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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.

  • Spiceworks: IT procurement models must adapt or die

    Spiceworks continues to grow in popularity, with a user base of 2.4 million and aspirations to grow to 3 million by the final quarter of this year. But providing a platform that caters to the needs of both IT professionals and vendors is a tricky business, according to co-founder Jay Hallberg.

  • Black hat vs white hat - the fight for the London 2012 Olympics

    From small 'lulz' to potential physical threats, this summer's London 2012 Olympics will see a momentous battle between the white and the black hats.

  • Securing your enterprise file transfers

    The typical enterprise transfers thousands of files per day, making it one of the essential business productivity tools.

  • Network neutrality and protocol discrimination

    In an ideal Internet all packets would be treated as equal by the Internet Service Providers (ISP) and backbone operators who transport them across cyberspace. Unfortunately, this is not always the case since many ISPs restrict or completely block Internet access to some services by discriminating against certain network protocols.

  • Managing 10G data centres with 1G tools

    Many data center managers that need to monitor new 10G network segments can't currently justify the significant investment in new monitoring devices, but high density aggregation filtering systems make it possible to get the job done using 1G monitoring tools.

  • Lessons for companies from the Google China attack

    The cyberattacks against Google and more than 30 other technology companies by adversaries operating out of China highlights what some call the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) confronting a growing number of commercial entities.

  • 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.

  • Virtual appliances are really here

    If you thought virtual appliances - complete ready-to-run services in (typically) a VMware wrapper - were just for trying things out on, think again.

  • I want one of those

    IT managers rely on a lot of technologies to keep the network humming, but only a few tools make their "most valuable" list.

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