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  • October 08, 2010 08 Oct'10

    Motorola smartens access points, pulls back WLAN controllers

    The role of the wireless LAN controller appliance is shifting dramatically. The days of the dumb access point are severely numbered. Motorola became just the latest WLAN vendor to deemphasize the ...

  • October 08, 2010 08 Oct'10

    Another look at Cisco's network security strategy

    We put Cisco's security strategy under the microscope about six weeks ago after hearing from many, many networking pros who felt Cisco had lost its way, at least a little.  I think Cisco was ...

  • September 27, 2010 27 Sep'10

    A "Big Three" in networking? Cisco, HP and... IBM?

    Can you imagine a world where Cisco Systems wasn't THE networking vendor... a world where Cisco shares top dog status with two other companies with the products, resources and support capabilities ...

  • September 21, 2010 21 Sep'10

    Computer networking babe goes ballistic … or gets kind of annoyed

    Disclaimer: This author attended a snooty liberal arts college and may have registered for one too many womyn's studies classes. A couple of recent blog entries by my colleagues at Network World ...

  • September 17, 2010 17 Sep'10

    Forrester's Zero Trust security model

    Forrester Research Inc. is proposing a new mantra for IT security. In his report "No More Chewy Centers: Introducing the Zero Trust Model of Information Network Security," Forrester analyst John ...

  • September 15, 2010 15 Sep'10

    WAN management: Look at application performance management, not uptime

    Riverbed vice president Paul Brady explains why and how WAN managers should look beyond Layer 3 and provide WAN application performance management for key business applications.

  • September 08, 2010 08 Sep'10

    Some more advice on using commodity switches at the LAN access layer

    Last week I wrote a story about how some enterprises save money by using commodity network switch vendors at the access edge of their local area networks. These low-cost vendors use merchant ...

  • September 08, 2010 08 Sep'10

    Cisco-Citrix: A small first step, but where’s the virtual switch?

    Any concerns that Cisco would not open up to virtualization partnerships beyond VMware have been quashed. Today Citrix and Cisco announced a deal linking XenDesktop with Cisco’s Unified Computing ...

  • September 02, 2010 02 Sep'10

    Cisco making smart grid moves

    Cisco is aggressively building out its smart grid capabilities this week, announcing a major partnership with a smart reader company yesterday and buying a making of IP-based wireless network ...

  • August 30, 2010 30 Aug'10

    Cisco security strategy: some nuggets from my notebook

    Last week I published a feature that took a long, hard look at Cisco's network security strategy. This story tackled a big subject so naturally I left out a few odds and ends and a little analysis. ...

  • August 30, 2010 30 Aug'10

    WiFi and RFID system tracks preschoolers

    A school district in California is using location-based wireless technology to track preschoolers. I admit that when I first saw the headline for this story, I worried that the school was embedding ...

  • August 27, 2010 27 Aug'10

    Virtual Private LAN Service: Extending the LAN over a dumb WAN

    Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) enables multipoint-to-multipoint communication over carrier-based MPLS/IP networks, basically enabling enterprises to extend LAN segments over long distances. In ...

  • August 27, 2010 27 Aug'10

    MPLS inside your data center … really?

    Data center MPLS was a hot topic earlier this week at a Juniper Networks Data Center Design workshop in NYC. In this video, Juniper Networks MX Series product manager Rameshbabu Prabagaran explains ...

  • August 16, 2010 16 Aug'10

    Are you still feeling pain from the Cisco supply chain?

    During his latest earnings call with Wall Street analysts, Cisco CEO John Chambers put a good spin on the supply chain issues that have plagued his company and many other IT vendors for more than a ...

  • August 12, 2010 12 Aug'10

    Fibre Channel over Token Ring: Converged storage dilemma solved

    The FCoE debate is over. At last there is an answer to converged storage networking that leaves tiresome Ethernet behind: Fibre Channel over Token Ring (FCoTR). The newly launched FCoTR Alliance is ...

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