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  • The two new centers are designed to help enterprises and service providers design and test networks based on SDN, virtualization and analytics.

  • Oracle optimizes its software to direct network traffic to Intel servers to ensure high NFV performance on standard Intel systems. 

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The first two of what could become a barrage of lawsuits are challenging the Federal Communications Commission's newly approved network neutrality rules.

  • Two Bernstein analysts say that, in the wake of buying out most of Cisco's stake in VCE, EMC may be looking to bulk up its networking portfolio.

  • Wireless access points (APs), devices that allow wireless gadgets like smartphones, tablets and notebooks to connect to a wired network using WiFi, are becoming increasingly important to small businesses—especially those that require fast WiFi, not only for customers but also company employees. ZyXEL this week announced three APs, but is far from the only vendor on the market. Cisco, Aruba, HP and others offer similar models, including those upgraded for the 802.11ac wireless networking standard. Demand for the 802.11ac upgrade is widespread in the hospitality and related industries, including smaller cafes where WiFi access is an essential amenity, Steven Joe, executive vice president of ZyXEL Americas' channel business, told eWEEK. Since more than 70 percent of mobile devices used this year will have 802.11ac built-in, customers carrying these devices will expect faster WiFi networks from the establishments they visit. With mobile devices being relatively low power, businesses are also looking to upgrade to higher output power APs to reach these smartphones and tablets, Joe said. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at ZyXEL's new WAPs as well as some comparable offerings from others.

  • BT and Barclays team up to help tackle digital divide by offering WiFi and support to the 'heartbeat' of the community.

  • Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean, speaking at GTC, says better technology, smarter algorithms and massive data stores help push the research forward.

  • The mobile carrier said it aims to expand in the small and midsize business segment by offering simple pricing, simple data plans and new support services.

  • HANNOVER, Germany—CeBIT this week launched into its second year as a pure IT show and in the process moved into some significant new classes of technology. The show also generated controversy for its decision to partner with China and to feature Chinese technology. But the technology getting the most interest isn't just Chinese, but rather a vast exhibit on the Internet of things (IoT) that features new companies from around the world that are making waves in that new area. Helping to draw interest—and crowds—is a prime IoT display area in the exhibit hall that focuses on new companies that are competing for investment as part of the Code_n incubator show. While most of the IoT innovations in the Code_n display are products aimed at home users, there are still quite a bit going on for the enterprise. Most of the these products are focused on security and manufacturing, both important areas where the instrumentation capabilities connected to the network can do a lot for a company's efficiency.

  • With the new name, Cisco officials also are bringing more enterprise-level security and management capabilities to the offering.

  • In an analysis of 50 Internet of things devices, security technology company Symantec found numerous vulnerabilities in products ranging from electronic locks to smart thermostats.

  • Farewell, Lync. Microsoft releases a preview of its rebranded enterprise communications platform as it nears release.

  • The National Collegiate Athletic Association's college basketball March Madness begins March 17 and continues through the championship game April 6. Along with the usual partying, cheering and groaning by millions of fans—much of it happening on company time, since many of the games take place back-to-back during the workday—IT and security administrators are bracing for the heavy toll on their companies' networks. To keep employees happy, every organization needs to give some leeway for personal use of its network bandwidth. But keeping your team happy should never be at the cost of bringing the entire network down. With many employees streaming live videos and checking scores, all that activity tends to use all the bandwidth reserved for companies' business-critical apps. It is vital for all IT managers to handle severe traffic spikes in their networks by acting proactively to prevent network outages. In this slide show, developed with eWEEK reporting and industry expertise from Piyushree Nagrale, marketing analyst for real-time IT management platform provider ManageEngine, we offer key tips on how to safeguard your network during the madness.

  • The tech vendor's SDN solutions will support the ONOS platform, which Huawei says is key to driving SDN adoption.

  • If data center managers and administrators could eliminate the rigidity of server, storage and network switching silos, and the operational headaches that accompany them, how much more effective could they be with their time on a day-to-day basis? What if they had ease of scale and could move at startup speed on any workload? Finally, what if the system drove so much data efficiency that no one would believe the performance rates and capacity savings they were achieving? These are only a few of the promises that hyperconvergence in the data center bring. For the record, hyperconvergence is infrastructure with a software-centric architecture. It tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualization resources plus other technologies in a commodity hardware box supported by a single vendor. But with so many vendors using the term, how does one know what is true hyperconvergence? In this slide show, based on eWEEK reporting and industry information from Jesse St. Laurent, vice president of product strategy at SimpliVity, we offer a checklist of key attributes.

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