Articles by Arthur Cole 

With SDN, Programmability is the Point

Separating control from data is all well and good, but the real secret to the software defined network is how you program it.

SDN and the Inevitable Enterprise Reorganization

The organizational challenges of SDN will force a transformation in the enterprise.

SDN: One Piece of a Larger Puzzle

The common thread among most SDN pitches is that simply separating the control of the data plane ushers in a magical new world of possibilities. In fact, it will take a lot more than that.

Private Cloud Networking Challenges and Solutions

The challenges of networking for enterprise private clouds are driving development beyond OpenFlow and OpenStack.

Open SDN: A Crossroad for IT Vendors and the Enterprise

For enterprises considering SDN adoption, the choice between white box and proprietary isn't as clear-cut as it once seemed.

The Many Roads to SDN in the Data Center

SDN is looking more and more necessary to the data center, but even with OpenFlow and OpenStack, the choices are numerous.

All Aboard for App-Centric Networking

The benefits of application-centric networking are well worth the changes it demands.

Network Disruption: Just Go With the Flow

Network outages can be catastrophic for the enterprise and even society itself. Arthur Cole discusses ways to prevent disaster.

Open Networking at Every Layer

The growth of open source networking for enterprise data environments will solve many problems but create new challenges.

SD-WAN and the Coming Network Deluge

SD-WAN provides the enterprise what it needs to handle Big Data and the Internet of Things.

Containers and Network Infrastructure: Virtualization Redux?

Find out why the container revolution will be less revolutionary and more supplementary than it first appeared.

Big Data Networking: Sharpen the Edge to Protect the Core

Big Data and the Internet of Things will have a transformative effect on the network edge.

Sizing Up Internet of Things Networking Challenges

IoT hype is beginning to give way to disillusionment as the enterprise faces the networking realities of ubiquitous M2M connections.

Much Ado about Hyperscale Architectures

Big Data makes hyperscale networking inevitable even for the enterprise.

Huawei Steps Onto the World Stage

SDN, NFV, and open source among the Chinese networking vendor's key tactics as it seeks to take on Cisco and other industry leaders.

The Chambers Legacy: Cisco and the Integrated Virtual Networking Stack

Arthur Cole examines the impact retiring Cisco CEO John Chambers has had on the networking world.

Increase Bandwidth, But Don't Stop There

10GbE will likely remain the basis of the advanced data center for the next decade, but bandwidth isn't the only thing enterprise networks will need.

SDN Gets Some Help with Scalability

Don’t take scalability for granted when it comes to SDN. Learn what SDN scalability requires and who's working to provide it.

Emerging Processor Platforms Eager for SDN

SDN demands a strong silicon foundation, which in turn may help cut costs and benefit the enterprise data center.

Balancing Security and Flexibility on the VPN

VPNs are growing increasingly critical to the distributed enterprise. Learn why they aren't all the same and what to look for in VPN technology.

Optimizing SDN for the Coming Data Deluge

SDN is the saw, Big Data the wood. What needs to happen before a grand new structure can be built?

InfiniBand Renews Its Pitch for Big Data and the Internet of Things

Big Data and IoT are driving a resurgence of interest in InfiniBand. What needs to happen for the technology to succeed?

NFV and the Distributed Data Environment

A working knowledge of NFV is critical even to enterprise data center admins more concerned with SDN. Art Cole explains why.

The Ins and Outs of Bare Metal Switching

Bare metal switching is a hot SDN topic. Learn about the advantages of bare metal and how to decide between bare metal and white box network switches.

SDN and the New Data Paradigm

The enterprises of the future demand full virtualization of the data stack. Find out what roles SDN and NFV will play.

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