Lessons Learned from SNW 2013
I picked up on two important trends at SNW 2013, including the role that IT can play as an internal broker for public cloud services, and the reasons enterprises are moving cautiously on emerging technology.
Fusion-io Buys Hybrid Startup NexGen
Fusion-io, a maker of PCIe flash cards, announced it was acquiring hybrid storage array startup NexGen, which sells a flash-optimized system. Fusion-io will sell NexGen’s software directly to integrators.
Inside the Cisco Nexus 6004 Switch
The Nexus 6004 is a 10-Gpbs/40-Gbps data center switch. While a bit of a power hog vs. competitors’ boxes, it promises line rate forwarding on all ports, with 1-microsecond latency. I look at the architecture that makes this possible.
Google's Green Energy Scheme: Laudable or Laughable?
A Google initiative to pay more for renewable energy at its data center in Lenoir, N.C., spurred a variety of reactions from readers. Some saw it as a step forward for green energy; others call it plain dumb.
The Evolution of Wireless Bridging
Wireless bridges that provide high-speed, site-to-site connectivity have boosted throughput from megabits per second to 100 Gbps, but challenges such as licensing and beam alignment remain.
Inside InteropNet's Hot Stage
The hot stage lets the InteropNet team assemble and configure the hardware and software that powers Interop ahead of the conference itself. Team members test designs and work out bugs. Here's an inside look.
Merchant Silicon About to Get Smarter
The march to SDN designs has led many to think we're entering an era of dumb switches. Instead, look for the commodity silicon to get a lot smarter.
May the Power Be With You
Companies such as Power Assure are helping data center operators uncover hidden capacity by accurately measuring energy consumption and finding ways to run systems more efficiently.
The Role Of DRAM In Storage
Don't discount DRAM. Thanks to increased server capacities and sophisticated caching technologies, DRAM can serve as a tier in the storage infrastructure.
Calculating The True Cost Of VDI
There are a lot of reasons to go with VDI, but economics isn’t one of them; VDI is too expensive to justify on costs alone. Here’s my tally.
Ubiquiti Rolls Out 802.11ac APs on the Cheap
Ubiquiti offers an 11ac AP for under $300 in a bid to grab early adopters and price-conscious companies--and to entice customers from WLAN vendors such as Ruckus and Aruba Networks.
OpenFlow Test Deployment Options
OpenFlow can be introduced into production networks in several ways. I’ll look at two options for deploying OpenFlow that network engineers can use to test the protocol and get their feet wet with SDN.
Encrypting Backups Requires Key Planning
Some enterprises are adopting an "encrypt everything" policy to address the confidentiality and security of data, including on backups. A new backup product from Sepaton separates encryption from key management.
New SDN Technology Challenges VMware, Cisco
A new SDN competitor is challenging VMware, Cisco and others. Nuage Networks, an Alcatel-Lucent venture, has announced Virtualized Service Platform (VSP), an SDN technology that employs virtual switches and network overlays.
Meru Plays Catch-Up on WLAN Capabilities
Meru Networks has rolled out new WLAN capabilities for unified access, device onboarding and more, but its "me too" efforts do little to distinguish it in a competitive market.