Important new networking technologies (and what they'll mean to you) and finding an approachable strategy for network security topped the list in 2007, as seen in our top 10 list of most popular news exclusives. If you have missed any of these news stories, now is the time to catch up before the end of the year.
1. IPv6 readiness is key as IPv4 peters out
IPv6 has been talked about for years, but as IPv4 address space dwindles, industry experts say now's the time for true v6 consideration.
2. 802.11n will require upgrades
802.11n, the new Wi-Fi standard on the cusp of being ratified by the IEEE, offers greater throughput and better range than other standards but may require companies to upgrade their wireless network infrastructure.
3. Windows Vista: Cause to rethink WAN optimization
Microsoft Windows Vista and Longhorn Server include significantly improved WAN optimization and performance-enhancing technologies, which could make buying a WAN optimization appliance unnecessary and introduce interoperability challenges.
4. Open source network monitoring and management tools
Open source network monitoring is catching on, and in some ways it rivals the likes of IBM Tivoli and HP OpenView, among other major players.
5. Cisco networking certification targets entry level
Cisco networking certifications are targeting a new entry-level set with the CCENT certification. Cisco is also adding new elements to its CCNA offering.
6. Network hacking for dummies: Not just for dummies anymore
Network security is achievable if network pros gain control and test their systems, says author Kevin Beaver in his book, Hacking For Dummies, 2nd Edition.
7. Network security -- Taking the layered approach
Network security is tricky business. In his book Hack the Stack, author and security expert Michael Gregg outlines how the OSI model can point the way to a secure network.
8. WEP: Wireless security's broken skeleton in the closet
WEP for wireless security was cracked again earlier this year. Though many will say WEP is obsolete, many companies still use it.
9. Cisco Catalyst switch evolves, aims at real-time services
Cisco Systems rolled out two new series of Catalyst switches designed to help users boost performance of real-time services and applications.
10. Networking certifications help engineer excel
Pursuing a networking career takes a special breed. Here, we profile a senior engineer who left his previous job behind to begin a networking career with the help of Cisco certifications.