• May 26, 2006 26 May'06

    Invisible traffic that steals bandwidth

    If you network is busy though you know it is empty you may be experiencing "phantom traffic." Here Loki Jorgeson takes the mystery out of of the sources of traffic-like behavior.  Continue Reading

  • May 26, 2006 26 May'06

    Fix before breaking

    The tried-and-true standard of TCP/IP isn't able to meet today's high performance demands and we must turn to new schemes for network transport. Here we look at some alternatives.  Continue Reading

  • May 26, 2006 26 May'06

    Network intelligence for dumb applications, Part 2

    Part two of this two-part series introduced us to the concept of "network awareness" and "application awareness." In this column, Loki examines the indications of a trend towards a unified "intelligent" network. He illustrates some outward signs and...  Continue Reading

  • May 26, 2006 26 May'06

    Network management in 3-D: Experience the terror

    Forget about the people in Plato's cave -- in network management, seeing is knowing. Loki Jorgenson explains why you don't have to rely on shadows and guesswork to tell how your network is performing; rather, you can develop a three-dimensional ...  Continue Reading

  • May 26, 2006 26 May'06

    MOS: A love-hate relationship

    Defining an appropriate performance metric for a particular class of application is not simple but it is very important. Discover why we have a love-hate relationship with MOS.  Continue Reading

  • May 26, 2006 26 May'06

    Get ready to automate

    After decades of hand-holding, networks are edging closer to becoming automated. While there are still obstacles to overcome, the benefits of enhancing the overall performance of your network through automation are discussed in this featured column.  Continue Reading

  • May 26, 2006 26 May'06

    Circuits: Return of the living dead?

    It seems that the instant something is declared outdated, it is immediately recycled as the 'Next Big Thing.' The latest technology to rise from the dead is circuit-based networks. Learn more about the latest incarnation…  Continue Reading

  • May 26, 2006 26 May'06

    Network retardation: Will IP networks ever grow up?

    Networks and the systems that support them are slow maturing and the heavy lifting and regular maintenance of networks must be attended by humans. The consequence is that networks are slow to adapt, difficult to manage, and do not scale easily. When...  Continue Reading

  • May 26, 2006 26 May'06

    Bandwidth scam: Sticky fingers at fault

    Throwing bandwidth at a network performance problem rarely solves anything. But why did we think it would? This column guides you to think 'outside the box.'  Continue Reading

  • May 26, 2006 26 May'06

    Managing processes and tasks in Windows Vista

    This article looks at new capabilities in Windows Vista for managing processes and scheduling tasks and how administrators can use these capabilities for maintaining and troubleshooting systems.  Continue Reading