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Pushing DevOps Across the SDN

DevOps will be critical to SDN success in the enterprise. Vendors are working to enable DevOps management of the network.

Networking Your Way to the Optimal Cloud

Cloud networking is critical to today's new enterprise infrastructure deployments. Learn what's needed to connect the distributed enterprise data center.

Lack of Monitoring Still Hampers Scale-Out Networking

Cloud visibility limitations create challenges for enterprises and CSPs alike, especially on open platforms.

First the SD-WAN, then the Distributed SDDC

Software defined WAN technology is the next logical step to the truly distributed enterprise. Find out what it must do.

Internet of Things Networking Challenges

As key challenges of networking the IoT become clear, virtual networking through SDN and NFV is emerging as critical to solutions.

Container Networking Challenges for the Enterprise

Containers may be the next big thing for enterprise data centers, but the networking challenges are significant.

The Future of SDN: From Management to Automation

The future of SDN demands automation on a level that current management platforms don't provide, but that is changing.

The True Challenges of Big Data Networking

Technology isn't the only thing that enterprises must change in order to prepare for Big Data. Attitudes must evolve, too.

The IoT and the Enterprise Network

The Internet of Things won't impact the data center as much as expected. It's the edge that must change.

SDN for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Future-proofing software defined networks for hyperconvergence is a key challenge of today's SDN implementations.

Networking the End-to-End Cloud Environment

Emerging cloud offerings from major networking vendors seek to address the complexities of end-to-end cloud data environments.

Defining the Software in Software Defined Networks

The diversity of hardware and software options emerging for SDN creates challenges for the enterprise.

Martin Casado Leaving VMware for VC Firm

Founder of Nicira and key figure in the development of SDN, Martin Casado is now joining Andreessen Horowitz as General Partner.

The Many Sides of Virtual Networking

SDN and NFV aren't mutually exclusive and the enterprise data center will eventually need both, but the differences between them still pose difficult choices.

Where is SDN Taking the Network?

SDN's transformation of the enterprise network has begun. Art Cole discusses the future of the industry.

25 G vs. 40 GbE Comparisons for the Enterprise

Choosing between 25 GbE and 40 GbE isn't simple or easy, but knowing some key differences will help.

Building Fabrics on SDN Architecture

Even in software, the network of the future may have to take its cues from fabrics.

Pankaj Patel is Leaving Cisco

More changes in Cisco's executive ranks.

Redefining the Network Operating System for the SDCC

The network OS will be critical to enabling SDN environments and the software defined data center. 

A New Networking Skillset for the New Network Paradigm

The evolution of the network into software and the rise of Dev/Ops will demand new skills from networking pros.

The Future of SDN: From Demo to Production Environments

Already transformative in the top tiers of the enterprise, SDN will trickle down to more organizations this year. The future of SDN looks bright.

Containing the Growing Enterprise Bandwidth Hogs

Allocating network resources to information workers is growing more complex, especially given the questionable future of net neutrality.

What, Exactly, Can SDN Do for the Enterprise?

SDN will someday be as critical to the enterprise as plumbing is to the modern home.

On the Cusp of a Radically New DCI

New demands on the data center drive development of data center interconnect technology to deliver LAN-like performance over the WAN.

SD-WAN: Pushing Abstraction Past the Edge

More than a complement to SDN, SD-WAN may prove essential for software defined networking to achieve its full potential.

SDN and the White Box Question

Software defined networking's time has come. Network engineers must now consider whether to adopt white box networking infrastructure or stick with proprietary gear.

Living and Working in an SDN World

Software defined networking's time is upon us, but what changes will SDN bring to the enterprise network?

Doubt Creeps Into OpenStack

Doubts about OpenStack put the focus on the open source cloud platform's weaknesses.

First SDN, Then Disaggregation

In the SDN era, enterprises will need ultra-flexible disaggregated architectures to remain competitive.

Choosing the Right SDN Reference Architecture

Get value from SDN faster by selecting a reference architecture to speed up the deployment process.

Better Networking Through the API

Moving forward with cloud and SDN will demand advancements in API management and Dev/Ops.

Putting More Fiber in Your Datacenter Diet

Data centers are beginning to feel the need for fiber in a big way. Find out what's being done to enable light speed in the DC.

Networking Your Way Up Through the Digital Transformation

No longer a supporting player, the enterprise network is becoming a critical asset. Businesses must change the way they think about the network to keep up with the times.

Open Networking Is Not Necessarily Unified

The numerous open SDN initiatives crowding the market won't necessarily simplify networking for the enterprise.

Connecting Multiple Enterprise Clouds

When corporate data is on the line, secure inter-cloud connectivity is a must.

The Real-World Impact of Abstract Networking

SDN is accepted as a coming reality, but the enterprise's understanding of how it will enhance their businesses remains unclear.

Bringing SDN Chaos Under Control

SDN and the pressures of Big Data and the Internet of Things are forcing a reimagining of the network management stack.

Supporting the Intelligent Edge Network

Big Data and the Internet of Things drive the demand for more intelligent edge networking.

Working Toward the App-Centric Enterprise

Application-centric networking is coming, and it will make traditional static networks obsolete.

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.

Apple Set to Give IPv6 a Giant Boost

OSX 10.11 and iOS 9 get Happy Eyeballs approach to IPv6.

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.

The Long Slow Death of IPv4

Years after the end of the free pool of IPv4 addresses, IPv4 is still very much alive.

Open Networking at Every Layer

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

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