Tag Archives: networking

Behind The Scenes At Super Bowl 50: Impressive Network Technology

By | February 6, 2016

Levi’s Stadium, where the Broncos and Panthers will tangle in the Golden State’s golden anniversary Super Bowl, bills itself as the most technologically advanced stadium in the world. How could it be otherwise for the newest home to an NFL team right in the heart of Silicon Valley? Sitting just a mile from corporate sponsor Intel’s headquarters, with… Read More »

4G Isn’t Just For Phones: LTE As A Backup Network

By | January 30, 2016

LTE availability and performance make it a viable option for branch office, retail WAN redundancy: Some options and considerations This column summarizes a report done for Channel Partners available here (with registration).  Reliable network connectivity is such a fundamental requirement for the digital business and mobile lifestyle that most people consider it on par with power and water:… Read More »

Painless, Bulletproof Wi-Fi Ideal For SMBs: I Find Cisco, Ruckus Deliver The Goods

By | January 18, 2016

It has long been clear that the days of wired Ethernet networks were numbered as an endpoint connection and while most homes long ago ditched switches and CAT5 cables for an all-in-one Wi-Fi router, however building a business-class WLANs still takes planning and skill. WLAN configuration and management is still something of a black art that often leaves… Read More »

Bell Labs’ Vision Of A Connected World Includes New Networks, Cloud Designs

By | October 28, 2015

This article originally appeared in Forbes as The Omni-Connected World: Bell Labs Plans For Future Although it’s a shadow of the R&D powerhouse that brought us the transistor, laser, fiber optics and evidence of the Big Bang, Bell Labs is still around and planning for a future beyond the horizon of today’s technology. The latest evidence of the organization’s… Read More »

Networks For The Next Generation: OpenDaylight Hits Critical Mass

By | August 3, 2015

An overarching trend sweeping the industries that combine to create IT infrastructure is the embrace of open, inter-company collaboration on core technology. There have been plenty of examples of corporate affection for open source of late, however the trend was on full display at the recent OpenDaylight Summit where network hardware vendors, component suppliers, telecom companies, software developers… Read More »

Smart Consolidation: Make Branch Offices Server Free with WAN Appliances

By | July 20, 2015

A version of this article, with complete coverage of  branch office WAN appliances, use cases and recommendations is available this Channel Partners report. With the pressure on IT to deliver new services without bigger budgets, organizations large and small are under pressure to cut costs and increase efficiency while simultaneously improving application performance and security. It’s a tall… Read More »

IoT Network Design: Mobility is Key

By | September 8, 2014

I take an in-depth look at IoT network design in a new InformationWeek Report (available here, registration required), but the key takeaways in this summary column are that the Internet of Things demands reliable connectivity, yet standards are up in the air. While consumers and Wall Street analysts tend to conflate “IoT” with “wearables tethered to smartphones,” most… Read More »

Facebook Hastens the Era of Open Source Hardware

By | June 23, 2014

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the need for cheap, efficient, compact servers and network equipment has made Facebook an innovator of gear optimized for cloud data centers and workloads. It’s leadership in the development of standard, hyper scale hardware using interchangeable commodity components led to the Open Compute Project (OCP), bootstrapped by designs and hardware… Read More »

Public Hotspots Are a Privacy and Security Minefield: Shield Yourself

By | May 18, 2014

Protecting your data from prying eyes while on the move is important and easier than ever. Here’s why. An axiom among network security pros is that you should treat public Wi-Fi hotspots like the cyber equivalent of public bathrooms: a convenience we all use, but only with the requisite hygiene. You wouldn’t share personal items like a toothbrush… Read More »

Advanced Attacks Demand New Defenses

By | May 12, 2014

Security threat and response is a vicious circle of escalating (and increasingly cagey) ­attacks and sophisticated (and increasingly costly) defenses. The latest generation of ­malware includes deviously creative evasive techniques crafted to exploit ambiguities in the Internet’s underlying technology, flaws in network software stacks, and limitations of security appliances. One example operates at the network-protocol level to bypass… Read More »