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Why Large Data Centers Need Overlay Networks
Cisco Press, Publishing AllianceEducation
If your data center requires massive scale, then overlay networking makes the most sense, according to this chapter excerpt.
By Cisco Press Publishing Alliance,
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IT Certification's Top 10 Benefits
Global Knowledge, Global Knowledge
IT certification and training can help you advance in your career, strengthen your IT skills, and provide your employer with a more qualified and dedicated staff.
By Global Knowledge Global Knowledge,
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Rethinking Data Center Design
Nicholas Ilyadis, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Infrastructure & Networking Group, Broadcom CorporationCommentary
With the skyrocketing number of connected devices and data processing requirements, data center operators are migrating to a new open architecture that's focused on virtualization.
By Nicholas Ilyadis Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Infrastructure & Networking Group, Broadcom Corporation,
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In Hybrid Clouds, Mind The Details
Don Magrogan, CTO, Fusion PPTCommentary
Integrating your private cloud with public clouds can provide agility, security, and control. But getting the minutia right is daunting.
By Don Magrogan CTO, Fusion PPT,
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The 'So What' Of The Software-Defined Data Center
Ziv Kedem, CEO, ZertoCommentary
The acceptance of the SDDC means that enterprises are abstracting additional data center functions, such as networking and disaster recovery, from hardware.
By Ziv Kedem CEO, Zerto,
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Beyond Cage Nuts
Howard Marks, Network Computing BloggerCommentary
Cage nuts aren't the only option for mounting IT gear to racks. Find out about alternatives such as MonoSerts and Rackstuds, plus a handy cage nut tool if you want to stick with traditional hardware.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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Programming: An Essential Skill For Network Engineers
Kirk Byers, Owner, Twin Bridges TechnologyCommentary
As software takes over the networking discipline, engineers who don't learn to code a general-purpose programming language will be left behind.
By Kirk Byers Owner, Twin Bridges Technology,
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Data Centers Move From Metro
Mitch Simcoe, Industry Director, CienaCommentary
If your data center is relocating to the 'burbs, you'll need to take serious steps to beef up the network.
By Mitch Simcoe Industry Director, Ciena,
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Flash Storage: The New Normal
Robert Mullins, News
At the Flash Memory Summit, storage experts talk about the growing flash market, flash benefits, and enterprise deployment considerations.
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SDN: You Can't Argue Against It
Dan Pitt, Commentary
As executive director of the ONF, Dan Pitt hears all the excuses about why organizations are waiting to adopt SDN. Here he explains why they're wrong.
By Dan Pitt ,
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Cloud Automation: Even Cattle Need Care
Scott S. Lowe, Engineering ArchitectCommentary
Managing virtual machines in the cloud doesn't mean interpreting the pets vs. cattle meme literally. It requires automating systems and processes to care for the herd.
By Scott S. Lowe Engineering Architect,
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Open Technologies: The Hottest 10
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark Reading
In today's tech world, the word "open" is on fire. IT pros are finally dismantling those much-maligned silos, and vendors are rushing to join open source projects to prove they're on board.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, Dark Reading,
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Broadcom Talks Open Networking, WiFi Trends
Marcia Savage, Managing Editor, Network ComputingNews
Network Computing met with Ram Velaga, who heads Broadcom's Ethernet switch portfolio, to talk about open networking, Ethernet switch trends, and 802.11ac adoption.
By Marcia Savage Managing Editor, Network Computing,
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Real-World SDN, Lesson 1: Management Up Front
Symon Perriman, Senior Technical Evangelist, MicrosoftCommentary
Learn how Microsoft runs its own software-defined network in this series from Symon Perriman. First, he advises setting realistic goals and focusing on management.
By Symon Perriman Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft,
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2014 IT Spending: Getting More For Less
Andrew Froehlich, President & Lead Network Architect, West Gate NetworksCommentary
Fierce competition in a rapidly changing IT industry has resulted in bargains for enterprise IT buyers this year, but don't expect the good deals to last long.
