Content posted in June 2012
How To Maximize Your SSD Investment
Commentary  |  6/29/2012  | 
Some servers benefit from solid state drives more than others. An SSD deployment strategy will help you get the biggest bang for your buck.
The Biggest Threat to Your Private-Cloud Deployment: Your IT Staff
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Your IT staff is likely full of technologists, which won't help you find success with a private-cloud deployment. Here's why shifting to an IT service catalog approach may ease your transition to the cloud.
Server SSD Isn't Necessarily PCIe
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
SSDs aren't for just laptops and desktops--there is room for server SSDs. Learn why, and why people are gun-shy about server-side SSD use.
More Changes in the SSD Market
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Acquisitions and integrations are making for an interesting time in the SSD market. Get some thoughts on PMC-Sierra, DensBits and other SSD controller makers in the news.
Public Cloud Is Neither More Nor Less Secure Than Private Cloud
Commentary  |  6/26/2012  | 
Claims that public cloud is more secure than private cloud are pure FUD and ignore the responsibilities that each party plays in information security. What matters is how well your applications and VM are protected. Learn why.
Aerohive Teams With JAMF Software, Cozies Up on Apple iDevice MDM
Commentary  |  6/26/2012  | 
Aerohive's HiveOS is now integrated with JAMF's Casper Suite to ensure that Apple iDevices are properly configured. But what's behind the company's entrenched interest in Apple integrations?
IBM Keeps a Sharp Edge with Smarter Storage
Commentary  |  6/25/2012  | 
IBM rolls out its Smarter Storage concept, which joins Smarter Computing, SmartCloud and Smarter Analytics. Discover its three key principles and more about Smarter Storage.
Open Compute Racks: Are We Going to Use Them in Our Data Centers?
Commentary  |  6/25/2012  | 
The Open Compute Project from Facebook may serve as a framework that could lead to cheaper, more efficient data center resources. But will we use Open Compute racks?
Standardized Cloud APIs Aren't Possible
Commentary  |  6/21/2012  | 
Standards lead to lock-in. Learn why that works for some technologies, but why it wouldn't for cloud APIs, according to our blogger.
I Have Seen the Future of Solid-State Storage, and It's Scale-Out
Commentary  |  6/21/2012  | 
As solid-state storage becomes the dominant storage media, vendors are finding their processors are running short on compute power. Scale-out architectures are the answer. Learn why.
Twitter Takes Center Stage At Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  6/20/2012  | 
Once derided as too short and silly for business, Twitter has emerged as a metaphor for how business has changed to adapt to the social environment.
ShoreTel Jumps Into Cloud UC for Mobile Devices
Commentary  |  6/19/2012  | 
ShoreTel Mobility is a new app for iDevices that can turn smartphones into full-featured office phones. Our blogger dives into the cloud UC option.
The Storage Problem Technology Can't Solve
Commentary  |  6/18/2012  | 
You'll never eliminate storage bottlenecks until you fix your storage administration problems.
Private Cloud Infrastructure Design: Go Beyond Best Practices
Commentary  |  6/18/2012  | 
Are you designing a private cloud infrastructure? Best practices are a crutch--start with current recommended practices, ask yourself why, and more tips for building a private cloud.
Root Causes Of Today's Storage Problem
Commentary  |  6/18/2012  | 
You hear plenty of hype about why enterprise storage needs continue to be challenging. What is needed is storage that has more automation, flexibility, application- and business- linkages, resource utilization, and management ease.
The Dell Storage Tribe Gathers at Dell Storage Forum
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Dell Storage Forum is over. Learn what the vendor is planning, from new product announcements to insights regarding the road maps for EqualLogic and Compellent, and how customers responded.
Application Performance Monitoring Coming of Age at Cisco Live
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Cisco's focusing on delivering apps when they're needed--which will lead to better application performance monitoring, according to our blogger.
The Enterprise Cloud: Are We There Yet?
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Our blogger suggests that companies working their way toward the enterprise cloud take a look at EMC's IT organization and its approach to IT as a service.
Dell And The Next Convergence Wave
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
One announcement at Dell's Storage Forum this week shows how the next wave of converged solutions will increase ROI in highly virtualized data centers.
BGP Origin Authentication and RPKI
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
The BGP Origin Authentication is a positive step, writes our blogger, but it has a downside. Learn more about IP address theft.
Cisco Describes SDN Strategy, Sets Industry Back 10 Years
Commentary  |  6/13/2012  | 
Cisco says forget about SDN and separate data and control planes, it's about programmability.
