Neal Weinberg

Contributing writer

Neal Weinberg is a freelance technology writer and editor. He can be reached at neal_weinberg@idg.contractors.

10 most powerful network-management companies

The 10 most powerful companies in enterprise networking 2022

The 10 most powerful companies in enterprise networking 2022

Here’s our take on the top 10 vendors providing corporate networks with everything from SASE and NaaS to ZTNA and network automation.

What is Wi-Fi 7, and will it replace wired Ethernet?

What is Wi-Fi 7, and will it replace wired Ethernet?

The theoretical top speed of Wi-Fi 7 make it a candidate to network LANs, but only in limited circumstances.

NaaS: Is it right for you, and how do you pick a vendor?

NaaS: Is it right for you, and how do you pick a vendor?

Network as a service can offer flexibility, fast deployment, predictable costs, and strong security, but it’s not for everybody.

What is Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), and why do we need it?

What is Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), and why do we need it?

Wi-Fi 6 is the latest wireless standard that is designed for dense deployments like stadiums and offices, but an even faster standard, Wi-Fi 6E, is enabling emerging technologies like virtual reality and 4K/8K video

DHCP defined and how it works

DHCP defined and how it works

Dynamic host configuration protocol simplifies and improves the accuracy of IP addressing but can raise security concerns

How to shop for firewalls

How to shop for firewalls

Next-gen firewalls: Automation, processing power, and a roadmap to future features are key considerations for enterprises looking to buy.

How to buy SASE

How to buy SASE

Secure Access Service Edge combines networking with security and bundles it up as a service, but there are differences among the offerings. Here’s key questions to ask vendors.

How to choose an edge gateway

How to choose an edge gateway

With the processing and analyzing of data happening closer to the endpoints that gather it, edge gateways are becoming essential. Here’s what you need to look for in edge gateways and who can provide them.

SD-WAN buyers guide: Key questions to ask vendors (and yourself)

SD-WAN buyers guide: Key questions to ask vendors (and yourself)

SD-WAN purchasing starts with deciding DIY vs. managed service, but includes asking about details like microsegmentation, path control, service chaining, and how it’s going to fit with SASE

The 10 most powerful companies in enterprise networking 2021

The 10 most powerful companies in enterprise networking 2021

Here's our rundown of what makes these 10 vendors of network gear the biggest power players within the enterprise.

IoT cloud services: How they stack up against DIY

IoT cloud services: How they stack up against DIY

AWS, IBM, and Microsoft, with the capacity to handle massive data sets, machine learning, and AI in the cloud, have created managed services to support IoT, but is that best for enterprises?

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