Brandon Butler

Senior Editor

Senior Editor Brandon Butler covers the cloud computing industry for Network World by focusing on the advancements of major players in the industry, tracking end user deployments and keeping tabs on the hottest new startups. He contributes to NetworkWorld.com and is the author of the Cloud Chronicles blog. Before starting at Network World in January 2012, he worked for a daily newspaper in Massachusetts and the Worcester Business Journal, where he was a senior reporter and editor of MetroWest 495 Biz. Email him at bbutler@nww.com and follow him on Twitter @BButlerNWW.

What to consider when deploying a next-generation firewall

What to consider when deploying a next-generation firewall

Firewalls have become ubiquitous across enterprises over the past decade, but the combination of new and varied access methods combined with increasingly sophisticated attacks has forced network operators and security professionals to...

Amazon and Google make it easier to connect to the cloud

Amazon and Google make it easier to connect to the cloud

As more organizations look to enable hybrid cloud computing, a big question remains: How do I connect my network to the cloud? This week Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services each released new products that make that process...

VMware jumps into SD-WAN with VeloCloud purchase

VMware jumps into SD-WAN with VeloCloud purchase

VMware to plans to buy VeloCloud, challenging Cisco in the fast-growing software-defined WAN market.

IBM’s latest private cloud is built on Kubernetes, and is aimed at Microsoft

IBM’s latest private cloud is built on Kubernetes, and is aimed at Microsoft

IBM announced a new version of its private cloud platform that supports the popular open source application container platform Kubernetes.

What’s really behind the Cisco-Google hybrid cloud partnership

What’s really behind the Cisco-Google hybrid cloud partnership

Cisco and Google have teamed up on a hybrid cloud partnership that will allow IT managers and application developers to use Cisco tools to manage their on-premises environments and link it up with Google’s public IaaS cloud. But...

Fidelity Investment’s key to hybrid cloud: Application flexibility

Fidelity Investment’s key to hybrid cloud: Application flexibility

How Fidelity Investments is evolving its application-development strategy to adapt to the future of infrastructure

Cisco snaps up streaming-data startup Perspica

Cisco snaps up streaming-data startup Perspica

Cisco today announced plans to acquire San Jose-based startup Perspica, a company that specializes in using machine learning to analyze streams of data. Cisco says it will integrate the Perspica technology into its AppDynamics...

GE CIO: Machines will tell humans what to do, not the other way around

GE CIO: Machines will tell humans what to do, not the other way around

GE CIO Jim Fowler outlines his vision of connected machines and advanced analytics creating tangible economic impact

What is hybrid cloud computing? The benefits of mixing private and public cloud services

What is hybrid cloud computing? The benefits of mixing private and public cloud services

How to architect a hybrid cloud that combines on-premises and public cloud infrastructures. Definitions of hybrid cloud vary, but here’s what it means to Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

At Ignite, Microsoft extends hybrid cloud beyond just infrastructure

At Ignite, Microsoft extends hybrid cloud beyond just infrastructure

This week at its Ignite conference in Orlando Microsoft is pitching its hybrid cloud strategy as being about more than just connecting customer data centers to the public cloud.

What is edge computing and how it’s changing the network

What is edge computing and how it’s changing the network

Edge computing is a way to streamline the flow of traffic from IoT devices and provide real-time local data analysis.

Chambers stepping down from Cisco’s board

Chambers stepping down from Cisco’s board

John Chambers, who served two decades as CEO of Cisco and for the last two years has been executive chairman, announced today that he will be leaving Cisco’s board of directors this year. Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins will become chairman...

Juniper to buy advanced threat protection security startup Cyphort

Juniper to buy advanced threat protection security startup Cyphort

Juniper today announced intentions to acquire Cyphort, a Santa Clara-based startup that offers an advanced threat detection, analytics and mitigation platform. Juniper says it will integrate Cyphort’s technology with its Sky Advanced...

How to buy intent-based networking today

How to buy intent-based networking today

Network industry stalwarts and startups alike are jumping on the intent-based networking buzzword bandwagon.

How Google is speeding up the Internet

How Google is speeding up the Internet

Google has developed an algorithm that speeds up TCP/IP, the internet’s primary data transmission protocol, by up to 14%.

Cisco brings its SDN to Amazon, Microsoft and Google’s public cloud

Cisco brings its SDN to Amazon, Microsoft and Google’s public cloud

Today Cisco announced it is developing a way to integrate its software defined networking product named Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) with public clouds from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. ...

IDC: SD-WAN growth is exploding for at least the next 5 years

IDC: SD-WAN growth is exploding for at least the next 5 years

Just $225M in 2015, sales of SD-WAN gear will hit $1.19 billion this year as enterprises pick it to resolve challenges created by increasing cloud, mobile, big data, and analytics traffic.

Top network monitoring software and visibility tools

Top network monitoring software and visibility tools

If you need to know what’s happening in your network, these are the tools to use

What SDN is and where it’s going

What SDN is and where it’s going

The SDN market has emerged from early adopter to early mainstream, and in doing so its use cases have expanded.

Azure Stack: Microsoft’s private-cloud platform and what IT pros need to know about it

Azure Stack: Microsoft’s private-cloud platform and what IT pros need to know about it

Microsoft’s release of Azure Stack, an on-premises version of its public cloud, could be important for networking and data center pros for one simple reason: It gives customers a way to use a popular and familiar cloud platform...

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