Ann Bednarz

Senior Editor, Network World

Ann Bednarz writes, assigns and edits feature articles aimed at enterprise IT pros. She can be reached at ann_bednarz@idg.com.

5 things you need to know about pay-per-use hardware

What is NAS (network-attached storage) and how does it work?

What is NAS (network-attached storage) and how does it work?

Improvements in network-attached storage density and performance target unstructured data workloads. Here's how a NAS server works, how it is different from a SAN, and what IT buyers want in file-level storage.

IT vendors push on-prem, pay-per-use hardware

IT vendors push on-prem, pay-per-use hardware

Cisco, Dell, HPE, and others are ramping up efforts to deliver usage-based pricing models and managed services for on-prem servers, storage and networking gear.

Dell delivers lineup of on-prem, pay-per-use hardware

Dell delivers lineup of on-prem, pay-per-use hardware

Dell Apex consumption-based storage, server, and hyperconverged services are designed to enable cloud-like pricing and deployment flexibility in on-premises environments.

Major League Baseball makes a run at network visibility

Major League Baseball makes a run at network visibility

Legacy network-monitoring tools weren't cutting it for MLB with its demanding lineup of video, gaming, and AI workloads across its data centers, ballparks, and the cloud.

Data-center training, recruitment changes needed to avoid staff shortages

Data-center training, recruitment changes needed to avoid staff shortages

Data-center managers need to raise the profile of available job roles and rethink hiring tactics, say executives from Google Data Centers and Compass Datacenters.

4 essential edge-computing use cases

4 essential edge-computing use cases

Placing processing power and storage at the edge of enterprise networks takes many forms but delivers faster response times and can reduce the need for WAN bandwidth.

Guide to virtual tech conferences, including Cisco Live, IBM Think and VMworld

Guide to virtual tech conferences, including Cisco Live, IBM Think and VMworld

COVID-19 has quashed in-person events worldwide. Red Hat Summit, Cisco Live, and VMware's VMworld are just a few of the upcoming network industry events that will now be held virtually.

Automation helps network providers weather coronavirus disruptions

Automation helps network providers weather coronavirus disruptions

Automation can play an important role in maintaining IT operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, say network pros from Netflix, Zoom, Dropbox and Equinix.

Providers address capacity, supply-chain challenges brought on by COVID-19

Providers address capacity, supply-chain challenges brought on by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing internet traffic to surge and usage patterns to shift. Learn how network teams at cloud services Netflix, Zoom and Dropbox, along with data center provider Equinix, are keeping operations running.

COVID-19 best practices for data-center operators

COVID-19 best practices for data-center operators

Uptime Institute has created a COVID-19 response guide based on tips and recommendations from its network of data center operators and partners.

Evolution of the internet: Celebrating 50 years since Arpanet

Evolution of the internet: Celebrating 50 years since Arpanet

50 years after the birth of the internet's precursor, Arpanet, there are more internet-connected devices than people in the world, and traffic is measured in exabytes.

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