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Content posted in April 2014
The Fall Of The Storage Tiers
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
With drives and storage appliances rapidly evolving, traditional tiered storage classifications are no longer useful in the enterprise. We need a new system for classifying storage devices based on usage.
Turkey’s Twitter Shoot: Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
Network engineers can gain insight into resilience, indirection techniques like NAT, and Internet governance from Turkey officials' none-too-successful attempt to shut down the popular messaging service.
WANs For The Cloud Must Pick Up The Pace
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
Next-generation WANs leverage improvements in broadband networking and integrated premises-based technologies to address cloud computing demands.
DevOps: Embrace Failure & Change
Commentary  |  4/29/2014  | 
In order to benefit from cloud computing, enterprises must change their attitudes and integrate platforms like OpenStack via the DevOps model.
Backup's New Data Protection Weapon: Instant Recovery
Commentary  |  4/29/2014  | 
The restore process traditionally associated with backup can be excruciatingly long. Backup systems with an emerging recovery feature can get your applications back up and running in minutes.
50 Shades Of Open SDN
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
The word open is used frequently in the software-defined networking market, but a closer look at three SDN initiatives shows that the meaning of open depends on your point of view.
Exploring Amazon's Mayday: Visual Customer Service Options
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
The Mayday button on Amazon's Kindle opens doors for new approaches to visual customer service, but the benefits, risks, and costs must be considered.
Bye-Bye, Traditional IT Buyer
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
Recent ESG research suggests the writing is on the wall for traditional IT purchasing processes. Three trends are putting pressure on the standard IT procurement formula.
Tech Talk Week 1: Service Provider Network Visibility
Commentary  |  4/28/2014  | 
Welcome to the first in a series of weekly community discussions, as we explore the lack of visibility enterprise customers often have into the service provider network.
WAN Adaptations Needed For Cloud
Commentary  |  4/25/2014  | 
The cloud is putting more demands than ever on the WAN, and the WAN must respond with increased speed, throughput, and flexibility.
Need For Speed Drives WAN Optimization
Commentary  |  4/25/2014  | 
Our annual WAN survey finds usage of WAN optimization and traffic shaping up 4% over last year, despite some predictions in the industry to the contrary.
Infrastructure Challenge: Build Your Community
Commentary  |  4/23/2014  | 
Network Computing provides the platform; help us make it your community.
Edge Devices Are The Brains Of The Network
Commentary  |  4/23/2014  | 
In any type of network, the edge is where all the action takes place. Think of the edge as the brains of the network, while the core is just the dumb muscle.
Fight Software Piracy With SaaS
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
SaaS makes application deployment easy and effective. It could eliminate software piracy once and for all.
SDN: Waiting For The Trickle-Down Effect
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
Like server virtualization and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SDN will eventually become a technology that small and midsized enterprises can use. But it's going to require some new packaging.
VMware's VSAN Benchmarks: Under The Hood
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
VMware touted flashy numbers in recently published performance benchmarks, but a closer examination of its VSAN testing shows why customers shouldn't expect the same results with their real-world applications.
IT Certification Exam Success In 4 Steps
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
There are no shortcuts to obtaining passing scores, but focusing on key fundamentals of proper study and preparation will help you master the art of certification.
Building an Information Security Policy Part 4: Addresses and Identifiers
Commentary  |  4/21/2014  | 
Proper traffic identification through techniques such as IP addressing and VLANs are the foundation of a secure network.
Scale-Out Storage Has Limits
Commentary  |  4/21/2014  | 
Disk may scale as your storage needs increase, but what do you do when your datacenter is maxed out?
SDN Strategies Part 4: Big Switch, Avaya, IBM,VMware
Commentary  |  4/18/2014  | 
This series on SDN products concludes with a look at Big Switch's updated SDN strategy, VMware NSX, IBM's hybrid approach, and Avaya's focus on virtual network services.
All-Flash Arrays: The VDI Solution?
Commentary  |  4/17/2014  | 
The huge performance provided by all-flash arrays is a boon for virtual desktop infrastructure, but don't be fooled by unrealistic calculations.
SDN Strategies Part 3: Juniper, Dell, Brocade, Alcatel-Lucent
Commentary  |  4/17/2014  | 
In the third part of this series examining vendors' SDN products, I discuss Juniper's network overlay approach and three other vendor strategies for tackling software-defined networking.
What DJs Can Teach DevOps Cynics
Commentary  |  4/17/2014  | 
Just as new tools transform a DJ's musical options, DevOps revolutionizes what IT can do for the business.
Converged Infrastructure: 3 Considerations
Commentary  |  4/16/2014  | 
If you're looking at a converged platform as a way to increase data center efficiency, here are three factors to keep in mind.
SDN Strategies Part 2: Cisco, Arista, HP
Commentary  |  4/15/2014  | 
In the second part of this series examining vendors' SDN products, I look at Cisco ACI, Arista's programmable approach, and HP's commitment to OpenFlow.
Is RAID Fading Into The Sunset?
Commentary  |  4/15/2014  | 
With the arrival of faster networks and SSDs, RAID can no longer keep up. Data protection alternatives such as replication and erasure codes are gaining traction.
SDN Strategies Part 1: Vendors Vie For Market, Mindshare
Commentary  |  4/14/2014  | 
It's a land grab in the software-defined networking market, with heavyweights and startups rolling out an array of technologies for automating the network.
NHR End Of Life Alert, April 2014
Commentary  |  4/13/2014  | 
Don't let network hardware maintenance issues take you by surprise. Find out which Cisco routing and switching products are retiring this month.
Networking, Security, And Grand Unified Theory
Commentary  |  4/11/2014  | 
With a system that can address both networking and security in NSX, Martin Casado of VMware is borrowing an idea from the world of physics.
Heartbleed: Making The Case For SDN
Commentary  |  4/10/2014  | 
Software-defined networking technology could help protect against vulnerabilities like Heartbleed. It's time to develop a more mature SDN option.
Why Does Customer Service Suck?
Commentary  |  4/10/2014  | 
Businesses need to get on the ball with implementing unified communications systems that can break down silos and improve their sinking customer satisfaction ratings.
SDN And Wi-Fi: Will They Ever Be Friends?
Commentary  |  4/9/2014  | 
Can the WLAN industry and its highly proprietary systems play nice with a technology that's poised to be a poster child for interoperability?
Internet Of Things Goes Home
Commentary  |  4/9/2014  | 
The "connected home" is becoming a reality thanks to improved broadband networks and mobile apps. Here's a rundown of how our homes are getting smarter.
NVMe Poised To Revolutionize Solid-State Storage
Commentary  |  4/8/2014  | 
Move over SAS and SATA. A new standard ramps up SSD performance with a radical new approach to storage I/O handling.
Commodity Switches Test Cisco's Mettle
Commentary  |  4/8/2014  | 
Long the networking giant, Cisco now faces threats from all sides in the form of open-source options produced by vendors including Arista, Cumulus, and Pica8.
Data Protection Tips For Growing Businesses
Commentary  |  4/4/2014  | 
As companies outgrow their "small and midsize business" label, so do their needs for enterprise-class data storage and protection.
Cisco's CIO Calls For Speed And Agility At Interop
Commentary  |  4/2/2014  | 
Cisco's CIO, Rebecca Jacoby, described the company's experience delivering employee IT services and how its latest announcement, OpFlex, fits into her vision.


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