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Content posted in June 2013
Cisco Internet Of Things Business Unit Unveiled
Commentary  |  6/28/2013  | 
Networking giant gets serious about machine-to-machine communications at Cisco Live with the launch of a new unit that promises to turn IoT hype into reality.
Cisco Announces New Nexus 7700 and Fabric Architecture
Commentary  |  6/27/2013  | 
The new Cisco Nexus 7700 core switch is built for bandwidth, while Dynamic Fabric Automation aims to make data center networks more flexible and easier to configure.
Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi Targets Shopping Malls
Commentary  |  6/27/2013  | 
PowerCloud Systems aims to gain share in the cloud-managed WLAN market by expanding into retail, but the company faces stiff competition from established vendors.
How Tape and LTFS Can Relieve Storage Pressure
Commentary  |  6/27/2013  | 
Most data stored on hard disk has little value, but enterprises are reluctant to part with it. Tape is more cost-effective, and Linear Tape File System (LTFS) makes writing to a tape-based active archive much easier.
Cisco Insieme: It'll Do Stuff, But We Won't Tell You
Commentary  |  6/26/2013  | 
A live Cisco Webcast about Insieme, a Cisco-backed venture, provided remarkably little detail about the startup or its forthcoming products.
Cisco Catalyst Refresh Gives Customers Just What They Want
Commentary  |  6/25/2013  | 
Cisco announced a new Catalyst switch line and several product upgrades at Cisco Live, including expanded support for its ONE SDN initiative, but the company is sticking with familiar territory.
Cisco Catalyst 6800: Same Game, New Name
Commentary  |  6/24/2013  | 
Cisco touts its new Catalyst 6800 switch line as a game changer, but it’s really designed to satisfy Catalyst 6500 customers without changing much at all.
Western Digital Acquires sTec; SSD Shakeout Begins
Commentary  |  6/24/2013  | 
Western Digital announced that its HGST subsidiary will acquire solid state disk manufacturer sTec for $340 million. It's a clear signal the SSD market is ready to consolidate.
Troubleshooting External VoIP Calls on Cisco UCM
Commentary  |  6/24/2013  | 
Here's how to diagnose external calls failures on the Cisco Unified Communications Manager platform.
Network Management Needs New Ideas
Commentary  |  6/21/2013  | 
Traditional network management systems haven’t adapted to the scale demanded by virtualization and cloud architectures. Distributed system designs may show the way.
Flash Balances The Books With Atomic Writes
Commentary  |  6/20/2013  | 
Flash is a great fit for applications that rely on atomic writes, such as finance and inventory, where data values have to be correct immediately.
Cumulus Brings the Red Hat Model to Networking
Commentary  |  6/20/2013  | 
Startup Cumulus Networks launches a Linux-based network operating system designed for low-cost hardware that puts programmability first.
Wi-Fi Alliance Opens 802.11ac Certification Program
Commentary  |  6/20/2013  | 
The Wi-Fi Alliance is now certifying interoperability of 802.11ac products for the consumer and enterprise markets. It's a milestone on the road to full ratification of the 11ac standard.
How Software Defined Storage Impacts SSD
Commentary  |  6/19/2013  | 
Enterprises need a storage solution that balances performance with features. Software-defined storage could be the answer.
SDN: Not Necessarily A Job Killer
Commentary  |  6/19/2013  | 
ATMs and airline kiosks have been demonized on the consumer side for replacing people. Automation via software-defined networking is just the latest bogeyman.
Green IT Discussion Changes
Commentary  |  6/19/2013  | 
New tools and technologies have made it easier to be green in the data center, even if we don't call it that these days.
Video Evolution: Brace Yourself For Impact
Commentary  |  6/18/2013  | 
Video traffic is rapidly changing as trends like streaming video continue to surge. IT teams should prepare for the onslaught.
Security ROI: 5 Practices Analyzed
Commentary  |  6/18/2013  | 
Which security practices bring the best return on investment? Not all of the most popular practices are good for your company.
BYOD: Why You Will Lose
Commentary  |  6/18/2013  | 
Restrictive BYOD policies will fail because humans have a compulsive attachment to mobile devices.
HP's Turnaround: It's Time To Believe
Commentary  |  6/17/2013  | 
Not only does CEO Meg Whitman seem to have a solid strategy, but there's plenty of evidence it's starting to work. Maybe it's time for skeptics like me to admit we're wrong.
802.11ac: 10Gig Uplinks Are Overkill
Commentary  |  6/17/2013  | 
There's talk that 802.11ac requires 10Gig uplinks to support maximum throughput. But you may not even need 2Gig uplinks. Here's why.
Newest Broadcom XLP Processors Promise Performance Leap
Commentary  |  6/14/2013  | 
Chip maker aims to raise the bar for communications processors with new system on a chip.
Dell, HP Erode Startups' Advantages in Flash Storage
Commentary  |  6/13/2013  | 
Startups with purpose-built flash arrays had an advantage over incumbent storage vendors that retrofit SSDs into systems designed for spinning disk. That advantage is disappearing.
With Online Connections, Appearances Can Deceive
Commentary  |  6/13/2013  | 
Are we visually biased when dealing with LinkedIn invitations from strangers? I'm selective, but I had a recent reminder to watch for red flags.
Troubleshooting Wires in Wireless Networks
Commentary  |  6/13/2013  | 
When troubleshooting wireless networks, sometimes you have to deal with wires and other physical components. You may even need to leave your computer and go questing.
Survey Reveals Slow Windows Server 2012 Adoption
Commentary  |  6/12/2013  | 
Symantec-commissioned report shows that organizations aren't rushing to migrate to the latest Windows Server update.
Preserve Our Technological History: A Proposal
Commentary  |  6/11/2013  | 
I propose a broad movement to collect and preserve the books and other physical materials that document the creation and development of 20th century technology.
Pure Storage Boosts Crypto Features, Takes CIA Money
Commentary  |  6/7/2013  | 
Pure Storage, maker of all-flash arrays, released product upgrades including data-at-rest encryption. The company also announced an investment from In-Q-Tel, the venture arm of the CIA.
Dell VRTX Rethinks Blade Servers
Commentary  |  6/6/2013  | 
Dell's VRTX converged infrastructure uses PCIe switch slots instead of a conventional blade chassis with mezzanine cards to give customers more flexibility and choice.
Big Switch Leaves OpenDaylight, Touts White-Box Future
Commentary  |  6/6/2013  | 
Big Switch is stepping away from the OpenDaylight project, which is building an open-source controller. As it departs, the company says the market clamors for white-box SDN switches. Is that right?
IBM Targets Fortune 500 With SoftLayer Acquisition
Commentary  |  6/5/2013  | 
IBM's purchase of cloud provider SoftLayer show how serious Big Blue is about beefing up its enterprise services business. The acquisition comes with important technology, new customer segments and substantial capacity.
Cisco Announces Meraki Cloud-Managed Network Service
Commentary  |  6/4/2013  | 
Cisco has introduced the Cisco Meraki Managed Services Dashboard, which lets managed service providers run their customers' WLANs and wired networks.
The Critical Need For Data Disposal
Commentary  |  6/3/2013  | 
With so much stored data having no business value, enterprises need to tackle the challenge of reducing the data mountain.
Avaya SPB Fabric Put to the Test at Interop
Commentary  |  6/3/2013  | 
Data center fabrics have been overshadowed by SDN, but vendors are still moving forward with fabrics. This year's Interop was a big, visible test for Avaya's implementation of the Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) standard.


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