Networking

Could Facebook be your next phone company?

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By By Dean Manzoori, Masergy VP for Unified Communications | 21 March, 2015 08:23

Tags: unified communications, WebRTC, telecommunication, W3C, voip, Networking, 3C, LinkedIn, IETF, Facebook

FCC girds for legal attacks on net neutrality order

The Federal Communication Commission's 400-page official order on net neutrality, released Thursday, will undoubtedly elicit lawsuits on various fronts once it is officially published in the Federal Register.

By Matt Hamblen | 14 March, 2015 01:01

Tags: Technology Law & Regulation, net neutrality, at&t, legal, fcc, comcast, netflix, government

HTTP/2: The future of the Web demystified

Out with the old, in with the new, as the saying goes -- but when it comes to an overhaul of one of the Internet's most fundamental protocols, what exactly is coming in with the new?

By Serdar Yegulalp | 13 March, 2015 00:56

Tags: (no company), Networking

Big Switch Networks CTO Rob Sherwood on SDN in 2015: The Time is now

I recently had the chance to sit down with Rob Sherwood, CTO of Big Switch Networks to get his insight on whats hot with SDN for 2015.

By Art Fewell | 10 March, 2015 01:48

Tags: SDN, Networking, Big Switch Networks, University of Maryland

Will network disaggregation play in the enterprise?

Disaggregation seems to be all the rage in networking these days.

By Jim Duffy | 02 March, 2015 22:12

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Dell, Google, hardware systems, cisco, Data Center, juniper networks, Facebook, HP

So Cal Edison's path to the center of the H-1B debate

Southern California Edison was known for good pay and benefits before it began laying off IT workers and replacing them with H-1B visa holders.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 13 February, 2015 07:46

Tags: services, EE, outsourcing, IEEE-USA, IT outsourcing

After Wheeler unveils proposal, what's next for net neutrality?

A flurry of activity will follow the plan from U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to reclassify broadband as a regulated public utility as the foundation for new net neutrality rules.

By Grant Gross | 06 February, 2015 06:47

Tags: telecommunication, regulation, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Congress, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, internet, Internet service providers, broadband

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the rebirth of satellite Internet

SpaceX, Facebook, Virgin Galactic and Google have all announced major initiatives that would help connect the world -- especially developing nations -- to the Internet. But the next thing in worldwide connectivity isn't going to be in underground cables, so much as it will be over your head. It starts with satellites, but it gets a lot weirder.

By Matt Weinberger | 06 February, 2015 04:21

Tags: telecommunication, Google, satellites, netflix, SpaceX, LAN & WAN, broadband, Facebook

From M2M to IoT: Old industries have to learn new tricks

The Internet of Things may be a new idea, but machines talking to other machines is not.

By Stephen Lawson | 19 December, 2014 06:13

Tags: Kore Telematics, Cisco Systems, Networking, intel, internet, Waterstone Management Group

iWARP update advances RDMA over Ethernet for data center and cloud networks

The challenge for data center operators selecting a high performance transport technology for their network is striking the ideal balance between acquisition, deployment and management costs, and support for high performance capabilities such as the remote direct memory access (RDMA) protocol.

By Wael Noureddine, David Fair | 11 December, 2014 07:40

Tags: Internet Engineering Task Force, Ethernet, Ethernet Switch, Infiniband, IETF, IT management

Displaced IT workers are being silenced

A major problem with the H-1B debate is the absence of displaced IT workers in news media accounts. Much of the reporting is one-sided -- and there's a reason for this.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 December, 2014 09:29

Tags: services, new york times, outsourcing, The New York Times, IT outsourcing, Facebook

Cloud upstarts: Too cheap to trust?

Hosting provider Atlantic.net launched a $0.99 per month cloud server this fall, which is significantly less expensive than the $0.013 per hour starting price for market-leader Amazon Web Services' on-demand Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) virtual machines.

By Brandon Butler | 05 December, 2014 00:18

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, Atlantic, cloud computing, intel, internet

WebRTC close to tipping point as Cisco, Microsoft announce products

It was all the way back in the Spring of 2011 that Google released WebRTC, its nascent real-time, browser-based, HTML5-powered, no-plugin-required video chat project to the public. In the three and a half years since, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the W3C have been working together to try to formalize the standard, prepare the stable 1.0 release, and get it ready for prime time.

By Matt Weinberger | 22 November, 2014 01:07

Tags: WebRTC, applications, Vidyo, cisco, social, browsers, software, collaboration, Firefox, Google, W3C, Microsoft

Room to grow: Tips for data center capacity planning

Capacity planning needs to provide answers to two questions: What are you going to need to buy in the coming year? And when are you going to need to buy it?

By Thomas A. Limoncelli, Strata R. Chalup and Christina J. Hogan | 14 November, 2014 05:59

Tags: services, virtualization, Server Virtualization, (no company)

Cisco exec: Turnover in engineering no problem

The engineering reorganization currently underway at Cisco is intended to streamline product development and delivery to customers, Cisco says.

By Jim Duffy | 18 October, 2014 04:40

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, mobility, cisco, hardware systems, Data Center, Cisco Subnet

‘Unlawful' WiFi hotspot blocking ruling highlights academic IT headaches

Managing the wireless environment at the average college or university can be a difficult task at the best of times, and when students and staff start using personal hotspots the sort that provide wireless data access from the same -- it's not the best of times.

By Jon Gold | 08 October, 2014 03:16

Tags: WiFi, Gartner, Networking, education, wireless, fcc, WLANs / Wi-Fi, industry verticals

Incremental SDN: Automating Network Device Configuration

The definition of Software Defined Networking (SDN) continues to broaden, today including functions such as configuration automation and orchestration. While these tasks aren't strictly SDN, the fact is software is used to define some aspect of the network infrastructure in both cases, so vendors have stretched the definition of SDN to bring configuration automation and orchestration platforms into the mix. In fairness, the line gets blurry, as some modern orchestration systems use programmatic interfaces to provision the network instead of traditional configuration tools such as SSH or SNMP.

By Ethan Banks | 09 September, 2014 23:39

Tags: SDN, Networking

A common theme in identity and access management failure: lack of Active Directory optimization

From the vantage point of most people, even technical folks, Active Directory (AD) seems like it's doing pretty well. How often can you not log in when you sit down at your PC? How often do you fail to find someone in the corporate directory in Outlook? How many times have you heard of an AD outage?

By By Jonathan Sander, Strategy & Research Officer, STEALTHbits | 06 September, 2014 06:07

Tags: Line, management, Networking, access control

Meet Cobol's hard core fans

Some of the world's largest businesses say their Cobol application infrastructure, running on state-of-the-art big iron, still delivers a powerful competitive advantage. The challenge going forward will be staffing it.

By Robert L. Mitchell | 21 August, 2014 20:39

Tags: management, applications, IBM, Networking, infrastructure management, CBS, software, blue shield

Sprint's cut in data prices won't help its network woes

Sprint's new lower-priced shared data plan sounds ambitious, but analysts say it doesn't go far enough and won't address the carrier's network performance sore spot.

By Matt Hamblen | 20 August, 2014 20:20

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, wireless carriers, at&t, Networking, wireless, mobile, Verizon Wireless

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