Open standards have a way of disrupting the competitive landscape of technology markets, and the emergence of software-defined networking has the potential of significantly impacting networking vendors that maintain proprietary technology.
Arguably, with faster transmission speeds and more reliability, the only network an enterprise needs is a wireless one. That is one of the factors driving the adoption of the 802.11ac Wi-Fi protocol.
There's still the argument out there that open networking equipment is only for web- and hyper-scale companies. But those focused on arguing the unimportance of bare-metal switches and the likes of the Open Compute Project may be in for a shock in the next few years.
There's a trust issue when it comes to remote workers. Since they're not within the four walls of the enterprise--or at a branch under control of the IT department--there's a tenuous connection between the centralized IT systems and that worker.
Like Windows XP on the desktop, work on phasing out Windows Server 2003 in businesses is proving to be slow-going. In a new survey of 1,300 IT professionals in North America, EMEA and the Asia Pacific, Spiceworks found that 61 percent of businesses are still using Windows Server 2003.
A new report claims that Apple has placed orders with white-box server makers to refresh the hardware in its existing data centers, and for use in new data centers.
Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be launched in summer, or within the next 6 months. Importantly, even pirated versions of Windows will be eligible for the free upgrade, too.
Passwords are so passe, so Microsoft wants to do away with them. That's why Windows 10 will enable users with the right hardware to use their eyes, face or fingertips as the new way of logging-on using the new Windows Hello feature.
Juniper Networks has been tackling software-defined networking (SDN) from various angles, and Network World's Jim Duffy speculated that the networking vendor may now have too many SDN solutions. Can some consolidation be on the way?
Maybe shoddy hotel Wi-Fi will soon be a thing of a past. It's a nice thought, anyway, right?