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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

HBase is massively scalable -- and hugely complex

Apache HBase describes itself as "the Hadoop database," which can be a bit confusing, as Hadoop is typically understood to refer to the popular MapReduce processing framework. But Hadoop is really an umbrella name for an entire ecosystem of technologies, some of which HBase uses to create a distributed, column-oriented database built on the same principles as Google's Bigtable. HBase does not use Hadoop's MapReduce capabilities directly, though HBase can integrate with Hadoop to serve as a source or destination of MapReduce jobs.

By Rick Grehan | 01 April, 2014 00:19

Tags: databases, applications, software

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

SQL Server 2014 pushes the pedal to the metal

SQL Server 2014 is a significant release with two overarching themes: cloud and speed -- or, to be specific, Azure integrations and in-memory OLTP (online transaction processing). Truth be told, I'm more excited about the speed features than the cloud stuff, but I also understand there is a growing portion of the customer base that is heading to cloud-based operations, and these shops will find the cloud features useful.

By Sean McCown | 20 March, 2014 14:17

Tags: databases, applications, software

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

Review: Netgear's ReadyData makes a splash with flash

Netgear's better, faster rack-mount NAS and iSCSI SAN makes the case for enterprise workloads with read and write caching and unlimited snapshots

By Paul Ferrill | 07 March, 2014 11:06

Tags: network storage, Configuration / maintenance, iscsi, network-attached storage, storage, hardware systems, solid state drives, netgear, Data Center

First look: Docker is a better way to deploy your apps

A long time ago, a computer program was a stack of punch cards, and moving the program from computer to computer was easy as long as you didn't drop the box. Every command, instruction, and subroutine was in one big, fat deck. Editors, compilers, and code repositories have liberated us from punch cards, but somehow deploying software has grown more complicated. Moving a program from the coding geniuses to the production team is fraught with errors, glitches, and hassles. There's always some misconfiguration, and it's never as simple as carrying that deck down the hall.

By Peter Wayner | 05 March, 2014 14:33

Tags: virtualization

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

Visual Studio 2013 reaches beyond the IDE

Microsoft delivers editing, debugging, deployment, project architecture, and ALM improvements stretching from Windows to Web development, from mobile devices to clouds

By Martin Heller | 12 February, 2014 21:09

Tags: Development Environments, Development tools, application development, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, web development, Microsoft .Net, software

Review: 4 NAS appliances deliver big storage cheap

12-bay rack-mount systems from QNAP, Netgear, LenovoEMC, and Infortrend combine huge storage capacities, business-grade features, smooth setup, and easy administration

By Paul Ferrill | 12 February, 2014 11:06

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, network-attached storage, storage, hardware systems, netgear, Lenovo, X1, Data Center, emc, Apple

Review: 10 JavaScript editors and IDEs put to the test

WebStorm and Sublime Text lead a field of diverse and capable tools for JavaScript programming

By Martin Heller | 06 February, 2014 11:06

Tags: Development Environments, Development tools, application development, Microsoft, JetBrains, software, javascript

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

Nutanix NX-3000 review: Virtualization cloud-style

Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform brings resilient, cloud-like server and storage infrastructure to traditional virtualization deployments

By Paul Ferrill | 29 January, 2014 11:06

Tags: virtualization, Configuration / maintenance, Server Virtualization, Server Clustering, Microsoft, hardware systems, virtual desktop, Data Center, VMware

Flash your way to better VMware performance

PernixData FVP clusters server-side flash to improve virtual machine performance and reduce SAN latency

By Keith Schultz | 27 January, 2014 21:09

Tags: virtualization, PernixData, Server Virtualization, Storage Area Network, Microsoft, storage, solid state drives, VMware

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

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