Content posted in April 2013
Lessons Learned from SNW 2013
Commentary  |  4/30/2013  | 
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.
QLogic Launches FabricCache HBA to Accelerate Writes
Commentary  |  4/30/2013  | 
QLogic's FabricCache, a Fibre Channel HBA that combines flash memory and caching, may be the easiest way to accelerate write-intensive applications.
The Primary Storage Deduplication Problem
Commentary  |  4/30/2013  | 
Vendors struggle to develop a deduplication engine that won't impact performance and still maintain data integrity.
Twitter Two-Factor Authentication: Too Little, Too Late?
Commentary  |  4/26/2013  | 
Two-factor authentication is a good step. But for securing many sites, Twitter included, it's not enough.
Fusion-io Buys Hybrid Startup NexGen
Commentary  |  4/25/2013  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/24/2013  | 
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?
Commentary  |  4/23/2013  | 
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.
IBM Makes Economic Case for All-Flash Arrays
Commentary  |  4/22/2013  | 
IBM claims all-flash arrays are now more economical than traditional hard disks for Tier-1 storage. Is it time to ditch spinning disks?
The Evolution of Wireless Bridging
Commentary  |  4/19/2013  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/19/2013  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/18/2013  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/17/2013  | 
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.
Microservers: The Legos of the Data Center
Commentary  |  4/17/2013  | 
Microservers adopt the Lego model to transform the data center: You can build some amazing things when you pack a lot of small components into one place.
The Role Of DRAM In Storage
Commentary  |  4/16/2013  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
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.
CISPA 2.0: House Intelligence Committee Fumbles Privacy Again
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
Cybersecurity bill's backers portray threat intelligence sharing as a panacea, but yet again ignore the potential privacy and security downsides.
Introducing the InteropNet NOC Team
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
InteropNet provides the IT infrastructure for Interop conference attendees and exhibitors. Here are some of the people who make it happen.
Ubiquiti Rolls Out 802.11ac APs on the Cheap
Commentary  |  4/12/2013  | 
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.
What Should A VDI Desktop Cost?
Commentary  |  4/12/2013  | 
A small business should be able to configure a viable 250 desktop VDI installation for less than $150 per desktop.
Cisco and OpenDaylight: The SDN Application Land Grab
Commentary  |  4/11/2013  | 
Cisco is using the open source OpenDaylight initiative to spur application development to make its own SDN platform more valuable.
HP Moonshot: A Big Bet On Innovative Engineering
Commentary  |  4/10/2013  | 
HP's Moonshot servers are a tour de force of engineering that aim to restore the company's innovation groove. Here are the details.
How To Set Up Floodlight and Test OpenFlow Rules
Commentary  |  4/9/2013  | 
Floodlight is an open source controller for SDN. Here’s how to set it up to use with OpenFlow-enabled switches for testing and development.
HP Launches Moonshot: Little Servers for Big Applications
Commentary  |  4/9/2013  | 
HP's Moonshot offers high-density, low-power servers that are ideal for hyperscale data centers, but don't expect them to unseat virtualized servers and blades in the enterprise.
OpenFlow Test Deployment Options
Commentary  |  4/8/2013  | 
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.
DIY Storage Part 2: Picking the Right SAN Software
Commentary  |  4/4/2013  | 
I’m building my own SAN as a pilot project at work. I looked at seven storage software packages, including commercial and open source products. Here’s how I decided which was right for me.
CloudStack Graduates to Top-Level Apache Project
Commentary  |  4/3/2013  | 
CloudStack, the open source software platform for private clouds, has been elevated to a top-level project in the Apache open source community, further validating the project's viability.
Encrypting Backups Requires Key Planning
Commentary  |  4/2/2013  | 
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
Commentary  |  4/2/2013  | 
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.
Kill the Traditional PCIe Slot: A Modest Proposal
Commentary  |  4/2/2013  | 
Let's get rid of traditional PCIe slots and move all the cable connections to the front of the server. We'll get compelling maintenance and operational advantages. Here's how and why.
Meru Plays Catch-Up on WLAN Capabilities
Commentary  |  4/1/2013  | 
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.

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