Review: Fluke reinvents handheld network testing

The Fluke Networks LinkSprinter makes on-the-fly network testing quick, easy, and more affordable than ever

By Brian Chee | 08 April, 2014 20:06

Tags: Networking, Path, PathSolutions

Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

The latest release of Fedora, nicknamed "Heisenbug," is a step towards making Fedora a player in the mobile arena. Fedora 20 also includes more support for cloud, and this is also the first release that supports cheap, low-power ARM processors as a primary architecture, in addition to Intel and AMD chips.

By Maria Korolov | 31 March, 2014 22:24

Tags: Cloud, Networking, fedora, wireless, software, acer, internet, intel, cloud computing, ubuntu

AirMagnet breaks new ground in wireless spectrum analysis

Everyone needs a Wi-Fi spectrum analyzer, but there are times when analyzing cellular spectrum is also essential. Fluke Networks' new AirMagnet Spectrum ES provides a broad range of capability at a very attractive price. Spectral analysis, a longstanding fixture in electronics and manufacturing test, and, more recently as a valuable tool for understanding coverage, interference, and other elements of Wi-Fi, is the art and science of extracting meaning and insight from wireless systems at Layer 1 -- radio waves.

By Craig Mathias | 24 March, 2014 11:10

Tags: Networking, wireless, Wireless Management, anti-malware

Hands on with iOS 7.1: A few good improvements

Apple's latest upgrade to its mobile operating system, iOS 7.1, adds some useful touches and fixes some of the glitches that appeared in the previous version.

By Michael deAgonia | 14 March, 2014 10:33

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Apple, Networking, ios, wireless, software, operating systems, mobile

Oh, Bi the Way...

Hidden in Cisco's Nexus 9000 and Application Centric Infrastructure news was another nifty announcement: an optical transceiver that delivers 40Gbps speeds using older 10Gbps fiber and standard connectors. Cisco's "BiDi" optical transceivers solve a sticky cabling problem in an elegant way.

By Joel Snyder | 03 March, 2014 14:09

Tags: Networking, LAN & WAN

FIRST LOOK: Cisco Nexus 9000

The Cisco Nexus 9000 series, the fruit of Cisco's Insieme spin-in, is more than another fast router -- it's a change in the way that high-end routers are designed and built.

By Joel Snyder | 03 March, 2014 14:08

Tags: Cisco Systems, Networking, router, LAN & WAN

First Look: Cisco ACI re-imagines the enterprise data center network

Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a revolutionary re-thinking of how to provision and manage data center networks. While the early version we looked at has some rough edges, and Cisco still has some hard problems to solve, ACI has the potential to completely change the way that large, highly virtualized data center networks are configured and built.

By Joel Snyder | 03 March, 2014 13:25

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, hardware systems, router, Data Center, LAN & WAN

LG G Flex deep-dive review: The curious case of the curved phone

The new LG G Flex Android smartphone has a curved design, flexible body, and 'self-healing' skin. Does that make a difference in real-world use?

By JR Raphael | 04 February, 2014 15:06

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, at&t, Android, smartphones, wireless, mobile

Averail Access aces mobility management test

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) can encompass a broad range of functions, from managing mobile devices, to applications, expenses, personnel, and policies. But perhaps the most important aspect is mobile information/data/content management, tracking the distribution and usage of sensitive organizational data, as well as ensuring appropriate security and policy compliance.

By Craig Mathias | 20 January, 2014 11:53

Tags: network storage, Configuration / maintenance, dropbox, Networking, storage, hardware systems, wireless, Wireless Management, anti-malware, Data Center, Storage Management

Xperia Z1S deep-dive review: A stylish phone with power and panache

Sony's new Android phone, the Xperia Z1S, combines a distinctive design and premium build with stellar stamina and an underwater-capable camera.

By JR Raphael | 14 January, 2014 11:03

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, Android, smartphones, wireless, sony, mobile

SDN showdown: Examining the differences between VMware's NSX and Cisco's ACI

The arrival of Software Defined Networking (SDN), which is often talked about as a game changing technology, is pitting two industry kingpins and former allies against each other: Cisco and VMware.

