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  • The promise of software defined networking

    If you aren't intimately familiar with software defined networking, don't fret. Only 10% of 450 IT practitioners at a recent Network World event raised their hands when asked if they understand SDN. But if the emerging technology lives up to its promise to redefine networking as we know it, there is no time like the present to dig in and learn more.

  • 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.

  • Dell networking chief: taking on Cisco in the data centre

    It is just over a year since Dell completed its acquisition of Force10 Networks, but the company already has big plans to challenge Cisco's dominance in the data centre.

  • Big data analytics computing requires a 'maverick fabric' network

    The high-performance computing (HPC) scientific/academic sector is accustomed to using commodity server and storage clusters to deliver massive processing power, but comparable large-scale cluster deployments are now found in the high-end enterprise as well.

  • Supercomputer to connect to 400PB of storage via Ethernet

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications in the US is rolling out a storage infrastructure that will include 380 petabytes of magnetic tape capacity and 25 petabytes of online disk storage made up by 17,000 SATA drives.

  • Why Ultrabook laptops aren't just clones of MacBook Air

    With the MacBook Air, Apple definitely popularised the metallic, razor-thin design we now see in Ultrabooks, but the Air's signature silver body, black chiclet keyboard, and tapering wedge shape isn't exclusive to Apple

  • British Newspaper Archive: Digitising the nation's memory

    Consuming content in digital form has become the norm for many of us. We watch videos on smartphones, we skim the news on tablets, we share photos on social networks and we read books on e-readers. But in a world where digital rules, where does a traditional organisation like The British Library fit in?

  • 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.

  • Why is converged I/O in data centres taking so long?

    So if converging the I/O infrastructure in data centres is all the rage, what's taking IT shops so long to do it?

  • Five technology breakthroughs that could change computing forever

    We explore advances in how we access the Net, how we power our devices and how we interact with them.

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