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You never know where you'll find a network deployment
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of February 2016 Vol 7 / No. 1
As a journalist, I'm no stranger to doing my job in places most people have never seen up close. Admittedly, those places tend to be pretty tame in the world of tech. In a past life, I took my pen and notebook everywhere from surgical operating rooms to the starting line of a greyhound-racing track to active crime scenes to the front seat of a garbage truck (guess which of those assignments started with an editor saying, “Hey, you're new here…”). There's something to be said for the fact that after I got what I needed, I could retreat back to my clean, safe and totally unremarkable cubicle. It got me thinking lately about people in IT who work every day in unusual conditions -- network engineers in particular, because let's face it: You’ll never see a software developer climbing on, crawling under or tunneling through something to install cabling. Which brings us to our cover story for this issue of Network Evolution ("Four examples of networks in unusual places"), featuring four profiles of a network deployment in an unexpected...
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Features in this issue
If you think you had a weird day at the office, check out some of the crazy conditions these IT pros work in as we explore four networks off the beaten path.
Linux containers are back in a big way, but it's not just developers who should be paying attention. Container networking will likely bring big changes to data centers.
The next-generation firewall has become the focal point of an enterprise security strategy that integrates with cloud-based threat analysis and endpoint management.
How can video conferencing technology make a difference outside the boardroom? One engineer explains her plan to use it to help at-risk students in rural Tunisia.
Illumio wins SearchNetworking's Network Innovation Award for its Adaptive Security Platform.
Columns in this issue
A network deployment can be a good reminder that IT isn’t always a desk job. Network engineers often go into cramped, dirty or unsafe places to install equipment.
As we look ahead in the new year, wireless LAN 2016 technology trends include 802.11ac Wave 2, analytics, 2.5/5/10 Gbps, LTE conflicts and the Internet of Things.