Postcards from Tomorrow's Data Centers
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
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.
8 Great Cloud Storage Services
If you need personal or enterprise cloud file storage -- or more of it -- it's not just a Dropbox world anymore. Use our guide to choose wisely.
10 Free and Low-Cost Mobile Wireless Tools
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.
8 CES Gadgets You Have To See
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 Social Networks For Special Interests
Vertical, or specialized, social networks connect you with people and and business opportunities around specific industries or affinities -- whether you're a doctor, or a cat lover.
10 Android Apps for IT Admins
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
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
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.
7 Cheap Cloud Storage Options
You have a multitude of cloud storage choices beyond Dropbox, for enterprise and personal use. But make sure you understand the differences.
7 Dumb Cloud Computing Myths
You've heard the arguments: The cloud is not secure, costs too much, and wrecks the environment. Let us set you straight.
9 Data Centers: Unexpected Beauty And Creativity
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.
Visual Tour: Microsoft SkyDrive For Android
Microsoft's long-awaited SkyDrive for Android lets users of Android devices tap into Microsoft's cloud storage service. This 1.0 release, despite a few minor weaknesses, provides a fairly good cloud storage alternative to services like Dropbox, especially if you use Microsoft Office every day.
The State of Server Technology: 2010 to 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.
11 Security Sights Seen Only At Black Hat
Who says fun, sun, malware, and penetration testing don't mix? This year's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas offered information security training, hardware hacking, pool time, and more.
5 Facebook Rivals Hot On Its Heels
As Facebook tackles big challenges, its competitors are increasingly drawing new users and increased participation. Take a look at who's nipping at the heels of Facebook's success.
Nine Dell Acquisitions: From EqualLogic to Quest, Compellent to Boomi
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.
Best of Interop 2012: Award Winners
What innovative technology product earned the coveted Best of Interop award for 2012? Get the lowdown on all of this year's winners and why they're compelling for enterprise IT.
Interop 2012 Preview: 12 Cool Products
Cloud computing, big data, and mobile lead the big themes at the Interop 2012 enterprise IT event. Get a sneak peek at some of the innovative products we expect to see.
How To Set Up A Certificate Authority In 10 Minutes
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
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.
6 Social Sites Sitting On The Cutting Edge
Your company's Facebook and Twitter presence are established, but don't rest there. Consider these other social sites--some familiar, some less so--that you need to have in your sights.
Microsoft System Center 2012 Revealed
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
Adobe Muse: Web Authoring For Designers
A Brief Introduction To OpenFlow
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.
Convergence Protects Against Fraudulent Web Security Certificates
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
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.