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How enterprises can prep for 5G

There’s plenty of hype around 5G networking and its promise to revolutionize driverless cars and entertainment, but what’s less clear is how it will enable the typical enterprise to innovate.

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10 hot hybrid-cloud startups to watch

With few enterprises using purely private or purely public cloud infrastructure, startups have emerged to meet unique hybrid-cloud needs for management, storage and virtualization. Here are 10 hot hybrid cloud startups to keep an eye...

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Linux tricks that can save you time and trouble

Some command line tricks can make you even more productive on the Linux command line.

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Wi-Fi analytics get real

IT pros talk about the benefits they reap from the Wi-Fi analytics tools they’ve installed in their production networks and the benefits they hope for as these platforms evolve.

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Cisco: How AI and machine learning are going to change your network

Cisco's new server -- the UCS C480 ML -- is targeted at supporting machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) applications, but that’s only the beginning.

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Zabbix delivers effective, no-frills network monitoring

Open-source Zabbix monitoring software has the granularity enterprises need but requires a lot of manual configuration and has some limits on exportable reports.

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Software-defined data centers need MANO

Why management, automation and network orchestration (MANO) are essential to the agility and flexibility of software-defined data centers.

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Nagios Core monitoring software: lots of plugins, steep learning curve

Nagios Core is open source, free and has good documentation, but it could use a streamlined install process, updated Web interface, and better configuration options.

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The correct levels of backup save time, bandwidth, space

Backup and recovery done efficiently require use of multiple backup levels carefully thought out so a full backup isn’t needed as often if incremental and differential backups are properly planned.

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What to expect when the internet gets a big security upgrade

More secure keys protecting the directory name system (DNS) are ready to deploy, but for those using DNS servers that haven't been upgraded, it could cause problems reaching websites.

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IoT gets smarter but still needs backend analytics

Most IoT devices lack the computational power to carry out the level of machine learning necessary in truly smart IoT deployments, but they can act on the lessons machine learning provides.

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Linux kernel 4.18: Better security, leaner code

The latest version of the Linux kernel cleans out nearly 100K lines of code, adds file encryption and the Berkeley Packet Filter, plus makes a nod to gamers and mobile devices.

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Is the Linux 4.18 kernel heading your way?

The recently released 4.18 Linux kernel has already moved up to 4.18.5. How soon it lands on your system or network depends a lot on which Linux distributions you use.

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Analysts: SD-WAN 5-year annual growth rate tops 40%

Becoming the “backbone of the enterprise,” SD-WAN market could hit $4.5 billion by 2022, IDC says, even as businesses seek integrated management and security features.

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10 Hot AI-powered IoT startups

The Internet of Things generates a lot of data that needs to be processed, and some innovative startups recognize that artificial intelligence can lighten the load.

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Pure Storage CEO on all-flash data centers and the cloud

CEO Charlie Giancarlo discusses how data-centric storage can boost application performance and how Pure Storage's subscription agreements promise infrastructure upgrades without downtime.

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Cisco software, subscription strategies pay off

Cisco's fiscal year 2018 results say deferred product revenue related to recurring software and subscription offers increased 23 percent over 2017.

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Efficient container use requires data-center software networking

In software-defined data centers, software networking can help container environments talk to each other and maintain network policies without needing admins to respond to each change.

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Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft: how their data-migration appliances stack up

Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft have stepped up with physical devices that can store bulk content and then be shipped via commercial package-delivery services for on-site upload to the cloud.

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Cisco upgrade enables SD-WAN in 1M+ ISR/ASR routers

Cisco took a giant step toward making SD-WAN features ubiquitous across its communication products by adding Viptela SD-WAN technology to the IOS XE software that runs its core ISR/ASR routers.

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