Even SDN won't provide everything that wide area data environments require. How can enterprises optimize their distributed infrastructures?
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Truly open networking is a nice dream, but is it really what the enterprise needs? Open source and open standards create challenges of their own.
Software defined networks and the distributed data center will require intelligence, interoperability, and agility at the network edge.
Enterprises just finishing up the conversion to 10 GbE still have a fair amount of work to do to achieve a truly dynamic data center.
SDN announcements from networking vendors like Cisco, Arista, Juniper, and Brocade mark the next step in the software defined revolution.
SDN may one day change everything you know about the network. Fear of this change will hold you back, but perhaps some caution is warranted.
Even private clouds often rely on public infrastructure. How can Ethernet address the resulting concerns, and which vendors are on top of the issue?
The fully software defined data center looks closer than ever, but before it can be realized, the software defined movement must address the storage question.
Software Defined Networking is the Next Big Thing, according to its proponents. But is it really, and does everyone truly need it?
Virtualization, cloud, and SDN demand optimal WAN performance. Check out some vendors promising to provide just that.
Technology serves as a means to a business end. In the case of SDN, the end is the on-demand data center. What does that mean, and how are vendors working to get there?
New network processing technology looks set to speed us into the SDN, mobility, Internet of Everything future.
As data environments change, so too must the data center itself. That includes its network infrastructure.
New networking solutions promise to curb energy consumption in the data center, a vital concern given the current upward trend of IT energy use.
Software defined networks demand a high level of visibility. What are vendors doing to address that need?
Proprietary or open source? Software defined networking puts the debate front and center. Arthur Cole weighs the options.
All the bandwidth in the world won't mean a thing if you lose availability. Invest in measures to prevent costly network downtime—it's worth it.
Some fear that increased traffic from the cloud will prove too much for the Internet to handle. Here's why that won't happen.
Converging evolutions in infrastructure look poised to radically remake data environments. What does this mean for networking?
As SDN continues its growth from buzzword to reality, enterprises must consider how much application awareness and automation they really need.
Startups and big vendors alike work to make SDN deployment easier with new platforms and solutions.
The new generation of SAS technology promises to turn SAS from a simple drive interface into a fully functional storage fabric.
Enterprise networks are turning to alternatives like app acceleration and WAN optimization instead of just piling on the bandwidth.
Key technology partnerships are ensuring that network infrastructure will soon break free of the physical world and rise into the cloud.
Leading vendors like Brocade, Big Switch Networks, and F5 are developing orchestration solutions aimed at making the cloud more than just a scaled-out data center.
Don't discount the importance of hardware in a software defined network. Switches in particular remain crucial to network functionality.
SDN is still a long way from fulfilling its much-hyped promise, but that's not a bad thing. Art Cole explains why.
Cisco, Facebook, Avaya, and others open up to open source. What does this mean for network managers?
New releases from Brocade, HP, Dell, and 6connect look to fabric architectures to achieve truly dynamic network infrastructure.
New server interconnect technology will help enable big changes in the data center.
Can the telecom industry keep up with the increasing bandwidth demands of the cloud?
Major hardware vendors aim to cut themselves a slice of the SDN pie.
To support a cloud-based future, new developments in LAN and WAN technology aim to overcome the current limitations of network topologies.
New developments in network automation will help SDN fulfill its promise.
SDN, virtualization, and the cloud are changing the very infrastructure of enterprise networking.
Can emerging flash management technologies help server-side flash take on the SAN and NAS storage big boys?
Software defined networking may not be able to do everything its proponents say it can.
The traditional firewall method is becoming outdated; enterprises should focus on data protection instead.
As fast gets faster, organizations should reassess their needs.
Merging voice and video settles a number of issues, but new ones need to be addressed.
You can't monitor what you can't see, and more and more of the network infrastructure is beyond your direct control.
Cisco’s integrated, unified networking ASIC is a boon for companies with mobile workers.
Companies compete to redefine the data center.
How should the enterprise approach the tradeoff between speed and safety?
With software defined networking, does the underlying hardware matter?
Will SDN deliver the promised efficiency and cost savings?
Imagine if all cloud services could work seamlessly together.
The year ahead will be all about SDN, but how will it play out?
Networking may soon join the list of items, like servers and storage, that no longer require a hands-on approach to management and maintenance.