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Top IT Certifications To Jump-Start Your Job
Slideshows  |  4/22/2014  | 
Working in IT infrastructure means a whole lot more than hardware these days. Boost your career with these hot certifications on virtualization, cloud, security, and more.
Best of Interop 2014 Product Award Winners
Slideshows  |  4/2/2014  | 
The Best of Interop Awards recognize innovative hardware and software that represent technological advancement in a specific category. The Interop judging team poured through 129 submissions in nine categories, including networking, mobility, and security. This year we chose to mix this up a little by creating a separate storage category and adding a whole new SDN category. Awards were also presented for Grand Award winner, Best Startup, and Audience Choice. See who took home the prize this year
Greatest Moments In Interop History
Slideshows  |  3/19/2014  | 
It's hard to believe it's been 26 years since the first commercial Interop conference. Over the years, vendors made splashes with new technologies, Interop grew beyond its Silicon Valley roots, and celebrities like Mr. T joined the action. Here's a look at some of the best moments in Interop's rich history.
10 Nerdy Things To Do In Las Vegas
Slideshows  |  3/10/2014  | 
At the end of March, IT engineers and architects will descend upon Las Vegas for Interop, the biggest independent IT conference of the year. The show will be packed with the latest technology, including everything from OpenFlow to 802.11ac and SSDs to DIMMs. But even the biggest technophile needs have a little fun at the end of the day, and Las Vegas is certainly the place to find it. If you want to get away from the glitzy shows and casinos, check out these places where nerds can let loose.
A Geek's Guide To The 2014 Oscars
Slideshows  |  2/25/2014  | 
IT types have always liked certain types of movies: Fantasies, space films, and any flicks that prominently feature technology are always high on the to-see list. The upcoming Academy Awards offer techies no shortage of opportunities to root for the kinds of films they love, as well as the technologies that make them possible. With that in mind, we've gone through the Oscar lineup to identify what are likely to be some of the most geek-friendly moments of this year's awards ceremony.
Networking 2013: The Year of SDN
Slideshows  |  12/17/2013  | 
Software-defined networking and network virtualization grabbed the industry by the throat in 2013, dominating almost every conversation about the future of networking. The year also was marked by major M&A deals, the arrival of 802.11ac products, and the ongoing Huawei saga. Here, we take you back through some of the memorable moments in networking in 2013.
10 Nerdy Gifts For Networking Pros
Slideshows  |  11/26/2013  | 
Does your favorite IT guy or gal have just about every Dr. Who, Star Wars or Star Trek collectible known to man? Are you looking for something a little different for that geeky loved-one or fellow cube-dweller? Have no fear, Network Computing has come to the rescue with this year's ultimate IT gift guide. We've got a range of gifts appropriate for stocking stuffers, gift exchanges, employee appreciation gifts and just plain old fun gifts for roommates or family members.
10 Free Network Analysis Tools
Slideshows  |  11/8/2013  | 
Network management can be a tall task without the right statistics and data about traffic flows, device configurations and user activities. The following utilities offer visibility into various aspects of network activity without breaking the bank. Utilizing these free tools gives network managers a better foothold for improving performance, spotting potential problems and nipping security incidents in the bud.
10 Ways Apple iOS 7 Targets Businesses
Slideshows  |  10/30/2013  | 
Apple has made great strides to appease not just business users, but also the IT administrators and security managers responsible for protecting and managing the infrastructure that supports mobile device use. The release of iOS 7 had many pundits lauding Apple's leadership for listening to the business contingent and releasing a raft of new management and security features that show progress for making iPhones and iPads more than consumer gadgets.
Inside Iceland's Newest Data Center
Slideshows  |  10/18/2013  | 
See inside Verne Global's new data center in Iceland and find out why cold-climate countries are becoming increasingly popular data center locations.
10 Ways Software-Defined Networking Will Change IT
Slideshows  |  9/30/2013  | 
When networking professionals converge upon New York for Interop this week, software-defined networking (SDN) stands to establish itself as a major theme throughout session talks and informal conversations. As the industry watches the results of early adopter case studies and hears pundits advocate for this new means of controlling the network fabric, consensus is building for the potential that SDN could be an IT game-changer. Here's how, in the words of experts from around the industry.
