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Content posted in August 2013
Will VMware, Cisco Collide On Virtual Networks?
Commentary  |  8/30/2013  | 
VMware's NSX platform appears to travel the same network virtualization path as its longtime partner Cisco. Is a smash-up inevitable?
WLAN Success During Back-to-School Deluge
Commentary  |  8/30/2013  | 
My team onboarded 10,000 wireless devices as students arrived for the start of the fall semester. Here's how we made it a (mostly) painless experience.
The IT Generation Gap
Commentary  |  8/30/2013  | 
VMworld panel exposes a rift between innovative startups focused on cloud, mobile and social technologies and old IT that clings to its data centers and self-managed applications.
Should Applications Listen To The Network?
Commentary  |  8/29/2013  | 
One goal of SDN is to make the network more responsive to application needs. But applications also have to be responsive to the state of the network.
Information Security's Real Threat: Oversharing
Commentary  |  8/28/2013  | 
Too much sharing and too little risk and security management are bad for business, especially among SMBs.
VMware's Martin Casado: Energy and Chaos
Commentary  |  8/28/2013  | 
Martin Casado, VMware's chief architect for networking and the driving force behind its NSX technology, spoke with Network Computing about his ambitious goals to reshape how networking is done, the origins of Nicira, and why energy and chaos are good.
Skyera Soars With 250TB SSD skyEagle Array
Commentary  |  8/27/2013  | 
Skyera’s newest SSD appliance skyEagle boasts up to 250TB of storage. That gives Skyera the highest-density system on the market.
Arista's New Applications Target Network Engineering Problems
Commentary  |  8/27/2013  | 
Arista announced three new applications that streamline provisioning for virtual environments, expose network performance data and simplify network device upgrades.
Cumulus Networks: The Pros and Cons of Decoupling
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
Startup Cumulus Networks makes a compelling argument for separating network software and hardware, but the case isn't closed.
VMware NSX: Game Changer for Data Center Networks
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
VMware's network virtualization product, NSX, may upend data center networks the same way the hypervisor changed servers.
Is Microsoft Ready To Be A Storage Player?
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
Microsoft's Storage Spaces may not have every enterprise feature yet, but don't dismiss it as a marginal product.
Raising IT's Business Profile: Start Now
Commentary  |  8/23/2013  | 
A new organization is creating tools to help technology leaders work better with business counterparts. But don’t wait for third-party tools—start now to raise IT’s profile in the company.
VMworld 2013 Preview: Virtualization Eats the World
Commentary  |  8/23/2013  | 
Expect 31 flavors of "software-defined" at VMworld as VMware updates its SDDC vision and promotes software abstractions and tools at every layer of the data center.
Will NFV Kill Hardware Load Balancers?
Commentary  |  8/22/2013  | 
As load balancing and other network functions get delivered via virtual appliances, does the hardware ADC have a future?
Facebook Addiction: A Shocking Cure
Commentary  |  8/21/2013  | 
When self-control doesn't work, try electricity, say MIT inventors.
Will RRAM Replace Flash?
Commentary  |  8/21/2013  | 
Startup Crossbar bets on resistive random-access memory in the race to find a replacement for flash storage.
Is There A Desktop Version Of Android In Our Future?
Commentary  |  8/21/2013  | 
Could the open source OS designed for smartphones and tablets eventually threaten Windows' dominance on the desktop? Don't hold your breath.
Picking The Right Switch: A Buyer's Decision Tree
Commentary  |  8/20/2013  | 
Purchasing a switch requires careful consideration of routing and performance needs, among other factors. Follow this decision tree to save money and avoid buyer's remorse.
7signal's WLAN Performance Tools: Intriguing But Expensive
Commentary  |  8/19/2013  | 
Sapphire Eye from 7signal gathers reams of RF and performance information to help administrators identify WLAN performance problems, but it will cost you.
Vanished: The Line Between Main Memory And Primary Storage
Commentary  |  8/16/2013  | 
SMART Storage Systems' ULLtraDIMM product, developed with Diablo Technologies, puts flash storage on the memory channel. It's a game changer for the storage industry.
New Technologies Target OpenStack Private Clouds
Commentary  |  8/16/2013  | 
Companies like Druva aim to address data center and private cloud storage and data management challenges using the OpenStack framework.
Data Center Efficiency Plateaus
Commentary  |  8/15/2013  | 
A recent survey shows that efficiency is no longer a major priority for data center operators. Meanwhile, public cloud and DCIM software are on the rise.
A Plug For Plugfests
Commentary  |  8/15/2013  | 
Standards are great, but there can be significant differences in vendor implementations. The University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Lab provides a neutral venue for testing and analysis.
