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  • September 21, 2016 21 Sep'16

    How challenging is containerized networking for IT departments?

    This week, networking industry analysts and engineers examine containerized networking, Brocade's new router and the cost of modern networking.

  • September 20, 2016 20 Sep'16

    NAND-mirroring iPhone hack would have made the FBI's job much easier

    A researcher has demonstrated a NAND-mirroring iPhone hack that could have helped the FBI crack the San Bernardino iPhone 5c at a far lower cost.

  • September 16, 2016 16 Sep'16

    HHS awards over $87 million to encourage adoption of health IT

    The Department of Health and Human Services is awarding over $87 million in funding to more than 1,300 health centers in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico and ...

  • September 16, 2016 16 Sep'16

    Are Agile and DevOps methodologies their own worst enemies?

    Can Agile and DevOps learn to get along? Though the two methodologies were hatched in different eras, in some ways they can be seen as kindred spirits, cut from the same cloth of nontraditional approaches to software design, development and project management. In fact, some believe Agile is the forerunner to the collaborative spirit inherent in DevOps methodologies. Yet Agile, despite being widely used and well entrenched after 15 years, has been undergoing changes not necessarily for the better, raising questions of its durability over the long haul, especially with the upstart DevOps concept of bringing developers and operations together quickly gaining popularity. Still, the notion that DevOps is catching fire and on its way to becoming mainstream flies in the face of surveys that show a wide disconnect between talking about adopting a DevOps approach and actually practicing it.

    In this handbook, senior technology editor Valerie Silverthorne explores the relative states of Agile and DevOps methodologies and if, someday, organizations will view them not as adversaries but as sympaticos. With the Agile2016 conference as a backdrop, the first feature puts forth provocative comments from industry veterans who say, "DevOps is an extension of Agile"; "Agile's not dead, it just needs to freaking grow up"; and "We need to reclaim the brand or bury it." In the second feature, two very telling surveys show that DevOps and Agile have plenty of room to run when it comes to easing complexities and making improvements. And in the Q&A third feature, independent user experience designer Claire Rowland talks about the collision of UX and the internet of things and a world where user needs will direct the software design process.

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  • Direct backup changes rules, cost of backup

    Flat backup, also known as direct backup, is a backup approach based on storage snapshots, and it's gaining popularity.

    It allows users to copy data directly from primary storage to secondary storage without the use of a backup server and software.

    Its major benefits are simplicity and low cost. However, the approach requires specific technologies and can't protect every resource in an organization.

    Direct backup is not entirely new, either. Some vendors have supported it for years. And a number of additional vendors have gotten behind this technology recently. It has become a more viable option in recent years because of improvements in snapshots.

    These products rely on redirect-on-write snapshots, which have a lower impact on performance and allow snapshots to be taken more frequently. In all cases, the systems are proprietary, and in most cases are only possible using specific systems. Because of these limitations, flat backup will not be the right approach for many organizations. But in some cases, it can be very useful.

    Our Drill Down on flat backup will look at the technology in detail, explain how it works and the hardware that supports it, and discuss possible uses. It will also provide examples of when direct backup is not appropriate to help you decide whether the technology will be effective in your environment.

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  • Stand-alone servers on treacherous ground in data center

    Stand-alone servers are getting fazed out of data centers in favor of converged and hyper-converged systems. But not all legacy IT infrastructure is on its way out the door. Continue Reading

  • Is satellite connectivity a realistic option for WANs?

    What you should know about satellite connectivity, satellite internet, and the costs and benefits of universally available links. Continue Reading

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