Joel Snyder

Snyder, a Network World Test Alliance partner, is a senior partner at Opus One in Tucson, Ariz. He can be reached at


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...

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...

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....

I wrote the Macworld Networking Bible and it was good

My first Mac was a Mac 512K from the early 1980s, probably 1985. It replaced my Heathkit CP/M system, and when I went on business trips, that thing -- and an external hard drive, what a luxury -- traveled with me all over the country...

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...

Top tools for WAN optimization

Upstarts Exinda, Ipanema challenge network optimization kingpin Riverbed ...

Cisco impresses with first crack at next-gen firewall

When we tested next-generation firewalls last May, at least one important security vendor wasn’t there: Cisco, because they weren’t ready to be tested. Now that the ASA CX next-generation firewall has had a year to mature, we put the...

Cisco virtual router targets the cloud

The Cisco CSR 1000V router is designed for enterprise network managers who want to have a little piece of their Cisco infrastructure in the cloud....

Next-gen firewalls can handle the heat

In Network World's two-part test, reviewers David Newman and Joel Snyder put  next-generation firewalls through the ringer. They found that products could forward packets at an impressive clip but throughput dropped with advanced...

Fortinet has highest catch rate in IPS testing

We tested the intrusion prevention capabilities of each of the next-generation firewalls to determine how well they work and how the IPS integrates with system management....

Check Point takes best approach to URL filtering

URL filtering has become a "checkbox" feature on most Unified Threat Management firewalls, and no wonder: it doesn't require a lot of imagination to do it right, and it's hard to really differentiate yourself or do a bad job of it....

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