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Content posted in May 2013
The Insidious Security Risks Of Thumb Drives and Paper Files
Commentary  |  5/31/2013  | 
Numerous surveys show that IT managers are worried about BYOD security but lost flash drives and manila folders remain the bigger threats.
Ethernet: A Personal History
Commentary  |  5/30/2013  | 
Ethernet is 40 years old this year. I’ve been working with the technology since it emerged. Here are a few reflections on how Ethernet has evolved, and where it’s going in the future.
Google and VMware: A Contrast in Cloud Architectures
Commentary  |  5/29/2013  | 
VMware's vCloud Hybrid is built for Virtualization 1.0. Google's new Compute and App Engine enhancements target apps that are built for the cloud from the start.
The 802.11ac Paradox
Commentary  |  5/28/2013  | 
What will it take to reap the benefits of 802.11ac, the next generation of wireless networking? A whole lot of wire, and a whole lot of hardware.
Sears' Data Center Strategy: A Model For Unused Properties?
Commentary  |  5/28/2013  | 
Sears hopes to fill its empty stores with servers. Will the troubled retailer forge a new path for companies with unused space?
DIY Storage Part 3: Pricing Pitfalls
Commentary  |  5/28/2013  | 
In building my own SAN as a pilot project at work, I learned firsthand about how vendors can make it difficult to budget creatively. Here are some of the roadblocks I ran into (and workarounds to avoid them) when trying to reduce storage costs.
NSA Caught Unawares By Data Center Tax
Commentary  |  5/24/2013  | 
The National Security Agency, which is building a massive information-gathering data center in Utah, was caught by surprise on a tax bill that might have added millions to its costs.
Twitter's Two-Factor Authentication: 5 Reasons To Avoid
Commentary  |  5/24/2013  | 
Two-step verification system has no provision for backup access or lost phones, doesn't address public username problem.
IT Vendors Need More Pricing Transparency
Commentary  |  5/23/2013  | 
Compiling our SDN product comparison provided a vivid lesson in the difficulty of getting meaningful prices for enterprise IT equipment.
Solving VDI Problems with SSDs and Data Deduplication
Commentary  |  5/22/2013  | 
When it comes to VDI, users don’t want to sacrifice a rich desktop experience, and IT doesn’t want to get crushed by the storage costs and management efforts required to provide that experience. Data dedupe and SSDs solve this dilemma.
Google's Wireless Sensors: Big Data or Big Brother?
Commentary  |  5/22/2013  | 
Google demonstrated a network of wireless environmental sensors at its I/O conference last week. These sensors, combined with projects like Google Glass, expose the potential for the use and misuse of relentless data collection.
How Server Vendors Can Compete In Storage
Commentary  |  5/22/2013  | 
Imagine if every server you bought already included all the storage capacity and performance you needed. Here's how server vendors could make it happen.
EMC Navigates the IT Transformation Waters
Commentary  |  5/21/2013  | 
Here's what I took away from this year's EMC World, including thoughts on Pivotal and ViPR.
Why Corporate File Sharing Services Can't Compete
Commentary  |  5/21/2013  | 
Novell is the latest vendor to offer file sharing software that gives IT managers control over data, but it won't stop the stampede to Dropbox-like services.
Aruba's 802.11ac Rollout Cleans Up Sticky Clients
Commentary  |  5/21/2013  | 
Aruba Networks is announcing 802.11ac access points and new software that addresses roaming problems caused by “sticky” wireless clients.
Software-Defined Storage Vs. Traditional Storage Systems
Commentary  |  5/20/2013  | 
Here's why software-defined storage won't drive established storage companies out of business.
Networking Gets Interesting Again
Commentary  |  5/17/2013  | 
From software-defined networking to fabrics to powerful new switches, network vendors are fighting for a revitalized market.
Fusion-io Leaders Step Down in Executive-Suite Turmoil
Commentary  |  5/16/2013  | 
Fusion-io CEO David Flynn and CMO Rick White have departed the flash memory company just weeks after acquiring NexGen Storage, a startup. Reports say Fusion-io's board wasn't satisfied with revenue growth.
