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  • No more hard NOCs: Distributed network management preva

    Distributed network management with out-of-band networks enables enterprises to move away from network operations centers, becoming eco-friendly and spending less.

  • Green networks: Smarter architecture, not expensive dev

    When it comes to green data center design, most think of server and storage consolidation. But green networks, with improved port utilization, play an important role without requiring investment in...

  • Deploying 802.11n access points: Best practices

    802.11n access points offer greater speed, footprint and ability to support demanding applications than their 802.11a/b/g counterparts, but they require different configuration, monitoring and mana...

  • Internal cloud computing on the cheap

    Internal cloud computing can be made inexpensive by using free software and in-house tools for automated server provisioning to better utilize existing compute resources. Learn how in this article ...

  • Improved storage performance without adding more disk

    As data proliferates, networking pros need improved storage performance and more capacity. Instead of throwing more disk at the problem, networking pros can use storage management strategies like d...

  • Who needs server virtualization with virtual OS and app

    Everyone is looking for a way to better use their server capacity, but server virtualization poses a whole new set of problems. So some IT experts are turning to virtual OS and virtual applications...

  • Application switch testing: An RFP recipe book

    Application switches do a lot more load balancing these days. So network professionals doing application switch testing must consider everything from DPI to basic transport, according to a new Toll...

  • How IP routing works in Windows Server 2008

    With the removal of OSPF in Microsoft Windows Server 2008, your IP routing options are static routing or dynamic routing with RIPv2. In this tip, learn whether you should use static or dynamic rout...

  • Virtualization in application delivery

    One of the primary challenges IT organizations face is the rise in virtualization. Virtual machines, servers, networks and software all play key roles in the next generation of application delivery...

  • Improving Web traffic performance, app delivery

    Successful networked application delivery requires a framework of planning, optimization, management and control. This tip focuses on the use of application delivery controllers for optimization of...

  • Deciphering tracert output results

    Troubleshooting network connectivity from the command line interface using the traceroute (tracert) command won't solve problems if you don't know what the output results mean. This tip examines ea...

  • How to translate network usage to cost

    Converting network usage data into monetary terms will help network professionals prove their worth to an organization. This article is the third in a series that explores ways in which network pro...

  • IT networking career paths and certification advice

    Here you'll find network career training and Cisco certification guidance for the aspiring IT professional. Find a career path for you before and after earning your degree, with these expert respon...

  • The link between network management and application del

    Network management is a critical part of ensuring acceptable application delivery. Learn some of the factors that make it difficult to ensure acceptable networked application performance and find a...

  • Troubleshoot network connectivity with tracert and TTL

    When the network is slow, packet loss could be the culprit. To troubleshoot your connection, learn how the time-to-live (TTL) and tracert ping commands can determine whether packet loss is occurring.

  • How to align network usage information to business proc

    Network usage information aligned to business process standards is an ITIL best practice that can help network professionals thrive during a recession. This article is the second in a series that e...

  • How network management can use ITIL best practices to b

    Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) offers network professionals a way to thrive. Understanding business process is the first of four ITIL best practices for network management.

  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet: Investigate carefully before choos

    In any data center with 10 Gigabit Ethernet, IT professionals must decide whether optical fiber or copper cables will best support their networking equipment. Solutions vary in terms of maximum int...

  • Optimization of the data center with 10 Gigabit Etherne

    Data center networking has taken advantage of 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Optimize your interconnection equipment and prevent latency with more efficient LAN technology.

  • Converged Enhanced Ethernet: Protocols enhance data cen

    10 Gigabit Ethernet performance in the data center is improving. Network traffic and packet loss issues are being solved with new, more efficient protocols. Price, performance and flexibility have ...