10 Software-Defined Networking Architectures
Slideshows  |  9/26/2013  | 
Software-defined networking is a hot topic for debate in the industry. Experts argue about the best way to implement it, the ways it might affect network engineers and administrators, and how it might disrupt the traditional power structure in the networking industry. While there are a lot of opinions about this emerging technology, there's one inescapable fact: SDN has brought new attention and innovation to the network. To get a view into the various approaches to SDN, we asked 10 vendors to
10 Striking Sci-Fi Book Covers
Slideshows  |  9/9/2013  | 
Let's face it: The vast majority of the time, it isn't the title or premise of a book -- especially a science fiction book -- that draws us in. It's the cover art. And sci-fi has a long and venerable history of cover art that catches the eye and turns the head, even if what's inside hasn't always lived up to what's on the outside. Here's a gallery of 10 of our favorites, from classic painted cover art to the modern-day trends of Photoshop-plus-stock-photo work that in the right hands can also b
8 Mobile Tools For Security Pros
Slideshows  |  8/15/2013  | 
The influx of employee-owned mobile devices into the workplace has certainly thrown many IT security professionals for a loop, but the same devices that are introducing so much chaos to established security practices also have a lot of potential to be used to bring back some order. The following mobile security tools are a good start for security admins looking for utilities to help them get their job done more efficiently.
12 Fictional Supercomputers I Hope Never Materialize
Slideshows  |  7/31/2013  | 
If Google's server farm ever does assert its independence and decide the human race needs to do something other than look up cat videos, most science fiction fans would shrug and say: "Told you so." Artificial intelligence has the baddest of raps in science fiction, in big part because so many of these supercomputers tend to be so malicious. But look closer and you'll find in a lot of cases they're simply doing too good a job of being true to their programming, whether for good or ill. He
9 Technologies Security Researchers Will Break At Black Hat
Slideshows  |  7/29/2013  | 
This week's Black Hat USA Conference in Las Vegas will showcase hacks, tools and ideas that will once again challenge the way we think about IT security. Here are nine technologies that will be on the firing line as security researchers discuss and demonstrate vulnerabilities and exploits.
8 Things You Should Know About DevOps
Slideshows  |  7/15/2013  | 
Called a cultural and professional movement, DevOps seeks to better integrate development and IT operations teams to accelerate application delivery. Read on to find out what the DevOps movement is about and the benefits it can provide enterprise organizations.
10 Amusing IT Memes
Slideshows  |  7/10/2013  | 
From Google Glass to Linux to tech support hell, these memes put an amusing slant on the day-to-day business of information technology. Whether it's The World's Most Interesting Man on routing, or Morpheus from "The Matrix" with some uncomfortable truths about SDN, these memes should elicit a laugh. If we missed your favorite, or you've made your own, share it in the Comment section below.
10 Signs OpenStack Has Come Into Its Own
Slideshows  |  6/25/2013  | 
OpenStack continues to build momentum in the tech industry. Since its inception in 2010, OpenStack has made considerable strides as an open source IaaS project. Enterprises are seeking ROI with their OpenStack pilot projects, brand-name IT companies such as HP and Juniper are doubling down on OpenStack initiatives, and venture capitalists are throwing cash at OpenStack startups in an attempt to help the market make good on the hype -- and profit in the process. Here are 10 recent OpenStack deve
8 Cloud-based IT Management Tools
Slideshows  |  6/18/2013  | 
With IT management becoming increasing more complex, administrators need all the help they can get. A growing number of IT tools are being delivered via Software as a Service (SaaS), which promises fast deployment and lets customers pay only for the services they use. Here are 8 SaaS IT management tools that automate IT services, help troubleshoot problems, and provide visibility into the status of network devices and applications.
Best of Interop 2013 Winners
Slideshows  |  5/10/2013  | 
The Best of Interop awards recognize innovative hardware and software that advances the state of the art in IT. Interop’s panel of expert judges poured through 149 submissions in seven categories, including networking, mobility, security and storage. Awards were also presented for Grand Award winner, Best Startup, and Audience Choice. Check out the products that took the prize!
