Joel Snyder

Snyder, a Network World Test Alliance partner, is a senior partner at Opus One in Tucson, Ariz. He can be reached at

Review: Slow internet? Firebind can sniff out the problem

Review: Graylog delivers open source log management for the dedicated do-it-yourselfer

Review: Graylog delivers open source log management for the dedicated do-it-yourselfer

Graylog is an open-source log management tool, complete with a three-tier architecture, super-scalable storage (based on Elasticsearch), an easy-to-use web interface, and a powerful toolkit to parse messages, build ad-hoc dashboards,...

First Look: Amazon Echo: Novelty item or ready-for-prime-time part of your digital life?

While some parts are beautifully done, the information services at the back end have a long way to go before the Echo is more than a novelty.

Oh, Bi the Way...

Hidden in Cisco's Nexus 9000 and Application Centric Infrastructure news was another nifty announcement: an optical transceiver that delivers 40Gbps speeds using older 10Gbps fiber and standard connectors. Cisco's "BiDi" optical...

Cisco ACI Re-Imagines the Enterprise Data Center Network

Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a revolutionary re-thinking of how to provision and manage data center networks. While the early version we looked at has some rough edges, and Cisco still has some hard problems to...

Riverbed Wins 7-Vendor WAN Optimization Test

As applications move to the cloud, network managers are seeing increasing requirements to optimize and manage WAN connections. Most enterprises have migrated to web-based applications and make heavy use of Internet services for...

Top Tools for WAN Optimization

Top Tools for WAN Optimization

Upstarts Exinda, Ipanema challenge network optimization kingpin Riverbed.

Cisco Impresses with First Crack at Next-Gen Firewall

When we tested next-generation firewalls last May, at least one important security vendor wasn't there: Cisco, because they weren't ready to be tested. Now that the ASA CX next-generation firewall has had a year to mature, we put the...

HP's New Thin Client Raises the Bar

Thin clients can't be cracked or hacked; they don't have fans or disks to fail; they don't need to be patched nearly as often as Windows; they don't draw much power; and they don't cost a whole lot of money to buy or maintain.

Next-Gen Firewalls Can Handle the Heat

In Network World's two-part test, reviewers David Newman and Joel Snyder put A next-generation firewalls through the ringer. They found that products could forward packets at an impressive clip but throughput dropped with advanced...

Cisco Impresses with UCS

If you're tempted to think of Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) as just another blade server don't. In fact, if you just want a bunch of blades for your computer room, don't call Cisco Dell, HP, and IBM all offer simpler and more...

Splunk Explains it All

If there's gold in log files, Splunk, Inc's Splunk will help you to find it. Splunk bridges the gap between simple log management and security information and event management (SIEM) products from vendors such as ArcSight, RSA, Q1...

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