Articles by Brian Proffitt 

Big Data Brings On-Demand Cloud Networks

Big data is more than just large-scale databases --it means vastly different network topologies, sometimes configured on the fly. EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet takes a look at the near future of networking.

Working Behind the Chinese Firewall

As China rapidly expands its networking infrastructure, vendors will need to decide how to work a country with a history of using tech to suppress human rights.

Should You Mix Cloud Services or Go All-in-One?

When you examine a cloud-based solution, should you use a mix of multiple cloud services or work with a single vendor that runs the whole stack? EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet explores the pros and cons of each approach.

Happy IPv6 Day, What Did You Get?

OK. Maybe it's not an actual holiday or a full-on conversion. However, it's a milestone in the ultimate, slow transition from IPv4 addressing to IPv6 addressing.

Cloud Networking Brings Unique Challenges

As more businesses explore the benefits of cloud computing, network managers will have to increasingly meet the challenges of redesigning their networks to compensate for the unique needs of the cloud.

Bufferbloat: Sacrificing Latency for Throughput

The solution to slow networks has been singular in its approach: Add bandwidth. Got a slow network? Add more pipe, that'll take care of the problem, right? One network engineer says no -- and that solution may be making the problem worse.

Managing Social Media for Network Security

Network managers have a whole new attack surface to manage: the vast multitude of potential entry points created by social media sites, each one offering new opportunities for malware or information loss.

DDoS Defenses Evolve Along With the Threat

With distributed denial of service attacks coming from criminal and even political organizations, what's the best way to keep your systems safe from DDoS attacks? Security mechanisms continue to evolve, but are they enough?

Migrate to a Private Cloud, Not a Virtual Datacenter

A private cloud can be a very attractive solution, but a bad implementation can lead to ugly results.

The Cloud Breathes New Life Into Workstations

Far from killing the workstation, cloud computing enhances it, vaulting high-end PCs into the realm of supercomputers.

In Midst of Novell Merger, The Last Days of NetWare?

As the Novell acquisition continues, what will happen to NetWare? One thing seems clear: Legacy NetWare code is not long for this world.

Monitor Linux Network Interfaces With vnStat

With its small footprint and a focus on monitoring Linux network interfaces via data coming from the kernel, vnStat provides a simple and effective networking tool.

Wireshark's a Killer App for Packet Hunting

Network traffic analysis is the kind of detective work that that can really soak up a lot of your time and energy. Wireshark is one tool that can save you a lot of that time and energy, thanks to its sheer power and simplicity.

Ubuntu Makes Private Clouds a Breeze

To build a cloud, you can just sign up for Amazon's EC2, provide your payment information, and a few clicks later, your cloud instance(s) is up and running. What could be easier? It turns out that running your own private cloud setup inside your firewall can be just as easy and--even better--you aren't paying Amazon.

What Do Broadcom Drivers Mean for Linux Uptake?

Long a holdout, Broadcom has begun to ship Linux drivers for its wireless gear. Will the company start a driver rush among vendors on the fence about Linux support?

Dispelling the Myth of Cloud Standards

There's a lot of talk about establishing cloud standards, but one look at the ecosystem and you'll realize talk is all it is.

Does the Fate of OpenSolaris Tell Us Where Unix Is Headed?

The life of OpenSolaris may have been relatively brief, particularly compared to the decades Unix has been in existence. But its tumultuous history serves as an important lesson in how not to manage an open source project.

What to Look for in Open Source Systems Management Products

The good news is, there are a lot of great open source systems management offerings. But that's also the bad news, because narrowing your choices down will mean doing some homework.

Easing the Differences Between Unix and Linux

Unix and Linux share a common ancestry, but there's been enough innovation in both to create some differences in techniques. While not showstopping, these differences still represent a barrier for Unix to Linux migration.

BitNami Offers Express Ticket to Open Source Stacks

With BitNami stacks, network administrators can install and test Web applications, services and open source infrastructure without a lot of hassle, then deploy them via virtual machines or the cloud.

Ubuntu's "Free" Ride Into the Enterprise

While Red Hat and Novell have always aimed for the enterprise, Canonical's experience with the desktop and strong community may give it a better shot for success in the enterprise market.

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