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Content posted in September 2013
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Real-World Troubleshooting At InteropNet
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
InteropNet gets new monitoring capabilities to ensure high performance as it provides network connectivity to Interop exhibitors and attendees.
Information Security Strategy: Stop Punishing End Users
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
Enterprise security programs have longed focused on restricting end-user activity, but this strategy hasn't worked. It's time to change course.
VCE Chooses Cisco SDN Over VMware NSX
Commentary  |  9/27/2013  | 
VCE, maker of integrated Vblock systems, will use Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure for SDN. So what about customers who want NSX?
Flash Write-Back Caching Limitations
Commentary  |  9/26/2013  | 
As flash-based caching systems add write-back capabilities, be aware that performance gains can hit a wall.
iOS 7 Update: A Lesson In Event-Driven Network Spikes
Commentary  |  9/25/2013  | 
Did the iOS 7 update crash your network? Instead of whining about it, use it as a call to action.
Who Is Really Pushing NFV?
Commentary  |  9/25/2013  | 
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) turns hardware appliances into virtualized services. As NFV interest grows, who stands to gain the most benefit?
InteropNet: Insights from a 19-Year Vet
Commentary  |  9/24/2013  | 
A nineteen-year volunteer of InteropNet says it's the people as much as the technology that keep him coming back.
WAN Encryption Tops the Agenda After NSA Revelations
Commentary  |  9/24/2013  | 
Whatever trust customers had in the security of WAN connections from service providers is gone. Encrypt now, and consider less-expensive Internet connections instead.
SDN Doesn't Mean Cheaper Networking
Commentary  |  9/23/2013  | 
The most common prediction about SDN is that networking will get cheaper. It won't. Here's why.
Mastering The Art Of Troubleshooting
Commentary  |  9/23/2013  | 
From social media to blogs, there's a ton of information engineers can tap to solve technical problems. Here's what I find works best.
How Oracle ZS3 Stacks Up
Commentary  |  9/20/2013  | 
The new ZFS-based storage systems feature new capabilities designed to boost performance.
SDN Meets Data Analytics
Commentary  |  9/20/2013  | 
Plexxi's Data Services Engine takes software-defined networking to the next level by collecting data in the network and analyzing it to aid traffic flow.
IT: We Need To Celebrate!
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
IT pros do hard, complex work that's vital to the business. Sometimes the profession needs to celebrate itself.
Private Cloud Wars: OS Wars, The Sequel
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
You can't put a layer on something and call it new, as we learned in the OS wars of old. Are we doomed to repeat the battles of the past?
Nirvanix Killed By Unforgiving Cloud Economics
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
Cloud storage provider Nirvanix, which is closing its doors, ran afoul of harsh cloud financing models.
Data Protection In The Cloud Era
Commentary  |  9/18/2013  | 
Organizations need to review security policies and procedures before implementing newer technologies such as cloud computing and virtualization.
Talking Flash and VDI At Interop
Commentary  |  9/18/2013  | 
At Interop New York I'll dive into the different roles flash can play in your storage architecture, and also delve into how to solve VDI-related storage problems.
9 Immutable Laws of Network Design
Commentary  |  9/17/2013  | 
Follow these simple rules to ensure your network is stable, secure and built to last as you overlay new services and applications.
Defining Software-Defined Storage
Commentary  |  9/17/2013  | 
How do you classify software-defined storage? Let's try kingdoms, genus and species.
Troubleshooting RF Problems: Fluke Launches Smart New Tool
Commentary  |  9/17/2013  | 
Tools for analyzing in-building cell signals have been clunky and complex, but Fluke's AirMagnet Spectrum ES makes the job much easier.
DIY Storage: Risk, Cost, and Benefit
Commentary  |  9/16/2013  | 
Buying commodity hardware can save you a lot of money when building your own SAN. Plus, it isn't as risky as you might think.
Interop Preview: The Business of IT
Commentary  |  9/16/2013  | 
IT is integral to the success of the business. The "Business of IT" track at Interop New York focuses on how IT can raise its profile in the organization and have a greater voice in how the business is run.
Juniper Launches Contrail SDN Software, Goes Open Source
Commentary  |  9/16/2013  | 
Juniper Contrail, a network overlay platform for software-defined networking, launches today. Juniper also announced that Contrail source code will be available as open source.
Hardware Vs. Software: Storage Vendors Go Head-to-Head
Commentary  |  9/13/2013  | 
Don't count hardware storage vendors out as the industry shifts to software-based infrastructure. Hardware and software vendors are making moves that promise storage innovation in both traditional infrastructure and SDI.
12 Must-Attend Interop Events
Commentary  |  9/13/2013  | 
Interop New York is just around the corner. The show is packed with informative sessions and workshops. Here are a dozen to put on your schedule.
APIs Vs. Scripts: The Evolution of Automation
Commentary  |  9/12/2013  | 
Writing scripts for configuration and other tasks is only the first step to a software-defined world. APIs will lead the next generation of automation.
