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John Dix

John Dix

Editor in Chief

Network World, Inc.

Long time follower of all things networking, having joined IDC in 1980 to write about developments in distributed processing, then shifting over to Computerworld in 1984 to chronicle new developments in LAN and WAN technologies, and then helping launch sister publication Network World in 1986 where I've been ever since.  

As Editor in Chief of Network World I'm responsible for setting the strategic direction of our online and print products but also enjoy learning about new companies, new technologies, and anything the network changes or is changed by the network.

Outside of work I'm an avid woodworker, building everything from garages and sheds to cabinets and furniture.

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Recent articles by John Dix

Still deploying 11n Wi-Fi?  You might want to think again

April 16, 2014

In this Network World Digital Spotlight, "Harnessing Gigabit Wi-Fi," we do a deep dive on the latest Wi-Fi developments.

Driving innovation at Fidelity Investments

March 27, 2014

Fidelity Investments is one of the world's largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $4.7 trillion, and it didn't get there by using yesterday's technology. In fact, the company has a standalone group, Fidelity Center for Applied Technology – more commonly referred to as Fidelity Labs -- whose job it is to take the long view, to examine technologies years before they become mainstream and help the firm get a leg up.  

The promise of the seamless cloud

March 25, 2014

Using the cloud to complement on-premise IT resources is one of the nirvana states envisioned for cloud computing, letting you architect for normal workloads and then burst to the cloud when necessary.   

New methods for addressing insider threats: A roundtable discussion

March 17, 2014

Technology advances have made it easier to detect subtle, anomalous end-user behavior, such as installation of unusual apps on endpoint devices, or suspicious deviations from baseline activity. This roundtable discussion examines methods to build monitoring, control and context into enterprise insider threat protection efforts – both when dealing with privileged users and regular employees.

Inside Cisco's private cloud

March 05, 2014

Do private clouds work?  

Revisiting Cisco's newest data center

March 05, 2014

We were last in Cisco's new data center in Allen, Texas, in the fall of 2010 when the company was just putting the finishing touches on the 160,000 square foot building with 35,000 square feet of "raised floor" (they still use that lingo even though this facility doesn't use raised floors).  

Call centers as social media hubs

January 27, 2014

Contact centers are changing rapidly with the arrival of cloud technology and the ability to interact with customers over new social channels, including Twitter. The transformation has implications for everything from how companies deal with customers to the role agents play and how internal groups are best organized. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up with the CEO of LiveOps, Marty Beard, for his take on where we stand and where we're headed.

SDN will never happen, says VMware exec

January 13, 2014

Rack and stack that network and then walk away and leave it alone. VMware's NSX technology will provide all the control necessary going forward, says Steve Mullaney, senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s Networking & Security Business Unit. 

University of Florida gets 100Gbps link to Internet2, upgrades campus research net to 200Gbps

December 18, 2013

The University of Florida is just putting the wraps on a remarkable year of IT upgrades. The school, which has a 2,000-acre campus and more than 900 buildings, installed a new supercomputer in a new data center, installed a 100Gbps link to Inernet2, and upgraded its Campus Research Network from 20G to 200Gbps while adding support for Software Defined Networking (SDN). Network World Editor in Chief John Dix got the lowdown on all of the developments from Erik Deumens, director of research computing.

Where we stand with SDN

December 02, 2013

One gauge of industry progress on the software-defined networking front is the momentum of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), the user-lead group that is spelling out the core SDN standards and championing the cause.