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Small Steps Toward Open Networking

Several organizations have recently taken steps to make open networking more attractive to companies of all sizes.

When Networking Meets Hyperconvergence

HCI is driving demand for new software-defined networking capabilities.

Prepping SD-WAN for the IoT Edge

The growth of the Internet of Things is going to place new demands on software-defined networks.

Open or Proprietary: The DCI in a Connected Universe

The market for data center interconnect products is poised for expansion and innovation.

From Here to There: Charting Network Transformation

We can see the future of networking, but it's not entirely clear how we are going to get there.

SD-WAN Quality: It's All About the Experience

Optimizing SD-WAN performance will be a critical challenge for network managers.

How AI Will Change Network Infrastructure

AI workloads are different than traditional analytics workloads, and we'll need faster, more versatile networks to accommodate them.

Poor Visibility: The Speedbump on the Road to Automated Networks

As they deploy automated — and, eventually, intelligent — network technology, enterprises need better monitoring tools.

All Aboard for Network Transformation

No one knows for sure how networks will look when this period of dramatic change ends.

Is Networking Evolving Too Quickly?

The sheer pace of development these days may be hampering the decision-making process.

Traffic Management Takes Center Stage on Enterprise Networks

Organizations are becoming more interested in deep analysis of how data is flowing across their networks.

Optical Networks Creating the Global LAN

Fiberoptic connections help support cloud computing and IoT implementations.

VMware Leaning Heavily Toward Networking

The virtualization giant has unveiled several new network-focused initiatives that could bring it into competition with Cisco and other networking vendors.

Network Automation: From Dream to Reality

The dream of network automation is alluring, but implementing it on legacy hardware can be a nightmare.

Putting Microservices to Work on the Network

Microservices architecture will put new demands on network infrastructure.

P4: The Language of SDN

Software-defined networking is getting its own programming language.

When DevOps Meets SDN

Software-defined networking is ideal for organizations adopting DevOps approaches.

NaaS Is Coming, But Not Taking Over

Vendors are rolling out a lot of new network as a service offerings, but fixed connectivity won't go away.

The Edge: A New Network for a New Data Environment

Edge computing will provide a better experience for end users, but supporting edge networks will require new technological advances.

Why Amazon Shied Away from Enterprise Networking

Breaking into the enterprise routing and switching market is not as easy as it sounds — even for a company as large as Amazon.

Enterprises Seeing the Light on Dark Fiber

Some organizations are investing in dark fiber as a way to connect their data centers to cloud computing facilities.

From Automation to Autonomy to… ?

Networks may one day become more adaptive and autonomous, but they should never be fully self-governing.

When Networking for the Future, Don't Neglect Your Cabling

It might not be the most exciting part of the network, but cabling is critical to supporting today's increased traffic loads.

How to Build Visibility on the SD-WAN

In order to manage SD-WAN environments, enterprises need to be able to monitor both the underlay and the overlay on their networks.  

Virtual Networking: Just the Beginning of a Broader Transformation

SDN and NFV are paving the way towards fully virtualized infrastructure and software-defined data centers.

A Cloudy New World of Networking

Network administrators will need new technology and new internal processes to build and maintain networks in the multi-cloud era.

Getting Wired Infrastructure Ready for 5G

The revolution that is taking place in wireless networking will also impact the enterprise.

Automation is Tricky, So Get Started Now

Smart enterprises are experimenting with network automation now to give themselves time to get up to speed.

Moving SD-WAN from the Lab to the Real World

The majority of enterprises are experimenting with SD-WAN, but transitioning to the new technology won't be problem-free.

Charting the Migration Path from Legacy Networks to SDN

Moving from traditional infrastructure to software-defined networking requires careful planning, monitoring and coordination.

What Machine Learning Can and Can't Do for Enterprise Networks

Machine learning offers great potential to simplify network management and security, but it won't be able to solve every networking problem.

Confronting the IT/IoT Integration Challenge

Enterprises need to get started on building networks that can support IoT needs.

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.

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