Joel Snyder

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

Review: Graylog delivers open source log management for the dedicated do-it-yourselfer

First Look: NetBeez net management tool creates a buzz

First Look: NetBeez net management tool creates a buzz

Newcomer NetBeez is strong on network troubleshooting; needs work on long-term performance analysis, reporting.

Clear Choice Tests

First Look: Amazon Echo: Novelty item or ready-for-prime-time part of your digital life?

While some parts are beautifully done, the information services at the back end have a long way to go before the Echo is more than a novelty.

Review: Dell WYSE delivers Android-on-a-stick

Thin clients aren't very exciting, and for a reason: they're designed to allow remote access to servers, usually with a Citrix, Microsoft, or VMware client. The folks at Dell WYSE have spiced up the category by building a thin client...

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 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.

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...

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

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.

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