IBM's Cloud Business: Ex-Employee Divulges Shortfalls
Commentary  |  8/15/2013  | 
Confidential IBM documents reveal the company's struggles to meet its cloud forecasts, as the SEC and Wall Street cast a skeptical eye.
NAS Options for Public and Private Clouds
Commentary  |  8/15/2013  | 
Public and private clouds can present challenges for file-based applications that use NAS. Here's how several vendors are helping companies meet those challenges.
Data Center Study: The Big Get Bigger
Commentary  |  8/14/2013  | 
A new survey indicates that data centers are fast becoming the domain of service providers as smaller enterprises increasingly outsource their data center operations.
IPv6 Adoption On The Rise
Commentary  |  8/14/2013  | 
Several reports indicate that both service providers and enterprises are making the switch to IPv6, negating the need for LISP or tunnel services to help with the transition.
4 Things VMware Must Do At VMworld
Commentary  |  8/13/2013  | 
VMware CEO Gelsinger needs to show customers a new leadership team and a company that understands how to compete in a multi-hypervisor marketplace.
Self-Encrypting Drives Aren't Magic Security Dust
Commentary  |  8/13/2013  | 
SEDs may be attractive in this time of heightened data security awareness but they're not necessarily a better option than software-based encryption for data protection.
Server Side Write Caching: Pros And Cons
Commentary  |  8/13/2013  | 
Write caching, which can speed up database and virtual desktop environments, has to be done safely.
Private Cloud Build-Out: 4 Prerequisites
Commentary  |  8/13/2013  | 
Savings is a key reason to move to a private cloud, but shorter development cycles and faster time to market are more significant. Learn from early adopters.
New Media Is Not The Key To Long-Term Storage
Commentary  |  8/12/2013  | 
Optical disks, data crystals and other new storage media promise capacity and longevity, but that's not all it takes to meet the needs of a large, long-term archive.
Advice to New Network Engineers
Commentary  |  8/12/2013  | 
Here are two key steps that can help make the difference between a short, unhappy stint and a long, successful career in networking.
Mobile App Development Skills: Buy, Rent or Build
Commentary  |  8/9/2013  | 
Companies getting into mobile app development can buy or rent outside talent, but the best bet may be creating your own team. Here's why.
The Business Case For Going Mobile
Commentary  |  8/8/2013  | 
If you don't see a business need for mobile app development, you're missing out. Companies like Starbucks are reaping tremendous benefits by investing in mobile technology.
Using Open Source Tools For Malware Detection
Commentary  |  8/8/2013  | 
Today's sophisticated malware makes it difficult for small businesses with few resources for security to defend themselves. Fortunately, open source security tools such as pfSense and Snort can help.
IPv6 Transition: Cisco LISP Vs. Tunnel Services
Commentary  |  8/8/2013  | 
Cisco says its LISP protocol is an ideal transition tool for IPv6, but tunnel broker services require less configuration and can be easily removed once native IPv6 support is in place.
How To Pick The Right Storage Caching System
Commentary  |  8/8/2013  | 
Caching systems can speed up performance, prolong the life of the storage network and are a very popular first step on the path to the solid state data center.
SDN Is Not a Technology, It's A Use Case
Commentary  |  8/7/2013  | 
Software defined networking is not a discrete technology, but rather a set of use cases that require a variety of technologies to meet customer needs.
Open Source Poised for Innovation Explosion
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
Cost pressures and the fast feedback of open source's development model will spur new levels of innovation in open software in the next ten years.
The Next Step For Flash: 3D
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
2D NAND flash is fast reaching its limit but Samsung's new 3D chip is an encouraging development in flash memory's evolution.
802.11ac: Preparing to Troubleshoot
Commentary  |  8/5/2013  | 
As 802.11ac ratification approaches, make sure your WLAN management and troubleshooting tools will be ready for the change.
Tackling Information Infrastructure Complexity
Commentary  |  8/2/2013  | 
Taking a software and data-driven approach can help reduce costs and maintain availability as IT becomes more complex. Here's a look at Sanbolic, one of the companies in this emerging area.
802.11ac: Time To Change Vendors?
Commentary  |  8/2/2013  | 
Enterprise WLANs are facing massive change with the arrival of certified 802.11ac products. Take this opportunity to consider other vendors as you upgrade.
Debugging Cisco Voice: How To Streamline The Process
Commentary  |  8/1/2013  | 
Going through pages of debug output from a Cisco Voice Gateway is tedious and time-consuming, but there's a filtering tool that can make the job easier. Here's how to use it.
Is Software-Defined Anything Worth the Price?
Commentary  |  8/1/2013  | 
"Software-defined" and "converged" are the flavors of the day, but companies might be better off spending their data center dollars on cold, hard, ultra-fast gear.


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