Content posted in July 2013
Windows Server 2012 R2 Beefs Up Storage Spaces
Commentary  |  7/30/2013  | 
Microsoft improves on the storage functionality in its upcoming Windows Server release with new SSD-supported automated tiering and write-back caching.
Security Conferences: Advice From The Trenches
Commentary  |  7/30/2013  | 
IT security conferences can offer enriching experiences, but also might be draining and irritating without proper planning. Here are some tips for making sure you make the most of your conference experience.
The 'New' Enterprise WLAN Vendor
Commentary  |  7/29/2013  | 
AirTight Networks is grabbing attention as a new player in the WLAN market but it's no wireless newbie.
TRILL's Hidden Cost
Commentary  |  7/29/2013  | 
TRILL allows for much needed advances over STP, but vendor licensing requirements make it hard to switch.
Happy SysAdmin Day To All
Commentary  |  7/26/2013  | 
One day of streamers and cake doesn't make up for all the hard work underappreciated sysadmins do.
Intel's Data Center Plan: More Than Chips
Commentary  |  7/26/2013  | 
The chip giant aims to shape future data center designs for everything from rack-level systems to software defined networks and servers.
NSA Utah Data Center Scrutiny Is Misguided, Experts Say
Commentary  |  7/25/2013  | 
Critics upset about the soon-to-open data center are overlooking the larger issues of the NSA's surveillance activities, according to some privacy and security experts.
Microsoft ReFS and Oracle ZFS: How They Compare
Commentary  |  7/25/2013  | 
Microsoft's ReFS and Oracle/Sun's ZFS file systems are designed to remedy errors that might otherwise corrupt data. Here's how they stack up against one another.
Book Review: 'NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching'
Commentary  |  7/24/2013  | 
If you're planning to buy Nexus gear or have already deployed it, this Cisco Press publication provides helpful configuration guidance. Plus it won't put you to sleep.
Seagate Proves Disk Drives Aren't Dead
Commentary  |  7/24/2013  | 
Traditional disk drives may lack the flash of flash drives, but Seagate shows there's still room for innovation with spinning disks.
Intel Unveils Plans to Dominate the Data Center
Commentary  |  7/24/2013  | 
Intel released details for Atom SoCs designed to penetrate all areas of data center infrastructure, from micro servers to storage systems and network devices.
Is Scale-Out Storage A Must Have?
Commentary  |  7/23/2013  | 
Some vendors claim that scale-up systems are for short-term thinkers. I disagree.
Shifting The Backup And Recovery Focus To Recovery
Commentary  |  7/23/2013  | 
Asigra's new pricing model focuses on how much data needs to be recovered rather than how much storage is used. Could this be a game changer for the backup/recovery market?
SDN Startup Creates Distributed Virtual Appliances
Commentary  |  7/22/2013  | 
Embrane is no SDN wannabe. The company's SDN platform goes beyond mere transformation of hardware into virtual appliances.
Scale-Out Storage Scales Down For SMBs
Commentary  |  7/22/2013  | 
Scale-out storage isn't just for big companies anymore. Vendors are making the technology available to SMBs by reducing its cost and complexity.
Software Defined Data Center: Marketing or Meaty?
Commentary  |  7/19/2013  | 
The software-defined data center is the latest term being applied to the abstraction, orchestration and automation of hardware-based resources via layers of code. Is it just empty marketing, or is there something you can sink your teeth into?
Don't Count VMware Out In Rough Seas
Commentary  |  7/19/2013  | 
Wall Street analysts and pundits are busy talking down VMware, but the virtualization pioneer is going through a cycle from which it's likely to bounce back.
Meru Announces New 11ac AP, Throws Punches
Commentary  |  7/18/2013  | 
Meru Networks has announced a new 802.11ac AP that it claims is the fastest available. It also threw jabs at competitors as next-gen WLAN competition heats up.
How To Control Applications On Aerohive WLANs
Commentary  |  7/17/2013  | 
Aerohive includes application visibility and control features that let you identify and set policy around popular applications crossing your wireless network. Here’s how to set it up.
SSD Vendors: Which Will Win?
Commentary  |  7/16/2013  | 
As the SSD market consolidates, companies that run flash foundries and established storage vendors may have the edge.
DIY Storage Part 4: Building Redundancy
Commentary  |  7/16/2013  | 
In building my own SAN to meet some storage needs at work, I figured out how to overcome problems on the path to redundancy and high availability. Here's what I learned works for creating a HA array.
