Pulling net neutrality from a swamp of lies

On Feb. 26, the Federal Communications Commission voted, along strict party lines, to approve new net neutrality rules by reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility. So does that save the Internet or lock it up in a bureaucratic, censored, expensive prison?

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 06 March, 2015 22:49

Tags: net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission, fcc, internet

Fave Raves 2015: What's your favorite enterprise IT product?

Do you have a favorite enterprise IT product you can't live without? Tell us about it and we'll share your raves with our readers. (Here's a link to last year's Fave Raves collection.)

By Ann Bednarz | 03 March, 2015 00:41

Tags: management, Networking, infrastructure management

The FCC's Orwellian Internet policy

President Obama's secret plan to protect the "open Internet" is locked inside the Federal Communications Commission. We don't know what's in the 322 pages, but we are told it includes a transparency rule.

By By Bret Swanson | 26 February, 2015 01:04

Tags: white house, net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission, fcc, internet

What happens next in the Cisco suit against Arista?

Arista Networks' stock took it on the chin when Cisco slapped the company with patent infringement and copyright law suits last Friday, losing almost 20% of its value at one point as investors and others mulled the long term implications of the suits.

By John Dix | 10 December, 2014 09:00

Tags: Ethernet Switch, cisco, legal, Arista Networks, Arista

Obama's Internet plan plays favorites, and Netflix is one of the darlings

President Obama recently announced his plan to regulate the Internet under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. This law nurtured America's telephone monopoly for 50 years. Under the president's plan, Internet service would be treated like a public utility, subject to rate regulation and state utilities commission oversight. The plan Obama proposes to prevent Internet service providers (ISP) from playing favorites with content ironically reveals him to be playing favorites with content providers such as Netflix.

By By Roslyn Layton | 02 December, 2014 01:13

Tags: net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission, fcc, netflix, orange, internet

Slow Internet links got you down? It's Dyn to the rescue

As businesses extend their reach to more corners of the world, wouldn't it be nice if you could monitor any Internet service provider from any location? Thankfully, Dyn, which sells DNS management tools, acquired Renesys earlier this year and extended the features of the Renesys' Internet Intelligence product.

By By David Strom | 07 October, 2014 00:30

Tags: internet, LAN & WAN

Three critical changes to PCI DSS 3.0 that every merchant should know

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 Chris Camejo | 24 September, 2014 03:10

Tags: security, PCI

How will iPhone 6's Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE affect enterprise networks?

While the cosmetic features like screen size and processing power of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus attracted the most attention, their use of Wi-Fi and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) for voice and video calling could eventually have a major impact on how phone calls are handled in the enterprise.

By Colin Neagle | 18 September, 2014 05:53

Tags: Networking, wireless, smartphones, iPhone, VoLTE, iphone 6, iOS 8, Apple, skype, consumer electronics, Google

Build it or buy it: Questions to ask about your metro data center network infrastructure

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 Mitch Simcoe | 11 September, 2014 23:40

Tags: Networking, Metro network, LAN & WAN

Understanding SDN Vendor Ecosystems

Followers of Software Defined Networking (SDN) might recognize a sort of market maturation. We don't mean maturity of the product sets, or even how SDN is technically achieved. Those elements are still coming along. We mean vendor SDN strategies are settling in.

By Ethan Banks | 09 September, 2014 23:24

Tags: SDN, Networking, VMware

SDN and Network Virtualization: A Reality Check

The Software Defined Networking movement is still evolving, but profiles of SDN users are becoming more clear and we're getting a bead on some of the common evaluation criteria companies are using to gauge how to go forward. We also have a sense of when companies expect to start the process in earnest.

By Jim Metzler | 09 September, 2014 23:23

Tags: HP, Open Networking Foundation, SDN, Networking, Nuage Networks, VMware, NEC

Home automation's next big opportunity: Controlling the water heater

Three years ago most people barely even thought about their air conditioning, until it didn't work. Then along came NEST, the smart thermostat that opened up a whole new world of home control, and most importantly, money savings. Suddenly, the state of your indoor climate was dinner-table conversation. Get ready to start talking about your water heater.

By Jennifer Tuohy | 06 September, 2014 02:49

Tags: Networking, Internet of Things, wireless

Top things to consider as you prepare for the transition to 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi

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 Jay Botelho | 29 August, 2014 00:27

Tags: Wi-Fi, Networking, Gigabit Wi-Fi, wireless, 802.11ac, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Physical Layer management in 10G to 40G/100G Ethernet migration

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 Pat Thompson | 27 August, 2014 06:27

Tags: Networking, 40G Ethernet, LAN & WAN, 100G Ethernet

But it looks so nice now!

It's summer, the time of year at this large wholesale plant nursery when business is slow and supervisors decide to spiff up their work areas, reports an IT pilot fish there.

By Sharky | 27 August, 2014 03:14

Tags: Networking

Ron Miller: Spain's link tax taxes my patience

The so-called Google tax is a desperate and wrongheaded gambit to save traditional newspapers.

By Ron Miller | 04 August, 2014 23:02

Tags: management, Gov't Legislation/Regulation, Google, regulation, Networking, government, internet, Gov't Legislation

OpenFlow Supports IPv6 Flows

OpenFlow is a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) protocol used for southbound communications from an SDN controller to and from a network device. OpenFlow is the protocol used to inform the topology of network switches on which flows should be added to their flow tables and advise switches how they should handle traffic flows that are not in the current flow tables. Initially, OpenFlow did not have any definition for handling IPv6 communications. Now, newer OpenFlow versions have IPv6 capabilities and more vendors are deploying products that use the newer OpenFlow versions. This article goes over the IPv6 functions within the OpenFlow protocol and describes how these are being used.

By Scott Hogg | 01 August, 2014 10:25

Tags: Open Networking Foundation, Networking, Stanford University, ipv6

Hexadite's Automated Incident Response Solution narrows the gap between detection and response

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By Linda Musthaler | 01 August, 2014 00:02

Tags: Security and vulnerability mgmt, security automation, Networking, Security automated response

Does the connected workforce breach employee privacy?

Wearables will make it infinitely easier for companies to track employees. But without transparency, that will foster suspicion.

By Fernando Alvarez | 29 July, 2014 23:20

Tags: management, BI Research, Mobile/Wireless, ABI research, Networking, wireless, mobile

Evan Schuman: The data dangers of free public Wi-Fi

New York's plan to turn pay phones into free Wi-Fi stations could be a template for other cities, and bad news for IT departments trying to protect corporate data and intellectual property.

By Evan Schuman | 29 July, 2014 23:04

Tags: network security, wireless networking, management, Google, Networking, security, wireless

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