Postcards from Tomorrow's Data Centers
Slideshows  |  4/15/2013  | 
Today's data centers are essentially the same: long rows of metal racks stocked with machines, miles of cable, and elaborate cooling systems. But just because we build data centers this way in 2013 doesn't mean that's how it will be in ten, twenty or fifty years. Here's a few glimpses of what the future might hold, from printable electronics to nanotube processors to nuclear batteries.
How To Secure WLANs: A Visual Overview
Slideshows  |  3/26/2013  | 
Secure wireless networks don't just happen--users and IT pros have to make it happen. But what goes into making a wireless network secure? Here's a look some essential steps for locking down wireless communications, including advice for road warriors, small business owners and WLAN administrators running large networks.
10 Free and Low-Cost Mobile Wireless Tools
Slideshows  |  3/6/2013  | 
There's no replacing meaty, licensed tools for wireless network support. But a growing number of free and low-cost apps are available when all you have is a smartphone or tablet at hand. Most of the gems live in the Android space, so you iOS developers need to get to work.
HTML5 Mobile Development: 7 Good Ideas (and 3 Bad Ones)
Slideshows  |  2/13/2013  | 
HTML5 can be a boon to enterprise mobile app development, but you have to identify the right use cases to make it work. Here are 7 scenarios that make sense for HTML5, and 3 you might want to avoid.
8 CES Gadgets You Have To See
Slideshows  |  1/11/2013  | 
Sure, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a giant circus, but it always features something revolutionary, or at least oddly interesting. Maybe even useful. Here are eight compelling products that emerged from the show; judge for yourself how useful they might (eventually) be.
10 Android Apps for IT Admins
Slideshows  |  12/18/2012  | 
IT admins can't clone themselves, but they can get darned close to being two places at once by using mobile tools. The following Android apps, several of which are free, offer handy consoles for network mapping, remote client administration, cloud management, Wi-Fi analysis and more.
10 IT Apps for iPads and iPhones
Slideshows  |  12/12/2012  | 
Put that iPad or iPhone to work! IT administrators can get a lot done with a few taps of a finger on an Apple mobile device--given the right tools. These apps offer admins a host of mobile administration options, from router reference information to network scanning and diagramming to remote Oracle database access.
Holiday Gift Guide
Slideshows  |  11/21/2012  | 
It's the time of the season to make a list and check it twice. We've assembled a holiday wish list for work and play, including tools to improve your mobile life, gaming gadgets, and tablet alternatives for those who already have, or don't want, an Apple in their stockings.
10 Mobile Business Apps Target Analytics, Productivity and More
Slideshows  |  11/7/2012  | 
The mobility game isn't just for consumer apps anymore. We share mobile business apps from 10 startups that can help drive sales, leverage analytics and streamline team communication.
9 Data Centers: Unexpected Beauty And Creativity
Slideshows  |  10/3/2012  | 
Most data centers are boring boxes--but not all. Take a look at a data center that houses a supercomputer in a chapel, or an underground data center with James Bond-styling, or a solar-powered data center, and much, much more.
Eight Mobile Apps to Help Road Warriors Boost Productivity, Efficiency
Slideshows  |  8/27/2012  | 
It's a BYOD world out there. Here are eight mobile apps that could make things easier for your road warriors and your enterprise.
Networking and Data Center Salary Survey: Is 2012 What You Expected?
Slideshows  |  8/22/2012  | 
We're three-quarters of the way through 2012. Have you had your salary review yet? Did you get that raise? Take a look at what networking and data center professionals anticipated at the start of the year.
Six Mobile Productivity Apps
Slideshows  |  8/10/2012  | 
A key part of a mobility strategy is supplying efficiency-boosting applications. Here are some top options.
The State of Server Technology: 2010 to 2012
Slideshows  |  8/6/2012  | 
As more companies turn to virtualization and private clouds, they're also taking a look at the server technology in their data centers. This is leading to a boost for the server market. Find out why in this look at the state of server technology, from 2010 to 2012.
The State of Data Storage Management: 2011 vs. 2012
Slideshows  |  7/27/2012  | 
In 2011, data storage management was all about centralization and consolidation. Now, the tide has turned to data reliability, security and performance. Learn why.
