  2/27/2014  | 
IPv6 adoption has finally turned the corner. IT organizations and networks without an active IPv6 rollout program may find themselves caught unawares.
The New Mobile Enterprise: A Smorgasbord Of Choices
Commentary  |  2/26/2014  | 
As wireless technologies take precedence in the enterprise, WLANs have become complex deployments. Here's a look at the evolving array of wireless options.
All You Need Is Lync
Commentary  |  2/26/2014  | 
Microsoft applications pervade the business environment, while traditional telephones fade away. Perhaps that makes Lync the de facto communication standard.
Master of Network Interoperability
Commentary  |  2/25/2014  | 
If anyone knows about network interoperability, it's Glenn Evans, the lead network engineer for the InteropNet, the infrastructure that supports the Interop conference and more than 300 exhibitors.
Data Protection In The Cloud: The Basics
Commentary  |  2/24/2014  | 
Understanding your options for moving backup, disaster recovery or business continuity processes to the cloud can be confusing. Here's a primer.
Evaluating Networking Products: Best Practices to Get Behind the Sales Pitch
Commentary  |  2/24/2014  | 
Many lower-cost networking products claim to do the same thing as high-end gear without the high price tag. Here's how to get more information before you dive into a misguided pilot project or prematurely dismiss an acceptable alternative.
The Evolution Of The Ethernet Switch
Commentary  |  2/24/2014  | 
Faster speeds, new forwarding technologies and the emergence of software-defined networks reshape the Ethernet switch landscape.
Ethernet: The New Storage Area Network
Commentary  |  2/24/2014  | 
Widespread adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and rapid advancement of even faster speeds of the protocol push Fibre Channel out of the datacenter.
The Evolution Of The Ethernet Switch
Commentary  |  2/21/2014  | 
Faster speeds are just part of the new Ethernet technology. New forwarding technologies and the emergence of SDN also are changing the Ethernet switch landscape.
Google's Grand Fiber Plan: Cue The Eye Roll
Commentary  |  2/20/2014  | 
Google will potentially expand municipal broadband coverage to 34 additional US cities.
Earning the IPv6 Seal Of Approval
Commentary  |  2/20/2014  | 
IPv6 testing programs provide technology validation and give engineers confidence in their IPv6 deployments. Here's a look at three IPv6 testing programs.
Building an Information Security Policy Part 1: Network Devices
Commentary  |  2/19/2014  | 
An effective security policy requires careful planning to ensure the roles and capabilities of routers, switches and firewalls are properly configured.
Enterprise Data Protection Challenges Persist, Survey Finds
Commentary  |  2/19/2014  | 
Sepaton-sponsored poll indicates that many enterprises still lag on disaster recovery planning and backup environments are strained.
Telecommuting: The Hazards Of Mobile Access
Commentary  |  2/19/2014  | 
Cloud computing and mobile access mean employees can work from anywhere today. But do they really want to?
What Is Hyper-Converged Storage?
Commentary  |  2/18/2014  | 
Hyper-converged architectures consolidate and manage computing, networking, and storage resources via software so they can run on any vendor's server hardware.
HAMR Promises To Boost Storage Capacity
Commentary  |  2/18/2014  | 
If things go as planned for disk drive manufacturers, Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording could produce a 25TB disk drive. Here's how HAMR works.
Why IBM May Abandon SDN
Commentary  |  2/18/2014  | 
The news that IBM may sell its software-defined networking division seems to fly in the face of reason. Why exit a burgeoning market? The answer may be more obvious than you think.
7 Reasons To Head For Vegas: IT's Secret Weapons
Commentary  |  2/17/2014  | 
We've selected seven Interop presenters that will make it worth a trip to Vegas. You'll be so absorbed in tech, you won't even notice the glitter.
7 Reasons To Head For Vegas: IT's Secret Weapons
Commentary  |  2/14/2014  | 
We've selected seven Interop presenters that will make it worth a trip to Vegas. You'll be so absorbed in tech, you won't even notice the glitter.
PCI DSS Version 3.0: No Relief For Security Pros
Commentary  |  2/14/2014  | 
The newest version of the payment card security standard doesn't do much to clarify its complex requirements.
SSDs: A Guide To Using Flash In The Datacenter
Commentary  |  2/13/2014  | 
With the price of SSDs rapidly declining, it's tempting to put them in every new server or storage system. Not so fast.
Software-Defined Networking's 3 Biggest Benefits
Commentary  |  2/12/2014  | 
SDN may sound abstract, but the technology is on target to provide concrete advantages to network infrastructure -- from increased global connectivity to better content delivery.
Reducing Video Surveillance Storage Costs
Commentary  |  2/11/2014  | 
The growth of video surveillance data heavily impacts network bandwidth and increases storage demands. Here's a look at how one vendor, Bosch, is working to address these challenges.
Cisco Investment In Embrane Signals Industry Shift
Commentary  |  2/11/2014  | 
Cisco's reported $6 million investment in startup focused on Layer 4 and higher software reflects networking industry's migration to a lightweight service model.
How To Avoid Network Outages: Go Back To Basics
Commentary  |  2/10/2014  | 
Following best practices can go a long way toward preventing unplanned downtime caused by internal errors as well as external attacks.
Are InfiniBand's Days Numbered?
Commentary  |  2/10/2014  | 
The emergence of RDMA over Ethernet endangers InfiniBand's future as a storage interface.
Cloud Computing Takes Off With SaaS
Commentary  |  2/10/2014  | 
IT departments have been using IaaS and PaaS as a set of training wheels for the real deal in cloud computing: SaaS.
SDN Management: Risks And Challenges
Commentary  |  2/6/2014  | 
Traditional network management techniques don't work with software-defined networking. Automation of management best practices is critical for SDN to succeed.
Can Facebook Bring Back Optical Storage?
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
The social media giant shows off a prototype Blu-ray library for cold data storage, but optical storage isn't likely to make a big comeback.
Can Facebook Bring Back Optical Storage?
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
Social media giant shows off a prototype Blu-ray library for cold data storage, but optical storage isn't likely to make a big comeback in the industry.
Are You Soft Enough For IT?
Commentary  |  2/4/2014  | 
IT pros must keep current with technology. But, perhaps more importantly, they need flexibility and adaptability to succeed in an industry faced with constant change.
Open Compute: Boutique Hardware In A Populist Wrapper
Commentary  |  2/4/2014  | 
Who needs an open-source server when x86 machines are so powerful and their prices keep falling?
High Anxiety: 3 Tips For Handling IT Engineers In A Crisis
Commentary  |  2/3/2014  | 
IT managers must handle their technical engineers carefully during a crisis. Here are three management tips to ensure effective troubleshooting.


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