Like NASCAR, Wireless Networking Is Getting More Intense
Commentary  |  6/13/2012  | 
No, it's not about the speed of wireless networking, according to our blogger--it's about complexity. Find out why.
Cisco's Cloud Connected Solutions Unveiled
Commentary  |  6/12/2012  | 
Cisco rolls out Cloud Connected Solution, a suite of products focused on delivering apps from the private cloud. Learn what it includes.
SSDs: Understand The Options
Commentary  |  6/12/2012  | 
IT managers face an overwhelming number of options when selecting solid state drives. Here's how to cut through the marketing hype and balance your performance gains against the costs.
Four Signs of SDN Support to Watch for from Vendors
Commentary  |  6/11/2012  | 
Is your vendor using APIs or SDKs? Is it using its own APIs? Learn what signs to look for from vendors to indicate SDN support.
Per-VM Snapshots from Virsto and Tintri
Commentary  |  6/11/2012  | 
Both vendors offer per-VM snapshots: Tintri's comes as a hybrid storage system; Virsto sells a storage hypervisor. Our blogger takes a look at their offerings.
Experts: Deploy IPv6 If You Haven't, and Prepare for the New Normal
Commentary  |  6/11/2012  | 
In the wake of last week's World IPv6 Launch, Google's chief Internet evangelist says it's time to deploy IPv6--laggards will start catching up due to embarrassment.
Storage Snapshots in a vSphere World
Commentary  |  6/8/2012  | 
Snapshots are important--but they're less valuable in a virtual environment. Our blogger explains why.
HP Discover 2012 Report Card Finding: HP Can--and Must--Do Better
Commentary  |  6/8/2012  | 
Hewlett-Packard could have used HP Discover to come out strong and definitive after a tough year. Our blogger says it didn't--find out why.
Egenera Reaches Into the Cloud to Expand Mixed-Environment Offerings
Commentary  |  6/8/2012  | 
The vendor has served physical and virtual environments, but the cloud is changing things. In response, the company is rolling out a cloud management tool. Learn what else it has planned.
Unleashing the Power of Software-Defined Networking on Virtual Tunnels
Commentary  |  6/8/2012  | 
There's a lot of buzz about SDN, but what's it supposed to do? Big Switch's virtual tunnel endpoints plan may be an opportunity for software-defined networking.
Broadcom Turns Up Heat on 802.11ac Standard With New Chips
Commentary  |  6/7/2012  | 
The 802.11ac standard is still at draft stage, but that hasn't stopped Broadcom from announcing new chips. Our blogger takes a look at the chip maker's system-on-chip announcement.
Networking Vendors Should Step Up With an SDN Strategy
Commentary  |  6/7/2012  | 
Sure, big-name networking vendors are declaring support for OpenFlow? But what about software-defined networking? Who has an SDN strategy?
Combining SSD Cache and Virtual Storage Appliances
Commentary  |  6/6/2012  | 
Is it time to consider combining a RAID controller with a virtual storage appliance for shared storage? Our blogger says maybe.
IPv6 Adoption a Must to Ensure Enterprise Content Delivery
Commentary  |  6/5/2012  | 
Enterprise websites deliver huge amounts of content. The time is nigh for an IPv6 adoption strategy. Our blogger shares why.
Smartphone ... or Brilliantphone? Mobile Devices Make Travel Hassle-Free
Commentary  |  6/5/2012  | 
Hitting the road? Have a lot to do? There's probably an app for that on your mobile devices. Smartphone features make it easy to stay connected on the road without lugging the office with you.
9 Reasons Microsoft Hyper-V 3 Is Enterprise-Class
Commentary  |  6/4/2012  | 
I used to dislike the hypervisor and subscribe to the idea that Redmond is where technology went to die. Here's how Microsoft changed my mind.
Why Software-Defined Networking Could Revolutionize Networking
Commentary  |  6/1/2012  | 
Everyone's talking about SDN. Find out why and how software-defined networking could help organizations.
The Value Of Data Deduplication
Commentary  |  6/1/2012  | 
Data deduplication can pay great dividends if used in the right situation. Consider it for backup, primary data storage, and wherever flash storage is used.
The Hybrid Cloud: What Is It, and How Do You Get There?
Commentary  |  6/1/2012  | 
Everyone's talking about the hybrid cloud. But what if you're already in the public cloud, or have your own private cloud? Get some tips on application considerations and more.

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