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Yes to Disaggregation, But Don’t Call it 'White Box'

Even the biggest vendors of proprietary, integrated networking solutions are now offering software-defined products.

AI Delving Deep into Data Center Networks

Intelligent systems are bringing new insights to traffic management.

Hyperscale Networking Requires More than Just Bandwidth

Large cloud providers are driving a push towards new routing and networking management technology.

Charting the Course to 100G and Beyond

Vendors are introducing new products designed to ease the transition to higher-bandwidth networks.

When the Automation Rubber Meets the Network Road

Enterprises will need to approach network automation carefully if they want to experience the full benefits of the technology.

Using Analytics to Turn Intent into Action

Without deep analysis of the way things are, the intent-based network cannot become what you want it to be.

Storage Networking — Boring No More

In order to support next-generation applications, storage systems need faster and more technologically advanced connectivity.  

The Nascent State of Hybrid Cloud Networking

Hybrid cloud environments present a variety of challenges that are going to require new technology to solve.

Want Better Networking? Get Rid of Your Silos

Improving network technology can only do so much; if enterprises truly want to improve data flow, they need to eliminate data silos.

IBN Promises Great Things for Networking, in Time

Fully automated networks will truly be amazing, but they aren't going to be showing up in most enterprises anytime soon.

Making Network Analytics Count

New network intelligence platforms offer some benefits, but they are only as valuable as the people who operate them.

Hyperscalers Confront Their Networking Challenges

Providing the connectivity necessary to keep enormous data centers running requires specialized technology.

Managing Your Way Through Network Complexity

In order to deal with today's more sophisticated networks, enterprises need intelligent monitoring and management capabilities.

The Networking Bots Are Coming

Automation could simplify many networking tasks — but it also poses new risks for massive errors that replicate at scale.

Accelerating the Fight Against Network Latency

Data virtualization, better network design and hardware improvements could help reduce latency.

Building Uptime into the SD-WAN

As networks grow and become more complex, assuring uptime has become more important than ever.

For Composable Infrastructure, You'll Need Fabric Networking

Enterprises are attracted to the idea of easy scalability, but do they have the right networking technology to support this new infrastructure?

Why VPNs Are Better with SDN

Software-defined networking makes it easy to set up virtual private networks quickly.

Network Processing's Game of Acquisitions

The sudden flood of mergers and acquisitions is leading to uncertainty in the networking industry.

Intelligent Networks Need More Visibility

Eventually, the enterprise may move toward data-driven networks that are managed by AI, and those networks will need better monitoring.

SDN: The Key to Cloud Connectivity

Public and hybrid cloud deployments need the flexibility and management benefits provided by software-defined networking.

Network Development in a Time of Digital Transformation

True digital transformation requires a truly different network architecture.

MEC: The Glue That Will Hold the IoT Together

Multi-access Edge Computing architecture allows devices on the edge to communicate quickly with the rest of the network.  

Striving Toward IoT Interoperability

The networking industry does not yet have the standards in place to enable a true, interoperable Internet of Things.  

RDMA Poised to Take on Advanced Data Center Fabrics

Advanced fabric technologies using remote direct memory access could offer a speed boost to enterprise networks.

Managing the Gap Between Old Networking and New

Switching from traditional hardware-based networking to software-defined models presents a variety of challenges.

New Challenges Accompany the Abstract Network

Software-defined networking and software-defined data centers may create as many problems as they solve.

Time for DevOps to Give Some Love to Networking

In order to embrace DevOps approaches fully, enterprises need more agile networking technologies.

Abstracting Your Way to a Multi-Cloud Network

Supporting hybrid and multi-cloud environments offers significant challenges for networks, but abstraction technologies can help.

How Networking Will Change, and Be Changed By, Blockchain

Blockchain could transform some traditional business models, but it requires sophisticated networking capabilities.

IoT, AI Push Networks in New Directions

Supporting the intelligent Internet of Things will require new network innovations.

Tapping Public Clouds with Private Interconnects

To obtain the bandwidth and performance that they need for cloud computing, more enterprises are using private interconnects instead of the Internet.

New Fabrics Emerging for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

In order for hyperconverged hardware to provide the type of performance that enterprises need, it must be coupled with high-speed network fabrics.

Don't Be Bogus, Dude. Ride the SDN Wave

The trend toward software-defined infrastructure is revolutionizing IT.

IBN: A Radical New Idea?

Cisco and other vendors have unveiled intent-based networking products, but these new solutions aren't all that different from previous products.

Need IoT in a Hurry? There's a Service for That

Cloud-based IoT as a service platforms help enterprises get their Internet of Things deployments up and running quickly.

Enterprises Still Struggling with Cloud Connectivity

Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments need fast WAN solutions.

The Hybrid Cloud Depends on Solid Networking

In order to support hybrid cloud computing environments, enterprises will need fast, flexible networks that deliver high availability.

Digital Transformation the Smart Way

In order to enable digital transformation, networks will need automation and — eventually — machine learning capabilities.  

Relax, Programming Is Not Required for SDN

Software-defined networking will transform network management, but that doesn't necessarily mean that network managers will need to learn to code.

Core Networking Considerations for the IoT

The Internet of Things will certainly alter the network edge, but it will also likely have an impact on the data center core.  

Network Challenges and Solutions in the Cloud

Hybrid and multi-cloud environments make networking more challenging, but solutions designed to overcome those challenges could ultimately make all networks more efficient.

NVMe: The End of Storage Networking as We Know It

Lower costs are making it easier for enterprises to couple high-performance storage with high-performance networking.

Virtual Networking Fuels Multi-Rate Switching

Multi-rate devices give enterprises the flexibility they need for SDN and NFV.

The Growing Necessity of Real-Time Networking

Streaming analytics, the Internet of Things and hybrid cloud computing are driving the need for faster network performance.  

Ethernet Turns 44

Bob Metcalfe first proposed Ethernet on May 22, 1973

Easing Complexity on the SDN Controller

Vendors are taking several different approaches to simplifying and improving software-defined networking controllers.  

Devising the Right SDN Strategy

Enterprises should approach software-defined infrastructure as a journey rather than a destination.

IoT Connectivity Challenges? SD-WAN to the Rescue

In order to support vast quantities of connected devices, organizations will need a software-defined networking solution.

On the Verge of Autonomous Networking

The networks of the future will manage themselves.

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