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  • September 01, 2015 01 Sep'15

    Best of VMworld 2015 Awards winners

    The Best of VMworld 2015 Awards recognize the most innovative new server virtualization, cloud and end-user computing products.

  • September 01, 2015 01 Sep'15

    In UC, mobile is no longer just a 'nice to have'

    It used to be difficult to imagine why or how employees would need mobile devices for anything other than making phone calls, sending text messages or responding to the occasional email. But in the past few years, much has changed -- in terms of technology as well as how mobile users behave and work.

    And while it's true that the small screen on a smartphone won't ever replace a telepresence suite, it's not uncommon now to see executives join video conferences from their iPads or for mobile teams to review shared files on an app like Dropbox for iOS or Android. But in the world of unified communications (UC), mobile features in many enterprise-grade platforms haven't kept pace with these new realities, even as mobile devices themselves become far more sophisticated.

    In this issue of Network Evolution, IT pros speak out about the growing need for more advanced UC mobile features that enable users to be productive no matter where they are or what device they have on hand.

    Also in this issue, find out if bare-metal switching -- which has made gains with cloud providers and large Web companies -- ever has a chance at cracking the enterprise market. We also do a deep dive into software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and hear from IT pros discussing whether this new approach deserves all the hype it has received in the past several months.

  • August 04, 2015 04 Aug'15

    The future of WAN optimization: SD-WAN

    Network managers today are less likely to be sweating over how traffic from traditional applications like SharePoint performs over the wide area network (WAN) compared to cloud apps that users access via the Internet.

    This shift, along with enterprises' desire to eliminate or reduce the number of expensive MPLS links they use, is prompting WAN optimization vendors to pivot their strategies. Their new focus is software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), a concept that attempts to combine the benefits of WAN optimization and software-defined networking by virtualizing the WAN. The goal for companies using SD-WAN is to enable network managers to aggregate multiple Internet connections so that they function as a single virtual overlay that provides a level of performance and reliability on par with private WAN connectivity.

    In this issue of Network Evolution, explore the promise of SD-WAN, why enterprises are interested in it and what it means for the future of WAN optimization.

    Also in this issue, learn more about why collaboration and unified communications (UC) are being increasingly pushed out of desktop clients and into Web browsers. We dig into the pros and cons, and hear from enterprise IT pros who share their real-world experiences with browser-based UC.

    Finally, cut through the hype and horror stories about security threats in the Internet of Things (IoT). We catch up with several enterprises that have deployed IoT and find out how they're using their networks as the first line of defense.

  • July 06, 2015 06 Jul'15

    Managing storage for virtual servers

    It's easy to understand why server virtualization has become so popular among IT admins. Virtual servers are flexible, mobile and can be deployed or decommissioned rapidly. However, managing storage for virtual environments can be difficult. Many shops struggle with managing storage for virtual servers, and even more could realize better performance with more sophisticated management. Storage management tools for virtual environments can capture and record data from hypervisors; extend visibility into storage, network and applications; and provide trending analysis to help keep resources in balance. These tools can help you take a proactive approach to storage management, reduce costs and improve performance.

    RAID has formed the backbone of local data availability for nearly 30 years, but the technology is starting to show its age, and erasure coding has emerged as an alternative. Some even say it could even eliminate the need for traditional data backup.

    Storage and backup administrators are a tough crowd. So it means something when users of Asigra and Veeam backup products return the two vendors to the winner's circle in a reprise of last year's Backup Software Quality Awards results.

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    In the 12th edition of the Storage magazine/ Products of the Year, we highlight 19 excellent data storage products in six categories. Our qualification process is unique -- vendors can only enter products that were newly introduced or significantly updated in the past year. As such, winners are a mix of veteran vendors and precocious upstarts that have rolled out impressive wares. We profile the winners and salute all 55 finalists.

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  • Network Innovation Award: Dell breaks mold with Dell/Cumulus partnership

    Dell wins this month's Network Innovation Award from SearchNetworking for its partnership with Cumulus Networks, in which Dell became the first mainstream switch vendor to permit third-party OSes to run on its switches. Continue Reading

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