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, ipv6, Stanford University

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, Networking, security automation, 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: BI Research, management, Mobile/Wireless, Networking, ABI research, 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: management, wireless networking, network security, Google, security, Networking, wireless

What to know after the latest patent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

The Alice ruling clarifies patent-eligible software processes.

By Kari Barnes and Sandra P. Thompson | 28 July, 2014 22:30

Tags: management, App Development, Networking, U.S. Supreme Court

How to effectively manage the integration of IT/OT in the hyper-connected enterprise

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how connected endpoints can help revolutionize the way businesses collect and process information from Operational Technology (OT) systems, but there are huge challenges in accessing the information and making it accessible to your other business systems, employees and business partners.

By Greg Jones, Chief Technology Officer, MachineShop | 26 July, 2014 07:31

Tags: Networking, Internet of Things, IoT

What you should know about SDN and 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 By Ajay Malik, Senior VP, worldwide engineering & quality assurance, Meru Networks | 26 July, 2014 06:50

Tags: Wi-Fi, SDN, Networking, wireless, WLANs / Wi-Fi

The Apple/IBM deal: iOS claims the IoT

The partnership announced last week isn't just about selling more iPhones. It's part of a big push into the Internet of Things.

By Jonny Evans | 23 July, 2014 22:15

Tags: Apple, applications, Networking, IBM, big data, software, data mining, internet, management

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Bye, Nokia, nice knowing you

Nokia, once a great company and the pride of Finland, is shuffling to its grave under Microsoft's leadership.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 22 July, 2014 22:47

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, Nokia, smartphones, mobile

The benefits of converged network and application performance management

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 Matt Zanderigo | 12 July, 2014 06:13

Tags: Networking, application performance management

Bankers beware: Technology is going to get you (and none of us will care)

Technology is about to take a big slice of the traditional banking business. Bankers have been slow to see what's coming, but they're starting to realize what's at stake.

By Jonny Evans | 07 July, 2014 23:35

Tags: management, Financial IT, Networking

Promise Theory

The way we have created IT systems over the years has been very linear with each individual component being statically configured. If a human makes an error in any one of the many configurations, then the whole system breaks down. Over the years, IT systems have become increasingly complex with multiple layers of abstraction and virtualization making it difficult to enforce stability and gain scalability. Promise theory provides a new way to think about how IT systems rely on each other to form an entire system that businesses can depend. This article will cover the foundation concept of promise theory and give examples of how it is used.

By Scott Hogg | 02 July, 2014 00:26

Tags: SDN, Networking

And there's something else wrong with Comcast's Xfinity customer-based Wi-Fi hotspot plan ...

I have, in previous Gearhead articles (first in Comcast's latest bad idea turns your Wi-Fi into everybody's Wi-Fi and then in Revisiting Comcast's Xfinity public hotspot strategy), discussed Comcast's strategy for implementing opt-out Wi-Fi hotspots on their customers' Xfinity gateways. In the latter post I questioned the security of the service and noted that access to the Comcast service isn't as tightly controlled as the company might think.

By Mark Gibbs | 30 June, 2014 22:42

Tags: Wi-Fi, Networking, wireless, comcast, internet, ISP services, WLANs / Wi-Fi, Comcast broadband, cable broadband

Why Android Wear is the new iPad

Columnist Mike Elgan tested a smartwatch with Android Wear and said he has experienced a culture-changing platform.

By Mike Elgan | 28 June, 2014 21:22

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, Android, smartphones, wireless, Personal Technology, mobile, IDG, Apple, Google, consumer electronics

Turning network resource management on its head through software-defined WANs

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 Friedman | 28 June, 2014 06:31

Tags: WANs, SDN, Networking, software defined networking

100Mb/sec Ethernet coming to a car near you?

As more and more infotainment and crash avoidance technology gets stuffed to cars and trucks, the need for better, faster and more reliable in-car networking equipment grows. In theory at least.

By Michael Cooney | 26 June, 2014 05:42

Tags: Ethernet, Networking, automobile internet technology, IEEE, LAN & WAN

The PSTN transition to VoIP: Going green

We've discussed some of the advantages of transitioning the PSTN to IP, but there we haven't yet covered the environmental implications of the pending transition. At their annual partner conference Perspectives14, GENBAND hosted a discussion which addressed the power costs behind the PSTN, pointing out the benefits an IP transition.

By Larry Hettick | 25 June, 2014 07:18

Tags: unified communications, telecommunication, Green data center, Networking, GENBAND, voip, green IT, environment

Hungry ants knock out FiOS service ... again

Everyone keeps asking if the ants actually ate their way through the fiber optic cable and I do not know the answer. What is certain is that they chewed through the outer casing and caused enough damage to knock out TV, phone and Internet service to my house: the Verizon triple no-play.

By Paul McNamara | 25 June, 2014 01:15

Tags: Networking, Verizon FioS, LAN & WAN

Microsoft introduces Interflow: Sharing cybersecurity threats in near real-time

Microsoft announced Interflow, a new platform for sharing cybersecurity threats in near real-time. Although it's currently available only in "private preview" for Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) members, security threat information will be shared faster, creating a "collectively stronger cybersecurity ecosystem." In the long run that means protecting people better and more quickly.

By Ms. Smith | 24 June, 2014 06:03

Tags: Interflow, cybersecurity, Microsoft Subnet, Microsoft, Networking

Why Facebook's SDN switch won't affect Cisco's customers

Last week, Facebook announced a new product that's supposed to have the networking industry trembling. There were many news stories about Facebook's new homegrown SDN switch, known by the codename "Wedge" that's supposed to be the next big threat to Cisco and the traditional networking vendors. The operating system on the product runs Facebook's proprietary version of Linux called FBOSS.

By Zeus Kerravala | 24 June, 2014 05:29

Tags: networking hardware, SDN, Networking, cisco, switches, Facebook, Cisco Subnet, Arista Networks

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