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IP control for big data

Scott Breadmore of Efficient IP explains why the basics of network management will become even more important with the arrival of big data

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Converging from the silos

Steve Johnson of Extreme Networks makes the case for a new, flexible and uncomplicated approach to creating the network you need for effective cloud adoption

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The security challenges ahead for 2014

Tim Keanini, CTO at Lancope, has put together his thoughts on some promising, as well as some concerning, innovations that will shape the way we secure our networks in the coming year


New scheme seeks to address UK’s security skills gap

Lack of skilled workers “hampering the UK's fight against cyber-crime.”

UK businesses may seek to store data outside of the US Cloud

The fallout from the recent string of NSA revelations could have serious ramifications for US cloud providers

Aruba Networks appoints new EMEA

Wolfram Fischer will work to grow market share and revenue with partners, alliances and associates

Are graduates lacking Big Data skills?

Almost three-quarters of UK firms believe that graduates lack the necessary skills to analyse data effectively, according to a survey conducted by Teradata

White Papers

Securing virtual desktop infrastructure

NetScaler provides a robust set of easily deployed network-layer security, application-layer security and advanced access and data control capabilities. Click here to download the White Paper

In a state of denial?

The past few years have seen a marked resurgence of denial of service (DoS) attacks. Not only is this availability-threatening class of attack firmly back on the radar screens of today’s network and security operations teams, but the nature of the threat has changed as well. Click here to download the White Paper


Axon from Spirent

Axon from Spirent provides affordable, easy to configure and extensive network and application performance testing and analysis out of the box

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Enterprise VA from 'Loadbalancer.org'

Whether you require an extra server to improve performance, to handle extra capacity or to create resilience, those servers need to be managed. Enterprise VA can help lighten the load

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Securing the Internet of Everything

As the Internet extends its reach beyond the traditional network environment Martin Lee, Technical Lead of Threat Intelligence at Cisco, examines the potential security gap that may occur as a result

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Software defined data

Peter Godden of Coraid explores the move from legacy storage to a software defined platform

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Protecting your data in a BYOD world

Anders Lofgren, Director of Mobility Solutions at Acronis, discusses the explosion of personal devices in the workplace and the effect it is having on organisational productivity, collaboration and security

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Network Computing Awards 2013

The Network Computing Awards celebrate the organisations, products, services and individuals that keep our networks running. Nominations for the 2014 Network Computing Awards are now open, so please make your choices at :www.networkcomputingawards.co.uk Here we profile some of this year's winners:

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Networking - Service Provider Of The Year 2013

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Networking - Hardware Product Of The Year 2013

Overland Storage - SnapServer DX

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Networking - Software Product Of The Year 2013


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We begin this December issue with the not entirely festive news that 58% of IT professionals will be on standby for a Christmas call-out despite planned holidays, according to a new survey commissioned by Ipswitch. The most cited reason for a callout was a server crashing (43%) with a VPN going down in second place (29%). Other (un)popular reasons include users locking themselves out of an account, webmail not working and Wi-Fi being down in the office.

The respondents were also asked for their IT New Year’s resolutions, revealing that they had an eye on planning, reviewing and developing various strategies, rather than dealing with emergencies. 37% of those polled intended to spend more time planning and less time fire-fighting, with 36% aiming to develop BYOD policies and tightening and reviewing security policies. Just outside of the top five resolutions was that hardy perennial "have you tried switching it on and off?" with 17% still wishing that users would reboot their machines before calling IT.

Commenting on the findings Alessandro Porro, vp of International Sales at the Ipswitch Network Management Division said “It simply is not necessary for the hard working, under-appreciated people in IT to spend their time fire-fighting problems on their networks – regardless of the time of year – when they would rather be planning. It is evident that many these problems could be managed remotely by network monitoring technologies which could identify the exact sources of problems to prevent issues such as server crashes and poor application performance.”

Perhaps the best way to avoid channelling Alan Rickman and cancelling Christmas next year will be to ask management for some new monitoring tools under the tree. They’re easier to get hold of than a PS4 after all…

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