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The State Of Enterprise Backup
Howard Marks, Network Computing Blogger
Backup is often called broken or otherwise denigrated, but our survey showed that it's alive and well. Here's a look at backup practices in the enterprise today.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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Building Cloud Computing Skills
Bill Kleyman, National Director of Strategy & Innovation, MTM TechnologiesCommentary
To succeed in the cloud computing era, IT pros need a wide array of skills. Cloud certifications are one way to acquire these skills, but you also must learn to think like a cloud architect.
By Bill Kleyman National Director of Strategy & Innovation, MTM Technologies,
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SDN Limitations
Jim O'Reilly, ConsultantCommentary
Software-defined networking is touted as a panacea for data centers, but the combination of faster networking speeds and virtualization restricts what it can do.
By Jim O'Reilly Consultant,
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White-Box Switches: Beware Of Hidden Costs
Tom Hollingsworth, Commentary
White-box switches often include popular applications like monitoring, but buyers need to shop carefully. Additional features may cost extra.
By Tom Hollingsworth ,
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Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery: Choose Wisely
Lynn LeBlanc, CEO, HotLinkCommentary
Disaster recovery and business continuity in the cloud is now a viable and affordable option for protecting data center resources -- but select your vendor with care.
By Lynn LeBlanc CEO, HotLink,
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Time For LUN To Die
Howard Marks, Network Computing BloggerCommentary
In virtualized environments, managing storage with LUNs isn't practical. With the upcoming arrival of VMware Virtual Volumes, we can shift to VM-centric data services.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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Reclaiming The Network Perimeter
Andrew Froehlich, President & Lead Network Architect, West Gate NetworksCommentary
The traditional network perimeter has vanished, but new architectures allow you to control security at the virtual machine or via cloud infrastructures.
By Andrew Froehlich President & Lead Network Architect, West Gate Networks,
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Elements Of IoT
Crystal Bedell, freelance writer
There's a lot of hype about the Internet of Things, but what about the technology it runs on? Here's a look at some of the infrastructure and networking components IT pros can expect to build out to support the IoT.
By Crystal Bedell freelance writer,
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Contest: What Lurks In Your IT Shadows?
Susan Fogarty, Editor in ChiefCommentary
Ever found something gross or surprising among the switches and servers? Share your story and win an Amazon gift card.
By Susan Fogarty Editor in Chief,
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The Facebook Data Center Delusion
Howard Marks, Network Computing BloggerCommentary
There's a lot of talk about how enterprises should run their data centers like Facebook and Google for increased efficiency, but emulating web-scale companies won't pan out for the average enterprise.
By Howard Marks Network Computing Blogger,
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The Modern Mainframe: Embracing Cloud & Mobile
Andrew Wickett, Director of Professional Services & Architecture, North America for Micro FocusCommentary
Enterprises can reap benefits by making mainframe applications available in cloud and mobile environments. Here are some strategies for smoothing the transition.
By Andrew Wickett Director of Professional Services & Architecture, North America for Micro Focus,
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Fibre Channel Backbone 6 Boosts Storage Network Performance
The Fibre Channel Industry Association, Non-profit international organizationCommentary
The new FC-BB-6 standard for converged Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks includes improvements such as domain ID scalability and separation of control and data plane.
By Rupin Mohan, Marketing Chairman, Fibre Channel Industry Association; Technology Strategy, Hewlett Packard ,
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IT & The Millennial Workforce
Azmi Jafarey, Chief Information Officer, IpswitchCommentary
The modern workforce has high expectations for network performance and wireless access. But providing unfettered access can put the business at risk. IT must draw the line.
By Azmi Jafarey Chief Information Officer, Ipswitch,
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Spotlight On Software-Defined WAN
Marcia Savage, Managing Editor, Network ComputingNews
Interop New York showcased SDN WAN technology, which is garnering interest as a way to reduce the complexity and cost of traditional WANs.
By Marcia Savage Managing Editor, Network Computing,
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SDN: The Silver Bullet For Financial Services
Susan Fogarty, Editor in ChiefNews
High-frequency trading firms needed faster technology, so Lucera built the infrastructure to provide it using software-defined networking.
By Susan Fogarty Editor in Chief,
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Interop Kicks Off In Style
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Virtualization Wasteland
Aaron Bawcom, Chief Technology Officer, StrataCloudCommentary
Companies are discovering that achieving ROI with virtualization is not a simple task. The ease of provisioning virtual servers can lead to unnecessary and costly VM allocation.
By Aaron Bawcom Chief Technology Officer, StrataCloud,
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25 GbE Coming To A Data Center Near You
The Ethernet Alliance,  Commentary
25 Gigabit Ethernet is providing a way to enable hyperscale data centers while reducing capex and opex for enterprise deployments.
By Mark Nowell, Chair, Ethernet Alliance Technical Subcommittee; Chair, IEEE Study Group; Senior Director of Engineering, Cisco Systems ,
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HP Debuts SDN App Store
Marcia Savage, Managing Editor, Network ComputingNews
At Interop New York, HP will launch its SDN app store, where customers can buy applications to run on its SDN platform.
By Marcia Savage Managing Editor, Network Computing,
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How IoT Affects Your Enterprise
Steve Hilton, Managing Director, MachNationCommentary
The Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything may seem like mere buzzwords, but enterprises are deploying real IoT projects that affect their enterprise networks, data centers, cloud services, and personnel.
By Steve Hilton Managing Director, MachNation,
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