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 Cisco’s new programmable switches mean for you

What Cisco’s new programmable switches mean for you

At Cisco Live, executives and customers are talking up the abilities and benefits of a programmable network and what it means for end users.

10 Most important open source networking projects

10 Most important open source networking projects

Increasing demands on the network to scale to unprecedented levels and at the same time become more customized to specific use cases has led to the emergence of new networking technology. As new ways of applying software to control...

Why Cisco’s new intent-based networking could be a big deal

Why Cisco’s new intent-based networking could be a big deal

Cisco has announced hardware and software capabilities that use machine learning to provide advanced network automation The system allows users to express policies and includes a software platform that executes the policies and...

Hyperscale data centers are pushing the limits in the Gigabit Ethernet switching market

Hyperscale data centers are pushing the limits in the Gigabit Ethernet switching market

For the first time since their debut on the market in the mid-2000s, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches are set to lose share in the networking industry this year as service providers and hyperscale customers continue to adopt faster...

Early adopter finds SD-WAN yields better management, costs, uptime

Early adopter finds SD-WAN yields better management, costs, uptime

Industrial supplier Redmond Inc. gets tighter control over bandwidth allocations, makes configuration changes with a software-defined WAN.

4 resources to find free Cisco skills and certification labs

4 resources to find free Cisco skills and certification labs

Cisco offers a wealth of instruction - some of it free - for increasing networking skills or prepping for certification exams.

4 Tips for a successful virtual network deployment

4 Tips for a successful virtual network deployment

As new technologies like software defined networking, SD-WAN, cloud computing and the Internet of Things continue to grow in maturity and adoption, organizations are faced with transforming their network to keep up with the changes....

What Extreme’s string of networking acquisitions means for enterprises

What Extreme’s string of networking acquisitions means for enterprises

Extreme has recently bought Avaya and Brocade networking technology and Zebra Wireless

Top 5 Reasons IoT projects fail

Top 5 Reasons IoT projects fail

If you’re doing an Internet of Things deployment, prepare to fail because of company culture, organizations and process.

Cisco: Secure IoT networks, not the devices

Cisco: Secure IoT networks, not the devices

Cisco’s IoT Threat combines network segmentation rule creator product TrustSec, network behavior analytics platform Stealthwatch and device visibility offering named Cisco Identity Service Engine, all used in conjunction to secure IoT...

How Google’s cloud is ushering in a new era of SQL databases

How Google’s cloud is ushering in a new era of SQL databases

Google’s recently announced Spanner cloud database is ushering in a wave of so-called NewSQL databases that support traditional schematics but are able to scale to global sizes.

Top 10 DevOps tools

Top 10 DevOps tools

A DevOps engineer who both develops code for an app and manages the infrastructure operations the app runs on requires tools geared for multiple aspects of the application lifecycle process. Here are the top 10 tools DevOps...

Why Edward Snowden loves open source

Why Edward Snowden loves open source

Infamous government hacker Edward Snowden believes open source is fundamentally better than proprietary technology, which he believes disempowers users.

Why the Red Hat-Amazon partnership is a big deal in the cloud

Why the Red Hat-Amazon partnership is a big deal in the cloud

The company known for commercializing open source projects for the enterprise has parterned with the leading public IaaS cloud provider in move that will make it easier to build apps on premises and port them into the public cloud.

How Google and Amazon think about multi-cloud workloads

How Google and Amazon think about multi-cloud workloads

Google is willing and open to talking about customers using other vendor’s cloud products and services, including from their biggest rival, AWS.

Amazon's ambitious global cloud expansion plans

Amazon's ambitious global cloud expansion plans

Public IaaS cloud providers have been on a dizzying streak of announcing and opening new data centers to power their operations, and according to the CEO of Amazon Web Services Andy Jassy, that’s not expected to slow down any time...

Deep dive on AWS vs. Azure vs. Google cloud storage options

Deep dive on AWS vs. Azure vs. Google cloud storage options

In reality, the world of cloud storage has many facets to consider. Each of the three major public IaaS cloud vendors – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform – have a variety of storage options and in some...

Dunkin’ runs on AWS

Dunkin’ runs on AWS

As Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins increasingly encourage customers to use mobile apps to pay and rack up rewards, the company needed a new hosting platfrom to deal with unexpected peaks in traffic, so it turned to Amazon Web...

Containers are growing up

Containers are growing up

Microsoft’s purchase of Deis shows that as container runtimes standardize, the real value is higher up the stack

The one thing you need to compete in cloud

New estimates out this week from Synergy Research suggest that in the cloud computing market the big are getting bigger, and that in order to compete in this market, scale is key.

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