Nine Dell Acquisitions: From EqualLogic to Quest, Compellent to Boomi
Slideshows  |  7/3/2012  | 
In recent days, Dell representatives made no bones about promoting the company’s own products over products it resells. While the approach makes sense, it’s a departure for Dell, which has historically been quite adamant about maintaining its reseller relationships even on products that directly compete with its own. But Dell’s own product portfolio is now much richer than it once was. Here are nine important Dell acquisitions leading to today.
A Snapshot of IPv6 for World IPv6 Launch Day
Slideshows  |  6/6/2012  | 
Celebrate World IPv6 Launch day with facts, figures, insights and more to help you plan for that inevitable IPv6 migration.
The Mess That Is Android: A Google-Powered Object Lesson
Slideshows  |  4/9/2012  | 
Google's Android is a great OS, but it has significant problems that must be addressed before it becomes irrelevant. Here are 10 of them.
How To Set Up A Certificate Authority In 10 Minutes
Slideshows  |  3/28/2012  | 
Having a company owned certificate authority makes managing your network devices simpler and more secure. There is nothing inherently wrong with self-signed certs, but you can do better. You can build a CA issue your first certificate in about 10 minutes. Here is how to do it.
Security Professionals Get The Best Toys
Slideshows  |  3/22/2012  | 
Do you think penetration testers--the people that companies hire to break into organizations and test their defenses--remain immersed in the pale glow of a stack of monitors listening to techno and mainlining over-caffeinated fruit drinks? I was visiting Steve Stasikounis, CEO of Secure Network Technologies and Dark Reading contributor, last week in his offices, and he couldn't help showing off his latest penetration testing and forensic investigation tools.
Microsoft System Center 2012 Revealed
Slideshows  |  1/19/2012  | 
Microsoft's System Center 2012, which we discussed in Microsoft's System Center 2012: Building A Private Cloud, is the latest attempt by a big vendor to bring private cloud to the masses. While there are many improvements to System Center, building a private cloud using anyone's software is far from easy. At Microsoft's private cloud reviewers' workshop, we got a peek at the sausage factory. There are a lot of components to configure, but Microsoft has done a good job of streamlining many of the
Network Computing's 2012 Geek Gift Guide
Slideshows  |  12/16/2011  | 
Network Computing's staff has put together its list of the top gadgets and apps that will appeal to the hard-core IT geeks on your gift list.
Adobe Muse: Web Authoring For Designers
Slideshows  |  11/22/2011  | 
Released as a preview or early beta, Adobe Muse is a code-free tool for building websites. Muse uses a drag-and-drop interface to make it possible to construct a site’s entire architecture, build and design pages and add rich content without having to know any HTML, CSS or JavaScript.
A Brief Introduction To OpenFlow
Slideshows  |  11/8/2011  | 
OpenFlow is a specification now managed by the Open Networking Foundation, which defines the functions and protocols used to centrally manage switches via a centralized controller.
Facebook-Led Open Compute Project Plans The Future Of The Data Center
Slideshows  |  11/8/2011  | 
There’s a new open source project--led by giant companies such as Facebook, Amazon and Dell--that is looking to change data center hardware in the same way that traditional open source projects have impacted software.
Convergence Protects Against Fraudulent Web Security Certificates
Slideshows  |  11/3/2011  | 
Recent problems with certificate authorities have exposed major problems with the trustworthiness of Web browser security. Rather than simply trusting a signed SSL certificate, Convergence, a free Firefox extension, checks with several trusted certificate sites, or notaries. If all of the notaries agree that the certificate is accurate, Convergence gives the go-ahead to use the site.
BlueStacks Brings Android Apps To Windows
Slideshows  |  10/12/2011  | 
Bluestacks is a virtualization layer that runs on Windows PCs and allows users to run Android apps. Rather than run a full Android emulator, including the UI, Bluestacks provides enough of the Android OS to run most apps as if they were native Windows apps.
13 Must Have Android Tools For IT
Slideshows  |  9/14/2011  | 
Put your Android phone to work with these handy utilities.


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