By Andrew Froehlich President & Lead Network Architect, West Gate Networks,
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Guide To Server Virtualization
James M. Connolly, Editor in Chief, The Enterprise Cloud SiteEducation
New to server virtualization or need a refresher course? This overview explains the technology that has changed the lives of IT admins and CFOs.
By James M. Connolly Editor in Chief, The Enterprise Cloud Site,
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New CPU Architectures Promise Performance Boost
Jim O'Reilly, ConsultantCommentary
Intel and others are developing chip structures that aim to unlock memory bottlenecks and improve interconnect capabilities.
By Jim O'Reilly Consultant,
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Cisco Ships APIC Controller, Reveals ACI Pricing
Marcia Savage, Managing Editor, Network ComputingNews
The key piece of Cisco's ACI strategy will ship July 31, along with new ACI starter kits. The company also made the ACI price list public.
By Marcia Savage Managing Editor, Network Computing,
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Fall IT Events: On The Road Again With 10 Top Picks
James M. Connolly, Editor in Chief, The Enterprise Cloud Site
Fall IT conferences and trade shows are right around the corner. Browse these events focused on networking, cloud, data centers, and storage, and start planning for a fantastic fall.
By James M. Connolly Editor in Chief, The Enterprise Cloud Site,
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25 GbE: A Big Deal That Will Arrive
Greg Ferro, Network Architect & BloggerCommentary
Why all the hubbub about 25 Gigabit Ethernet? It allows the biggest jump in data center Ethernet performance for the smallest jump in price. That's why.
By Greg Ferro Network Architect & Blogger,
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Current Conversations
Posted by Pablo Valerio
Current Conversations According to Dell, there is still a lot work to be done before ARM servers can easily substitute x86 based units, mostly because the lack of software. But the trend is there and we'll see more ARM based servers in the future. "There...
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Posted by Jerome Amon
Current Conversations @ Marcia, these new areas will impact, now we can take certification on this wonderful IT domain i mean SDN, some vendors already propose certif on their platform -- for example : https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-22087 and...
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Posted by Pablo Valerio
Current Conversations ARM architecture is moving really fast to the server scene. Companies such as nVidia and Qualcomm are very active in this market. The architecture is designed for low power use, fast processing, excelent for vistualization...
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Posted by Jerome Amon
Current Conversations Hello Nick, Thanks for this very important topic and your developpement! Yes, design modern DC now need more skills and knownledge!  Basically, the three layers in DC concern Servers , Networking  and Storage. But,...
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Posted by Jerome Amon
Current Conversations @ Marcia, we can add 3,  5 and 6.
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Posted by MarciaNWC
Current Conversations I wonder how SDN and network virtualization will impact the value of IT certifications. It seems as the technologies become more widely adopted that related certifications would become something organizations would look...
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Posted by MarciaNWC
Current Conversations I think #1 on this list is key, especially in a tight job market.
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Posted by Susan Fogarty
Current Conversations KennethB, thanks for the feedback. We'll look into doing some expanded testing. Do you use any of the other providers you listed?
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Posted by KenethB
Current Conversations This is definitely a nice thing you put together, but I would be interested in seeing it expanded to see how a few more providers like Digital Ocean, Atlantic.net, and Linode compare against the players you mentioned.
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Posted by Pablo Valerio
Current Conversations Jeffrey, I think your comment is right on target. I do believe SDN has substantial benefits, but we need more standarization and competition. When SDN becomes the norm, the reluctance will disipate.
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Posted by JeffreyS997
Current Conversations For the veterans out there time will tell with SDN and NFV. Remember all the "ATM will change the networking world" chatter some 15 years ago. Some jumped in and ended up regretting it. Others waited for the technology to...
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Posted by Jerome Amon
Current Conversations So, what i can suggest you, is to  increase upon your skills in java, learn and pratice C/C++, python, ruby, perl -- if i must propose high level languages; but notice that it also depends  of the vendor, so try...
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