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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.

SD-WAN and the Coming Network Deluge

SD-WAN provides the enterprise what it needs to handle Big Data and the Internet of Things.

Containers and Network Infrastructure: Virtualization Redux?

Find out why the container revolution will be less revolutionary and more supplementary than it first appeared.

Big Data Networking: Sharpen the Edge to Protect the Core

Big Data and the Internet of Things will have a transformative effect on the network edge.

PLUMgrid Gets a New CEO

SDN vendor names Larry Lang as new CEO.

Sizing Up Internet of Things Networking Challenges

IoT hype is beginning to give way to disillusionment as the enterprise faces the networking realities of ubiquitous M2M connections.

Cisco Reorganizes Executive Ranks. Is it a Purge?

Cisco's incoming CEO shuffles executive ranks.

Cisco President Rob Lloyd Resigns as New CEO Set to Take Over

No one should be surprised that Lloyd is leaving after he was passed over for the top job at Cisco.

Much Ado about Hyperscale Architectures

Big Data makes hyperscale networking inevitable even for the enterprise.

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.

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