Jim Henson's Creature Shop boosts productivity with Brocade network

The Muppets are finally returning to prime-time television, and it looks like Jim Henson's Creature Shop is at the same time boosting its performance. The animatronics and visual effects division of The Jim Henson Company turned to Brocade to speed up production.

HP increases performance of 3PAR StoreServ products

HP has updated the software that runs all of its HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage products to boost the performance of its storage area networking – SAN – and other storage products.

Spotlight: SoftNAS extends availability to CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace

SoftNAS is looking to attract CenturyLink Cloud customers with its cloud-based network-attached storage – or NAS – offering. SoftNAS is now available through the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace.

Extreme ties Summit switches into NSX

Another bit of news prior to next week's VMworld comes from Extreme Networks, which completed a project to make its Summit x670-G2 and x770 series of switch interoperable with VMware's NSX virtualization platform.

Brocade provides deeper visibility into SAN fabric for app performance gains

Brocade is getting deeper into the storage area networking – or SAN – and application performance monitoring spaces with the release of the Brocade Analytics Monitoring Platform.

Ahead of VMworld, VMware releases new version of NSX

For the last couple of weeks, a handful of press releases related to VMware NSX have landed in my inbox. And with VMworld coming up next week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, it seems safe to reason that NSX could very well be one of the products being discussed by the vendor's executive suite.

Cloud-based SD-WAN attracts enterprises interested in SaaS delivery model

Cloud-based software-defined wide area networking shares many of the same benefits as other SD-WAN products, but according to Mike Wood, vice president of marketing at VeloCloud, centralizing management of the WAN in the cloud also provides additional benefits to enterprises.

Outdated security protocols, firmware are putting enterprises at risk

It may seem like a no-brainer, but when it comes to network security, one of the biggest risks is the fact many outdated security protocols and technologies are still being used.

Spotlight: How NIST hopes to solve the wireless spectrum problem

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is trying to solve the problem of not enough wireless spectrum for the various technologies using it.

Talari expands SD-WAN deployment options to cloud, 10G and virtual

Talari is one of the vendors banging the software-defined WAN drum, and now the vendor is providing more deployment options to customers with the release of new appliances and an update of its Adaptive Private Networking operating system.

Cambium pushes 802.11ac management to the cloud

Cambium Networks took the wraps off of cnPilot, a new product portfolio of 802.11ac wireless network products that are fully managed from the cloud.

HP Networking is in strong position thanks to SDN, Aruba acquisition

HP Networking has duked it out with Juniper Networks for years for the coveted second place position in the networking market. Neither have had much of a chance of catching Cisco to take over the number one spot, but thanks to some early adoption of OpenFlow and the recent acquisition of Aruba Networks, HP is on solid ground to gain a leadership position in certain technology areas.

4G routers may be coming to your network

Particularly when point of sale and Internet of Things devices are involved, enterprises are leveraging 4G edge router technology more frequently. It's a bit of a niche that often isn't an...

Juniper puts the pedal to the metal for Joe Gibbs Racing

There's an interesting case study from Juniper Networks about how it transformed the Joe Gibbs Racing team, switching out an aging networking and communications infrastructure for one based on the Juniper Networks MetaFabric architecture.

Standardize your network infrastructure for greater security

Maintaining network security in a changing environment, particularly as enterprises begin to shift from the old method of designing networks to including software-defined networking technology, is bringing about new challenges.

Big Switch aims to unify physical, virtual networks

In the latest version of its Switch Light products, Big Switch Networks aims to unify the physical and virtual networks, removing much of the separation between the two.

ShoreTel rolls out single user interface for UCC

ShoreTel released a new single platform and user interface designed to provide enterprises with a variety of configuration options, including cloud, on-premises and hybrid. The intent of ShoreTel Connect is to provide customers with more flexibility while also increasing employee collaboration options.

SDN rivals dig in for a long fight

Software-defined networking may not be a big thing within your enterprise today, but with more and more vendors solidifying their SDN strategies, many are also choosing sides between different open-source projects.

How 'open' is a relative term in SDN and why it might not matter

As software-defined networking continues its labyrinthine journey toward broad widespread deployment, industry observers say there is some jockeying for market position among the major networking vendors, but the OpenDaylight project appears to be gaining significant momentum. OpenDaylight is the multi-protocol controller infrastructure developed by The Linux Foundation that is meant to speed adoption of SDN on a variety of vendor networks.

Cisco targets VMware in SDN war

Cisco's new CEO is ready to kick the software-defined networking war into high gear. Chuck Robbins took shots at former partner VMware, directly comparing (favorably, of course) his company's...