Flash-Based Backup Appliances Benefits Vs. Price
Commentary  |  7/16/2013  | 
Flash-assisted backup could provide many advantages, including improved performance and in-place recovery.
SDN, Overlays and Interior Decorating
Commentary  |  7/15/2013  | 
Redesigning your network with SDN is kind of like interior decorating. Overlays let you paper over your existing network, while OpenFlow might require some rebuilding.
EMC Flash Division Expands With ScaleIO Deal
Commentary  |  7/12/2013  | 
Israeli startup's software creates shared storage pools across server clusters but EMC will need to make improvements to the technology.
Cisco Aims To Increase Services Business
Commentary  |  7/12/2013  | 
Cisco announced plans to grow its services business by 9% to 11% in the next 12 months. Look for more cloud services that resellers can package for customers.
Five SDN Benefits Enterprises Should Consider
Commentary  |  7/12/2013  | 
SDNs promise speedy service provisioning, network flexibility and other advantages, according to a new InformationWeek report.
The Coming SSD War
Commentary  |  7/12/2013  | 
Consolidation is making the SSD market more competitive than ever. Here's what to keep in mind when you're considering enterprise storage solutions.
Women In Technology: Overcoming Obstacles to STEM Careers
Commentary  |  7/11/2013  | 
As an engineer, Karen Purcell knows first-hand the challenges women face working in a STEM field. Her new book offers strategies for women to thrive in science and tech.
Text Analytics Key To Unlocking Big Data Value
Commentary  |  7/11/2013  | 
Big data is set to transform business, but text analytics will play a huge role in that transformation.
Software-Defined Networks Gaining Traction Among Carriers
Commentary  |  7/11/2013  | 
Infonetics survey shows global telecom carriers are intrigued by SDNs and taking initial steps to deploy the technology.
New Cloud Backup Pricing Targets Recovery
Commentary  |  7/10/2013  | 
Cloud backup pioneer Asigra announced a new pricing model based on data restoration. Meanwhile, EMC announced slew of updates to its enterprise backup portfolio.
To Break The IT Bottleneck, Stop Covering Your You-Know-What
Commentary  |  7/9/2013  | 
Slicing through layers of bureaucracy is a must for automation. It's time to see who you can cut out of the loop.
Book Review: CCNA Data Center Study Guide
Commentary  |  7/9/2013  | 
New book is good preparation for the Cisco 640-911 exam but also provides a thorough and interesting explanation of network fundamentals.
Building a Lab: Patching and Cables
Commentary  |  7/9/2013  | 
Patch panels and cables aren't glamorous, but a sensible layout makes a solid foundation for a data center or lab. Here's how I put together my patch and cabling system.
Many SSL Connections Missing Added Protection, Netcraft Says
Commentary  |  7/8/2013  | 
Most SSL traffic doesn't use PFS, opening it up to possible decryption, according to Internet security firm.
The Art Of Tweeting: Do's And Don'ts
Commentary  |  7/8/2013  | 
Don't do social, be S.O.C.I.A.L.: Sincere, Open, Collaborative, Interested, Authentic and Likeable. Be human and have fun.
RAM Caching Vs. SSDs: A Startup's Gamble
Commentary  |  7/8/2013  | 
Startup Infinio bucks the SSD trend by using RAM caching instead of flash to accelerate NFS storage performance. Is it a good bet?
SSDs And The Write Endurance Boogeyman
Commentary  |  7/3/2013  | 
How I learned to stop worrying and love the flash.
Cisco Accelerates SDN Strategy with Dynamic Fabric Automation
Commentary  |  7/2/2013  | 
Cisco's Dynamic Fabric Automation integrates legacy physical networks with virtual devices. It's a sensible SDN strategy for a networking incumbent, but customers should wait until we know more about Insieme.
Commentary  |  7/2/2013  | 
SSD write endurance limitations could cause problems for RAID. But rather than adjust SSDs to support RAID, we should tweak or replace RAID to suit SSDs.
Cisco Insieme ACI Goes Beyond SDN
Commentary  |  7/2/2013  | 
Cisco announced the Application Centric Infrastructure (API) by Insieme Networks, and other vendors are following suit developing products that take networking beyond software-defined networking (SDN) and into the realm of applications.
SDN's Next Steps: Product Integration
Commentary  |  7/1/2013  | 
SDN interoperability demonstrations and hackfests point to a small but growing movement toward product integration as software defined networking evolves.
Mesh Networking Revival Sparked By NSA PRISM Program
Commentary  |  7/1/2013  | 
Revelations about NSA data gathering have people looking for a communication system they can control. Is mesh networking the answer?

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