By Ethan Banks, owner, Packet Pushers Interactive | 06 January, 2014 14:37

Tags: SDN, Networking, VMware, LAN & WAN

Ubuntu 13.10 takes aim at Microsoft, Apple, Google

Ubuntu is moving into the rarified class of operating systems that cover x86/x64 clients and servers, ARM-based tablets/smartphones, and commodity cloud instances. Meaning that it's taking on everybody from Microsoft to Red Hat to Apple and Google.

By Tom Henderson, ExtremeLabs, Inc. | 06 January, 2014 11:57

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, internet, cloud computing, Data Center, Apple, Google, consumer electronics, Cloud, Canon, Microsoft, smartphones, canonical, software, Red Hat, server, ubuntu, OpenStack, Amazon Web Services, Networking, wireless, hardware systems

Moto G real-world review: The best budget phone money can buy

Most budget phones offer a sub-par experience, but the new Moto G provides an excellent experience at a low off-contract price. So is this the phone for you?

By JR Raphael | 06 December, 2013 19:05

Tags: Motorola, Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, at&t, Android, smartphones, wireless, mobile

Lenovo Yoga Tablet review: A cool concept that comes up short

Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet has an innovative form with a built-in stand and exceptionally long battery life. But the rest of its features aren't quite as high-end.

By JR Raphael | 18 November, 2013 19:03

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, Android, hardware systems, smartphones, wireless, Lenovo, tablets, mobile

Riverbed wins 7-vendor WAN optimization test

As applications move to the cloud, network managers are seeing increasing requirements to optimize and manage WAN connections. Most enterprises have migrated to web-based applications and make heavy use of Internet services for day-to-day business. All of this makes network performance a key factor for productivity and end-user satisfaction.

By Joel Snyder | 11 November, 2013 12:13

Tags: management, unified communications, Traffic management, Networking, infrastructure management, wan optimization, videoconferencing, LAN & WAN

Review: PowerCloud delivers Wi-Fi access point and cloud-based management for small business

PowerCloud Systems has released a cloud-based Wi-Fi solution that fills the gaps between residential products that lack management and features, and enterprise systems that can be overkill in smaller organizations.

By Craig Mathias | 11 November, 2013 12:13

Tags: Wi-Fi, Networking, wireless, anti-malware, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Microsoft Surface 2 deep-dive review: Better hardware, but still with Windows RT

Microsoft has upgraded its Windows RT tablet: The new Surface 2 offers a well-built case, better performance, a great display and the same old operating system.

By Preston Gralla | 24 October, 2013 17:27

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, hardware systems, Windows, software, tablets, operating systems, mobile

HP Chromebook 14 (with 4G) review: Solid performance in a plus-sized package

The HP Chromebook 14 with 4G is now available for a highly reasonable $349. Combining great performance with a spacious 14-in. display, is it the right Chromebook for you?

By JR Raphael | 23 October, 2013 10:10

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, WalMart, hardware systems, wireless, laptops, acer, intel, mobile, HP

HP Chromebook 11 review: Affordable style for life in the cloud

Google's new HP Chromebook 11 brings a fresh look to the Chrome OS universe. Our reviewer finds that, for $279, the laptop has some interesting things to offer.

By JR Raphael | 11 October, 2013 12:17

Tags: HP, Mobile/Wireless, Google, Networking, hardware systems, wireless, laptops, mobile

Tale of two cloud-based management tools

Anturis and CloudPassage Halo are complementary products that attack infrastructure monitoring from different directions. Anturis is a cloud-based portal that monitors systems connectivity, systems, MySQL databases and websites. CloudPassage Halo monitors operating systems instances and the comparatively sticky compliance of instance state machines.

By Tom Henderson | 07 October, 2013 10:51

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Cloud, Networking, hardware systems, infrastructure management, mysql, cloud computing, internet, Data Center, management

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