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Networking blogs: Wi-Fi Certified 802.11ac is here, CDN bandwidth woes

Matt Toomey, Associate Editor

Broad network access or broad data access?

Most people think of Actifio as a data protection company, which it certainly is. But is it really more of a cloud company providing broad data access? Almost half of Actifio's business comes from service providers. It has a utility pricing model and a managed service offering. And the use cases it's fostered are perfect for the cloud, encompassing data protection, business continuity, an active archive, data clones and big data analysis.

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Read on to learn why ESG's Wayne Pauley thinks Actifio might become the "broad data access" enabler for cloud providers around the globe.

CDN bandwidth issues? You're not alone

CDN (content delivery network) is a topic appearing more and more frequently in the realm of online networking forums. Most notably, people are having problems with all the bandwidth that CDN activity consumes. This becomes problematic for network administrators who may need to implement changes to manage bandwidth consumption. Blocking or throttling the CDN sites will restrict access to thousands of other services.

Darragh Delaney suggests that the solution to the CDN bandwidth problem is to look beyond Layer 3 analysis and monitor HTTP headers and domain name server queries.

Read on to learn more about Darragh Delaney's solution.

Wi-Fi Certified 802.11ac is here (and if you're not ready, you're playing catch-up)

The Wi-Fi Alliance has finally launched its Wi-Fi Certified 802.11ac program. Wi-Fi Certified 802.11ac products interoperate with each other and older Wi-Fi products in the 5 GHz band, delivering higher data rates (up to 1.3 Gbps), higher capacity, lower latency and better battery life due to reduced power consumption. What does this mean to wireless network and security administrators? If you haven't already beefed up your tools and policies to incorporate 802.11ac, you're playing catch-up.

Continue reading for Lisa Phifer's advice on preparing for 802.11ac.

The value of certifications

Too many times we’ve heard or seen people place too little or too much stock in that single piece of paper. Luckily, Ken Matlock is here to clear up what a vendor certificate is and is not. Matlock also delves into how certificates fit into the hiring process, and how just how valuable they are post-screening.

Read now to explore just how valuable that piece of paper really is.

This was first published in July 2013

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