Interop Preview: When Good Wireless Feels Bad
Commentary  |  9/12/2013  | 
Users are quick to condemn wireless when they experience problems, but the WLAN is often not to blame. Find out what you can do about it at Interop New York.
Security Snake Oil for Sale
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
Traditional security systems aren't doing much to help us manage risk, but we keep buying them. Is it the vendors' fault or ours? And are there better ideas we should explore?
In Defense Of VMware NSX And The Overlay Approach
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
By using a network overlay architecture, NSX cleanly segments SDN approaches into two realms: the physical and virtual. The overlay strategy has been criticized, but it makes the most sense.
Cisco Buys Whiptail, Plants Flag in New Territory
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
Cisco is acquiring solid-state array vendor Whiptail for $415 million. The purchase edges Cisco closer to becoming a one-stop IT shop for the enterprise.
Transport SDN: What It Is And 4 Reasons We Need It
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
The wide area plumbing among data centers must get more dynamic and flexible if we want to accommodate distributed applications -- and stop overpaying for links.
Inside VMware NSX
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
From VTEPs to OVSDB, VMware's NSX introduces unfamiliar protocols and technologies to the data center network. Check out this overview to get up to speed.
Philadelphia Eagles Join Stadium Wi-Fi Stampede
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
Wireless is all the rage for sports teams as they try to lure fans to stadiums, but designing sports venue WLANs is complex. Here's a look at the Eagles' Wi-Fi rollout.
DIY Storage: Using Virtualization To Cut Costs
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
While building my own storage system as a pilot project at work, I figured out how to stretch my budget via virtualization. Here's what I did.
Western Digital Buys Virident To Battle Flash Giants
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
Western Digital's $685 million acquisition of PCIe flash specialist Virident lets it compete with flash giants such as Intel/Micron and Samsung. But where was Seagate in all this?
VMware Gets Real About Virtual Storage
Commentary  |  9/9/2013  | 
VMware is making good on its talk about software-defined storage with three products: vFlash, VSAN and Virsto. But as always, there are pros and cons.
VMware VSAN: Intriguing But A Ways Off
Commentary  |  9/9/2013  | 
IT managers may be excited about VMware's new virtual storage product, but they aren't necessarily ready to run out and buy it when it becomes available.
WAN Acceleration Slows Down
Commentary  |  9/9/2013  | 
A new report shows the WAN acceleration/optimization market is shrinking. WAN optimization won't go away, but don't look for growth either.
VMware's NSX End Game
Commentary  |  9/6/2013  | 
Imagine an app store for the data center, where you can get firewalling, WAN optimization and other services with a few clicks. Here's how NSX might make it happen.
EMC VNX: Flash Storage Takes Center Stage
Commentary  |  9/6/2013  | 
With its new flash-optimized VNX storage arrays, EMC makes a case for flash in traditional storage systems.
7 Habits Of Successful DevOps
Commentary  |  9/5/2013  | 
Forrester outlines seven practices that will bring developers and operations teams into harmony. But will they get your IT organization singing Kumbaya?
VoIP Planning: 3 Critical Steps
Commentary  |  9/5/2013  | 
Don't overlook these core considerations when implementing VoIP or you may find yourself in the middle of a disaster. Plan properly to ensure a successful deployment.
Can Your Network Beat Malware?
Commentary  |  9/5/2013  | 
Test aggressively using simulated but realistic network traffic scenarios, making sure to strike a balance between security and organizational performance.
Why Software-Defined Storage Is Good For Seagate
Commentary  |  9/5/2013  | 
Some vendors won't fare well if software-defined storage takes off, but disk drive specialists will reap benefits. Here's how.
A Bad Combo: PernixData's FVP and VSAN
Commentary  |  9/4/2013  | 
Using FVP from startup PernixData together with VMware's VSAN is an all-around bad idea. Combining two flash management layers would be inefficient and reduce performance.
EMC Reboots VNX for Flash Storage
Commentary  |  9/4/2013  | 
EMC launches new VNX arrays with upgraded software to take full advantage of SSD performance. All-flash startups still have an advantage, but VNX takes a big step forward.
Speeding Up Flash Storage Via Software
Commentary  |  9/4/2013  | 
IBM's new FlashCache Storage Accelerator uses software to boost flash performance. The technology could signal a trend for the industry.
VMware NSX Caution Signs
Commentary  |  9/4/2013  | 
VMware's network virtualization platform makes a strong bid to be the SDN architecture of choice, but sticky issues must still be resolved.
Finding New Ways To Boost Storage Performance
Commentary  |  9/3/2013  | 
Storage was a hot topic at VMworld, but storage innovation isn't just about virtualization. Violin Memory, Skyera and Avere showcased novel approaches to accelerate storage.
IT Must Change Business Minds
Commentary  |  9/3/2013  | 
IT must change mistaken perceptions about its value to and role in the enterprise. Here's advice on how to get started.
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