Eliminating Noisy Neighbors in the Public Cloud
Commentary  |  5/15/2013  | 
An IaaS provider is using all-SSD arrays and storage QoS to ensure that some tenants can’t disrupt performance of others by overconsuming resources.
Motorola Launches 802.11ac APs
Commentary  |  5/15/2013  | 
Motorola joins a growing number of enterprise WLAN players with early 802.11ac products. Here's how its new APs stack up.
Enterprise Data Centers: A Buyer's Market
Commentary  |  5/15/2013  | 
What can you do with the money you'll save as data center needs decline, thanks to server and compute efficiency advances?
Inside Google's Software-Defined Network
Commentary  |  5/14/2013  | 
Google shared details on its production use of OpenFlow in its SDN network at this spring's Open Networking Summit.
Is Software-Defined Storage Right For You?
Commentary  |  5/14/2013  | 
Data centers have new storage options, but "new" isn't always "better."
Software Hot, Hardware Not, At EMC World, Interop
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
The EMC World and Interop conferences showed technology forces reshaping the storage and networking ecosystems and the data center's future -- forces largely driven by software.
SSD Fears Remedied By SAS, Flash
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
The performance of solid-state drives (SSDs) has been limited by SAS interface capacity, but 12G SAS and enhanced flash promise to address those issues.
Citrix Merges Repeater Features With CloudBridge
Commentary  |  5/9/2013  | 
CloudBridge now optimizes WANs; WatchGuard appliances expand Hyper-V support; Aryaka portal monitors more than WANs; Enterasys builds out SDN ecosystem.
Barracuda Boasts 'Bare Metal' Performance With Eon
Commentary  |  5/8/2013  | 
Network virtualization platform delivers up to 240 Gbps throughput; Big Switch uses F5 API for cloud orchestration; Dell brings high-performance firewall to midmarket; McAfee acquires Stonesoft; Motorola unveils 11ac access points.
Juniper Pushes SDN Strategy Ahead With JunosV Contrail
Commentary  |  5/7/2013  | 
JunosV line includes open controller; Riverbed debuts ADC-as-a-service; Huawei expands CE12800 switch series; Ixia simulates data centers for validation; BMC agrees to acquisition.
Gigamon Unveils Branch Office Node, FlowVUE App
Commentary  |  5/6/2013  | 
News roundup: GigaVUE-HB1 leverages GigaSMART; Ixia debuts ControlTower architecture; CipherCloud bolsters compliance policies; ForeScout and FireEye team up to combat malware.
EMC ViPR Goes All In on Software-Defined Storage
Commentary  |  5/6/2013  | 
EMC's ViPR, a new software-defined storage platform, is a big bet on virtualized storage services. ViPR borrows from the SDN playbook with a controller and APIs.
The Three Transformations of IT
Commentary  |  5/3/2013  | 
IT is entering its third transformation as we learn to grapple with the explosion of data generated by the Internet of Things.
InteropNet Tests Network Fabric Design and More
Commentary  |  5/2/2013  | 
InteropNet, the production network for Interop Las Vegas, is testing and showcasing a variety of technologies, including a network fabric from Avaya and network configuration software from Tail-f Systems.
How to Configure a Cisco Wireless Network
Commentary  |  5/2/2013  | 
This tutorial shows how to configure a Cisco wireless network. It covers controller setup, WLAN configuration and some advanced settings. Screenshots are included.
Active Data Demands Storage Rethink
Commentary  |  5/2/2013  | 
When data must be accessible, often instantly, you need to consider a dedicated flash array.
How To Innovate In A Low-Tech Industry
Commentary  |  5/1/2013  | 
IT manager at family-owned Bremen Castings discusses how the firm capitalizes on new technology in the old-fashioned foundry business.
Arista 7500E Switch Puts Up Big, Big Numbers
Commentary  |  5/1/2013  | 
Arista Networks’ 7500E makes switches exciting again. New line cards support 10, 40 and 100GbE mix-and-match ports and offer outstanding port density. Arista’s per-port pricing is also compelling.


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