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  • VMware one-ups Microsoft with vSphere 5.1

    The race for virtualisation dominance between Microsoft and VMware has become more interesting with VMware's recent release of vSphere 5.1. We obtained vSphere around the same moment as the final release of Windows Server 2012, whose newly included virtual switch and enhanced Hyper-V features were designed to clobber VMware.

  • Six home networking technologies to watch out for

    Most of the tablets, TVs, ultrabooks and smartphones on display at International CES this week ultimately are bound for someone's home, where they'll have to talk to each other. Six major home networking technologies to make that happen will be on display at the show, some of them making significant strides to keep up with the demand for instant information and fun.

  • Next-generation server virtualisation

    Virtualisation has swept the enterprise and its success has driven new innovation in hardware, software and security practices, as IT organisations demand greater performance, manageability and security from their virtualised infrastructure.

  • High-speed Ethernet planning guide

    Standards-based 40- and 100-gigabit Ethernet switches and routers are starting to show up in enterprise networks, following ratification of the IEEE 802.3ba specification in mid-2010.

  • The tyranny of terrible tech support

    I stumbled across this nonsense while setting up a new toy, er, product here in the Gibbs Universal Industries Secret Underground Bunker.

  • Brocade applies storage knowledge to flat networking

    It's no secret that Fibre Channel storage vendor Brocade has long coveted a piece of the next-generation data centre network. The company made that clear with its 2008 acquisition of Ethernet switch vendor Foundry Networks.

  • Juniper lays out flat network roadmap

    From its position in the switching trenches, Juniper Networks has planned not one, but two ways to flatten legacy three-tier data centre networks.

  • IEEE to standardise virtual data centre switching

    Cisco, HP and others are waging an epic battle to gain control of the data center, but at the same time they are joining forces to push through new IEEE Ethernet standards that could greatly ease management of those increasingly virtualized IT nerve centers.

  • Rivals offer switch alternatives to Cisco

    Cisco have dominated the enterprise switching market for years. Can other vendors muscle in with better value products, or will Cisco's market clout hold off all-comers?

  • Cisco and HP gear up for battle in data centre

    Cisco's foray into the server market has been talked about for some months now. What has not been so widely discussed is HP's attack on Cisco's territory with a new range of ProCurve switches - it all adds up to a tasty battle.

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