Data Center Blog Section

See All

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.

Extreme Networks Replaces CEO

Extreme Networks CEO Chuck Berger abruptly resigns.

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.

SDN to Help Overcome Docker’s Networking Woes

SDN is a perfect fit for enabling Docker containerization technology. Find out who's working to enable the next generation of networking.

Reassessing the Network Edge in the Age of SDN

The network edge is set for an evolution as SDN and the cloud reshape the concept of the enterprise data center.

The Future of White Box Networking in the Enterprise

Don't feel compelled to choose between white box and proprietary networking hardware just yet. Art Cole explains why.

Running SDN Over the WAN

SDN will be of limited benefit unless it can be extended into the WAN. Some vendors are working to make SD-WAN a reality.

Networking Your Way to a Datacenter in the Cloud

As the dream of the fully virtualized data center comes closer to reality, the race is on to integrate SDN into the cloud stack.

Bigger Data, Bigger Networks, Bigger Headaches?

Network infrastructure has a big role to play in the Big Data world, and solutions are emerging to solve the challenges Big Data creates.

Pressure Mounts for 100G in the Data Center

The pressure is on for high-bandwidth networking in the data center, but is 100G worth it to the enterprise?

The Brave New Application Delivery Environment

Improved application delivery is the ultimate goal of technologies like SDN and virtualization and should be the ultimate goal of the enterprise data center.

The Slow and Steady Route to SDN

SDN doesn’t have to involve a rip and replace. Overlay networking, open switching formats and open source support a more gradual transition.

Is It Time for the Data Center to See the Light?

Optical cabling is on the rise in the data center. What challenges will fiber bring to the enterprise?

Networking in 2015: Will IPv6 be an Issue?

Forget about SDN hype. Network policy will be the primary topic for networking administrators in 2015.

2015: A New Year and a New Network

2015 will see SDN deployments kick off in earnest, but that’s not all that lies in store for enterprise data center networking.

A Better Ethernet for a More Modern Data Center

Ethernet is evolving along with the data center, and sometimes that means incremental improvements rather than giant leaps forward.

Preparing for the Application-Driven Data Center

The application layer looks set to become a major focus for IT. Here’s a look at what to expect and how to plan for the app-centric future.

New Tools for the Distributed Data Center

Advances in taking the SDN to the WAN are bringing enterprise data environments closer to the dream of a fully federated, distributed cloud ecosystem.

SDN and Cloud Connectivity in Distributed Data Environments

When it comes to SDN and the cloud, optimal connectivity will involve more than just bandwidth and throughput.

Juniper Ousts CEO, Names Rami Rahim as New CEO

Details on former CEO Shaygan Kheradpir's resignation remain sketchy, though with Rahim at the helm, Juniper gets the leadership it has always deserved.

SDN and Big Data: Enterprise, Analyze Thyself

Big Data and SDN are more than just mutually beneficial. In fact, in the data environments of the near future, they will need each other.

ARM Solutions for the Data Center Network

ARM architecture looks capable of better serving mobile, cloud, virtualized, and software defined networking needs. Some vendors are already taking advantage.

Don’t Skimp on Cloud Connectivity

"Inadequate networking could make your cloud more of a hindrance than a help to next-generation data functionality."

Containers and the Virtual Network

What issues could containers cause in a virtualized network, and what are vendors doing to address them?

SDN Deployment: Managing the Pace of Change

As enterprises take their first steps towards SDN, how should they manage the transition for best results?

SDN: Unshackling the Network Application Environment

What will be the killer app for SDN, and does there have to be only one?

Guido Appenzeller is Making a Big Switch...to VMware

The student becomes the master as OpenFlow visionaries re-unite at VMware.

An SDN for Every Market

Handicapping the growth of the SDN market is a tricky game. But whether you are SME, SoHo, or hyperscale, there is a software defined network out there for you.

Looking Past SDN to the Cloud

Technologies like the software defined network evolve within the confines of wide industry trends. These days, that would be the cloud.

Visibility and SDN: You Can't Manage What You Can't See

SDN's flexible, dynamic nature creates new network monitoring and visibility problems. Here's what networking vendors are doing to solve those problems.

Hardware Customization in a Software-Driven Universe

Programmability will bring unprecedented flexibility to the software defined network, but what about customizing the underlying hardware?

Networking in a Changing Data Environment

Just as networks take their first steps into virtual infrastructure, the data environment and its requirements are changing again.

Networking, Private Cloud, and the Heterogeneous Environment

Some networking vendors aim to unify multi-vendor, legacy data center silos into the interoperable environments private cloud requires.

Working Toward the Wide Area LAN

Increasing reliance on the cloud is making the WAN critical to enterprise connectivity. Vendors are stepping up to deliver LAN-like functionality for the WANs of the future.

First SDN, Then the Intelligent Network

What are the practical benefits of intelligent networks, and how does network intelligence differ from SDN?

What's Holding Data Center Performance Back?

Data center spending often focuses on performance improvements. But what are the real culprits behind poor performance, and how can you fix it?

SDN: It’s All About the Apps

SDN application development efforts look set to increase the capabilities and value of software defined networks in the enterprise.

SDN: A Study in Action and Reaction

The enterprise isn't yet equipped to deal with the consequences of SDN, because no one knows what those consequences will be.

The Road to the Cloud Runs Through the Network

Advanced cloud architectures will require advanced network infrastructure in the data center.

Ethernet Faces High-Bandwidth Growing Pains

The road to 100 Gbps+ Ethernet is proving more complicated than it first appeared, at least for those considering hyperscale deployments.

Should the Fabric Have a Core? Perhaps for a Little Longer

Network fabrics imply a flattened architecture that eschews centralized switching. So why are vendors still talking about core fabric switches?

Get the Latest Scoop with Enterprise Networking Planet Newsletter