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Cisco ACI and VMware NSX kumbaya?

Comments by Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins last week that the networking giant is open to collaborations with VMware in virtual networking raise the question: Just how would Cisco's ACI and VMware's NSX platforms could work together?

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Afraid of floods and hackers? Put your data in space.

Satellite-based data centers with room for petabytes of data may start orbiting Earth as early as 2019. But when it comes to keeping secrets safe from the long arm of the law, the black void may not be far enough.

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Top-level domain expansion is a security risk for business computers

The explosion of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) in recent years can put enterprise computers at risk due to name conflicts between internal domain names used inside corporate networks and domains that can now be registered on...

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Tips for adding IPv6 to IPv4 networks

The IPv6 transition in your organization, more likely than not, involves bringing IPv6 into a mix that also includes IPv4. Here’s a look at what that means and how to make it work.

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Cisco's Meraki spreads its cloud to voice

If you manage your whole LAN in the cloud, why not add in the desk phones, too? That's what Cisco's Meraki division has done. Its first phone, the MC74, can be managed on the same dashboard Meraki provides for its switches, Wi-Fi...

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Facebook's plan to disrupt cellular gets big-name support

Several of the world's largest cellular carriers, representing almost 1.3 billion subscribers, have pledged support to a Facebook project that aims to dramatically reduce the cost of building and expanding wireless data networks.

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13 things you need to know about MU-MIMO Wi-Fi

It's a big breakthrough in wireless connectivity, but don't let MU-MIMO's limitations catch you off-guard.

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Cisco patches high severity flaws in its Web Security Appliance

Cisco Systems has fixed four denial-of-service vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit to cause Web Security Appliance devices to stop processing traffic correctly.

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Network spending still hampered by economic jitters, Cisco says

Economic uncertainty is still putting a damper on some network spending, and that won't change in the next few months, Cisco Systems said Wednesday.

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Extreme Networks bolsters ‘customer intimacy’ to spur growth

CEO Ed Meyercord talks about Enterasys merger and an expanding set of software capabilities undergirding Extreme’s wired-wireless switches

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4 big plans to fix internet security

Internet security is in crisis. These four proposals offer tangible solutions -- including one scheme to change the Internet's workings from top to bottom

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The perils of the public market: Investor reflects on why vendors are going private

A managing partner at Thoma Bravo, which has amassed a large portfolio of software companies, shares his views, and we also talk to a supplier that made the journey

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Networks need automation -- just ask the U.S. military

IT professionals are looking to software-defined networking to automate what are still complex and vulnerable systems controlled by human engineers. Major General Sarah Zabel knows where they’re coming from.

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Enterprise networkers have organized: Here are their demands

A user group for enterprise IT managers is taking on software-defined networking, calling for new technologies they say would better serve enterprise needs.

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Wi-Fi's next step: High-density scenarios

At Interop 2016, Network World chats with Mike Leibovitz from Extreme Networks, about what comes next for enterprise Wi-Fi deployments after they've covered the office building and/or large campus.

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Verizon strike taking trickle-down toll on business customers

With the strike by Verizon union members now in its fourth week – and no settlement appearing near -- frustrations born of service delays and cancelations remain primarily the bane of consumers, although business customers are also...

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Newer Wi-Fi's faster, but it needs a fast wire behind it

So-called gigabit Wi-Fi, or 802.11ac, is slowly starting to show up in homes, buildings and public hotspots, but it’s not delivering a gigabit to smartphones, according to an analysis by research company OpenSignal.

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Ethernet's future goes fast and slow

At the 2016 Interop show, David Chalupsky from the Ethernet Alliance chats with Network World about its six new data rates and 2016 Ethernet Roadmap. Chalupsky also explains why the networking standard is not only getting faster, but...

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