Networking

Planning and implementing additions, deletions, and major modifications to the supporting infrastructure companywide is always complex and challenging. Here you can find info on current practices along with articles to help you anticipate future network needs and identify proactive solutions to satisfy those needs.


Using Packet Capture in the Public Cloud

By Keith Townsend

Packet capture is normally a tool of last resort in the private data center, but some organizations may want to consider it as a first stop in public cloud. Read on to see why packet capture and analysis tools are helpful in public cloud operations and migration.

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Have You Automated Your Network Yet?

By Ryan Francis

If not, maybe you should. There is evidence that by implementing automation tools and practices, your networks can better withstand modern workloads, provide a new level dynamism and speed, and cut costs. Take a look and see if this course of action would align with your IT strategy.

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Building a Hybrid Infrastructure—Priorities for 2017

By Keith Townsend

As technologies take new shapes and evolve, so must the IT department and its approach to company infrastructures. The push for companies to become software-focused increases the burden on the data center. There are critical technologies that could help support the transformation.

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IT Networking 2017: The Top Jobs and Skills

By Ann Bednarz

Opportunity in the IT sector continues to grow, and it looks like 2017 will be no exception. Networking in particular can be a lucrative field—the low end of the 2017 salary range for a network architect is $125,000—and what’s more, employers are more willing to negotiate pay rates for these in-demand positions.

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A Brief Guide to Fiber Channel Networking

By Evan Koblentz

If your company could benefit from a storage-area network (SAN) or an enterprise backup system, you need to know about the fiber channel networking gear that connects these components to your servers. One tech writer has compiled a brief guide to the basics before you implement an SAN.

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Cloud Computing and Applications

By Bernard Golden

Few technologies are having a greater impact on IT than cloud computing. The cloud is changing everything from the foundations of the field to data storage to customer interactions, and another layer it affects is applications.

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Could Social Intranet Boost Productivity at Your Company?

Strong companywide communication helps to boost productivity, flexibility, and collaboration, and having a social intranet structure in place can help aid this communication. One company may have a cost-effective solution for the IT department looking to provide this service to its organization.

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The Cloud as Backup—Best Practices

by Mary Shacklett

The cloud has taken over—but how and why you use it depends on your company’s unique needs and infrastructure. If using the cloud for backup and disaster recovery (DR) services fits your needs, there are a few best practices to follow.

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Teleworking—Good for the Business

by Axel Schmidt

Telecommuting, while clearly on the rise, is sometimes a point of contention within organizations. Is it worth the setup and the security risk? Is it really good for the business, or is it just all for the employee’s benefit? According to recent research, teleworking is good for everyone involved.

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Skype—Good for Business Communication Management?

by Mark Kaelin

Microsoft’s new Skype® for Business features could make it a one-stop shop for your company’s communication management needs. Read on to see why.

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